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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent way to rejuvenate the skin with minimal downtime. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching uses a variety of fractional lasers, including the Cynosure® Icon Fractional 1540, to provide a wide range of skin rejuvenating benefits such as evening out skin coloring, smoothing away wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of stretch marks and certain scars. Dr. Ching performs these advanced laser skin resurfacing treatments in the comfort of his Honolulu, Hawaii, facility.

To find out how laser skin resurfacing can renew your look and your confidence, request a consultation with Dr. Ching using his online form or call our office at (808) 585-8855 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Shim Ching

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 are the benefits of laser skin treatments?

Fractional laser skin treatments are safe and effective for softening or eliminating many conditions, including:

  • Age spots and sun spots
  • Skin discoloration
  • Wrinkles around the eyes including crow’s feet
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Melasma (also known as chloasma or mask of pregnancy)
  • Stretch marks (striae distensae)

How does the fractional laser work?

How the Fractional Laser Works

How the Fractional Laser Works

Instead of treating the entire surface of the skin, the 1540 Fractional laser treats only a fraction of the skin for increased comfort and reduced downtime compared with older laser treatments. The fractional laser emits hundreds of microscopic but deep columns of laser energy to treat the skin while leaving alternating pinpoint areas untouched (see animation). The laser energy starts a natural healing process that accelerates skin renewal and collagen production.

 

Do these laser treatments really work for stretch marks?

The 1540 Fractional laser was the first fractional laser cleared by the FDA for treatment of stretch marks (striae). Studies have found that this laser achieved an average improvement of 51% to 75% in the appearance of patients’ stretch marks. Dr. Ching’s use of this laser is consistent with his desire to offer his patients the latest technology for the best results.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Laser Resurfacing Case 139 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #139

The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat acne scars. It also helps with stretch marks, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. 
Laser Resurfacing Case 192 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case 144 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #144

The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat scars. It also helps with stretch marks, acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. 
Laser Resurfacing Case 140 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #140

The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat scars. It also helps with stretch marks, acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. 
Laser Resurfacing Case 138 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #138

The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat stretch marks. It also helps with acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. 
Laser Resurfacing Case 137 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #137

This patient came to Dr. Shim Ching's practice in Honolulu, Hawaii to see one of our Estheticians for Laser Resurfacing treatment. The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat stretch marks. It also helps with acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and... Read More
Laser Resurfacing Case 142 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #142

The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat scars. It also helps with stretch marks, acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. 
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Laser Resurfacing Case 141 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #141

The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat scars. It also helps with stretch marks, acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. 
Laser Resurfacing Case 135 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Laser Resurfacing Case #135

This patient came to Dr. Shim Ching's practice in Honolulu, Hawaii to see one of our Estheticians for Laser Resurfacing treatment. 
Laser Resurfacing Case 136 Before & After View #1 | Honolulu, HI | Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
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Hair Restoration Case #136

This patient came to Dr. Shim Ching's practice in Honolulu, Hawaii to see one of our Estheticians for Laser Resurfacing treatment. The machine that was used is called a Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Laser to help treat stretch marks. It also helps with acne scars, post-trauma scars/ surgical scars, large pores, fine lines, and... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What are laser skin resurfacing treatments like?

Dr. Ching performs laser skin treatments using a topical numbing cream that is applied about an hour in advance. Once the skin is numb, the handpiece is smoothed across the skin as the laser energy is released in quick pulses. Patients typically feel a mild snapping sensation. The treatment time varies with the size and number of areas treated but is typically an hour.

Many patients make the most of their visit by combining skin resurfacing with other minimally invasive procedures such as laser hair removal or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.

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How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the conditions being treated, a series of 3 to 5 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart is usually required for optimal results. Stretch marks and thicker scars typically require more treatments than brown spots and fine wrinkles.

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.

What can I expect during recovery after laser skin resurfacing?

Because the entire surface of the skin is not treated, patients experience little to no downtime afterward. There is some mild redness and swelling for the first few days. Healing time is significantly shorter than with previous laser treatments, allowing patients to return to their daily routines almost immediately.

Directions for Our Fly-in Patients

Dr. Shim Ching's exceptional qualifications and results draw patients to his Honolulu plastic surgery practice from across the Hawaiian Islands including Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Select a location for driving directions to our practice.