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Category Archives: Abdominoplasty

Need a Lift? We Can Help

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If your recent bariatric surgery has resulted in pounds of excess drooping skin, you may be feeling like you’ve exchanged one problem for another. The solution is a body lift, a type of body contouring surgery that affects large portions of the body. It’s a great way to remove excess skin and fatty deposits. The ideal candidates for a body lift are formerly obese patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. When a patient is ready to make this transformation they will meet with me to discuss their goals and together we come up with a treatment plan. … Continue reading

What to Do (and Not Do) After Your Tummy Tuck

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Getting a tummy tuck will make your abs look toned and firm – but how do you make sure those results last indefinitley? Here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do after your tummy tuck procedure: DO Wear your compression garment and follow the post-op instructions given to you by your plastic surgeon Drink a lot of fluids and eat a balanced diet Gently massage your stomach – this will help to increase circulation in the area Listen to what your body is telling you Follow up with your plastic surgeon DON’T Participate in strenuous activities – this includes lifting … Continue reading

Solution to Excess Skin: Tummy Tuck

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If you’re experiencing low self-esteem as a result of too much excess skin in the abdominal area, a tummy tuck may be just the solution for you. How does this excess skin form in the first place? When you gain weight, fat cells accumulate in various areas of the body. Your skin stretches to accommodate the new sizes of these areas. Whether the weight gain is because of a lifestyle habit or pregnancy, there is always a chance to regain the body you once had. After you lose a great deal of weight, the expanded skin often cannot contract enough … Continue reading

Body Contouring: Making Sense of Liposuction, Thigh Lift, Tummy Tuck

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Among our plastic surgery patients here in Honolulu, body contouring procedures always garner a lot of questions. Even beyond patient concerns about recovery time and the surgery itself, the first question is often much simpler: How do I know what I need? There’s a veritable alphabet soup of options today, but let’s focus on a few procedures that target the lower body and the midsection. Thigh lift or liposuction? Having lean, long legs is a common desire among women — and while there is nothing that can be done to lengthen the legs (short of wearing high heels), the leanness … Continue reading

Am I a Candidate for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

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Men and women who have recently undergone a dramatic weight loss, women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, as well as people who have a difficult time losing weight in their midsection may be good candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with Honolulu surgeon Dr. Shim Ching. Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is a procedure in which the excess skin and fat in the midsection is removed and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened. When the muscles of the abdomen become loose or separated, the abdomen sticks out. This happens with many moms, as the womb can stretch beyond the abdominal muscles’ … Continue reading

Shim Ching, MD