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Surgical or Nonsurgical? For Facial Rejuvenation, Ask a Plastic Surgeon

It’s not surprising that the popularity of nonsurgical options for facial rejuvenation continues to increase. Dermal fillers and injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic are safe and effective treatments that can temporarily reduce the lines and wrinkles that arise as patients begin to age, and they now enjoy the same popularity as traditional facial procedures, such as facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), at our Honolulu practice. It’s easy to see why: Dermal fillers and BOTOX injections alike require no real downtime, they produce long-lasting results — and in the case of dermal fillers, those results are instantly visible. Whether you’re looking … Continue reading

Liposuction: A Quick Overview

Many people (men and women alike) are dissatisfied with an area of their body that has been resistant to the effects of diet and exercise. Genetics can play a large role in where we gain and hold on to weight. If you are in good health, but have localized pockets of fat, you may be a good candidate for liposuction at our Honolulu practice. Liposuction is a procedure in which tiny incisions are made in the troubled area and a long, skinny tube called a cannula is inserted to vacuum out the excess fat cells. Liposuction can be performed on virtually … Continue reading

Body Contouring: Making Sense of Liposuction, Thigh Lift, Tummy Tuck

Among our plastic surgery patients here in Honolulu, body contouring procedures always garner a lot of questions. Even beyond patient concerns about recovery time and the surgery itself, the first question is often much simpler: How do I know what I need? There’s a veritable alphabet soup of options today, but let’s focus on a few procedures that target the lower body and the midsection. Thigh lift or liposuction? Having lean, long legs is a common desire among women — and while there is nothing that can be done to lengthen the legs (short of wearing high heels), the leanness … Continue reading

Full Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift and Other Options

These days, there are many options for facial rejuvenation — so many that it can feel confusing or overwhelming as you first begin researching. These options range from noninvasive (i.e., does not pierce the skin) to minimally invasive to the more invasive and dramatic surgical procedures. If you are looking for a facial rejuvenation procedure to refresh, liven up, or bring a more youthful energy to your appearance, you are in the right place. Dr. Ching offers a variety of these procedures for his Honolulu patients. When to Choose a Facelift If you are looking for the procedure with the … Continue reading

Am I a Candidate for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

Men and women who have recently undergone a dramatic weight loss, women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, as well as people who have a difficult time losing weight in their midsection may be good candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with Honolulu surgeon Dr. Shim Ching. Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is a procedure in which the excess skin and fat in the midsection is removed and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened. When the muscles of the abdomen become loose or separated, the abdomen sticks out. This happens with many moms, as the womb can stretch beyond the abdominal muscles’ … Continue reading

Shim Ching, MD