Beauty Within Reach
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Lift And Tighten Your Face With No Downtime
Procedure Name: Ultherapy
The Patient: Men and women in their 30s to 60s who want a non-surgical option to lift and tighten skin of the brow, face and neck.
How It Works: Using ultrasound technology, Ultherapy takes images of the skin’s underlying tissues, then delivers energy to tighten collagen. This stimulates new collagen production, which helps lift, tighten and improve the skin’s texture. Some patients see immediate lifting, but maximum improvements are noted at 90 to 120 days.
Risk Factors: Ultherapy poses very few risks. The most common include mild redness and tenderness in the treatment area.
Recovery: Most patients return to their activities the same day.
Maintenance: Depending on the patient’s skin laxity, smoking history, sun damage and age, one treatment is effective. Others might require several treatments. Touch-up treatments may be considered in one to two years.
Cost: Varies, based on areas treated. Fees usually range from $1,500 to $4,500.
The Experts: Dr. Todd Mirzai and Dr. Bao Phan, Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Hawaii Plastic Surgery Associates. Honolulu: 952-9779, Maui: 808-249-8509, Kauai: 808-245-5054, Kona: 808-249-8509.
Enhance Your Smile
Procedure Name: Porcelain Veneers
The Patient: Adult men and women who want to cosmetically transform crooked, stained and/or uneven teeth into a beautiful, white, uniform smile.
How It Works: Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that bond to the front of the teeth. A mold of your teeth is taken, and the veneers are custom-made to fit. Then your doctor works with you to select your perfect shade of white. Veneers can completely reshape your smile, and are often an alternative to crowns or braces.
Risk Factors: Risks are very rare. There is a possible need for local anesthetic at time of placement.
Recovery: Veneers typically require two visits.
Maintenance: Veneers are very durable and can last many years. Proper brushing, flossing and dental visits will extend the life of veneers.
Cost: Case dependent.
The Expert: Dr. Rohinton J. Patel, D.M.D., Hawaii Pacific Dental Group, Inc. Honolulu: 1441 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1008, 955-0008. Lihue: 4381 Kukui Grove St. Suite 2, 808-245-6933. www.hawaiipacificdental.com