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November
2017
17

Getting Rid of Stretch Marks with a Tummy Tuck

Whether it is from weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or other lifestyle changes, it can be difficult to deal with stretch marks in the abdominal area. Since stretch marks reach down to deeper layers of skin, they are difficult to get rid of and may be bothersome or unsightly. Fortunately, a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills has the ability to tighten your abdominal area and help remedy stretch marks.Whether it is from weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or other lifestyle changes, it can be difficult to deal with stretch marks in the abdominal area. Since stretch marks reach down to deeper layers of skin, they are difficult to get rid of and may be bothersome or unsightly. Fortunately, a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills has the ability to tighten your abdominal area and help remedy stretch marks.

For more information about cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills, consult with Dr. Chiu today to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about starting your journey to a body you love.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are a result of skin stretching and an increase of cortisone in your system. Cortisone is a hormone naturally produced by your adrenal glands. However, having too much of this hormone can make your skin lose its elasticity. These conditions might cause the dermis to stretch beyond its capacity. The fibers in the dermis break, impeding collagen production and leaving visible scars. Stretch marks are a very common form of skin scarring. While some stretch marks disappear on their own, in some cases they will require removal treatment. Some of the places where stretch marks occur include the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks, and thighs. Stretch marks are common in these circumstances:

● Many women experience stretch marks during pregnancy as the skin stretches to make room for the developing baby. This continual tugging and stretching can cause stretch marks.

● Stretch marks sometimes appear when you rapidly gain or lose weight.

● Teenagers may also notice stretch marks after a sudden growth spurt.

● Having a family history of stretch marks.

● Females are more prone to stretch marks in general.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty,” improves the contours of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat to tighten the abdominal muscles. The midsection is one of the most difficult areas to target with diet and exercise alone, and this procedure gives patients the confidence and comfort that comes with a flatter and more attractive abdominal appearance. With a tummy tuck procedure, you can remove stretch marks on the lower abdomen and gain a boost in confidence.

Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch marks are an annoyance that the majority of women, and even some men, know all too well. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen can be removed if they are located on the excess skin that is trimmed away, giving you beautiful, healthy-looking skin that you can feel confident about.

A surgical stretch mark removal is the most reliable option to completely get rid of stretch marks: lasers and topical options may only fade or lessen them. Currently, the only area of the body where stretch marks may be surgically removed is the stomach area. Known as an abdominoplasty, or more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” this procedure tightens the abdominal muscles, and removes any excess skin in the mid or lower abdominal region. The excess skin will be discarded along with the stretch marks. Candidates for a tummy tuck are limited to patients in good health, who do not smoke, and have an excessive amount of skin around the stomach.

Tummy Tick in Beverly Hills

When undergoing surgery, you should always choose a surgeon whom you can trust and with whom you can have candid, comprehensive and open communications. Dr. Chiu provides a relaxed environment for patients and ensures that your consultation is a comfortable, enjoyable experience in which you feel confident expressing concerns and asking any and all questions regarding your procedure(s). Dr. Chiu takes the time to thoroughly understand your goals and objectives, so he can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire. If you are considering a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.

November
2017
15

The Different Variations of a Mommy Makeover

Pregnancy and nursing can take a major toll on a woman’s figure. These changes may lead to some unfavorable changes such as saggy, deflated breasts, excess abdominal skin, and stubborn fat deposits. A Mommy Makeover procedure is designed to take back a mother’s body by combining several procedures that can correct these issues and restore a pre-baby figure.

Increasing numbers of women are undergoing the Mommy Makeover procedure to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. A Mommy Makeover combines some or all of the following procedures into one surgery to give a mom her body and confidence back.

For more information on whether a Mommy Makeover in Beverly Hills is right for you, consult with Dr. Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to clarify your cosmetic goals and get a clearer picture of what you can expect during surgery.

Breast Lift

Breasts are an area that tend to look less like they used to after children. Breastfeeding can often leave lasting marks and effects. This procedure lifts, reshapes, and improves the firmness of sagging breasts. Breasts that have become saggy due to pregnancy and breastfeeding can look youthful and perky once again with a mommy makeover.

Liposuction

This procedure can remove unwanted fat from the stomach, butt, thighs, hips, bra line, or other areas of the body. Liposuction reclaims your natural, attractive body shape and can be the first step toward a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Breast Augmentation

This procedure enhances the volume and shape of small or deflated breasts. Breasts that have lost volume and have become deflated after childbirth and nursing can once again be firm and full with breast implants.

Tummy Tuck

Bodies can be stretched and can lose their original shape after carrying a baby. Most plastic surgeons recommend that patients undergo a “tummy tuck,” or the removal of loose skin from the abdomen area. A tummy tuck can be a simple way to get your pre-baby body back and to feel good when you hit the beach in your swimsuit. It can also help to eliminate stretch marks.

This procedure tightens the stomach muscles, removes excess abdominal fat and skin, and creates a smoother, flatter tummy. Abdominoplasty can help mothers reclaim their body by eliminating stretch marks, improving core muscle strength, getting rid of excess skin, and eliminating stubborn fat.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

A Mommy Makeover procedure is completely customizable, which means that the recovery time will vary from patient to patient. Women who undergo all four of the above procedures at once should expect a longer recovery than women who undergo only one or two of these procedures. Some patients who undergo a more involved Mommy Makeover will benefit from remaining in an aftercare facility for several days after surgery. Patients may take prescribed pain medications to manage pain and soreness during the first few weeks after surgery. For most women, it is acceptable to resume normal activities about two to four weeks after the Mommy Makeover. Patients should plan a gradual approach to resuming exercise after surgery and keep all follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor their recovery.

Mommy Makeover in Beverly Hills

When undergoing surgery, such as a Mommy Makeover in Beverly Hills you should always choose a surgeon whom you can trust and with whom you can have candid, comprehensive and open communications. Dr. Chiu provides a relaxed environment for patients and ensures that your consultation is a comfortable, enjoyable experience in which you feel confident expressing concerns and asking any and all questions regarding your procedure(s). Dr. Chiu takes the time to thoroughly understand your goals and objectives so he can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire. If you are considering a mommy makeover, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

November
2017
09

7 Questions Answered About Facelifts

As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and the underlying tissues of the face become loose and begin to sag. These and other factors contribute to a facial appearance that may cause a person to look older than he or she feels. Facelift surgery addresses signs of aging in the cheeks, lower face, and neck to restore a more youthful facial appearance. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift in Beverly Hills, here are 7 questions answered about facelifts.

1. Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

There is no specific age or profile for those who should consider a facelift. Facelifts can and should be individualized. A facelift procedure takes into account factors that include age, body type and size. All candidates should be in good general health.

2. If I want to lose a few pounds, should I wait to have a facelift?

Ideally, a patient should be in the best health and shape possible before any surgery. Patients should not smoke or abuse drugs or alcohol. You want to be at your best when considering this type of procedure, but if it is just a few pounds, it will not make that much of a difference in your results. If you want to lose more than a few pounds, you should wait until you feel healthy and comfortable with your weight before getting a procedure done. Consult with Dr. Chiu who will be able to review your health and consult you on what will be the safest and most effective option for your body type and situation.

3. How will I look different?

Most patients say they look refreshed after a facelift procedure. A good facelift makes patients look younger rather than “different” or “operated on.” The best facelifts look natural and as if nothing has been done.

4. How long does a facelift procedure take?

Time will depend upon the extent of the procedure. For some patients, mini-facelifts can be done in under two hours. Standard facelifts usually take three to four hours and may take up to six when combined with eyelid or brow surgery. Since a facelift is by definition a relatively superficial operation (no bones are broken), a longer surgery has little detriment to the patient.

5. What is the recovery time?

Every recovery time will be different. Generally, noticeable swelling will go down within 10 to 14 days. Most patients often return to work in two weeks. To be sure you’ll be at your best for special occasions, schedule surgery a month before the event.

6. What are the risks?

Facelifts are safe when performed by well-trained professionals. Like any surgery, facelift procedures carry some risks. Infection is possible but rarely occurs because of the face’s abundant blood supply. Healing is usually uneventful unless a patient is a smoker.

7. How long will the effects of a facelift last?

The results from a facelift are generally permanent, and patients can enjoy their rejuvenated appearance for years to come. Of course, the face will continue to age naturally after surgery, but patients will continue to look younger than if they had not undergone the procedure. To maintain optimum results, patients should follow a healthy skin care regimen and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.

Facelift in Beverly Hills

When undergoing surgery, you should always choose a surgeon whom you can trust and with whom you can have candid, comprehensive and open communications. Dr. Chiu provides a relaxed environment for patients and ensures that your consultation is a comfortable, enjoyable experience in which you feel confident expressing concerns and asking any and all questions regarding your procedure(s). Dr. Chiu takes the time to thoroughly understand your goals and objectives so he can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire. If you are considering a facelift in Beverly Hills, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.

November
2017
07

Plastic Surgery for Men Becoming More Popular

Women are no longer the only ones turning to plastic surgery to take care of the problem areas that often crop up with age. More and more men are looking into and taking advantage of several surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgery for men is becoming just as available and personalized as they are for women, with several plastic surgery procedures in Beverly Hills catering to the male audience.

Both for health benefits and increased self-confidence, men are now coming out of the shadows and embracing plastic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) presented a 2016 report and found the top five surgical and minimally invasive procedures most used by men.

Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures Used by Men

The ASPS listed these as the top 5 most common cosmetic procedures used by men in 2016:

• Breast reduction, also called gynecomastia, was performed on more than 27,000 men. Up 1% from 2015.

• Eyelid surgery lifts the lids, thus helping improve vision. More than 30,000 of these were performed on men last year. An increase of 4% from the previous year.

• A facelift can tighten the skin and present a more youthful appearance. More than 12,000 men got a facelift in 2016. Up 1% from 2015.

• Liposuction is another popular option for men, with more than 26,000 receiving this procedure. An increase of 5% from the prior year.

• More than 55,000 men had their noses reshaped last year. This is up 3% from 2015.

Top 5 Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Used by Men

The ASPS listed these Top 5 most common minimally invasive procedures used by men in 2016:

• Botox was used by more than 447,000 men, an increase of 4% from 2015.

• Laser hair removal was used by more than 194,000 men in 2016, up 3% from the prior year.

• Chemical peels increased by 5% from the previous year with more than 104,000 men having this procedure done last year.

• Soft tissue fillers were used by almost 100,000 men last year, an increase of 1% from 2015.

With more than $16 billion spent on plastic surgery in 2016, and the success of these procedures, statistics should show an even greater increase by both men and women in 2017.

Additional Options for Men

In addition to the techniques already mentioned, there are many other cosmetic surgery options available for men. These options include:

• Face and cheek augmentation. This can help patients present a stronger and more masculine face.

• Ear surgery can reduce the shape and angle to present a more balanced and proportioned face.

• A brow lift will smooth out the forehead and raise sagging brows.

• Abdominal etching uses liposuction to selectively remove fat from around the abdominal muscles.

• A tummy tuck will eliminate stomach fat and remove sagging skin.

• Body contouring is especially popular after a major weight loss to help eliminate excess fat and skin.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

There are many reasons that men might consider plastic surgery. In addition to looking more attractive or correcting damage done from accident or injury, men may undergo plastic surgery to gain the confidence that may have been lacking in the past. Whatever the reason, do your due diligence to make sure you are getting the best and most thorough information possible.

Dr. Gabriel Chiu is a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in the art of aesthetic plastic surgery for men and women. He will help you examine all of your cosmetic surgery options and has several procedures designed specifically for men. With Dr. Chiu’s help, you can look and feel your best, both personally and professionally.

November
2017
03

What Causes a Deviated Septum?

The septum is the wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils and nasal passages. When this wall becomes misaligned or displaced to one side, it is considered to be a deviated septum. For more information about receiving deviated septum treatment in Beverly Hills, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery for a more detailed overview of what you can expect.

Potential Causes

In some cases, a deviated septum can be congenital, meaning that an individual was born with the condition—a deviated septum can occur during fetal development. It can also occur as a result of an injury to the nose. Trauma to the nose most commonly occurs during contact sports, active play or roughhousing, or automobile accidents.

Because, the normal aging process affects nasal structures, worsening a deviated septum over time, a deviated septum can worsen with age as well. Changes in the amount of swelling of nasal tissues– because of developing rhinitis or rhinosinusitis– can additionally accentuate the narrowing of a nasal passage from a deviated septum, resulting in nasal obstruction.

Symptoms

Most individuals with a deviated septum have only a minor deviation, and in such cases, symptoms are quite unlikely. The most common symptom of a deviated septum, however, is nasal congestion, with one side of the nose being more congested than the other, along with difficulty breathing. Recurrent or repeated sinus infections can also be a sign of a deviated septum. Other symptoms include frequent nosebleeds, loud snoring, dryness in one nostril, facial pain, headache, and postnasal drip.

Treatments

Sometimes symptoms of a deviated septum can be relieved solely with medications, although if medicine alone doesn’t offer adequate relief or if the septum is too severely deviated, a surgical procedure called septoplasty may often be needed to repair a crooked septum and to improve on breathing. Although a septoplasty is the most effective way of treating a deviated symptoms other treatments exist that may not resolve a deviated septum entirely, but can lessen the symptoms that accompany it.

Common treatments for symptoms include:

• decongestants
• antihistamines
• nasal steroid sprays
• nasal strips

Those opting for the surgical option can expect the surgeon to work through the inside of the nose, makes a small incision in the septum and then removes the excess bone or cartilage required to even out the breathing space of the nostrils. Silicone splints may be inserted in each nostril to support the septum before the incision wound is finally closed with sutures.

Sometimes, a rhinoplasty, or “nose job,” is combined with septoplasty to improve the appearance of the nose. This procedure is called septorhinoplasty. A septoplasty may also be combined with sinus surgery. All in all, the procedure is generally a very safe one for most patients.

Deviated Septum Treatment in Beverly Hills

To learn about more ways for deviated septum treatment in Beverly Hills or to schedule a consultation to discuss further options such as rhinoplasty revision to further help, contact Dr. Gabriel Chiu, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose utmost goal is to help his patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals in a caring and relaxing environment.