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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

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

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?

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

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

Shim Ching, MD