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.
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