9454 Wilshire Boulevard (Ground floor at S. Beverly Drive)
Beverly Hills, California 90212
(310) 888-8087


The Different Types of Revision Surgery in Beverly Hills

Have you had bad results from a surgery performed by another doctor and were left with unsatisfactory results? If so, you are not alone, as it is a relatively common situation. Fortunately, Dr. Gabriel Chiu is an expert at revision surgeries. Correcting problems with an earlier procedure is a challenging task, but Dr. Chiu and the staff at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery are the go-to experts in the area. Here are some of the different types of revision surgeries that can be performed:

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is the infrequent problem of malformed scar tissue around a breast implant after breast augmentation surgery. During a breast augmentation procedure, a pocket in the breast tissue is formed and the implant is inserted. As the tissue heals after the procedure, a capsule of scar tissue develops to hold the implant in place. When this capsule contracts, thickens or squeezes the implant, the breast can harden or even become distorted. This is when capsular contracture occurs. Capsular contracture can be corrected through surgery which will improve the condition of the breasts.

Breast Reconstruction

Most women seek breast reconstruction typically after a mastectomy, injury, or birth defect. In several cases, breast reconstruction is performed immediately after mastectomy, but it is always important to consult with a plastic surgeon to determine the best plan of action for your body. Breast reconstruction is designed to reestablish a natural and symmetrical appearance of   the female upper body. This will maintain body proportion but mostly breast reconstruction will boost self-confidence after losing one or both breasts or lack of breasts due to a biological abnormality.

Scar Revision

If you are tired of or embarrassed of an unattractive scar or a scar that impedes movement, then a scar revision procedure could be right for you. Whether the scar is the result of a traumatic injury or a previous surgery, a scar revision procedure can improve your appearance.

Scar revision surgery is one of the most common reconstructive surgery procedures.

Rhinoplasty Revision

A rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a procedure that is intended to produce results that last a lifetime. However, rhinoplasty revision is desired by individuals who did not get the physical appearance they anticipated with their first procedure. With a rhinoplasty revision procedure, a patient must undergo a following nose job in order to repair undesirable results from the previous surgery.

Liposuction Revision Surgery

Liposuction revision can commonly result from changes in health or a sudden weight gain. Primary liposuction procedures can be an effective way to eliminate fat deposits from areas of the body that are resilient to diet and exercise. In most cases, liposuction can provide enduring benefits that can last many years. However, with various circumstances which cause weight gain, liposuction revision surgery may be needed, due to unexpected irregularities developing as the body changes.

Gynecomastia Revision

Men of all ages can be affected by the condition Gynecomastia, which is the appearance of oversized male breasts. In order to correct this problem and improve their sense of well being, many men decide to undergo Gynecomastia surgery. However, because of diet, genetics or the use of certain medications and drugs, some men can eventually gain back their enlarged breasts. In other cases, some men who did not get the results they desired the first time around may decide to undergo a following procedure to improve their appearance.

Revision Surgery 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 undergoing a revision surgery in Beverly Hills, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.




The Key Reasons People Seek Revision Surgery | Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.

Why Patients Get Revision Surgery

There are many reasons why patients seek out different types of revision surgery, which range from health problems to not being happy with the results of their original surgery. In other cases, revision surgery is sought out as a means of upkeep; as not all surgery results are meant to last a lifetime.
Here’s a quick look at some of the most common reasons for different types of revision surgeries and how a revision surgery can benefit you.

Breast Revision

Breast augmentation rarely has complications that require a revision surgery. However, it is important to remember that breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. This means that even if you never experience any complications after your initial surgery, you may still have to undergo a secondary procedure. This is perfectly normal and typically takes place several years after your breast enhancement procedure.
The following are some of the more common reasons patients have breast revision surgery:
• Implant rupture—an implant rupture occurs when the integrity of the implant shell has been compromised and the substance from inside the implant begins to leak. A saline implant rupture is immediately noticeable as your breast will appear deflated. Silicone implants will leak slower, and ruptures must be identified through an MRI. The simple solution for this is implant replacement.
• Capsular contracture—after breast augmentation, a thin layer of scar tissue naturally forms around the breast implant during the healing process. In some cases, this scar tissue can harden and begin to contract around the implant. If this occurs, the implants are squeezed and will feel hard. In severe cases, capsular contracture can be painful. The revision surgery for this is either a capsulectomy (the implant is completely removed from the breast pocket and all scar tissue is excised) or a capsulotomy (an incision is created in the scar tissue to release pressure).
• Size dissatisfaction—if your breasts are still too small or are now too large following your breast augmentation, you can choose to adjust the size of your implants by replacing poorly sized ones for an implant size that better suits your body’s frame and your aesthetic goals.
• Enlarged areolas—women with naturally large areolas or whose areolas have increased in size since their breast augmentation may feel that their areola appearance affects the look of their breasts. Decreasing the size of the areolas can help create a more balance and attractive appearance. This can be done through an areola reduction, where excess tissue is trimmed away to reshape the areolas.
• Implant movement—implants that move laterally or medially can affect the appearance of your breasts. The movement of your implants can be caused by weak breast pockets that don’t properly hold the implants in place. Revision surgery to fix this problem is known as capsulorrhaphy (the capsule around the breast implant is tightened to create a more secure breast pocket that prevents implant movement).

Gynecomastia Revision

The appearance of oversized male breasts is a condition that can affect men of all ages. To correct this problem and improve their sense of well-being, many men undergo gynecomastia surgery. However, due to genetics, diet, or use of certain medications and drugs, some men eventually gain back their enlarged breasts.
Common reasons men decide to undergo gynecomastia revision surgery are:
• The initial surgery employed only liposuction, which didn’t reduce the breast gland tissue
• Both male breast gland and liposuction procedures were performed, but in too conservative a manner, leaving a prominent gynecomastia breast mound
• An overly aggressive surgical removal left a depression or crater deformity
• Stubborn sagging skin requires further refinement
• The area around the armpit was not adequately treated

Rhinoplasty Revision

Rhinoplasty is a popular surgical procedure that can change a person’s facial appearance, and the way they feel about themselves. Occasionally, however, patients will go on to have further surgical procedures on their nose.
The top 4 reasons for revision rhinoplasty include:
• Breathing difficulties—if the primary procedure doesn’t go well, it can cause breathing difficulties. This may be due to the altered structure of the nose creating an obstruction to the nasal airways.
• A nose that’s too wide or too thin—after the procedure, the patient may feel that their nose has been thinned or fattened too much. In this case, another rhinoplasty will be needed to reduce the affect of the initial operation, and give the balanced look the patient is looking for.
• Continued unhappiness—if the original procedure doesn’t hit the patient’s target, they may seek another rhinoplasty to make more corrections and amendments.
• Botched rhinoplasty—if a rhinoplasty is botched, it can lead to a person’s facial appearance looking much worse, rather than better. Remedial surgery can rectify the faults caused by a botched operation.

Consult with Dr. Chiu

If you live in the Beverly Hills area and you are looking at getting some form of revision surgery, then you should book a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu. As one of the top plastic surgeons in the Beverly Hills area, Dr. Chiu will happily take the time to discuss and answer any questions that you might have about your desired revision procedure.


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.