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Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat and tightens skin at the same time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching has more than 10 years of experience performing liposuction and was the first to offer laser liposuction (or laser lipo) in Hawaii. He performs laser liposuction in his Honolulu facilities using the SlimLipo® system because it uses laser wavelengths that specifically target fat and optimally tighten skin.

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Advantages of SlimLipo

This remarkable cosmetic procedure is extremely popular with women and men from Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and beyond because it offers many benefits and advantages over traditional liposuction alone, including:

  • Skin tightening
  • Quick recovery time
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Precise treatment of small areas
  • Short treatment time

Improving Previous Liposuction Results

In addition to enhancing traditional liposuction, Dr. Ching uses SlimLipo to improve unsatisfactory liposuction results by:

  • Tightening areas of loose skin
  • Smoothing contour irregularities

SlimLipo provides a corrective option for those who’ve experienced less effective procedures from other surgeons and liposuction systems. To learn about Dr. Ching’s qualifications and experience with laser liposuction, visit Why Choose Dr. Ching for Laser Lipo.

How SlimLipo Works

The “Slim” in SlimLipo stands for “Selective Laser Induced Melting” because the SlimLipo laser uses wavelengths that selectively target fat and tighten the skin. While other laser liposuction systems such as Smartlipo™ operate on the 1064-nanometer and 1320-nanometer wavelengths, SlimLipo focuses on the 924-nanometer and 975-nanometer wavelengths. Repeated studies have determined that the 924-nanometer wavelength is 1 of the 4 prime absorption levels for fat. This level is the only available laser-assisted wavelength that’s absorbed more by fat than water in the surrounding tissues. Therefore, the SlimLipo system can zero in on body fat more effectively and precisely. Palomar, the company that created SlimLipo, now has patents on both the 924-nanometer and 957-nanometer wavelengths.

Why Dr. Ching Chose SlimLipo Over SmartLipo

While the most important factors that lead to a positive laser liposuction outcome are the experience, skill, and knowledge of the surgeon, the technology makes a difference as well. Dr. Ching chose the SlimLipo system over Smartlipo for laser liposuction only after thorough research and investigation into both options. Here are some of his reasons:

  • SlimLipo uses the 924-nanometer laser wavelength, which is specifically absorbed by fat instead of surrounding tissues.
  • SlimLipo also uses the 975-nanometer wavelength, which is absorbed by collagen fibers in the skin for better skin tightening.
  • Less heat is generated for greater comfort.
  • Less energy is used for greater safety.

The advantages of SlimLipo do not end there. Some other important factors include:

  • The SlimLipo laser wand is flexible, giving it the ability to turn corners. Smartlipo uses a stiff wand that cannot do this, limiting its reach. Another advantage of the flexible tip is that fewer access incisions need to be made because a long, flexible tip can contour a larger area.
  • The SlimLipo wand can reach a wider area than the Smartlipo wand. It can target and treat more fatty areas in your body.
  • Less energy is needed and used by the SlimLipo wand. The Smartlipo wand generates more heat because of its greater energy requirements, which can produce tissue burns.
  • The Smartlipo wand concentrates energy at the tip of the wand, which increases the risk of burning the skin or causing irregularities. SlimLipo diffuses energy over a larger area, providing smoother results and increasing the safety of the procedure.

The Smartlipo system does perform the task of laser liposuction, just not as effectively or as comfortably as the SlimLipo laser system. For these reasons, Dr. Ching selected SlimLipo for his practice and his patients.

Laser Liposuction Treatment Areas

SlimLipo laser lipo can be used to reduce those troublesome fat deposits that have been resistant to your diet and exercise regimen. Dr. Ching uses this extremely versatile treatment on almost any area of the body, including smaller areas that can’t be treated with traditional liposuction alone. Here are a few of the areas that are commonly treated with laser lipo:

  • Hips (love handles)
  • Waist
  • Neck
  • Chin (sagging or double chin)
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs (both inner & outer thighs)
  • Upper Arms
  • Breasts (for scarless male or female breast reduction)
  • Back
  • Ankles
  • Knees

Laser lipo is not a weight loss treatment or a substitute for diet and exercise. Instead, it is a powerful way to reduce areas of body fat that are resistant to normal means.

Your Laser Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Ching performs laser liposuction as an outpatient procedure in his on-site surgical center. It is both safe and fast; most treatments take only 1 to 2 hours. Dr. Ching first prepares the targeted areas in the same way as for tumescent liposuction, by injecting a large volume of tumescent solution. This infusion controls pain and bleeding; it also makes the fat tissue firm so it is more easily removed.

Next, Dr. Ching makes a small incision on or near the targeted area and inserts the long, thin, flexible SlimLipo wand that emits laser energy and melts the fat into a liquid form. Dr. Ching suctions out the melted fat immediately, providing better results than other fat reduction procedures that leave dead fat cells behind to be resorbed by the body.

Laser Lipo Recovery & Results

Some patients return to work the day after their laser lipo treatment; others may need another 24 to 48 hours before getting back to their normal schedules. This typical recovery period is still a dramatic change from that for conventional liposuction.

It should be noted that the skin does need a few weeks to adjust after the procedure. In addition to removing areas of fat, the SlimLipo treatment stimulates collagen production to gradually tighten the skin producing a smoother, sleeker look than traditional liposuction alone. Although you’ll see some immediate change, the best results from your laser lipo will take time to develop. Therefore, you should not judge the outcome by what you see initially.

Next Step

If you are looking for an experienced plastic surgeon in Honolulu to perform laser liposuction, request a consultation with Dr. Shim Ching, or call our office at (808) 585-8855 to schedule an appointment.

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