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Those Scars Don’t Have to be Permanent

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Are you tired or embarrassed of an unsightly scar? Whether the scar is the result of a traumatic injury or even a previous surgery, scar revision surgery can improve your appearance. Don’t let those scars stop you from feeling confident during Summer swimsuit season.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Ideal candidates for scar revision surgery are in good physical and emotional health. Patients should refrain from smoking before the procedure, as this can delay healing and keep them from attaining the best results. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.


Scar revision is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically takes just a couple of hours to complete, and may be performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the size, type, and location of the scar.


There are various treatments that Dr. Chiu can perform depending on the size, type, and location of the scar. These include:

Surface Treatments

This is for minor scars that exist on the surface or just below the skin, microdermabrasion can effectively reduce the appearance of the scar.

Injectable Treatments

For depressed scars, fillers can be used to effectively improve the appearance. Since these fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, patients do not have to worry about serious complications occurring from this treatment.

Excising Treatments

For scars that are very deep and sunken into the skin, an incision may be made in the skin to completely remove the scar.

Flap Treatments

In some cases, a skin graft is removed from another part of the body and used to diminish the appearance as well as improve the patient’s flexibility that a scar has prevented.


After the procedure is complete, you may feel tightness and discomfort in the targeted area. Swelling, redness and some discomfort will be apparent, but these symptoms can be eased with prescribed pain medication. These symptoms will subside in the coming weeks. The scar will be covered with bandages and silicone tape, which can help speed up the process of healing the scar as it diminishes over time. Although many patients feel that they can return to work in a few days, they should refrain from strenuous exercise and activity for about a week or until the scar is completely healed.

The results

Although your final results will not be evident immediately after your treatment is complete, your scar will show a noticeable improvement over the next few weeks. Typically, patients are very happy with the outcome of their treatment and can live their life knowing that they will no longer have to worry about their scar. The results of scar revision surgery can be long-lasting as long as the individual protects the treated area from sun exposure and maintains a healthy lifestyle.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

When choosing a specialist for scar revision surgery in Los Angeles, 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 a breast reduction, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.



Are you a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

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If you struggle with the size of your breasts, you are not alone. Thousands of women who are unhappy with the large size of their breasts successfully undergo reduction mammoplasty every year. Overly developed breasts can lead to a number of undesirable health conditions that include back, neck and shoulder pain, sleeping issues and even some skin conditions. Women with overly large breasts face physical challenges as well as equally difficult emotional burdens. Issues of self-consciousness and insecurity are often reason enough to contemplate undergoing breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is the removal of breast tissues. This procedure is designed for women with large, pendulous breasts who experience a variety of problems caused by their overly developed breasts. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts which makes them smaller, lighter, and firmer. A breast reduction can also reduce the size of the areola which is the darker skin that surrounds the nipple. The overall goal is for the woman to have smaller and better shaped breasts that are in proportion with the rest of her body.

If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms or conditions, you may be considered a good candidate for reduction mammoplasty:

  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to one’s body size
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
  • Grooves in shoulders that are caused by tight bra straps
  • Poor posture due to your breast size
  • Heavy breasts that droop significantly with downward pointing nipples and areolas
  • Breasts that are not equal in size (one significantly larger than the other)
  • Trouble sleeping due to breast discomfort when lying down
  • Rashes and/or infection affecting the skin trapped beneath one’s breasts
  • Inability to participate in athletic/physical activities due to breast size
  • Feelings of self-consciousness regarding breast size

If you are regularly experiencing one or more of these symptoms, a breast reduction may bring you both, physical and emotional relief. Following a breast reduction surgery, your breasts will be in correct proportion to your body size. A breast reduction can greatly enhance the overall shape and appearance of your breasts. You will be relieved of uncomfortable symptoms while also greatly improving the comfort and fit of your clothing.

Best Candidates for a Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction is often performed for physical relief rather than just a cosmetic improvement.

Most women who have breast reductions are burdened by large, sagging breasts that often restrict their physical activities as well as cause discomfort. In most cases, a reduction mammoplasty is not performed until the breasts are fully developed. The surgery can be done earlier if overly large breasts are causing serious discomfort. The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are individuals who are mature enough to have realistic expectations and fully understand the procedure.

Your Results

Out of all of the plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest changes for body image. You will no longer have the burden of large and uncomfortable breasts. Your body will be better proportioned and you will feel better in your clothes since they will fit your body better than before.

Much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks. It may take up to six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape. Even then, their shape may change in response to your hormonal shifts, weight changes, and pregnancy. Dr. Chiu is experienced in making scars as discreet as possible.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

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 a breast reduction, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.


Summer Skin Care Tips and Secrets

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As much as we love the summer season, it’s important not to forget that with all that surf, sand, and sun comes a variety of issues that will likely take a toll on the skin. Think scorching heat, dirty air pollution, and tons of harsh humidity that can leave skin parched, burned, and often times irritated or even infected.

To avoid such hassles and to help keep that skin radiating brightly, make sure to follow these summer skin care tips to help you get that glow on.

Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate

For clearer, smoother skin, the ground rule is to exfoliate to the max as the body continues to shed skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. For those that do not get rid of the dead dirty cells, the skin will look dry and dull instead of vibrant. Not only does exfoliation remove dulling skin debris, it also prevents congestion and improves hydration from supporting toners and moisturizers.

Go ahead and grab some scrubs immediately. Remember to gently rub the exfoliator in circular movements and to continue for at least 2-3 times a week for beautiful skin year-round. Be sure to follow up with a hydrating cream to seal in moisture and to always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF, as recommended by the FDA.

Sunscreen it Up

Speaking of SPF, when in doubt, always just reapply! Even a teaspoon amount for the face will provide ample protection to protect from the sun’s dangerous rays.

Remember to do so every few hours though and to try to stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever possible. Today’s most sophisticated sunscreen formulas allow people to find a sun protection that works specifically for their personal skin conditions. This means that there’s options out there from oil-free and mattifying formulas to extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for more sensitive skin types.

Be Bare or go for Minimal Make-Up

During this popular season of UV rays, harsh heat, bad air, and tons of unwanted sweat, less make-up is definitely best. Plus, natural looks always look best if and when under the intolerant sun.

Those still wanting to apply foundation should choose to apply face powder with SPF to avoid patchy skin. Lips can be protected by a gloss or a lip balm with an SPF 15 to make lips look fresher. Eye makeup for the most part should essentially be avoided if possible.

Always Hydrate

As with exfoliation, hydration is also key. Make water your new BFF by drinking least eight glasses a day and by carrying a water bottle at all times to help keep you feeling fresh, to wash out unwanted toxins, and to avoid the onset of dehydration, which has effects on the skin. Allow skin to be moist and thirst free by making sure to hydrate with plain and pure H2O.

Also remember to find a light summery lotion that you will never forget to put on to further hydrate the skin. The daily skincare regimen’s normal level of hydration can also be upped with intensive masques, which are perfect for use one to two times a week to further boost moisture. Boosters are also a great fit and work best underneath a moisturizer, along with toners to help even out skin porosity. Make sure to refresh throughout the day with revitalizing toner spritzes that can be used at home, at the gym, in the car, at the desk, or even on a flight!

Repair and Sooth the Overexposed

If and when the damage is already done, immediately jump to operation repair ASAP. Sure, you may have forgotten the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell, but there is definitely still hope for saving the skin from further damage—not to mention pain!

Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels often help prevent peeling all while reducing redness and inflammation. For cooling balms, apply generously across over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.

To prevent further complications from a blistering sunburn such as melanoma, remember also to receive yearly skin exams with a physician or to perform self-examinations once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas or malignant melanoma. Be on the lookout for new growths or any substantial skin changes all the time as well.

Trust the Professionals

Forget sun-parched skin or other summer beauty woes. Get your glow on and breeze through the beach season beautifully with a variety of skin procedures we offer. Dr. Gabriel Chiu is a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose utmost goal is to help his patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals in a caring and relaxing environment. After following these health summer skin care tips, fun in the sun awaits!


Good Fat vs. Bad Fat

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When it comes to health, diets, and the subject of fast, the latter often gets a bad rap. Some of this backlash is usually pretty justified, because certain types of fat play major roles in the onset of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

Still, it is important to note that not all fats are created equal. Some fats are better for you than others, and may even help to promote good health. Surprisingly, the body actually does need fats in order to live and survive.

Fats are an important part of a healthy diet, providing essential fatty acids, keeping skin soft, delivering fat-soluble vitamins, and serving as a super source of energizing fuel. It’s easy to get confused about good fats vs. bad fats and how much fat we should actually take in or leave out. Often items, clearly understanding the differences between the two can help determine which fats to avoid, which to eat in moderation, and how best to use them to your advantage to keep healthy and happy.

Fast Fat Facts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults get 20%-35% of their calories from fats, and at a bare minimum, it is said that at least 10% of our calories need to come from fat.

A major problem is, however, that the typical American diet is substantially higher in fat, with roughly 34% to 40% of calories come from fat. This might be because fats often enhance the flavors of foods and provide wonderful feelings of satisfaction. They also taste incredibly good and are all too widely available in everyday food supply.

As research continues to evolve on dietary fat, there are some factors that are already crystal clear. Dietary fat is found in both plant and animal based foods Though all foods and oils essentially contain a mixture of fatty acids, the predominant type of fat contained is what makes them “good” or “bad.” There are basically two groups of fats: saturated and unsaturated, and within each group are several more types of fats.

Here are some things to consider the next time you’re scratching your head over good vs. bad fats.

Good Fats

Let’s start with the good guys — the unsaturated fats, which include polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. When consumed in moderation and used to replace saturated or trans fats, both mono- and polyunsaturated fats can work to help lower cholesterol levels and to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Polyunsaturated fats are found mostly in vegetable oils and help lower blood cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. One specific type would be omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in everything from fatty fish (salmon, trout, catfish, mackerel) to nuts and flaxseed.

The other “good guys” are monounsaturated fats, which are thought to also reduce the risk of heart disease. Mediterranean countries consume a lot of these, as they come primarily in the form of olive oil.

Monounsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature but can solidify when and if refrigerated. Not only are they super heart friendly, but are typically a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E as well (a nutrient often lacking in American diets). Find them in everything from olives, almonds, and hazelnuts, to avocados, cashews, sesame or pumpkin seeds, and canola or peanut oils.

Bad Fats

Now onto the bad guys. There are two types of fat that should be eaten very sparingly– saturated and trans fatty acids, as both can clog arteries, raise cholesterol levels, and increase the risk for heart disease.

Saturated fats are found in animal products (meat, poultry skin, high-fat dairy, and eggs) as well as in vegetable fats that are liquid at room temperature, such as palm or coconut oils. Dietary guidelines typically recommend limiting saturated fats to 10% or less of all calories, while the American Heart Association specifically recommends keeping them to under 7% of total calories. It is important to keep in mind that excess saturated fat easily increases blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, especially when combined with refined carbohydrates.

Some hazardous fats to definitely keep away from include butter, margarine, shortening, beef or pork fat, and basically anything else that is primarily animal-based. Typical sources of saturated fats include everything from dark chicken meat and poultry skin to lard and high fat dairy foods (whole milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, ice cream).

Consider looking into liposuction in Los Angeles, as this has long been a reliable solution to stubborn fat that cannot be worked off through traditional means.

Trans Fatsshort for “trans fatty acids,” are equally, if not, even more damaging to health. They appear in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils such as fried foods, baked goods, and processed snack foods. Like saturated fat, trans fats raise LDL cholesterol and can also suppress high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels (or “good” cholesterol) — thereby raising risks of heart disease even more than saturated fat intake.

Liposuction in Los Angeles

The best way to keep on top of the fats in your diet is to become a label reader, as well as to just reduce the total amount of fat in the diet by making sure that the fats consumed are only ones that are “good” not “bad.”

For more information on ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle and for information about liposuction in Los Angeles, feel free to reach out to BHPS. Dr. Gabriel Chiu is a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in liposuction in Los Angles and whose utmost goal is to help his patients remain actively well, happy, and always at their best.


What are the Causes of Acne Scars?

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The struggle with acne is real for many people well into their adult years– and unfortunately, even those who are lucky enough to experience a drastic decline in acne related symptoms over time can still be left with terrible reminders of puberty-related skin issues through acne scarring.

As the name suggests, acne scars are the direct result of deep trauma to the skin related to acne. Not only do they give the skin an irregular appearance, but also dramatically change the overall texture of the skin and do not always improve with time – they can also manifest in areas of pitted or raised skin and can occur on either the face or the body.

Acne scarring occurs when the follicle, or pore, becomes engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pores go on to swell, causing a break in the follicle wall. If the rupture occurs near the surface of the skin, the resulting lesion is usually minor and heals rather quickly. However, if there is a deep break in the follicle wall, more serious lesions will arise as the infected material spills out into the dermis to destroy healthy skin tissue.

To repair the damage done to the dermis, the skin forms new collagen fibers to provide the skin with additional strength and flexibility. Unfortunately, the finished “repair job” seldom looks as smooth and flawless as before the injury, resulting in the onset of acne scars.

Types of Acne that Cause Scarring

There are many different types of acne, some of which are way more prone to the causes of acne scars than others. Whiteheads and blackheads rarely result in scarring but inflammatory acne, such as acne cysts or nodules, are a lot more prone to create long-term scarring because these affect deeper layers of the skin. Several variables can cause an individual to be more likely to have acne scars such as:

  • Picking and Touching:Picking at acne causes trauma to the skin that is more likely to result in scarring and prolong the healing process. Case in point: DO NOT pick, prod, or even touch the skin! This is among the most common causes of acne scars.
  • Non-Treatment:Individuals who do not treat their acne sooner rather than later are more likely to scar.
  • Genetics:If your family has a history of acne scarring, you are more likely to also experience the issue.

Acne Scar Prevention

Many steps can be taken to prevent the onset and causes of acne scars. First, try reducing inflammatory breakouts as quickly and as much as possible—i.e. make sure to treat acne as soon as it develops. The best thing one can do is to get their acne under control quickly and effectively, preferably with the help of an experienced dermatologist who can provide extra aid if necessary.

Next, always pass up the temptation to pick or squeeze any pimples, as doing so can force debris deeper into the dermis, spreading an infection to other tissue and worsening inflammation. Picking at scabs should also be avoided because scabs are a skin’s natural “bandage” to protect any wound that heals. Picking a scab off a wound before it is ready prolongs the healing process and increases chances of scarring.

In more severe cases, some may develop acne scars even while adhering to the most careful treatment plan. There are procedures that can help minimize the appearance of scarring. Here are some effective treatments that can improve skin texture and reduce acne scarring to consider if you happen to have no other options left to choose from:

  • Chemical Peels: An acid-based solution is topically applied to either the entire face or merely the areas of pitted scarring to remove the outer layer of skin and to stimulate collagen repair.
  • Dermal Fillers: Injectable hyaluronic acid like Belotero, Juvederm or Restylane is injected into depressions in the skin from acne scarring to help smoothen out the skin texture. Since dermal fillers are temporary, they will need to be done via multiple sessions to maximize scar repair.
  • Laser Resurfacing: A fractional laser delivers pixelated columns of laser heat in a controlled and predictable manner to either heat the skin or to remove the skin to elicit scar remodeling. It is best to ask an expert about which laser would best fit your needs and lifestyle, as the number of recommended treatments and the amount of downtime involved often varies.

A consult with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist can determine how to customize these options for both you and your skin. To learn about the causes of acne scars or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Gabriel Chiu, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose utmost goal is to help his patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals in a caring and relaxing environment.