Honolulu Dermatologist
321 N. Kuakini St., Ste. 610
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 US
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5 out of 5 stars PicoWay

Tattoo Removal - Honolulu, HI

Dr. Kitagawa seems very forthright and honest, and he knows what he's doing as far as tattoo removal. He told me that it would take multiple sessions to fade my tattoo out completely, but that luckily because it's not too colorful or big there shouldn't be a problem eliminating it. I can't wait until this embarrassing tattoo is gone forever! I'm so glad I found Dr. Kitagawa because he has the most advanced tattoo removal laser, so I can hopefully get rid of it pretty quickly.

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Botox for a Wedding. Honolulu, HI

Dr. Kitagawa was very kind and efficient. He knew exactly where to place the Botox and how much I needed for great results. When I told him it was for a wedding, he warned me that Botox doesn't take effect immediately. I knew that already, but I appreciated him telling me! I could see the effects after about 4 days and was virtually wrinkle-free by the wedding day.

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Personal Statement

I'm a board-certified dermatologist practicing both general adult and pediatric dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. I specialize in skin cancer checks and treatment, acne treatment, tattoo removal, pigmentation problems, injectables, and more.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology

Awards & Recognition

Professional Recognition:
Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of Hawaii Chapter) and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: University of Hawaii
    Residency: Dermatology, SUNY Buffalo

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PicoWay vs. PicoSure: Which is Better?

PicoWay is my go-to modality for tattoo removal. It uses shorter pico pulses to shatter the pigment into very small pieces that are easily absorbed by... READ MORE

Can this tattoo be removed? (Photo)

I usually recommend waiting 6 to 8 weeks after getting a tattoo you decide you don't like before starting the removal process. This allows your skin... READ MORE

I've heard that getting Botox just above the upper lip can help to "lift" the lip a bit to create a more prominent pout? (photo)

Yes, an expert Botox injector can very carefully select injection sites that will relax some of your lip muscles so that your upper lift will lift a... READ MORE

Tattoo removal, what laser for best results? (photo)

The PicoWay uses intense bursts of pressure rather than light to shatter tattoo pigment so that it can be processed and eliminated by the body.... READ MORE

Would lip fillers alone get my from A to B? (Photos)

Please don't even think about a lip lift! We have such wonderful lip augmenters with the hyaluronic-acid based fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane... READ MORE

I got a tattoo of a Quetzal, a very colorful Bird. I'd like to know how much of a chance I'd have at removing it? (photo)

The PicoWay laser is, in my opinion, the best laser for removing tattoos of varied colors, such as those in your Quetzal bird tattoo. It can be... READ MORE

Which is more effective at building new collagen Sculptra or Microneedling?

Microneedling is a good way to stimulate superficial collagen and/or break up scars. But if you are looking for a big boost in collagen production,... READ MORE

Will it be possible to lighten my sleeve tattoo for a cover up? (Photo)

PicoWay is the most effective laser to remove tattoos. It can even remove bright and light colors, which are the most difficult to fade. Your tattoo... READ MORE

Am I a good candidate for lip fillers? (Photo)

Your lips are very nicely shaped and proportioned but do lack projection in the profile view. Juvederm would be an excellent choice to augment your... READ MORE

Juvederm Ultra Smile vs Juvederm Volbella for lips?

Juvederm Ultra Smile is not yet available in the US. Volbella was recently approved by the FDA for use in the lips and periorbital lines. Each... READ MORE

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.