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CoolSculpting®

Dr. Shim Ching’s practice was the first to offer CoolSculpting in Honolulu, Hawaii, for fat reduction without surgery. CoolSculpting is an innovative, non-invasive procedure that uses advanced, patented, tissue cooling technology to gently target and eliminate fat cells without damaging the skin. This is done without needles, incisions, anesthesia, or pain medication.

Areas Improved

We currently offer CoolSculpting to reduce fat in these common areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Lower Back
  • Waist

CoolSculpting Advantages

CoolSculpting offers the following advantages over surgical procedures such as liposuction:

  • Nonsurgical. No incisions, scars, or needles are used.
  • No recovery time. You may resume normal activities immediately, including work and exercise.
  • Safe, comfortable and convenient. You can read, listen to music on headphones, work on your laptop computer, or simply relax during the procedure.
  • Short treatment time. You can have a treatment on your lunch break!
  • Noticeable results. You may see results in as little as three weeks.

The Science Behind CoolSculpting

The FDA-cleared CoolSculpting procedure was discovered by dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. CoolSculpting utilizes the non-invasive cooling of fat cells to induce lipolysis (breaking down of fat cells) without damage to the skin. The result is a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat. A non-invasive applicator is attached to the targeted procedure area to cool the underlying fat tissue, while protecting the skin. The cooled fat cells undergo apoptosis (controlled disappearance of cells) and are gradually eliminated, reducing the thickness of the treated fat layer.

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Dr. Shim Ching

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching is one of Hawaii’s most renowned physicians for aesthetic procedures of the face, breast, and body. His attention to detail, skill, and mastery of surgical techniques produce remarkable, natural-looking results.

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What to Expect Before & After Your Procedure

Once we have determined you are a candidate and the desired areas of treatment are selected, an applicator will be positioned on your body. The device will then draw up the skin between two cooling panels. The sensation is merely a firm pull and pressure- enough of a pull to ensure adequate exposure to the tissue. During the procedure, you’ll feel a cold sensation which soon dissipates. A single treatment area takes approximately one hour.

Immediately after your CoolSculpting procedure, the treated tissue may look or feel stiff. This is completely normal and will disappear within approximately 10 minutes. The treated area will then be red for roughly 20 minutes after the applicator is removed. The gentle vacuum pressure can cause bruising and tenderness to the touch and if this occurs, it typically resolves within a few weeks. A temporary mild redness may occur in the treated area lasting for a few minutes to a few hours. The redness can vary in each patient and more severe or persistent redness will gradually improve after a few days. You may also feel a temporary lack of sensation in the treated area for up to eight weeks after treatment.

In the following weeks after your procedure, a gradual reduction in the thickness of the fat layer will begin to take place. On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in a 20 to 25% reduction of fat in the treated area. This results in a noticeable, measurable fat reduction in as little as three weeks with full results in two to four months.

What Our Patients Are Saying...

  • I have always had visions of what I would look like with a flat tummy. Now every single morning when I awake, I always say, “thank you Dr. Ching!” Thank you for allowing my dreams and visions of having my ideal body come to be a reality.
  • Dr Shim Ching is the best surgeon of the island of Oahu. You will get what you paid for. He gets the most hospitable staff. I just love them. Thank you.
  • Dear Dr. Ching, It has been 6 weeks (just as you said) and I look Fabulous! What a transformation! I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the GREAT WORK you did on my face.

Frequently Asked Questions

What clinical evidence shows that the CoolSculpting procedure really works?

Clinical studies involving hundreds of patients show that, for properly selected patients, the CoolSculpting procedure is an effective way to reduce fat without the pain, risk, and recovery time of more invasive surgical procedures. This results in noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas.

How long until I notice results?

In properly selected patients, the CoolSculpting procedure results in a noticeable, measurable reduction in fat bulges in as little as three weeks with full results in two to four months. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting does not reduce cellulite. To reduce the look of these dimples, we recommend clinical cellulite treatment.

How do the results compare with invasive procedures like liposuction?

The results of the CoolSculpting procedure are not as rapid or dramatic as invasive procedures such as traditional liposuction. However, if you want to avoid the pain and recovery time associated with surgical procedures, the CoolSculpting procedure is the right fit for you.

How long do the results last?

Patients experiencing fat layer reduction show consistent results at least six months after CoolSculpting. The elimination of fat cells as a result of the procedure is expected to last about as long as fat cells removed by invasive procedures such as liposuction or laser liposuction.

What are the common effects after the procedure?

The CoolSculpting procedure is entirely non-invasive, which allows your return to normal activities on the same day as the procedure, such as work or exercise. Redness may appear in the treated area, and may last from a few minutes to a few hours. Some localized bruising may occur, which typically clears within a few weeks. It’s not uncommon for patients to experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area lasting 1 to 8 weeks.

How long does the procedure take?

Procedure time can be 1 hour or more depending on the size of the area to be treated. During your consultation, we will discuss approximately how long your procedure will take and how much time you should allow for your office visit.

Does the CoolSculpting procedure hurt?

The CoolSculpting procedure is comfortable for the majority of patients. The company noted that no anesthesia was needed for any patients in clinical trials. Most patients are comfortable enough to read, work on their laptop, listen to music, or just relax and even nap during the procedure.

Is there downtime after the CoolSculpting procedure?

There is no recovery time after your treatment. You may even resume your normal activities the same day as your procedure, including work and exercise.

Will I benefit from additional CoolSculpting procedures?

A follow-up visit should be scheduled with our office two to four months after your procedure to assess your cosmetic improvement and consider additional Coolsculpting Procedures to achieve greater fat reduction.

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Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are relatively fit but have some modest-size fat bulges that are not easily reduced through diet and exercise. They are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat, but are not considering an invasive surgical procedure. Remember, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a way to lose weight or treat obesity, and it is not a substitute for invasive methods like liposuction. During a consultation, Dr. Ching or his staff can talk with you about whether you are a good candidate for the CoolSculpting procedure.

How is the CoolSculpting procedure different from other fat reduction options?

The controlled cooling of the CoolSculpting procedure targets and eliminates only fat cells without damage to other tissues or organs. Other treatment modalities such as lasers, radiofrequency, and focused ultrasound affect fat cells and may potentially affect other adjacent tissue in a way that is not comparable to Cryolipolysis®.

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