T: 808-528-0888 | 1650 Liliha Street, Suite 102 Honolulu, HI 96817 info@honolulumedspa.com

Blog

HOW OFTEN DO YOU REALLY NEED A FACIAL?

Electrodessication - Skin tag removal

Getting a professional facial isn’t just for you to unwind, relax, or splurge once in a blue moon. They play a big role in keeping your skin healthy, balanced and youthful. Think of a facial as a “spring cleaning” for your skin. While practicing good skin care at home is key, you should also visit your aesthetician every 4-6 weeks for that hands-on deep cleaning. It takes that amount of time for the skin cells to move through a full life cycle of cell growth and make their way from the dermis to the surface of the skin where they are naturally sloughed off.

Each one of us can benefit from a professional facial, but those with acneic skin, clogged pores or brown spots, consistent care is required to always stay on top of the condition to get the skin looking clear. Facials offer many skin benefits, and some are in need of it more than others.

Benefits of a facial include:

  • Expert skin analysis from our Aesthetician who understands your skin type and how to care for it.
  • Professional strength exfoliation to smooth the skin, lighten discoloration from sun and breakouts.
  • Both manual and mechanical extractions of blackheads and clogged pores to give you  smooth, balanced skin.
  • Intensive hydration to repair the skin’s moisture barrier to keep skin looking plump and dewy.
  • Increased circulation for brighter and glowing skin.
  • Once established, a regimen to maintain your results. Honolulu MedSpa offers a variety of facial add-ons to keep your skin looking its best.
  • Professional guidance for your morning and nightime at-home regimen.
  • Time for yourself.

We believe that clear skin can boost confidence. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, as is regular facial appointments and proper home care. This all works together to leave you with the most healthy, rejuvenated, glowing skin. If you would like more information on our Medical Grade Facials, and which is right for your skin type, please join us for a complimentary consultation at the spa. Call 808-528-0888

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

New Year, New You!

With the New Year in full swing, many of us are guilty of wanting to make transformations to look and feel our best, and we typically want those results immediately. We’re here to help you find the “best you” every step of the way. Below are some of our more popular treatments that can make feel your most confident for 2018 and beyond!

COOLSCULPTING

Are you a bride-to-be for your upcoming summer wedding or just tired of the stubborn areas you just can’t seem to get rid of? This treatment is perfect for you. CoolSculpting is the fat freezing procedure that permanently eliminates fat cells in problem areas. With no surgery and no downtime, CoolSculpting allows you to look and feel your best without altering your routine.

What areas can you treat? Abdomen, love handles, flanks, inner and outer thighs, arms and even your double chin!  

How does it feel like? CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure so there are no needles and no downtime.  The area of fat being treated will feel a cooling sensation that freezes and destroys the fat cells so the body can eliminate them naturally.

Are the results permanent? In the weeks and months following a CoolSculpting procedure, the body naturally processes the treated fat cells, gradually eliminating the dead cells and revealing the new you. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. As long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained, your results will stay.

How much is this treatment? Pricing starts at $700

PAINLESS LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public or to wear a bikini on the beach because of the amount of hair you have or even the darkness it casts on your body? Allow the painless laser hair removal to win back the confidence in you! With the Soprano ICE, which represents the best technology on the market, let the days of unwanted face and body hair remain in 2017!

What areas can you treat? Some common areas are: upper lip, chin, underarms, shoulders, chest and abs, back, bikini line and legs. As long as there is pigment to the hair, we can really treat it all!

How does it feel? It’s virtually painless. You will feel gradual heat and then a cooling mechanism to ensure you’re comfortable the entire treatment.

Are the results permanent? Although it gets rid of unwanted hair, you will need some “touch-ups” throughout time. It does however grow lighter, finer and fewer in numbers.

How much is this treatment? Depends on the area treated. Request a free consultation.

BOTOX

Are you bothered by lines, wrinkles, and ageing skin? Why not refresh and rejuvenate your skin with a less-invasive alternative to full cosmetic surgery to start off 2018 right. This quick treatment will smooth moderate to severe frown lines and leaving you with a softer looking appearance.  

What areas can you treat? Forehead, between the brows and crows feet are the most common lines treated. Off label treatments such as injections in the chin, “bunny lines” around the nose and injections for sweating are also performed.

How does it feel? We numb the area prior to the injection with a topical anesthetic cream or a cold pack. The needles are very small for botox, so you should feel little to no pain at all.

How long does the results last? It can last up to 3 months.

How much is the treatment? $13 per unit.

Honolulu MedSpa is a full service Medical Spa. Call for a complimentary consultation to discuss any of our skin or body rejuvenation services. 808-528-0888

 

PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD THIS YEAR WITH A CHEMICAL PEEL

A chemical peel can be intimidating to many, but without a doubt, it will leave your complexion absolutely glowing! We offer a variety of chemical peels that will suit your skin type and leave you with noticeable results. As we age, our dead skin cells lose their ability to slough off in a timely manner. This causes our skin to look dull, wrinkled and discolored from sun exposure and other pigmentation problems. By effectively removing old, dead skin cells and increasing new cellular production, a brighter, more youthful epidermis is revealed.

Just what is a chemical peel?

It is a treatment performed by a licensed provider which begins with the application of appropriate chemical solutions to the skin to aid in exfoliation. Chemical peels work to speed up cellular turnover which increases the production of collagen in the skin. This treatment improves skin texture, softens fine lines/wrinkles, improve acne/acne scars, lightens pigmentation and sun damage.

How to choose the right peel?

Choosing the right peel for your skin type is very important. Our aestheticians will be able to recommend the right peel that suits your skin’s needs and ultimate skincare goals. The effectiveness of a peel is determined by the acids used and also the percentage. From light to deep peels, there is one to fit your skin type. Here at Honolulu MedSpa we will do a consultation and tests to determine what peel is right for your skin. 

When will I experience the results?

Old skin will slough off over a 4-7 day period, depending on the strength of the peel. The treated skin will look noticeably improved by day 7-10. More radiant, rejuvenated and softer skin will be revealed with just one peel, but a series of peels will give you more significant results.

We do recommend starting with a complimentary consultation in order to determine the best peel for your skin. To schedule a free consultation with Honolulu MedSpa, please call 808.528.0888. Start the New Year with your best face forward!

 

HOW TO GET RED CARPET READY FOR NEW YEAR’S

Hawaii hydrafacial

While the Christmas parties have passed, we still all want to look our best for the upcoming New Year. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to look extra fabulous, and by that we mean flawless skin, perfecting your pout and smoothing out your fine lines to get glowing for 2018!

Many of our treatments offer instant results with little to no downtime. Here are a few of our favorites:

GLOW WITH A HYDRAFACIAL

This is one of our favorite treatments for an immediate glow to help brighten up your complexion and reduce pore size.This is a must-do for any event to get that “red carpet skin.” Not only is it safe and for every skin type, it also feels fantastic!

PERFECT YOUR POUT

That New Year’s kiss is the perfect time to have those “kiss me” lips that look natural and full. You will see results immediately, but allow 2 weeks prior for full results to show. This will last up to 9-12 months.

GOODBYE TO FINE LINES

After the holidays, we can look a bit tired and overwhelmed. Botox can help soften those fine lines and wrinkles. You can see results within 4 days and it lasts up to 3 months.

YOUNGER LOOKING YOU WITH FILLERS

Dermal fillers are the best way to turn back the clock for a younger you! With no downtime and immediate results, you can find it helps to lift and rejuvenate the cheeks and soften deep smile lines.

LUSCIOUS LASHES WITH LATISSE

We’re always wanting gorgeous lashes! Using this topical treatment that is FDA approved, patients experience longer, thicker and darker lashes in about 8 weeks with a daily application. The results will give you the most healthy, rockstar lashes that don’t require a weekly appointment.

We look forward to assisting you at anytime you feel ready! Call to schedule your complimentary consultation 808-528-0888

 

KEEPING YOUR SKIN HEALTHY THIS WINTER

Winter has officially arrived in Hawaii believe it or not. With colder temperatures, it can lead to Itchy dry skin, tightness and flakiness. These are often not results for a radiant, hydrated complexion, but here are some of our skincare tips to keep you glowing in the cooler months ahead.

BOOK A HYDRAFACIAL AT HONOLULU MEDSPA

A fan favorite! This serum-based, gentle, and exfoliating treatment revolutionizes traditional microdermabrasion, makes your pores appear smaller, and leaves your skin feeling baby soft and silky smooth. For those who need additional hydration, we do offer hyperbaric oxygen infusion to help restore and balance the skin.

EXFOLIATING

Exfoliating is the key to brighter skin! It sloughs off the dead skin and helps remove the flakiness. Your moisturizer will even penetrate deeper into the skin. The key for exfoliating is using an exfoliator with microbeads that are gentle.

USE A CREAM, OR GENTLE FACIAL CLEANSER

We offer physician dispensed skincare at Honolulu MedSpa and are available to talk skin with you if you need a little guidance. Some of the traditional “exfoliating” cleansers might leave your skin dry and tight during the winter months. Some of our favorites include cleansers from both SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals.

CHANGE YOUR MOISTURIZER

During the summer months, using a lighter moisturizer is definitely a must. But, as soon as the temperature drops, you want to use a heavier moisturizer that is the right one for your skin type. This is crucial in your winter skincare regimen.

ADD A SERUM

Using a serum am/pm with your daily moisturizer can be a huge game changer in the way your skin looks. It’s lightweight and the high concentration of powerful ingredients penetrates deeply into the skin. This is great for targeting specific skincare concerns.

WEAR SPF

Even if it’s cloudy or raining, UV light is always present and will cause irreversible damage if it’s not protected against. Always wear a minimum of SPF 30 to fully protect against premature aging, pigmentation, sunburn and dark spots.

PROTECT YOUR LIPS

Having chapped lips is a huge sign of ultra dryness. Invest in a good lip treatment that will keep your lips hydrated and plump year round.

For a personal skincare diagnosis, we invite you to come into our spa and receive a complimentary consultation to see which products are best for you. We carry the best in medical grade skincare

 

Holiday Recipe with our Ambassador, Laura Mueseler!

Have you ever noticed how the foods you eat have an effect on your appearance? Healthy eating and healthy skin go hand in hand and there are a number of foods that will help you to get glowing, health skin from the inside out.

Foods like butternut squash and other winter squash are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with being rich in antioxidants, making them one of the best foods for healthy skin! The high Vitamin A content in Butternut Squash helps to produce skin cell turnover, along with keeping your skin both firm and healthy. One serving of butternut squash also contains about half of your daily dose of Vitamin C which boosts the production of collagen and helps to prevent signs of aging.

Butternut Squash and other winter squash are in season in the fall and winter months making them a great choice to serve at holiday meals as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert. With Thanksgiving just days away these delicious Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini would make the perfect appetizer to share with family and friends. They are healthy and full of seasonal flavors and best of all, they’re so simple to make!

If time allows, try roasting the squash ahead of time so all you have to do is toast the bread and top it with the mixture of butternut squash, feta and arugula then finish it off by drizzling a little bit of honey over the top. The combination of the honey roasted squash and salty feta is oh-so delicious and the peppery arugula adds the perfect amount of crunch making for the perfect holiday appetizer!

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini

Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey + 1 tablespoon to top
  • 1 cup arugula
  • ½ cup feta crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, roughly chopped
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced ½ inch thick
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Toss cubed butternut squash in olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Roast for 30-40 minutes tossing halfway through
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the butternut squash and cook for 5 more minutes
  • Take out and let cool
  • Drizzle olive oil on the bread and toast in oven for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine butternut squash, feta, sage and arugula
  • Spoon the mixture on top of the toasted bread and drizzle with  tablespoon honey.
  • Cut in half and serve

 

Thanks to our lovely ambassador, Laura from Sequins at Breakfast for sharing this holiday recipe!

The Making Of An Esthetician

I recently caught up with Malia Sanchez, the owner of the leading Esthetician School in Honolulu, Makana Academy Esthetics and Wellness. After growing up in the industry, as her mom was a cosmetologist and her aunt owning a salon, it was only natural for Malia to follow in their footsteps. With years of being an Esthetician, and then trainer for various skin care companies, Malia found her passion in teaching and training. In 2007, she opened Makana Academy Esthetics and Wellness, which is the only nationally accredited Esthetician school in Hawaii.

After celebrating 10 years of business, she continues to develop the most reputable esthetics school here on the island. Read on to find out more on the making of an Esthetician.

How long have you been in the industry?

Malia: I’ve been in the industry for over 24 years.

What is your role at the academy?

Malia: I’m the Director of Education. I develop the curriculum, hire staff, oversee facility, training and of course, students.

What type of credentials does an esthetic applicant need to have before considering applying to Makana?

Malia: You need to have a HS diploma or GED, 16 years old and be a U.S. Citizen.

What type of curriculum should be expected in an esthetic course?

Malia: We have 3 levels. Level 1 is where you learn about the skin, key active ingredients, chemistry and your hands-on in the classroom actually mixing ingredients. Level 2 is the introduction of facials. You get to learn basic facial techniques and partner up with your classmate to practice and learn all the different techniques. Level 3 is independent. You will be given actual clients to work on. We evaluate from start to finish, along with checkpoints. At the end, the client is given a survey on their treatment.

What is a typical class size?

Malia: We have no more than 10 students per class.

Have you noticed more demand for estheticians in recent years?

Malia: Absolutely. Before getting a facial was more of a luxury where you would get one for your birthday or anniversary. Now, people are wanting to improve their skin! It’s a necessity!

Have you noticed your graduates stay here in Hawaii or move off island to work in the field?

Malia: I see both! We have locals and then some military wives.

How many hours does a student need to complete before graduation?

Malia: 19 weeks and 600 hours.

After graduation, what’s next? Do they start applying for jobs?

Malia: Yes, they apply immediately. The first thing I tell them to do is to go to DCCA and apply for a work permit. I don’t guarantee work, but it’s a tight-knit industry, so I know many of the Dr.’s and MedSpa’s that I can put in a good word in if they are extremely hard workers.

Besides the hours and necessary licensing, what else does a hopeful Esthetician need to make it in this industry?

Malia: Emotional connections. You must be emotionally connected to your clients if you want to be successful. Your clients will keep coming back to you and refer their friends to you. This will keep you continuously booked. You must nurture your clients.

Can you imagine working in any other industry?

Malia: It’s so natural for me to be a coach! My relationships with my students continue beyond school. I could definitely see myself being a life coach!

If you’re interested in becoming an esthetician, please visit their website at makanaacademy.com

 

THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COOLSCULPTING, ANSWERED.

About Honolulu MedSpa

While there is no magic way to get rid of stubborn fat, people are flocking to this game-changing procedure, CoolSculpting as the next best thing. Known for its whittling ways, both men and women have become a fan of this fat blasting treatment.

With our patients’ needs in mind, we have answered five of the most commonly asked questions of CoolSculpting…

WHAT IS COOLSCULPTING?

It is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical, fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. Basically, it freezes your fat for good to contour your body without surgery or downtime.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR COOLSCULPTING?

Your provider at Honolulu MedSpa will do a thorough complimentary consultation and will customize a treatment plan for your body. Every body is different, but if you have noticeable bulges and pockets of unwanted fat which are resistant to diet and exercise, then CoolSculpting is right for you.

DOES IT HURT?

Most patients would say no. The first 5-10 minutes you will feel an intense cold sensation on the area treated, but that will soon subside. At Honolulu MedSpa, we make it as comfortable as we can for you, providing entertainment such as Netflix so you can catch up on your latest show or movie. If you need to have a snack or a drink of water while sculpting this is all OK and will not interfere with the treatment or results.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

During the procedure, you may feel some discomfort such as tugging, pulling, or intense cold sensations. This will subdue once the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. If you are treating the submental region (double chin) sensation of fullness in the back of the throat is common. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

WHEN WILL I SEE THE RESULTS?

You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after the procedure, and will experience the more dramatic results after two months. Your body will continue to flush fat cells for 4 to 6 months after treatment.

If you feel CoolSculpting isn’t for you, we have other options available. Check out our Venus Freeze Cellulite Treatment and for more information about Venus Freeze Cellulite Reduction, you can also check out our recent blog post about it as well. Mahalo

As Hawaii’s leader in medical and lifestyle aesthetic care, we are the first of our kind to offer the powerful and highly effective combination of Z-Wave and CoolSculpting® Plus+ technologies. Call us today for your FREE consultation at 808. 528.0888.

Testimonials

“CoolSculpting® changed my life! Over the last four months, I’ve seen the changes and what’s even more amazing is the way my clothes fit. Now, I’m trying to ‘SCULPT’ my way to a sleeker, healthier, more balanced body shape.”
–Lisa Asato*

“I am absolutely thrilled with the results of both my CoolSculpting® and Venus Freeze® procedures. The staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable with each visit.”
–Nichole Hansen*

Read More Testimonials

“My consultation appointment for the CoolSculpting® procedure was excellent. The explanation of the pros and cons of the procedure was ‘real.’ I really appreciated the honesty and the ‘personalized’ attention I received. Prior to the consultation, I wasn’t sure if I would consider the treatment. After the consultation, I made my appointment. Thanks for the wonderful customer service by the entire staff!”
–Anonymous*

“First time using the CoolSculpting® treatment—very excited at the results. My aesthetician was great—she did a thorough consultation and answered all my inquiries and checked up on me during my treatment.”
–Romei Rawlings*

“I came in for CoolSculpting® and was treated with great respect. They listened to my concerns and made a positive recommendation.”
–Anonymous*

“I went to Honolulu MedSpa for a consultation for CoolSculpting®. Nicole was knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable in my decision to proceed with this new technology. In fact, the entire staff was friendly and welcoming.”

“It was my first time to get CoolSculpting®, and I was a little nervous on how my body would react. Martha walked me through each step and answered all my questions and really was there to help me get the best results to meet my body-sculpting goals.”
–Anonymous*

*Treatment results may vary. All opinions expressed are personal and subjective to each patient.

Plus+ Pricing

Pricing starts at 700. Don’t forget to ask about our 10% discount for military and first responders, and check out our monthly specials for additional savings.

Request An Appointment

BEST BUSTERS TO GET RID OF CELLULITE

Venus freeze cellulite reduction

Cellulite has been one beauty-related issue that millions of women suffer from that bothers us the most. Just because you have cellulite, it doesn’t mean that you are overweight. It’s the result of irregular pockets sitting in the subcutaneous fats that connect your muscle and bone rather than fat itself. Cellulite can be found not only on the thighs, but your butt, stomach and arms.

There’s no quick fix for cellulite, but here are some top tips that can lessen the appearance before you hit the beach and that is the Venus Freeze Cellulite Reduction

BOOK A VENUS FREEZE TREATMENT

This non-invasive treatment helps to contour and reduce cellulite in as little as three treatments. Venus Freeze uses multipolar radio frequency and magnetic pulsed energy to produce a dense and uniformed heat matrix to the skin. With no downtime and no pain, this can be used on many body areas to reduce cellulite, contour the silhouette, and increase circulation. Call Honolulu MedSpa for a free consultation today or fill out our appointment request form below.

USE A BODY TIGHTENING CONCENTRATE

Skinceuticals Body Tightening Concentrate helps to tighten, firm and lift the appearance of sagging skin. With 2% of hydrolyzed rice protein, it helps to firm the skin on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees and upper arms. You simply apply this concentrate to dry skin twice a day and will notice the skin appears more firm and smooth after only a few days. You can find this concentrate serum at Honolulu MedSpa.

DRY BRUSHING

This is one of the most effective ways to get blood circulating, encourage lymph drainage and smooth the surface of your skin all in one. Dry brushing is a combination of exfoliation and massage that involves taking a dry brush and moving over your body in slow, circular motions.

TONE LEGS WITH SQUATS AND LUNGES

Workouts with high repetitions and lower weight paired with aerobics will help give you leaner, more toned look. Toning builds muscle and strength. Adding Venus Freeze Cellulite Reduction Treatment plus good diet and exercise will make your efforts much more visible.

TAN IT

Tanned skin always makes the skin appear tighter and more toned, so if you need an immediate solution for hiding cellulite quickly, use a self-tanner. Make sure to always exfoliate a few days prior to tanning so that your tan will not only last longer, but will fade evenly.

For questions, please call Honolulu MedSpa at 808-528-0888

Request An Appointment

Dermaplaning, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. What’s the difference?

About Honolulu MedSpa

With such a huge variety of exfoliating treatments available, it’s good to know the difference between dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Women and men with various skin problems from sun damage to rosacea and even acne can benefit from these treatments.
Listed below are some skin care services that will help you achieve that healthy, youthful and glowing complexion you deserve!

Dermaplaning:
Dermaplaning exfoliates the epidermis which removes dead skin cells and reduces fine hairs (peach fuzz) on the skin. It uses a scalpel to “shave” away the outermost layers of the skin to achieve smoother, brighter skin. This process is painless and very safe, especially for pregnant and nursing women as there are no chemicals or peeling agents applied to the skin. The beauty of it is, there’s no downtime and the results are immediate. Pricing starts at $175

Hydrafacial Microdermabrasion:
Our unique Hydrafacial system uses vortex technology that exfoliates away the top layers of dead, dull skin cells, revealing fresh, glowing, rejuvenated skin. Hydrafacial treats light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and large pore size. It also helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles, which result in a younger looking complexion. As we age, our healthy cell turnover slows down, but with the help of Hydrafacial we can slough away impurities and reveal fresh, invigorated, glowing skin. There is no downtime associated with Hydrafacial. If extractions are performed you may see erythema to the area for a few hours post treatment. Pricing starts at $150

Chemical Peels:
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. It is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin from sun exposure, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and scaring. Chemical peels are used to improve the overall appearance of your skin. It’s important to keep in mind that the treatment, results and recovery time will vary depending on the strength of your chemical peel and sensitivity of your skin. There can be 3-5 days of social downtime as your skin will go through an exfoliation period. A tight, dry feeling to the skin should be expected during the week of recovery. Pricing starts at $125

If you have questions, or are interested in booking a complimentary consultation to learn which treatment is right for you, please contact Honolulu MedSpa at 808-528-0888.