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My “haute secrets” for living the good life


When Haute Living Magazine contacted me about sharing my secrets for living the “good life” in San Francisco, I didn’t realize how wonderful and overwhelming it would be to tip toe through all of my favorites and them narrow down.  I hope you find some new nuggets for your own enjoyment in the number of amazing places and experiences I love in San Francisco.

Welcome Gwyneth!

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As the Scientific Medical Advisor for Juice Beauty, the Marin-based organic skin care company, I am thrilled that Gwyneth Paltrow has joined the team as Creative Director, Makeup.   I look forward to a chance to collaborate with her on future new product development!

Scientific Medical Advisor for Juice Beauty

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Dr. Carolyn Chang, Juice Beauty’s Scientific Medical Advisor and Co-developer of the Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Mask

I am happy to announce that Juice Beauty, a company known to have the highest authentically organic standards in the beauty industry, has asked me to be their Scientific Medical Advisor. As an expert in the field of plastic surgery, I will provide guidance to the company in developing products that have their genesis in my office.

Since I started my practice, I have looked for skin care products that will hydrate and soothe sensitive post surgical skin and assist in healing.

Aware that many of my patients were susceptible to allergies or irritation to products, especially around the delicate eye area, I realized I needed a product I could confidently recommend, a product that was pure and natural enough to restore healthy skin without the use of synthetic chemicals — a product that would soothe and calm highly sensitive skin and reduce swelling without irritation.

That’s when I reached out to Juice Beauty, a company known to have the highest authentically organic standards in the beauty industry, and a company who I knew would be committed to using the most pure and natural formulations.

The result of my collaboration with Juice Beauty is the STEM CELLULAR™ Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask (I’ll hyper link this to the video interview you did with Karen), a nearly pure organic product that soothes and smooth’s the skin around the eyes, decreasing puffiness and swelling without chemicals.  Unlike eyelid surgery where excess skin is removed, by applying the Instant Eye Lift eye mask for just 10 minutes the eye area becomes firmer and instantly smoothed — reviving and perking up puffy tired looking eyes.

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STEM CELLULAR™ Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask

Who Should Use It?

Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles.


  • Pressed algae can not only provide great skincare benefits but replaces pesticide laden cotton from being placed around the delicate eye tissue. *
  • Reduces the appearance of puffiness around eyes with organic cucumber, white tea, and arnica extracts.
  • Hydrates and refreshes with algae and organic aloe.
  • Encourages supple skin texture with hyaluronic acid and chamomile.

*Concentrated algae biomatrix technology is a great skincare alternative to cotton masks, which can be heavily sprayed with pesticides and then subsequently processed with harsh chemicals (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin).

Powerful Action Without

Formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Our products are never tested on animals.


New Year, New You!

It’s 2010, and we are not only embarking on a New Year, but also a new decade!  So too come the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you have chosen to kick a bad habit, exercise more, eat things that are better for you, or do a little more to make the planet a better place.  Or maybe you’d like to turn back time, in the mirror at least – a whole decade would be great, wouldn’t it?!


Surprisingly, there are a number of great smaller, relatively easy, pick-me-ups that can make a big impact.  These procedures are less invasive, concentrated in one smaller area, and require minimal downtime.   Here are my favorite suggestions for a more youthful 2010:

Spot Liposuction
It is amazing how achieving more definition in one spot area can give you a leaner, more defined appearance.  Some of the best spot areas to target include the arms and on the flanks (aka love handles).  Liposuction performed under the chin in the neck area can give you the appearance of a neck lift, and is a favorite among my younger patients who are just starting to see early sagging and bagging.

Incisionless (hidden incision) Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
This procedure is also known as a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty and is a subtle way to peel back the years.  In this procedure, the incision is located on the inside of the lower lids, so the healing is less noticeable.  Excess fat that causes the look of under eye bagginess can be removed through these hidden incisions, giving the lower lid a firmer, smoother appearance.

Fat Sparing Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
This procedure is a more modern version of the traditional upper eyelid lift.  As a result, it is less invasive, easier to recover from, and more natural appearing, especially over the long term.  Traditionally, with an upper eyelid lift, the goal is to brighten the eyes by removing the excess skin that droops over the eye with aging.  Along with this, the excess fat around the upper lid is removed as well.  The newer fat sparing technique emphasizes a more conservative fat removal to prevent a sunken or unnatural appearance over time.  Because less fat is removed, the procedure is less extensive, and can easily be performed in the office under a local anesthetic.  This is not your mother’s eyelid lift!

If you would like more information on any of these procedures, please contact us.  We would be glad to answer any questions that you may have.

And Have a Happy, Healthy New Year – Cheers!

Dr. Carolyn Chang, San Francisco Plastic Surgeon