Clyde H. Ishii MD, FACS
About the Practice
Dr. Ishii was President of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from May 2017 – 2018. Currently he is Immediate Past President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Ishii was the first plastic surgeon, from Hawaii, to achieve this honor in ASAPS’s 50-year history.
Dr. Ishii's reputation for excellence in cosmetic plastic surgery is based on his surgical skills and his ability to meet patient's individual goals for looking their best. His high ethical standards, and integrity, have earned him the distinction of being one of the leading plastic surgeons in Honolulu. After practicing in the islands for the past 31 years he has achieved an extremely loyal patient base and has a very high safety and patient satisfaction rate. Dr. Ishii believes in a team approach, and works closely with his staff, to provide his patients with one-on-one support, comprehensive post-operative follow through and educating them on their individual surgery. 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 results in an environment of trust, caring and understanding.
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Non-Caucasian Nose Surgery
Correction of Ear Deformities
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Liposuction and U.A.L. (ultrasound-assisted-lipoplasty)
Functional & Cosmetic Nose Surgery
Comprehensive Skin-Fitness Program
Laser Hair & Vein Removal
Laser Treatment for brown spots
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Tightening
Excel V Laser
Injectable Fillers for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles:
Computer Imaging available
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You have a terrific team! You, Kerry and Cathy have treated me very well and been so supportive. I am very pleased with the results of my surgery and owe it all to Dr. Ishii. He is awesome!
- Breast Implant Revision
Dr. Ishii and his staff go beyond and above to explain every step of the way! They are exceptional!
- Breast Implant Revision
Dr. Ishii and his staff, were amiable, warm, caring and made me feel comfortable, throughout the whole process. Dr. Ishii clearly explained my options, went out of his way to help, and was very reassuring with my decision.
Single best thing about procedure results?
The pleasure of seeing the results.
Exemplary! Dr. Ishii & his staff are the absolute best. I have never received this level of care & professionalism from any other Dr.'s office. He & his staff are highly competent, caring, supportive, friendly and so much more! They have consistently followed up and followed thru with all my requests/questions/correspondences with aloha and promptness. I have complete trust and confidence in him & his staff. Dr. Ishii is thorough and detail oriented. He explains everything honestly, clearly with patience and kindness. He's down to earth and committed to his patients' health, happiness and well-being. I value his integrity and honesty; in fact, he discouraged me from having certain treatments that I didn't need or that he didn't think would be effective for me. He has a keen eye for aesthetics and values results that look natural. He's realistic and has never pushed products/treatments on me to up sell. I have seen him for other treatments, and he has exceeded my expectations! Very humble for someone of his talents.
Dearest Dr. Ishii, Saskia, Kerry and Cathy; (And beautiful Jean!) I have never been as happy as I am now and want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart :-) Today when I was at the park everyone seemed to smile at me and my whole demeanor feels like a brand new me. I wish I could convey exactly what this has meant, on so many levels, but I just hoping you know how grateful I am. I look at my face and neck and cheeks and smile from ear to ear and proudly look into the eyes of everyone I encounter... I finally feel myself again...
Thank you again to all of you for such an incredible experience. I’ll never forget it or you. Transformative!!!
“I truly appreciate all of you for your aloha! It makes a huge difference in one's experience on the health/wellness/beauty journey. I have not received this level of care from any other plastic surgeon's office. You folks are the dream team!”
I can’t tell you enough how happy I am with all my experiences there. Everyone in the office always makes me feel so welcome and comfortable. Dr. Ishii, you and everyone in the office are absolutely the BEST! There are a lot of people out there who think the same. I just thought I would share this with you, whenever I hear people talking about the best Dr., Dr. Ishii’s name most often comes up.
Aloha to the Greatest team in Hawaii,
I am so blessed to be a part of this Ohana! I say that because from the moment I entered into the office 10 years ago until now, I feel like I'm coming home. I'm greeted with a warm welcome by the beautiful ladies who are on the front lines. It's not just business, its relationship and I feel that when I come here. I embrace the sincerity and professionalism that I get when I'm in the office. My visits have been over the top pleasant and I leave with a sense of confidence and joy. Dr. Ishii is by far my hero and I adore him. His bedside manner and expertise is outstanding. He walks you through every step of your procedure and answers any questions with great confidence. I am beyond Blessed to have experienced the service provided here. Thank you for the newsletters that keep me updated. I read through them all and even follow the links.
Congratulations Dr. Ishii for these great accomplishments and for having and outstanding team.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
"Thank you" to Dr. Ishii, you, Kerry, Cathy and team for everything.
Surgeries are never fun but this one was smooth sailing thanks to the professionalism and care of everyone there. J. W. Korea
My appreciation to all of you for always giving me a wonderful treatment whenever I visit with you. It's always a comfortable feeling to come to the office, which is greatly appreciated. DK
I thank you, Dr. Ishii and your wonderful staff for being so great through this process! I am so very pleased with the results! I smile every time I see myself in the mirror. Dr. Ishii is a magician and made me look and feel beautiful inside and out. Thank you and everyone for all that you have done for NEW me!! E. L.
Dr Ishii gave me a facial rejuvenation over a year ago. When I see myself in the mirror now I feel happy instead of shocked and depressed. Dr Ishii is obviously a perfectionist as well as an artist! He also is gentle and kind. It feels comfortable going to Dr Ishii's office as well, as his receptionist and nurses are very friendly and encouraging. The best part is that my skin doesn't look tight as though I've had a major facelift, which was super important to me. People are now quite surprised when I mention my age, which is fun. So, last month, of course I chose Dr Ishii to repair my deviated septum as well as sculpt away bumps on the bridge of my nose. Again, I am delighted with his fine work! My nose is now straight and cuter, yet I still look like me. It takes a lot of trust to have cosmetic surgery and I highly recommend the expertise of Dr Ishii.
He continues to be the best!
Dr. Ishii and his staff are the absolute best – they make their patients feel so comfortable and cared for, and Dr. Ishii’s work is amazing! I never knew that lip fillers could be so subtle and natural, yet make such a big difference in terms of youthfulness and symmetry of the face. One thing I am certain of – the skill, professionalism and artistry of the individual administering the filler makes a significant difference in terms of experience and outcome. Dr. Ishii is the only person I would consider going to!
Thank you for devoting your lives to helping others achieve seemingly impossible goals. I have been so fortunate to have all of you take such good care of me. With heartfelt thanks, L.K. (breast reconstruction patient)
Thank you all so much for the in-depth care, attention to detail to the whole procedure, and for answering my many questions…from the start to the very end, it has been an incredible journey! This is because I have total trust and confidence in my doctor!! Thank you, Dr. Ishii!! L.E. (breast augmentation patient)
Thank you for making me feel beautiful! P.P. (facelift patient)
Although it’s been two years since my surgery, not a day goes by that I don’t think how fortunate I have been since then. I will be forever grateful to you for rejuvenating my face. It’s fun when strangers smile at me now because they think I’m always smiling J L. K. (facelift patient who saved up for 20 years to have her surgery!)
Sincere thanks for the amazing work you did on my surgery and for the wonderful support that you have been for my husband and me. It was a most complicated surgery and I appreciate the incredible knowledge you had to develop in order to execute this surgery successfully. A.B. (facial surgery patient)
My sincere thanks to you and your wonderful staff for preparing me all the way through – pre op/op/post op. Everything went like clockwork. You now have a totally satisfied ex-patient! 77-year old male, R. N. (to improve vision).
Thank you so much for making the last two years a happy experience. You and your staff always makes me feel safe and well looked after – important during all of my reconstructive surgeries! You are the best. K.M (breast reconstruction)
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. M. B. (Breast Augmentation)
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 respect and appreciation! T. M. (Skin Fitness)
Mere words cannot express my most sincere appreciation and gratitude for your excellent and caring services. It was a pleasure to be welcomed to your well organized office by the friendly staff members. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for extending such a “morale boost.” I feel as though life is just starting at this late age, Ha! 82-year old female, E. Y. (lower eyelid surgery)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
Working with Dr. Ishii’s practice since 1996, I continue to be fascinated by our specialty of plastic & reconstructive surgery. We are so fortunate to have created a great team of professionals which have become our second families. The best part of working together is seeing our patients’ lives improve on many levels.
Saskia Andreola, RN, BSN
I joined Dr. Ishii’s practice in 2005 and have gained expertise in our front office. Greeting our patients and helping them with whatever their treatment needs may be are my main areas of focus. Whether it’s for lasers, fillers, Botox, or minor surgeries, I’ll do my best to take care of your needs.
Cathy Hamasaki, Administrative Assistant
In 1986 I was working at Straub Clinic as an RN. Dr. Ishii had just moved back to Honolulu to begin his practice That was my introduction into the field of plastic surgery. He is an excellent surgeon who is very meticulous in the operating room. He continues to provide thorough consultations and is quite focused and caring with his patients.
Jean Cohen, RN
I’ve been handling the billing side of Dr. Ishii’s practice since 1997 and work in the evening part time. Assisting you with any billing concerns and helping to explain the complex world of insurance is my goal.
Paula Okano, Billing Expert
I joined Dr. Ishii’s team in 2007 after relocating from New Mexico. With 36 years of nursing experience, I call this my “happy job.” I love patient care, and most importantly, contributing to our mission to help you look and feel your best.
Kerry Fachan, RN
Background & 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
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
B.A. Biology, 12/73
Honors: Deans List 1970-71, 1973
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
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Publications and Presentations
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
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, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
“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
Practice Changers at American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
2013: Management of Facial Hyperpigmentation
2014: Asian Blepharoplasty Simplified
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
Ishii, C, Current Update in Asian Rhinoplasty. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global o. 2(4);e133, April 2014
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, 2013, 2014
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 2006-2008-2010-2012-2014
Honolulu Staradvertiser People’s Choice award: Best Cosmetic Surgeon 2011
Affiliations & Memberships
Queen’s Medical Center
Straub Clinic & Hospital
Kapiolani Women and Children’s Medical Center
Kaiser Medical Center
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
In April 2016, Dr. Ishii was elected as President-Elect of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS is the most well-recognized aesthetic surgery organization in the world and is comprised solely of board-certified plastic surgeons who dedicate a substantial part of their practice to aesthetic surgery/aesthetic medicine. Dr. Ishii is the first plastic surgeon from Hawaii who has been honored with this position.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Emerging Trends committee
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, active member
Vice President 2015 - 2016
Treasurer 2014 - 2015
Secretary 2013 - 2014
Board of Directors
Membership Commissioner 2010 - 2013
Residents and Fellows subcommittee, Co-Chair 2006-2009
Finance and Investments Committee 2006-2012, Chair 2012-Present
Practice Relations Committee
Future Leaders Committee
Webinar Subcommittee, Chair
Medical Students Committee, Chair
International Visiting Fellow Committee, Chair 2009 - Present
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
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
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.
Staff & Facilities
Skin Care Products
Swiss American Products
Obagi Medical Products
Jan Marini Skin Research Products
Laroche-Posay Skin Care Products
Latisse from Allergan
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