Kim Kardashian Sparks Interest in Buttock Augmentation

kim-jen-beyonce spark interest in butt augmentationKim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyoncé are celebrities who Dr. Shlomo Widder hears mentioned often during consultations.  Patients of the “DC Butt Doctor” have sought buttock augmentation in record numbers this year, and daily inquiries are on the rise.  Many are expressing interest in achieving a look similar to one of those stars with the famous posteriors.

While some patients even express interest in surgery to emulate the buttock size and shape of Nicki Minaj, Dr. Widder counsels patients that although her look is fine for her role as an entertainer, her buttock implants fall outside the range of normal body proportions.  For the most long-lasting, positive results without later complication, Dr. Widder prefers to work within a more natural buttock implant size range.

The goal for each of Dr. Widder’s cosmetic procedures is to deliver a result that is natural-looking and in line with the patient’s personal aspirations.  To that end, he focuses on listening intently to each patient’s needs and desires during the consultation.  Because each person is unique and has specific goals, there is no churning out look-alikes at Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center.

Dr. Widder reflects that most patients want their buttocks to appear full on top, then to have a projection in the middle, and to complete the look with lateral fullness.  Others aren’t seeking fullness on the sides of the buttocks.  These preferences help dictate whether he will place the implants closer to or farther away from the midline.  For a tight, muscular look, they are placed closer to the midline, or the crack between the butt cheeks.  When placed farther laterally from the midline, a curvier, more feminine look is achieved.

Dr. Widder’s goal is to help women and men make their butts the very best.  Dr. Widder is the only plastic surgeon in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area who offers buttock implants.

About Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery:

For more than 25 years, Dr. Shlomo Widder has served Northern Virginia, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and beyond.  He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and his surgery center is accredited by the AAAASF.  Prospective patients are invited to visit the beautiful 3,300 square foot facility for a free consultation.  In addition to Buttock Implants, services include Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction and Breast Lift, Liposuction, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Facial Implants, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, Otoplasty Ear Tuck, Pectoral Implants, Calf Implants, Gynecomastia Surgery, Facial Fillers, and Botox.

For more information about the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” visit http://www.widderplasticsurgery.com.

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Botox Do’s and Don’ts

Botox VirginiaBotox injections are among the most popular cosmetic procedures available, and Dr. Shlomo Widder is committed to helping people have a Botox experience that keeps them both safe and looking natural.  Many people aren’t aware of the different choices among Botox procedures, which can lead to patients making choices that do not suit their needs.  Dr. Widder seeks to equip all patients with the knowledge they need while making decisions about Botox and other cosmetic procedures.

Botox, correctly injected, creates a positive interplay between facial muscles, thus producing its hallmark reduction in wrinkles.  However, injection mishaps are possible.  Injections too low on the forehead can produce a droopy brow due to temporary paralysis of all the forehead muscles.  This occurs because a small trauma and a bit of fluid results from each injection.  Gravity carries the Botox and fluid down from the injection site.  As it sinks too low, the “overdone” look is the result.  It is also possible to wind up with the unnatural “surprised” look from incorrect Botox injection.

Another aspect of Botox injections for patients to consider is how often to undergo the procedure.  According to Dr. Widder, the Botox effect may last up to eight months, though three or four months is average.  He recommends that most people repeat Botox treatments every three months.  After a recurring regimen every three months for about two years, the need for repeat treatments will generally be reduced to every 10 months to a year.

Though the word Botox comes from the scientific name Botulinum Toxin, it is quite safe when used properly.  While 5,000 units of Botox are considered lethal, the average cosmetic procedure uses only 100 units.  In addition to giving patients the right look, Dr. Widder is adamant about keeping all his Botox injections well within the margins of safety.

About Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery:

For more than 25 years, Dr. Shlomo Widder has served Northern Virginia, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and beyond.  He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and his surgery center is accredited by the AAAASF.  Prospective patients are invited to visit the beautiful 3,300 square foot facility for a free consultation.  Known as the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” he is the only plastic surgeon in the area who offers buttock implants. Other services include Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction and Breast Lift, Liposuction, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Facial Implants, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, Otoplasty Ear Tuck, Pectoral Implants, Calf Implants, Gynecomastia Surgery, Facial Fillers, and Botox.

For more information about the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” visit http://www.widderplasticsurgery.com.

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Trends and Motivations for Plastic Surgery for 20/30 Year Olds

trends and motivations in plastic surgeryTrends and motivations for plastic surgery vary from person to person, but younger people often have similar interests in specific procedures. Celebrities also have an impact on ones motivation to improve a particular aspect of the body. Dr. Widder explains some of the motivations he hears in his consultations that profoundly impact his patients decisions.

Q: Which plastic surgery procedures are the most popular for people in their 20’s and 30’s?

Breast implants and butt implants are very popular for patients in their 20’s and 30’s.

Q: What do you hear from your patients about why they choose buttock enhancement surgery and breast implants?

The reasons vary.  Everybody brings their own histories and their own aspirations for what they want to look like. Some do it for a functional reason, such as they would simply like their clothing to fit better.  Others are interested in clothes as well, but from a different perspective.  They may just want to look good in the latest fashions.  What many younger patients want most is a sexier, more attractive appearance in order to feel better about themselvs and possibly garner more attention.  Some also want to emulate celebrities like Kim Kardashian and J Lo.

Not long ago I had a patient who came in for a consultation for buttock enhancement surgery.  “Is it gonna look like J Lo?” she asked me.  I showed her pictures of a before and after case that seemed along the lines of what she was seeking and I challenged her to decide for herself: “Does this look like J Lo?”  The photo I presented showed a very, very nice result.  In my opinion, the shape of the buttocks was reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez’ figure.  I gave the patient time to compare shapes and sizes until we found the right celebrity look for her.

Q: Even though prospective patients mention various reasons, do you think enhancing sexual attractiveness is really the main goal?

Well, it is true that patients are concerned with the butt and the breasts because they are sexual targets. When you are young that is very important.  It’s also important for older people, but it is often not as intense an issue in later years because hormones levels tend to be a bit lower.  Cosmetic surgery can improve upon parts of the body and it can help make a person look and feel much more attractive.   I appreciate being able to do that for a person.  The enhancements are very exciting for younger individuals.  It can absolutely bring about advantages in one’s personal life, especially in the sexual realm.  Enhancing attractiveness can also cultivate advantages in other areas, such as in the workplace.

Whatever the reason, the forces that encourage people to have cosmetic surgery are incredibly powerful.  I respect the fact that patients choose to go through the discomfort and the inconvenience in order to improve on those areas they feel are deficient or less than optimal.  It is a big decision.  I take the decision-making period very seriously; I do my best to listen, provide guidance, and respect each patient’s needs and wishes.  As long as I feel that I can deliver what the patient is looking for, we move ahead with the procedure.

Q: What signs do you see or hear from your breast and butt implant patients that indicate how they feel before and after their procedures?

Afterward, you can see a new sparkle in their eyes.  They walk differently.  They have confidence.  When they come in for a consultation before surgery they have often heard good things about me, but I can see that they feel a bit unsure and they have concerns.  It looks to me as if they are thinking, “Am I going to have this surgery or not?  Will I be happy?”

Once they have it done, they are extremely happy.  You can see it in their eyes.  In my experience, eyes are the #1 indicator.  Try taking a look at pictures of before and after surgery and notice the eyes.  You’ll see that before surgery, many of them look dull and depressed.  Afterward, you can see a new energy projected from the eyes.  They’re brighter. It’s like there is a new confidence and a readiness to take on the world.

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Feel free to contact our office to discuss your own motivations for considering plastic surgery or visit the office to take a look at our extensive portfolio of before and after pictures. 703-506-0300

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Plastic Surgery and Older Adults

plastic surgery for older adultsSome of the most common procedures for older adults include the face lift and tummy tuck. Dr. Widder describes his experience with this population and their motivations for cosmetic changes.

Q: Some say “60 is the new 40.”  How does your work help your older patients keep up with that concept?

Cosmetic surgery is definitely part of the story.  Overall, people are taking better care of themselves today than in the past.  Medical care is better.  People are eating better and exercising more.  People are just in better shape.  Plastic surgery helps a great deal when attention to health and fitness doesn’t achieve everything a patient desires.

A woman who is 68 came to my center a while ago.  She is dating a fellow in his 40’s.  He thinks she’s got the nicest butt in Washington, D.C. and he doesn’t even know she’s had a butt implant.  I worked with another woman who had multiple procedures including a face lift and tummy tuck.  She’s in her 70’s and nobody is able to guess her age.

It’s not unusual in my practice to find women in their 60’s who date men in their 40’s.  Better overall health is part of the equation, and plastic surgery can work wonders as well.  Looking younger after cosmetic surgery can be a huge emotional boost.

Q: What are the main reasons sited by older people for coming in for a cosmetic surgery consultation?

A few of them will tell me they feel a disadvantage in the workforce.  Younger people are being hired and they feel they are treated differently as older employees.  Others tell me they still feel very energetic but when they look in the mirror, they see their mothers.  They want to look the way they feel.  Those are the most common reasons people are looking for surgery.

Q: Which procedures do the most to boost confidence in your older patients?

The tummy tuck and the face lift are the most popular.  A tummy tuck makes patients feel younger and a face lift makes them look younger.  Those are great confidence boosters.

Some patients start out by sticking their toes in the water, so to speak, and won’t go for a full face lift at first.  They’ll go for the eyelids and will wait to see how that works out for them.  Once they have the eyelids done and the results are satisfactory, they will go for something more.  Those patients are the minority, however; the majority of patients come in with the pre-made decision and they go for it.

Recently, a patient in her 60’s came in after three or four consultations with other doctors.  There were three reasons for her  decision to have the surgery with me.  One was that I took the time to give her the common sense explanations of why I do the face lift procedure the way I do.  This was something she didn’t get from other doctors.  Another factor was that I showed her extensive before and after examples.  She saw that what I was talking about really occurs in actual patients.  Finally, I was able to demonstrate how the technique I have been using for the past 10 years is quicker, less risky, and less expensive.  For her and her husband, it was a ‘no-brainer’.  Her surgery is scheduled for the beginning of next month.

Q: What are the main questions and concerns for older patients? 

I noticed that my older patients almost exclusively come to me through word of mouth.  If an older patient is referred, it’s much simpler for them to talk with me and  trust me.  Everyone, at first, is worried about surgery risks, but if they have been referred by someone else who had surgery in my center, they feel more at ease.

Another common concern is about the outcome of the procedure.  Since an older person was most likely referred by someone they know and have seen my work on their friends or family members, they usually feel confidence and comfort relatively quickly.  Knowing that the surgry center where they are having the surgery is accredited and that they will have a board certified surgeon and anesthesiologist is also very helpful and comforting to them.

It is very beneficial to older patients to see and speak with our office staff.  We have a woman in her 60’s who works in our office and she’s had multiple surgeries.  The staff sees what is going on in the surgery center.  Patients realize that if staff members thought that there was a surgical risk with the surgeon or the anesthesiologist, they wouldn’t be willing to have their own surgeries there.  In our case, older patients can see and speak with a woman on staff who has had five or more operations.  She looks terrific.  That makes it easier for potential new patients to make the decision.

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How To Choose the Best Butt Size

buttock paintingMy patients have many questions about butt implant sizes. In fact, it is  one of the first and most common questions when someone is considering butt augmentation. In this interview, Dr. Widder discusses his butt implant technique and the process he uses for helping patients decide on a size that is right for them.

Q: Which butt implant sizes do you generally use, and why?

565cc is a good size, and so far that’s the biggest I have used. It is also the most popular size in my practice.  The company I work with can make them bigger, but those are much more expensive because they’re custom made.  Most of the plastic surgeons in America use smaller implants than the ones I use because many of them create the pocket under the muscle or inside the muscle – submuscular or intramuscular.  They are limited as far as size.  One of the advantages of my subfascial technique – placing the implant on top of the muscle and under the fascia – is that it allows for a much larger implant.  I can go bigger than what I use, but the cost may be intimidating for some potential patients.  The 565cc is “off the shelf” and the company has a lot of them.  The price is reasonable.  If you go with the custom made, the bigger the implant, the more expensive it becomes. It also takes 2 -4 weeks to deliver, whereas the other implants are readily available.  In the future if people request more  bigger size implants, it will also become an off-the-shelf item and the price will come down.

Another factor is that if you go with an implant that is too heavy, it can cause sagginess.  Breasts, when they’re heavy, will droop.  This can also happen with the butt.  Some people don’t think about the long term and just want to have the immediate result and enjoy it.  That’s fine.  I adapt to the needs and desires of the person, but I do let each patient know about that possibility of sagging.

Q: Can you predict by a person’s body type or other factors how large of a butt implant is likely to cause eventual sagging?  How do you advise them?

Certain tell-tale signs can help you assess the situation.  For example, if a patient already has stretch marks, it’s a sign that the skin may not be resilient enough.  If they already have sagginess, that is another indication.  Contributing factors may include diet and less activity as we age.  Mainly, saginess is due to loss of muscle.  The envelope – which is the skin – becomes too big.  In this case, if you place the implant too low, you make the sagginess worse.  So my approach is to discuss and choose the right implant size based on these factors.  I also take care to keep the implant high enough so it lifts up the skin and doesn’t droop and worsen the sagginess.  My goal is to create a long-lasting, very attractive butt that is proportionate with the rest of the body.

 Q: Is there anything patients can do, for example with diet or exercise, that can help prevent sagging?

Not really.  It’s basically genetic.  There’s not much you can do about the elasticity of the skin.  You can hydrate yourself well, but that is a minor thing that in the larger scheme doesn’t make a great deal of difference.  What people can do is exercise and increase the size of the muscle, but that’s tough.  Many people don’t have the time or the energy.  The main thing I do is to focus on the technical aspect of the procedure.  I stay up high with the implant and don’t place it too close to the crease.  I had one patient who was considering going with a bigger implant than I recommended to her.  I told her that she could experience early sagginess or even wound dehiscence – separation of the wound causing problematic healing.  Eventually she agreed with me and had a smaller implant.  We chose a good size that was not excessive.

So, that’s how I approach it.  It’s similar to what happened recently with another patient – a woman who is 68 years old.  We used a nicely sized implant and stayed up high.  It gave her the projection and tightened the skin.  Her skin in that area now looks like the skin of a 30-year-old woman.  The extra skin by the crease was pulled up, and now, she  has very little redundancy.  A bigger implant might have pulled the skin up more, but then she might have had eventual sagginess.  There has to be  a certain balance.

Q: Are patients generally happy with the size of the implants they have chosen?

Whenever I have a consultation, we discuss sizes and the possibility of going larger than the standard, if they like.  I also let them know the pros and cons of going larger and that it would be more expensive.  It’s ultimately their decision. So far, no one has asked for bigger than the 565cc. They might have thought about it , but did not ask for it.  A few felt after the fact that the buttock implants were too small , but they eventually accepted and like the size.   Two of my patient who were unhappy with the size initially, took a vacation to South Beach and got so many compliments that they came back happy and the size issue did not come up again.

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What Type of Face Lifts Are Possible?

face_lift_optionsThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported in 2012 that the number of facial rejuvenation procedures grew more than any other minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure for that year.  The level of interest isn’t surprising – enhancements for the face have long been a focus for beauty-seekers.  Because facial procedures show no signs of decreasing in popularity, Northern Virginia’s premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Shlomo Widder, shared some choices in facial surgery for this article.

MACS facelift surgery and Restylane injections are both prominent among the possibilities for achieving your personal ideal facial features.  Dr. Widder uses the Maximal Access Cranial Suspension technique (MACS) for natural-looking facelift results that last.  When the face saggs due to aging, the fat of the face and the skin can be lifted back up to its youthful position.  Depressions and concave areas are tightened and filled by the natural facial fat in by this MACS lift technique.  Because this natural and viable fatty tissue,  with good circulation from the face itself is used in the procedure, patients can look forward to a successful facelift and a positive, rejuvenated appearance.

Dr. Widder also favors the use of Restylane (hyaluronic acid) injections to fill the nasolabial fold and other facial depressions  The substance is sure to stay in place, but for a limited time.  In general, Restylane injections last 6 to 8 months.  If repeated after 3 months, Restylane may last up to 18 months.

While many doctors use fat injections for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Widder is clear about the problems that may arise from the use of fat injection.  He has long stated that  fat injections for buttock enhancement often disappears not long after the procedure; it is also not a reliable and is inconsistant method even when smaller amounts of fat are used for the face.  Because fat injection is a surgery that entails downtime due to bruising and swelling and also has a high level of unreliability, Widder does not recommend it.

Among patients who have experienced both Restylane and fat injections, Dr. Widder says, most prefer the confidence they have in Restylane.  With Restylane, patients who are going to an important event or traveling can do so right after a treatment.  While theoretically, fat injection may last forever if the fat survives, and that is a big “if.”  Patients generally prefer the assurance and predictability of Restylane, fortified by the lack of downtime that fat injection requires.

The face makes a first impression more than ever in this age of the internet.  For many women, it is important to take extra measures to make sure they look good all the time in person and online.  Today, even a Facebook profile image is worth a thousand words and Dr. Widder makes it his business to keep his patients looking great.

Dr. Shlomo Widder, known as the “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” is the only surgeon in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area offering buttock implants and has made it his mission to help each patient achieve the very best behind.  Contact Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at 703-506-0300.

About Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery:

Dr. Widder is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).  The surgery center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).  He serves the Northern Virginia area, WashingtonD.C. metropolitan area and beyond.  He has performed plastic and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years.

Services include Facial Implants, Facelift, Botox and Facial Fillers, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, and Breast Reduction, Rhinoplasty, Otoplasty Ear Tuck, Pectoral Implants, Calf Implants, and Gynecomastia Surgery.  Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery is the only area plastic surgery center offering Buttock Implants. For more information about “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” visit: http://www.widderplasticsurgery.com.

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The Tummy Tuck Nutrition Plan

tummy tuck nutritionDr. Shlomo Widder, “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” says that surgery isn’t the only component to looking your best.  In a consultation with Dr. Widder, the topic of nutrition and general health is often a significant part of the conversation.  He insists that not even plastic surgery can mask the effects of poor dietary habits and that combining healthy eating with his procedures is the most  effective way to achieve and maintain great results.

When a patient consults with him about tummy tuck, Dr. Widder doesn’t speak solely about the details of the surgery.  He discusses the two main ways that the body controls appetite and the physiology of the way fat is produced by the body.  He may discuss general information about previous cases relevant to the current situation.  For example, he once performed the tummy tuck procedure on two different men who, after following Dr. Widder’s dietary recommendations, both lost 30 pounds.  He emphesises however, that dramatic and positive outcomes like these don’t come by merely “going on a diet” for a limited time, but by giving your entire diet and lifestyle a complete, healthy overhaul.

A true diet has nothing to do with partaking in fads or short-term changes, Dr. Widder explains.  It is the spectrum of foods eaten by an individual   over time.  A good diet requires a commitment for the long haul.  Widder recommends choosing low glycemic index foods and directs patients to the book Sugar Busters to help them on the journey to better food choices and better health.  He will continue the discussion if other poor health habits seem to exist.  If Dr. Widder can inspire a smoker to kick the habit, he feels even better about that opportunity to promote health and well-being.

Plastic surgery can be a quick fix for someone looking for specific physical changes.  However, it can’t reverse a lifetime of unhealthful living.  Only after changing a bad diet and other bad health habits can a patient reap the full scope of the rewards possible.  Dr. Widder does his best to make his patients extremely happy by working to achieve the beautifully sculpted bodies they desire.  The dietary and additional health information he provides is key to helping patients maintain their great plastic surgery results for life.

Dr. Shlomo Widder, known as the “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” is the only surgeon in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area offering buttock implants and has made it his mission to help each patient achieve the very best behind.  Contact Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at 703-506-0300.

About Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery:

Dr. Widder is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).  The surgery center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).  He serves the Northern Virginia area, WashingtonD.C. metropolitan area and beyond.  He has performed plastic and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years.

Services include Facial Implants, Facelift, Botox and Facial Fillers, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, and Breast Reduction, Rhinoplasty, Otoplasty Ear Tuck, Pectoral Implants, Calf Implants, and Gynecomastia Surgery.  Widder Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery is the only area plastic surgery center offering Buttock Implants. For more information about “The D.C. Butt Doctor,” visit: http://www.widderplasticsurgery.com.

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