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Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat and tightens skin at the same time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching has more than 10 years of experience performing liposuction and was the first to offer laser liposuction (or laser lipo) in Hawaii. He performs laser liposuction in his Honolulu facilities using the SlimLipo® system because it uses laser wavelengths that specifically target fat and optimally tighten skin.

Advantages of SlimLipo

This remarkable cosmetic procedure is extremely popular with women and men from Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and beyond because it offers many benefits and advantages over traditional liposuction alone, including:

  • Skin tightening
  • Quick recovery time
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Precise treatment of small areas
  • Short treatment time

Improving Previous Liposuction Results

In addition to enhancing traditional liposuction, Dr. Ching uses SlimLipo to improve unsatisfactory liposuction results by:

  • Tightening areas of loose skin
  • Smoothing contour irregularities

SlimLipo provides a corrective option for those who’ve experienced less effective procedures from other surgeons and liposuction systems.

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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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Treatment Areas

SlimLipo can be used to reduce those troublesome fat deposits that have been resistant to your diet and exercise regimen. Dr. Ching uses this extremely versatile treatment on almost any area of the body, including smaller areas that can’t be treated with traditional liposuction alone. Here are a few of the areas that are commonly treated with laser lipo:

  • Hips (love handles)
  • Waist
  • Neck
  • Chin (sagging or double chin)
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs (both inner & outer thighs)
  • Upper Arms
  • Breasts (for scarless male or female breast reduction)
  • Back
  • Ankles
  • Knees

Laser lipo is not a weight loss treatment or a substitute for diet and exercise. Instead, it is a powerful way to reduce areas of body fat that are resistant to normal means.

How SlimLipo Works

The “slim” in SlimLipo stands for “Selective Laser Induced Melting” because the SlimLipo laser uses wavelengths that selectively target fat and tighten the skin. While other laser liposuction systems such as Smartlipo™ operate on the 1064-nanometer and 1320-nanometer wavelengths, SlimLipo focuses on the 924-nanometer and 975-nanometer wavelengths. Repeated studies have determined that the 924-nanometer wavelength is 1 of the 4 prime absorption levels for fat. This level is the only available laser-assisted wavelength that’s absorbed more by fat than water in the surrounding tissues. Therefore, the SlimLipo system can zero in on body fat more effectively and precisely. Palomar, the company that created SlimLipo, now has patents on both the 924-nanometer and 957-nanometer wavelengths.

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  • 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.
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Why Dr. Ching Chose SlimLipo Over Smartlipo

While the most important factors that lead to a positive laser liposuction outcome are the experience, skill, and knowledge of the surgeon, the technology makes a difference as well. Dr. Ching chose the SlimLipo system over Smartlipo for laser liposuction only after thorough research and investigation into both options. Here are some of his reasons:

  • SlimLipo uses the 924-nanometer laser wavelength, which is specifically absorbed by fat instead of surrounding tissues.
  • SlimLipo also uses the 975-nanometer wavelength, which is absorbed by collagen fibers in the skin for better skin tightening.
  • Less heat is generated for greater comfort.
  • Less energy is used for greater safety.

The advantages of SlimLipo do not end there. Some other important factors include:

  • The SlimLipo laser wand is flexible, giving it the ability to turn corners. Smartlipo uses a stiff wand that cannot do this, limiting its reach. Another advantage of the flexible tip is that fewer access incisions need to be made because a long, flexible tip can contour a larger area.
  • The SlimLipo wand can reach a wider area than the Smartlipo wand. It can target and treat more fatty areas in your body.
  • Less energy is needed and used by the SlimLipo wand. The Smartlipo wand generates more heat because of its greater energy requirements, which can produce tissue burns.
  • The Smartlipo wand concentrates energy at the tip of the wand, which increases the risk of burning the skin or causing irregularities. SlimLipo diffuses energy over a larger area, providing smoother results and increasing the safety of the procedure.

The Smartlipo system does perform the task of laser liposuction, just not as effectively or as comfortably as the SlimLipo laser system. For these reasons, Dr. Ching selected SlimLipo for his practice and his patients.

Your Laser Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Ching performs laser liposuction as an outpatient procedure in his on-site surgical center. It is both safe and fast; most treatments take only 1 to 2 hours. Dr. Ching first prepares the targeted areas in the same way as for tumescent liposuction, by injecting a large volume of tumescent solution. This infusion controls pain and bleeding; it also makes the fat tissue firm so it is more easily removed.

Next, he makes a small incision on or near the targeted area and inserts the long, thin, flexible SlimLipo wand that emits laser energy and melts the fat into a liquid form. Dr. Ching suctions out the melted fat immediately, providing better results than other fat reduction procedures that leave dead fat cells behind to be reabsorbed by the body.

Recovery and Results

Some patients return to work the day after their laser lipo treatment; others may need another 24 to 48 hours before getting back to their normal schedules. This typical recovery period is still a dramatic change from that for conventional liposuction.

It should be noted that the skin does need a few weeks to adjust after the procedure. In addition to removing areas of fat, the SlimLipo treatment stimulates collagen production to gradually tighten the skin producing a smoother, sleeker look than traditional liposuction alone. Although you’ll see some immediate change, the best results from your laser lipo will take time to develop. Therefore, you should not judge the outcome by what you see initially.


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Why Choose Dr. Ching for Laser Lipo

There are many reasons why you should choose Dr. Ching for your laser lipo procedure in Honolulu, Hawaii. We want to highlight some of the most important ones here.

Dr. Ching is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
When choosing a liposuction surgeon in Honolulu, it’s important to choose one that is board certified. Dr. Ching is not just board certified, he’s certified specifically for plastic surgery. This certification means Dr. Ching is continually undergoing training in new techniques and refining his surgical skills.

For you that means you are receiving care from a knowledgeable plastic surgeon with tested abilities. Some surgeons in Hawaii offering laser liposuction are not board certified in plastic surgery, denying you an important guarantee of quality and knowledge.

You can find out more about Dr. Ching’s board certification and why it is important to the success of your surgery.

Dr. Ching was the 1st in Hawaii to Offer Laser Liposuction
It makes sense that Dr. Ching was the first in Hawaii to provide laser liposuction; he is committed to learning and providing the latest, safest plastic surgery procedures to his patients.

Although he was first, Dr. Ching did extensive research into both laser liposuction as well as the technology for providing it before offering it to clients. This was not a quick decision, but rather one made on the procedure’s benefits and Dr. Ching’s ability to deliver them.

Our Laser Liposuction is Done with the SlimLipo® System
There has been much debate over the qualities of the 2 major laser lipo systems, SlimLipo and Smartlipo®. Dr. Ching looked into both systems thoroughly before making his decision on which to use. Ultimately he chose the SlimLipo system and with good reason.

The foremost reason is the SlimLipo’s focus on specific wavelengths of laser energy. The SlimLipo laser targets those wavelengths because studies found them to be the best areas for the treatment of fat and tightening of the skin. In short, they provided the best results.

This advantage is precisely the kind of benefit Dr. Ching aims for with his patients.

When making your choice in laser liposuction, you must be informed of the issues involved. The above are some of the reasons why Dr. Ching offers a laser lipo procedure that is unmatched in Hawaii.

Next Steps

Some surgeons offering laser liposuction are not board certified in plastic surgery, which compromises your safety and the quality of your results. Dr. Ching is not only board certified but has done extensive research into laser lipo technology, becoming the first to offer it in Hawaii. He is committed to learning and providing the latest, safest plastic surgery procedures to his patients.

If you are looking for an experienced plastic surgeon in Honolulu to perform laser liposuction, request a consultation with Dr. Ching, or call our office at (808) 585-8855 to schedule an appointment.

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