In medical school, Dr. Carolyn Mai's mentors wanted her to become a surgeon. They noticed her uncanny attention to detail and that she possessed the steady, certain hands and a keen eye—skills which she now uses to administer noninvasive treatments that correct blemishes and signs of aging.
In Dr. Mai's office, patients don’t bounce from specialist to specialist, nor does the doc bounce from patient to patient. She keeps every appointment one-on-one, delivering close, personal attention that not only maintains the continuity of treatments, but also helps put patients at ease. Dr. Mai sees herself as being an approachable doctor who seeks to see her patients feeling more confident on their way out of the office than they did upon entering.
In keeping with this down-to-earth caregiving philosophy, Dr. Mai designed her office to feel light and airy with light blue walls that wrap around white, contemporary furniture. Large leafy plants overlook patients sipping tea and coffee, creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Luxz Esthetics owner Roxanne is one of only seven authorized Intraceuticals skincare professionals in Oahu. In this role, Roxanne administers Intraceuticals's signature treatment, which involves infusing the face with oxygen and painting it with a serum composed of vitamins, aloe vera, green tea, and hyaluronic acid. As implied by its prefix, the Intraceuticals formula seeps deep into pores. As a result, the products stimulate the skin rather than traumatize it with chemicals or gruesome Halloween masks. In addition to the nonchemical peel infusion, Roxanne performs diamond microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells from the superficial layer. She also administers microcurrent treatments to naturally stimulate cell growth and provide a nonsurgical, nonpuppet-string face lift. Roxanne's private salon-studio specializes in other non-surgical skin care procedures including Microdermabrasion, Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Treatment and Atoxelene wrinkle reduction treatment.
Following the lead of medical director Choon Kia Yeo, who boasts 30 years of medical experience, the team at Honolulu MedSpa strives to make clients feel happier, healthier, and more youthful without spending too much time or money. They customize treatment programs to meet each individual's needs and budget, and they offer free consultations to any patients who are still trying to determine their beauty paths.
Despite being a board-certified surgeon, Choon Kia Yeo promotes many noninvasive skin therapies at his practice, including virtually painless laser hair removal and skin-rejuvenation facials that employ laser light, oxygen infusions, and chemical peels. To contour bodies, he and his team use a Venus Freeze skin-tightening system that reduces the appearance of cellulite without breaking the skin. The medspa is also the only certified CoolSculpting practice in the state; there, highly trained technicians target especially stubborn bulges from the outside with the help of noninvasive fat-reduction panels. They also administer injections of Botox and Juvéderm, which help to fill in lines and creases on the face.
In order to make beauty maintenance as accessible to all as possible, Honolulu MedSpa offers evening and Saturday appointments, patient rewards, financing options, a military discount, and monthly promotions.
As its name implies, Accurate Electrolysis aims for precision in each hair-removal treatment it performs—the team of electrologists draws from three modalities to ensure the best possible results for each client. The process begins by inserting a fine metal probe into individual hair follicles, at which point an epilator releases a mild electrical current into the follicle. Depending on hair and skin type, the electrologist can choose to use a direct current, which destroys the hair chemically, a high-frequency current, which destroys the hair with heat, or a blend of both.
Treatments can be performed most anywhere on the body and are designed to work on all hair and skin types; sessions occur more frequently at the beginning of the process and taper off over time. Though hair is destroyed during each treatment, denser, coarser hair generally requires multiple sessions to completely remove.
Brands Used: We use a Cutera YAG laser for hair removal
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 15
The aestheticians at J Beauty Clinic encourage clients to carry themselves a little taller by administering a variety of beauty treatments designed to boost confidence. They use Cutera YAG lasers to remove unwanted body hair, administer LimeLight IPL facials to reduce skin redness and spots, and inject faces with Botox or dermal fillers to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The aestheticians, who speak both English and Japanese, also enhance eye drama by offering clients Latisse eyelash growth serum.