Plastic Surgery? Do you have an Instagram Filter for that?

how social media and Instagram fuel plastic surgery

Does this filter make my boobs look big? Social media seems to be driving doctor patient interactions around the topic of plastic surgery, selfies and Instagram. We all know that Instagram is the new big thing, and apparently it’s been causing other women to want some new big things of their own (or in some cases tighter and tanner things).

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According to an article on NY Daily News, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says there’s been a 33% bump in procedures driven by self-awareness from social media since 2013. The influx of filters and editing software has made women now more than ever want to attain their ideal body image.

All this increase in plastic surgery due to Instagram made us wonder, is it possible to REALLY look like these images we’re finding on social media? We decided to ask Dr. Paul Wigoda to get the truth behind the #instafad, and here is what we found out…


“I Want To Look Just Like…,” So Bring an Image!


Okay, first off we have some good news. No matter what kind of plastic surgery you decided to receive, bringing in a picture can help your plastic surgeon get a more realistic idea of what you want done. Some helpful tips for finding an image that fits the one you are dreaming of…

  • Celebrities! We all have that one famous person that we would KILL to look like. Celebrities are well known and often have a variety of different photos available so you can bring in multiple images to best inform your surgeon what you want.

  • Plastic Surgery Websites like or This is about as realistic as it gets. Before and Afters are realistic representations of what clients will look like after the surgery is done. This way you know the look is attainable, and the surgeon has a clear idea of what you expect.

  • Random browsing. I know this may seem vague but looking through magazines or just the internet (even Instagram) may lead you to stumble across that dream chest or stomach that you have always wanted!

Just remember to always be as specific as you can when describing your expectations to your surgeon so they can do everything in their power to make you look as fabulous as you are in social media!


Filter Away The Flaws Using…With Non-Surgical

With good news often comes bad news, and here is yours. As much as we want our skin to look as tan and youthful as it does in those Instagram filters, that isn’t completely obtainable. Dr. Wigoda tells us that while some lasers can help lessen the appearance of skin abnormalities such as sun spots, we have yet to create a surgery to permanently tan or change our skin color.

However, if you like a filter because it may make your skin look more firm or toned, Dr. Wigoda informs us you may have more luck reaching your expectations. Surgeries such as Botox, Fillers or liposuction can leave your skin tighter with less wrinkles, one step closer to Instagram perfection!

This means as much as we would all like to automatically have that sun kissed glow that X-Pro II gives us, we will have to just stick to spray tans and makeup for now.

So tell us everyone, what’s your favorite Instagram filter you would want to permanently apply to yourself?

For more questions on Botox, Fillers or Liposuction, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation today!


Image Credit: Branislav Ostojic

[WATCH]: Breast Implants Surgery from Day One of Surgery to Week One

[WATCH] Breast Implants Surgery

Hits 97.3 DJ Laz Morning Show co-Host Kimmy B has been thinking about painless breast implants surgery for years and has decided to take the journey with Dr. Paul Wigoda, M.D. When asked what made her choose South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, she exclaimed “Definitely credentials and qualifications….have you seen this guy’s resume?!?! When I saw ‘Chief of Plastic Surgery’ at a level 1 trauma hospital…I was like,”that’s my Doctor!'”

Fast forward to today, Kimmy B has documented her journey from the day of the breast implants surgery all the way through the first week. Watch as she shares her experience from the day of her surgery to a week out of her breast implants procedure.

You can listen to her sharing the experience on the radio for her breast implants surgery.

Find out if you are a candidate for breast augmentation and contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.

Justin Beiber Plastic Surgery Makeovers? Dr. Wigoda Questions Mental Health

Dr. Wigoda gets requests all the time for plastic surgery celebrity makeovers.

Call Justin Beiber the ultimate belieber maybe, but celebrity fanatics wanting to look like celebrities are hardly a new trend and studies show it isn’t a healthy one. It could mean a chin reduction, eyelid surgery, botox, face and lip fillers and even smile surgery among numerous other operations to look like your favorite celebrity.

Normal: Wanting braids like Hunger Games’ Katniss


Not Normal: Spending $100K to look like Justin Beiber


There might be someone that wants a hairstyle or likes a fashion trend for example a woman asking  their hairdresser for “The Rachel” cut or the Hunger Games Katniss Braid; however a few people have taken it to an alarmingly new level of plastic surgery celebrity look alikes, according to South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

The Internet is full of examples of people who’ve gone under the knife, spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgery in an effort to remake themselves in the image of a particular celeb.

Perhaps the most extreme example to go viral recently was the case of 33-year-old Toby Sheldon, a songwriter who plunked down almost $100,000 to look like Justin Bieber. He reportedly underwent a chin reduction, eyelid surgery, and face fillers among numerous other operations in his efforts to appear like the teen heartthrob/ pop singer.

This shocked many, including plastic surgeons like Wigoda, who are flabbergasted by the extremes some people will endure to resemble a celebrity.

“Its actually sad that this person felt the need to look like someone else, regardless of how much money he spent,” he said, ‘While he does look slightly different, he does not look better, nor does he look like Bieber. In fact, he looks a bit plastic.”

Wigoda said if  Sheldon had come to him, he would have turned him away, as would most plastic surgeons.

“While it’s not unusual for someone to say they like a certain celebrity’s nose, or lips, what this young man is seeking cannot be achieved by plastic surgery.  People like Sheldon likely need psychological help and are unlikely to be genuinely happy no matter how much money they spend or how many procedures they undergo.

Always consult privately with a plastic surgeon like Dr. Wigoda to ensure your objectives can be met and your questions properly answered. Ultimately, we all want to look great, feel young and energized, and live a healthy lifestyle, so rely on your cosmetic specialists to cater your needs and recommend options for long-term satisfaction and well-being.

Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.


Dr. Paul Wigoda Asks: Are You a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery?

Florida is a top destination for plastic surgery and at some point or another, everyone looks in the mirror and considers getting eyelid surgery, a tummy tuck, or some other type of cosmetic surgery. While millions of people undergo a variety of cosmetic procedures, there are times when plastic surgery is not a good idea. South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda and other surgeons will consider several things when evaluating patients for surgical procedures including

  • Overall health (current and past)
  • Whether the patient smokes
  • Age
  • Surgical history
  • Medications the patient is taking
  • Mental state

Although you may feel that getting a facelift is a great way to improve your appearance, the plastic surgeon may decline to operate on you if you have significant health problems. Your mental health is an important factor as well. While you may have a valid reason for opting for plastic surgery, a qualified plastic surgeon may not do the procedure if you hold unrealistic expectations of the outcome. Of course you can always get a second opinion. Be aware, though, that if multiple surgeons say you are not a good candidate for plastic surgery, then it is probably a good idea not to force the issue. Dr. Wigoda and other surgeons are only looking out for your best interests.

Is your Plastic Surgeon a Good Candidate for you?

On the other side of the issue, you should be wary of surgeons that rush through the examination, don’t consider all of the variables involved in the surgery, or has their staff members determine if you are a good candidate. This is an indicator that the surgeon is not a good candidate for performing the procedure on you. Plastic surgery is a major medical procedure. To ensure your safety and satisfaction, you should only work with qualified doctors that care about the outcome.

Painless Breast Implants by Dr. Wigoda in Florida

As demand for breast implants rises in Florida and beyond (a whopping 296,203 breast augmentations were performed on American women in 2010), Dr. Wigoda’s signature painless breast implant procedure has similarly risen in popularity among Florida women.

Thanks to Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, getting a breast implant has now become virtually painless. On his Painless Breast Implants website Dr. Wigoda has gathered testimonials of many women who took the plunge and couldn’t be happier with their results. Last summer, one patient even blogged about the experience from start to finish.

Most Florida women can resume normal activities within a day or two after surgery and feel virtually no pain. Dr. Wigoda’s technique is very atraumatic with a quick recovery and almost no pain. Over the years, Dr. Wigoda has perfected his technique using ten-plus years of South Florida plastic surgery experience to match the correct incision and implant to each patient. Each year over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery in the U.S. and Dr. Wigoda offers potential patiends behind-the-scenes access via his Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter feed.

Florida Tummy Tuck Talk: Plastic Surgery Advice from Dr. Paul Wigoda in Florida

Dr. Wigoda sees patients who are bothered by their stomach every day in his Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery office. Most request information about liposuction and Tummy Tucks, also called abdominoplasties. Dr. Wigoda takes care to differentiate between the two procedures, pointing out that liposuction merely removes fat, while tummy tucks are actually three procedures in one:

  1. Removes fat
  2. Removes excess skin
  3. Tightens muscles

When considering getting a tummy tuck, it is crucial to consider your surgeon’s credentials, facility and reviews. Other key considerations:

  • A tummy tuck procedure takes longer than liposuction.
  • The tummy tuck recovery period is longer than that of liposuction (approx. 6 weeks)
  • A tummy tuck can be more costly.
  • A tummy tuck can leave longer scars.

To tuck or not to tuck? If you have good skin tone and no loose skin, you might just need liposuction. If you have loose skin that is hanging, then a tummy tuck may be more appropriate.

Plastic Surgery News from Dr. Wigoda: Cosmetic Procedures Rebounding with Economy

Paul Wigoda MD Plastic Surgery News - Cosmetic Procedure TrendsPaul Wigoda, M.D. agreed with TheAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) when it predicted an uptick in elective plastic surgery procedures in 2011. New data released from the ASPS seems to reinforce the idea that increased consumer confidence in the economy translates into more plastic surgery: cosmetic procedures in 2010 jumped to 13.1 million, an increase of five percent.

The top five procedures performed in 2010:

Breast augmentation

Nose reshaping

Eyelid surgery


Tummy tuck

As the aging population continues to grow, so does the incidence of facelifts, as well as minimally invasive procedures such as Botox.

With nearly 11.6 million procedures in 2010, the top five minimally invasive procedures were:


• Soft tissue fillers

• Chemical peel

• Laser hair removal


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Dr. Wigoda in the Sun Sentinel: A Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Surgery

Before you go under the knife, know the risks, the costs and how to shop for a good plastic surgeon

Subscribe and join us for a discussion Jan. 21, at 12:00pm (EST) on what consumers should be thinking about before deciding whether to go under the knife. On hand, we will have South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda and Sarah Steinbaum, a Miami lawyer who specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice cases, to answer your questions.
Dr Wigoda in the Sun Sentinel: A consumer's guide to cosmetic surgery
Some topics we will go over include: Shopping around for a good plastic surgeon, checking the background of a doctor and a surgery center, questions to ask the doctor beforehand, typical costs for various procedures, tricks and traps in advertised prices, what to look for in the contract, safety issues and risks of surgery, getting medical clearance from an independent physician in advance, realistic expectations for the results and what to do if something goes wrong.

Dr. Wigoda is a board-certified plastic surgeon and microsurgeon who has been practicing in Fort Lauderdale since 1998.

Sarah Steinbaum has been practicing in Florida since 1994, after getting her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Can’t make the chat? E-mail your questions to [email protected].

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Mickey Rourke’s Bad Celebrity Plastic Surgery

In the crazy world of Hollywood, it’s usually female celebrities we see sporting the scars of bad plastic surgery. However, a new crop of aging former hunks has decided that the only way to retain their former heartthrob status is to go under the knife…sometimes with less than perfect results.

In this week’s post, South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda takes on the challenge of figuring out what exactly happened to Mickey Rourke.  Is his boxing career to blame for the rapid decline in his looks or did he just pick a bad plastic surgeon?