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February
2016
22

BHPS Now Offers Micro-Needling

BHPS Now Offers Micro-Needling

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
-Botox
-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
-Aging
-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!

February
2016
20

Micro-needling: The Next Big Thing In Skin Rejuvenation

Micro-needling: The Next Big Thing In Skin Rejuvenation

Medical treatments and advanced technologies represent the perfect marriage in collaboration between the procedure itself and the body’s own healing mechanism. Micro-needling for skin rejuvenation and reduced fine lines and deep wrinkles is an elegant example of this.

Effectively known for its medical and cosmetic benefits, micro-needling is increasingly quoted as the next big thing in skincare. Here is an inside look into micro-needling, how it works, its benefits, and recovery tips.

What is micro-needling and how does it work?

Microneedling, also known as skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT) and percutaneous collagen therapy (PCI) is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation that uses a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury.

Micro-wounds are created through each fine needle puncture in the skin, allowing each controlled injury to trigger the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. As a result, there is an improvement in overall skin texture, firmness and hydration, as well as reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

What is micro-needling used for?

Micro-needling is most commonly used for reducing scars (caused by acne, surgery, etc.), fading stretch marks, reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles, and tightening sagging skin. It is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures. Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion and/or laser treatment, micro-needling yields the results while causing minimal skin damage.

Am I a candidate for micro-needling?

Micro-needling can be safely performed on all skin types and all skin colors. There are a few restrictions that may limit or exclude patients from undergoing this procedure:

-Are pregnant or breast feeding
-Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
-Have any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
-Have had radiation treatment to the skin within the last year
-Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the skin
-Have used Accutane (Isotretinoin) within the last three months

What are the benefits of micro-needling?

Micro-needling has numerous benefits, including medical, cosmetic and cost purposes. Below are its key benefits to consider:

-Suitable for all skin types, including ethnic skin
-Performed on all areas of the scalp, face and body including fragile areas like around eyes, mouth and neck
-Quick post-operative recovery period
-Stimulates circulation, collagen production and tissue regeneration
-Cost effective compared to other resurfacing procedures
-Reduces the risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring
-Reduces pore size

What should I expect during the micro-needling procedure?

Micro-needling is an investment in time; the number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual skin condition and how he/she responds to the treatment. While 3-6 treatments are often recommended, a minimum separation time of 4-6 weeks is required between treatments. Patients, however, will begin to see results after the first appointment.

The procedure can take a few minutes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the condition. On the day of the procedure, no lotions, makeup or other topical products are to be applied on the treatment area. Your medical professional may apply a topical numbing cream on the treatment area or inject local anesthetic to minimize discomfort prior to beginning the procedure.

During the procedure, the skin is punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device that is used to over the skin multiple times to maximize results. As each fine needle punctures the skin, microscopic wounds are created to stimulate skin cell regeneration.

Post-procedure Instructions and Recovery

After the procedure, post-operative care is important between and after sessions. These include:

-Moisturizing Skin regularly. Skin dryness, scaling, redness and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for several days or longer, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles
-Sun protection, recommended for several weeks (avoid zinc-based products)
-Using a gentle cleanser the evening of the procedure. Cleansing, skincare and makeup may be applied the next day, but avoid products with AHA’s glycolic acid, retinol and acidic ingredients

Emollients and antibiotic creams may be prescribed, if considered necessary
Follow up with your medical professional on scheduled and follow up sessions

If micro-needling peaks your interest, visit Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to schedule your next appointment.

February
2016
18

When Should You Get a Mommy Makeover

When Should You Get a Mommy Makeover

While having a child and getting older can be one of the best parts of your life, it can also be difficult on your body and can decrease your self confidence in how you look. Many have recently looked to get a “mommy makeover,” a procedure that corrects certain areas of your body and that can make you feel young again. Knowing when to invest in the procedure can be hard, but there are several indications of when you should consider getting one.

Needing a 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. Liposuction might also be required in order to regain that trim figure you might have lost.

Consider a breast lift or a breast augmentation

Breasts are another area that tend to look less like they used to after having children. Breastfeeding and the stretching from that area growing can leave lasting marks and effects. Many doctors recommend that patients go ahead and look into having their breasts fixed. If you have disliked the breasts you might have had before, they can even be improved upon. An experienced plastic surgeon can take a look and give you an idea of how much it will cost to give you the breasts that you have always wanted.

Risks and side effects

All surgery tends to come with some risks, and your plastic surgeon should make sure to talk to you about some of the side effects you might face after going through the procedure. Choosing an experienced doctor is the first step in eliminating risks that might be associated with the kind of surgery you are planning on having. Some common effects include internal bruising, soreness, swelling and numbing, implant ruptures, and more.

You deserve to feel good about yourself

It is very common to have low self-esteem after having children and to feel like you are not as attractive as you once were. However, with the right doctor and the right procedure, you can again feel like yourself. Knowing whether or not you should consider a mommy makeover can be the first step to feeling good about how you look again.

February
2016
17

The Questions You Need to Ask Before Your Rhinoplasty

The Questions You Need to Ask Before Your Rhinoplasty

Whether you are considering rhinoplasty in order to improve the appearance of your nose or its functionality, it’s a big decision. Naturally, opting for this procedure comes with a fair share of questions and concerns.

But rest assured, you aren’t alone: a consultation with an experienced surgeon will put many of your fears to rest. It can also provide the ideal time to cover the details of the surgery, review your unique needs and goals, and ultimately assess whether a nose job is right for you. Before the consultation, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of your questions to bring with you to the appointment.

To help you prepare, here are a few basic questions to cover with your rhinoplasty surgeon:

Qualifications & Experience

1.Are you board-certified? By what board?

2.How many rhinoplasty procedures have you performed?

3.When was the last time you performed this surgery?

4.Can I view your before & after rhinoplasty photos?

Patient Information

1.Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

2.What are the possible risks/complications?

3.What can rhinoplasty achieve? What can’t it achieve?

4.Do you think my expectations can be met?

Surgery Details

1.Which surgical technique will you use? Why?

2.Which type of anesthesia will be used? Why?

3.How should I prepare for the surgery?

4.About how long will the procedure take and what type of facility will it be performed in?
How much will the surgery cost?

Post-op Care & Results

1.What should I expect to experience during the recovery and healing process?
About how long does recovery typically take?

2.When can I resume physical activities?

3.When can I expect to see the final results?

4.If I desire to have a revision operation, how soon will I be able to do it?

Consulting a Top Beverly Hills Surgeon

Rhinoplasty is a significant life decision, but one that will enhance your life and self-esteem beyond measure. Dr. Gabriel Chiu takes pride in using his expert knowledge and experience to achieve impressive results for his patients, with his genuine nature enabling them to openly discuss their questions and concerns. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu today to discuss your personal needs, and to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.

February
2016
15

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Introduces CoolSculpting

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Introduces CoolSculpting

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery (BHPS) is happy to announce a new treatment: CoolSculpting, a revolutionary new fat removal procedure which makes liposuction obsolete. CoolSculpting is an innovative non-surgical spot reduction technique which applies controlled cooling to desired areas, freezing excess fat cells. The body then eliminates the frozen crystals via natural metabolic processes.

This procedure is recommended for patients who are near their target weight, but desire some assistance removing fat from problem areas such as the abdomen, lower back, hips and thighs. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting removes excess fat without anesthesia or scarring, and requires only a short recovery period.

For those considering CoolSculpting treatment, BHPS offers financing from CareCredit and Med Loan Finance. Our surgical consultant will also assist with any financial questions a patient may have.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery is one of the premier full-service cosmetic surgery practices led by Dr. Gabriel Chiu. BHPS has won numerous Patients’ Choice Awards from 2008-2010, a prestigious honor decided by the reviews of hundreds of thousands of patients across the industry. BHPS is one of only 5% of the medical practices that received this award in 2008. BHPS strives to provide exceptional care to all patients using minimally-invasive techniques, with only the best equipment and proven procedures.