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Ritu Chopra

Plastic Surgeon
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465 N. Roxbury Drive, Suite #1001, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
I combine eastern wisdom with cutting-edge western medicine.

Philosophy

Board certified in plastic surgery and fellowship-trained in plastic surgery at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, Dr. Ritu Chopra incorporates an East-Meets-West philosophy when treating patients.

About My Practice

How do you educate the public?

I've been on multiple news programs and the doctors as a guest. It gives me a chance to share with a wide audience. I like being a go-to guy for health and beauty locally and internationally.

Is there a treatment that fades scars from cosmetic surgery procedures?

We use pulse dye laser treatments in conjunction with silicone-based adhesive strips. Silicone in gel or tape used for 6 to 8 weeks post-op dramatically decreases incision scars or wounds.

What is a useful beauty tip for our readers?

Don't underestimate the power of natural remedies. Whether it's a honey-based mask or an exfoliator made with pineapple, there are plenty of things you can do at home.

How do you educate the public?

I've been on multiple news programs and the doctors as a guest. It gives me a chance to share with a wide audience. I like being a go-to guy for health and beauty locally and internationally.

About Me

How do medi-spa services complement your practice?

The same way a sculptor may sand or paint his art to finish it, we use spa and skin-care services to put the finishing touches on our work.

How does your background influence your approach?

My family is from India, and I’m familiar with Ayurvedic medicine, which has helped give me a more holistic perspective.

How does the dynamic between you and dr. Andrew Ordon benefit patients?

We have such a wide range of experience to offer patients. Dr. Ordon has been practicing for decades and has incredible depth of knowledge, and I bring new and cutting-edge techniques to the practice. Patients receive multiple perspectives with two generations of surgeons.

Describe your relationship with your patients.

I care about my patients, especially after I operate on them. I follow up with them and I'm in constant contact with them because I want to know how they're doing.

What is your beauty philosophy?

I never push a procedure on a patient. I would rather the patient be happy than give them something they don't need. Also, I believe beauty goes hand in hand with proper diet and exercise. It's that total package of combining health, skin care and aesthetics that is going to provide the best results.

Education

Degree:
Boston University School of Medicine
Residency:
Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, General Surgery
Fellowship:
Fellowship, Albert Einstein School of Medicine Montefiore, Plastic Surgery

Credentials

Board Certification:

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Affiliation:

American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

A Minute With

  1. What sets our practice apart

    A balance of nonsurgical, surgical
    and preventive skin measures

  2. How our profession has evolved

    Combination procedures that utilize
    different modalities to achieve more
    natural-looking results are becoming
    more common

  3. The future of our field

    There will continue to be more
    nonsurgical and minimally
    invasive procedures available

  4. Three things we recommend before surgery

    Have support at home, have realistic
    expectations and don’t have surgery
    that puts you in debt

  5. What we love most about our profession

    The creative ability to think
    outside the box

  6. Celeb photo our patients most often bring in

    Ashlee Simpson

  7. The biggest misconception about our field

    That good doctors
    are inexpensive

  8. The most outrageous medical myth we’ve heard

    Vaseline is good for the skin

  9. Our dream innovation

    A surgical marker
    that lasts

  10. Our motto

    Let’s do this

Services

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Aesthetic Injectables
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring
  • Body Lift
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction / Lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Necklift / Browlift
  • Cynosure Icon™ Laser
  • Facelift / Mid-Facelift
  • Facial Implants
  • Rhinoplasty
  • CoolSculpting® / Thermage®
  • Hair Restoration
  • Botox® / Injectable Fillers
  • Dysport
  • Perlane®
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra Aesthetic
  • Xeomin

FAQs

  1. What is a pain pump and when is it used? When and how is it removed?
    What our experts say:

    We use pain pumps for some abdominoplasty. It gives a little bit of local anesthetic to the area placated with a tummy tuck.  It numbs your muscles for a couple of hours.  The jury is still out on them.  A lot of doctors use them and a lot don’t.  I use them with breast reconstruction or mastectomies. Any surgery where there is a lot of pain. The problem is that often times if a patient is in a lot of pain it notifies us there could possibly be blood under the flap, a pain pump can mask symptoms.

  2. What are the best nonsurgical ways to rejuvenate the face?
    What our experts say:

    It all depends on what age demographic the patient is in. When they are younger, we’re getting rid of wrinkles with products like Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. For restoring more volume we like Radiesse and Sculptra. If the patient needs more volume, we like to use the patient’s own fat and stem cells as fillers. There is a lot more research that needs to be done but we are on the cutting edge of using fat as a facial filler. Everything is done under the guise that we’re picking the right treatment for the right patient. You see some older celebrities who look overfilled because they are trying to get a lift with product alone. When patients are older we have to take that into consideration so minimally invasive options may not give them the results they want.

  3. Is the fat transfer for butt enhancement permanent?
    What our experts say:

    In all applications of fat transfer, some of the fat survives.  Some, not all.  So skilled surgeons take special care to reduce the amount of loss of volume.  Simply "overdoing" it is not an accurate enough concept.  To maximize "take" we must extract the fat gently and choose donor areas that are not tenacious, leading to traumatic extraction.  The knees and lower abdomen are usually good.  Special cannulas that are teflon coated help slide the fat free of the body, so the cells don't rupture upon removal.  A straining device or fat concentrating technique insures we are putting densely packed fat back in, not watery sludge.  Because the water component will not help in the long run.  Gentle placement of the graft in tunnels that are of proper size is the last step.  Only surgeons who are really passionate about fat transfer go through all of these tedious steps.

  4. What can I do when the weight just won’t come off despite my best efforts?
    What our experts say:

    Liposuction was invented for those stubborn figure flaws that are resistant to diet and exercise.  No doubt, if you change your entire life, have 100% compliance on what you eat, the exercise you do and the supplements you take, anyone can achieve a better body.  But virtually no one is willing to change everything.  We have to have jobs, commitments to kids and family take up our time.  There is no such thing as perfect compliance with healthy habits.  So Liposuction is a viable option to bridge that gap between concept and reality.

  5. For how long can I wait to get pregnant after liposuction and breast lift surgery?
    What our experts say:

    Liposuction recovery is quick.  You are completely recovered in a couple of months.  But one would never get breast lifting is pregnancy is in the plans for the immediate future.  It makes more sense to wait and see what the pregnancy effect is on the breasts before considering surgery.  After breast feeding ends, 3-6 months should elapse to be sure the blood vessels in the beast have time to shrink before a surgery.  It takes that long to be sure all of the breast changes after a baby are complete.

  6. What does a “mommy makeover” accomplish?
    What our experts say:

    A mommy makeover clearly involves anything you can do to get a woman’s body back after she has had babies. It can be liposuction alone, to a breast lift and a tummy tuck. It rejuvenates the breasts and tummy to what they had before they were pregnant.

  7. What is the difference between a full, modified and mini tummy tuck?
    What our experts say:

    You have to address the laxity of the rectus muscles caused by pregnancy. There is nothing a personal trainer can do to take out the laxity without sutures.

  8. What kind of recovery should a patient expect after a tummy tuck? Are there drains?
    What our experts say:

    I always tell my patients that after a tummy tuck you need a good 7 to 10 days off of work and help at home.  Not because it is that painful, but you are sore and you have drains. In 12 to 14 days you can go back to work and back to walking; and in about 6 weeks you can get back to regular exercise.

  9. What kind of recovery should a patient expect after a breast augmentation?
    What our experts say:

    They are generally sore for the first couple of days if implants are placed sub-pectoral; so expect 4 days of discomfort. There is a little pain the first day. We give patients a muscle relaxant, pain meds and antibiotics to help.

  10. How do I know what size, shape and type of implant is best for me?
    What our experts say:

    It’s really based on breast diameter and the distance from the sternum to the nipple. There are formulas for this.  They should be symmetric from the shoulder to the hips.

  11. Will I need a breast lift, or just breast implants?
    What our experts say:

    We really base it on where the nipple is in relation to the crease of the breast. If it’s just a centimeter below the breast, an implant can correct that, but anything more than that, and you’re going to need a formal lift.

  12. What type of scarring is there with a breast reduction?
    What our experts say:

    With a breast reduction, you can use similar incisions to a breast lift. You can do it around the areola; around the areola and down the breast in a lollipop shape; or in a Y pattern, which goes around the areola, down the breast and along the crease. We typically reserve that last more invasive incision for much larger breasts.

  13. Can I breastfeed after a breast lift, augmentation or reduction?
    What our experts say:

    Any time you operate on the breast there is a chance for the inability to breastfeed. Generally about 20 to 25 percent of women who undergo a breast procedure will have to supplement breast milk with formula.

  14. How do I get the best results with liposuction?
    What our experts say:

    It’s not really the machine that matters but the practitioner that matters. Someone who has been doing liposuction for a long time knows what to do for good results. Don’t get lured into doing something for the novelty of a new kind of liposuction treatment because technology is only as good as the person wielding it.

  15. What should I expect in terms of recovery after liposuction?
    What our experts say:

    I think it’s key that after the procedure you use the compression garments. I consider it 50 percent of the treatment. Many people don’t wear them all the time or long enough. I like my patients to wear them 24 hours a day for three weeks and then at night (about 12 hours) for an additional three weeks. It is uncomfortable, but it’s a huge part of liposuction. The results are definitely gradual, meaning they get better over time. Patients should know that immediately after the procedure they are going to be a little swollen and puffy. It’s not until they shed all that water weight that the results really start to be visible. Patience is important.

  16. How do you get rid of sagging skin on the body?
    What our experts say:

    It’s important to look at why the skin laxity is there. Is it weight loss? Is it aging? For minor skin laxity, there are some noninvasive things that we like to use such as Thermage that can help if you’re in the right demographic. Obviously, in cases of massive weight loss or significantly stretched skin post-pregnancy, the skin needs to be excised with body contouring to address the issue properly. This is when Dr. Ordon and I can work together to get a lot of procedures done in a short amount of time. Having two surgeons working on different body parts, we can do two surgeries in the time it takes to do one.

  17. What kind of recovery should a patient expect after a breast augmentation?
    What our experts say:

    They are generally sore for the first couple of days if implants are placed sub-pectoral; so expect four days of discomfort. There is a little pain the first day. We give patients a muscle relaxant, pain meds and antibiotics to help.

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