What’s In and What’s Out For Plastic Surgery in 2015

Plastic Surgery Trends What's Hot and What's Not The Today Show Dr Wigoda

We’ve recently delivered a few posts checking out The Today Show’s week-long plastic surgery segment. The last post was all about what you should consider getting done at what age, but now we are onto a new topic!

The Today Show narrowed down some of the hottest plastic surgery trends lately and also what is slowly fading away this 2015. So naturally, we wanted to ask board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD to see if he agreed with what’s hot and what’s not!

What’s In?

These are some of the things The Today Show says are the hottest on the market right now when it comes to plastic surgery:

  • Butts bigger, fuller and higher
  • Boobs smaller and more natural
  • Lips full but not fish like
  • Face not too tight

Wigoda Says: “In Florida, patients want larger breasts, not smaller. Larger breasts can still look natural if they are done well.” So for the most part, The Today Show is spot on about the popular procedures of the year! The growing trend with breast implants is still larger, but more natural. Make sure you check out your surgeons before and after photos, as well as reviews to get the look you want!

Most Popular Plastic Surgery by Region:

While we’re on the topic of most popular surgeries of the year, The Today Show also broke down which surgery is most popular by region. Since Dr. Wigoda is located in sunny Florida, we wanted to know if indeed, liposuction and breast augmentation were the most popular.

(Never fear, if you’re reading this from somewhere else in the United States, we have your region in there too!)

Wigoda Says: “Yes!!! Liposuction and Breast Implants are definitely the most popular procedures!” You heard him! Now if you want to follow along with the trend and receive liposuction or painless breast implants, click here to get an absolutely free consultation with Dr. Wigoda!

Do you agree with what’s hot and what’s not for this year? Sound off in the comments, share on our Facebook page, and let us know what you think!

 

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The Selfie Plastic Surgery Situation, Dr. Wigoda Discusses the Selfie Status

Selfie Plastic Surgery is the latest news trend with one in three facial plastic surgeons seeing an uptick in patients requesting procedures thanks to the status of social media’s selfie craze. Dr Paul Wigoda says it’s not just the selfie obsession, it also has to do with vanity, confidence and aging appearance.

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Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year was “selfie” because of the drastic climb in usage, but has the popularity of the selfie resulted in an increase in cosmetic surgery?

 

The latest statistics by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggest that one in three facial plastic surgeons said there was an increase in the number of patients requesting procedures because they are “more self-aware of looks in social media.” However, the world “selfie” was never used in the survey of plastic surgeons so the idea that selfies are the largest contributing factor to this rise is merely speculation.

 

It’s true that social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat encourage users to photograph themselves regularly which leads to them scrutinizing their image with a more self-critical eye than ever before, but selfies may not be solely to blame despite the media is trying to popularize the concept. Apps like SkinneePix which lets users shed virtual weight so their faces look skinnier are raising concerns about health and body-image issues and increasing conversations and concerns about selfies making it a hot topic. Allow me to bring a plastic surgeon’s perspective to the conversation.

 

I have had patients come in wanting surgery after seeing themselves in a photograph, not necessarily a selfie or (at least they don’t admit that to me). Oftentimes it’s a family or group photo and they notice things they hadn’t before. I believe social media may play a contributing factor because patients are realizing that once their photos are on the web and tagged they are out there for the entire Internet community to see.

 

From my experience, the selfie craze is not creating the desire for cosmetic procedures on its own. It’s likely that the patient has been thinking about the procedure over time and the photos they review solidify the idea that they want or need to take action, opposed to them suddenly realizing “something is wrong” because they see it in a picture.

 

The majority of the complaints I receive related to patients wanting to look better in their photos are typical aging-related issues, so the concern that selfies are encouraging younger people to undergo plastic surgery is probably less dramatic number than is being suggested. Sagging neck and jowls, deep nasolabial folds, bags under the eyes and crows feet are the more commonly discussed issues, some of which can be improved with fillers and botox, and some require surgery such as a face and neck lift or eyelid surgery. Probably the most significant procedure that is requested is nose reshaping because patients found that they didn’t like the way their nose looked in profile and didn’t appreciate it until they saw it in a picture because they always looked at their nose from the front.

 

We definitely find that people are taking their selfies seriously but are they causing an increase in cosmetic surgery overall and, more specifically, to a younger demographic? No. In fact, a survey conducted by the Today Show just last month found that 65 percent of teen girls think selfies boost their confidence. The idea that selfies raise body-image issues fits perfectly into our popular cultural narrative that “kids take selfies and selfies are bad” but as far as plastic surgery is concerned this is only a rumor that it is causing an increase in procedures.

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Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Speaks on Teens, Plastic Surgery and Bullying

Plastic surgery to avoid bullying? Are South Florida teens ready to go under the knife? Should we be thinking of Botox, Boobs and Nose Jobs to avoid bullying? Media outlets such as Good Morning America and The Today Show are reporting a growing number of teens requesting plastic surgery as a reprieve from bullying.

According to CDC data, one in five high school students are bullied on school grounds every year. Even future pop superstar Lady Gaga was teased about her appearance as a child: the singer recounted being taunted and thrown in a trash can on The View on Monday.

High school senior Erica Morgo tried to break her own nose after constant teasing. After the incident, her mother, Dana Manzella, decided to allow her then 15-year-old daughter to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Teasing is torture to teens. So when 13-year-old Aubrey Woodward told The Today Show she wants plastic surgery to get her ears pinned back, she said it was because, “it makes me feel really bad” when she gets teased about them.

Erica and Aubrey are among a small but growing number of teenagers who say being teased or bullied prompted them to consider or even undergo cosmetic surgery.

Ear pin-backs are one of the most common plastic surgeries for teens, along with nose jobs such as Erica’s and breast reductions. Recent data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicates that 203,308 teens went under the knife in 2009.

“While not very common, plastic surgery on teenagers can be appropriate in certain circumstances,” says Dr. Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General. “Each case has to be evaluated carefully to make certain the surgery is being done for the right reasons. For example, if a teen has very large breasts for which she not only gets teased but which make it difficult for her to exercise or participate in physical activities, or if they are causing pain, a breast reduction may be appropriate. A teen who feels very self conscious about a large nose or prominent ears, can be helped significantly with surgery with regards to their self esteem and their degree of confidence in themselves.”
When considering plastic surgery, whether for a teen or adult, it is important to thoroughly research the doctor, surgery center and risk associated with a procedure. The decision to have an elective cosmetic procedure is a serious one and should not be taken lightly. Dr. Wigoda firmly believes in building a rapport and carefully evaluating each potential patient to ensure they are a good candidate for whatever surgery they are pursuing.