I'm a Plastic Surgeon, and Undetectable Results Are My Forte—10 Products I Love


(Image credit: @catchangmd)

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From the moment I met Catherine Chang, MD, founder of Privé Beverly Hills and NakedBeauty MD, I knew she was different from so many of the professionals in Los Angeles who specialize in plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures. Transparently, I went in for some chin filler and to experience the Privé Diamond Facial and was wowed by how much time Chang spent with me explaining my treatments, alternative options, and potential next steps I might want to take in the future to help me achieve my goals when it comes to appearance and aging. Not only is Chang known for her incredibly natural and undetectable results, but her background in art history also gives her an amazing eye and artistic vision when working with her patients.

"My love of beauty started when I was a teenager—I was always intrigued by the symmetry of faces and what makes a face appear 'attractive,'" Chang explains. "In college, I studied art history, which further enhanced my appreciation of beauty, but I decided to pursue plastic surgery when I was a medical student observing a jaw reconstruction surgery—the jaw bone had been removed due to cancer, and the plastic surgeon took the bone from the leg and carved it into the shape of a jaw and attached the vessels from the bone to the vessels in the face. It was an incredible surgery, and it's truly what inspired me to pursue a career in plastic surgery."


(Image credit: @catchangmd)

As Chang discussed with me when I had the opportunity to meet with her in person, her distinctive approach toward aesthetics is uncommon in the field of plastics. "I perform complex facial surgery as well as body surgery to achieve the most natural and undetectable results," she says. "This is due to a combination of thoughtful pre-surgical planning but also my innate sense of beauty and how to achieve that through my surgeries and my nonsurgical treatments. The best work is imperceptible, and unfortunately, only poorly done or obvious work is noticeable. … This has colored the way many people view plastic surgery."

Even though Chang is a believer in treatments like Botox ("Because it has minimal complications and greatly helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines!") and more intense procedures like face-lifts and eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty ("Because these can greatly rejuvenate the face much better than procedures like filler can!"), she's also vigilant about her at-home beauty routine featuring daily must-haves like sunblock and retinol. Below, she's sharing her favorites! Keep scrolling for 10 must-have beauty products Chang loves and recommends.

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.