Liposuction is a safe, effective way to sculpt and contour areas of the face and body. It should be used to eliminate isolated areas of unwanted fat, not for weight loss surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching is a body contouring and liposuction specialist in Honolulu, Hawaii, who offers a range of treatments that can help give you a slimmer appearance.
To visit Dr. Ching in Honolulu and find out whether liposuction is right for the improvements you want, request a consultation or call our office at 808.585.8855 to schedule an appointment.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
Liposuction, when performed by Dr. Ching, a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon, can effectively fine-tune body contours. Women and men choose this procedure to get rid of fat on a variety of areas including:
- Chin, jowls, and neck
- Abdomen and waist
- Hips, thighs, and knees
- Male chest
Patients who want a non-surgical alternative for minor sculpting of the abdomen, lower back, waist, or thighs may consider CoolSculpting®.
How is liposuction performed?
Dr. Ching performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure in his on-site surgical center.
In most cases, he performs laser liposuction. This enhancement to the traditional method comes with the added benefit of tightening the skin of the targeted area. After Dr. Ching makes tiny incisions, he inserts a thin tube called a cannula with a laser on the end. The laser liquefies fat before Dr. Ching removes it through suction, making the process easier and resulting in less bleeding and bruising.
In cases where Dr. Ching combines liposuction with another procedure, such as tummy tuck surgery, he performs tumescent liposuction, the most common form of the procedure, because skin tightening is not needed. For this method, he injects a saltwater solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenaline into the targeted areas through small incisions. This infusion numbs the areas and inhibits bleeding. He then removes the unwanted fat using suction equipment to minimize trauma to the nearby skin and muscles.
What can I expect during recovery after liposuction?
After liposuction, treated areas will likely be sore and swollen, with mild bruising. Recovery will depend on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Most patients will be instructed to wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling and optimize results. Typically tumescent liposuction patients are ready to return to work within about a week. Recovery after laser liposuction is often only a day or 2.
Are liposuction results permanent?
As long as a person’s diet and exercise level remain stable, fat should not return to the treated areas. The slideshow on this page shows the results of some of Dr. Ching’s actual liposuction patients. These before-and-after photos can help patients visualize their own potential results.
Visit our laser liposuction patient photo gallery to view additional before-and-after photos of Dr. Ching’s patients.
Can I have liposuction to lose weight instead of dieting and exercising?
Absolutely not. This is probably the most widespread misconception and the one that causes the most disappointment in those considering liposuction. The truth is that liposuction should be part of a program that includes a beneficial diet and exercise, especially after the procedure.
Liposuction is not used on the fat that can be eliminated through a diet and exercise regimen alone; it should be used to get rid of “problem areas” that are resistant to conventional diet and exercise efforts.
Liposuction should not be your first and only option for fat reduction. It’s a surgical procedure that should only be used after valid and effective non-surgical solutions.
Will liposuction prevent me from gaining weight?
You will still be able to gain weight after liposuction, but probably not in the areas treated. Because fat cells remain in the non-treated areas, you can continue to put on weight as normal. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen will help prevent future weight gain. Remember, liposuction treats specific areas of your figure, not your entire body.
Will I lose weight right after having liposuction?
It’s important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss method and keep this in mind during the weeks just after your surgery. Right after surgery, expect to weigh the same or more than you did before your surgery for 2 reasons:
- You’ll experience fluid retention from swelling and the tumescent fluid. It can take days and sometimes weeks for the body to process these fluids. You will see swelling go down, but it will take some time.
- Your body needs time to adapt to the changes caused by liposuction. If you keep your diet and exercise the same as before liposuction, your body will replace the fat that was removed by increasing the fat cells elsewhere in a more evenly distributed fashion. This process is also gradual, meaning that you’ll see cosmetic improvements grow over a period of approximately 4 to 6 months.
Diet and exercise can play a role in stabilizing your weight by accelerating your recovery and your body’s adjustment to having fewer fat cells, bringing the full gains of your liposuction to fruition in less time.
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