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With so many non-surgical, fat reducing procedures on the market, we want to break it down for you and explain why we believe CoolSculpting is still the #1 treatment for reducing fat bulges. In our latest blog we’re comparing CoolSculpting to a few other procedures that label themselves “fat blasters.” Here’s the skinny:

First, let’s talk CoolSculpting. A non-negotiable in our practice for patients looking to reduce exercise resistant fat in areas of the body. CoolSculpting is a revolutionary, non-surgical contouring treatment that freezes stubborn fat and naturally eliminates it from your body. It is the leading competitor for traditional liposuction, but contains none of the downsides of the invasive procedure. No needles, no special diets, no supplements, no surgery. And, most importantly, no downtime. It’s safe, FDA-cleared, and very effective. Through the strategic integration of cryolipolysis and advanced sound waves which target excess tissue, CoolSculpting can effectively reduce mass and contour the body more dramatically and thoroughly than its competitors

CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure – One of the biggest advantages CoolSculpting has over SculpSure is the time on the market. CoolSculpting has been around longer, and has had more time to advance their technology. FDA cleared for non-invasive fat reduction in 2010, CoolSculpting has been performed more than 4 million times in over 80 countries. CoolSculpting is also 25% less expensive than SculpSure on average. Sculpsure works by using laser energy to heat fat cells under the skin, the heat raises the temperature of fat cells damaging their structural integrity which compromises the fat and causes a reduction. Patients have expressed mixed feelings about how hot SculpSure can feel to the skin during treatment.

CoolSculpting vs. Vanquish –  Radio Frequency is a well-known treatment for fat reduction and body contouring. Vanquish uses Radio Frequency to heat up and kill fat cells, and it does it without even touching your skin. Basically, this machine burns your fat cells and then, over the course of a few days, your lymphatic system gets rid of the cells. While CoolSculpting works to target specific areas for a more customized shape and outcome, Vanquish treatments require the patient to lay under the device while the sensors read your body fat to determine the energy level needed. Since Vanquish uses radio frequency heat to destroy fat, patients with any type of metal in their bodies are not candidates for Vanquish. 

CoolSculpting vs. Laser Lipo- CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive permanent treatment that targets unwanted fat. Many patients that have researched liposuction typically elect to have a CoolSculpting treatment because there is no anesthesia and no downtime. Laser Lipo works by introducing energy from a laser that travels through the skin to the fatty tissue. It melts the fat which is then removed through a suction device attached to a surgical tool called a cannula. Because the laser cauterizes the blood vessels as it works, there is less bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction. Laser liposuction is minimally invasive so you will need local anesthesia. Remember the term #netflixandchill… well, that’s all you need to be prepared for during your CoolSculpting treatment. 

We hope this helps you in your search for the BodySculpting treatment that makes the most sense for you. We are always here to help. If you are interested in joining us for a free consultation to learn more about CoolSculpting, please contact Honolulu MedSpa today! 808.528.0888




It’s that time of year again! The upcoming back-to-back holiday parties, family get togethers and late night work events. I think we can all agree this holiday season crept up on us faster than we expected, and some of us just aren’t ready! We know you have a million and two things to think about this season, so we’re sharing a list of go-to beauty treatments that will keep you looking holiday ready. 


Whether it’s our Signature Hydrafacial or a customized Medical Grade Facial, our skin treatments deliver dramatic results that will leave you red carpet ready for any occasion. With the HydraFacial, this deep cleanse will target specific skin concerns such as congestion, pore size, texture and aging. It is by far our most popular facial service. If you need a little more, try adding on a dermaplaning service, light chemical peel or even upgrading to our Advanced Hydrafacial. Our team of Aesthetic experts are always available to consult with you and create a treatment designed with your needs in mind. 


A treatment that has been popular for decades! Botox uses a natural protein to smooth out frown lines associated with aging that are typical around the eyes, forehead and between the eyebrows. At your first appointment, you will consult with our Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, she will suggest a number of units for your treatment that will soften unwanted lines and wrinkles. Botox injections typically take no more than 15 minutes, and will produce results in about 5-7 days. We suggest to receive your Botox treatment at least 1-2 weeks in advance of an event or party. 


Yet another excellent pre-holiday treatment! HA Dermal Fillers will give you back a natural, youthful look to the face which diminishes with aging. At Honolulu MedSpa we offer a variety of dermal fillers that will help with volume loss around the mouth and jowls, and will help to add contours to the cheeks and jawline. You may experience some mild bruising and swelling after your dermal filler appointment. We suggest receiving this service 2-3 weeks before any event or party. 


A Chemical Peel treatment is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. Patients that are concerned with scaring, pigmentation, texture or just a dull look can achieve healthier and brighter skin after a peel. During the treatment, a peel solution is applied to the skin that causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually shed off. The new, regenerated skin is smoother and less worn. Give your skin time to recuperate and receive peels 2 weeks prior to any event. 


EmSculpt is a revolutionary new procedure that lifts and tones–with no surgery. EmSculpt is based on High-Intensity Focused Electro-Magnetic (HIFEM) field technology which has the ability to induce supramaximal muscle contractions. Build muscle and burn fat with 2 treatments of EmSculpt weekly for 2-3 weeks. Common treatment areas are the abs, glutes, biceps, triceps and calves. This no-downtime, muscle building treatment will have you looking lean and fit in your holiday attire!

If you want smooth, glowing skin, or a more flattering figure in that cocktail dress, make an appointment with one of our consultants today to get you ready for the holidays. Call us today for your complimentary appointment at 808.528.0888.


It’s finally here! We’re turning 18 on September 14th and we’re so excited to celebrate with you. As a way to say thank you for continuing to choose us, trust us, and refer all of your amazing friends and family to us, we want to give big. We’re opening up our treatment rooms and giving you a behind the scenes look at what we do each day to keep our patients looking radiant. Experience live demos and chat with each of the providers in our featured rooms to find out what your customized treatment plan will look like. We’re offering up the best discounts of the year, not to mention a sweet swag bag filled with Honolulu MedSpa goodies. You don’t want to miss this party!

We will have morning and afternoon sessions throughout the day. We ask that you give us a call or send us an email to reserve your spot. There is a $25 reservation fee that will be collected to hold your reservation. You can use this deposit towards your purchases on the day of the event. 

Check-out our must see treatments featured on September 14, 2019:


  • CoolSculpting for fat reduction
  • EmSculpt to build muscle & burn fat
  • Facial Rejuvenation with HA Dermal Filler
  • PDO Threads
  • Dysport and Botox
  • Medical Grade Facials 
  • 4D Laser Facial Rejuvenation
  • Microneedling with PRP (aka Vampire Facial)
  • Consultation Beauty Lounge featuring Skin Better Science Skincare 


We will have exclusive one day only deals on all of our Honolulu MedSpa treatments. Each group who attends will have the chance to win raffle prizes, and the opportunity to win a featured grand prize. We will be hosting pupus and refreshments and valet will be available for your convenience. 

Come join us on September 14th to celebrate 18 beautiful years and find out why our patients have named us the #1 Medical Spa in Hawaii. Meet our amazing team, tour the spa, and experience the difference at Honolulu MedSpa.

We look forward to seeing you next weekend. Please give us a call at 808-528-0888 or email info@honolulumedspa.com to RSVP. 

I have struggled with acne on and off throughout my adult life

Honolulu skin care

I have struggled with acne on and off throughout my adult life. It has been extremely frustrating to say the least. There have been times when I have felt like I tried it all and nothing was working. From over the counter products to prescription acne treatments and skincare regimens designed to clear up my skin, I continued to wake up with new breakouts almost daily. I know first-hand that acne can truly affect your self-esteem, your confidence, and your motivation to do the things you love. I found myself hiding; not wanting to go to events, dinners with my family, or hanging out with my friends.

Acne also began to affect my work life. Working at Honolulu MedSpa, patients look to me for skin advice, they are looking for help with their skin struggles. I thought to myself, “how can I make any type of recommendation when I myself am struggling with painful acne, scaring and hyperpigmentation from sun damage? Why would anyone take skin-care advice from someone who does not have a handle on their own skin?”

Something had to change. I decided to reach out to Kanoe, our lead aesthetician and Sarah, our lead laser specialist for help.

Kanoe completely changed my skincare routine. She took me off the harsh products I was using as well as the prescription-based treatments. She mentioned this was to give my skin a rest and let it breathe. She placed me on a simple and clean regimen and minimized the number of products I was using. As my skin began to heal and become less irritated, we slowly incorporated other products to address my concerns. I was scheduled for monthly HydraFacial’s with blue light to clean my skin and address overactive bacteria. Kanoe spent the time to discuss lifestyle choices with me and explained that diet can affect the skin. We discussed removing foods that can cause acne flare ups such as dairy, whey, peanut butter, and certain types of sugar. I started adding Apple Cider Vinegar to my morning routine to help with the gut.

Now that my skin was clearing up and the days of waking up with new breakouts were behind me, it was time to address the scaring, texture and unwanted pigment. I met with Sarah and she recommended a combination of lights and lasers to address my acne, scaring and hyperpigmentation. She recommended six treatments of the Fotona laser acne series and four treatments of AFT/IPL.

This treatment protocol worked wonders on my skin. It was not a quick fix, but the results are phenomenal. Sarah was wonderful, she knew when and where to be conservative or aggressive with the lasers & IPL. She is so knowledgeable, and I trust her completely with my skin.

Sculptra was another aspect to my treatment. This product helps stimulate collagen production and I know it helped also helped to improve the texture & tone of my skin.

Nine months ago, I wanted to hide. I could not talk to patients about skincare and felt nervous if the topic even came up. My patients have seen me struggle with my skin. They have been so supportive and have noticed the positive changes. I know this because so many of my patients are now saying things like, “Wow, you look great!” “Your skin looks so good from the last time I saw you 3 months ago! What are you doing?” “I want skin like yours!”

This journey has taught me a lot. I know what it’s like to want immediate results but it’s just not realistic. I have learned that it takes time and a multi-modality approach to achieve the type of success I’ve had with my skin.

Thank you for reading about my journey. I wholeheartedly believe in what we do here at Honolulu MedSpa. Our entire team truly cares about the concerns our patients have and will do everything in their power to help you achieve your skincare goals.

Below is my treatment plan designed by Kanoe and Sarah:

Lights & Lasers

Fotona laser acne series (6 treatments)
IPL series (4 treatments)


•SkinCeuticals LHA & Simply Clean Cleanser (we no longer carry these but have alternatives)
•SkinMedica cleanser
•TNS Recovery Complex
•Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment
•Retin A
•SkinMedica Dermal Repair
•Alastin HydraTint



•Chin- Lyft Dermal Filler
•Temples- Lyft Dermal Filler
•Sculptra- 1 vial
•Dysport- forehead, glabella, crow’s feet, browlift, DAO, chin

I look forward to seeing you at the spa. We do offer complimentary consultations if you’d ever like to learn more about our services and what is the best treatment plan for your skin. #loveyourskin


View from Diamond Head Hike

So many people love Hawaii for the many outdoor adventures. Endless hiking trails, kayaking, surfing and a variety of water activities can sure keep us busy. Every year, we reclaim our title of healthiest state in the country, because of our healthy lifestyle and love for outdoor activities. Study shows that the ocean greatly reduces stress, and by regularly spending time near the ocean, positive effects to the brain can occur. Not only that, our aloha spirit and gentle pace is one of the best reasons why Hawaii is truly the best place to call home.

Here is our guide for the best of health and wellness in Hawaii:


Da Cove Health Bar and Cafe- This is a great spot near the famous Diamond Head Crater hike. They have the best acai bowls, fresh smoothies, juices and also wraps. (Probably the best acai bowls in Honolulu!)

Bogart’s Cafe- Just next door to Da Cove, is this newly renovated local hot-spot! They have the best coffee, bagel/bagel spreads (homemade cream cheese), and everything eggs. They also have a heavier meal menu if you’re wanting something a little more hearty! This place is a must.

Leahi Health- This is a great plant-based restaurant where they take pride in using the healthiest, organic ingredients in all of their smoothies, sandwiches and salads. With 3 locations throughout the island (Aina Haina, Kaimuki and Kailua), you can be sure to find this spot wherever you are on the island. They have the best tacos and the yummiest smoothies!

Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha- If you’re wanting the best all-natural shaved ice for a sweet treat, look no further than Uncle Clay’s! Their syrups are homemade with all natural ingredients and use no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors! Once you have this shaved ice, you will understand what we mean… It’s a taste of pure aloha!


Rum Fire- Not only do that have great drinks, but the view here is incredible and a great spot to feel like a tourist or bring guests. Happy Hour is 3-5:00 P.M. daily.

Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian- They own the name Mai-Tai Bar for a reason. They truly have the best mai-tai’s in Hawaii. Happy Hour is 4-7:00 daily.

Doraku Waikiki- If you love sake, this is a spot to come to for happy hour. They offer not only a great drink menu, but also food menu! Happy hour is 4-6:00 daily.

Alohilani- a newer hotel in Waikiki that offers an infinity pool and gorgeous happy hour deck. A 280,000-gallon indoor Oceanarium which is great to see during feeding times and two restaurants by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. They have a luxurious club and spa which offer fitness and yoga classes, and also two complimentary tennis courts.

If you’re wanting to do more outdoor activities, you can also download the app MEETUP and search for things to do with groups, which is always fun! Share your passion or find a workout buddy!


Diamond Head hike- Even though it might be touristy, this is one of the most iconic hikes with panoramic views. This is a hike that the entire family can do that it’s a very simple trail that takes up 25 min. up if you have a moderate pace.

Pillbox hike- This is another short hike with incredible views of Lanikai’s twin islands, It is one of the most picturesque hikes and moderately easy.

Beach Sunset Yoga in Waikiki- You can actually do this both morning and sunset every day right in the heart of Waikiki beach, next to Waikiki Aquarium. You must reserve online here. https://www.sunsetyogahawaii.com/book-now.html

We look forward to hearing about your fun this summer. We sure are lucky we live Hawaii!


How’s your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you hitting your goals, or have you gotten off track? Usually, more than half of all resolutions fail, but it’s all about creating goals that are achievable and realistic. Start off by doing small, life-changing measures and work your way up. You don’t need to try and do them all at once.

Here’s how to stay focused on your New Year’s Goals:


Write down your goals where you will see them.  When you see what you’re working towards you will start putting the focus in and that will help keep you on track.


Be realistic and start with goals that are easy to achieve. For example: Drink more water, meditate more, eat more plants, rather than eating out, cook more healthy foods, or go for a walk in the park. Small goals lead to big goals and that is what we want to work towards.


Don’t create a list that is too difficult to achieve. Be realistic about your time and your lifestyle. If you have to get the kids to practice immediately after work, schedule time for yourself in the morning or take a walk while they are on the field. Be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself if the unexpected comes up.


Get a family member or close friend to help you stay focused and accountable. Consider your needs and what keeps you motivated. If group settings work best for you take this into consideration before you plan your goals.


By working on your list and crossing off the goals you have achieved, you gain confidence to tackle your next goal. Keep moving forward and know that there will be peaks and valleys along the way.

Never give up! As the months go on, it’s ok to revise it, tweak it and make it perfect for you!

Keep going!



EmSculpt is our new non-surgical procedure that helps to tighten abs while losing the flab. It uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to trigger what’s called supramaximal contractions. It helps to tone, strengthen the ab muscles, firm abdominal muscles and also helps the toning and firming of the buttocks.

EmSculpt essentially causes 20,000 muscle contractions in just 30 minutes. Not only does it help slim stubborn fat areas; it also helps to treat mild diastasis recti, a condition where your abdominal muscles separate (usually during pregnancy) which will leave you with a pooch that exercise just can’t budge. Women are not the only patients who suffer from this, we see it in males too.  

What happens during EmSculpt?  

Your medical provider will lie you comfortably on the table depending on what area you are treating and will apply an applicator to the treatment side. For the first treatment, you will start out on the lowest setting as it begins sending high-intensity electromagnetic energy to the target muscles. As the treatment progresses, so do the settings, but within minutes patients are comfortable and able to tolerate the more intense contractions. During the 30 minutes, you will feel the contractions will follow an algorithm.

Overtime, you will be able to begin your treatments at higher settings, with no recovery or downtime needed.

When will I see the results of Emsculpt?

With a recommendation of four sessions- twice weekly treatments for two weeks, you will start to feel more toned and see results.

How long will EmSculpt results last?

A maintenance treatment is recommended every three to six months, but your muscle tone is dependant on your lifestyle and exercise routine after treatment.

Are there any side effects of EmSculpt?

No known side effects from EmSculpt have been reported. If you have a pacemaker or any metal in your body, you should not use EmSculpt.

Is EmSculpt right for me?

If you’re close to your ideal weight, but want more defined abs or a higher, rounder butt, EmSculpt is a good choice for you.

How much does EmSculpt cost?

Each treatment is customized and patients will receive pricing at their complimentary consultation. Packages of the treatment are recommended for best results, and we do offer maintenance treatments for those who have completed a series.  

Contact Honolulu Medspa at 808.528.0888 for a consultation as it’s tailored to meet your exact needs.


Facials are recommended every 4-6 weeks to maintain healthy, glowing skin. It should be added to your regular skincare routine if you want to keep your skin balanced, and keep those breakouts at bay. Here are some dos and don’ts before and after a facial.


– Keep skin hydrated and drink lots of water to flush out all the toxins to keep that healthy, glowy complexion we all love immediately after the facial. More hydration means longer lasting results.

– Keep up with an exfoliant. Dead skin cells build up and depending on the facial, it is recommended to start your exfoliant 3 days after your facial and keep it up 2-3 days per week. The type of skin you present with, type of exfoliant and what treatments you receive will all help determine how often you should exfoliate.

– Use a brightening serum. We love our Vitamin C rich antioxidants and our Lytera. The goal is to brighten dull skin and boost collagen production. Brightening serums keep the skin balanced, toned and radiant.

– Follow your Aesthetician’s advice. We are always here to help you along your skin journey. Our recommendation are customized with your best interest in mind.

– Book your next monthly facial appointment. We offer packages on all of our services and pre-purchasing a series is the best way to stay committed and keep your skin looking its best!


– Try to avoid a spray tan as your skin tone will be slightly off. We have also noticed that when patients receive a spray tan to the face, they are more likely to have breakouts. No thanks!

– Don’t exfoliate our use high percentage retinols 48 hours before your appointment. We don’t want your skin to be over-sensitized and react poorly to the treatment.

– Avoid the steam room or heavy workouts that can make you sweat heavily. We just cleaned your skin, and some inflammation can happen. We suggest waiting 24-48 hours after your treatment to resume those heat related activities.

– Wax, shave or have laser hair removal immediately after. We do allow laser hair removal appointments to be booked right before the treatment, but not after. Waxing and shaving is permitted before, but not after.

– Spend time in the sun immediately after your appointment. Let your skin soak up all the goodness it just received and do not expose it to harmful UV rays. You are more likely to get a sunburn to the skin if you are exposed to sun immediately after an exfoliating facial

– Pick at the skin. Please just don’t. If we didn’t get it the first time there was a reason why. We will always explain what we are doing to the skin and what it can handle.  

Ready to put these facial dos and don’ts into action? We look forward to helping you meet your skin care goals, give us a call to book your facial treatment at Honolulu MedSpa. Call us today at 808.528.0888



Are you drinking celery juice too? It seems like everywhere you turn, everyone is drinking celery juice thanks to “Medical Medium” Anthony Williams. He is the creator of this global celery juice movement and a four time New York Times best-selling author. Even celebs including Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Pharrell are jumping on the celery juice bandwagon. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, or just want to know some fun facts; read on as we share the real, raw reasons we’re loving our celery juice and why you may just want to give it a try too.

Celery is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K and has powerful antioxidants. With excellent sources of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, this low calorie diet helps your body maintain its blood pH level.

Benefits of Celery Juice?

Anthony William insists that celery juice flushes out metal toxicity, pesticides and herbicides that are inside our liver. It helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause diseases.

It also helps with…


  • Inflammation
  • Cleanses the body of toxicity
  • Reduces bloating
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps with eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Ease digestion
  • Helps with constipation
  • Improves Kidney function


Juicing VS. Blending:

There are two ways you can drink this. If you have a juicer, run one bunch of celery through it. If you have a blender, blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth, then strain well and drink immediately.

He recommends drinking 16 ounces on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Wait at least 15 minutes after drinking your celery juice before consuming anything else. If you’re sensitive, and drinking 16 ounces is too much, start with a smaller amount and work your way up. Use organic celery whenever possible and wash well before juicing.

Enjoy your morning!


Mythbusters! We’re breaking down some common skin myths and giving you the facts!

Skin mythbusters

We’ve all heard the popular misconceptions and rumored wives tales about beauty, but are they right? We are settling all the facts that are the most popular myths that we’ve all grown up to hear over the years…

MYTH #1: You don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin.

FACT: No matter what your skin type is, you need to be using some kind of moisturizer to keep your skin balanced and nourished. While oily skin requires the least amount of added moisture, a moisturizer is still vital for nourishing and hydrating the skin.  

MYTH #2: You only get acne from not washing your face.

FACT: Most cosmetic products that provide color and create illusion on the skin leave a toxic film on the skin’s surface that can cause irritation, inflammation, dehydration and clog the pores. But keep in mind that genetics, and hormonal fluctuations can cause those breakouts too. Many times meeting with a licensed skin professional is the best way to start your clear skin journey. It could be as simple as proper clinical and homecare maintenance to clear up irritation.

MYTH #3: You can get rid of cellulite permanently

FACT: Ultimately cellulite tends to be hereditary; it doesn’t just affect people who are overweight. Exercising and keeping the area toned reduces it, but you can only improve the appearance.

MYTH #4: People with dry skin age faster

FACT: The main cause of ageing skin is predominantly sun exposure, smoking and pollution. Over time, sun exposure breaks down collagen fibers which keep the skin looking youthful and plump. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles or ageing, however it can emphasise them.

MYTH #5: Applying a higher SPF means you can stay in the sun for a long time

FACT: Theoretically, a higher SPF increases the amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected, however, you still need to reapply regularly as sunscreen with a high SPF wears off as well. Ingredients play a role in protections as well. Look with products that have a high zinc level for optimal protection.

MYTH #6: All-Natural products are the best

FACT: Natural may be “in” and sound good, but the fact is that these products hardly ever deliver on their promises. Look for medical-grade products with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients for products that will truly change, correct and improve the skin.

MYTH #7: All I need to do for great skin is drink 8 glasses of water a day

FACT: While water is great for overall health, it is a small part of the picture when it comes to the quality of your skin. Protecting your skin with sunscreen and using a proper skincare regimen is vital to keep your skin looking its best.

MYTH #8: You should use the same skincare products for day and night

FACT: During the day, your skin is in “protect” mode, and you should help it on its way with products that offer defense from free radical damage and sunlight. Always wear sunscreen or skincare products that provide SPF protection and include antioxidants. At night, your skin is no longer defending itself from pollution or light, and so night time products tend to be more regenerative and contain restorative ingredients such as peptides, vitamins and retinol.

MYTH #9: Rubbing alcohol will “kill” your acne.

FACT: Rubbing alcohol is much too drying and irritating for skin. It will dry you out so much that your skin will overcompensate by producing excess sebum and clog you up.

MYTH #10 Botox prevents wrinkles permanently

FACT: Botox can help prevent deep imprinted lines that we refer to as wrinkles because of the effect of relaxing the muscles that can cause creases in the skin. When you have Botox, you are preventing fine lines and preventing the deepening of those wrinkles that you already have. If you start early, you will atrophy the facial muscles and weaken them so you don’t have to get Botox as often when you are older.

Whether you want to bust more skin care myths or you would like a professional skin consultation, we are only a phone call away! 808-528-0888