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Look and feel younger, more radiant and refreshed with these modern cosmetic innovations. Inside, local experts show you how to:

  • Freeze away stubborn fat

  • Regain your pre-pregnancy body

  • Lift and tighten your skin

  • Remove unwanted hair, painlessly

  • Straighten your smile and more...


Regain your pre-pregnancy body

Procedure Name: Mommy Makeover

The Patient: Women who have had one or more pregnancies, don’t smoke, are in good health and want to restore their pre-pregnancy proportions.

How It Works: A Mommy Makeover may include a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, liposuction, labiaplasty and facial hyperpigmentation treatment. This compilation of surgeries can tighten and tone the body back to pre-baby proportions (or better). A tummy tuck can repair the separation of abdominal muscles, plus remove extra skin and fat. Liposuction is commonly done in hips or thighs, and breast augmentation or breast lifts can replace lost volume and firmness due to nursing. In addition, the facial treatment can lighten melasma, the dark spots that pregnancy may cause. Patients may choose any or all components, which can be done all at once, or in segments.

Risk Factors: Bleeding and seromas may occur.

Recovery: Recovery time depends on age, health and number of procedures performed. The average patient is back to normal activities within 10 days. Scars must be kept out of sunlight for the first three months. Compression garments must be worn after liposuction.

Maintenance: Will vary depending on procedures performed.

Cost: Varies. May start at $15,000 and range up to $30,000.

The Expert: Dr. Larry Schlesinger, Mommy Makeover Institute of Hawaii, 1401 S. Beretania St., Suite 590, 597-8835, mommymakeoverhawaii.com


There were 14.6 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2012, up 5 percent since 2011. –American Society of Plastic Surgeons


A straight, stunning smile without braces

Procedure Name: Invisalign® teeth-straightening system

The Patient: Men and women, teens and adults. Invisalign® can correct a wide range of dental problems, from mild crookedness or crowding to more serious issues such as gaps, crossbite, overbite or underbite.

How It Works: Invisalign® uses a series of removable, virtually invisible aligners worn over the teeth that are more comfortable and convenient than braces. The aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology, making them a custom fit for the patient’s teeth. Because they’re removable, patients may eat and drink as usual, and can brush and floss normally. Also, no wires or metal means less abrasion to the lips and gums, and also less time in the dentist’s office for adjustments. Each aligner is worn for two weeks, and teeth will straighten gradually into the exact position planned by the orthodontist.

Risk Factors: If the patient has had past crown work, it may need to be redone.

Recovery: Patients are able to resume normal activity immediately. 

Maintenance: Total treatment time can range from five to 24 months, with checkups every eight to 10 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing.

Costs: Invisalign® treatments start at $1,500 and can range up to $6,000.

The Expert: Won Chaekal, DDS, LLC, Nauru Tower, 1330 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 302, 593-0889, orthodontics-hawaii.com

Americans spent almost $11 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2012. –American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Lift and tighten your face with no downtime

Procedure Names: Ultherapy and Belotero dermal filler

The Patient: Men and women in their 30s to 70s who want a non-surgical option to reverse the appearance of aging by lifting and tightening skin of the brow, cheeks, jowls and neck.

How It Works: Combining Ultherapy with Belotero filler is an effective strategy to reverse and prevent signs of aging. Using ultrasound technology, Ultherapy delivers energy into the skin and support structures of the face to stimulate new collagen production. This helps lift, tighten and improve the skin’s texture, while fillers add volume to areas of the face that sink with age. Belotero is made of hyaluronic acid, which exists naturally in the body, and integrates into the skin to fill fine wrinkles around the eyes, brows and mouth.

Risk Factors: Ultherapy poses very few risks. The most common include mild redness, swelling, and tenderness or bruising in the treatment area. Belotero can also cause redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site.

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 Ultherapy treatment is effective. Others might require several treatments. Touch-up treatments may be considered in one to two years.

Cost: For Ultherapy, small areas may begin at $400, but average fees usually range from $4,500 to $5,500. Belotero averages $600.

The Experts: Dr. Todd Mirzai and Dr. Bao Phan, board certified plastic surgeons, Hawaii Plastic Surgery Associates. Honolulu: 952-9779, Maui: 249-8509, Kauai: 245-5054, Kona: 249-8509, hawaiiplasticsurgeryassociates.com

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