Combining Non-Surgical Procedures for the Best Results

The holiday season is upon us, which means gatherings and parties are approaching quickly! While everyone wants to look and feel their best when spending time with friends and family, not everyone wants to undergo procedures that require downtime and recovery. Med Spa procedures, however, are nonsurgical, and therefore require little to no downtime while still addressing your “problem” areas. Read on for popular combinations of non-surgical procedures that can help you shine this holiday season!

Neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin)

Lines and wrinkles often pop up as we age and our collagen production decreases. Botox can help to diminish the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial movement over time, which are usually on and around the forehead. Dermal fillers can soften the look of line and wrinkles around the nose and mouth and restore lost volume in the mid-face. These two treatments are often combined to help rejuvenate your entire look.

Chemical Peels + PRP

Sun damage, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration can be treated with chemical peels. Peels come in three different strengths, superficial, medium, and deep, to address different levels of aging. PRP treatments, which uses your own platelet-rich plasma to help stimulate collagen production in the skin, can be done after chemical peel treatments to help further improve your skin strength and radiance for a beautiful complexion.

CoolSculpting + Skin Tightening

CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure that uses controlled cooling technology to freeze and kill unwanted fat cells. While this procedure can eliminate stubborn fat pockets, it cannot address sagging skin. This is why laser skin tightening is a great treatment to add to CoolSculpting! Laser skin tightening heats deep tissues to stimulate collagen production to tighten sagging or loose skin. There is little to no downtime needed for both CoolSculpting and laser skin tightening treatments, making them great options for those with busy schedules.

If you are interested in learning more about our med spa treatments, contact our office in Latham, NY today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chao.

EuroThreads: Your Non-Surgical Facelift

If you’ve heard of threadlift techniques, then you know these are the next best innovation in non-surgical rejuvenation. Although facelifts have been a long-standing, proven method for surgically restoring the aging face, not everyone benefits from surgery. If you’re looking for facial rejuvenation without the downtime, then you should know about our newest option, EuroThreads.

What are EuroThreads?

This procedure uses small, biodegradable sutures that are inserted underneath the skin and pulled in a specific direction to lift the skin and cause collagen and elastin to grow in the treated area. These threads are inserted using a small needle or cannula, which are inserted into the middle layers of the skin, leaving the thread behind. The body responds to this suture material by promoting collagen and elastin production, boosting volume and rejuvenating signs of aging. This FDA-approved technique can be effective at restoring volume and contouring the face without surgical techniques.

Am I a candidate?

Most patients can benefit from EuroThreads, especially those who are unable or unwilling to undergo facelift surgery. That’s because this procedure does not require the extended downtime of a facelift surgery. However, during your consultation, Dr. Chao will assess whether any conditions might prevent you from safely benefitting from a threadlift procedure. These can include active acne, bleeding disorders, or any tendency towards keloid scarring. You can expect some bruising at the treatment site, so you should be sure to schedule your treatment well ahead of any big events.

Can EuroThreads be used with other treatments?

Your EuroThreads results can be augmented by other non-surgical treatments just as a facelift would. Injectable treatments like dermal fillers or neuromodulators can be safely used alongside EuroThreads, and laser skin tightening treatments can further refine your new contours with this treatment. During your consultation with Dr. Chao, you can plan the best non-surgical treatment package for your goals and preferences using EuroThreads as an effective, non-surgical facelift alternative.

The best way to learn more about EuroThreads and plan your procedure is through a consultation at our Latham office. Dr. Chao is a top, board certified plastic surgeon in New York who can professionally recommend the best in non-surgical rejuvenation. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

Restore Your Post-Baby Body

Being a mother is a very tough job, as you have to manage many other tasks alongside taking care of your new baby. However, many women struggle with the residual effects of pregnancy and childbirth like stretch marks, loose skin and extra weight. Therefore, many moms undergo different plastic and cosmetic procedures to revive their pre-baby body.

Breast Implants

The breasts can become saggy and shapeless after women give birth and breastfeed. Breast implants, either silicone or saline can help to enhance breast volume and shape.

Breast Reduction

The size of the breasts can greatly increase during pregnancy, but sometimes the enhanced size is not preferable, since it can cause backaches and other physical limitations. A breast reduction is an option for such women.

Tummy Tuck

The stomach skin and muscles can become loose and ineffective during pregnancy and childbirth, leaving stretch marks and excess skin. Many women undergo a tummy tuck which can tighten the stomach muscles and remove excess skin. This procedure helps to restore your pre-baby mid-section.


Weight gain is common during pregnancy. This is necessary and natural during your pregnancy. However, post baby, many women struggle with their weight. Certain areas of fat are hard to get rid of through diet and exercise, and some women will benefit from a liposuction procedure. Areas of stubborn fat can be reduced via liposuction, which uses small incisions to remove the fat.

If you are looking to grow your confidence in your body after childbirth, you might consider these options. Contact our office to schedule your consultation and determine whether a mommy makeover can benefit you and your goals.

Recovery Time of a Mommy Makeover

Throughout pregnancy and childbirth, a woman’s body can go through many changes. A mommy makeover is a comprehensive solution to restore a woman’s pre-baby figure through a combination of plastic surgery procedures. If you are considering a mommy makeover, knowing what to expect during recovery can make the process much smoother. Read on to learn more.

What to Expect After Surgery

Following a mommy makeover, you will be given compression garments to wear to help reduce swelling and support your new body contours. You may also have drains placed to help collect any excess fluid. Bruising and discomfort are to be expected, though discomfort can be controlled with prescribed pain medication.

Mommy Makeover Recovery Time

When combining several body contouring procedures, it can often require weeks of recovery time. Most patients can expect 4-6 weeks of recovery time, and checkups with Dr. Chao will be necessary during that time to ensure you are recovering well.

Depending upon the extent of your treatment, you will probably need someone to help you get around the house and carry out everyday tasks in the early phases of recovery. If you have young children, you would greatly benefit to arrange childcare during your recovery.

As for when you can show of your results, most patients can expect to enjoy their new figures within 2-3 months of surgery.

If you are interested in a mommy makeover to help restore your pre-baby figure, contact our Latham, NY office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Chao.

What Can Chemical Peels Do for You?

The accumulation of dead skin cells, sun damage, and environmental factors can all take a toll on the evenness, color, and texture of our skin. If you are noticing that your skin does not look as radiant as it once did, a chemical peel may be able to help!

Levels of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels entail a chemical solution to be applied to the skin. There are a number of levels of peels, including light, medium, and deep. The different types of chemical peels will vary depending on their specific ingredients and strength. The depth of a peel may be determined by how long they remain on the skin and how they are applied to the skin.

Light to medium peels are often made up of glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid, while deeper peels are often phenol peels. Light to medium peels only produce a mild tingling or stinging sensation, and are used to treat mild wrinkling, skin pigment changes, and blemishes. Deeper peels are used to treat severe wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin tone and texture.

What to Expect During Recovery

Following a chemical peel, your skin will be a bit sensitive and you may experience mild redness. Overall side effects will depend on the strength of the peel, and some degree of flaking and peeling will occur over the next couple of weeks. New skin will then be visible, revealing a brighter, more even complexion!

Are You a Candidate?

Individuals who have sun damaged skin, facial wrinkling, uneven skin tone, brown spots, or acne scars can often benefit from a chemical peel. If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and whether you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao.

If you think that a chemical peel may be right for you, and are in the Latham, NY area, contact us today to get started on your journey towards smoother, more even skin!

What Areas Can Fillers Target?

When you look in the mirror, are you beginning to notice early signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and loss of facial volume? Despite their best efforts with creams and serums, aging is an inevitable process that cannot be stopped. Dermal fillers, however, are a great tool to help turn back the hands of time for a more youthful look! At our office, we offer the Juvederm line of fillers, which can treat many areas of the face, including:


As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, resulting in a sunken appearance. Juvederm Voluma is formulated to restore lost volume in the cheek area, to restore a more youthful appearance. Voluma is the only filler that is proven to last up to two years in the check area. When treated again after two years, patients also need less product to achieve their results.


Age can also result in thinning lips and unwanted lines around the mouth. Juvederm Volbella can help to address these issues for a rejuvenated look. This filler is proven to last up to one year.

Lines and Wrinkles

When lines and wrinkles start to pop up, Juvederm XC and Juvederm Vollure can help. Juvederm XC instantly smooths moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth with results that can last up to one year. Juvederm Vollure can soften these same lines, but procedure longer-lasting results for up to 18 months.

All Juvederm fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in the body that attracts and binds water under the skin. Plus, because it is natural, there is very little chance of allergy, making Juvederm products very popular.

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If you are interested in Juvederm dermal fillers to combat signs of aging in the face, contact our Latham, NY office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao!

Juvederm Fillers: What Can They Do for You?

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures and treatments are extremely popular today among individuals of all ages. Not only do these options provide patients an alternative to invasive procedures, they require no incisions, stitches, or downtime, and are often less costly than invasive options. Some of the most requested nonsurgical procedures are dermal fillers. Read on to learn more about them and what they can do for you.

Juvederm Fillers

There are many different types of dermal fillers, and some of the most popular are included in the Juvederm line of fillers. These fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that attracts and binds water under the skin. This creates youthful volume to help smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as add volume to the lips and cheek area. At our office, we offer the following Juvederm fillers to help address many signs of aging.


Juvederm is an injectable gel to smooth moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Results can last up to one year.


Juvederm Voluma adds volume to the cheek area to help correct age-related volume loss. It is the only filler proven to last up to two years in the cheek area.


Juvederm Vollure is formulated to soften moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Results can last up to 18 months.


Juvederm Volbella adds subtle volume to the lips and softens the appearance of vertical lip lines. Results can last up to one year.

As you can see, there is a Juvederm filler for everyone! The longevity of each filler may vary, but there is little to no downtime required after your treatment, so you can return to your busy schedule as soon as you feel comfortable! Be sure to visit a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Chao to perform your filler injections for best possible results.

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If you are interested in learning more about nonsurgical treatment options such as dermal fillers to achieve a more youthful appearance, contact Chao Plastic Surgery today! We would be happy to schedule your initial consultation.

How to Contour Your Body Without Surgery

Has diet and exercise failed to give you the slim figure you’ve wanted for so long? Stubborn fat could be the issue! Pockets of stubborn fat can be nearly impossible to get rid of on your own, often requiring plastic surgery to treat. In the past, invasive procedures like a tummy tuck or liposuction were the only way to do this, but now you can benefit from these nonsurgical, noninvasive procedures to eliminate stubborn fat for good!

Freeze Fat Away

CoolSculpting uses the latest fat freezing technology to destroy stubborn fat cells for good. Stubborn fat on the abdomen, back, upper arms, thighs, under the chin, and more can be treated with CoolSculpting. Besides some intense cooling in the first few minutes, your treatment with CoolSculpting will be completely comfortable, allowing you to sit back and relax while the applicator targets your area of concern. After a few hours, your treatment will be complete, and you are free to return to your normal routine, unlike a surgical procedure that requires downtime and post-op care. Over the next several weeks, your body will naturally eliminate the destroyed fat cells, never to return.

Ultrasound Energy to Destroy Fat Cells

UltraShape uses gentle ultrasound energy to target fat cells, causing them to release fat. The fat is then processed and eliminated naturally through the body. The process is completely comfortable, with no anesthesia, incisions, or needles involved! After about an hour or less, your treatment session is complete, and you can return home with no required downtime. A few weeks from your first session, you can begin to notice your target area shrinking as destroyed fat cells are processed. Like CoolSculpting, once these fat cells are eliminated, they won’t be returning! We recommend two to three sessions for optimal results from treatment with UltraShape.

To start your body contour procedure process without surgery, contact our office today.

The Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

Have you ever wished you could take fat from one area of your body, and place it somewhere else? Well, that’s essentially what happens with facial fat grafting. If you notice your face losing volume as you age, you might consider facial fat grafting and the many benefits it has to offer.

Reduce Fat in Other Areas

To begin the fat grafting process, liposuction techniques will be used to harvest fat from another part of the body. Liposuction is a commonly requested procedure that uses tiny incisions to remove stubborn fat from almost anywhere on the body. Most individuals have an abundance of excess fat in their abdomen, hips, and buttocks that can be used for fat grafting. When you choose to have a facial fat-graft, you also receive the slimming benefits of liposuction in one of these areas!

Restore Facial Volume

Once your fat has been harvested and purified, it can be injected into the target area. The fat can be used to reshape the chin, restore lost volume in the cheeks, enhance the lips, or fill hollow areas beneath the eyes. The results are natural looking facial definition with improved contours. Your face will be looking rejuvenated and youthful after receiving a fat graft.

A Natural Filler

Dermal fillers are used in many of the same ways as fat grafting, however, fat grafting offers a more natural solution by using your own body fat, rather than man-made gel. A fat graft also offers longer lasting results, while fillers are temporary and require follow-up sessions to maintain. After your fat-graft, your face will continue to naturally age with the rest of your body.

To learn more about facial fat grafting or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao, contact our office today.

Facial Treatments Perfect for Spring!

Winter can leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Skin care products often sit on the surface of your skin and can’t effectively treat your concerns. With a professional facial treatment, you can see significant improvement, but you won’t want to wait until summer! Many treatments require some recovery time spent out of the sun. If you want to refresh your face, you might consider one of these facial treatments this spring.

CO2RE Fractional Resurfacing

CO2RE is a fractional CO2 laser treatment, used to target deep layers of the skin to treat common skin concerns such as sun spots, age spots, fine lines, and rough texture. After treatment, you can expect some discomfort similar to a sunburn. The skin will peel for about a week, then revealing healthier, younger looking skin underneath! However, this new skin will be extra sensitive, so you’ll want to avoid the sun for several weeks or even months. Getting your treatment done in the spring can make this easier and allows you to be ready to show your glowing skin by summer.

PRP Therapy

PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy uses your own blood and growth factors to promote healthier, stronger skin. Blood is taken like you would regularly have your blood drawn. The blood is then processed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma is then injected into problem areas of the face. Patients might also choose to utilize microneedling with PRP. Microneedling uses tiny needles to create puncture wounds in your skin, allowing a channel for the plasma to reach deep layers. As your skin begins to regenerate, lines and wrinkles are smoothed out for a younger looking face. After treatment, you might experience some initial redness and bruising. You’ll also want to take extra caution when out in the sun. If you have your treatment now, you can enjoy your results by the summertime!

Dr. Chao or our licensed aestheticians, Beckie, Carly and Lexie can help you determine which facial treatment will be best for you and your concerns. To learn more or to schedule your spring facial treatment, contact our office today!