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How This Season's Off-the-Shoulder and Backless Couture Trends Will Influence Plastic Surgery Requests

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Because if you’re dropping $100k on a dress, you want to make sure you look good.

Christine Chiu, a Beverly Hills socialite and philanthropist, is in a unique position.

Not only is the 33-year-old a member of an elite number of women who make the biannual trek to Paris in pursuit of haute couture fabulousness, but she's also the wife of Gabriel, a plastic surgeon who often accompanies her to sit front row at the likes of Chanel, Giambattista Valli and more. 

Aside from taking in the breathtaking work of the ateliers, the Chius have another hobby: predicting plastic surgery requests based on the cut of the garment. "These trends trickle down from haute couture to ready-to-wear, to retail stores," Chiu tells THR.

The trends in question include off-the-shoulder, strapless and backless gowns, as well as details around the neckline. "Women will be increasingly conscientious of their necks, décolleté, and shoulders, requesting procedures that smooth the texture of those areas, reduce or eliminating signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, sun damage, loss of elasticity, crepiness, hyper-pigmentation, etc." 

Here, Dr. Chiu's predictions for what clients will request this coming season.


OFF-THE-SHOULDER: Valentino (left); Giorgio Armani Prive; Valentino. (Photos: Getty Images)

Procedures for off-the-shoulder gowns: Ultherapy to the neck and décolleté (for tightening and lifting); lipo-contouring of arms.

HIGH-LOW: Chanel (left), Alexandre Vauthier; Fendi. (Photos: Getty Images)

Procedures for high-low hemlines: Lipo-contouring of the thighs.

DEEP-V: Christian Dior (left); Alexandre Vauthier; Elie Saab. (Photo: Getty Images)

Procedures for deep-v gowns: Kybella (removal of double chin); Botox to eliminate neck bands.

OPEN BACK: Chanel's fall 2016 couture presentation. (Photo: Getty Images)

Procedures for open back and backless gowns: Lipo-contouring of the back.

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