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Skincare: Maintaining Youthful Looking Skin

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There may be no way that you can permanently stop the clock on your aging skin, but how you treat your body can help slow down the aging process. Here are some tips on how you can maintain your youthful, healthy skin at home and a quick look at the cosmetic procedures that can help you turn back the clock.

Skincare Steps You Can Take at Home

There are plenty of steps you can take at home and in your day-to-day life to look after your skin.

  1. Sunscreen—wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to look younger for life. Look for a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Clean your makeup brushes—brushes and sponges collect dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts.
  3. Eat mixed nuts—they’re full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation.
  4. Start using serums—look for one with antioxidants (the skin’s major defense against free radicals and stress) and pentapeptides (a must-have in boosting collagen).
  5. Sanitize your smartphone—the glass touch screens on mobile devices are so good at spreading viruses that sharing them may be almost as bad as sneezing in someone’s face. In fact, your smartphone can be more germ-infested than a toilet in a public restroom.
  6. Apply your products in proper order—the order in which you apply your products is more important than the products themselves. Reach for those with the most active ingredients as soon as you wash and pat skin dry.
  7. Be mindful of dairy—dairy products, including organic ones, contain cow hormones that stimulate your oil glands and your pores, which can lead to acne.
  8. Start using retinol—it helps with skin turnover and boosts collagen production to keep skin firm and youthful.
  9. Get lots of sleep­—sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours of sleep.
  10. Exfoliate—to clear out the dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and keratin that blocks the pores, exfoliate regularly with daily applications of salicylic acid and glycolic acid.
  11. Red grapes—resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in red grape skin, can help prevent lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
  12. Don’t neglect your neck and chest—use the same products that you would on your face, but start slowly (every other day) when applying active ingredients like retinols or acids since they may cause some initial irritation.
  13. Remove your makeup before bed—leaving makeup and dirt on skin doesn’t just clog pores, it can also cause excessive dryness and even skin dandruff.
  14. Use soy milk—the natural anti-inflammatory reduces swelling while soy proteins hydrate skin to soften the look of crow’s feet.
  15. Be mindful of hot showers—the heat strips essential oils and creates a mild burn. Blood vessels respond by dilating in an effort to cool the skin, causing flushing and ruddiness.
  16. Drink more water—water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature aging.
  17. Eat foods with antioxidants—antioxidants are the best resources your body has to fight disease and aging by reducing damage and inflammation. Some of the best sources of antioxidants include: blueberries, pomegranates, acai berries, goji berries, spinach, raspberries, nuts, seeds, purple grapes, dark chocolate (70% or higher of cocoa content), and organic green tea.
  18. Own a plant—indoor pollution levels can be higher than outdoor levels. A plant in your home or by your desk at work will act as an air filter.
  19. Get lots of vitamin C—a diet rich in vitamin C leads to fewer wrinkles.
  20. Avoid sugar—it leads to damaged collagen and elastin, which causes wrinkles.
  21. Exercise—it increases the circulation of oxygen and nutrients and purges toxins through sweat, which leads to clearer, firmer skin.


Cosmetic Procedures

Some cosmetic options include:

  1. Microdermabrasion—uses fine powder or a tipped wand to remove the upper layers of skin and encourage new skin growth.
  2. Laser skin resurfacing—uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening skin.
  3. Chemical peels—used to address mild acne scars, age spots, dull skin texture, skin discoloration, or wrinkles around the eyes or mouth; chemical peels remove the top layers of skin and encourage the growth of new, smoother, more evenly colored skin.
  4. Botox—relaxes tiny facial muscles, smoothing out the appearance of lines or wrinkles.
  5. Filler injections—injections containing hyaluronic acid can fill in lines and wrinkles, while adding volume to the skin.
  6. Cosmetic surgery—lifting the skin on the face, neck, eyelids, and forehead can give a tighter appearance.


Promoting Healthy Skin with Dr. Chiu

While home skincare remedies can do a lot to help you maintain healthy, young looking skin, they can’t do it all. A combination of cosmetic procedures and at-home care can easily help you get the desired effect that you’re looking for.

Book a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu so that he can help you maintain your healthy skin for many years to come.


The Top Celebrity Plastic Surgery Procedures


Celebrities are regarded as experts when it comes to beauty trends and looking their best. For people who are self-conscious about their bodies, knowing that their favorite actress or actor has undergone plastic surgery gives them a boldness to pursue their “new body” dreams. If a mega-star like Jennifer Aniston feels comfortable receiving a procedure, then so can you!

Here are the top celebrity plastic surgery procedures that both male and female celebrities are known for:


A smooth, youthful face is a necessary element to every star’s success in Hollywood. Lots of celebrities start using Botox in their 20s to keep wrinkles and fine lines from forming. For those who do not start early, laugh lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles can be eliminated by injecting the Botox into problem areas. The ingredients used in Botox freezes the muscles, keeping them from moving and making more creases. Material girl, Madonna, is still rocking her youthful appearance thanks to Botox. So are Forrest Gump star Robin Wright, Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff, and American Idol creator Simon Cowell.

As you can see from the real-life before (left) and after photos (right) of Botox, the patient’s forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet are far softer/minimized.



When the skin becomes too lax and Botox is no longer effective at hiding deep wrinkles, a facelift is the next step. A facelift gives an overall rejuvenation by tightening sagging skin, reducing deep creases, and removing excess skin and fat under the chin. A facelift does not change your facial features and it cannot stop aging, but it will turn back the hands of time. Celebs like Kris Jenner and Sharon Osbourne have been able to effectively conceal their true ages by having facelifts.

Breast Augmentation

Many actresses choose to have breast implants to boost their self-esteem. Knowing that their bodies will be subjected to scrutiny on the big screen and in magazines can be stressful. Adding some fullness and lift to small breasts can make a huge difference in how women feel about themselves, giving them confidence, which correlates to how they carry themselves. Some celebs, like singer Dolly Parton, choose a more noticeable implant while others, such as Kaley Cuoco and Miley Cyrus, keep it more on the down low.


Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job,” is a surgery that can be both aesthetically and medically beneficial. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston have used the procedure to correct a deviated septum while Glee star Dianna Agron regained symmetry after she had broken her nose, twice. Other celebs like Ashlee Simpson, NeNe Leakes, and Cher have undergone rhinoplasty to create facial evenness and balance.

Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

It is extremely important for celebs to look their best in all situations. You never know when a photographer is going to snap a “no-makeup” photo. The first thing people notice are the eyes. Drooping lids, dark circles and under eye bags lead to captions about partying too much and drug abuse. An upper and lower eyelid lift repositions fat deposits, tightens skin and smooths out creases. While a breast augmentation may be the most noticeable procedure, an eyelid lift may be an even more popular option for celebrities, both men and women. There have been many celebrities that are suspected to have had eyelid lifts, but a girl (or guy) has to keep the mystery.

Lip Augmentation

Luscious lips have always been in style, and celebs like Kylie Jenner, Lisa Rinna, and Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham have embraced the look. Lip augmentation involves an injection of  hyaluronic acid filler in the lips themselves and the area around the mouth. The filler adds volume, which changes the shape and structure of the lips, giving them a perpetual pucker. The most common lip augmentation products are Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus.

Below are the before and after photos of a patient in her 20s who received Juvederm. The results speak for themselves.



Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are used for more than just lip augmentation. They are mostly used as an alternative to Botox to rid the face of unsightly facial creases and wrinkles, to enhance shallow contours, and to improve the appearance of recessed scars. Fillers can be used to add volume to the cheeks, jawlines and temples to give the face a plump and youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are temporary and have to be redone about every four months and the procedure lasts for 30 minutes. Madonna and Christie Brinkley have beautiful, plump cheeks that keep them from looking their age.

Neck Lift

Second to the face, a sagging neck reveals the signs of aging before most other body parts. Loose skin and excess fat around the neck gives the appearance of an unsightly “turkey neck.” A lift will smooth and stretch the skin so your neck is elegant and graceful. Neck lifts are usually performed in combination with other facial procedures to give an overall renewal to the face, neck, and the surrounding skin. Kris Jenner added a neck lift to her facelift to not only make her look younger, but also slimmer, making her appear as if she had lost weight in addition to her facelift.

Body Contouring

There are many procedures that fall under body contouring. The most popular are abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck; liposuction; thigh lift; and arm lift. These procedures smooth out the bumps and lumps that make clothes ill-fitting and keep many people from donning a bikini.

Many celebrities who have children find out that after pregnancy, they cannot get back their slender bodies, no matter how much they diet and exercise. Body contouring surgery can smooth out the stomach, repair stretched muscles, and remove stubborn excess fat around the love handles. Mom celebrities Patricia Heaton and Sharon Osbourne have both regained their pre-pregnancy bodies with body contouring surgery.


Butt Augmentation

Lots of celebrities love the hour glass figure made popular by actresses like Marilynn Monroe. This requires substantial breasts and a booty to go along with them. Buttock augmentation can be done using implants or a Brazilian Butt Lift, which involves liposuction to contour the surrounding areas and fat transfer to the buttocks for enhancement and shape. This creates a lifted, round and firm butt that looks amazing in red carpet dresses or everyday jeans. Heidi Montag is one celeb who is proud of her enhanced bottom.

Top Celebrity Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu

Dr. Chiu is a renowned plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. He offers his patients exceptional care and a positive environment, ensuring that every patient has an incredible experience while in his office. He offers luxurious accommodations including posh exam chairs with personal iPod speakers and deluxe plasma televisions in each exam room. Dr. Chiu and his staff also provide superb customer service in a highly protective environment where strict patient confidentiality is ensured. Dr. Chiu and the staff at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. want to help you achieve your dreams of a new and beautiful you!

He specializes in many top celebrity procedures including upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, facelift, and body contouring procedures. The Spa at BHPS, Inc. also offers Botox injections and dermal fillers, including Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane. Dr. Chiu is known for his advanced techniques that leave his patients looking natural, without a hint of fakeness that often is seen with plastic surgery. If you would like to schedule a consultation with top Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Chiu, please contact our office today for an appointment.


Dark Circles Under the Eyes: How to Treat & Get Rid of Them


Are you tired of the way that dark circles make you look as if you haven’t slept in days? Then maybe it’s time to get rid of them for good.

If you desperately want to get rid of those dark circles, then laser resurfacing may be a procedure that you should consider. However, before you decide that laser resurfacing is the solution to your problems, you’ll need to consider what laser resurfacing can do for you, as well as your other cosmetic and at-home options in removing those pesky dark circles.

What Causes Dark Circles?

While dark circles are often thought of as a sign for lack of sleep, there are actually many things that can cause dark circles, and they can be placed under three categories: facial aging, lifestyle choices, and other causes.

Facial aging:

  • Volume loss or fat descent in the cheeks
  • Under eye volume loss
  • Lower eyelid laxity (looseness)
  • Thinning under eye skin
  • Bulging under eye fat


Lifestyle choices:

  • Smoking
  • Sun damage
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Dietary deficiencies


Other causes:

  • Allergies
  • Extra melanin
  • Nasal congestion
  • Medical conditions (eczema, thyroid problems, etc.)
  • Venous congestion in under eye blood vessels
  • Environmental exposure
  • Heredity (family genetics)


Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are used to reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin, irregular pigmentation, and superficial scars. During the procedure, your doctor will apply a chemical solution to your skin, which makes it blister and eventually peel off, leaving new skin that is smoother and less wrinkled. Chemical peels offer a range of benefits, including:

  • A Chemical peel reduces dark circles under the eyes
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Reduces the effects of age and sun damage on the skin
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Tightens skin
  • Improves skin tone
  • Stimulates the growth of new collagen


Hyaluronic Fillers

Hyaluronic fillers are a type of dermal filler consisting of hyaluronic acid. When injected into the skin, these fillers attract water and provide volume to smooth and soften the look of wrinkles. Results do not take long to manifest, and they can last up to a year before another injection is required. The benefits of hyaluronic fillers include:

  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines
  • Helps re-strengthen your skin
  • Replaces the loss of volume that can be responsible for under eye hollowing


Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and dark circles under the eyes. This procedure uses a laser beam that is gently and precisely passed over the surface of the skin, removing unwanted cells, one layer at a time. Studies have shown that laser resurfacing can lighten dark skin tones and induce new collagen formation in the skin, resulting in the reduction of dark circles and lines.

The benefits of laser resurfacing are similar to chemical peels, and include:

  • It’s usually a one-time procedure
  • Reduces dark circles under the eyes
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Reduces the effects of age and sun damage on the skin
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Tightens skin
  • Improves skin tone
  • Stimulates the growth of new collagen


Complementary Options

Along with laser resurfacing, you can also try the following to help maintain a lighter complexion around your eyes before or after the procedure.

Home remedies:

  1. Almond oil—regular usage of almond oil will help fade dark circles and is very beneficial for delicate skin around your eyes.
  2. Cucumbers—have skin-lightening and mild astringent properties that help fix dark circles naturally. They also have a soothing and refreshing effect.
  3. Rose water—rejuvenates skin and has a soothing effect on tired eyes. It is also a good skin toner because it has mild astringent properties.
  4. Tomatoes—have bleaching properties that can greatly lighten skin.
  5. Coconut oil—due to its moisturizing quality, coconut oil can help reduce dark circles and prevent wrinkles and fine lines under the eyes.
  6. Cold compress—can constrict the blood vessels under the eyes, which helps reduce puffiness and dark circles.


Book a Consultation

If you are concerned about dark circles under your eyes, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.  to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu. Dr. Chiuis an experienced, American Association of Physician Specialists board-certified plastic surgeon who has served the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area for years.


Health Benefits of Plastic Surgery


Everyone knows plastic surgery has aesthetic benefits. More often than not, that’s the whole point. However, despite the fact that when most people think of the health implications of plastic surgery they think of risks, plastic surgery can also provide patients with numerous health benefits. Patients often choose to undergo plastic surgery for the health benefits, but have aesthetic improvements made while they’re under the knife. Some patients even have separate aesthetic procedures done at the same time as their functional procedure.

The Health Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can certainly improve the appearance of the nose, but it can also remove obstructions in the nasal cavity that impair breathing, such as those resulting from a deviated septum. Because removing these kind of obstructions improves breathing, it can greatly improve a patient’s ability to exercise and even improve a patient’s ability to sleep, as well as the quality of their sleep. This is especially true for patients who suffer from narcolepsy. A rhinoplasty specifically for fixing obstructions in breathing is referred to as a functional rhinoplasty.

The Health Benefits of Breast Surgery

While breast augmentations are more well known, a breast reduction can provide relief for back, neck, shoulder, and even head pain resulting from large, heavy breasts. Breast reduction also allows many women to engage in more comprehensive or in depth fitness regimens by removing weight and eliminating excess breast tissue that got in the way of certain exercises. This often allows women who’ve been working out and losing excess weight that poses health risks to lose even more weight.

The Health Benefits of Gynecomastia Treatment Surgery

Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of the male breasts. While men’s breasts don’t typically get large enough to cause pain like women’s breasts can, enlarged breasts can give a feminizing appearance, cause skin irritation, and damage a patient’s self-esteem. Removing the excess breast tissue can reverse these problems and make men feel more comfortable exercising, especially while not wearing a shirt.

The Health Benefits of Excess Skin Removal

Even though weight loss has many positive effects on a person’s health, it can leave excess skin that poses health risks of its own. This excess skin results in folds on the body, particularly on the abdomen. These folds can lead to rashes and infection. The most common excess skin removal surgery is a tummy tuck, but excess skin can be removed from virtually anywhere on the body. Excess skin removal surgery can help patients both achieve the benefits of  weight loss and minimize the harm to their health from excess skin.

The Health Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is usually an aesthetic procedure, but surgery of the upper lid can also be functional in older patients and anyone else who experiences upper lid sagging or drooping to the extent that vision is impaired.

Plastic Surgery and Self-Esteem

Not all plastic surgery procedures have direct physical health benefits, but all plastic surgeries, as well as other cosmetic procedures, do have the potential to improve patient self-esteem, which can benefit both a patient’s mental and physical health. People with high self-esteem are less likely to have eating disorders and other mental health problems, in addition to having more realistic expectations for themselves and others, being more comfortable expressing themselves,  and being more able to form healthy relationships. They are less likely to be in abusive or otherwise unhealthy relationships. Patients with high self-esteem may also be more likely to pursue a proper exercise regime and make other positive choices for their health.

Schedule Your Plastic Surgery

If you’re considering plastic surgery or any other cosmetic procedure, don’t wait to act. Dr. Gabriel Chiu is an experienced, American Association of Physician Specialists board-certified plastic surgeon who has been serving the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area for years. Contact his office at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chiu and begin reaping the health and esthetic benefits of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures


Generation X and Plastic Surgery

Posted in Plastic Surgery


Even though Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and Millennials (those born between the early 1980s and about 2000) are the generations most known for seeking plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures, Generation X (comprising those born between between the late 1960s and the 1980s) underwent more cosmetic procedures than any other age group in 2014.

While Baby Boomers accounted for only 28 per cent of cosmetic procedures in 2014 and millennials accounted for 25 per cent, Gen X received 43 per cent of all cosmetic procedures done that same year – more than 4.2 million procedures in total. Of these procedures, some are far more popular than others. The most popular cosmetic procedures for Generation Xers include tummy tucks, breast lifts, liposuction, breast reductions, breast augmentations, and eyelid surgery. Many people seek these procedures in tandem with each other or other plastic surgeries.

Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks are great for helping people lose that excess skin that remains after dramatic weight loss or pregnancy. A tuck can even remove stretch marks on the abdomen and repair muscle separation. Over half of tummy tucks are performed on members of Generation X.

Breast Lift

Weight loss, pregnancy, and age can all lead to sagging breasts. While breast augmentation is more well known and more common, breast lifts are more popular than ever, and have increased by 70 per cent since 2000, three times the increase than breast augmentations. Breast lifts correct the sagging of the breast tissue, restoring a firmer, more youthful appearance without the added volume of a breast augmentation.


More than 46 per cent of the procedures performed on members of Generation X are liposuctions. Liposuction is the number one most requested procedure because of its ability to sculpt the body into a sleek, beautiful, and ideal shape. While tummy tucks are used to remove excess skin and repair muscle, liposuction removes the fat itself, making it a great option for removing the few extra pound on your tummy, thighs, and anywhere else that keep you from your target weight. Many people choose to have both liposuction and a tummy tuck performed at the same time for more comprehensive results.

Breast Reduction

More than 43 per cent of those seeking breast reduction are members of Gen X. Breasts that are too large can create a disproportionate appearance, but their weight can also lead to health problems including back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as rashes. A breast reduction can resolve these health issues and improve the patient’s self-esteem.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentations are the second most common plastic surgery procedure after liposuction, and 37 per cent of breast augmentations are performed on members of Generation X. While this is a relatively low number compared to other popular procedures, Millennials are the age group that undergoes the most breast augmentations. A large number of Gen Xers who would be interested in breast augmentation have already had the procedure done.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is generally thought of as an older person’s plastic surgery, and the procedure is most common among Baby Boomers. However, many members of Generation X also like the procedure because of its ability to delay the appearance of aging altogether, rather than reversing it, especially around the eyes, which tend to show visual signs of aging before any other facial feature. 30 per cent of Gen X plastic surgery procedure patients undergo eyelid surgery.

Scheduling Your Cosmetic Procedure

If you’re considering plastic surgery, no matter what your age, don’t wait to act. Contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. today to schedule your consultation with our surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu. Dr. Chiu is an experienced, American Association of Physician Specialists board-certified plastic surgeon who has been serving the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area for years. Act now so that Dr. Chiu can help you start your journey to the look you’ve always wanted.