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Dr. Chow
Yale-trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery.
Interests: sculptra, botox, restylane, juvederm, radiesse, chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, skin resurfacing, rhinoplasty, nose surgery, revision rhinoplasty, nose augmentation, blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, brow lift, forehead lift, endoscopic brow lift, facelift, mini-facelift, revision facelift, midface lift, cheek implants, cheek augmentation, augmentation, chin implants, chin augmentation, lip enhancement, lip augmentation, marionette lines, smile lines, wrinkles.
Recent Activity
When it comes to the advancements made in cosmetic surgery, more and more people are having aesthetic procedures with less and less downtime. Plastic surgery is safer, more effective, and more affordable than ever before. But the fact that plastic surgery and cosmetic in-office procedures have become so accessible does not discount the fact that these are still medical procedures being performed, and that there continue to be risks and benefits that must be discussed with you prior to undergoing one of these procedures. While many patients are accustomed to visiting their facial plastic surgeon to have Botox and fillers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at About Face
With the rise of diabetes, a condition in which blood levels of the sugar glucose run high, more and more people seeking plastic surgery for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes are affected. Scientists and physicians have long known that wound healing is particularly impaired by very high levels of blood sugar. This can result in increased scarring or unattractive results. A new study published in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery analyzed the rates of specific complications after surgery in patients with diabetes. More specifically, they looked to see if having blood sugar levels above 200 or had blood... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at About Face
If you are anything like me, you purchase combination beauty products to make the morning routine faster and easier. Blush that can double as lipstick, for example, or foundation powder with an SPF rating for sun protection so it can double as sun block. I try to buy products that provide such protection, since we all know how important it is to protect yourself from the harmful radiation of the sun. However, even though my tinted moisturizer (which I wear daily) says that it is SPF 15, it does not adequately shield my face from the UV rays of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at About Face
As most facial plastic surgeons have been telling their patients for many years, excessive sun exposure not only increases the risk of skin cancer, but also causes many of the signs of aging we see. At the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, I have regularly recommended that my patients apply sunscreen on a daily basis, if not even more frequently, when out enjoying the Southern California sun. Now, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine (paid subscription required) brings scientific support for the use of daily sunscreen. In mostly middle-aged individuals with fair skin, use of daily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at About Face
For some celebrities, having the right look means continued success in the public eye. But at what cost? There have been some recent reports that Kim Kardashian is continuing to receive medical cosmetic treatments despite being pregnant. Elective (optional, not life- or health-saving) surgery during pregnancy is almost never recommended. That said, there are many medical cosmetic office procedures that have minimal or no downtime. Yet because treatments such as Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse have not been studied in pregnant women, their safety in such situations is unknown. Generally, they are not recommended for pregnant women. In my practice, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at About Face
Given the fierce competition in Botox pricing, there are fraudulent vendors who have been illegally selling Botox online or tricking medical providers with fake Botox. The FDA has recently issued a warning about bogus Botox. Be sure that you get only legitimate Botox from a qualified and experienced provider! Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at About Face
If you were 75% more likely to develop cancer just by doing any one thing, would you still do it? The FDA may very well issue an order to reclassify sun lamps as moderate, rather than low, risk devices. They would also require labeling to warn young people not to use them. Read more about this topic HERE. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at About Face
The rise in popularity of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox, lasers, and fillers has led to a surge in the number of providers to keep up with demand. Unfortunately, not all of these providers are qualified. Almost everyone has heard of completely untrained individuals injecting dangerous substances such as cement and super glue for so-called "cosmetic purposes." But what you might not know is that doctors, nurses and estheticians, who are otherwise fully licensed, may be providing cosmetic treatments without adequate training. In some cases, such treatments may even be illegal. For example, the California Medical Board has this... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at About Face
Traditionally, men have not been at the forefront of facial plastic surgery. Or any cosmetic surgery. But that has been changing for the past decade. Many men have focused on improving the appearance of the jawline, most often by strengthening the chin or tightening loose areas of the neck. In fact, in lieu of making a strong, large nose smaller through rhinoplasty, many men have opted to balance the face by augmenting the chin. This can provide a more confident, masculine appearance while also balancing the face, thereby giving the nose a more proportionate, pleasing appearance without rhinoplasty. To learn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at About Face
One of the hottest treatments for facial rejuvenation now involves the stem cell facelift, which is a controversial treatment. In fact, as a recent article in the New York Times explores, the new treatment is one that does not have much evidence based research backing it up. Many treatments simply involve fat harvest from your body, which is then re-injected into the face, a procedure that has been done for decades. More recently, physicians have begun to notice improvements in skin after fat transplantation, and much of this is theorized to be the result of stem cells living in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at About Face
With more than 8.5 million aesthetic surgeries performed each year, how do the people who have cosmetic procedures feel once they have them done? A new study seeks to provide answers. Published in Clinical Psychological Science, the study looks at 550 first-time plastic surgery patients and finds that they are happier, have higher self-esteem, and enjoy life more a year after their surgeries compared to 264 who wanted plastic surgery but decided against it, and about 1,000 people who were never interested in plastic surgery. The researchers tested the patients (and those who chose not to have surgery) at 3,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at About Face
Get the perfect nose and chin combination A new study from Italian researchers shows that having chin augmentation with nose surgery is stable over time. Facial plastic surgeons will often recommend having a chin implant to enhance a weak chin (called microgenia). This allows for a superior cosmetic outcome with appropriate proportions to the face. (See before and after photos here) At the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, you can choose between surgical and nonsurgical options to enhance the nose and chin. Some patients opt for the in-office rhinoplasty and chin enhancement as a "try-out" before choosing to proceed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at About Face
In line with other studies dealing with beauty and quality of life, a new study shows that increased beauty is correlated with increased happiness. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at About Face
For the public, researching rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery (the nose job), can be arduous and confusing. All sorts of terms appear, including strange phrases like "saddle-nose deformity" or "poly-beak nose." In this entry, I will address two specific terms that people often misunderstand: the "open" versus the "closed" rhinoplasty. Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. The best rhinoplasty surgeons are well-versed in both techniques, though they may choose to perform one more commonly than the other for various reasons. The closed rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the only incisions made are inside the nasal passages. Open... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at About Face
There are probably as many different remedies for dark circles under the eyes as there are people on earth. In my experience, when many treatments exist for the same problem, most of them are not terribly successful. Most large cosmetics companies and not a few pharmaceutical companies have been wrestling with this problem for years behind armies of scientists and physicians. With such powerful combinations of smarts and funding, why hasn't the problem been solved? Part of the answer lies in my last entry, which dealt with some of the major causes of dark circles. The best treatment for any... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at About Face
Have you gazed in the mirror lately only to see someone with that old, tired look? For many of us, the single facial feature that ages us most is having dark circles under our eyes. Although these dark circles most commonly appear in healthy individuals who are not suffering from illness or exhaustion, they can still make us feel old, sick, and tired. Or just plain sick and tired. Dark circles under the eyes affect both men and women, and can be present in children, though they most often develop sometime in adulthood. The secret to getting rid of the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at About Face
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