Clyde H. Ishii MD, FACS, LLC

Honolulu, HI, US
Clyde H. Ishii MD, FACS, LLC

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Ishii's reputation for excellence in cosmetic plastic surgery is based on his surgical skill, honest approach, and most importantly, meeting each patient's individual goals for looking their best. His high ethical standards and integrity have earned him the distinction of being a leading plastic surgeon in Honolulu. After practicing in the islands for the past 26 years, he has not only an extremely loyal patient base but also a very high safety record. High priority to personal assessment of a patients needs and expectations is achieved in an atmosphere of privacy, respect and communication. Dr. Ishii believes in a team approach and works closely with his staff to provide his patients with education, one-on-one support, and comprehensive post-operative follow through. To meet the needs of patients seeking change through non-invasive options, other treatment modalities are available, such as: Skin Fitness (prescription-strength products), Botox, Soft Tissue Fillers, Laser, etc. The primary goal of this practice is to provide you with safe and excellent cosmetic results in an environment of trust and understanding.

Practice Specialization

Facial Rejuvenation:
Eyelid Surgery
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Non-Caucasian Nose Surgery
Fat Grafting
Correction of Ear Deformities
Breast Enhancement
Gynecomastia Surgery
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Liposuction and U.A.L. (ultrasound-assisted-lipoplasty)
Scar Revision
Breast Reconstruction
Breast Reduction
Hand Surgery
Functional & Cosmetic Nose Surgery
Comprehensive Skin-Fitness Program
Laser Hair & Vein Removal
Laser Treatment for brown spots
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Tightening
Chemical Peels
Injectable Fillers for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles:

Background & Certification

Board Certification

National Board of Medical Examiners, July 1979
American Board of Surgery, September 1984
American Board of Plastic Surgery, November 1987
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery, October 1993

Professional Background

Undergraduate Education:
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
B.A. Biology, 12/73
Honors: Deans List 1970-71, 1973

Medical Education:
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
1974-1978, M.D. degree, 6/78

Internship (Post MD Year I):
Surgical Internship, University of California, San Diego, 6/78-7/79

Residency (Post MD Year II-V):
General Surgery Residency, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 7/79-6/83
Chief Resident: 7/82-6/83

Residency (Post MD Year VI-VII):
Plastic Surgery Residency, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 7/83-6/85

Fellowship (Post MD Year VIII):
Hand Surgery Fellowship, New York University, New York, NY, 7/85-6/86

Licensure: State of Hawaii, August 1985

Teaching Appointments

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Publications and Presentations

Speaking Engagements:

Ishii Skin Fitness Gala, Kahala Hilton, 1999

“Turning Back the Clock” Hawaii Executive conference, Mauna Kea, 2000

Ishii Skin Fitness Gala, Waialae Country Club, 2001

2002 Cosmetic Surgery without Surgery: Queen’s Medical Center Community Health Lecture

“Looking Your Best for Success”, Pearl Rotary Club, 2005

“Looking Your Best for Success”, Coldwell Banker Realty, Waialae Country Club, 2007

“Looking Your Best for Success”, Toshiba Office Systems, 2008

National Presentations:

May 1984: (Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons) "Sternal Reconstruction in Infants"

October 1984: (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) "Double Pedicled T.R.A.M. Flap for Unilateral Breast and Chest Wall Reconstruction"

February 1997: (Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons) "Management of Rippling in the Reconstructed Breast

2003 Chairman and Moderator New Member Forum

2004 Chairman and Moderator New Member Forum            

2005 Chairman and Moderator New Member Forum

April 2005/2006: (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) "Complications in Cosmetic Surgery

2006 Chairman and Moderator New Member Forum

August 2006: (American College of Surgeons, Hawaii Chapter) "What's New in Plastic Surgery"

2007 -Chairman and Moderator Residents and Fellow’s Forum

2008-Chairman and Moderator Residents and Fellows Forum

2009-Chairman and Moderator Residents and Fellows Forum

Moderator of Medical Student Symposium,  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Boston, 2011

“Career Niches in Plastic Surgery” , American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Medical Students Symposium, Vancouver, 2012

“Update on Activities of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery”, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, Hawaii. 2012


Ishii, C.H., Bostwick, J. et al: Double-pedicle transverse rectus abdonimis myocutaneous flap for unilateral breast and chest wall reconstruction. Plasti. Reconstr.Surg. 76:901-907, 1985

Chiu, D.T.W. and Ishii, C.H.: Management of peripheral nerve injuries. Orthop. Clin. North Am. 17:365 - 373, 1986

Zubowicz, V. and Ishii, C.H.: Management of ganglion cysts of the hand by aspiration. J. Hand Surg. 1987

Yoshiyama, J. Penoff, J., Ishii, C.H. and Schultz, R.: Straub Burn unit database. Straub Proceedings, 1988

Koh, K.S., Choi, J.W., Ishii, C.H.  Asian Facial Cosmetic Surgery.  In:  Plastic Surgery, 3rd edition.  Elsevier Inc. 2012

Awards & Honors

July 1982 - June 1983, awarded the American Cancer Society Regular Clinical Fellowship. This one year fellowship involved clinical research with Harold Wanebo, M.D. at the University of Virginia and dealt with tumors of the chest wall and reconstruction following extirpative surgery.

1996 Hawaii representative to the American College of Surgeons Young Surgeon Representatives Meeting in Chicago, April 21-22

Best Doctors in America: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

America's Top Surgeons by Consumer's Research Council of America

America's Top Surgeons by Consumer's Research Council for Plastic Surgery

Voted one of the Best Plastic Surgeons in Hawaii by Honolulu Magazine 2006-2008-2010-2012

Honolulu Staradvertiser People’s Choice award: Best Cosmetic Surgeon 2011

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Queen’s Medical Center
Straub Clinic & Hospital
Kapiolani Women and Children’s Medical Center
Shriner’s Hospital
Kaiser Medical Center

Society Memberships

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Hawaii Plastic Surgery Society
Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Offices Held

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Emerging Trends committee

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, active member
Board of Directors
Membership Commissioner

Residents and Fellows subcommittee, Co-Chair 2006-2009
Finance and Investments Committee 2006-2012, Chair 2012-Present
Practice Relations Committee
Program Committee
Future Leaders Committee
Webinar Subcommittee, Chair                                                   
Medical Students Committee, Chair                        
Publications Committee

Assistant Chief, Department of Surgery, Queen’s Medical Center, June 1998-present
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Queen’s Medical Center, 1993-1998
Chief, Department of Plastic Surgery, Shriners Hospital, Honolulu Unit, October 1993-present
Chairman, Peer Review Committee, Queen’s Medical Center, 1994-1998 Chief, Straub Burn Unit 1988-1990
Member, Medical Advisory Committee, State of Hawaii, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, 1988-present
Chairman, Laser Committee, Queen’s Medical Center, 2005-present

Muller-Jones Surgical Society

Jurkiewicz Plastic Surgery Society

Hawaii Plastic Surgery Society
Scientific Program Chairman, 1987-1989
Secretary-Treasurer, 1994-1996

Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons

American College of Surgeons
Nominating committee of the Board of Governors, 2006
Chairman of Nominating Committee 2007
Hawaii Committee on Applicants 1997-present
Hawaii Chapter, Counselor, 1995-1997
Hawaii Chapter, Secretary-Treasurer, 1997-1999
Hawaii Chapter, President, 2001 – 2003
Hawaii Chapter, Governor 2002-2007

Reviewer for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal 2009-present

Reviewer for Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2011-present

Pan Pacific Surgical Association
Plastic Surgery program co-chairman for 1996 Congress
Endoscopy Symposium coordinator, 1996
Board of Trustees, 1996-present
Plastic Surgery Program Co-Chairman for 2000 Congress
Plastic Surgery Program Co-Chairman for 2002 Congress
Plastic Surgery Program Chairman for 2004 Congress

American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Your Consultation

Dr. Ishii will spend a considerable amount of time with you during which time he will take a history, listen to your concerns, use the computer imager as a communication tool and make recommendations. After the consultation is finished, one of his RN’s will meet with you to discuss any other questions or concerns you may have. There is a fee required which is credited to your account if surgery is booked.


*Testimonial for Procedure: General Reconstruction*
Dear Dr. Ishii & Saskia: Thanks you so much for making the last two years a happy experience. You both always made me feel safe, well looked after, & important during ALL of my reconstruction surgeries. You are the best! Thank you, KM

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dr. Ishii: this thank you is long overdue; but not forgotten - I appreciate everything you have done for me over the years. Thank you for being you! GW

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dr. Ishii: I really appreciated your kindness what you've done for me. I'm so happy with everything! Thank you so very much again. CS

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Thank you so very much for my fantastic body! My self-esteem has grown more than you know. WE have been on this path for over three years. Boy, it doesn't seem that long. I'm so thankful and grateful that I was referred to you. You did such a fabulous job! Also, you have such a GREAT staff. They are so understanding, kind, and patient; especially with all my questions. Again, thanks a million! RA

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Saskia - Who would think going to a doctor's office would be so enjoyable! Thanks for all your expert recommendations in working with me on my skin care. Much respected and appreciated! TM

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dr. Ishii: Mere words cannot express my most sincere appreciation & gratitude for your excellent & caring service. It was a pleasure to be welcomed to your well-organized office by the friendly staff members. Thank you, form the bottom of my heart, for extending such a "morale boost." I feel as though life is just starting - at this late age, ha! Thank you very much for taking such good care of me. I'm still receiving compliments ---- at my age! EY

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dr Ishii & Staff: Thank you for all you have done for me. I'm well!! You have the best staff of all my doctors! DF

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dear Dr. Ishii: Thank you for taking excellent care of my hands - It's great to be able to do so many things again! BS

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Saskia - I just had to share with you.....I went to the Salon the other day to get my hair cut. The girl told me that I had great skin. I've never heard that in my life. Isn't that great? Thanks you so very much!! CS

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dr. Ishii & the fabulous back-up team: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me feel whole again! All of the minor pains have been worth it! And best of all getting to see all of you frequently....let's see what can we remake next so we don't forget each other? Ha Ha. Love you all! SK

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dear Dr. Ishii: I just want to thank you for helping me get past this accident. I still remember when I first came to see you and how you treated me with dignity,; whereas the other plastic surgeons wouldn't touch or examine me. I'm not longer embarrassed looking people straight in the eye. I deeply appreciate all you've done for me. You're the most caring and compassionate physician I've encountered and feel very special having the opportunity to have been treated by you. Thanks for all you've done for me! KP

*Testimonial for Procedure: Breast Augmentation*
Dear Dr. Ishii: Just want to let you know how pleased I am with my breast implants. It's so nice to have soft breasts. I also like the size. In a way I'm glad I was forced to have this operation. Hope they last me for the rest of my life. The day of surgery I was anxious and my heart was showoing that. I'm glad you didn't cancel. You really handled the situation so well. I'm so grateful we have excellent doctors like you in Hawaii. God bless you and thanks so much, SH

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Hi Dr. Ishii! Thank you for giving me the final "pieces" of a body that I could not achieve with diet and exercise. I'm so happy because I feel comfortable and complete. I truly appreciate your skill and eye for balance/beauty-you're the best! I imagined feeling better about myself because I'd be proportioned. I could not imagine how great I'd truly feel. SH

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dear Dr. Ishii: I hope it's not too late to send this note but thank you so much for the super job you did on me. I'm very much enjoying the new look that I've never had. It's just great to have them. Dr. Ishii; you're truly the most trustable and skillful doctor that I know. Again, thank you. YS (Japan)

*Testimonial for Procedure: Cosmetic Surgery*
Dr. Ishii & Staff: Thank you so much for your sensitivity and care you gave to me - I felt very comfortable from the very first appointment up to the last. Everyone was so kind and the care I received was both professional and personalized. You all helped to make the experience a blessing for me! With sincere gratitude, MB

View your procedure in 3D

Staff & Facilities

Computer Imaging

Computer Imaging available

Skin Care Products

Procyte Corporation
Swiss American Products
Obagi Medical Products
Jan Marini Skin Research Products
Laroche-Posay Skin Care Products
Latisse from Allergan

Payment Options

Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Check
Financing Options: Care Credit

Clyde H. Ishii MD, FACS, LLC

1329 Lusitana Street, Suite 304,
Honolulu, HI, 96813, US

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