Archive for August, 2009

What’s a little botulinum between friends?

August 23rd, 2009

Dr. Hugo Higa hosted an open house at Aesthetic Vision Center Friday night, where it was rumored he might oblige volunteers willing to give a new botulinum product, Dysport®, a try.

Dysport, which received FDA approval two months ago, is a newer, more affordable and, I’m told, a less painful alternative to Botox® as an anti-wrinkle facial filler.

The event also helped introduce women to the latest skincare products from SkinCeuticals, but those with furrowed brows jumped up when the doctor called for volunteers. It was like watching kids on Christmas morning as about 15 women lined up for injections.

It was a generous offer, considering most of the women received 30 units of Dysport, a value of about $300.

I’m not quite ready for any kind of facial injections, and plan to rely on creams and facials as long as possible. It helps that I have a low threshold for pain, so avoid needles as much as possible. So when they say it’s painless, I don’t know, but there was sure a lot of laughter and zero tears while they were in the chair.

I asked how it feels as the Dysport goes to work, and they said after a while, the area feels heavy. Full relaxation of lines could be expected in about two days, but I could see results on some of the women immediately, and it looked as if they had naturally smooth foreheads.

It’s so amazing that we’ve come to a place where a procedure that might have been done in private a decade ago is now almost a non-stigmatized public spectacle. People are expected to try to look young by any means possible, which is different from altering one’s appearance. When you try to look like Barbie, someone else, or 17 again, you’ve got problems.

I was aware that I was making an icky face as the needle was going into others’ foreheads, when the doctor turned around and laughed when he saw my expression.

As for Higa’s background, he’s a dual–trained ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon, who performs medical procedures to improve quality of vision. Along the way, he added cosmetic procedures that enhance appearance, adopting a “whole you” philosophy after learning that patients were quicker to see a doctor for vanity concerns than health reasons, and while he worked on the beauty aspect, he could also check their eye health.

Aesthetic Vision Center is in the Ala Moana Building that is also home to Bank of Hawaii, opposite Ala Moana Center. You can also visit the Web site

Tiffany holds keys to layering

August 23rd, 2009

Tiffany keys

Tiffany hosted a party last Friday focusing on the art of layering jewelry, a showcase for a special collection of diamond fine jewelry that will be on view through Aug. 27, as well as a full selection of Tiffany Keys, based on archive designs.

The keys start at $100 in silver, and $250 for a small key in 18K gold. The most popular is the small silver key with Tiffany blue heart design ($100). I love the quatrefoil four-diamond pendant in 18k gold (shown above). Chains are sold separately to customize your look, and the different sizes, weights and lengths of chains can be layered to create interest.

I spied other things I liked, like bangles in Tiffany blue and the Paloma Picasso 20-carat pendants, but I need to wait and see how much damage New York Fashion Week brings to my credit card.
Tiffany Hilton

Photos by Nadine Kam
Tiffany Hilton wears Tiffany’s fine diamond jewelry. She was up early the next morning too, where she was helping the Hawaii Foodbank with the Can-struction event at Pearlridge Center and I was the only non-architect judge judging the creations.

Tiffany keys

Natsuko Nobeyama shows how the Tiffany Keys can be layered. She’s wearing a necklace of multiple strands of tourmalines valued at $52,000.

Tiffany invite

The invite, with artwork by Ruben Toledo.