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4 Things You Should Know About ThermiVa®

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Women considering vaginal rejuvenation at my Honolulu practice have a variety of concerns that lead them to schedule a consultation. Some feel self-conscious about the appearance of their vaginas, while others say they’ve lost sensitivity and don’t enjoy intimacy with their partners as much as they used to. ThermiVa is a nonsurgical tissue-tightening treatment approved by the FDA. It doesn’t require any anesthesia and involves little to no discomfort or downtime. You can resume your normal daily activities after the treatment, which involves using a hand-held wand that emits radiofrequency energy. Since it’s a relatively new procedure, I still hear … Continue reading

The Secret to Scarless Breast Reduction

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Making the choice to undergo breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can be difficult. It’s a big step, but it can make a major difference in a person’s life, taking away a great deal of physical and emotional stress. Is a scarless breast reduction right for you? The first thing we like to talk about with patients is their reason for undergoing breast reduction surgery. Some of the reasons my Honolulu patients have for undergoing this popular surgery are: Breasts that are too large and unproportionate to their body frame Asymmetrical breasts (one is much larger than the … Continue reading

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

Your Breast Implant Options at the Initial Consultation

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Thousands of women every year in the United States alone decide to enhance the size of their busts through breast augmentation. In Honolulu, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ching has helped countless patients achieve the results they desire. He understands that there are many reasons women may choose to undergo breast augmentation, and that every woman brings her unique needs, challenges, and goals to the consultation. Dr. Ching works hard to listen and understand his patients’ needs so that he can create the best surgical plan to meet those needs, producing results that are both beautiful and natural-looking. When coming in for … Continue reading

A Quick Overview of Breast Augmentation

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  Getting breast augmentation in Honolulu, Hawaii can be accomplished safely and successfully. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching offers the latest silicone gel breast implants, along with saline breast implants, for your breast augmentation. You can see results of Dr. Ching’s actual breast augmentation patients by visiting our photo gallery. Breast augmentation increases the size and improves the shape of a woman’s breasts. Breast implants can also improve the appearance of asymmetrical breasts. Breast augmentation surgery involves several options including the size and shape of implants and the location of the incisions. Possible incision locations: At the base of … Continue reading

The Finer Points of Laser Lipo

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  Even though many patients considering liposuction at my Honolulu practice think of it as a procedure to remove excess fat from the abdomen or thighs, laser liposuction works to target small areas, including the face and neck. Additionally, patients who come in for laser lipo can tighten loose skin while removing excess fat, something that traditional liposuction doesn’t offer. Some of the more popular areas treated for our patients are the abdomen, arms, face, waist, thighs, hips, and neck. Laser lipo also offers other advantages compared to traditional liposuction: It tightens loose skin. It can treat small areas. It has … Continue reading

4 Quick Tips for Breast Augmentation Recovery

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I consider recovery after breast augmentation surgery at my Honolulu practice to be a team experience. My breast augmentation patients and I work together to ensure the recuperation is as comfortable and brief as possible. Because each patient is unique, the exact nature of recovery differs from case to case. We’re all a little different. A patient’s age, body type, and cosmetic goals influence a surgeon’s approach to breast augmentation, including the incision location and whether implants are placed in front of or behind the pectoral muscles. Those decisions, in turn, impact what a patient can expect during recovery. For … Continue reading

Facelifts: Why No Signs Should Reveal Surgery

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  Anyone considering a facelift knows the surgery includes multiple techniques and procedure options. Different types of facelifts are advertised with catchy names, but I like to stick to only proven techniques for my Honolulu and Maui plastic surgery patients. The method I prefer for facelift surgery produces the most natural-looking results and minimizes scars. At my Honolulu practice, I use the SMAS facelift because patients emerge looking refreshed but not like they’ve been “worked on.” SMAS stands for superficial muscular aponeurotic system, which is the network of muscles, nerves, and ligaments beneath the skin that provides the underlying structure … Continue reading

An International Approach to Plastic Surgery

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Plastic surgery is a field in which new technology is constantly being adapted for the benefit of patients. At Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery in Honolulu, Hawaii, I’ve continued to keep up with the latest innovations in cosmetic treatments. That’s something I’ve pursued throughout my training and career, including at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and especially during my residency at McMaster University, a Canadian institution highly regarded for its excellence and groundbreaking work. The intersection between technological advances and plastic surgery occurs both in the U.S. and internationally, which is why I have pursued additional surgical training in … Continue reading

A Speedy Breast Augmentation Recovery: 4 Things You Can Do

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Many patients I consult with about breast augmentation at my Honolulu practice are most concerned about the recovery: How long will it take? How uncomfortable will it be? There’s no precise answer to those questions, since every patient’s breast augmentation recovery is unique. You can tip the odds in your favor for a smooth recovery, though, by following the detailed instructions I provide. It’s also helpful to know what to expect, which is why I spend a great deal of time talking about how your enhanced breasts will look and feel in the days and weeks following surgery. I also use … Continue reading

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