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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.

June
2016
22

Common Myths about Liposuction

Posted in Liposuction

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The 8 Most Common Myths about Liposuction

A lot of people have the misconception that liposuction is a fix-all body solution for your body problems, when, like any other procedure, it can and can’t do certain things for you. Here’s a quick look at the top 8 most common myths about liposuction.

1. Liposuction is a Great Way to Lose Weight

If you are trying to lose weight, then liposuction is not the procedure for you. Liposuction works to remove fat that isn’t affected by diet or exercise. You can choose to get liposuction after you’ve already lost weight, to help get rid of that stubborn fat, but the best way for you to lose weight is to change your diet and exercise routines.

2.  Liposuction Gets Rid of Cellulite

Cellulite is the fat right below the skin’s surface, that usually looks bumpy and uneven because the fat pushes through the connective tissue. While cellulite may be considered unattractive, it isn’t a health concern. Liposuction can help make cellulite less visible, but it does not outright remove it.

3. Fat Will Return Somewhere Else

While liposuction works to remove part of the fat in the targeted area, the body can still be overwhelmed by large amounts of calories that aren’t burned off. These extra calories are stored proportionately in the remaining fat cells in the body. However, fat cells aren’t distributed evenly, which means that you may gain fat in areas of the body that you aren’t used to. The targeted area will have fewer fat cells left, so those places won’t fill out in the same way that they did before liposuction.

4. You can be too Old for Liposuction

Liposuction can work on all ages, since your age isn’t a determining factor. If you have no serious health conditions and no current medications that may cause problems during the surgery, then you may be a good candidate for liposuction no matter your age. Regardless, your eligibility will be determined during a consultation with Dr. Chiu.

5. An Obese Patient is the Best Candidate

The ideal candidate for liposuction is just a little over their ideal weight. Liposuction typically won’t be performed on someone who is extremely overweight, just on people who have localized fatty deposits that don’t respond to diet or exercise. If you are too heavy for liposuction, you will be advised of how much weight you’ll need to lose or alternative procedures that may be better suited to you.

6. Liposuction is Just for Women

Liposuction is actually one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among men. The areas that men and women seek to be treated by liposuction tend to differ, as most women want to remove fat from their thighs and hips, while men tend to focus more on the stomach area (like love handles) and even under the chin.

7. You can Return to Your Normal Routine with no Downtime

The initial recovery period after liposuction can be anywhere from two to 10 days. It is usually recommended that patients take about a week off from work. Most patients can usually return to normal activities between four to six weeks after surgery, with some swelling remaining for up to six months. You can read more about recovery times here.

8. Liposuction and Tummy Tucks are the Same

Liposuction removes fat, and a tummy tuck removes excess skin and repairs abdominal muscles. While these procedures are quite different, they are often used in tandem to create a more dramatic body transformation.

Consult with Dr. Chiu

Make sure to book a consultation with your doctor to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have about liposuction surgery. Consult with Dr. Chiu today so that he can help you decide if liposuction is the best option for you or if there are other procedures better suited to your needs.

June
2016
20

Top 5 Benefits of CoolScuplting

Posted in CoolSculpting

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The Top 5 Benefits CoolSculpting has to Offer

Have you been dieting and exercising, trying to get rid of those last few stubborn pounds? Have you thought about getting liposuction, but you just can’t seem to find the time to fit it into your busy schedule?

Then CoolSculpting might be the solution you’re looking for. Before you book an appointment with Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. here’s a list of 5 great benefits it can offer you.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting uses a patented cooling technology to eliminate fat cells, without surgery, and presents little-to-no downtime. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than the surrounding tissue, CoolSculpting technology allows for fats cells beneath the skin to be specifically targeted, without causing any damage to the skin, nerves, or other surrounding tissue.

Over time, your body will naturally metabolize the treated fat cells (over the course of three to six months), leaving a more sculpted you. Unlike diet or exercise where the fat cells are reduced in size, CoolSculpting removes fat cells for good.

Top 5 Benefits

  1. Non-invasive treatment – CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that can be performed on your lunchbreak because there is essentially no downtime or required recovery. This means that after your treatment is finished, you can return to your normal activities sooner than with surgical alternatives such as liposuction. Since there are no needles, incisions, or surgical equipment used during the procedure, there is minimal risk of injury or permanent side effects.
  2. Safe and effective – CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved fat freezing technology. There’s no surgery or artificial substances involved because CoolSculpting works to freeze only the targeted fats cells, which are then shed through the body’s own natural process. The treatment is also fast, taking only around one hour to perform.
  3. Impressive, natural looking results – CoolSculpting creates natural looking results that gradually manifest. Some patients see results as early as three weeks, with significant results experienced between three to six months after the procedure. This natural progression makes it easier for your treatment to be kept a private matter, if that’s what you’d prefer. The treatment often makes patients feel and look better in a way that helps them feel happier and achieve a more positive outlook on life.
  4. Long-lasting results – With diet and exercise, fat cells can reduce in size while still remaining in the body. This means that fat cells can once again increase in size, if you stray from a healthy diet. With CoolSculpting, you’ll never have to worry about that stubborn fat coming back because, once it removes the fat cells, those targeted cells will never return. However, if you gain weight after treatment, you’ll most likely see a more even distribution of fat throughout your body, rather than in your trouble areas.
  5. It’s targeted – CoolSculpting works to target specific fat cells that don’t seem to react to diet and exercise. This means that you can target the exact area that you want to see a reduction of fat in, and that fat will melt away in as little as six months as your body naturally metabolizes it.

Book a Consultation

Just like with any other cosmetic procedure, you shouldn’t just immediately jump to the decision of having CoolSculpting done. We strongly suggest booking a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu here are at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. He can provide you with an informed overview of what to expect from CoolSculpting, the best areas to treat, and other options that exist if you’re still not 100% certain.

June
2016
17

How Cosmetic Procedures Improve Your Life

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Beyond Looking Good: How Cosmetic Procedures Can Improve Your Life

 

Have you ever thought about getting plastic surgery for health reasons? Then you’re not alone. While plastic surgery is often thought of as a way to alter your appearance, many cosmetic procedures help improve your life in a far larger way.

Here’s a look at some of the types of cosmetic surgeries that can also benefit your health and lifestyle.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery removes some of the breast tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size, weight, firmness, and shape of the breasts. It can also make the areolas (dark skin around the nipples) smaller.

Some of the benefits to having breast reduction surgery include:

  • It can help alleviate neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Improves posture/spinal alignment
  • Can help resolve asthma issues (breathing problems)
  • Makes it easier to exercise
  • Eliminates skin irritation under breasts

 

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, or breast implant surgery, is a procedure in which your doctor will place implants (either silicone or saline) into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. Breast augmentation can be performed for cosmetic purposes or for reconstructive purposes (i.e. after a mastectomy for breast cancer).

While breast augmentation can be performed after a mastectomy, it can also help with:

  • Correcting tuberous breasts
  • Improving posture from significant asymmetry
  • Micromastia (breasts that never developed)

 

Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty (nose job) works to reshape the bones of the nose, often to repair damage from an accident or injury, or to alleviate functional issues. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market.

Some of the benefits of rhinoplasty surgery are:

  • Reduction in snoring
  • Restores facial symmetry
  • Corrects birth defects
  • Corrects sinus problems (such as a deviated septum)
  • Fixes a broken nose
  • Improves breathing (increases oxygen flow)

 

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Some of the benefits of eyelid surgery are:

  • Improved vision
  • Fewer fine lines
  • No more bags
  • Brighter, larger eyes

 

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck works to tighten muscles and remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flat and toned. Tummy tucks are also used to help patients who have undergone extreme weight loss in a short period of time.

Benefits from receiving a tummy tuck include:

  • Reduction of stress incontinence
  • Improved abdominal tone
  • Better posture
  • Ventral hernia correction
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Alleviates back pain
  • Removes excess skin

 

Body Contouring

Just like the tummy tuck, body contouring can help patients who have undergone a significant weight loss in a short period of time. Body contouring is a group of procedures, which may include an arm lift, buttocks lift, thigh lift, and breast lift; as well as the aforementioned tummy tuck. Liposuction may also be performed.

An arm lift removes excess skin and fat deposits, giving the arm a more pleasing and youthful contour. It can be used to help tighten arms that have become loose or flabby as a result of aging or dramatic weight loss.

A buttock lift can provide you with a more toned, shapely butt. You can read more about the Brazilian Butt Lift here. A thigh lift removes extra skin and fat to give you tightened, toned, and better proportioned thighs.

Finally, a breast lift (often one of the most popular body contouring operations) treats sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping, nipples, and stretched areolas; returning a more youthful shape and lift to your breasts.

A combination of some of these procedures can help:

  • Reduce stress incontinence
  • Reduce risk of diabetes
  • Alleviate back pain
  • Correct the rectus muscle position
  • Remove excess skin

 

Liposuction

Liposuction removes fat from your body using cannulas – long hollow tubes with holes on one end and attached to suction on the other. While liposuction can help alleviate the aesthetic issues that stubborn fat can cause, it can also be used to help with a range of medical conditions, such as:

  • Benign fatty tumors (lipomas)
  • Abnormal enlargement of the male breasts
  • Problems with metabolism of fat
  • Excessive sweating in the armpit area

 

Book a Consultation

Before seeking any type of cosmetic surgery, whether for aesthetic or health-related purposes, you should consult with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. With years of experience and an eye for aesthetic perfection, Dr. Chiu will provide you with the cosmetic results you deserve.

June
2016
15

Male vs. Female Cosmetic Procedures

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In some cases, men and women agree on which cosmetic procedures are the best, and, at other times, they don’t. The world of plastic surgery is always changing as new fads and trends come and go, making this year’s top cosmetic surgeries different from last years.

Here’s a look at the top five lists of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for both men and women in 2015 and how they compare to the results from 2014.

Top 5 Male Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

In 2015, the top five surgical cosmetic procedures stayed the same as the top five in 2014, with a slight change in numbers. The top five list for 2015 compared to 2014 is:

  1. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
    Total male procedures: 53,248 out of 217,979 – 24% of total procedures
    Down 3% from 2014
  2. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
    Total male procedures: 29,906 out of 203,934 – 15% of total procedures
    Up 2% from 2014
  3. Gynecomastia (breast reduction in men)
    Total male procedures: 27,456 out of 27,456 – 100% of total procedures
    Up 5% from 2014
  4. Liposuction
    Total male procedures: 25,656 out of 222,051 – 12% of total procedures
    Up 5% from 2014
  5. Rhytidectomy (facelift)
    Total male procedures: 11,963 out of 125,711 – 10% of total procedures
    Up 1% from 2014

Top 5 Male Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Just like with the top five surgical cosmetic procedures for men, the top five non-surgical male procedures remained the same as 2014, with some slight changes to the numbers. The top five list for male non-surgical cosmetic procedures is:

  1. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox and Dysport)
    Total male procedures: 428,542 out of 6,757,198 – 6% of total procedures
    Up 4% from 2014
  2. Laser hair removal
    Total male procedures: 187,784 out of 1,116,708 – 17% of total procedures
    Down 2% from 2014
  3. Microdermabrasion
    Total male procedures: 147,020 out of 800,340 – 18% of total procedures
    Down 7% from 2014
  4. Chemical peel
    Total male procedures: 99,243 out of 1,310,252 – 8% of total procedures
    Up 1% from 2014
  5. Soft tissue fillers
    Total male procedures: 96,593 out of 2,440,724 – 4% of total procedures
    Up 4% from 2014

Top 5 Female Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

The top five cosmetic surgical procedures from women in 2015 varied slightly from 2014, with most of the same procedures making it onto the top five list. The top five list for female surgical cosmetic procedures is:

  1. Breast Augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty)
    Total female procedures: 279,143 out of 279,143 – 100% of total procedures
    Down 2% from 2014
  2. Liposuction
    Total female procedures: 196,395 out of 222,051 – 88% of total procedures
    Up 5% from 2014
  3. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
    Total female procedures: 174,028 out of 203,934 – 85% of total procedures
    Down 2% from 2014
  4. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
    Total female procedures: 164,731 out of 217,979 – 76% of total procedures
    Up 1% from 2014
  5. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
    Total female procedures: 123,003 out of 127,967 – 96% of total procedures
    Up 9% from 2014

Top 5 Female Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

When it comes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures, men and women agree on which procedures should be in the top five. However, they don’t quite agree on the exact order in which they appear on the list. The top five female non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2015 were:

  1. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox and Dysport)
    Total female procedures: 6,328,656 out of 6,757,198 – 94% of total procedures
    Up 1% from 2014
  2. Soft tissue fillers
    Total female procedures: 2,344,131 out of 2,440,724 – 96% of total procedures
    Up 7% from 2014
  3. Chemical peel
    Total female procedures: 1,211,009 out of 1,310,252 – 92% of total procedures
    Up 5% from 2014
  4. Laser hair removal
    Total female procedures: 928,924 out of 1,116,708 – 83% of total procedures
    Up 1% from 2014
  5. Microdermabrasion
    Total female procedures: 653,320 out of 800,340 – 82% of total procedures
    Down 10% from 2014

Schedule an Appointment

Are you interested in any of the above procedures? Then get in contact with Dr. Gabriel Chiu and the team at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. Dr. Chiu can help you decide on the right procedure for your needs.