Specializing in facial plastic surgery and natural looking results

Dr. Chiu Collins - San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon

Lynn Chiu-Collins, MD, Double Board Certified, ABFPRS and ABOTO

Dr. Chiu-Collins is one of a select few plastic surgeons in San Francisco board certified in both Facial Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery.  Having spent the entirety of her career focusing on the face, head and neck, she is uniquely qualified and extremely passionate about performing cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical procedures in these areas.

She graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University.  She earned her medical doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  She completed her residency at the University of Washington and returned to Orange County after being selected for the prestigious facial plastic surgery fellowship at the University of California, Irvine under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  During her fellowship she expanded her knowledge and perfected her skills and techniques under the tutelage of masters in the field of facial plastic surgery.  She is dedicated to her field and has authored numerous book chapters and research articles, and has been a frequently invited lecturer on the subject of cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery.

Dr. Chiu-Collins philosophy on cosmetic surgery is to achieve a natural appearing aesthetic harmony of the face.  “Performing work on the face requires a true appreciation for artistry and perfection, and I aim for this every time.  Nothing makes me happier than to see my patients achieve the most natural and most beautiful result.”  Dr. Chiu-Collins considers each and every patient as unique and special.  Her cases are tailored to address individual concerns, while achieving the best aesthetic result and maintaining optimal function.  Safety is of utmost importance.  She strongly believes in fostering a close and regular relationship with her patients so that she may best learn about their needs and concerns. As the physician and surgeon, she embraces her role in providing education, support and open communication for her patients.

She is a native of the Bay Area and spends her free time with her husband and their three children.

    LYNN L. CHIU-COLLINS, M.D. – C.V.

    Double Board Certified
    American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)

    Medical licenses
    California State Medical License, 2011-current
    Washington State Medical License, 2005-2011

    Hospital Affiliations/Privileges
    California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
    Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco

    EDUCATION

    Undergraduate Degree
    Stanford University, B. S. Biological sciences
    Graduated with Honors and Distinction

    Medical Education
    University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (Top 10% of class)

    Internship
    University of Washington & Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, General Surgery

    Residency
    University of Washington & Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Chief Resident, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

    Fellowship
    American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, Irvine

    HONORS

    Awards

    • Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAOHNSF) Resident Research Award CORE Grant
    • First Place, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) William P. Potsic Research Award, Annual Meeting
    • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Meeting Research Award
    • School of Medicine Dean’s Award, University of California, Irvine
    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, Top 10% of graduating class.
    • First Place, American Medical Association (AMA) Research Session, Annual Meeting
    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society Student Research Fellowship Grant
    • American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Student Research Grant
    • National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Grant
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Grant

    Leadership

    • Senior Class President, Stanford University, Class of 2000
    • Director of Volunteers in Health (VIH), Stanford University

    PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

    Membership

    • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American Medical Association

    Meetings

    • UC Irvine Rhinoplasty Course, Orange, Jun 2012
    • Hair Transplantation, Jeffrey Epstein, MD FACS, Miami, Feb 2012
    • AAFPRS Aging Face Meeting, San Diego, CA Jan 2012
    • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ISIS, University of WA, Seattle, Nov 2010
    • Anspach Approaches to the Skull Base, Nov 2010
    • AAFPRS Fall Meeting, San Diego, CA, Oct 2009
    • Practical Approaches to Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction, Seattle Science Foundation, Seattle, WA, Sept 2009
    • The Portland Aging Face Course, OHSU, Portland, OR, Jul 2009
    • Advances in Rhinoplasty, AAFPRS, Seattle, WA, Jun 2009
    • Principles of Operative Treatment of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction, AO North America, Seattle, WA, Mar 2008

    PUBLICATIONS

    • LL Chiu-Collins, AD Furze, J Gilde, BJF Wong. Chapter Title: “Correcting the Convex Lateral Crura of the Lower Alar Cartilages.” Advanced Aesthetic Rhinoplasty. Springer.
    • AD Furze, LL Chiu-Collins, BJF Wong. Chapter Title: “Caudal Septal Extension Grafts.” Advanced Aesthetic Rhinoplasty. Springer.
    • LL Chiu-Collins, R Gangnes. Chapter Title: “Autologous Fat Grafting.” Master Techniques in Otolaryngology. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
    • LL Chiu, AD Bhrany, CS Murakami, E Chu. Chapter Title: “Advancement Flaps.” Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Springer.
    • LL Chiu, E Chu, J Epstein. Chapter Title: “Flap Delay.” Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Springer.
    • DJ Lam, LL Chiu, KC Sie, J Perkins. “Impact of Cleft Width in Clefts of Secondary Palate on the Risk of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. “ Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2012 Apr 16.
    • LL Chiu, KC Sie. Chapter Title: “Sphincter pharyngoplasty for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency.” Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Elsevier, 2009. Reference: YOTOT384.
    • CJ Chang, SM Cheng, LL Chiu, BJF Wong, K Ting. “Minimizing superficial thermal injury using bilateral cryogen spray cooling during laser reshaping of composite cartilage grafts.” Lasers Surg Med. 2008 Sept; 40(7):477-82.
    • LL Chiu, LL Cunningham, DW Raible, EW Rubel, HC Ou. “Using the zebrafish lateral line to screen for ototoxicity.” J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2008 Jun; 9(2):178-90.
    • LL Chiu, CC Sun, AT Yeh, B Torkian, A Karamzadeh, B Tromberg, BJF Wong. “Photodynamic therapy on keloid fibroblasts in tissue engineered keratinocyte-fibroblast co-culture.” Lasers Surg Med. 2005 Sep; 37(3):231-44.
    • LL Chiu, BJ Wong, JC Chang. “Minimizing Superficial Thermal Injury Using Cryogen Spray Cooling During Laser Reshaping Of Composite Cartilage Grafts.” Laser Express, http://www.laserexpress.net, 2003 May.

    LECTURES

    • LL Chiu-Collins. “Aesthetic Nasal Analysis.” Invited Course Faculty. UC Irvine Rhinoplasty Course, Jun 15, 2012, Orange, CA. UCI Dept of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
    • LL Chiu-Collins. “Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction.” Invited Lecture. UC Irvine Facial Plastic Surgery Conference, Feb 10, 2012, Orange, CA. UCI Dept of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
    • LL Chiu-Collins. “Fillers and Neurotoxins.” Invited Course Faculty. Injectable and Filler Course, Feb 18, 2012, La Quinta Resort, Palm Springs, CA. UCI Dept of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
    • LL Chiu-Collins. “Head and Neck Skin Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction.” Invited Lecture. UC Irvine Grand Rounds, Nov 11, 2011, Orange, CA. UCI Dept of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
    • LL Chiu. “Advancement Flaps in Facial Reconstruction.” Invited Lecture. University of WA Alumni Day, Jun 17, 2011, Seattle, WA. UW Dept of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
    • LL Chiu, DJ Lam, KC Sie, J Perkins. “Outcomes in Palatoplasty: Impact of Cleft Width on the Development of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency.” Podium Presentation. AAFPRS Fall Meeting, Oct 1-4, 2009, San Diego, CA. American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
    • LL Chiu, L Cunningham, DW Raible, EW Rubel, HC Ou. “Screening for Ototoxic Drugs Using the Zebrafish Lateral Line: In Vivo Mammalian Validation.” Podium Presentation. ARO Midwinter Meeting, Feb 14-19, 2009, Baltimore, MD. Association for Research in Otolaryngology.
    • LL Chiu, L Cunningham, DW Raible, EW Rubel, HC Ou. “Using the Zebrafish Lateral Line to Screen for Ototoxicity.” Podium Presentation. ASPO Annual Meeting, May 2-4, 2008, Orlando, FL. American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
    • LL Chiu, CC Sun, AT Yeh, B Torkian, A Karamzadeh, B Tromberg, BJ Wong. “Photodynamic Therapy on Keloid Fibroblasts in Tissue Engineered Keratinocyte-Fibroblast Co-culture.” Podium presentation. AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting, Sept 19-22, 2004, New York, NY. American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.
    • LL Chiu, CC Sun, AT Yeh, B Torkian, A Karamzadeh, B Tromberg, BJ Wong. “The Effect of Photodynamic Therapy on Human Keloid Fibroblasts in Tissue Engineered Keratinocyte-Fibroblast Co-culture.” Podium presentation. ACS Southern California Chapter meeting, Head and Neck section, Santa Barbara, CA, Jan 17, 2004. American College of Surgeons.
    • LL Chiu, BJF Wong, JC Chang. “Reduction of Superficial Thermal Injury Using Cryogen Cooling During Laser-Assisted Cartilage Reshaping of Rabbit Ears In Vivo.” Podium Presentation. AMA Annual Assembly Meeting, Dec 4-7, 2003, Honolulu, HI. American Medical Association.
    • LL Chiu, BJF Wong, JC Chang. “Reducing Epidermal Thermal Injury Using Cryogen Cooling During Laser-Assisted Cartilage Reshaping of Rabbit Auricles In Vivo: Pilot Study.” Podium Presentation. ASLMS Annual Meeting, Apr 2003, Anaheim, CA. American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.