Promotion: Beauty Within Reach

Stubborn belly fat, regrettable tattoos, graying hair — whatever the issue is, we’ve got you covered.

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,

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-USA Today


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,


Painlessly Remove Unwanted Hair

Procedure Name: Pain-Free, Hair-Free Laser Hair Removal

The Patient: Adults who have unwanted facial and/or body hair and who are not tan or pregnant.

How It Works: Soprano ICE is the most advanced hair removal technology to date and is currently the only laser of its kind in Hawaii. Available exclusively at Honolulu MedSpa, this painless laser emits energy that is absorbed by the hair follicles. The energy is then converted to heat, which disables hair follicles that are in the active growth phase. Because only about 10 to 15 percent of hair follicles are in the active growth phase at any given time, this process is repeated for a total of six treatments.

Risk Factors: Thermal injuries, in the very rare case that they occur, can lead to hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

Recovery: Patients can resume their regular activities immediately, but sun exposure should be avoided two weeks prior to the treatment and two weeks post-treatment.

Maintenance: After the initial series of six treatments, patients may need periodic maintenance. These additional treatments are discounted at 20 percent off.

Cost: Treatment runs from $75 to $525, depending on the treatment area.

The Experts: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888,

The most popular nonsurgical treatments in Hawaii include: Botox, Soft-Tissue Fillers, Microdermabrasion/Chemical Peels and Skin-Tightening/Smoothing Treatments.
– Hawaii Business Magazine


Eliminate Unwanted Tattoos

Procedure Name: PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

The Patient: Anyone who wants a tattoo removed or lightened, or has recalcitrant tattoos (tattoos that have been previously treated on other technologies but still have ink remaining).

How It Works: PicoSure, as opposed to traditional tattoo removal systems, uses only a fraction of the heat energy and adds an intense photomechanical impact to shatter ink into tiny sand-like particles that are easily cleared by the body. This allows better clearance of ink in fewer treatments and with greater safety. Even dark, stubborn blue and green inks can now be removed.

Risk Factors: As with most lasers, side effects are rare but could involve thermal injury leading to discoloration.

Recovery: Recovery is very similar to getting a tattoo and generally involves a two-week period of scabbing. Patients should keep the treated area moist with a topical ointment and avoid unprotected sun exposure for two weeks.

Maintenance: No maintenance is required, as patients can be treated until they are completely satisfied with the results. Tattoo removal packages include four treatments with a six-month guarantee. Additional treatments within this six-month period are free.

Cost: $75 per square inch.  

The Experts: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888,


The number of med spas in the U.S. increased from 800 to 4,500 in a five-year period.
– USA Today


Look Five to Ten Years Younger

Procedure Names: PrecisionTx LazerLift & PicoSure FOCUS Lens Array

The Patient: Men and women who want to melt the fat of the double chin and jowls, redefine the jawline and tighten the skin on the face and neck without the risk, recovery, or expense of liposuction and/or a traditional face and neck lift.  

How They Work: The PrecisionTx LazerLift works from the inside out by using a tiny micro-cannula to melt and remove the fat of the double chin and jowls. PicoSure FOCUS Lens Array then works from the outside in to lighten surface discoloration and to smooth the texture of the skin and diminish fine lines, wrinkles, pore size and acne scars.

Risk Factors: Temporary side effects from the PrecisionTx LazerLift include some numbness of the treated area, mild bruising, swelling, and the sensation of tightness.  Temporary side effects from the PicoSure FOCUS Lens Array include the look and sensation of sunburn, which generally subsides overnight.

Recovery: Patients can return to most normal activities and work in about two days to one week.

Maintenance: Results last five to ten years, but ongoing preventative skin tightening treatments are recommended on a quarterly basis.

Cost: Starts at $5,245.

The Experts: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888,

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Smooth and Perfect Your Face Instantly

Procedure Name: Dual Exfoliation Treatment

The Patient: People interested in a natural, results-oriented facial that is gentler than microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

How It Works: A bamboo-powder product is used to buff the skin, removing dead layers. This is followed by light scrubbing with a salicylic acid pad to soften pores. Finally, an all-natural perfecting plant peel yields the same results as 30 percent glycolic acid.

Risk Factors: There are no risk factors involved, but clients with rosacea or sensitive skin should avoid this treatment.

Recovery: Skin glows immediately after treatment; there is no downtime.

Maintenance: A series of four treatments are recommended three or four times per year, with about two weeks between each treatment: dual exfoliation, botanical resurfacing, perfecting plant peel, followed by another dual exfoliation treatment.

Cost: $140 for 60 minutes.

The Expert: Cheryl Nichols, Aveda Skin and Spa Specialist, Hoala Salon & Spa, 947-6141,

5 questions to ask your doctor before you have cosmetic surgery:

1. What are your qualifications?

2. How often have you done this procedure?

3. What are the potential risks and complications?

4. Where will the surgery take place?

5. Do you have hospital privileges?


Get Natural-Looking Highlights

Procedure Name: Balayage Highlights and Coloring

The Patient: Anyone looking to change and/or enhance their hair color. Balayage can used on previously highlighted hair to provide an organic, effortless look or on un-highlighted hair to give it an extra pop. A wide range of looks are available, including highlight framing, beachy highlights and more.

How It Works: Hair is first separated into panels. Each panel is separated at the root by cotton and individually covered by a plastic sheet. Highlights are then hand-painted on top of the sectioned panels. The highlights are custom placed, based on the client’s hair growth patterns and how they wear their hair. Unlike traditional highlights, most of the client’s natural hair color remains present, allowing for better grow-out results. Lowlights can also be done in the same way to provide dimension.

Risk Factors: Risk factors are far and few between, but clients should let their stylist know if they have any allergies or if they have had previous reactions to hair color.

Maintenance: Because Balayage yields natural-looking results, most clients can wait twice as long for touch-up services as compared to traditional foil highlighting.

Cost: Starts at $135.

The Expert: Kevin Beecher, Color Educator, Hoala Salon & Spa, 947-6141,

75 percent of American women dye their hair. 88 percent of women feel their hair has an effect on their confidence.
– Clairol

Stop Aging in Its Tracks

Procedure Name: Signature Lomi Facial

The Patient: Men and women who would like to address the early signs of aging.

How it Works: This new service, created by Rice Force beauty products in partnership with Moana Lani Spa, offers guests an opportunity to experience the power of the Rice Force skin care line. These products are scientifically designed to preserve youthful skin through the use of a delicate hydrating system featuring Rice Power extracts, which are known for their anti-aging and hydrating effects. These extracts are then combined with natural, local ingredients, including coconut oil and Big Island honey. East meets west through the use of Rice Force products and a customized Signature Lomi Facial created by Kumu LiAnn Uyeda. Skin is hydrated and revived, while various muscles in the neck, eyes, forehead, cheeks and chin are toned and lifted.

Risk Factors: There are no risk factors unless the patient is allergic to any of the ingredients. In these rare cases, the ingredients will be substituted.

Maintenance: The ongoing use of Rice Force Beauty Products and regular visits to an esthetician are recommended.

Cost: $210 for an 80-minute facial. Maintenance products range from $35 to $110.

The Experts: Moana Lani Spa, A Heavenly Spa by Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel, A Westin Resort & Spa, 237-2535, 

With a count of 5,950, the United States has more plastic surgeons than any other country. Brazil and China come in second and third with 5,024 and 2,000, respectively.
– USA Today