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Inside Honolulu MedSpa: Beauty Talk with Olivia & Kanoe

What’s your take on beauty when you work at Hawaii’s leading medical spa? We chatted with two of Honolulu MedSpa’s top medical aestheticians and laser technicians, Olivia Bears and Kanoe Oda, to find out.

Olivia fell into aesthetics accidentally after happening upon a booth for a beauty and wellness school at a college fair. Kanoe, on the other hand, was always interested in looking good, and knew skin care would be a perfect fit for her. Both ladies do some of the finest laser hair removal, facials and chemical peels you’ll experience anywhere on the island. But what do they follow when it comes to their personal beauty routines? We knew you’d ask. Read on for their answers.

How has living in Hawaii impacted your perspective on beauty and wellness in general?

Olivia: Hawaii is such a melting pot of cultures. Living here has reinforced for me just how different all of our needs and wants are in the sense of beauty. So having an open mind is key.

Kanoe: Living in Hawaii in particular, being in the sun is almost unavoidable and that has definitely made me realize how important it is to protect our skin from the sun.

Can you describe to us your personal skincare routine?

Olivia: I tend to have more temperamental skin, but I’m a product junkie, so it’s a problem. I love trying new things, but sometimes my skin doesn’t respond very nicely, so for the most part I keep it simple. As of right now, in the morning I use SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel and a physical, zinc-based sunscreen. Before bed, I always use my SkinMedica Retinol, usually followed by SM TNS Recovery Complex, and then usually finished with my SC Phyto Corrective Gel.

Kanoe: I think simple is best! After cleansing and toning, prevent, correct and protect.

What skincare products or ingredients are you most excited about these days?

Olivia: I love products that work overtime! Any product that can address multiple concerns or is diverse enough to use on multiple skin types is great in my book.

Kanoe: Antioxidants are amazing! I’m really excited about bringing SkinCeuticals back to the spa. 😉

Who is your beauty icon? Why?

Kanoe: Jessica Alba, she has a natural beauty which I aspire to have. And also with her new skincare line, she knows the importance of good quality ingredients and keeping beauty simple.

If we looked, what would we find in your bag right now?

Olivia: Lip balm, HydroFlask, hand lotion and doTerra Peppermint Beadlets.

Kanoe: Lip tint, eyeliner and powder.

What one treatment could you not live without?

Olivia: Laser hair removal.
Kanoe: Botox. 🙂

If you could speak to her now, what skincare or beauty advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Olivia: “Stop looking for a ‘cure-all!’ There’s no quick fix for anything in life. Just take care of yourself!”

Kanoe: “Stay out of the sun!”

Give us your best anti-aging tip?

Olivia: Hydrate and start preventative measures young! It’s SO much easier to prevent aging than it is to reverse aging.

Kanoe: Always use sunscreen and take antioxidants.

What’s your personal beauty philosophy?

Olivia: Beauty starts on the inside. Happy people are the most beautiful people. But I also believe that we feel our best when our outside matches how we feel on the inside.

Kanoe: True beauty is a lifestyle and comes from the inside out.

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Anti-Aging Skincare Part Three: Skincare in Your 50s and Beyond

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Aloha, Beautiful.

By this time, in your fifth decade, you absolutely owe it to yourself to treat your skin with care, respect, and gratitude.

Skincare in your Fifties

Combining multiple treatments is the key for optimal, long-lasting results at this age. For prevention and restoration, BOTOX® and dermal fillers can temporarily work to re-volumize facial contours and smooth over stubborn lines and wrinkles. However, in our fifties, we become more and more familiar with dark spots from scarring and sun damage.

At Honolulu Med Spa we often recommend AFT/IPL for patients in this age group whose main concern is color correction. We love this because it precisely targets broken blood vessels, dark melanin spots associated with freckles, sun spots, flushing, ruddy skin, and rosacea. Despite its strength, this treatment also gently preserves surrounding healthy tissue.

For other concerns, such as loose skin and loss of volume, there are now more comprehensive treatments, like the 4D Facelift, that work wonders for skin rejuvenation. Treatments such as facelifts should be done in a series over several months, with follow-up maintenance for best results.

Of course, we would be remiss if we neglected to mention that it is, in fact, hard to put a number on skin. So much depends on lifestyle, genetics, and even how we deal with stress. Honestly, no size fits all. That’s why at Honolulu MedSpa, we offer complimentary consultations that outline a manageable, proactive skin care treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs.

Visit our Hawaii medspa to book your free consultation and take charge of your skin’s future today!

Anti-Aging Skincare Part Two: Skincare in Your 40s

If you’re like us, you’re probably amazed at how much the body has a mind of its own, especially as time passes. When we’re young we think we are completely in control of our beauty. We may even take our skin for granted. Then, come middle age our whole perspective changes. We’re grateful for days without eye bags. We realize our smile lines are here to stay (not just when we’re smiling.) And we begin to think fondly of the days when we rolled out of bed looking fabulous, despite a past-midnight bedtime.

At Honolulu Med Spa we see patients of all ages and believe us, there is always something you can do to improve your complexion and feel happier about your skin right now, no matter what age you are. We’ve put together this simple two-part guide (see Part 1 here) to introduce you to your biggest skin care challenges at every decade of life, and your best options for overcoming them.

Without further ado, here’s your skin care report for your 40s, 50s and beyond.

Skincare in Your 40s

Fabulous at 40, right? What a great age to be! You’ve played, you’ve worked, and you still have so much living to do.

If you haven’t paid your skin enough attention until now, book a complimentary skincare consultation with a Honolulu MedSpa skincare expert and get a tailored age-prevention and skin restoration plan in action. It won’t cost you a dime to get an assessment and it may just give you a brighter outlook on the coming ten years. If you have been a diligent skincare student during your “younger” years, it’s very likely you are still getting carded. If this is the case, reward yourself with monthly facial.

Throughout this decade, lines will become more defined and the skin will inevitably begin to lose elastin and collagen which equals volume loss. In fact, at this point, it is very likely that your skin cycle has slowed down from its youthful 28-day cycle to a long-winded 40 days. Good news: Skincare scientists have cultivated powerful tools for fending off skin laxity, uneven tone, and creases.

Meet your new best friends: Venus Freeze + Injectables.

A Honolulu MedSpa favorite, Venus Freeze uses a multipolar radio frequency and magnetic pulse fields to stimulate the production of new collagen. This super-charged boost in collagen and elastin can quickly and effectively soften some of the most deep-set creases while firming the newly revitalized skin. This process actually continues for an additional six to 12 months afterward. The results are smoother, firmer, and more supple skin around the chin, jowls, throat, and jaw—all very common areas of concern during our fifties. Typically, patients book maintenance appointments quarterly; however, we have some who opt for this treatment monthly!

Let’s talk JUVÉDERM®

Let’s talk a little bit about injectables. Many men and women in their fifties choose to receive BOTOX® injections every three months to minimize the appearance of new lines around the eyes and forehead. Our favorite fillers, JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA, and VOLBELLA®, can provide just the right amount of plump to areas that reveal volume loss, such as around the eyes, the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and mouth. JUVÉDERM® especially has truly captured the market share on quick, nearly painless plumping for fuller lips, smoother skin, and volume restoration.

Interested in learning more?

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How to Get Rid of Cellulite and Fat: From CoolSculpting to Venus Freeze

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Fat Loss. Cellulite Removal. Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Interested in body sculpting? You’re not alone! The idea of being able to (finally) kiss that stubborn bulge goodbye, or get that smooth curve you’re so close to achieving, is undeniably enticing. But where to begin?

If you’re new to body sculpting treatments, or perhaps interested in really amping up the results, keep reading. But first, let’s look at what your body sculpting options are, and how these fat loss and cellulite removal treatments work:

Best for Treatment Overall Fat Loss: CoolSculpting© Plus+

CoolSculpting®, one of the most popular treatments at Honolulu MedSpa, permanently freezes away fat from the belly, thighs, and other large areas of the body through a process called cryolipolysis. While this treatment has quickly become a household name based on its rockstar results, our process and approach—we call it CoolSculpting® Plus+—can provide extremely comprehensive and unparalleled results. Our technique introduces Z-Wave technology to the CoolSculpting® process, which adds a powerful boost to the combustion of fat molecules. There’s no downtime, and you can expect to see up to 25% of fat cells gone from treated areas.

What makes CoolSculpting® Plus+ so popular and effective is the range and breadth of resources we have to treat a variety of areas on the body. There are a variety of device combinations and techniques to freeze your way to a slimmer silhouette. Want double the impact in less time? Come on in for a consultation and we’ll bend your ear on DualSculpting. For smaller areas of concern, like the double chin (or submental fat) and underarms, the CoolMini® does a beautiful job eliminating fat cells. You can expect to see the first results about three weeks after your treatment date.

Best Treatment for Refined Body Sculpting: TightSculpting™

Honolulu MedSpa is the first medical spa to deliver the advanced laser treatment TightSculpting™ to Hawaii! This groundbreaking, versatile body sculpting and skin tightening treatment have been making many patients smile based on some beautiful results. During the procedure, multiple lasers work at the same time to gently treat areas plagued by stubborn, excess fat. The first stage heats fat cells beneath the skin, and the second stage works on the skin’s surface to stimulate new collagen growth. Seeing smoother, lifted skin right away is one of the best parts of a TightSculpting™ session!

Best Treatment for Cellulite Removal: Venus Freeze®

A tried-and-tested choice, especially when it comes to cellulite, the Venus Freeze® device uses multi-polar radio frequency to shrink fat cells and spur existing collagen to contract. This treatment is usually requested for the thighs and derriere and anywhere cellulite regularly rears its ugly head. We suggest patients book at least one session per season, but many patients schedule treatments monthl—they enjoy the results that much.

Interested in learning more?

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All About Kybella: How to Get Rid of a Double-Chin

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How to Lose Your Double-Chin Without Liposuction

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Fat cells could win an award for stubbornness. We know this (and probably, you do too) because we’ve all got that one area where our fat cells just won’t let go. And that one bulge or roll often keeps us from feeling fully confident in our bodies.

In the past we’ve introduced body contouring technologies that address areas such as belly fat (the usual culprit), upper arm fat, and love handles. Today we’ll take a look at technology specifically created to treat a very visible part of the body: the chin, or the double-chin, to be precise. Meet Kybella®.

An Introduction to Kybella®

Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable treatment for adults, that targets fat cells in the chin using a naturally occurring ingredient called deoxycholic acid. In the past, if you were unhappy with your profile or the appearance of a double chin—known in the beauty industry as ‘submental fullness’—having surgery was one of the only ways to treat the problem.

As many men and women know, a double chin—one that remains with both weight loss and weight gain—can be a troublesome area that has been known to be very difficult to treat without surgery. A double-chin, or submental fat, can be the result of genetics, weight gain, or aging. Either way, you may not be overweight, you may even exercise a lot, and still find your double-chin to be an area of concern. In fact, for many people, a double-chin carries more weight (pardon the pun) than fat elsewhere, because it often contributes to looking older or heavier than you really are.

But enough of what we already know. Here’s the good news: Kybella® is proven to effectively treat submental fullness by removing fat cells in the area for good. Kybella® is non-invasive and does not affect nerves or muscles. With each Kybella® injection, fat cells in the area break down and undergo cell death. With time the dead cells are naturally flushed out of your body.

What to Expect From Your Kybella® Treatment

At Honolulu Med Spa, all of our patients are given a complimentary consultation session to discuss their goals, needs and to outline a treatment plan. If you’re doing Kybella®, your aesthetician will help you decide on the number of treatments needed for the result you want to have. Treatments are spaced one month apart, and most patients choose between two to five treatments. During your appointment, you’ll receive multiple small injections of Kybella®. The whole procedure usually takes less than half an hour to perform, and can easily be done on a lunch break.

‘What about pain?’ we hear you ask. You can expect the area under your chin to be red and a bit hot after your treatment. Swelling, bruising, or numbness are all common side effects after Kybella®, but these are just temporary and should go away in a few days. Finally, all that’s left is to enjoy your new profile. It sometimes takes the body a few weeks to fully flush out the dead fat cells, so be patient as you wait to see results. As the cells are removed, the skin will produce new collagen, which has the effect of tightening up the area, for a lovelier look.

Because the effects of Kybella® are permanent, once you’ve achieved your desired results no follow-up treatments are necessary, although you will want to maintain your new profile with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Interested in trying Kybella® and finally saying ‘goodbye’ to your double-chin?

Get in touch with us today and we’ll give you all the information you need to get started.

Aging Skin—Skincare in Your 20s and 30s

Anti-Aging Skincare

One is never too young to begin implementing a healthy skincare regimen. And, our team of skincare experts will never ever encourage a patient to simply quit on self-care and active skin maintenance. Beautiful healthy skin is possible at any age and we certainly have the tools and treatments to support this. The trick to keeping troubled skin and signs of aging at bay is knowing when the challenges are likely to occur and how to address them head on—whether you are 25 or 75!

At Honolulu MedSpa, we offer complimentary consultations to inform and guide patients on manageable, proactive skincare treatment plans that are tailored to address his or her individual needs. With that said, there are some skincare treatments that, by design, will troubleshoot many of the common challenges we face from one decade to the next. Should. Here’s Part One of our two-part series on caring for your skin at any age. Let’s jump in!

Skincare in Your 20s

Ah, youth! Sure, there may be some congestion and hormonal flare ups along the way, but generally, our twenties are a blissful period of skin bounce-backs and overnight recoveries. Sadly, as George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” If you’re in your twenties now, listen up! Your future self will adore you for it. (If you’re a decade or two, or four, beyond this youthful state, there’s hope—just keep reading.)

How well (or poorly) you treat your body in your 20s will show up later in life. Use this decade to discover your skin profile and its unique challenges. Get a headstart on preservation and maintenance by investing in a thorough skincare regimen that includes a cleanser, intense hydration, retinol, and SPF (we repeat: SPF). Build a habit of booking monthly facials; Our favorite for the 20-something: The HydraFacial. Whether you are dealing with an angry breakout or you’re recovering from a night that went far past the waking hours, this facial will help decongest clogged pores, revitalize your glow, and smooth out any indications of fatigue.

Learn about ingredients, consult with an expert, invest in the right products, and use sunscreen liberally (No, this is not a broken record.) The best advice that no one in their 20s wants to hear? Tanning will age you and poorly managed stress will show up sooner or later. It’s just a fact and, to boot, skin cancer is preventable, but all-too-often a consequence of neglectful self-care habits.

Skincare in Your 30s

No more practice, you’re down to the business of real life. You may be feeling more like yourself than ever, and then—surprise! Those first little fine lines around the eyes and mouth are beginning to make their debut. Days spent lounging in the sun start to show. Remnants of late night outings have become increasingly more challenging to hide and the overindulgences during the holidays are really starting to leave a mark. All this means is it’s time to invest more love into your skin.
High-quality products that impact your skin on a cellular level are a must in your thirties. Use serums and moisturizers with proven ingredients—look for hyaluronic acid to nourish the skin and retinol to keep it smooth and free of creases; These are your not-so-secret-but-power-packed weapons for age-defying skin.


Our Aestheticians Advice: Begin the conversation with a Honolulu MedSpa skincare expert about BOTOX© for wrinkle prevention and for wrangling that pesky pair of newcomers—crow’s feet and forehead lines. The trick to BOTOX>© is to start earlier rather than later as this is a stellar tool for prevention. Another nugget of wisdom—Get to know AFT/IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy), otherwise known as the “photofacial,” because this treatment can help minimize and stave off the brown speckles and uneven skin tone that come with long days out in the garden. These treatments precisely target everything from broken blood vessels, freckles, sun spots, flushing, ruddy skin, and rosacea—while gently preserving and revitalizing the surrounding tissue.

Thinking about taking your skincare to the next level, or have a beauty concern that’s been on your mind? Call or visit our Honolulu Med Spa for a complimentary consultation and a personalized treatment plan. Don’t forget to look out for Part 2: Skincare in Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond —coming soon