The good, the bad and the not-so-ugly

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 April, 2008, 12:00am

Dr Kenneth Hui

PSP Rm 2210, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, tel: 2523 7690

Cheng Ming Shiaw

ISM Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery Centre, Unit 402-6, 4/F, Hong Kong Pacific Centre, 28 Hankow Road, TST, Kowloon, tel: 6998 0008 or 2312 1608

Or Chi Kong

Hong Kong Plastic Surgery Specialists Centre, Room 821, 8/F, One Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, tel: 2396 5566

In Hong Kong, people can sculpt their way to a better body thanks to Vaser high definition liposculpture. But like any medical procedure there are risks.

Hong Kong-based doctor Cheng Ming Shiaw says Vaser high definition liposculpture creates a sculpted, athletic appearance by improving the definition of underlying muscle. 'It targets a new demographic group who would otherwise never have considered themselves candidates for liposuction.

'It is the surgeon's appreciation of the relationship between the superficial anatomy and physical appearance that achieves the desired results. Its success therefore requires that the surgeon has well-trained hands and artful eyes.'

The minimally invasive treatment also makes it an attractive procedure, says Kenneth Hui. 'Only two 3-4mm openings are necessary for treating the front abdominal wall, only one is needed for treating 'love handles'. Recovery is quick, either day surgery or one night hospital stay for extensive areas. You can return to non-strenuous work in a few days,' the Hong Kong doctor says.

But Sing Lee, senior lecturer in psychiatry at the Prince of Wales Hospital, says people should think carefully before having the surgery.

'This is a potentially dangerous procedure. You can't live without some body fat. People considering this should ask themselves if they have an unhealthy self-image. Anyone considering liposculpture should think about psychological counselling before they proceed.'