Promotion: Beauty Within Reach
Stubborn belly fat, regrettable tattoos, graying hair — whatever the issue is, we’ve got you covered.
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These modern procedures can conquer virtually any aesthetic issue. Local experts have mastered the art of smoothing away wrinkles, diminishing problem areas and erasing the past, allowing you to look and feel younger, radiant, refreshed and more beautiful than ever before.
Since 1997, surgical procedures have increased by more than 80 percent and nonsurgical procedures have increased by 461 percent.
– The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc.
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: Varies 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
Look for Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)-accredited organizations at aaahc.org/.
Restore and Rejuvenate Your Eyes
Procedure Names: BOTOX® Cosmetic and Facial Fillers
The Patient: Primarily men and women in their 30s and older who want to reduce furrows between the brows, wrinkles around the eyes, and puffiness or bags. Treatments can also be used as wrinkle prevention by patients in their 20s.
How They Work: BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces the appearance of moderate frown lines (wrinkles between eyebrows) and crow’s feet. An injection of botulinum toxin paralyzes the muscles, reducing the activity that causes wrinkles. One 10-minute treatment can produce instant results that last up to four months. Facial fillers such as RESTYLANE® and JUVEDERM® are injectables that can reduce the appearance of fatigue by repairing sagging tear troughs, which cause under-eye bags. They can also be used to enhance cheekbones, create fuller lips, and remove lines around the mouth. This treatment takes only about 15 minutes.
Risk Factors: The most frequently reported problems are headaches, pain at the injection site, bleeding and bruising.
Recovery: Patients can usually return to work immediately.
Maintenance: BOTOX® typically lasts three to four months; facial fillers typically last six months to a year.
Cost: BOTOX® starts at $280 and facial fillers start at $600.
The Expert: Rupa K. Wong, M.D., Honolulu Eye Clinic, 1329 Lusitana St., Suite 806, 526-0030, drrupawong.com