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January 4, 2017

by DR. W.Y. CHUNG

Where did you receive your schooling and training, and how long have you been in practice? I am board certified by the American Board of Ve­nous and Lymphatic Med­icine and American Board of Emergency Medicine. I received my M.D. from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Science in Biological Sci­ences from University of California, Irvine. I founded the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii in 2007. I started practicing medicine in 2000, serving as an emergency physician for several hospitals in Cal­ifornia and Illinois, includ­ing Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center, and Ei­senhower Medical Center. I’ve also worked as an emergency physician at Ka­piolani Medical Center at Pali Momi, and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

What services in gener­ fat and tightening the skin. al do you offer at Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii?

We provide the most advanced techniques available to rejuvenate the appearance of the face, legs and body. It includes endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) of veins responsible for causing leg disease such as leg pain: bulging varicose veins and spider veins; skin revitaliza­tion lasers to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, restoring skin tone and pigmentation; and SmartLipo laser tech­nology to slim and contour the body by melting away fat and tightening the skin.

What first interested you in going into this type of medical care?

The technology and inno­vation available to help pa­tients rejuvenate the appear­ance of the face and various areas of the body are incred­ible, and these treatments are truly life transforming. Supporting patients, deliv­ering results and making a difference in their lives are the reasons why I’m so pas­sionate about the work we do at Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii. Please tell us about mir­aDry. When did you start offering it? How does it work? miraDry is a clinical­ly proven, FDA-approved treatment that permanently eliminates underarm sweat­ing and odor in as little as one treatment. We were the first clinic in Hawaii to offer this, making it avail­able to men and women in March 2016. The miraDry procedure works by deliv­ering precisely controlled heat-based energy to safe­ly remove sweat and odor glands that reside in the un­derarms, stopping sweat and no longer requiring the use of deodorants or antiperspi­rants to cover up sweat and odor. The non-invasive pro­cedure is easy and has little to no down time. A small amount of local anesthetic is used to ensure maximum comfort, and most patients are able to go back to work that same day, and standard routines and exercise can be resumed within a few days of the treatment. In addition to miraDry, patients may also choose to experience the miraS­ mooth treatment, which permanently can remove underarm hair of any color, including light and white hair, after only one to two treatments. Three months after miraDry, the initial miraSmooth treatment is scheduled, with the second miraSmooth session ap­proximately six weeks later. Each miraSmooth treatment lasts about 15 minutes. The miraSmooth experience utilizes the Vectus laser, a dedicated solution for high-volume hair removal, using optimized technolo­gy to provide fast, uniform, permanent hair reduction for the widest range of skin and hair types. miraSmooth is your premium three-in­one aesthetic treatment that will take care of hair, sweat and odor.

Who is miraDry for? What are the benefits?

miraDry is for anyone looking to help manage un­derarm sweat and odor. It’s an in-office procedure that provides a permanent solu­tion for underarm sweat. Imagine never having to put on antiperspirants again, miraDry paves the way for that. You can expect immediate and lasting results – sweat glands don’t come back af­ter treatment. Recent clini­cal information confirms an average of 82 percent sweat reduction in most patients after only one treatment. As with any aesthetic treatment, results will vary by person. Are there any side ef­fects? The miraDry treatment has a strong safety record. Some localized soreness or swelling will occur, and typically clears within a few weeks. Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their under­arms or upper arms, which gradually disappears. Got to miraDry for more informa­tion about the treatment. Where can we direct read­ers for more information? Visit us at hawaiaaivein.com or give us a call at 949-8346.

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