Beauty Within Reach

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Sunspots ruining that once radiant skin? Workouts won’t banish that belly fat? Relax. These modern, non-invasive procedures can conquer any aesthetic issue. Local experts share the details on their top accessible innovations to smooth away wrinkles, diminish problem areas, and make you feel more confident and beautiful than ever before.

Remodel and Rejuvenate Your Skin

Procedure Names: LumiFacial®, LumiLift® and Skin Remodeling treatments

The Patient: Men and women of any age looking for a non-invasive, non-surgical anti-aging treatment to rejuvenate and revitalize skin.

How it works: LumiFacial® uses four different colors of LED light therapy to repair skin cells and treat common skin problems, such as minor acne, redness, and uneven pigmentation. The LumiLift® is a photo-rejuvenation procedure ideal for lifting face, eyes, and chest, and minimizing lines and wrinkles.  The Skin Remodeling treatment stimulates collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, replacing aged and sun-damaged collagen, tightening, lifting muscles and smoothing wrinkles.

Risks Factors: Slight redness may occur depending on the patient.

Recovery: Relax for five to ten minutes after procedure; little to no recovery time needed for most clients, with many clients seeing results after one session.

Maintenance: A good skin care regimen combined with a monthly maintenance treatment is recommended for optimal results.  Without maintenance, may last up to nine to 12 months.

Costs: Prices start at $70 for LumiFacial® and $190 for Lumilift® or Skin Remodeling, and vary upon the number of sessions.

The Expert: Lisa Fulton at Hoku Beauty & Day Spa, Ala Moana Building, 1441 Kapiolani Blvd. #2020, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-941-1166,


Rejuvenate and Look Younger in Just One Visit

Procedure Names: Botox® and Injectable Fillers

The Patient: Men and women who want to naturally enhance and restore their appearance by reducing facial wrinkles, or prevent them from occurring.

How they work: Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are the three types of Botox® available, and are all equally effective. They can reduce frown lines and wrinkles between the brows, forehead and crow’s feet. An injection of botulinum toxin also relaxes the muscles, reducing the activity that causes wrinkles. One 10-minute treatment can produce results that last up to four months. Facial Fillers are injectables, such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Radiesse®, that can instantly smooth away wrinkles around the mouth, enhance cheekbones, create fuller lips, and diminish bagginess around the eyes. This treatment is often called a “liquid lift” because it takes one short visit with results lasting up to one year.

Risk Factors: Minor redness and swelling which are self-limited and brief. Minor discomfort at injection site with occasional bruising is possible.

Recovery: Typically patients can return to work immediately.

Maintenance: Botox® typically lasts three to four months; facial fillers typically six months to a year.

Cost: Varies depending on the individual patient’s needs.

The Expert: Dr. David Yew——Two locations: Q Laser Center, 1183 Bethel Street, 524-1237; and at Face It, 99-128 Aiea Heights Dr. Suite 102A
, Aiea, 488-3310.


One Size Smaller in One Hour, Without Surgery

Procedure Name: Liposonix® treatment

The Patient: Men and women looking to safely and non-surgically treat their problem areas and remove stubborn abdominal fat.

How it Works: The Liposonix® treatment uses high-intensity ultrasound technology to permanently destroy targeted fat around your waistline and other problem areas. The body naturally removes the treated fat, leaving you looking noticeably thinner after just one treatment, with maximum results seen in 8 to 12 weeks. The hour-long treatment does not harm your skin. This procedure is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, or a way to lose weight.

Risk Factors: Backed by over 10 years of research, the treatment poses no significant risks to the patient. Occasional discomfort, slight pain, and tingling may occur during and after the treatment. Temporary bruising or redness on the treated areas can also occur post-treatment.

Recovery: No recovery is necessary for this non-invasive treatment. Most people go back to work and resume their daily lifestyle right after.

Maintenance: No special post-care is required, but it is recommended to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle after the treatment.

Cost: Varies depending on the individual patient’s needs.

The Expert: Dr. Kevin J. Mott, at Cosmeskin Hawaii, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, 537-5522,


Freeze Away Unwanted Stubborn Fat

Procedure Name: CoolSculpting®

The Patient: Men and women within 10 to 20 pounds of their goal weight who are looking for a safe, non-surgical way to remove stubborn fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise.

How it works: CoolSculpting® uses a precisely controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis to safely target, cool, and permanently eliminate fat cells without damaging neighboring tissue. Fat cells are then naturally eliminated from the body. The procedure generally results in a permanent 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area.

Risk Factors: The procedure is safe and FDA-cleared. 

Recovery: No recovery time needed. Patients return to work and normal activities immediately after the procedure. Minor bruising and/or numbness may temporarily occur in the treated area and generally subsides within a few days to two weeks.

Maintenance: CoolSculpting® has been proven to be effective independent of diet and exercise; however, for optimal health, we always recommend that patients maintain their normal daily diet and exercise routines. Results can be seen as soon as three weeks following treatment with the full results occurring over the next four months. Because CoolSculpting® removes only 20%-25% of the fat in the treatment area, patients who still have pinchable fat remaining after the treatment can lose even more fat with additional sessions.

Cost: Treatments starts at $800 per area; some patients need multiple areas treated and/or repeat treatment for best results.

The Expert: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha Street, Suite 102, 528-0888,


Refresh and Revitalize Your Skin

Procedure Name: HydraJuve™ Laser Skin Therapy

The Patient: Men and women of any age, who want to take their facials to the next level by adding medical grade laser therapy to stimulate collagen production, slow the aging process, and jumpstart their skin maintenance program. HydraJuve™ Laser Skin Therapy is an excellent choice for patients who are interested in preventative anti-aging treatments and is safe and beneficial for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

How it works: This specialty 2-in-1 treatment, exclusively available at Honolulu MedSpa, combines gentle serum-based microdermabrasion with advanced non-invasive laser therapy to deep cleanse the pores, exfoliate and hydrate the skin, and stimulate collagen production, which tightens and firms the skin. The treatment also helps to reduce redness, even out skin tone and improve overall skin texture for a smoother, more radiant complexion.

Risk Factors: There are no risks; the treatment is soothing, refreshing, and non-irritating.

Recovery: There is no downtime required after the 90-minute treatment. Patients may put on makeup and return to their normal activities right afterwards.

Maintenance: Non-surgical facial treatments are cumulative and additive, meaning the more you do the better your results will be. Appropriate homecare with pharmaceutical-grade products and once a month treatments are the best way to maintain optimal results and healthy skin.

Costs: HydraJuve™ Laser Skin Therapy treatments start at $230, with an optional $100 30-minute add-on infusion of hyperbaric oxygen to offer even deeper hydration, extra softening of fine lines and wrinkles, or calming of inflammation.

The Expert: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha Street, Suite 102, 528-0888,


Tone and Tighten Your Skin to Look Years Younger

Procedure Name: The Pellevé System®.

Patient: Healthy, middle-aged men and women wanting to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, or tighten drooping skin. This treatment is most appropriate for patients with mild to moderate wrinkling from sun damage and biological aging.

How it works: Pellevé® is a non-invasive skin treatment that visibly tightens skin lines and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The treatment uses advanced radio-wave technology to heat the deeper collagen layer of skin, causing collagen contraction and creation. This newer collagen creates a smoother, tighter skin surface layer. Pellevé® can be used on the whole face, neck, hands, or anywhere the patient would want skin tightening. This non-surgical procedure takes between 45 minutes and an hour. FDA approved in 2010.

Risk Factors: No risks involved; this energy-based treatment is quick and painless, and does not cause any skin surface changes seen after chemical peels or laser resurfacing procedures.

Recovery: No downtime necessary; patients can proceed back to their daily life and activities right after the treatment.

Maintenance: Effects of treatment can be seen up to nine months. Several treatments spaced 6 weeks apart may be performed to treat deeper wrinkles. Annual maintenance is recommended thereafter.

Costs: Starting at $400.00 for one area.

The Experts: Dr. Wong, Sr. and Dr. Wong Jr., both at Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, 99-128 Aiea Heights Drive, Suite 703, Aiea, 487-7938,