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December
2015
14

Non-surgical Alternatives to a Traditional Facelift

Posted in Face Lift

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Sure, aging is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it gracefully! Those wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin all have a way of aging a person more than they feel on the inside, and more than they wish to look on the outside. A traditional facelift presents the opportunity to effectively improve these signs of age and to achieve youthful looking results. However, let’s face it, surgery just isn’t for everyone, and it might not fit the goals an individual has for their body. Thankfully, today there are alternatives to the traditional facelift.

Types of Facelift Alternatives

Various treatments are available that are quick, less invasive and leave surgery out of the equation altogether. These alternatives help turn back that clock and produce a facial appearance that is fresh and rejuvenated. One prime example of an alternative is a dermal filler known as Juvèderm. Using hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally within the body, these injections are able to plump up the skin, smooth wrinkles, creases and folds. Other features of this age-defying approach include:

• Injections enhance the fullness of lips and cheeks
• Typically does not require an allergy test
• Treatment process is quick, taking roughly 15-30 minutes
• Discomfort during the injections is minimal due to topical anesthetic cream applied beforehand
• Effects are immediate and there is minimal recovery and downtime
• Results are longer-lasting, up to one year

When looking to achieve even more dramatic results, some patients combine Juvèderm with other fillers like Botox. But fillers aren’t the only options out there. Ultherapy is another facelift alternative that allows patients to enjoy the benefits of reduced signs of age without going under the knife. In this case, innovative ultrasound technology is combined with the body’s natural production of collagen to tighten and tone loose skin. This FDA approved treatment only takes about an hour to perform and is commonly done on the skin above the face , neck, decollectage and chin. It offers the advantage of no-recovery time needed. Results are more gradual, with apparent improvement visible after several months. Similar to Juvèderm, these results can be long lasting and many patients still have a fresher facial appearance a few years after the treatment.

Reducing the Signs of Age Without Surgery

Cosmetic surgery has certainly come a long way, and it continues to do so. Advances in technology and techniques provide patients with a variety of options when it comes to making different aesthetic alterations. Those looking to bypass surgery now have numerous facelift alternatives, like Juvèderm, Botox and Ultherapy. If an extensive surgical procedure is not on your to-do list, but achieving a more youthful facial appearance is, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery for a consultation. We’ll help determine which alternative treatment suits your needs and goals best.

December
2015
04

Breast Implant Placement: Over Or Under The Muscle?

Posted in Breast Implants

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Choosing the ideal breast placement is best decided by you and your plastic surgeon. This placement will be dependent on a number of factors including:

  1. The type of breast implant
  2. The size of breast implant
  3. Your health history
  4. Your body type

The shape of the breast and final look is for the most part determined by the association of the breast implants and the chest muscles. A number of factors come in to play when determining if over the muscle placement or under the muscle placement is best.

Dr. Gabriel Chiu at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. will help you achieve the look you want by meeting with you personally in a consultation to determine if over or under the muscle breast placement is best.

Over The Muscle Placement

Placing the breast implant over the muscle means the implant is placed between the chest muscle and the breast tissue; this is called subglandular placement. Some of the advantages of over the muscle breast implant placement are:

  1. Larger implants can be placed depending on the features of the breast.
  2. The breast implants can be placed closer together so a more pronounced cleavage can be attained.
  3. Breast implants have less chance of becoming distorted when the chest muscles are contracted.

Under The Muscle Placement

The breast implant placed under the muscle is called submuscular placement. Advantages to placing the breast implant under the muscle are:

  1. The skin in the breast area tends to retain its resilience as the chest muscle helps to support the placement of the breast implant.
  2. There tends to be a more natural appearance as the chest muscle and breast tissue are both covering the area.
  3. Rippling is likely to be less noticeable when there is a submuscular placement of the breast implant.

Silicone breast implants work well when the patient has a significant amount of breast tissue and can be placed over the muscle. The silicone implants tend to give a more natural look and feel as compared to saline implants.

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Silicone breast implants and saline breast implants are both excellent choices. Detailed information about both options can be found on the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. website, and a consultation with Dr. Chiu will determine the ideal implants and placement for you.

December
2015
02

Liposuction is For Men, Too!

Posted in Liposuction

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When we think of liposuction, we typically picture women taking those steps of fulfilling their aesthetic goals. However, now more than ever, numerous men are joining in the ranks when it comes to this fat removal procedure. Small areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise can be a real issue for both sexes. Thankfully, just like for women, the results of liposuction for men can be impressive, and the procedure’s benefits make it fairly clear why people all across the nation are choosing this method to improve their body contours.

The Facts, the Stats and the Advantages of Liposuction

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 211,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the United States last year, amounting to a five percent increase from the year before. The number for men receiving liposuction saw an overall increase of three percent. What exactly has contributed to liposuction’s rising numbers? Perhaps newer techniques, which have reduced recovery time, are a contributing factor.

The Advantages of Liposuction Can Include:

  1. Safely removes fat
  2. Can improve the appearance of cellulite
  3. Can often be easily combined with other cosmetic procedures
  4. Sculpts areas of the body unresponsive to diet and exercise
  5. Can result in a boost in self-esteem and self-image
  6. Potential health benefits associated with fat loss

 

While liposuction is not intended as a method for weight loss, it can be very useful at removing small portions of fat from certain areas of the body, to refine the silhouette and improve the overall appearance of the figure. In general, these areas include the hips, thighs, arms, chest, abdomen, buttocks, neck/jawline and waist. When focusing on male patients, it is quite common for them to have liposuction on the abdomen and the “love handles” to sculpt a bulgy waistline. Liposuction is also a common tool involved in male breast reduction. In this case, excess tissue that developed due to gynecomastia is removed to produce a more masculine physique. Liposuction of the jawline has also become increasingly popular for men experiencing “double chin” or “turkey neck,” as it creates a more contoured and masculine neck/jawline.

Contact Your Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction can be an excellent approach at sculpting facial and body contours for both men and women alike. If you are considering this procedure, meeting with an experienced surgeon is the first step at making sure it’s the right method for reaching your goals. Request a consultation with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu today, or call us at 310-888-8087 if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

November
2015
30

The Miracle Growth Benefits of Latisse for Your Eyelashes

Posted in Latisse Treatments

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Long, dark eyelashes can be a very distinctive facial feature, not to mention an extremely desirable one. Those long lashes make the eyes pop and can be used to convey unspoken emotions with a wink or a flutter. For those who lack in the lustrous lash department, a topical medication called Latisse may just be the answer to all of your lash dreams. Used for the prescription treatment of inadequate eyelash growth, it can effectively increase lash length, darkness and fullness, as well as provide its users with several other benefits.

About Latisse

Surprisingly enough, Latisse was discovered by accident. A glaucoma study inadvertently discovered that when a test medicine was applied to the eyes of glaucoma patients, their lashes were becoming longer and darker. Latisse was then developed and approved by the FDA for this new, cosmetic purpose.

The specifics of exactly how this miracle growth serum works are a bit of a mystery. Studies suggest that Latisse extends the growth phase of hair, producing longer and denser eyelashes. It also increases the width of the hair bulb, which make the lashes thicker.

According to a 16 week study, the following results were experienced after the participants used Latisse:

  • Lash length increased by 25 percent
  • Eyelash darkness increased by 18 percent
  • The thickness and the fullness of the lashes increased by106 percent

How It’s Used

One great benefit of Latisse is that it is safe and effective for most people to use. Treatment involves the daily application of the serum to the base of the upper lashes. Through the process of blinking, the lower eyelashes are automatically able to receive the serum. By using the supplied, sterile applicators, patients are able to ensure the safety of their eyes and avoid possible infections or reactions. Patients will need to use this product for several months to achieve the best and most apparent results, and continued use is necessary for maintaining the newfound length, darkness and fullness.

Getting Luscious Lashes With Latisse

For years now, Latisse has been helping patients with sparse lash growth get fuller and darker eyelashes that can definitely make an impression. This scientifically-based, prescription-strength “miracle growth” product has built a strong reputation. Celebrities like Claire Danes, Brooke Shields and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks have all been spokespersons, and its popularity increases as the results become more widely known. If you are interested in Latisse and taking the first step towards lush lashes, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today for a consultation. We’ll help answer any questions you may have and help you take your first steps towards fluttering those luxurious lashes.

 

 

 

 

October
2015
30

Keller Funnel Reduces Scarring During Breast Augmentation

Posted in Breast Augmentation

Year after year, breast augmentation continues to hold its ground as the leading plastic surgery procedure performed. Thanks to advances in technology and techniques, patients now have more options when it comes to this curve enhancing experience. One newer option that has fairly recently come into play is called the Keller Funnel. For patients that are using silicone implants to increase breast size, this innovative device offers many substantial advantages.

 

What is it & How Does it Work?

Invented by Dr. Kevin Keller, the Keller Funnel is a cone-shaped device that gently delivers the silicone implant into the breast pocket, without the implant touching the skin .

 

When used in breast augmentation procedures, the tip of the funnel is placed into the incision on the breast. Normally, since silicone implants are pre-filled, these incisions need to be longer when being inserted by hand. However, with the Keller Funnel, shorter incisions can be made on the skin for implant delivery.

 

Once the surgeon is ready, the implant is put into the device. On the inside of this funnel is a hydrophilic coating that creates a slick and slippery surface for delivering the implant. Using the gentlest of approaches, the implant is then propelled easily into place.

 

What Are The Benefits?

The Keller Funnel can bring many benefits to patients who opt to have it used in their breast surgery. One being that the ease in which the implant is delivered by the device minimizes the potential for implant damage. Standard breast augmentation with pre-filled implants involves a degree of pushing, poking, prodding and pulling. By lessening the amount of force and stress placed on the implant shell during insertion, the chances for mishandling complications are reduced.

 

Additionally, the device offers a no-touch technique that can be very beneficial in the terms of safety and health. Since the implant isn’t handled by the doctor and doesn’t come into contact with latex or the skin during delivery, the chances of bacterial contamination are minimized, as well as the risk of capsular contracture and infection.

 

Scarring is often a common concern for patients when it comes to breast augmentation. As a rule, the larger the incisions, the larger the scars. So with this in mind, a breast augmentation with the Keller Funnel offers patients the great benefit of minimizing scars due to shorter incision lengths. Other advantages to the Keller Funnel procedure include:

 

  • More incision location options
  • Shorter operating times
  • Faster healing and more comfort
  • Less trauma to breast tissue

 

Learn More About Keller Funnel & Breast Augmentation

From the time of its inception in 2009, this device has revolutionized the way silicone breast augmentations are performed and has effectively improved the experience for patients. If you are considering the procedure to help you achieve your body goals, schedule a consultation Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today or call us at 310.888.8087 if you have any questions.