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Weight Loss That Really Works

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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?

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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®

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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?

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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

Eyelid Surgery: The Procedure, Risks, and Everything In-Between

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Blepharoplasty at our Honolulu practice has become increasingly popular for a wide variety of patients. Also called eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty can be a great way to enhance your natural features without changing your entire face. We offer both traditional eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery. What can eyelid surgery do? Eyelid surgery is a broad term with a few different meanings. Patients can undergo upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, a combination of the two, or Asian eyelid surgery. The first 3 are typically performed to help patients look younger, while Asian eyelid surgery is slightly different. Let’s take a … Continue reading

Does CoolSculpting®Really Work to Reduce Fat?

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CoolSculpting® at our Honolulu practice is a non-invasive body contouring treatment. It can help smooth out bumps and bulges on various areas of the body without the need for surgery. Does this sound too good to be true? This post will help you better understand this revolutionary treatment, so you can decide if it might be right for you. What is CoolSculpting? CoolSculpting is one the first nonsurgical fat reduction processes approved by the FDA and uses cooling panels to target and destroy fat cells. This cooling treatment freezes fat cells, which are gradually absorbed and eliminated through the body’s … Continue reading

Laser Tattoo Removal: New & Improved

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The stigma surrounding tattoos has been, for the most part, eased in recent years. Because of this, more and more people are getting inked. From sorority girls to suburban dads, it seems like everyone has a tattoo these days. Unfortunately, with the spike in tattoos, there has also been a spike in tattoo removal at my Honolulu office. In this post, we’d like to give you an overview of our approach to tattoo removal. How does tattoo removal work? Laser tattoo removal works similarly to laser hair removal. At our office, we use the PicoSure® laser. The laser uses short, … Continue reading

Liposuction: From Head to (Almost) Toe

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The popularity of liposuction in Honolulu isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. To meet the diverse demands of my body-sculpting patients, I offer 2 distinct types of liposuction–traditional liposuction and a laser-assisted version called SlimLipo®. In this blog post, I want to offer an easy-to-understand guide to these 2 techniques to help you understand your options. Both laser and traditional liposuction procedures have the same objective–to remove unwanted fat cells from the body. However, they go about it a bit differently. Traditional liposuction uses manual agitation–that is, the manual loosening of unwanted fat–before suction. Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser energy to … Continue reading

ThermiVa®: What to Expect

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Radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation is becoming increasingly popular because it creates noticeable results without the use of hormones or surgery. In my Honolulu plastic surgery practice, I offer ThermiVa, a radiofrequency-based treatment that uses energy to stimulate collagen growth, improve blood supply, and increase sensation in the area. This is an excellent treatment option for women who want to reduce some of the most bothersome vaginal symptoms that develop as the result of aging, pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations, and more. Vaginal laxity, dryness, occasional incontinence, and other symptoms can cause mental distress and even a diminished enjoyment of sex. For many patients, … Continue reading

Traditional vs. Bellesoma™ Breast Reduction

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When it comes to plastic surgery procedures like breast reduction, I believe my patients deserve to have options. I am one of the few plastic surgeons in Honolulu to offer both traditional breast reduction surgery and the Bellesoma Method, also called the Ultimate Breast Method. In this blog post, let’s take a side-by-side look at both of them to help you choose the right fit for you. Traditional breast reduction is appropriate for women whose breasts are disproportionately large or heavy. Often, prospective patients complain of aches and pains that radiate to their neck and shoulders. Additionally, having significantly large breasts can … Continue reading

Shim Ching, MD