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Solution to Excess Skin: Tummy Tuck

If you’re experiencing low self-esteem as a result of too much excess skin in the abdominal area, a tummy tuck may be just the solution for you. How does this excess skin form in the first place? When you gain weight, fat cells accumulate in various areas of the body. Your skin stretches to accommodate the new sizes of these areas. Whether the weight gain is because of a lifestyle habit or pregnancy, there is always a chance to regain the body you once had. After you lose a great deal of weight, the expanded skin often cannot contract enough … 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

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