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Eliminate Sweat: 6 Reasons You Need to Consider Miradry

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Thursday, April 26, 2018
Man with sweaty underarm on a train
As a revolutionary new procedure, miraDry is the only non-invasive treatment option to completely eliminate underarm sweat and odor. Because of its permanent results and quick patient recovery, miraDry is one of the most popular procedures at The Vein & Skin Center of Hawaii. Patients that have had incredible success eliminating their sweat commonly begin their search with the following conditions:  

  • Annoyed with underarm sweat
  • Exhausted of underarm stains in their clothing
  • Seeking a natural, chemical-free life without deodorant
  • Don’t want that “sticky” feeling at the end of a long day
  • Want to be rid of underarm sweat and odor for good

Luckily for them miraDry is the solution for all of the above. Still not convinced about the power of miraDry? Here are 6 reasons you need to consider miraDry for yourself:

1. Say Goodbye to Sweat Stains 

Few situations in life can be as embarrassing as the realization that you have been putting your underarm sweat on display for the world to see. The scenarios are endless. Presenting in front of a large group and using hand gestures to call attention to your PowerPoint can be a make-or-break situation if your sweat is out of control. First date nerves don’t have to derail your entire night because of underarm sweat with miraDry!

2. Eliminate Body Odor 

Man with body odor, sweaty armpit

This is an excellent treatment for reducing underarm odor, with most of our patients delighted to discover that they no longer need to use deodorant. The procedure uses microwave technology to permanently eliminate sweat and odor glands in the underarms, and patients can expect to experience an odor-free lifestyle for years to come!

3. Stop Worrying About Deodorant Stains on Clothes 

Tired of ruining expensive silk shirts with ugly deodorant stains or having to wear a jacket during a long presentation to hide sweaty armpits? That’s all a thing of the past with one miraDry procedure. Not having to wear deodorant also reduces the amount of chemicals on your body, if you’re going for that whole “holistic lifestyle.”

4. A Non-Invasive Treatment

Miradry is the only noninvasive, FDA-cleared treatment that will free you from underarm sweat. It’s a simple procedure that delivers fast reliable results

5. Immediate Results 

The procedure takes about two hours to complete in our office.  Most patients see an immediate decrease in sweat after the first treatment, though depending on your particular situation, our clinicians may advise two treatments spaced three months apart for best results.

6.  Confidence Boost 

Knowing that your clothes are dry and odor free eliminates anxiety in social situations, and you wont worry about being embarrassed any more! Live your Life in confidence!

If you suffer from excess underarm perspiration, clinically known as hyperhidrosis, miraDry is for you! Nobody understands your condition, or the treatment better than Dr. Chung and his staff at The Vein & Skin Center of Hawaii.  Contact us today for a consultation and start feeling confident again! (808) 949-8346. 

Ultimate Guide: miraDry®

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Monday, April 09, 2018

Smiling woman with no underarm sweat

In every walk of life, whether you are an established businesswoman presenting in front of your peers, or you are engaged in an intimidating social setting, it can be difficult to control your nerves. It is at these crucial moments that you must rely on self-confidence, but that may be difficult if you are prone to underarm sweat. Few things can throw off your game like sweaty pits, and will probably end up making you even more self-conscious. Thankfully, there’s a 
solution in miraDry®.

What is miraDry®?

miraDry® is a non-invasive solution to underarm sweat that will transform your life the very same day. The procedure involves safely disabling the sweat glands in your armpits, and takes mere minutes. “With miraDry, patients can have a significant, permanent reduction in underarm sweat and odor immediately,” says Dr. W.Y. Chung MD of the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii. Because the procedure is quick and effective, you can start feeling clean and fresh at all times!

Related: 3 Effective Ways to Reduce Sweat

Is the Procedure Safe?

Yes. Treatments work by delivering “precisely controlled heat-based energy to safely remove sweat and odor glands.” Additionally you don’t have to worry about miraDry® effecting your body’s ability to regulate body heat through sweat. Because your body is quite literally covered in sweat glands, disabling the ones under your arms is completely safe. 

How is this Procedure Different?

Other treatments options are often temporary, or involve a surgical procedure. What makes miraDry® different is that there is no inherent risk in going under the knife. Additionally, the results are lasting. Sweat glands are eliminated and will not regenerate after time. Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions.

Who Should Consider miraDry®?

Anyone who suffers from excessive underarm sweat should consider miraDry®. Whether you tend to get nervous presenting in front of large groups of people, or you want to project confidence in social settings, this treatment is for you. Instead of relying on expensive, chemical antiperspirants to get you through the day, one miraDry® procedure will leave you sweat-free in minutes. Say goodbye to expensive dry cleaning bills, and hello to confidence!

Where Should I Seek Treatment?

We understand that you lead a busy and active life. Because of this, the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii offers the latest and most effective miraDry® treatments in Honolulu. We are accepting appointments for this revolutionary procedure now. If you would like a consultation with Dr. Chung, we encourage you to call (808) 949 – 8346 to find out how miraDry® can bring out a more confident you. After all, confidence is key!


The Importance of Healthy Veins

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Friday, March 23, 2018

Did you know that your veins can go to pretty extreme lengths to maintain a functioning circulatory system? In fact, if you laid out all of the veins, arteries, and capillaries in your body, end-to-end, they would stretch approximately 100,000 miles! That’s a pretty long network of veins and valves in your body working together. 

While your veins carry deoxygenated blood back to your heart, they need the help of vein valves along the way. When these valves function properly, the blood in your legs flow unimpeded back to your heart and are circulated efficiently. The problem is that over time, vein valves can become weak and stop functioning for their intended purpose.

What Are Vein Valves?

Think of vein valves as the driving force of your veins. They help push the blood back toward the heart, and regulate your blood pressure.  If your vein valves are not functioning properly, blood may not be flowing toward your heart efficiently. When this happens, blood can get backed up behind the valve, and start to flow backward.  We refer to the backward flow of blood as a reflux, and it is a primary contributor to varicose veins. 

Related Article: What Causes Varicose Veins

Why is Venous Insufficiency Dangerous?

Venous insufficiency is a condition that may be caused by damaged vein valves, in which veins have difficulty sending blood from the legs back to the heart. When this happens, you may develop swelling, blood clots, or varicose veins on the surface. Such veins can be painful, and potentially dangerous as they may develop into ulcers. 

How You Can Maintain Healthy Veins

The best way to maintain healthy veins is establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Staying active and avoiding long periods of sitting or standing is crucial to promoting healthy vein function. Since strong leg muscles provide better circulation, walking, running, swimming, and cycling are great exercises to fend off the appearance of varicose veins and the dangers that come with them. 

In your down time, try stretching your calves and other leg muscles to get your blood flowing. You can also try elevating your feet above your heart at home, or wearing compression socks. Additionally, keeping a healthy diet also plays a pivotal role in proper vein function. You will want to maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels as they both affect blood pressure and vein health. 

The Vein & Skin Center of Hawaii Can Help

Most varicose veins are easily treatable, and the medical staff at The Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii is ready to help. We offer a variety of minimally invasive treatment options, and have helped countless patients. Whether you are looking to address those unsightly spider veins before summer, or your symptoms are more severe, you can rely on Dr.Chung and his team to deliver the results you're looking for!

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Contact us today and schedule your complimentary consultation for evaluation by Dr. Chung.

We will tailor a personal treatment plan especially for you! Call Us! (808) 949-8346

Get Rid of Varicose Veins This Summer

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Wednesday, March 07, 2018

spider vein treatment
Varicose veins affect both men and women with twenty five percent of woman and eighteen percent of men that are affected by them. Specialists say if left untreated, varicose veins can form into a genuine therapeutic issue.

It's ordinarily seen as a restorative blemish that influences the ladies. However, specialists say if left untreated, varicose veins can form into a genuine restorative issue. Particularly in the eighteen percent of men who likewise experience the effects of the condition.

Quick tip: Varicose veins and spider veins are usually used synonymous, but there are some differences.

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How did I get Varicose Veins?

Hereditary Factors

    - Standing for long periods of time (ie. working as  a hairdresser)
    - Hormonal influences
    - Birth control pills
    - Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
    - History of blood clots
    - Conditions that increased abdominal pressure (ie. tumors, constipation)
    - Obesity

Here's what can help

New negligibly obtrusive strategies are permitting vascular specialists to remedy the issue for the last time. The most well-known issue that individuals have when they encounter varicose veins is a loss of capacity or uprightness of the valves inside the vein.  These valves are viable and effective approaches to keep the inversion of blood stream progressively down the leg.


What's going on with your veins?

The weight inside the vein is irregular leaving the veins broadened. This weight inevitably pushes into the corresponding vein. It turns into a domino impact down the leg, harming more veins.


Patients who have experienced past ordinarily stripping 10, 20, 30 years back were regularly deserted with lingering varicose veins under the surface of the skin that were not ready to be recognized around then. Typically patients need anywhere in the range of two to four procedures relying upon the seriousness of the issue.

Dreading swim suit season because you don't want to show everyone your spider veins? Get rid of your spider veins and flaunt your beautiful skin. No more living in embarrassment.

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Honolulu-based Hawaii Vein offers the most advanced techniques available to personalize surgery treatments such as laser liposuction, acne/skin therapy and tattoo removals with fascinating results. 

Contact us today and schedule your complimentary consultation for evaluation by Dr. Chung.

We will tailor a personal treatment plan especially for you! Call Us! (808) 949-8346

SmartLipo Can Give You Slimmer Thighs

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Smartlipo Hawaii

Can you hear your nylons rub together when you walk? It can be quite embarrassing when it happens, especially when walking across a quiet room. Do you experience chafing between your legs?

Do you avoid hiking, running, or other exercises because you wish to avoid skin irritation where your thighs meet? Having your thighs constantly rub together is not only annoying it can lead to painful rashes, as well.

What a bummer, to get dressed up for a special event and step out in a slinky dress and sexy nylons only to find yourself afraid to dance or simply walk across a crowded room because you worry your thighs will rub together and make that telltale swishing sound.

If you are tired of feeling self-conscious or dealing with painful, raw skin you should consider SmartLipo, which can slim and contour the thighs, giving you a gap between the inner thighs.

Trimmed inner thighs can help reduce that swishing sound, in addition to making you look more attractive in shorts, mini-skirts, and swimwear.

Exercise Exacerbates Chafing

Chafing can become worse with exercise because sweat causes the skin to stick together, increasing the friction and irritation. Rashes can result and often the pain of the rash will prevent you from exercising until the chafed area has healed. So you end up avoiding exercise, the very thing that may help to reduce your thighs.

There are temporary solutions such as applying lotion, a petroleum ointment, or some other lubrication between your legs to decrease the friction, but having greasy inner thighs is not a very pleasant feeling. Talcum powder is often suggested to allow the thighs to glide over each other.

SmartLipo offers a permanent solution. This procedure can liquefy and vacuum away stubborn fat in the thigh region, leaving you with thinner thighs. SmartLipo is an advanced, precision instrument.

Tiny incisions are made in the skin and a slender tube called a cannula is inserted. The fat is melted by the laser encased in the tube and then sucked away through the tube. SmartLipo can precisely target the unwanted fat pockets. And the heat from the laser stimulates collagen production, which will give you tighter, smoother skin in the treated area.

When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough

 Unfortunately, even when we diet and exercise we don’t always get the shape we strive for. We may still have to contend with a belly pooch, love handles, muffin tops, and thick thighs.

SmartLipo is frequently used to slim and trim these problem areas. Don’t let the “chub rub”, as it is often called, prevent you from exercising or enjoying a night out on the town. Make an appointment for SmartLipo so that you can walk across the room with confidence.

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Located in Honolulu, HI, The Vein and Skin Center offers the most advanced facial and body treatments. Designed specifically to cater to your needs, our goal is to exceed your aesthetic expectations. 

Contact us today and schedule your complimentary consultation for evaluation by Dr. Chung.

We will tailor a personal treatment plan especially for you! Call Us! (808) 949-8346

What Causes Varicose Veins

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Friday, January 19, 2018

The human body is comprised of a series of “highways” that carry blood to and from your heart.  Arteries carry blood from your heart while veins return blood to your heart.  This circulation provides blood to all of your functioning organs.  

The walls of the veins are similar to elastic, and small valves within the vein open to allow blood to flow toward the heart. They also close to keep the blood from flowing back into the vein.  This pumping effect occurs through muscle contractions in the legs. 

Varicose veins are essentially small pools of blood that have formed in the veins causing the vein to get larger.  They are caused by weak valves within the vein preventing the blood from moving forward.  They are blue in color because they have deoxygenated blood inside.

The malfunctions of these valves, within the veins are caused by numerous situations.  Age is one primary cause due to the elasticity of the vein weakening as we get older.  Pregnancy may contribute to varicose veins due to a decrease in blood flow to the legs and pelvis area, and pressure being placed on the veins in your legs. 


Hormonal changes can also contribute to varicose veins. Women tend to be more likely to develop varicose veins.  Hormone replacement therapy can cause varicose veins.  Family history can make a person more likely to develop varicose veins.  Obesity or being overweight adds pressure to veins which can cause varicose veins.  Standing or sitting for extended periods of time can affect your blood flow which can cause varicose veins. 

Varicose Vein Complications
Sometimes, varicose veins can lead to painful ulcers forming around or near varicose veins, especially in the ankle area.  These ulcers can be caused by a fluid formation in the tissue area.  Blood Clots can form and when the area swells it can indicate the present of a blood clot, a very serious situation. 

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Most varicose vein conditions are easily treatable.  The Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii offers state of the art treatment for varicose veins.  Our medical staff is trained in the minimally invasive treatment of eliminating varicose veins.  Learn more...

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The Secret to Youthful Skin... That Nobody's Talking About

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

What if you could look years younger and more well-rested without the hassle and complications of facelift surgery?  Well, according to Dr. W.Y. Chung, the answer has arrived. 

Chung, founder of the Skin and Vein Center in Hawaii, has been using Juvéderm VolumaXC, as part of  the VolumaLift™ procedure, which promises to plump the skin and restore volume to help make clients look years younger.
The entire  VolumaLift™ procedure runs about 15 minutes. First, Chung punctures the skin with a needle, then he uses a blunt-tip microcannular for injecting the gel. Unlike a sharp-pointed needle, this reduces the risk of puncturing any major blood vessels.  Using his hands, Chung then manipulates the newly inserted gel, building and shaping the area like clay. The results are instant, and look so natural, that some of Chung’s clients say that they don’t even tell people they’ve gotten the injection. “ "I'm just going to tell people I got a lot of rest” , said one Hawaiian Realtor.
Juvéderm VolumaXC, an injectable filler made by Allergan, and the first FDA-approved filler to add volume to cheeks, has been clinically proven to last up to two years- more than double the life cycle of current fillers. Formulated with the local anesthetic Lodocaine ,it’s said to be less painful than a flu shot, with only minor complications, such as bruising, redness and swelling, being noted.
Costing about $1000 per injection, with one injection recommended per cheek, the cost is pretty minimal compared to more invasive procedures. It’s really no wonder that Juvéderm VolumaXC has already become the number one injectable in Canada and Europe. Learn more at the Fashion Tribe.
Would you or have you used Juvéderm VolumaXC? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Get A Flawless Complexion With Lasers

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Saturday, December 16, 2017

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We know you probably regularly care for your skin, but sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. No matter how many times you apply anti-aging serum it simply can’t reverse all wrinkles or age spots. So, let lasers do the work your skin care routine can’t. Here’s advice from Dr. Garth Dicker, Cosmetic & Laser Medical Centers, to get a flawless complexion.

What Does A Laser Do?

Dr. Dicker explains how laser work, “Essentially a laser works by producing a single and specific wavelength (or color) of light. When this light is concentrated it produces head which can then be used to specifically target structures in the skin.” Some lasers eliminate melanin, which will remove the brown spots on skin or hair follicles aka laser hair removal. Depending on a lasers wavelength they can also remove rosacea, broken capillaries, blood vessels, and acne scars.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Resurfacing will reduce fine lines to smooth your skin. It targets your skin’s text rather than pigmentation. Dr. Dicker comments, “Laser skin resurfacing is when a laser device is used to produce a smoother and younger looking skin surface.”

Ablative vs. Non- Ablative Treatments

Both ablative and non- ablative treatments are types of laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Dicker explains how the two differ, “Ablative referee to removing the surface layer of skin whereas ‘non-ablative’ refers to not removing the surface layer of skin. Ablative treatments can give faster results, but the flip side is that there is more downtime and a greater risk of complications.” Fractional ablative treatments have quickly been adopted by users as is reduces downtime by limiting the amount of skin being removed.

The Best Laser For You

One treatment may work wonderfully for someone else, but is completely wrong for your skin type. When considering a laser treatment always consult a professional to get the best results for your skin type. Always research experience, education, and look at their past work. 

Innovative Skin Treatments

One of the most innovative aesthetic laser technology is Cynosure. Their technology has produced lasers like Picture Skin Revitalization and Revile Q-Switched.

Picosure Laser

If you want to eliminate wrinkles, acne scars, or pigmentation issues Picosure is the best option. 
This laser produces youthful, clear skin without taking a lot of time out of your normal routine.

5 Questions to Ask Before Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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There are various options for cosmetic surgeons and it can seem overwhelming. We have you covered. Asking the right questions will educate you on your procedure so that you are confident in your surgeon’s hands.

Here are the questions that will set you up for success and achieve your cosmetic goals.

Let’s See That Resume

Brace your self for the ugly truth; any licensed physician can legally perform a cosmetic procedure. Sure you can change my appearance without any training at all. No thanks! A board certified physician is the best option because they have training, experience, and expertise in cosmetic surgery. So when you’re in a consultation ask,

“Are you certified by a cosmetic surgery board?”

The Right Man or Woman For The Job

Most cosmetic surgeons have specialties like skin rejuvenation. Highly consider a surgeon who specializes in the treatment you want because unlike other surgeons they have worked on a variety of patients and they are they are familiar with the most current techniques.  Be listening for evidence of expertise when you ask,

“How often do you perform the procedure I want?” cosmetics

Quick tip: Take a look at this physician’s before and after photos to see if you like his or her aesthetic style.

It’s Going Down For Real
Your procedure could involve anesthesia especially if it’s a cosmetic surgery. Ask your surgeon,

“Who will provide my anesthesia, and what type will I be getting?”

It is vital, no pun intended, to know who will be providing anesthesia to know if qualified professionals are monitoring you. With your anesthesia taken care of your surgeon can concentrate on your surgery. The team caring for your anesthesiology needs should be licensed, trained, anesthesiology professionals like a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

Wait, I’m Not Ready for Transformation Tuesday

Bingo! Surgery should not be taken lightly and you need time to recover, so you won’t be able to post your after picture right after surgery. You’ll be ready to share your transformation with everyone in due time, but how do you know when you can? You guessed it, the next question you need to ask:

“What will my recovery look like, and in what time frame will I fully recover?” cosmetic surgery

Depending on the complexity of the surgery you could be banned from normal activities for a couple days up to a few weeks. The discussion with your physician should cover what specific precautions and physical limitations you will experience. If you’re feeling any amount of anxiety about this portion consider a less invasive surgery that can help you start reaching your goals.

Check Please

The truth is you will be paying all of the fees associated with your surgery because cosmetic surgery is elective. This includes surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, operative room expense, and any extra materials for your specific surgery. Your surgeon should be able to provide you with a quote that you can use the next month to think about and weigh your options. Find the total of your quote by asking,

“Can I get a quote for the total of my procedure?”

Quick tip: Cosmetic surgery is not a time to be bargain shopping. Any offer that sounds too good to be true probably is.

These five questions will help you find a qualified doctor that actualizes your cosmetic goals while assuring your safety. Make sure you address all of these key questions and feel free to incorporate your own questions that suit your unique procedure. Start your consultation confident you will find the right cosmetic surgeon for you.   Hawaii Vein The Vein & Skin Center of Hawaii
Honolulu-based Hawaii Vein offers the most advanced techniques available to personalize surgery treatments such as laser liposuction, acne/skin therapy and tattoo removals with fascinating results.  Contact us today and schedule your complimentary consultation for evaluation by Dr. Chung. We will tailor a personal treatment plan especially for you! Call Us! (808) 949-8346

Botulinum Toxin A Provides New Cosmetic Surgery Usage

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Come on, you haven’t heard of Botulinum Toxin A.  You know you haven’t.  I mean, we hadn’t even heard of it until reading this news article over at Community Advance Web today.  Then again, we’re not practicing plastic surgeons.  But, yes, Botulinum Toxin A is pretty much a protein and neurotoxin, or more commonly referred to as Botox (ah, there’s the ticket).

For years the toxin has been applied to a variety of medical applications: to treat vocal cord spasms to lower back pain to even assist with urinary incontinence.  But now it’s being applied to new uses, such as a “Non-Surgical LIFT” aka as a face sculptor. 

Injections are made to lift eyebrows to make eyes look larger, to upturn noses and – let’s say you have a smile that shows too much of your gums – well, with this new Botox treatment your lips can be upturned at the corners to give you a more amiable smile.

If you suffer from excessive sweating (be it in the face, scalp, palms, etc.) the toxin can treat the condition.  If you suffer from oily skin and/or acne, you could benefit from it too.

Respected surgeons like Hawaii Vein, who deal in laser liposuction and even tattoo removal, are now adapting the toxin to fit their services.

To learn more visit Community Advance Web.

Are you considering Botulinum Toxin A treatment?  Or are you under treatment now?  Share with us your experience.  

Honolulu-based Hawaii Vein offers the most advanced techniques available to personalize surgery treatments based on individual needs.