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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

Breast Reconstruction: Your Common Questions

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as a plastic surgeon here in Honolulu, I’m acutely aware of the effects–both physical emotional–that breast cancer can have on a woman. In this blog post, I’d like to address some of the most common questions I hear about breast reconstruction. I was the first plastic surgeon in the state of Hawaii to perform single-stage reconstruction–an approach that creates attractive, natural-looking results in fewer surgeries. I want to help demystify the reconstruction process by providing answers to frequently asked questions. 1. What is a mastectomy? Mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both … Continue reading

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Implant Sizes

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Each prospective breast augmentation patient who visits our Honolulu office typically has some idea of the size she wants. And while breast augmentation can be completely transformative, the possibilities aren’t limitless. In this post, let’s explore some of the factors to consider before you settle on a size: Your research. One good way of starting to narrow down your desired outcome is by browsing pictures — whether of celebrities or even before-and-after shots of previous patients. This “research” can certainly be one of the most enjoyable elements of the planning process. While you’re perusing, through photos, pay attention to the body … Continue reading

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

Shim Ching, MD