Dr. Stolley Discusses Diet & Topical Products for Healthy Skin

Here at MediSpa Maui we are often asked questions about how diet affects the skin. While it can be hard to tease out what elements in our diet have beneficial effects, a study by Maeve C. Cosgrove and her colleague published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 showed that patients whose faces had a wrinkled appearance reported eating significantly less protein, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Dry skin was observed in women with lower linoleic acid (an essential Omega-6 fatty acid) and vitamin C. We have seen for over 20 years the significant benefits of using the biologically active form of vitamin A on the skin in the form of retinoic acid. Another name for retinoic acid is tretinoin, often referred to as Retin-A, which is the original trade name of the product. In addition, vitamin C has been used for years topically as a potent antioxidant, repairing sun damage and preventing many skin conditions including skin cancer.

At MediSpa Maui we offer both tretinoin and vitamin C topically in the office. There are a host of other topical products that have been shown to help the cosmetic appearance of the skin and more. For healthy, great looking skin, we recommend a nutrient-rich diet low in processed carbohydrates and saturated fats while high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin C and vitamin A. Oral supplementation of these vitamins and nutrients should be considered if one’s diet is lacking in these elements and topical use of physician-grade cosmeceutical products as discussed is highly recommended.

We have a large variety of the most effective topical products available at MediSpa Maui. If you have questions or need to purchase skin care products, feel free to come by our new location at 1445 South Kihei Road or call us at (808) 879-4909. We can also set up a complimentary cosmetic consultation on skin care and other aesthetic needs for you. LIKE us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on MediSpa Maui news, giveaways, and promotions.

Thank you,
Brian Stolley, MD

1000’s of Micro Channels for Youthful Skin with MicroNeedling

In our busy world, it can occasionally be difficult to take time out for a laser treatment. Did you know that MicroNeedling at MediSpa Maui is a collagen stimulating treatment that involves zero downtime? Or that MicroNeedling can be performed on any skin type or color? No need to worry about any suntan on your face with MicroNeedling. Of course it goes without saying that you should be wearing your sunscreen!

MicroNeedling is a safe, chemical free treatment that triggers new collagen. This non-surgical option is a wonderful choice for patients that don’t want the downtime of a laser treatment like CO2. MicroNeedling creates healthier, younger looking skin by stimulating collagen. The MicroNeedling device contains wheels of small needles that penetrate the surface of the skin to create thousands of superficial micro channels. It’s this controlled slight ‘injury’ to the skin that pumps up the collagen and elastin production. The surface of the skin is left intact, but below the skin your collagen is busy plumping, filling and firming.

MicroNeedling may improve the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, unwanted skin pigmentation, and other scars. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles. It aids with enhanced product absorption, allowing medical-grade skin care products to work to the best of their abilities during the healing process. With a MicroNeedling treatment regimen, your skin will become smoother, firmer, and tighter. By doing MicroNeedling at MediSpa Maui versus using an at-home device, you’re greatly reducing the risk of potential infection.

Typically we recommend a series of 6 MicroNeedling treatments, performed once per month, with long lasting results. During our April promotion receive FREE MicroNeedling with the purchase of Thermi Tight—the perfect time to try it! ($350 value) Call us to book your MicroNeedling treatment today at (808) 879-4909. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with MediSpa Maui News, Events and Specials. Mahalo!

8 Treatments to Smooth Summer Skin with Laser Hair Removal

When you’re feeling pressed for time in the morning, do you dash through your shower without shaving your legs? When all know that little task takes some time. Consider laser hair removal, a wonderful choice for those of us that are tired of shaving. It’s also an option for people that have unwanted hair growth, or issues with ingrown hairs. At MediSpa Maui we have the most advanced laser treatments for effective reduction of unwanted, dark-pigmented hair for men and women of most skin types.  

At MediSpa Maui, we use the LightSheer which is a pulse diode laser. During a laser hair removal treatment, the laser emits a light that is absorbed by the hair pigment. This very brief pulse of laser light is enough to damage the follicle. Our laser at MediSpa Maui also has a contact cooling hand piece for your comfort, appropriately called the ChillTip.

After completing a series of laser hair removal treatments, you’ll see an 85% – 95% clearance of the hair. After each treatment you’ll see a 15% to 20% reduction in hair. We typically recommend about 8 treatments. The number of treatments is unique to each person. It depends on hair texture and color. Laser hair removal works best on darker, coarser hair. These treatments aren’t effective on white, blonde, gray or red hairs because of a lack of pigment.

We offer laser hair removal on most areas of the body for softer, smoother skin. This is a quick and easy treatment with no downtime. You may experience some redness up to the first 24 hours. As always, use your sunscreen (a minimum of 30 SPF) to protect the skin post treatment. Don’t miss our Laser Hair Removal GIVEAWAY during March on Facebook! For our MediSpa Maui March Promotion we are offering a free 2nd smaller area with purchase of a Laser Hair Removal series. Call us for details, we’ll help you get that skin silky smooth! (808) 879-4909

Sharing our New MediSpa Maui Home with YOU and Fantastic February Specials

We’ve opened new doors, and we’re doing new things her at MediSpa Maui! We’re in our new home on South Kihei Road, complete with our new sign that just went up today. To celebrate our move-in, we’re offering several fantastic February specials. This is our way of saying a BIG thank you to our patients for your continued support of MediSpa Maui. You were very patient with us while we went through the process of moving, and we really appreciate that.


Botox Special:
$12 per unit when you purchase 50+ units and additional $20 Off
Purchase 50 units and a 5ML Latisse and receive a FREE 3ML Latisse ($150 Value)
Purchase 100 units and receive a FREE 5ML Latisse ($225 Value)

Filler Special:
Voluma: $320 OFF each syringe (Reg Price $1200 per syringe)
Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Restylane, Perlane and Belotero- $70 off each syringe (Reg Price $600 per syringe)
Receive a FREE TNS Eye Cream or Colorescience Sunforgettable mineral powder when you purchase 2 syringes of any filler ($95 Value)
Receive a FREE Vitalize Peel & FREE TNS Eye Cream or Colorescience Sunforgettable mineral powder when you purchase 4 syringes of any filler ($245 Value)

Photofacials, 1540′s & Venus Skin Firming:
35% OFF your treatments and receive a 4th Treatment FREE when you purchase a series of 3 or more
Total FX Fractional Resurfacing: $500 Off

Coolsculpting:  $500 OFF any treatment of 2 or more cycles
Laser Hair Removal:  Purchase 5 treatments of any area & receive 2 FREE Underarm Treatments
Peel Special: Purchase 3 Vitalize or Rejuvenize Peels: Receive a FREE 4th Peel and $100 in FREE Products ($250-$350 value)
Spa Facials:  Receive a FREE Venus Skin Firming treatment with your Spa Facial ($150 Value)
Latisse Specials:  Receive a FREE 3ml when you purchase a 5ml Receive 2 FREE 3ml when you purchase 2 5ml Receive 3 FREE 3ml when you purchase 3 5ml

Thank you~ We look forward to sharing our new MediSpa Maui with you!

Dr Brian Stolley and the MediSpa Maui Team

1445 South Kihei Road



Ring in the Holidays with Botox Looking Smooth and Refreshed

Is Botox on your Christmas list? Wanting to look smooth and refreshed around the Christmas tree? Santa asked us to help you with that! Botox Cosmetic is a well-loved product that we’ve been using at MediSpa Maui for years. Botox is a great way to reduce lines and wrinkles in various areas of your face and neck. Botox is a purified protein that comes from a bacteria. This is a natural protein that works between the nerve ending and the muscle. Botox blocks the communication between the nerve ending and the muscle so the muscle doesn’t contract. This means softer facial expressions!

Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved for use in the frown lines and the squint lines. At MediSpa Maui we inject Botox in the forehead, between the eyes, the chin, in the down turn of the mouth, and in the muscles of the neck. Botox also has many FDA approved uses for medical reasons such as migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox has been around for more than 20 years from a medical standpoint, and 8 to 10 years from a cosmetic standpoint. It is a very safe way to reduce lines and wrinkles of action. It provides a smooth and soft look by reducing the action of these muscles. Picture yourself at special holiday events with a smoother forehead and softened crow’s feet.

Common dosages include 20 to 25 units in the frown area (between eyebrows), and about 12 units per side in the squint area along the eyes. Every Botox treatment is unique, so come in and see us and we’ll determine the best number of units for your needs. Our November Promotion offers a FREE Venus Skin Firming Treatment when you purchase Botox and Fillers ($250 value). Call us for details and appointments at (808) 879-4909. You can also visit our website at www.medispamaui.com. ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook to stay up-to-the-minute on Special Events, Promotions, and News. Happy Holidays!

Free Venus Skin Firming with Botox/Filler!

A ‘Cool’ Way to Reduce Fat with 0 Downtime – CoolSculpting at MediSpa Maui

Sometimes the ‘no pain, no gain’ rule just doesn’t quite work in our favor. Those stubborn areas of fat may not respond to the effort and pain we’re putting in at the gym. So what if we told you at MediSpa Maui we have a ‘cool’ way to reduce the fat in those stubborn areas with zero downtime? Now you’re listening! Today we are talking about CoolSculpting, which is a device made by Zeltiq. In a nutshell, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat freezing procedure that is FDA-cleared. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, there’s also no downtime with CoolSculpting.

At MediSpa Maui we’ve had the CoolSculpting device for over a year, and we’ve been very happy with it. It treats stubborn areas of fat on your body, also referred to as pockets of fat, where fat can be difficult to get rid of on your own. It is often used in the abdominal area, the flanks (our lovehandles), and on the inner and outer thighs. CoolSculpting is unique in that it uses cold to remove the fat. Our fat cells are rather tolerant of heat, but they’re intolerant of cold. The CoolSculpting device essentially takes the temperature of the tissue down to a little bit above freezing and the fat cells actually crystallize, then die. Skin doesn’t crystallize due to the water content of skin, so it remains untouched and protected.

There are several different adapters or handpieces that we can use to treat the different areas of the body. The treatment is done for about an hour, and the patient gets to relax at this time. During the treatment a patient can nap, read a good book, or check email. It gets rid of about 25% of the fat in a given area. CoolSculpting can be done as a stand-alone treatment, or a one-time procedure, but some patients will choose to do it a couple of times to get rid of about half the fat in a given area. The benefits of this device include no real downtime, it is non-invasive, and it is a good alternative to a procedure like invasive liposuction. It is important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, it is a spot reduction procedure. I had the procedure down myself over the abdomen, and I noticed a nice improvement. Some patients, myself included, noticed some numbness and tingling in the area that lasts for about 2 to 4 weeks and then improves over time. I look and feel great now!

Recently on E! News there was a segment on CoolSculpting from the patient’s perspective of what it’s like to have the treatment done. The segment also shared some great educational material about CoolSculpting. I recommend that you go to the E! News segment and check it out. You can find a link to the segment on our Facebook page at MediSpa Maui, as well as our video blog .

MediSpa Maui is hosting a special event later in October for CoolSculpting. If you’re interested in attending or if you have any questions, please call us at (808) 879-4909. We’d love to hear from you.Thank you!

 Dr. Brian Stolley

Owner and Medical Director

Say ‘Bye Bye Spots’ in 4 to 7 Days with IPL at MediSpa Maui

Fall is upon us, and after a summer of fun-in-the-sun this is a perfect time to talk about Intense Pulse Light treatment at MediSpa Maui. Actually, it is always a good time to talk about Intense Pulse Light and how we can help improve our skin from sun damage—it is always sunny and warm out here in Hawaii! We’re able to spend a lot of time outdoors in our climate, and outdoors means potential sun damage.

Here at MediSpa Maui, we use the Palomar Cynosure device for our Intense Pulse Light treatment, which is a great device. Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, is also commonly known as a PhotoFacial. Essentially it’s a flash of light that goes into the skin and the light energy hits certain pigments. It will hit browns and reds in particular, so we can treat freckles, age spots, sun spots, blood vessels, and rosacea. As we’re treating the skin with these pulses of intense light, we can lift off a lot of the damaging effects that we visibly see from the sun. There are also some subtle changes that happen, such as improvement in the texture of the skin as well as decreased pore size. These are all really nice benefits of IPL. Another significant benefit of IPL is that there is no downtime following this treatment. If you have a lot of brown spots you’ll actually see those brown spots get a little darker for about 4 to 7 days and come to the surface before they slough off. Our patients here at MediSpa Maui love to see that pigment leaving—’bye bye spots!’ If you have blood vessels, they may actually get a little rosier immediately following the treatment. On rare occasions these vessels may get a little puffy. For example if you have a lot of blood vessels under the eyes, they may be puffy for a day or two.

IPL is best done in a series. Often times we’ll see this process get better and better with each IPL treatment. After the treatment your skin might feel a little rosy, almost like you have a bit of a sunburn. You’re able to apply sunscreen and make up, and go about your day. A benefit about the ease of IPL is that it’s a non-ablative treatment, unlike some of the other devices we use here at MediSpa Maui that actually lift off the skin.  With an IPL, the skin stays intact. IPL can successfully be combined with microdermabrasion, peels, and other various treatments.

With our September Special, if you purchase a series of IPL you receive a COMPLIMENTARY Peel or DermaSweep!  That’s a nice way to combine the benefits because we can work on the surface with certain treatments and work deeper with other treatments. It’s very effective also to combine the IPL with our medical-grade skin care products. Nothing beats a great home regimen! If you have any further questions, please give us a call here at MediSpa Maui at (808) 879-4909, or go to our website at www.medispamaui.com. “LIKE” us on Facebook to stay up-to-the-minute on our Special Events, Promotions, and Giveaways. Some restrictions apply on the IPL special, please call us for details.


IPL Results on a MediSpa Maui Patient


Dr. Brian Stolley

Owner & Medical Director



Youth Times 2—Volumize the UPPER Face and Lift the LOWER Face with a Liquid Lift by MediSpa Maui

We hear the phrase ‘Liquid Lift’ but do we know what it means? A ride on a wave, or tipping back a cool drink?! No indeed! It means bringing back the youth to our faces, times 2—volumize the upper face AND lift the lower face. A Liquid Lift at MediSpa Maui may also be called facial contouring or facial sculpting. Essentially a Liquid Lift is addressing the issues that affect us as we age—primarily the loss of volume in our face, particularly the upper face. As we age, we go from what we commonly refer to as the “triangle of youth” with our fullest volume in our upper face, to the “pyramid of age” with our volume sinking into the lower half of our face.

This process starts quite young in our mid to late 20’s as we begin losing volume in the temples, the cheeks, and under the eyes as well. As we lose this volume the face will go from the triangle of youth to becoming more squared off and eventually turning into that pyramid of age. At any point in this aging process we can address this at MediSpa Maui by adding volume back in the form of fillers. We can also use Botox and Dysport to help with some of the frown lines, squint lines, and forehead lines. Botox and Dysport may also achieve an opening up of the eyes and a lifting of the brows.

The fillers that we commonly use here at MediSpa Maui include the Juvederm family of fillers: Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, and Juvederm Voluma. Voluma has the added benefit of lasting for up to 2 years in the cheeks. Sometimes we also use Restylane or Perlane in different areas of the face. Lastly we can use ArteFill, which can provide volume for 5 years or longer.

A Liquid Lift is truly a customized treatment for the patient. Not any one treatment is the same. A Liquid Lift can be done in a short period of time with one or two treatments, or it can be done over several months. Typically we’re treating the temples, cheeks, under the eyes, nasolabial folds, fine lines around the mouth, the lips, marionette lines and the jawline. Fillers can be used in all these areas to rejuvenate the face and give it a more youthful appearance.

When patients come see us, we assess the face to determine what is best for the patient and our course of action with fillers. If you have any further questions about fillers you can give us a call at MediSpa Maui at (808) 879-4909, or visit our website at www.medispamaui.com. Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with promotions, special events, and giveaways.

 Dr. Brian Stolley

Owner & Medical Director of MediSpa Maui

Coolsculpting Event Wednesday June 4th, 2014!

RSVP for our event next Wednesday and receive $500 OFF of your Coolsculpting treatment!

The only non-invasive, non-surgical option proven to reduce stubborn areas of fat by 20-25% per treatment with absolutely NO downtime!

WHEN: Next Wednesday June 4th: Consultation times available from 10am-5pm

WHERE: MediSpa Maui Kihei

DETAILS: We will be offering Complimentary Private Consultations and Education with our Staff and CoolSculpting Specialist. And the best part? We are offering $500 Off your treatment!

Common Treatment Areas: Abdomen, Love Handles, Upper and Lower Back, Inner and Outer Thighs, Arms.

Call Today for details and to RSVP. Go towww.medispamaui.com to learn more about this incredible treatment.

We look forward to seeing you,

Dr Brian Stolley and Team at MediSpa Maui