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Types of Injectables and How to Prepare and Recover

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Add volume, create angles and freeze the hands of time with injectable cosmetic medicine. As an alternative to cosmetic surgery and procedure, learn more about the types of injectables and how to prepare and recover.

Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin, also known as Botox, is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles are relaxed and minimized – most commonly in areas between the brows, crow’s feet around the eyes and forehead creases.

What are the Benefits of Botulinum Toxin?

Here is a list of both cosmetic and medical benefits that botulinum toxin can help treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Eyelid spasms
  • Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating
  • Crossed or lazy eyes

Depending on your age, skin condition and habits, these results will last anywhere from three to six months.


How is Botulinum Toxin Administered?

Botulinum toxin injections are administered as follows:

  • The injection site is cleansed and usually does not require anesthesia prior to injection
  • A number of injections may be needed to achieve the desired result – depending on your specific concern and condition
  • Slight pain, short-lasting swelling and minimal redness and bleeding will likely occur as a result of your procedure


How do I Prepare for a Botulinum Toxin Procedure?

Botulinum toxin is generally a low risk procedure and does not require intensive screening. To prepare for a botulinum toxin injection, here are a few action items:

  • Disclose a full medical history and any medications you are currently taking to your plastic surgeon
  • Stay well hydrated before and after treatment for safe recovery
  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure (this may vary depending on your plastic surgeon’s recommendation)

Additional information to provide your plastic surgeon’s office include:

  • You have had botulinum toxin injections in the past
  • You are using NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, anticoagulants or blood thinners
  • You are taking muscle relaxants, allergy or sleeping medication


Aftercare and Recovery

After your botulinum toxin injection, you can return to your regular activities immediately. Strenuous activity, however, is discouraged for the remainder of the day. Redness and swelling may occur at the time of the injection but usually resolves quickly. Any bruising that may occur will usually resolve within a week or two.

To help expedite recovery and maintain results:

  • Avoid massaging the injected area afterwards – doing so may inadvertently cause the botulinum toxin to spread to an unintended area
  • Lying down or inverting the body after injection can cause complications
  • Consult your plastic surgeon’s office before taking painkillers or medication




Fillers, also known as dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are minimally invasive aesthetic medicine used to add volume, alter the contours of the face and fill in wrinkles. It is commonly used to achieve fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance in the face, neck and hands.


What are the Benefits of Fillers?

Here is a list of both cosmetic and medical benefits that fillers can help treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth, eyes or forehead
  • Cheeks, jaw line or lip volume enhancements
  • Scars and depressions in the skin


How are Fillers Administered?

Fillers are administered with a syringe and applied to various areas on the face and head, including areas around the eyes, along the jaw, around the lips and in the head. The number, location and depth of the injections depend on the type of dermal fillers used and the desired results.

How do I Prepare for a Fillers Procedure?

In the weeks leading up to your treatment, your plastic surgeon will provide you thorough instructions to best prepare and answer any questions you may have. Below are a few recommendations:

  • Disclose a full medical history and any medications you are currently taking to your plastic surgeon
  • Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and any other medication that could cause bruising
  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure (this may vary depending on your plastic surgeon’s recommendation)
  • Stay well hydrated before and after treatment for safe recovery


Aftercare and Recovery

After your treatment, you will likely see the results immediately. Post-injection, you may experience swelling or minimal bruising in the area of the injection site. To resolve this, your physician may give an ice pack or col compress to decrease swelling. This should resolve itself within one week to ten days, but recovery time will largely depend on the type of soft tissue filler you received.


Fat Transfer

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a procedure that transfers the patient’s excess fat and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. This procedure not only produces natural-looking results, it is also safe, long-lasting and well-tolerated.

What are the Benefits of Fat Transfer?

The best candidate for a fat transfer is a patient seeking to augment or fill in volume-deficient areas.

Here is a list of both cosmetic and medical benefits that fat transfer can help treat:

  • Facial creases and depressions
  • Breast augmentation and enhancement
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Improve body contour, fill bodily depressions and rejuvenate your hands and face


How is Fat Transfer Administered?

Fat transfer procedure encompasses three stages: (1) harvesting, (2) purification and (3) placement.


Your plastic surgeon and you will select a site for fat removal (usually outer thighs, stomach, or lower back) and inject it with a local anesthetic. A small incision is then created for fat removal using a sterile technique inserting a cannula connected to a syringe to carefully extract fat. This process is also known as liposuction.


The fat extracted from harvesting is processed to prepare the fat cells for transfer to small syringes that will be used for placement. This process, known as purification, may use a centrifuge to spin the fat or a filtration process to remove impurities.


The area of transfer will be prepared for fat injection. Your plastic surgeon will insert a needle or cannula into the incision point of the augmented site. During this process, the needle or cannula is withdrawn in and out a few times to transfer and deposit the purified fatty tissues carefully in natural tissue planes. This process is repeated until desired results are achieved.


How do I Prepare for a Fat Transfer?

Your plastic surgeon will provide thorough instructions to help you best prepare for the procedure. Below are a few recommendations:

  • Disclose a full medical history and any medications you are currently taking to your plastic surgeon
  • Perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for this procedure
  • Pre-procedure photos may be taken
  • Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and any other medication that could cause bruising
  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure (this may vary depending on your plastic surgeon’s recommendation)
  • Stay well hydrated before and after treatment for safe recovery
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. This individual or another point of contact should stay with you for at least twenty-four hours post-procedure


Aftercare and Recovery

After the fat transfer procedure, consult with your doctor on how long it will be before you can return to your normal activities, including work. Post-operative instructions also include:

  • Normal symptoms you will experience
  • Any potential signs of complications

You may experience swelling and bruising during the first week. Bruising should resolve within the second week, with slight swelling remaining. Expect to take seven to ten days or two weeks from normal activities and returning to work. By the third week, swelling will have reduced and careful, light application of makeup may be used to camouflage any residual swelling and bruising.


Getting a Neck Lift for a More Youthful Face

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If you have been looking into possible plastic surgeries to restore your youth and vitality, you may have stumbled across the idea of getting a neck lift. However, you may not have realized that a neck lift can also make your face look more youthful as well. A neck lift is also known as a lower rhytidectomy, and it is a surgical procedure that will remove excess fat and skin in the neck, and fatty deposits under the chin from aging, stress or weight gain. A neck lift may be a good option for those who don’t want a full facelift, but feel that their neck and lower face doesn’t match the appearance of the rest of their face. With that in mind, here are some things you need to consider when getting a neck lift to achieve a more youthful look.

Know Your Goals

Although the costs vary, a neck lift can cost in excess of $8,000. This can increase depending on the severity of the work that you want done. Before going in for a consultation with your surgeon, make sure that you have no outstanding health issues, as this may preclude you from having a neck lift. Because a neck lift is considered a restorative surgery, it won’t fundamentally change your appearance or stop you from aging and wrinkling. When setting your goals, keep in mind that non surgical rejuvenation is also an option, depending on what you want. Non-surgical options may also help to put off a neck lift until it is more necessary if you do not anticipate making extreme changes.

Neck Lift with Lower Facelift

If you want more in depth work done, your surgeon may recommend that you have a lower facelift in addition to a neck lift to achieve a youthful face. A lower facelift tightens and restores the entire face, neck, jawline, jowls, cheeks, and lateral brow. A neck lift for your face will specifically concentrate on your jawline, which may be where the most work is needed. Combining the two will achieve the best results for your face, depending on your goals.

During your consultation, make sure that you reveal your medication and smoking status, as smoking and certain medications may disqualify you from having a neck lift. You should also make sure that you understand the risks and complications associated with this procedure. No matter what you choose, a neck lift is a great option to restore vitality to your lower face and make you feel young again.


Eyelid Surgery: What To Consider

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Eyelid Surgery
Also known as a blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that helps to improve the appearance of your eyelids. This surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both depending on the severity of work that needs to be done. Eyelid surgery has both medical and cosmetic benefits, and can be used to treat functional problems with your eyelids such as eyelid cysts or facial nerve damage, or can be used to alter your appearance and rejuvenate the area around your eyes for a more youthful and revitalized look. Conditions like droopy eyelids may also cause impaired vision, so eyelid surgery in this case will both improve your vision and improve your appearance. With that in mind, here’s what you can expect from eyelid surgery, from the actual procedure, to costs and recovery.

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

An eyelid surgery removes excessive skin, muscle and fat from upper and lower eyelids. In some cases, may only need only skin removed, and the procedure can be done on both the upper and lower eyelids if necessary. During the procedure, incisions will be made in the natural folds of the eyelids, which will be pretty unnoticeable once they have healed. These incisions will allow your surgeon to remove excess skin, muscle and fat as needed, and this will depend on the structure of your face and the severity of the work that you want or need done. If necessary, your surgeon might use a carbon dioxide laser to smooth out the remaining wrinkles that are now exposed due to the lifting of your eyelids.

Cost and Recovery of Eyelid Surgery

According to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of eyelid surgery is $2,874. However, this does not include the cost of anesthesia or operating room fees for more extreme eyelid surgeries. You also should check with your insurance company, as medical eyelid surgery for conditions such as dry eyes may be fully or partially covered after you meet your deductible.

Recovery is also relatively mild from most eyelid surgeries, although as with any surgery, complications can arise. You will experience mild discomfort and swelling in the days following surgery, so you need to make sure to ice and heat appropriately as detailed by your medical professional. Your eyes may also become red and bloodshot while healing, and if you feel pain you should make sure that you get a recommend pain pill prescription. Typical recovery time is four to seven days, as the sutures from the incisions will dissolve on their own.

Eyelid surgery is a big step in making your eyes a beautiful part of your facial features. For additional questions, you should consult your medical professional and see exactly what eyelid surgery can do for you.


Caring for Your Skin and Minimizing Scars

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Caring for Your Skin and Minimizing Scars

In actuality, scars are prime examples of the skin’s remarkable ability to heal and repair itself. After an injury, skin problem, burn, or surgery, fibrous tissue replaces the damaged skin and a scar is born.But whether you fell and cut your knee or you are recovering from a tummy tuck, there’s little doubt that scars are unwelcome and unwanted additions to your skin’s appearance. Although they never completely fade, some scars do diminish over time, and keeping that in mind, how you treat your scar can possibly improve the way it looks.

Treating Scars

Scars come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and types. They can be categorized as indented, flat, or raised. There are also a handful of different factors that can affect how your scar ultimately appears, including things like your age, where the scar is located, as well as the depth of the wound.

Caring for scars promptly, when the wound is fresh, is one of the biggest keys to a more successful outcome where scarring is minimized. Most of these steps are simple, and quite frankly just involve avoiding certain actions. One example includes not applying vitamin E to the wounded area. Are you shocked? Well, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, treating a wound with vitamin E can actually impair the healing process, not better it. Additional do’s and don’ts for treating scars include:

  • Do not cover your wound with products like oils or creams, but instead give it a chance to breathe and an opportunity for a scab to form. On that very important note, don’t pick your scab. Simply let it be, as removing it can hinder the healing that is in process under its surface.
  • While it’s good to keep the wounded skin clean, you do not want to do this overly aggressively by scrubbing, or keep the wound soaked in water. You should also not apply hydrogen peroxide to the wound because it can possibly damage other skin that surrounds the area.
  • Keep scars away from contact with the sun. Sun exposure is one of a scar’s worst enemy because it can burn the sensitive tissue fairly easily, and make things worse by darkening it. A scar may then remain discolored and not fade. If possible, wear protective clothing to shield the injured area. If the scar is on a spot such as the face however, apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater when venturing outside.
  • Once the wound has healed, you can try gently massaging the scarred area to break up bands of collagen that are accumulating underneath. Rubbing it approximately 5 to 10 minutes, 2 times a day, can potentially help the healing process and therefore have a beneficial impact on the scar’s appearance.

Helping Patients with Their Aftercare Needs

Scars can tell a story, but most of us still desire that our skin remains as beautiful as possible, no matter what it goes through. At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gabriel Chiu attentively reviews his patient’s needs, scarring concerns, and the details for recovery care to help achieve optimal results. If you are interested in a reconstructive or cosmetic procedure and desire superior care through this journey, contact our office today or call us at 310.888.8087 to learn more.


BHPS Now Offers Micro-Needling

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery now offers micro-needling among its services. Well-known for providing a number of services for those looking for cosmetic and surgical procedures, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery is now offering the option for patients who would like to try micro-needling. Former and current services available include:

-Breast augmentation (mammoplasty)
-Breast implants
-Breast lift
-Rhinoplasty revision
-Tummy tuck
-Micro-needling and more

Micro-needling is a safe, effective way to take care of your skin. Also called “derma-rolling”, it is a treatment that can be done at home or by an aesthetician. Micro-needling is light penetration of the skin and it allows for better absorption of other skincare products and treatments.

Micro-needling creates micro-injuries, which tell your brain to kick into repair mode. This prompts your body to send collagen to the epidermis, which, as you probably already know, is an important building block of healthy, radiant skin.

Micro-needling has been known to effectively heal scars from acne, brown spots, and cellulite. Patients should know that the size of the needle use on the roller can determine how the scars heal and how they tend to look after.

Micro-needling is known to help with a number of facial problems including:

-Fine lines
-Acne scars
-Stretch marks

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery offers a comfortable environment for those looking for quality equipment. Dr. Gabriel Chiu stands by his philosophy of helping the patient before, during, and after the surgical process. Along with dermarolling, Dr. Chiu is known for his work with rhinoplasties, breast augmentations, and contouring in order to enhance patients’ natural beauty. BHPS is proud to offer micro-needling as a service for those looking for professional beauty services. Contact BHPS to set up your micro-needling appointment, today!