Lifting, contouring, slimming and rejuvenating your face and body is a medi-spa’s specialty, zapping you into shape with treatments like Zerona, Lipomassage and Microcurrent facelifts. However, when nonsurgical nip-tucks aren’t enough, spa-goers turn into patients taking their cosmetic pursuits to the next level.

Ladies and gents, I introduce to you the busiest man in Beverly Hills: Dr. Gabriel Chiu. This most-trusted, multi-talented plastic surgeon of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery does it all, breast lifts to tummy tucks to nose jobs and beyond.

When writing this article, I learned just how crazy busy dedicated this surgeon is: “Dr. Chiu is in surgery every morning at 6 am, and sees 25-40 patients until 8 pm at the office, followed by our social and philanthropic commitments in the evenings.” Wow – that’s one heck of a schedule! But after checking out all the before/after pictures in Dr. Chiu’s photo gallery, I can certainly see why he’s in such hot demand.

So, in 2011, which 8 procedures topped Dr. Chiu’s most requested list? Count them down, along with some of his impressive works of “art.”

8) Removal of Undereye Bags

For people who are tired of hearing “you look tired!” this cosmetic surgery is an increasingly popular one. It’s done to improve puffy lower eyelid “bags” and reduce wrinkling of the skin. In this procedure, excess tissue is removed or repositioned, and muscles and tendons are reinforced. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but in Beverly Hills they’re looking wide awake.

Photo: 53 year-old female wanted to correct the tired look of her eyes. Upper and lower blepharoplasty were performed and she is now much happier with her “bright-eyed” look. “After” photo was taken 13 months post-surgery.

7) Brazilian Butt Lift

For a perkier, fuller derriere, people of all ages are seeking out the Brazilian Butt Lift. In this procedure, fat is removed from selected areas of the body (bonus!) and deposited in your buttocks with hundreds of small injections. The areas around the buttocks are also lipsuctioned to make them smoother and more sensual – such as the back, abdomen and thighs, which alone gives your lower body a more attractive look.

Photo: 41 year-old female wanted a more shapely and fuller butt. Liposuction of the abdomen, hips, flanks, and posterior thighs was performed. Fat was purified and transferred to the buttocks. 4.6 liters were liposuctioned and 1.02 liters were injected. “After” photo was taken 4 weeks post-surgery.

6) Liposuction of Inner and Outer Thighs

Liposuction is currently the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the US, and in 2011, inner and outer thighs were a hot procedure. Liposuction is an option for those who are unhappy with excess fat deposits unresponsive to diet and exercise. Localized fat deposits may be due to inherited family traits, rather than a result of the lack of weight control or exercise. Ideal liposuction patients are healthy, non-smoking adults within 30% of their ideal weight.

Photo: 29 year-old female, 5’0″ tall and 106 pounds, wanted liposculpturing of her inner thighs. She complained that it was hard for her to fit in most jeans and she didn’t like the way her thighs rubbed together. 700 cc was aspirated from her medial thighs. Post-op photos were taken one year later.

5) Make My Saggy Breasts Perky (Breast Lift)

Perk up, ladies! The Breast Lift, technically known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts by the removal of excess skin and by repositioning the nipple and remaining tissue. This procedure is intended to reverse negative effects factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity.

22 year-old female wanted perkier and more shapely breasts. An inverted “T” mastopexy was performed. “After” photo was taken 4 weeks post-surgery. Read about Breast Mastopexy (Lift).

4) Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty is the anchor of a Mommy Makeover. Hear that, #HotSpaMoms? The 3 components of abdominal wall deformity are: (1) loose or wrinkly skin and stretch marks, usually a result of aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss; (2) fat tissue, commonly accumulated in the lower abdomen; and (3) muscle weakness and/or separation, which can occur as a result of pregnancy. A tummy tuck procedure will remove excess fat and skin, tighten abdominal wall muscles, and eliminate stretch marks between the belly button and pubis area. If recommended by Dr. Chiu, liposuction of the flanks, hips, and/or thighs can be performed in conjunction with an abdominoplasty for an even more dramatic result.

Photo: 37 year-old female, 5’6″ tall weighing 150lbs. wanted tummy tuck and liposuction. 2.7 liters were liposuctioned, 11.5 inches of vertical skin were removed, and abdominal muscles were tightened 4 inches. “After” photo was taken 6 weeks post-surgery.

3) Bulbous Nasal Tip Correction

Correcting a prominent hump of the nose has been a standard request of rhinoplasty patients, but according to Dr. Chiu, patients have increasingly been asking for correction of a nasal tip that is too large. A bulbous tip overpowers the face from the front, side, or any angle. As a patient analyzes their nose, the desire for a tip that compliments the rest of their face and brings out the attractive features becomes just as important as reducing the hump.

Photo: 26 year-old female, 5’8″ and 115 pounds, wanted to fix her nose. She says that it is too long, too large, and wanted to get rid of the hump. She was also bothered by the cleft in the tip and says, “it looks like a butt crack”. Open rhinoplasty was performed. The dorsal hump was reduced and the radix (take-off point of the nose) was lowered. Reduction of the lower lateral cartilages and caudal septum were done to raise the bottom of her nose and decrease the tip volume. Correction of the nasal tip cleft was also performed and infracture of the lateral walls decreased the overall volume of the nose. Post-op photos were taken 5 weeks later. The patient is particularly pleased with her results!

2) Liposculpture of the Abdomen

One of the most common of all cosmetic procedures, abdominal liposuction, is a technique for recontouring the body by permanently removing fat deposits from the abdomen. The tendency to accumulate fat in the abdomen may be inherited, and this fat is often especially resistant to diet and exercise.

Many patients become discouraged at having lost unwanted pounds without seeing a flatter abdomen. The overall proportions of the body may be unbalanced, or the abdomen may simply have retained areas of fatty tissue that cause it to protrude. In these cases, liposuction can successfully trim excess fat in the midsection for a flatter abdomen and more slender, balanced shape.

Photo: 25 year-old female who wants to remove the “pooch” from her lower abdomen and get more definition. Liposculpting of the abdomen was performed with 1,250 cc aspirated. Post-op photos were taken 6 weeks later.

And Dr. Chiu’s #1 most requested plastic surgery procedure is…

1) Silicone Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for decades. Since their re-introduction in 2006, silicone implants have steadily gained in popularity and have become the implant of choice for many women. In Europe, silicone implants have been almost exclusively used because they offer the patient a softer, more natural look and feel. They are less likely to show rippling than saline implants, which can be an obvious sign when wearing a bikini or sundress. With activity, saline implants behave more like water balloons while silicone implants tend to have a more natural movement.

Photo: 43 year old female, 5’1″ tall and 114 pounds, desires breast augmentation. She is currently a 32A and wants to be a C cup. 400cc moderate plus profile silicone implants were placed submuscularly through an areolar incision. Follow-up photos were taken 16 months later.

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Special thanks to Christine Chiu at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery for working with us on this post!