Traditional Chinese medicine and Western beauty practices join forces at Advanced Medi-Spa Hawaii. Practitioner Cindy Chang draws on her experience as a licensed acupuncturist and cosmetologist to deliver face-lifts—which rely on fine needles instead of scalpels—and skin-clearing treatments that use intense pulsed light and herbs. A few zaps from a cold laser help erase age spots, freckles, and birthmarks, and the radio-frequency energy emitted by the Lamprobe machine banishes skin tags, clogged pores, and the other blemishes caused by not living in a car wash.
American Board of Plastic Surgery–certified Dr. Jeff Healy and his trained staff at Healy Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa buff, massage, and steam away dry skin, blemishes, and signs of aging via myriad beautifying services. The luxury spa facial relieves tired, stressed-out soul sacks with custom frontal ablutions based on individual skincare needs. A trained aesthetician consults with each client before the facial to determine what products and techniques will react best with customer faces or the unknowable visages of snake-haired Gorgon sisters.
During a visit to DK Advanced Skincare, an experienced aesthetician will work with each client to help create a brighter and younger-looking appearance. Sessions with new clients begin with a skin assessment to evaluate each person's skin type. Some of their treatments, such as diamond microdermabrasion and peels infused with alpha beta acid or salicylic acid, whisk away dull, tired cells to reveal the clearer complexion beneath.
Led by Pravina Kumar, a 22-year veteran of the beauty industry, the Threading Lounge staff uses its namesake technique to gently whisk away unwanted hair above the eyes and lip. Trained hands require a single cotton thread to perform the Asian technique, which isolates offending hairs without irritating the skin or accidentally flossing all the teeth. Threading requires no chemicals, sharp tools, or violent motions—clients simply relax into seats of plush, red cushions under the glow of a crystal chandelier. Threaded hair normally returns on the same timetable as waxed strands, and any length of hair may be jettisoned with the procedure, from peach fuzz to a yak's eyebrows.
Salon C is a full-service salon that updates clients’ looks while bestowing them with personalized attention and complimentary beverages. The experienced and well-rounded staff—composed of Paul Mitchell educators and graduates of the Aveda Institute—keeps their skills current through continual education. Ever on the hunt for the most flattering looks, they begin each service with a thorough consultation that evaluates clients’ eye color, skin tone, and DNA.
On the spa side of the treatment menu, aestheticians use Dermologica skincare products to foster younger-looking facades, while waxing techs create hair-free surfaces. Makeup artists forge temporary or permanent enhancements, and nail techs add another dimension to fingers and toes with 3-D nail art.
In his role as the chief surgeon at Aesthetica Plastic & Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Gregory Caputy draws on knowledge gleaned from his presidency of the Hawaii Aesthetic and Wellness International Institute to strike an ideal balance between artistry and anatomy. Along with his skilled team of aestheticians and medical professionals, Dr. Caputy aims to satisfy beauty desires with cosmetic and surgical treatments for the face, body, and skin—many of which account for the specific needs of island natives and Asians. Among the services offered are Sculptra Aesthetic injections, which helps replace lost collagen and corrects shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds.
The center’s aestheticians exemplify the individual care that Dr. Caputy has sworn by since he began his practice, rejuvenating complexions with custom treatments and staying beside their clients for the duration of each visit. If you manage to sneak away from their sight, take a moment to relax on the waiting room’s tan leather couches, bathe in the sunlight that spills in from oversize windows, or admire Dr. Caputy’s collection of diamond-encrusted stethoscopes.