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Why We Love Nonsurgical Laser Treatments

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Laser technology has become increasingly popular in aesthetic medicine. Today, lasers can be used for everything from laser lipo to laser hair removal in Hawaii. Lasers are an attractive option for people who want to improve their skin or body without a lot of downtime. Because lasers offer a nonsurgical approach, they are a convenient and discreet way to improve your appearance. At my practice, I use lasers for many different conditions. Some of the most popular laser treatments at my practice include: Laser hair removal: Laser hair removal uses intense bursts of laser energy to damage the hair follicle, … Continue reading

Here’s What You Need to Know About Facelift Surgery

Woman thinking about a facelift

The new year is a great time for a fresh start. For many people, that means establishing healthier habits like exercising more or eating a well-balanced diet. For others, it may mean a physical transformation, such as plastic surgery. One of the procedures I perform that provides truly transformative changes is a facelift. In Honolulu, facelift surgery is often used to help reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and jowls. A facelift creates a more energized, youthful appearance and is an excellent option for putting your best face forward this year. What are the different types of … Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About Eyelid Surgery

Woman closing eyes following eyelid surgery

Your eyes are one of the first features people see, and, unfortunately, they’re also one of the first places to show signs of aging. Eyelid surgery in Honolulu, Hawaii, is an excellent procedure for people who want to enhance the eye area. Eyelid surgery can be used to improve issues like under-eye bags, wrinkles, sagging skin, and droopy eyelids. If you’ve ever wondered how eyelid surgery can benefit you, read on. In this blog, I’ll explain everything you need to know about having eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, in Honolulu. What is eyelid surgery? Eyelid surgery is a procedure that … Continue reading

Peel Away Holiday Stress

  The holidays are a wonderful time for friends, family, and festivities. But between shopping, traveling, baking, gift wrapping, and party hosting, you’re under a lot of pressure. Holiday stress is real–and it affects more than just your mental wellbeing. The stress of the holiday season can affect your skin, too. Cortisol, the hormone that is released during stress, causes the skin to become more oily and inflamed. Over-eating and over-drinking are also common during the holidays and can exacerbate skin inflammation. How Chemical Peels Help To keep your skin healthy and maintain a holiday glow, chemical peels are an … Continue reading

So Many Fillers! Get the Facts

  One of the fastest growing facial rejuvenation trends is dermal fillers in Honolulu. These quick, nonsurgical injections can plump the skin, reduce wrinkles, and restore youthful facial contours. With little to no downtime and very minimal side effects, it’s no wonder dermal fillers have become one of the hottest treatments at my cosmetic surgery practice in Honolulu. But how do you know which filler to choose? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular options. JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC: JUVÉDERM Ultra XC is a smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid. This formula is often used in the … Continue reading

Your Guide to ThermiVa®

  One of the most exciting cosmetic advancements at our plastic surgery practice is ThermiVa in Honolulu, Hawaii. ThermiVa is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that helps tighten, tone, and restore the vagina after childbirth, menopause, or aging. What makes this treatment so unique is that it’s completely nonsurgical, non-invasive, and pain-free. ThermiVa uses the same radiofrequency energy that has been used for years on the face and body to tighten and renew skin and tissue. But with ThermiVa, the results are more than cosmetic. This transformative procedure can help relieve gynecologic problems such as incontinence, vaginal laxity, orgasm dysfunction, and … Continue reading

Weight Loss That Really Works

We now offer ORBERA® gastric balloons at our plastic surgery center in Honolulu. This innovative weight loss program is an effective option for patients who have plateaued using traditional weight loss methods. What is ORBERA? ORBERA is a gastric balloon made from soft silicone. A surgeon places the balloon in your stomach, which fills up part of the stomach and helps you feel less hungry, so you can more comfortably consume smaller portion sizes and lose weight. The device can help patients lose up to 3x the weight of traditional diet and exercise. After 6 months, the balloon is carefully … Continue reading

What Can a Brazilian Butt Lift Do for You?

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) at our cosmetic surgery center in Honolulu can provide patients with the figure they’ve always wanted. This technique is more than just a butt-enhancing procedure—it also gets rid of unwanted fat in other parts of your body for more dramatic improvement. What makes a BBL different from implants? Implants are made from silicone and designed to add volume to your buttocks. Just like breast implants, they can be either round or anatomically shaped, and they can have smooth or textured surfaces. Butt implants are made from highly durable material to combat the constant pressure from … Continue reading

BOTOX® vs. XEOMIN®

Like BOTOX, the neuromodulator XEOMIN is used to treat the face for fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. We offer both XEOMIN and BOTOX at our Honolulu practice. Though these products are very similar, we want to provide our patients with as many options as possible. As a plastic surgeon in Hawaii, I believe it is important for you to understand their subtle differences, so you can make an informed decision. What is BOTOX? BOTOX was the first botulinum toxin FDA-approved to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles develop from muscle motion, including facial expressions … Continue reading

With So Many Filler Options, Which Is Best for Me?

Dermal fillers are growing in popularity at our cosmetic surgery practice in Hawaii. More patients are opting for nonsurgical injectables, and for good reason. Dermal fillers can provide beautiful, natural-looking results without surgery. When administered by a qualified provider, fillers can take years off your appearance. Are fillers FDA-approved? Not all fillers are FDA-approved. However, board-certified plastic surgeons will only offer products that have received FDA approval. The FDA requires health care providers to carefully inspect all dermal filler packages for authenticity. It is also important to only go to a provider who has proper training and experience. How are … Continue reading

Shim Ching, MD