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April
2016
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The Benefits of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

The Benefits of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

A breast reconstruction surgery is the perfect way to restore the look and feel of natural breasts to patients who have undergone a mastectomy. Reconstruction is also ideal for those who have lost or damaged their breasts in an accident. Moreover, breast reconstruction surgery can also correct the results of failed breast augmentations.

Below are a few factors to consider when deciding if breast reconstruction surgery is right for you:

Am I a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for breast reconstruction include:

  • Women who have suffered an injury where their breasts have been damaged or lost
  • Women who have had a mastectomy on one or both of their breasts
  • Women who need a breast augmentation corrected, or have sustained damage to their breasts due to an augmentation

All of these patients can benefit from having a new breast or breasts designed to resemble their natural breasts. However, results vary, so it’s important to discuss your expectations in detail with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

Types of Reconstruction

  • Reconstruction using implants
  • Reconstruction that uses the patient’s own tissue: tissue is often harvested from the patient’s back, midsection, or buttock
  • Reconstruction that uses a combination of implants and the patient’s tissue

The Stages of Reconstruction

  • Creating the breast mound
  • Touching up the designed breast or breasts
  • For mastectomy patients that have only lost one breast, the possible augmentation of the remaining breast in order to achieve breast symmetry
  • The creation of a nipple or areola

Things to Keep in Mind

  • It’s important to know that the newly-created breast will not regain the sensation of natural breasts.
  • It is safe for mastectomy patients to have a breast reconstruction surgery directly following their mastectomy procedure.
  • Following your breast reconstruction procedure, you will require at least 1 night in the hospital and up to 2 weeks for a full recovery at home. Plan accordingly to schedule time off from the office.
  • Some patients, especially those who are only having one breast worked on, may require additional procedures such as a breast lift to achieve the best results.

If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Chiu today. For this and all of your plastic surgery questions and concerns, contact the experts at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.

April
2016
27

BHPS Now Offers Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

BHPS Now Offers Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

One of Los Angeles’ highest patient-reviewed practices, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc., or BHPS now offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections among its robust array of services. Well-known for providing a number of offerings for those looking for cosmetic and surgical procedures, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery is now offering the option for patients who would like to try PRP Injections.

According to a review from So Feminine Beauty, PRP injections are performed by injecting your own blood into areas that you wish to plump up on your body. The treatment has been in use for decades and has helped athletes heal from sports related injuries, particularly those in the tendon region. However, the benefits of PRP injections have more recently carried over to beauty, skincare and cosmetic care.

The review states that PRP injections are great for “encouraging your body to use it’s own processes but more effectively in the places that are starting to need a bit of extra help.”

PRP injections have become very well-known in celebrity beauty care due to Kim Kardashian’s recent use of the treatment. This is because the injection entry point causes a small wound in the affected area, which actives the platelets and repairs the tissue in the area, making it a self-healing process.

PRP injections provides many benefits to those that it treats.

These include the following:

  • Natural healing: Your body provides everything that is needed to self-heal.
  • Scar-free: PRP injections do not leave behind any scars.
  • Affordable: PRP injections are very affordable in comparison to open or minimally invasive surgeries such as Botox injections or liposuction.
  • Quick recovery: Most patients will be able to return to a full range of motion the day after PHP injections. Inflammation will mostly subside after 10-14 days.
  • Safe: There are very few risks and complications involved, especially when compared to other comparable procedures.

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 PRP injections, Dr. Chiu is known for his work with rhinoplasties, breast augmentations, and body contouring in order to enhance patients’ natural beauty. BHPS is proud to offer PRP injections as a service for those looking for professional beauty and cosmetic services.

April
2016
22

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc., welcomes Aesthetic Nurse, Stacy Wright, RN.

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc., welcomes Aesthetic Nurse, Stacy Wright, RN.

One of Los Angeles’ highest patient-reviewed practices, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc., welcomes Aesthetic Nurse, Stacy Wright, RN.

Stacy graduated from Los Angeles Harbor College and started her nursing career as a Pediatric and Family care nurse for four years. She found the love of Cosmetic-Plastic Surgery during the next 16 years working as an aesthetic nurse, post-operative care nurse, operating and recovery room nurse where she was known for her calm nature and gentle touch.

Stacy has specialized in advanced medical skin care treatments including chemical peels, micro-resurfacing, micro-needling, and ultherapy and always provides quality, safe care to personalize and satisfy the individual needs of her patients. With professional and compassionate personalized care Stacy performs facial aesthetic non-surgical treatments and injectables. Stacy has a natural artistic eye to enhance one’s natural beauty while pairing procedures to achieve optimal natural results.

Stacy Wright has made it her mission to keep up with the changing technology and has certified training with therapeutic applications of multiple lasers, Ulthera, and Coolsculpting. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and is recognized as the “Top Plastic Surgery Nurse” in the Southbay by the International Association of Nurses Association and included in the 2013 Edition of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

About Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.
Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. have been honored to be multi-year recipients of the Patients’ Choice Awards. Thousands of satisfied patient reviews are a testament to Dr. Chiu’s experience in artistic perfection and expertise in technical detailing, especially in the areas of breast augmentation, facial procedures and flawless body contouring. Certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties, Dr. Chiu brings his deep experience – including being selected as the Chief Fellow of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – to patients in Beverly Hills and around the world. Learn more about Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. at http://www.beverlyhillsplasticsurgeryinc.com.

April
2016
20

Saline Vs. Silicone Implants

Saline Vs. Silicone Implants

For the uninitiated, breast augmentation might seem like a confusing and overwhelming process. In addition to considering financial concerns and other potential complications, there are several different choices to make when it comes to the implants themselves. To help people who are considering a breast augmentation, this article will explain the differences between the two main types of implants, saline and silicone.

While both types of implants are made of an outer silicone shell, they are filled with materials which create their own unique look and feel.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. The implants are placed through a small incision under the breast, on the areola, through the belly button, or through the underarm. They are rolled up and placed into the breast before being filled with saline.

Women must be 18 or older before they can have a breast augmentation with a saline implant. For breast reconstruction, saline implants are available at any age.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. This substance mimics the properties of the breast, producing a more natural look and feel when compared to saline implants. The cohesive gel stays together and does not ooze, earning the nickname “gummy bear”.

These implants are available to women 22 and older for breast augmentation. As with silicone implants, they are available to women of any age for breast reconstruction.

Rupturing

Both implants have a chance of rupturing, which will affect the size and shape of the implant. While there is no mortal danger with a rupture in either implant, there are a few things to consider with both types.

If a saline implant ruptures, the liquid will leak out of the implant and be absorbed by the body. The saline solution is harmless, so there is nothing to fear if this happens. However, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the silicone shell. This will give you the opportunity to replace the implant, if you so desire.

Silicone implant ruptures are much harder to detect. This is due to a particular property of silicone implants which causes the leaking silicone gel to remain in the fibrous tissue, or capsule, which forms around the implant. It is called a silent rupture because it is so difficult to detect. Women who choose silicone implants are required to undergo an MRI scan three years after the implant surgery, and then every two years following to check for silent ruptures.

While silicone gel is not associated with long-term or systemic health problems, it is possible for the implant to cause breast pain or even visible changes in the shape and contour of the breast. If these complications arise, your doctor will most likely recommend removing the implant, at which point a new implant may be placed.

Not all people may find that the implant is worth removing, however. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of removing the implant with your doctor if a silent rupture is detected.

Other Factors To Consider

Saline implants require a much smaller incision compared with silicone implants. Because they are filled after being placed, the doctor can check breast symmetry visually and adjust accordingly.

Saline implants tend to produce a more rounded look compared with silicone implants, especially in thinner women with lower amounts of breast tissue. They feel similar to a water balloon.

Silicone implants have less chance of wrinkling or rippling. They are often the best choice for women who have undergone a mastectomy, or require an over-the-muscle placement. They are also an excellent choice for very thin women with very little breast tissue.

Silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants.

Once you are ready to choose your implants, visit Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to schedule your next appointment.

April
2016
18

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures worldwide. While several patients choose breast augmentation surgery to improve the size and shape of their breasts, there are many other benefits as well.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Women who are displeased with the size and shape of their breasts
  • Women whose breasts have never developed
  • Women who need a breast lift due to having a breast reduction
  • Women who have asymmetrical or deformed breasts
  • Women whose breasts have significantly changed after childbirth or breastfeeding
  • Women whose breasts have been damaged or misshapen due to an accident

All of these problems can be corrected with a combination of breast augmentation, breast lift, and in some cases, breast reconstruction.

Boost Your Self-Esteem

In addition to the above benefits, breast augmentation can be a tremendous boost to one’s self-esteem. Most patients report feeling substantially more confident, improving their quality of life both personally and professionally. Moreover, many patients experience a significant Improvement in their sex lives as well.

The Procedure

For best results, you will need to take the highest postoperative care. This includes:

  • Always wearing a supportive bra
  • Keeping the affected area safe from UV rays
  • Performing regular massage on your breasts to ease the pain and stimulate circulation

Recovery Time

Your recovery time may vary, but it will typically take one to two weeks for the pain and swelling to subside. Be sure to take time off accordingly, and have friends or family members near to aid you in your recovery.
For those who may need additional procedures such as a breast lift, it’s best to discuss the additional recovery time with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If a breast augmentation sounds right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu today. Here at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc, our caring and experienced staff are the leading experts in the industry, and are happy to answer any personal questions you might have regarding your breast augmentation: one of our most popular, highest-reviewed procedures.