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July
2016
04

Male Breast Reduction

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Male Breast Reduction: Before and After Care Tips

Plastic surgery is not just for women. Many men enter into a plastic surgeon’s office looking for body contouring procedures that will make them look and feel younger. Topping the list of male procedures are liposuction and male breast reduction surgery. Enlarged male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, can cause low self-esteem and embarrassment, making it difficult to do normal activities such as getting a job, joining a gym, or dating. A breast reduction surgery will eliminate the unsightly “man boobs” and build confidence.

What is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia. This procedure removes excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a flatter, firmer, and more masculine chest contour. Gynecomastia can be caused by genetics, use of certain medications, or other unspecified reasons. It can be present at any age, and male breast reduction surgery can be performed on both adults and teenagers.

Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • Excess breast skin
  • Presence either unilaterally or bilaterally (one or both breasts)

 

What Makes a Good Candidate?

You may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery if:

  • Your condition can’t be corrected through alternative medical treatments
  • You are healthy with no life-threatening illness or medical condition that could impair healing
  • You are physically healthy and of a normal weight
  • You have realistic expectations about what to expect from your surgery
  • Your breast development is stabilized (usually if you are over the age of 18)
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large

 

Preparing for Your Surgery

Preparing for male breast reduction surgery can begin up to one month before your procedure and continues up until the day of surgery. It is important to talk about your health conditions and any concerns that you may have at your consultation. The following guidelines are general and Dr. Gabriel Chiu can give you a specific plan tailored to your individual needs.

One month before:

  • Stop smoking or using products that contain nicotine

Two weeks before:

  • Avoid long periods of time in the sun
  • Avoid tanning booths
  • Stop taking blood thinners (including vitamins and minerals that may cause blood thinning)
  • Stop taking medications that interfere with blood clotting
  • Schedule a leave of absence from work

One week before:

  • Inform your Dr. Chiu if you get sick in any way (he may want to reschedule your surgery)
  • Arrange a ride to and from the hospital
  • Pack comfortable clothes

 

Recovery and Maintenance

During your recovery period, dressings and bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment will be used to help minimize swelling, as well as to help support your new chest contour as it heals. A small, thin tube may also be placed, temporarily, under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

You can expect to feel some discomfort or tenderness in the chest area. This discomfort should subside within a week or two, but some degree of swelling or numbness may last for several months.

Results from male breast reduction surgery are meant to be permanent. However, you should try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, since significant weight gain, steroid use, drugs that influence testosterone levels, or certain medical conditions may cause your gynecomastia to return.

Possible Risks and Considerations

Just like any other type of surgery, male breast reduction has its possible, albeit unlikely, risks that you will need to consider before having your operation. Some of the ricks include:

  • Negative reactions to tape, suture material, glues, topical preparations, or injected materials
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation (temporary or permanent)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Infection
  • Possibility of another surgery
  • Scarring

 

Book a Consultation

Before having male breast reduction surgery, it is important that you consult with a properly trained physician who can help you make the right decision about whether or not male breast reduction surgery is the right step for you. Consult with Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc., and with his years of experience in the field of plastic surgery, he can help you with any questions or concerns that you might have about the procedure.

July
2016
01

Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

Posted in Beauty Tips,Liposuction

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The Best Ways to Maintain the Results of Liposuction

You finally did it. You decided to get liposuction and you’re thrilled with your results, but you can’t help worrying about gaining back the weight. This is a common fear among liposuction patients, and it is something that you should worry about. However, with the right mentality and healthy lifestyle, keeping the fantastic results of your liposuction is possible.

What Dramatic Weight Gain after Liposuction Could Mean for You

While liposuction is designed to remove stubborn fat cells from your body, massive weight gain and obesity after the procedure can result in two conditions known as hypertrophy and hyperplasia.

Hypertrophy is the condition in which fat cells grow excessively to the point that they can split into two or more cells.

Hyperplasia is the natural phenomenon of cells splitting or dividing that occurs at a specific point in an individual’s life to encourage growth (mostly in the early stages of life and during adolescence).

The remaining fat cells in the targeted areas from your liposuction can grow in number and size, adversely affecting the results of the procedure. However, even if this phenomenon doesn’t occur, weight gain can still happen in other areas that have not been treated by liposuction, causing an upset in the body’s overall balance and proportion achieved from surgery.

Keeping the Weight Off

Since liposuction is not a guarantee against weight gain, you’ll need to maintain your figure by developing a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips on how to maintain you figure after your liposuction procedure.

Eat Healthy

Cut down on carbohydrates, sugars, and saturated fats. Instead of trying to eat less, you should focus on eating more vitamins and mineral-rich foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, and lean proteins that are essential for a healthy diet. You should also focus on foods that are high in water content, but contain a lot of nutrients, such as melons, berries, grapes, green vegetables, and citrus fruits. These foods are low in calories, but are full of antioxidants and moisturizing water. You should also try to cut back on salty foods.

Drink Lots of Water

Although water consumption may vary depending on your body size and requirements, the general recommendation is that adults should try to consume about half a gallon of water a day – this amounts to eight 8-ounce glasses, or the 8×8 rule. Staying sufficiently hydrated can help you maintain a healthy metabolism and aid digestion. Also, water controls our sense of hunger, balances our bodily fluids, controls calories, and helps boost productivity.

Don’t Skip Meals

A nutritious breakfast can help keep hunger away and prevent you from overeating later in the day. Meal skipping is a dangerous habit to get into because it will slow down your metabolism, cause higher stress levels, and affect your ability to focus. Try eating smaller meals throughout the day, rather than waiting for when you’re hungry. This will help you maintain consistent energy levels.

Exercise Regularly

Strength exercises will help you stay toned, while aerobic exercises will keep fat off. It is important that you find an exercise routine that works with your lifestyle. Exercise can be something as little as taking the stairs or doing some easy cardio in front of the TV. Whatever your exercise routine is, you should make sure that you are getting up and moving around for a few minutes every 30 – 60 minutes.

Find an Accountability Partner

Having someone hold you accountable for your actions can go a long way in helping you maintain your ideal figure. Support and encouragement will help you be motivated in keeping up with your goals.

Consult with Dr. Chiu

Just like consulting with your doctor before a procedure, it is important to consult with your doctor after your procedure. After your liposuction surgery, your doctor will go over a list of instructions of post-operative care. Following these instructions will help you maintain your ideal weight, while also keeping you healthy after your surgery.

If you have any questions or concerns about post-operative care, or about liposuction itself, feel free to book a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.

June
2016
29

5 Ways to Tighten Your Figure

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From Exercise to Liposuction: 5 Ways to Tighten Your Figure

Have you ever wished that you could have a flatter stomach and a tighter figure? Then you’re not alone. Thankfully, when it comes to wanting a tighter figure, you have lots of options available to you. Here’s a quick look at five different ways that you can get the tighter figure you’ve been dreaming of.

1. Exercise

Building muscle will tighten your figure and firm up your trouble zones, but only if you stay disciplined in your workout routine. Increasing your cardiovascular strength and adding muscle-building workouts to your weekly fitness routine can give you the results you’re looking for.

A proper exercise routine should include:

  • At least 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day—cardio helps you burn fat and tighten your body. You should choose activities that work the entire body like running, swimming, or kickboxing to burn the most calories.
  • Intervals to maximize your caloric burn—interval-training comprising a high intensity aerobic activity for 30 seconds, followed by a moderate intensity activity for one minute, will help you burn more calories in a short period of time.
  • Strength training—perform strength training exercises three or four times a week, splitting your days by working your legs and core one day, chest and triceps another, and your back and biceps on another day. Choose between six and 10 strength-training exercises each day.
  • Focus on your tummy—train your abdomen most days of the week after your aerobic activity. Mix up your exercises with bicycle twists, sit-ups, crunches, reverse crunches, planks, leg lifts, and scissor kicks.

 

2. Diet

Consuming proper foods will allow you to take in the nutrients your body needs to maximize muscle-building and minimize fat storage. Achieving a tight, toned body is possible by following a few simple diet tips along with regular exercise.

A few simple diet tips to help you stay slim, tight, and toned are:

  • Eat fat in moderation—dietary fat should be less than 30 percent of your total calorie intake. Some fats are healthier for you than others, so you should try to eat mainly unsaturated fats, such as avocados, nuts, and olive and canola oils.
  • Eat enough lean protein—making sure you get enough protein in your diet is essential for weight maintenance and staying lean. Try to choose lean protein sources, such as chicken, fish, skim milk, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cottage cheese.
  • Eat high-fiber foods—eating high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, legumes, nuts, and seeds, will help you stay full for longer.
  • Drink plenty of water—water is a calorie-free way to make you feel full so you don’t crave junk food.
  • Limit sugar—sugary foods will add unwanted pounds as sweets tend to be high in calories and low in nutrients.
  • Limit alcohol—alcohol tends to be metabolized in your body as fat, as it is high in calories and essentially void of other nutrients.

 

3. Tummy Tuck

If you find that diet and exercise just aren’t doing the trick, then you may want to consider cosmetic surgery.

Tummy tuck surgery works to flatten the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and by tightening muscles in your abdominal wall.

A tummy tuck is most suitable for men and women who are in good health, and is also an option for men and women who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

4. CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting uses patented cooling technology to eliminate fat cells without surgery, and requires little-to-no downtime. This cooling technology precisely targets fat cells beneath the skin, and cools them to a temperature that triggers their natural death. Since fat freezes at a different temperature than normal cells, there is no damage to skin, nerves, or other surrounding tissue.

5. Liposuction

Liposuction removes stubborn fat from your body using cannulas – long hollow tubes on one end and attached to suction on the other. As stubborn fat cannot be reduced through exercise or diet, liposuction may be the essential final step in achieving a perfectly toned figure.

Book an Appointment

Before fully considering your options for getting the tighter body that you’re dreaming of, you should get in contact with a skilled plastic surgeon. Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. has a fine eye for detail and knows how to get the toned, tight results many patients seek. Book a consultation today to begin your journey towards the body of your dreams.

June
2016
27

7 Things You Need to Know about Cosmetic Procedures

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What You Should Know about Cosmetic Procedures

If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure but have not had one in the past, it’s important to know what to expect and to also have a realistic outlook on what cosmetic procedures (surgical or non-surgical) can achieve.

While we advise booking a consultation and having Dr. Gabriel Chiu take you through the specifics of your procedure, beat-by-beat, here a few things worth knowing beforehand.

1. Procedure Results Might Not be Immediate

Expecting immediate results from any procedure is unrealistic. The results of most procedures will take days or even several months before they properly manifest. So once a procedure has been completed, remember to be patient and give yourself some adequate time before the results really start to show.

2. Have Questions? We Want You to Ask Them

No matter how big or small the procedure, we encourage all of our patients to ask questions – especially if it’s your first time seeking a cosmetic solution. So if you have any general questions or deeper concerns about any procedure, make sure you ask. We want your experience to be a pleasant one with an end result of helping you achieve the look you desire.

3. You Shouldn’t Feel Self-Conscious

Sometimes people can feel self-conscious and even somewhat ashamed over the idea of seeking a cosmetic procedure, but that shouldn’t be the case. As an individual, you know what you want and how you want to look; how you get there shouldn’t matter.

There’s also the simple and unavoidable fact that certain results would be impossible to achieve without the help of cosmetic procedures. For example, stubborn fat cannot be removed via exercise or diet, so liposuction and/or CoolSculpting are two available options that can actually achieve this.

4. Men Seeking Cosmetic Procedures is More Common than You Think

While statistics show that women still receive the majority of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, more and more men are seeking cosmetic solutions, as well. So if you’re a man and have been hesitant to take the dive due to any notions of some associated stigma, there is no need to. There are plenty of men who have benefited from cosmetic procedures.

5. It’s Important to Have Realistic Expectations

Cosmetic procedures can help you address a wide range of physical imperfections or irregularities that may be bugging you, but they can’t fix everything. Any cosmetic procedure works to reflect how you feel internally – young at heart, adventurous, empowered, etc. But if you’re relying on cosmetic procedures to make you physically perfect, then you’re demanding the impossible. Remember that everyone has unique physical attributes, and you should see these as assets – not liabilities.

6. Get the Procedure for You

It’s our aim to provide every patient with the results they desire. That’s why it’s so important to us that any cosmetic procedure you have is performed because you want it. If you’re only getting a procedure because a partner, friend, or family member told you to get it, then it is not in your best interest.

7. Most Patients are Just like You

Most people who seek cosmetic procedures are just like you. They’re everyday people with jobs and family and stress who simply want to do something that will make them feel more youthful, energized, and pampered. Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are not just for the rich and famous – this is a common but significant misconception.

Make an Appointment

When you go in for your consultation, it is very important that you make sure to talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns that you may have about the procedure. Knowing that you have an experienced doctor and that you can trust them can go a long way in making you feel comfortable about going forward with a cosmetic procedure.

Book a consultation with Dr. Chiu today so that he can talk you through everything you need to know about your cosmetic procedure of choice.

June
2016
24

Cosmetic Procedures for Young Looking Skin

Posted in Cosmetic Surgery,Skincare

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Making Your Skin Look Young Again with Cosmetic Procedures

As years go by, we all experience excessive sun exposure, which can cause premature wrinkles and skin damage. With the wonderful weather that Los Angeles can afford us all year round, spending time out in the sun is common; but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with skin that’s been damaged by the sun.

Here’s a quick look at some of the cosmetic procedures we offer that can help reverse years of sun damage.

Botulinum Toxin Type A

The most commonly used type of botulinum toxin type A is Botox, which is an injection used to immobilize specific muscles, preventing them from forming wrinkles and furrows. The use of Botox will also help soften existing wrinkles.

Depending on the condition that you are having treated, your Botox injections may be given in more than one area at a time. Botox injections are temporary, so you may want to get repeat injections within 3 – 4 months after your first injection.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are often used to reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin, irregular pigment, 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 can be done on the face, neck, or hands, and can help:

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
  • Improve the appearance of mild scars
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches
  • Improve the look and feel of skin

Filler Injections

Injectable fillers work to fill lines and wrinkles with results that can last from four months to a year. Unlike Botox, filler injections fill the line, crease, or area, causing trouble spots to disappear.

Filler injections are often used to replace the body’s natural collagen that has been lost, treating wrinkles, scars, and facial lines. They can also be used to add volume by plumping and lifting cheeks, jawlines, and temples, or filing out thin lips and sagging hands.

There are many different types of injectable fillers that can be placed into different categories, including:

  • Hyaluronic acid fillers
  • Synthetic fillers
  • Collagen fillers
  • Autologous fillers

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a technique that uses fine powder or a tipped wand to remove the upper layers of skin. This process removes layers of dead and damaged skin cells, which allows healthy new skin to take their place.

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat:

  • Acne scars
  • Shallow scars from surgery or trauma
  • Superficial skin growths
  • Sun damage
  • Pigmentation irregularities and uneven skin tones/textures
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a technique that directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin one layer at a time. This treatment works to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes, acne scars, or sun-damaged skin.

There are two types of lasers most commonly used for this procedure:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)—uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.
  • Erbium – YAG—is designed to remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest with minimal burning of the surrounding tissue.

Book a Consultation

Before considering any of the above procedures, you should first consult with an experienced doctor. Book a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu today, so that he can help you make the best decision when it comes to choosing a procedure to help fix your sun-damaged skin.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical options that specifically address skin irregularities, with many of the non-surgical options performed in our luxurious and relaxing Spa.