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January
2017
27

Busting the Most Common Breast Augmentation Myths

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When it comes to breast augmentation, one thing is certain: there’s loads of misinformation out there about the procedure. In spite of the extensive information available on the internet and from doctors themselves, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to breast implants.

Here’s a closer look at some of the most persistent breast augmentation surgery myths.

Myths About Breast Augmentation Surgery

  1. All breast implants look fake—When breast implants first became widely popular, the preferred aesthetic for many women was big, bold, and obviously augmented. While some women still want this look, the majority of them opt for a more modest enhancement of their natural contours, and the best breast augmentation surgeons aspire to give their patients exactly that. By carefully considering breast implant factors like profile, placement, and a patient’s unique measurements, natural-looking breast augmentation is the norm rather then the exception.
  2. Implants have to be large—The truth is that beautiful breast enhancements can come in much smaller packages, and more often than you might realize. With the increasing demand for more realistic images of female beauty in the media, plastic surgeons have seen a similarly growing demand for smaller, more proportionate breast implants.
  3. Implants change breast placement—When breasts look droopy and deflated following childbirth, nursing, or simply as a result of age and gravity, implants usually are not enough to restore the perky look many women hope for. While implants can increase breast size, they can’t change breast placement on the chest wall.
  4. Silicone implants aren’t safe—While there has been a debate over the risk of complications with older silicone implant models from before the turn of the new millennium, modern silicone gel implants have an excellent safety record.
  5. Recovery is painful—Breast augmentation recovery time and pain can vary from one woman to another. Some feel little to no pain, while other may feel some pain for the first few days that can be managed with prescribed painkillers.
  6. Breast augmentation lasts a lifetime—Breast implants (whether silicone or saline) aren’t designed to last your entire lifetime. Major implant manufacturers recommend that you replace them every 10 years to pre-empt a rupture. It’s not a requirement that you do this, and some plastic surgeons even say it’s not necessary unless you have an issue, but you need to be okay with the idea of future surgeries.
  7. You’ll see your results right away—During breast augmentation surgery, your muscles react by tightening up. As a result, your new implants will initially start out higher on your chest, and may look swollen. As you heal over the next several weeks to months, your breasts will slowly settle into a more natural position on your chest.
  8. Breast augmentation will give you the perfect body—A breast augmentation surgery will give you a bigger version of what you already have. And while a lager bust can make your waist appear smaller and hips shapelier, it doesn’t give you a new body. There is only so much a boob job can do. Havin realistic expectations means you’ll be happier with your results.
  9. You like your friend’s breast augmentation. If you go to the same doctor and have the same implant, you’ll get a similar result—Everyone is different, your breasts and your tissues are not like any other woman’s, and, therefore, your surgery will also be unique to you. There are many factors that affect the final results of breast augmentation such as your size, the condition of your skin, and the placement of your implant.
  10. There is only one best way to do a breast augmentation—Every woman has different desires, needs, and body types, so every surgery is different. It is important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can guide you through the various options.
  11. Breast augmentation is a simple operation that any surgeon can do—While almost any well trained cosmetic surgeon can physically place implants in a breast, it takes a skilled cosmetic surgeon with years of training to obtain beautiful and long lasting results.
  12. Cup size is a predictable way to measure the size of a woman’s breast—Not all bras fit the same way. Cup sizes are extremely variable and not an accurate way to describe the size of the breast. A true size is based on measurements and demonstrations with your own tissue.
  13. Textured shell implants are much easier to feel inside the breast compared to smooth gel implants—The difference in thickness between a textured shell implant and that of a smooth gel implant is only a few ten thousandths of an inch and makes little difference when feeling your breasts. The main factors that allow you to feel an implant are the thickness of your skin, fat, and breast tissue, and whether the implant is placed over or under the muscle.
  14. Putting the implant under the muscle will help support my breasts—There is no evidence that putting an implant under the muscle instead of over the muscle will better support the breasts. The two factors that do affect implant support and sagging breasts are: the genetic tissue characteristics that you were born with and the size of your selected implant.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

If you live in the Beverly Hills area and are looking for a top surgeon to perform your breast augmentation, then you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. As a highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiu has the knowledge and skills to help you make the best choice when it comes to your implant needs.

January
2017
26

How Ultherapy Works to Tighten Loose and Sagging Skin

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Ultrasound therapy, long used for imaging and other treatments, is now helping give people’s faces a lift. If you’ve recently looked in the mirror and thought to yourself that your skin looks a lot looser than it used to, then Ultherapy might be the right skin treatment for you.

Here are some things that you need to know about Ultherapy before receiving your skin treatment with Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultrasound therapy, commercially known as Ultherapy, improves the appearance of moderately loose or sagging skin by depositing focused ultrasound energy below the surface to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen (the natural protein that gives skin its youthful firmness and elasticity). After your treatment, your skin will begin to lift and tone over a period of time.

Ultherapy is typically used on the brow, neck, and under the chin; although, it was also recently approved by the FDA as a technique for smoothing décolletage (chest area) lines and wrinkles as well. This skin treatment is non-surgical and can be performed in a doctor’s office. Just one non-invasive Ultherapy treatment can help counteract the effects of time, gravity, and sun exposure without any downtime.

The Ultherapy Procedure

Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to generate a thermal affect under the skin. The thermal affect essentially jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.

The practitioner performing your procedure will begin by cleansing your skin thoroughly. After this is done and the specific areas to be treated are identified, your Ultherapy practitioner will apply the ultrasound gel and place the smooth treatment applicator against your skin. Next, your practitioner will use Ultherapy’s ultrasound imaging to first see deep within the skin to determine optimal placement of the treatment energy, and then deliver the focused ultrasound energy beneath the skin’s surface. During the treatment delivery, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated.

Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen within the skin. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results can become more apparent over three to six months. This procedure can take anywhere from two to three hours, depending on how many areas are being treated. There is no downtime, but some patients may experience minimal bruising and tenderness in the face and neck following treatment.

Are You a Good Candidate?

A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin around the face and neck that looks and feels less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of maturing skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their thirties or older, who have mild to moderate skin laxity, are good candidates. There are also those under the age of thirty who use this treatment as a preventive measure, as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, it may be an option for those not ready for surgery, or for those looking for a less invasive option with zero downtime.

Before Your Ultherapy Treatment

The first thing you’ll want to do is schedule a one-on-one consultation with Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery. During this session, your practitioner will address your concerns, assess your skin, and determine if you are a candidate for the treatment.

Once you book your Ultherapy procedure, you won’t need to follow any special preparations or skincare regiments in advance of the treatment; however, your doctor may recommend that you take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication prior to your session.

Recovery and Aftercare

With Ultherapy, there is no downtime. You can return to your normal activities immediately after your procedure without any post-treatment restrictions or requirements.

Your skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary.

Most patients only need one procedure, but some can benefit from more than one treatment, depending on their biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process, as well as how much laxity they have in their skin.

Consult with the Best Plastic Surgeon

If you are living in the Beverly Hills area and are looking for the best plastic surgeon to perform your Ultherapy treatment, then you should book a consultation with Dr. Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. With years of experience in his filed, Dr. Chiu has the knowledge and knowhow to answer any questions or concerns that you might have about receiving Ultherapy.

January
2017
25

The Different Types of Body Lift Surgeries

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As we age, different parts of our bodies begin to give in to the weight of gravity. Our skin begins to loosen and sag, but this isn’t something that we have to live with forever. If you are someone who looks in the mirror and wishes that their skin could be as youthful and elastic as it used to be, then a body lift surgery might be the right choice for you. Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery provides the very best in cosmetic practices to our patients from all over the world.

Here are some things that you need to know about body lift surgery, its variations, and how they can help you.

Thigh Lift

There are many types of thigh lifts, differentiated by the size and shape of the incision used to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue.

Inner Thigh Lift

This type of thigh lift targets the inner thigh. This procedure helps people who have trouble eliminating excess fat from this area of the body through diet and exercise. An inner thigh lift may also be used to address reduced skin elasticity caused by the aging process or extreme weight loss. During an inner thigh lift, your plastic surgeon will make an incision at the junction where the thigh meets the pubic area. This will allow your doctor to access the underlying tissues while making the most discreet incision possible. Your doctor will then remove a wedge of skin and possibly body fat from the region and tighten the remaining skin to provide improved leg contours.

Mini Thigh Lift

If you only experience sagging tissue in the upper third of the leg, you may want to consider a mini thigh lift, a modification of the inner thigh lift technique that involves only a short scar in the groin area. While this technique offers less dramatic results, it produces only minimal scarring and typically requires a shorter recovery period.

Bilateral Thigh Lift

The bilateral thigh lift, or outer thigh lift, is designed to tighten skin on the front and outside of the leg. During a bilateral thigh lift, your surgeon will make an incision at the top of the leg where the lower edge of a bikini bottom or pair of underwear would be, creating a “V” shape. Your surgeon will then remove a certain amount of skin before pulling the remaining skin up and attaching it to the same area so that it’s smooth. This procedure is especially helpful to those who have excess skin after extreme weight loss.

Medial Thigh Lift

A medial thigh lift reduces excess fat and skin on the upper portion of the inner thigh. It is designed for patients who are dissatisfied with the shape of their legs or who would like to remove excess skin after extreme weight loss. During a medial thigh lift, your doctor will make an incision in the groin, extending to the back of the crease of the buttock or to the hip region.

Butt Lift

The butt lift or gluteoplasty works to remove excess skin and fat from aging, heredity factors, or after dramatic weight loss in the gluteal area. Not to be confused with the Brazilian butt lift, which adds volume using fat transfer, this procedure involves only removing skin and fat through surgical excision and liposuction.

During your procedure, your surgeon will make an incision at the top of the buttocks, in the hips, groin, or under the buttock cheeks to remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin taut. Your doctor may also choose to use liposuction to further contour your buttock area or thighs in order to achieve a balanced look.

Arm Lift

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin; tightens and smooths the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm; and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on your surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction.

Breast Lift

A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This can not only improve your appearance by restoring your youthful, feminine proportions, but it can also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively.

By removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple and areola into a more forward position, a plastic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast.

Face Lift

Face lift surgery is a procedure used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and other telltale signs of aging, with the goal of improving the overall appearance of the face and jaw. A face lift can help reverse the harmful effects of time, stress, and exposure to the elements.

During your procedure, your doctor will lift and tighten the underlying muscles of the face to create more aesthetically pleasing contours and rejuvenate the facial structure. Your doctor will also remove excess pockets of fat and skin that can contribute to an aged, tired appearance.

Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery is one of the most transformative procedures in cosmetic medicine. BY removing excess skin and fat deposits from the neck area, and possibly restructuring the underlying muscle, a qualified plastic surgeon can dramatically rejuvenate a patient’s appearance.

Modern techniques and technology allow surgeons to perform neck lift surgery using extremely small incisions, usually placed discreetly behind the ears and under the chin. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed, either by liposuction or through surgical excisions. Slack muscles can also be tightened and a small section of the platysma muscle may even be removed.

Choosing the Best Plastic Surgeon

If you are considering having a body lift surgery, then you should first consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today, so that he can help you make the right choice when it comes to your plastic surgery needs.

January
2017
24

Maintaining Your Plastic Surgery Results | Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.

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How to Maintain Your Plastic Surgery Results

Plastic surgery is an investment. Literally speaking, you are investing money into your appearance and accruing confidence as your results take shape. But plastic surgery is also an investment of time and energy, and you want to make sure your efforts pay off.
Here are some easy tips on how you can successfully maintain your plastic surgery results.

Helpful Tips to Follow

1. Protect your skin from sun damage—Always wear sunscreen and try to avoid prolonged sun exposure. This is especially important as your scars heal, but always a good rule ofthumb. Sun exposure increases the signs of aging on your skin. Always wear sunglasses when you’re outside to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. This area can be sensitive following eyelid surgery.
2. Take care of your skin—Use high quality cleansing and moisturizing products to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Don’t resume makeup use for a few days after your plastic surgery to ensure your wounds have healed, and be sure to always wash your makeup off at night.
3. Quit smoking—Your doctor will advise you to stop smoking before your plastic surgery procedure as a safety precaution because smoking impedes your blood flow and slows your healing time. Additionally, if you’re a smoker, you’re aging your face more quickly than your non-smoking peers. To keep your youthful appearance, put out the cigarettes for good.
4. Avoid excess alcohol—In some cases alcohol is acceptable and even beneficial to your body, like a glass of red wine a day. But excessive amounts will dehydrate you and contribute to early signs of aging.
5. Drink water—Water is an essential component of our bodies and important to drink after your plastic surgery. Keeping yourself well-hydrated will keep more elasticity in your skin and give you a more youthful glow.
6. Maintain a healthy diet—A healthy diet is critical to staying fit after procedures such as liposuction. It is now well known that weight loss or maintenance of a normal body weight is 80 percent from diet and 20 percent from exercise. For long term health, you need to look at more than just the calories. You want a balanced diet that is low in processed foods. A healthy diet includes a large portion of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables every day (four to five servings each) along with whole grains and fiber (six to eight servings). You also want to stick to lean meats and chicken, and eat dairy products in moderation. You should use oils, butter, and salt sparingly. Over the long term, you should generally avoid diets that recommend that you eat large quantities of a particular food or completely cut one out. The reasoning behind this is that this decreases the balance in your diet, making it harder to stick with it and turn your diet into a lifestyle.
7. Regular exercise—You should also form regular exercise habits. Find an activity that you enjoy and exercise regularly. A minimum of 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily is recommenced with the occasional day off to rest your body. Exercise habits can include activities such as a morning walk, golf, tennis, or other sports. While exercising regularly is far more important than the kind of exercise you do, results are best maintained with regular cardio and weight training to maintain muscle tone. Good examples include running, cycling, swimming, and hiking as well as planks and other core-toning exercise habits.
8. Find an accountability partner—Having someone hold you accountable for your actions goes a long way in helping you do what is right. Find a friend, family member, co-worker, or acquaintance that is also invested in their health, and hold yourselves accountable to each other. Support and encouragement will help you both to be motivated to keep with your goals.

Exercise Habits

Exercise is one of the key roles in maintaining plastic surgery results from procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck. Once six weeks have passed, most patients feel comfortable enough to endure strenuous exercises. To keep fat off the abdominals you will need to consistently follow a routine of cardio and abdominal exercises.
The best forms of cardio exercises are running, cycling, swimming, and aerobics, but the following are the four simple abdominal exercises everyone should include in their workout routine:
• Stability ball crunch—The stability ball crunch is a variation of the traditional crunch, which utilizes the cushioning of the stability ball. Lie with your back on the ball and bend the knees at a 90-degree angle. With your feet apart and planted, lift your body up until your back is off the ball. Slowly lower yourself down and repeat for 10 repetitions.
• Front plank—The plank has a number of variations that target different areas of the abdominals. To target the front abs, you balance yourself on your forearms in a push-up position. You then hold your body on your forearms and toes, while squeezing the core. Hold the position for 20 seconds, increasing the time as strength progresses.
• Russian twist—The Russian twist is an exercise that targets your front abdominals and obliques in one routine. Sit straight up your feet flat on the floor, holding a medicine ball straight out in front of you. While fully extended, squeeze your abs and slowly twist from left to right. Repeat this for 10 repetitions on each side. Increase the weight of the medicine ball as you wish.
• Bicycle crunch—The bicycle crunch is the most effective abdominal exercise for an individual’s core. To execute the exercise, you lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Gently lift your head with your hands to your knees while moving your legs in a bicycle pedaling motion. As you lift your head, your right elbow should attempt to touch the opposite knee as you lift it towards your chest. Alternately touch your elbows to the opposite knees as your body twists back and forth.

Consult with the Best Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills

If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon to perform your plastic surgery procedure, then you should book an appointment with Dr. Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. With years of experience in his field, Dr. Chiu can help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing the right procedure for you.

December
2016
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Cosmetic Surgery vs Plastic Surgery | Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.

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What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?

If you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were one in the same, you’re not alone. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. But this is not technically correct. While cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, they are not the same.
Here’s a quick look at the differences between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery, and what you should be looking for when searching for your ideal surgeon.

What is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a subspecialty of medicine and surgery that uniquely restricts itself to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques. It is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it, or enhancing it. Cosmetic surgery is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach directed to all areas of the head, neck, and body.
Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key goals of cosmetic surgery. Because the treated areas function properly, cosmetic surgery is elective. Cosmetic surgery is practiced by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including plastic surgery.
The scope of cosmetic surgery procedures includes:
• Breast enhancement—augmentation, lift, and reduction.
• Facial contouring—rhinoplasty, chin, or cheek enhancement.
• Facial rejuvenation—facelift, eyelid lift, neck lift, and brow lift.
• Body contouring—tummy tuck, liposuction, and gynecomastia treatment.
• Skin rejuvenation—laser resurfacing, Botox, and filler treatments.

What is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty dedicated to the reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature. While many plastic surgeons choose to complete additional training and perform cosmetic surgery, as well, the basis of their surgical training remains reconstructive plastic surgery.
Examples of plastic surgery procedures include:
• Breast reconstruction
• Burn repair surgery
• Congenital defect repair—cleft palate, and extremity defect repair
• Lower extremity reconstruction
• Hand surgery
• Scar revision surgery

Surgical Training

As cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery each have distinct practice goals built around a specific procedure set, it only follows that the training and certification process for a board certified cosmetic surgeon will look very different from that of a board certified plastic surgeon.
Plastic surgery training
Physicians who become board certified in plastic surgery must complete a general surgery residency plus another two years in plastic surgery. Residency programs in plastic surgery may include cosmetic surgery as a portion of a surgeon’s training, but typically do not include training on every cosmetic procedure.
Therefore, the title “board certified plastic surgeon” indicates a certain level of training and experience with respect to plastic surgery, but it does not indicate the same thing with respect to cosmetic surgery, as the residency training required to become board certified in plastic surgery may not include training with respect to many common cosmetic procedures. Nor does it tell you that the doctor has more or less cosmetic surgery training than a physician board certified in another specialty.
Cosmetic surgery training
The educational profile of a cosmetic surgeon is unique in that it begins with a fully trained and board certified physician. Through continued post-residency education, training, and experience, cosmetic surgery is taught and learned across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The subspecialty fully incorporates the participation and knowledge from all contributing disciplines to attain a high level of skill and understanding. Contributing disciplines include dermatologic surgery, facial plastic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, oculoplastic surgery, oral-maxillofacial surgery, and others.

Consult with the Best Surgeon

If you are looking for renowned plastic surgeon who also delivers the peerless aesthetic results of a cosmetic surgeon, then you should book a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. With a keen eye for detail and an active passion for aesthetic plastic surgery, he is one of Beverly Hills’ top plastic surgeons.

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