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Antiaging Secrets From A Top Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Revealed

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. 

Photos courtesy of BHPS

Ever since Halle Berry’s go-to esthetician Olga Lorencin-Northrup of Kinara Spa first turned me onto SkinCeuticals, I can’t get enough of the skincare line’s anti-aging and UV protection products. With that said, you can imagine my delight when the line’s West Coast flagship, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, invited me to their practice to try the SkinCeuticals Micropeel and chat with major celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu.

Now, don’t be alarmed—BHPS offers more than just plastic surgery. Their facility also features a medispa for facials, microdermabrasion, peels, and more. The treatment I received by senior clinical esthetician, the impeccably flawless Sophia Phan, included three phases: 1) Dermaplaning, which is a manual exfoliation that removes dead skin cells with a tiny blade (it’s not as scary as you think!), 2) an Alpha Hydroxy Acid exfoliation to clear clogged pores, and 3) Cryogenic Therapy, which was my favorite part of the process because Sophia applied this cool frozen carbon dioxide slushy stuff to my skin that instantly made me feel fresh-faced, tightened, and glowy. After the treatment, I sat down with Dr. Chiu for an info-packed Q&A:

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