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Everything You Need to Know about a Tummy Tuck – from the Consultation to the Results

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For some patients, the midsection can be labeled as a distinctive “problem” area when it comes to achieving a flattering shape. Toning the abdominal muscles and flattening out the tummy with diet and exercise can be easier said than done, and discouraging if no positive results ensue. Patients who have experienced significant weight loss or have given birth often find that their major life change has left a lingering reminder in the form of excess abdominal skin.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, involves removing this loose skin and stubborn fat and tightening abdominal muscles in order to achieve a flatter and firmer midsection.

Every patient’s plastic surgery experience is different and personal, stemming from a variety of reasons, and concluding with unique results. The road to an improved body contour with a tummy tuck begins with a thorough plan. This unique plan can organize the surgery process by customizing an approach that suits the patient’s needs and goals for their body structure.

The Consultation

The initial tummy tuck consultation is an important time for both the patient and the doctor. For all involved, it’s an opportunity to have questions answered, address any concerns, and cover the facts, risks and benefits of the procedure itself.

This consultation also involves an evaluation of the patient’s general health, medical history, and an assessment of the abdominal area. Not all abdominal sections are the same, so assessing the extent of loose skin and fatty tissue will help determine which type of procedure is the most suitable.

The Main Methods of Tummy Tucks

Full or Traditional

In this procedure, the entire abdomen area is addressed, above and below the navel. Horizontal incision near the bikini line is made. Then the skin and underlying fat is undermined to repair abdominal muscles, and to pull and remove excess skin and fatty tissue.

Partial or “Mini”

This is the “lite” version of a full abdominoplasty. A similar shaped, but smaller incision is made to improve the appearance of a patient’s tummy that protrudes from below the belly button.

Lateral Tension

A single curved incision is used to tighten the skin at the sides of the abdomen, rather than the center. With this technique, the waist and the contours of the upper thighs can become more defined.


This type of tummy tuck is designed for those who have excess skin and fat in the upper abdominal area only. In this case, an incision is made under the breast fold to pull and tighten the skin upwards.


Using a small incision, weakened abdominal wall muscles are repaired and the belly button can be repositioned to a more natural position.

In addition to making decisions about the best technique or surgical option, a tummy tuck consultation provides a great opportunity for a patient to get to know their plastic surgeon and feel more confident about their upcoming surgery.

The Surgery

In the weeks leading up to their surgery, patients should carefully follow their doctor’s advice on health and preparation tummy tuck treatment. Generally speaking, patients are advised to quit smoking and stop taking certain medications, some of which can cause increased bleeding. A detox program may also be recommended.

For abdominoplasty patients, surgery begins with being placed under general anesthesia. Following this, the surgeon proceeds to make incisions based upon the decided tummy tuck type. During surgery, liposuction is often used as the fat removal technique, and can also be performed on other areas of the body to improve more contours. Depending on the extent of the procedure, patients can expect the surgery duration to last from one to four hours.

The Recovery & The Results

As with any type of surgery, the recovery period is vital to ensure proper healing and the best results. Immediately after the procedure, patients can expect to experience some tenderness, pain, and swelling in the treated areas.

Wearing a compression garment will help control swelling, and medications, muscle relaxers and supplements may be prescribed to provide relief during the recovery phase.

During the first few weeks after a tummy tuck, patients should not be exposed to strenuous activities or exercise. Very light physical movements can be performed, but a patient should try to focus on resting as their body adjusts to the surgical changes.

Typically, patients notice tummy tuck results after about a month. A full recovery, with apparent improvements in the midsection, may occur in as little as three months.

Getting a Flatter Midsection with a Tummy Tuck

For many patients, a firmer and flatter tummy not only helped refine their silhouette, but it also gave their self-confidence a boost. If you are considering a tummy tuck, please contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. by calling (888) 754-8955 to request a consultation. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu, can help determine which procedure is right for you to achieve the look you desire. 


What Makes Dr. Gabriel Chiu’s Office a Unique Experience?

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What Makes Dr. Gabriel Chiu’s Office Unique?

Plastic surgery has given millions the chance to improve areas of dissatisfaction and enhance their overall appearance. In these cases, the importance of obtaining a skilled and knowledgeable plastic surgeon is basically undeniable. That being said, perhaps one of the more undervalued aspects of cosmetic surgery is the element of providing patients with the utmost quality care and amenities. In his luxurious Beverly Hills spa office, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu, combines the best of both worlds to transform a procedure, into a memorable experience.

Surrounded by Comfort

For some patients, altering their appearance can create a certain degree of anxiety and apprehension. Dr. Chiu’s state-of-the-art office focuses on creating a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere for his patients, with modern amenities such as Bose sound systems, plasma televisions, and lounge-style exam chairs with built-in iPod speakers. Patients can watch their favorite TV shows and movies through Netflix while enjoying healthy, tasty and personalized snacks and beverages.

Treatments at the the Medispa further add to the element of comfort. By offering patients the most advanced skincare techniques in a comfortable lounge environment, they will always be red-carpet ready.

Rooted in Credibility

When it comes to plastic surgery, referrals say a lot about a surgeon’s character, bedside manner, and talent. Referrals are not the primary display of universal results, which is why reviews of patient experiences can reveal a lot  about a surgeon’s expertise and credibility.

Dr. Chiu has earned his credibility through his education, his experience, and of course, his results. He has earned the support of thousands of satisfied patients, including celebrities and non-celebrities alike. He offers the VIP experience to each patient, and values the importance of quality patient care, for every non-invasive treatment or extensive surgical procedure.

“I recently had breast augmentation performed by Dr. Gabriel Chiu. I was so nervous about which doctor to choose for such an important procedure as this. I am 100% satisfied and grateful that I was referred to Dr. Chiu and decided to have him perform my surgery.” – Kristin C. (Yelp)

From the moment you walk into this fine establishment you are treated with the utmost respect and top customer service. They are fully staffed with the highest trained professionals who treat you like you are royalty.” Cal I. (Yelp)

Reliable & Unique

Dr. Chiu’s office sets the bar high when it comes to style and modern amenities. But in no way is skill or care any less important. Instead, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery offers an all-encompassing experience, where a patient can achieve their personal aesthetic goals in a caring and comfortable environment.  

If you are interested in visiting Dr. Chiu’s office for a unique plastic surgery experience or have questions, call us at (310) 888-8087 to request a consultation.


What Breast Implant Size is Right for You?

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We live in a world with plenty of options, and yes, it’s always nice to have options. When it comes to breast augmentation, the array of options continues. One important decision a woman has to make is which implant size to choose. While the common saying, “Bigger is always better” may come to mind, this isn’t always the case when it comes to breast implants. There are several determining factors that can help a woman decide which implant size is right for her and only her.


One Size Doesn’t Fit All

We’re all unique, it’s just a fact. So, that one size fits all thing doesn’t ring true here; there are just too many factors to consider. Saline vs. silicone isn’t the only choice to make. In selecting the right breast implant size for her body, a woman should consider these important factors:


  • Lifestyle: Whether you’re a marathon runner, a businesswoman, or both, daily activities do play a role in implant size selection. Before choosing, think about how much physical activity is a part of your lifestyle and how breasts of a certain size could affect you. The weight of the breasts could be hard to deal with if your daily activity level is high and could lead to premature sagging.

  • Anatomy: This is a big one. Since we all come in different shapes and sizes, implant selection should reflect that. A woman’s height, weight, chest and shoulder width all come into play in determining the most proportionate implant size for her frame. Current breast size is a factor as well. If there is not enough breast tissue to sufficiently cover the implant, either that specific implant size will not fit or possible breast augmentation complications could occur, such as rippling.


Trying it on For Size

Now for a sigh of relief; you get to try before you buy it. Sizing sessions allow women to visualize their post plastic surgery figures. In the session, a special bra is worn that holds the breast implants in place. This gives a woman the opportunity to look in the mirror and see how different sized implants look on her own body, in her own clothes.

You know you’ve got options, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Dr. Gabriel Chiu and the experienced medical team at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery can help you choose the best breast implant size for you and your body. If you have any questions about breast augmentation or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.



Corset – Waist Training Frequently Asked Questions

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Is waist training dangerous? What does it do to the body?
Corsets have been used for centuries to give a smaller waist. When used appropriately, they are safe. You can benefit from better posture as well as a smaller waist. If you wear it too tight to the point that it restricts your movements, it can make it difficult to breathe. This will not only be uncomfortable, but can also cause injury.

How does it change the bone structure and is the effect permanent if done correctly?
The theory is if you do it long enough, it will it will change your shape and possibly contour your ribs, but for the most part, it pushes your “insides” (intestines, omentum, organs) away from your waist. Of course, when the pressure is off, your insides go back to where they were before.

What are some of the psychological effects of waist training over long periods?
Women can become psychologically dependent on them. Dealing with the discomfort can lead to more moodiness and irritability as well.

Is it irresponsible for celebrities to endorse this?
When used properly and for a limited time, they pose no long term problems.

Historically and currently, what makes the coveted “hourglass” shape so desired by both men and women?
An hourglass shape is synonymous with feminine sex appeal. The smaller waist enhances the bustline and pelvis, drawing a man’s attention to these areas.

Why have we seen something of a resurgence in this practice?
Corsets have been very popular in South America, known as fajas. They have recently gained popularity here due to celebrity use- Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Beyonce, and  Jessica Alba have all been known to use them.


A Mommy Makeover for Mother’s Day

Mother and child by poolMother’s Day is right around the corner, and many spouses and children are struggling to find the perfect gift to show their love and appreciation for the woman who puts their needs before hers and gives so much. Rather than getting her yet another set of lotions and perfumes, why not give Mom the gift of a Mommy Makeover this year?

Increasing numbers of women are undergoing the Mommy Makeover procedure to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. Pregnancy can have some unfavorable effects on a woman’s body, such as sagging or deflated breasts, a protruding abdomen, and excess fat deposits that are difficult to eliminate with just diet and exercise. A Mommy Makeover combines some or all of the following procedures into one surgery to give Mom her body and confidence back:

Tummy Tuck

For most women, the abdomen is the area of the body most affected by pregnancy and the most difficult area to improve even after a healthy weight is achieved. Stretched abdominal muscles, excess fat, and loose skin can all contribute to a bulging midsection. Tummy tuck surgery corrects all of these conditions by tightening the abdominal muscles, eliminating unwanted fat, and removing excess skin to produce a smooth and toned tummy.


Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body to remove stubborn fat deposits and sculpt the body to produce more attractive contours. This relatively quick procedure uses small incisions to suction out unwanted fat, and the results are long lasting. Dr. Chiu offers a variety of liposuction techniques to meet a wide range of patient needs.

Breast Augmentation

This extremely rewarding procedure improves the size and shape of the breasts using either saline or silicone implants. Silicone, cohesive gel, or “Gummy Bear” implants can be either round or anatomically shaped to suit the desired aesthetics of the patient. Incisions for breast augmentation can be made around the nipples (periareolar), along the breast crease (inframammary), or within the underarm (transaxillary). Dr. Chiu performs breast augmentation to achieve his patients’ desired breast volume and projection, especially for mothers who have experienced volume loss after pregnancy and breastfeeding. During your consultation, Dr. Chiu will discuss the pros and cons of each option and recommend the best techniques to achieve your desired results.

Breast Lift

For mothers who have sagging breasts with excess skin, breast lift surgery can restore perky, lifted breasts. Loose breast skin is removed, and the nipples can also be moved to a higher position on the breasts if necessary. A variety of incision techniques are available (crescent, donut, lollipop, or anchor) so that the procedure can be customized to correct each patient’s specific degree of sagging. Breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation to achieve fuller, more youthful breasts.

Give your mom the gift of confidence with a Mommy Makeover this Mother’s Day!

If you are interested in a Mommy Makeover for your loved one or yourself, please contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery by calling (888) 754-8955 or filling out our online contact form. During a consultation, our experienced, a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu, can help determine which procedures will achieve a more youthful and attractive body.