The Body You Desire Is The Body You Deserve

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It can seem nearly impossible to achieve your dream body shape when diet and exercise are not doing the trick. Say goodbye to stubborn fat for good with our Coolsculpting and Emsculpt treatments. Read our infographic below to find out if Coolsculpting or Emsculpt is the right solution for you.

Schedule your Coolsculpting for Emsculpt consultation today!

Body Contouring: How Does Fat Elimination Work?

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There are a lot of body contouring options on the market right now, and they all work a little differently. Whether you are looking into undergoing CoolSculpting or Vanquish, you can eliminate stubborn fat successfully. Read our infographic below to find out how these fat elimination treatments work.

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting or Vanquish, contact us today.

5 Fun Facts About CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is one of the most effective tools for reducing fat non-surgically and sculpting the body. CoolSculpting is the perfect treatment for those who want a sculpted, toned body but are not ready for surgery or do not have the time for a prolonged recovery period. We put together some need-to-know facts about this revolutionary body contouring procedure below!

  • FDA-approved for permanent fat reduction!
  • Completely non-invasive, no needles, no surgery, no downtime.
  • So comfortable, you just “chill” watching movies or reading during your 35 minute cycle!
  • Can treat almost any “pinchable” fat on the body: tummy, love handles, bra fat, back fat, thighs, knees, double chin and even the upper arms!
  • Results seen as early as 1-2 months after treatment!

If you would like to know more about this procedure or are ready to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

Swimsuit Bodies Start Now!

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No matter the season, being swimsuit ready is an absolute must in California. Now get that summer body without hitting the gym. The Derm Institute offers a comprehensive selection of services for non-invasive fat elimination with little to no down time and dramatic results. The cutting-edge technologies we offer are Coolsculpting+, Vanquish ME, Kybella and Cellutone. The Derm Institute is your total fat elimination and body contour destination.

Here’s the skinny on the treatments we offer:

CoolSculpting+ Freeze the Fat!

Freezing has never been this cool! Here at The Derm Institute, Dr. Chiu and her expert team will provide you with a personalized treatment plan to optimize your results. We aim for real results that will have you ready for any occasion. CoolSculpting uses controlled cold temperatures to target and crystallize fat cells to permanently reduce stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. The “frozen” fat cells die off and are processed naturally by the body. CoolSculpting can contour and sculpt targeted areas of your body where there is pinchable unwanted fat. It is a non-invasive technique that eliminates bulges of fat. It’s perfect for targeting “love handles”, “muffin tops”, and the double chin. CoolSculpting is completely customizable to your needs!

Vanquish ME Burn the Bulge!

Turn up the heat with Vanquish ME. Vanquish ME, offered here at The Derm Institute is proven to be consistent fat reduction treatment. The technology behind Vanquish ME is radio frequency (RF) heat. It is safe and effective. The RF heat eliminates fat cells without damaging the skin or even requiring body contact! A study showed that Vanquish ME has a 53% increase in fat layer reduction compared to its predecessor, Vanquish. The Derm Institute is one of the first to offer the Vanquish ME. This is the ideal treatment if you’re looking for an overall reduction in your waistline or thigh width fat. This is designed to “melt fat” in as little as 30 days!


The Derm Institute aims for superior results, and to accomplish that we have uniquely added Cellutone acoustic wave therapy to our practice to aid you in your journey towards a sculpted you. Cellutone adds a new dimension to our fat elimination treatments. Dr. Chiu and her team combine Cellutone with CoolSculpting+ and Vanquish ME to achieve optimal results. Cellutone is a vital part of our fat elimination treatments because it successfully accelerates fat reduction results and is a reliable method for tightening skin and eliminating cellulite. Post-treatment manual massage according to a study has showed a dramatic 66% increase in fat reduction. The powerful massage component of Cellutone takes your treatment here at The Derm Institute to the next level. You will have faster and better enhancement to achieve your body goals. The Derm Institute is one of the few practices that offers this specialized technology to optimize your treatment.


Kybella is a cosmetic injectable used to permanently reduce any difficult or stubborn fat. This process of fat destruction mimics a natural chemical produced by the body. The Derm Institute is a Kybella Center of Excellence, and Dr. Chiu is a national recognized master injector who not only addresses areas like the double chin, but also specializes in treating stubborn fat bulges like “bra bulges”, arm pit pooches, fat above the knee, and abdomen shaping with Kybella.

Let The Derm Institute help you achieve that slimmer body with our variety of non-invasive fat elimination procedures. We can formulate the highest level of innovative non-invasive fat elimination. We combine Vanquish ME and Coolsculpting to provide the “fire and ice” powerhouse approach to effectively reduce unwanted fat and overall sculpt your body. Our dedicated team takes the time to assess you and create your ideal treatment plan. Cellutone and Kybella are just expansions of our wide selection of options available to you to achieve your total body transformation. The Derm Institute can get you ready for any occasion, so don’t sweat swimsuit season, banish the bulge now!

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3 Ways to Debut a New You in the New Year

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Start the New Year off right and try some of our most popular minimally invasive procedures to debut a new, more confident you. With procedures like the Clear + Brilliant laser, natural fillers, and body contouring, you will be looking your best in 2017.

Clear + Brilliant Laser

The Clear + Brilliant Laser is a gentle laser treatment that fights against signs of aging and discoloration to reveal smoother, glowing skin. Clear + Brilliant Laser has an 87% Worth It rating.

New + Natural Fillers

New and natural fillers can be exclusively customized to fit your indiviudal needs, including Juvederm Volbella, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne. Juvederm Volbella has an 86% Worth It rating.

Fire + Ice Body Contouring

This treatment combines the fat eliminating heat energy of Vanquish ME and the fat freezing technology of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has an 83% Worth It rating.

For more information on these procedures, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

New Year, New You

Frequently Asked Questions: Kybella

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The Derm Institute is designated by Allergan as a Kybella Center of Excellence


1. What is Kybella?Kybella

Kybella is an injectable formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule I the body that aids in the breakdown and absorptions of fat.  When injected into areas of unwanted fat, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells.  In 2015, the FDA approved the use of Kybella to treat submental fat, otherwise known as a double chin.  At The Derm Institute, we call it mini-liposuction in a syringe, and we have been designated by Allergan as a Kybella Center of Excellence due to Dr. Chiu’s extensive experience and pioneering techniques.

2. What areas can be treated with Kybella?

Kybella is most commonly used for the removal of fat underneath the chin.  At the Derm Institute, we are the South Bay and Los Angeles’ Kybella Center of Excellence.  This means Dr. Chiu has extensive experience in contouring the lower jawline, double chin, and also uses Kybella for other areas of body contouring, such as the armpit fat, bra bulges, and lower buttock fatty folds.

3. Are there any off-label uses for Kybella? If so, are they safe?

Off label, Kybella can be used for other smaller areas of unwanted fat on the body.  Dr. Chiu has used it with great results in patients for:

  • Armpit pooches
  • Back fat
  • Bra bulge
  • Inner knee fat
  • Lower buttock fatty folds

4. Kybella vs. liposuction for double chin? Which would you recommend and what is the difference?

If you have a double chin or other small area of stubborn fat where you want more contour and definition, then consider Kybella a safe alternative to liposuction and surgery.  Only you and Dr. Chiu can decide if Kybella is the right treatment.  Typically, Kybella treatment requires 2-4 sessions.  Liposuction typically requires 1-2 sessions, but some patients do not like to undergo surgery, or have scars from liposuction.  Kybella treatment does not leave any scars as it is injected through a very small syringe.

5. What is recovery like for Kybella injections?

There is some swelling right after Kybella treatment, which typically is most prominent in the first 2-3 days and is typically completely resolved in a week.  After day 3, most swelling is not noticeable to others, although a scarf or a mock turtleneck can help camouflage.  Dr. Chiu recommends scheduling Kybella treatments on Thursdays or Fridays to allow healing to occur over the weekend.  Over the following month, you may feel (but not see) some bump under the skin of the treated area.  This firmness signifies Kybella is working to dissolve the fat.  Once the fat is dissolved, your body will naturally absorb the fat cells.

6. How long do results from Kybella injections last?

The results gained with Kybella are considered long term and the fat will not return once dissolved if the weight of the patient remains stable.  FDA studies show maintenance of improvement at 5 years after treatment when patients maintained a stable weight.

7. What do I do if I gain weight after using Kybella?

Because double chin fat, or any area treated with Kybella is composed of fat cells, with significant weight gain, the fat area can possibly but not always return.

8. Are Kybella injections painful?

There is little pain during the Kybella procedure.   There is a slight burning sensation when the product is administered, but at The Derm Institute, we use topical numbing and ice to ensure comfort for our patients.  Two to four sessions are recommended with a follow up of 6 – 8 weeks between each treatment.  Dr. Chiu and staff try to make each treatment as comfortable as possible.  Before treatment begins, Dr. Chiu’s medical assistant will ice and numb the area with a numbing cream. This helps with any discomfort during the Kybella procedure.  there is some pain associated with the reaction that causes the fat breakdown.  This is not severe but may cause the area to become tender.  Dr. Chiu has a post-care plan for Kybella patients:

  • After the treatment, DO hold ice packs on the areas that are treated with Kybella gently for a few times that day.
  • Treated areas may be red, inflamed, swollen, and bruised for the first 2-7 days.
  • DO resume all normal activities include exercise as long as it is comfortable for you.
  • DO take ibuprofen, motrin, or advil if needed for discomfort after the treatment.
  • If bruising occurs, apply topical Arnica gel, drink fresh pineapple juice, and/or take Bromelain supplements to help bruising resolve faster.
  • Bruising can be covered with makeup.

9. How long is a Kybella treatment?

Kybella is an incredibly quick and easy “lunchtime” procedure.  Most patients are in and out within 30 minutes, most of the time is used to allow topical numbing to work.

10. How many Kybella treatments do I need to see results?

Every patient is different.  As an expert injector for Kybella, Dr. Chiu will help you evaluate what areas are bothersome.  Most patients need 2-4 sessions spaced 6-8 weeks or more apart.  Dr. Chiu’s extensive experience and expert technique with Kybella allows for contouring of the jawline and faster noticeable results, even after one session.

Vanquish ME And TDI’s Shrink Wrap Technique

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Vanquish ME and TDI’s Shrink Wrap Technique • Taking Non-Invasive Fat Elimination to the Next Level

What can give you visible fat reduction in just 2 weeks? Vanquish ME –Now available at TDI!

VanquishME2016_newsletterv2So what’s the buzz on this service? Vanquish ME is the new and re-vamped technology in the next generation of non-invasive fat reduction. The ME in Vanquish ME stands for Maximum Energy. This means that compare to traditional Vanquish, there is improved tuning capabilities on the machine which allow for much higher thermal energies to be more focused and concentrated in the fat layer. This results in a more even heating treatment and higher treatment temperature, resulting in faster, and more dramatic results.

The Vanquish ME can reduce fat on the whole abdomen, back, and flank to flank areas. This is a great way to treat that stubborn belly fat and to eliminate those pesky love handles without the need for surgery. The Vanquish ME also utilizes radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin given it a smoother appearance.

The Vanquish ME fat loss system utilizes non-invasive, non-surgical radiofrequency energy to target the fat layer by gently heating fat cells. Previously, Vanquish results were seen with four weekly sessions, now with the Vanquish ME  you can see results as early as two sessions and the even more optimal results with the recommended 4-6 sessions to the treatment areas.

TDI also offers the unique “Shrink Wrap” technique that tightens and targets the back and abdomen sections effectively treating both sides in one treatment by tightening and “corseting” the entire midsection. With Vanquish ME Shrink Wrap patients are seeing slimming results in sometimes just 2 weeks!

Want to Kick off 2016 with a great treatment plan to non-invasively contour your body and eliminate fat? Vanquish ME is perfect for you this year! Say goodbye to that dreaded “muffin top”, “love handles”, or “bra-bulge”. Vanquish ME is also a great way for soon to be brides, grooms, or even tropical vacationers to prepare for their special event or trip.

The Derm Institute is currently the only location in the South Bay area where you can get your upgraded Vanquish ME treatment, so don’t forget to contact us today to schedule a treatment!

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Loose upper arms? A droopy bottom? TDI’s Body Sculpt to the rescue..

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Body contouring has been steadily growing in popularity (among everyone from celebrities to soccer moms). Nowadays there are various methods for shaping and sculpting the body. With so many options to choose from it can be easy to get confused about what works, what doesn’t and which option is best for you.

First, let’s dispel some myths:

Myth:  Body sculpting just means surgical tummy tucks or liposuction.

Not true!  TDI specializes in non-surgical procedures for specific concerns.  Dr. Chiu will help you set realistic expectations for what you can or cannot achieve with these treatments.

Myth:  There are only one or two spots you can get body contouring.

Body contouring doesn’t just shape and smooth your thighs and tummy. You can get a wide range of areas treated, including neck, upper arms, chest, back, hips, buttocks, knees and even your ankles.  It improves not just fat pockets, but slack skin, and even the appearance of cellulite.



Non-surgical interventions to keep us confident and comfortable with our skin. There are now more interventions than ever for problem areas even OFF the face. The Derm Institute offers solutions for all areas of the body including tightening loose skin on the upper arms, abdomen, knees, smoothing vertical creasing of the chest, and even non-invasive butt lifting!

You have probably heard some of these names: Coolsculpting, Vanquish, Thermage, Exilis, Cellulaze, Smartlipo. These are all body contouring machines designed to tighten the skin, reduce unwanted fat, and smooth the appearance of cellulite. So what sets TDI’s body sculpting procedures apart?  Dr. Chiu doesn’t just rely soley on a machine and a technician:  she utilizes advanced collagen boosting techniques to make body sculpting more effective and affordable.

At the core of these treatments are Dr. Chiu’s pioneering techniques for off-facial use of Sculptra Aesthetic.  Sculptra is a product made of poly-L-lactic acid, which is utilized to stimulate your own body’s collagen production, lifting, tightening, thickening the collagen, and improving the appearance of treated areas. Facial Rejuvenation with Sculptra is one of our most popular procedures at TDI, but Body Sculpt with Sculptra to improve problem areas off the face is becoming more common among our patients.

Dr. Chiu first developed this technique when she noticed increased laxity and loose skin above her own knees!  In an effort to tighten and lift the area, Dr. Chiu utilized 2 sessions of Sculptra and achieved great results.

Since then, Dr. Chiu has utilized Sculptra to tighten the upper arms in the tricep area, to improve abdomen skin tightness, to rejuvenate thinning loose skin in the inner thigh area, to smooth vertical creasing of the chest, improve laxity in the armpit area, and even lift the buttock area.


arm sculptra

Results of Body Sculpt with Sculptra can also be augmented with Radiofrequency Tightening procedures such as Exilis to smooth and tighten lax skin and Vanquish to reduce unwanted fat areas for full effect body sculpting.

If there is any body area that is making you feel self conscious, TDI creates a comfortable environment to let us know.  Explore body sculpt by calling for a consultation today

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On the Cutting Edge . . . Beauty Breakthroughs on the Horizon

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2015 is set to be an exciting year for new cosmetic procedures. At The Derm Institute, we are always on the cutting edge to deliver the newest and best procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology. Below are soon to be offered brand new procedures to keep you confident and happy in your skin.

1. Restylane Silk for “smoker’s lines”, “lipstick lines”, or vertical lip lines.

Modified 11/22/06 19:03 AlterImage® V3.10Repetitive puckering of the lips from pursing or frequent use of straws and water bottles can cause creasing wrinkles around the mouth area. Restylane Silk was recently approved for use in the United States by the FDA to treat these pesky “smoker’s lines” that age the face. Dr. Chiu is one of the first injectors to offer this product exclusively to TDI patients before its official launch. Restylane Silk differs from classic Restylane, in its particle size. Because of its makeup of finer particles, Restylane Silk will be a “fine line” filler, perfect for those stubborn thin smoker’s lines around the lips, or other fine, shallow lines that can look etched in the skin. The smaller particle allows for a smoother, less bulky fill for a more natural appearance.


  • Vertical lip lines or “smokers” lines
  • Etched lines on the cheeks or in the smile area
  • Stubborn forehead or glabellar etching that is not fully treatable with just a neuromodulator such as Botox or Dysport
  • Horizontal necklace lines on the neck area

2. VANQUISH for the thighs, hip area, and arms

At The Derm Institute, we have been getting amazing results around the abdomen, flank, waist, and back with non-invasive fat elimination utilizing radio frequency with the VANQUISH system.  We are now introducing a new subsystem to use the same efficient, yet comfortable technology to treat the thighs, hip area, “saddle bags”, and arms.  Unlike some of the other fat elimination systems in the market, VANQUISH is unique in that it can treat a more comprehensive area:  such as both the inner and outer thigh to reduce the entire thigh circumference if desired.  Treatments will be once a week for 4 weeks, with each treatment lasting about 45 minutes.


  • Inner thigh and outer thigh contouring and reduction in fat
  • Reduction in excess fat around the hips or “saddlebags”
  • Inner knee fat pockets
  • Upper arm fat for more attractive contours

3. Kythera ATX-101 

This is procedure in late clinical trials with the FDA, with likely launch in early 2015. Kythera ATX-101 is what Dr. Chiu considers a “game changer” in the rejuvenation of the face and neck. The procedure consists of a series of simple injections in the area under the chin and jawline to reduce the fat and sagging that occurs over time. This is a first in class non-invasive cosmetic treatment to better define the jawline by treating the underjaw and underchin fat. Fat is disrupted by ATX-101 and clinical studies show some possible collagen stimulatory effects that tighten the area and allows for a more defined jawline and neck.


– For the treatment of a “double chin”

– For the treatment of fullness or jowls around the jawline and neck area

– In expert hands, for the treatment of other small areas of stubborn fat pockets such as the neck and arms.


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Introducing: A Fat Melting Machine?!? Sign me up ASAP!!!

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A fat melting machine? Too good to be true?

Not according to recent studies conducted with the VANQUISH Fat Elimination System, which The Derm Institute is unveiling this month at our office. We have been waiting and sifting through the hype and gimmick of various fat and body contouring devices to find one that would be the most predictable, comfortable, and safe for our patients. We have finally found it in VANQUISH.

The VANQUISH fat loss system utilizes non-invasive, non-surgical radiofrequency energy to target the fat layer by gently heating fat cells. Results can be seen after only four weekly sessions. Patients feel only a warm sensation on the skin. When this technology was unveiled this year, published studies showed all the treated patients had visible results after even the first treatment! After the full course of four sessions, 59% of abdominal fat was destroyed, or vanquished, on average, resulting in a two-inch, and sometimes 3-inch reduction in waist size!

Because the technology utilizes radiofrequency “heat” to cause fat cell apoptosis (or fat cell death, which is metabolized in the body through urine) and not just the loss of fat in the cell, the results should be long lasting. This safe and comfortable procedure showed no evidence of damage to the skin, hair follicles, muscles or organs. It specifically targets fat cells with radio waves often used in dermatology for collagen remodeling, tightening, and now fat elimination. Only an even distribution of warmth is felt, essentially like a targeted mini sauna for your body.

Vanquish SystemThis treatment is perfect for people whom have tried dieting and exercise, but just need help burning off those last inches or to target stubborn areas such as the dreaded “muffin top”, “love-handles”, or “bra-bulge”. It is also a great adjunct for a special occasion: our brides, grooms and tropical vacationers have been signing up! Vanquish wraps and contours large surface areas such as the stomach, outer thigh, back, abdomen, flanks, bra fat, and love handles. The treatment eliminates more fat than any other non- invasive treatment currently on the market. It destroys 59% of targeted fat, while having the most comfort and least potential risk of side effects.

How does Vanquish defer from other fat busting machines?

At The Derm Institute, we always want our patients to receive the most safe, comfortable, optimal and predictable results with any treatment that we offer. Other procedures such as Coolsculpting or Zeltiq are used more as a spot treatment, with the affected “spot” feeling like a frozen stick of butter that needs to be massaged afterward. Treatment of fat with other procedures such as Coolsculpting typically require multiple 1 hour sessions. Large areas such as the abdomen or back need multiple applicators with other body contouring devices on the market, with treatments that need to be stacked and overlapped to avoid possible lumps or shelving, and sometimes causing swelling and pain requiring medication. In contrast, the VANQUISH Fat Loss System hovers over an entire treatment area such as the abodomen and can even wrap around the love handles in one session, causing a more even reduction in fat loss.

Vanquish Before and After Side

Dr. Chiu recommends patients to stay extra hydrated (at least 8 glasses of water) the day before and after your treatments, allowing adequate hydration and drainage of the fat system. It is also important to stay diligent in visiting us once a week for four times to receive your Vanquish treatment. Each treatment is typically only 30 to 45 minutes at most. To maintain your results, we suggest sustaining your current lifestyle, and even better, adequate exercise and a healthy diet. Treated fat cells do not regenerate, however it is possible for new fat cells to grow due to external causes if you change to a more sedentary lifestyle.

30 minutes weekly for 4 weeks and  an average loss of 2 inches or 1-2 dress sizes . . . The Derm Institute is so excited to bring our patients this state of the art technology.

Contact us to schedule, sit back, relax, and VANQUISH your fat . . .

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