Plastic surgeon Dr. T. Y. Steven Ip, M.D., F.A.C.S. is well-known throughout Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and New York City for his personable bedside manner and dedication to the field of aesthetics. He specializes in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body and face and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Ip graduated from UCLA and received an academic scholarship to the University of Texas to finish medical school and pursue a path towards surgery. He spent five years training in General Surgery at the renowned Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he later served as chief resident in General Surgery. To further his surgical expertise, Dr. Ip spent three years at Duke University, where he also served as chief resident.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Ip is an active part of his community and charitable foundations in Newport Coast. He enjoys sports and is an avid runner, cyclist, surfer, tennis, and basketball player.
BITB had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Ip to learn about his work as a plastic surgeon and the treatments his patients can’t live without.
Who or what inspired you to become a plastic surgeon?
In medical school, I was drawn to surgery. It really fit my personality of seeing a problem and being able to find a solution, fix it and make it better. For me, plastic surgery added an extra benefit of being able to use your eye and add your own artistic touch to the surgery.
What are the top three most popular surgical procedures your patients are asking for right now?
Breast enhancement and revision is my number one procedure. I probably do about 300 a year. This could be anything from a first time augmentation to correcting a previous job, implant revision or even nipple reconstruction.
After that, facial rejuvenation is the most popular. Once skin has lost elasticity, the use of botox and fillers will not correct facial aging. This is one of my favorite and most fulfilling procedures, as it provides such tremendous results. The years taken off and the improvements are so substantial.
And finally, Mommy Makeovers, which are specifically designed for women who want to reclaim their pre-baby bodies. Due to the intensity and speed of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and nursing, some of these changes can only be reversed with surgery. Even those who have been able to “lose the baby weight” may still suffer from unwanted body shape changes that require surgical correction to overcome. A Mommy Makeover combines multiple body contouring procedures performed in one setting and can include a breast lift or breast augmentation, liposuction or a tummy tuck.
In your experience, how do women balance their desire for having treatments done for their body vs. face? Which areas take the highest priority?
The choice between face and body work is primarily age dependent. In most cases, the younger patients desire breast and body work and older patients are focusing on restoring their facial youth.
Where people live also plays a major factor. In colder environments, people are bundled up more and not showing off their body as much as in warmer climates, so they focus more on the face and vice-versa. My practice is bi-coastal, and in California, everything is a little more exaggerated than in New York. On breast size, the west coast tends to go larger than east coast. California is also more body-conscious, and I have more patients coming in for breast/body procedures here than in New York. In New York, which is more of a face culture, facelifts are by far the most popular procedure.