Dr. Wigoda Reviews Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cosmetic Surgery Secrets

Gwyneth Paltrow Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Wigoda has many patients with the same profile as Gwyneth Paltrow. The 40-something mother of  two, recently divorced and looking for the most innovative ways to fight off the signs of aging.  Paltrow swears by Thermage treatments, but Dr. Paul Wigoda thinks otherwise.

Instead he favors Botox, facelifts and brow lifts. More details below.

Paltrow has been making headlines since early August after announcing her secret skincare regimen: Thermage laser treatment. She claims this treatment works but apparently suffers for her beauty and described the procedure to Elle Magazine as “non-invasive but quite painful, like having your face smacked with a rubber band that has an electric shock in it.”

Dr. Wigoda is not as impressed with Paltrow’s cosmetic surgery using the Thermage procedure and shares three age-reversing skin and beauty alternatives that may be better for you.

Thermage Treatments: Too Good to Be True?

Thermage laser treatment, also known as the ‘face ironing treatment’ claims to boost the levels of collagen in the lower layers of the skin to tighten and smooth the top layer. Thermage does this by producing radio frequency energy that actually damages the collagen in the lower layers making it recoil, tighten and then repair, causing it to plump and create the tightening effect seen on the upper layers.  

“This explanation may seem logical but I am not a big believer in Thermage,” said Wigoda. “I am usually skeptical of plastic surgery procedures that claim to increase collagen production over time to achieve their result and think it may work temporarily by causing swelling of the area treated.”

“Procedures that claim to transfer some sort of energy through the skin to act on a deeper layer, like this or coolsculpting, that claims to freeze fat, make me wonder if they are really doing much of anything. I think the doctor and/or the patient sometimes convince themselves there is a difference when an unbiased person would not see a difference,” notes Wigoda.

In any case, if it does work, the results don’t tend to be very impressive, especially for the cost of the procedure and the pain it can cause. One Thermage treatment can range anywhere from $1,000–5,000 and the patient will have to repeat the process to keep up with appearances. Although many claim that you can achieve great results with less frequent treatments, to achieve Paltrow’s look, one would have to repeat the treatments every few weeks and go for what she call “the works” which we can assume leans toward the more expensive side of the spectrum.

The process also has some potential side effects to be concerned about. Thermage works in a similar way to a microwave oven and can create issues that range from facial burns to scarring so if you choose to use this procedure, remember to be a smart plastic surgery patient and research your doctor.

Dr. Wigoda recommends sticking to procedures where the result is obvious either immediately, like with surgery or fillers, or within a few days, like Botox or xeomin.

Proven Alternatives to Thermage


Botox can typically be repeated indefinitely if the patient has no reaction. You can usually see the effects of Botox within three days and will see the maximum benefit within one to two weeks and lasts three to six months. Some worry that they may not be happy with their Botox results like  Paltrow and Cameron Diaz, but in many cases the dissatisfaction may lie in the quality of their plastic surgeon, rather than the procedure itself.

Botox can be used to reduce the signs of aging by improving the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, Crow’s feet, lip lines, descent of the eyebrows, and neck muscle bands.

Facelift: Rhytidectomy

Facelifts work by smoothing loose skin and deep wrinkles and lessening sagging skin and removing excess fat in the face and neck. Facelifts result in a fresher and firmer appearance and the procedure can be varied to create the best results for your features and needs. Benefits of a facelift include immediate results and not having to repeat the procedure often, if at all. After many years, some may choose to repeat the procedure although this is not a necessity.

Browlifts and Forehead Lifts

Similar to a facelift, the browlift procedure does not need to be done again unless the patient chooses that they would like to repeat the results years later. If your brow is lowering, it can have a great effect on your complete look and make you appear angry, bored, or tired when you are not. Raising the brow “opens” the entire eye up. As a result the person looks more refreshed, awake, and happy. In addition to elevating the brow, while doing a brow lift, the plastic surgeon may address the other primary sign of aging on the forehead, namely, wrinkles.

So there you have it, Dr. Wigoda’s opinion on Thermage laser treatments and alternative age-reducing cosmetic surgery procedures. If you feel that your features do not accurately represent your current age contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation to discuss how we can achieve the results you’re looking for.

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