One of a handful of physicians in New York who has been awarded a Diamond Level Provider designation from Allergan - a level designated to a select number of physicians providing over 100,000 units of Botox treatments and/or over 2000 filler procedures per year.
Chairman Level designation which is the highest level provider for Galderma, the makers of Sculptra and also a Black Level Premier Injector designation by Merz.
StudioMD provides a variety of chemical peels that can be utilites in the treatment of acne problems. In certain cases chemical peels can be sequentially combined with other methods of acne treatment, in order to achive best results. Dr. Vafa provides complementary consultaions in order to determine what treatment protocal would best fit your skin condition. Some of the chemical peels offered at StudioMD include:
VI PEEL ACNE is one of the most effective Acne treatments available today! We offer this peel at all our clinics including in Soho and Midtown Manhattan. VI PEEL ACNE contains a peel formula plus powerful ingredients for superior, consistent results for patients:
Benzoyl Peroxide removes bacteria, clears the pores & increases cell turnover
Salicylic Acid: causes the cells of the epidermis to shed, opening clogged pores and neutralizing the bacteria within while constricting the pore diameter to prevent further clogging
Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant to remove toxins from the environment Kojic Acid: brightens skin and reduces acne scars *
Photo dynamic Acne Treatment (PDT) also known as Photo dynamic Therapy or “ALA/PDT" or "Levulan with IPL" treatment is a new procedure that treats resistant, hard-to-treat active acne and acne scars. The procedure, combines Photo Genesis (IPL) or light and Levulan. Levulan is a special light-activated topical photosensitizing agent made of a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA).*
ALA is a “natural” product found in all humans throughout the body. The Levulan, which is a clear painless solution, is applied to your skin and left on for 15-60 minutes. The Levulan is absorbed by active cells like acne sebaceous glands, making the targeted acne cells more sensitive to the light. During the procedure, the ALA is activated with the use of Photo Genesis (IPL) light which is far more effective than blue light or other light spectrums. This combined interaction of the solution and the Photo Genesis is what gives rise to the term "Photo dynamic therapy." *
Treatments target and destroy acne activity leaving your skin smoother, and in many cases makes it possible to discontinue the use of antibiotics such as Accutane. Levulan has been used extensively for the treatment of a variety of different skin conditions including actinic keratosis, sun damage, and fine lines. Blotchy pigmentation are also improved because of the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment. ALA/PDT treatments also have the ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands, effectively treating stubborn acne vulgaris, acne rosacea. *
Prior to Photo dynamic Acne Treatment, the best available treatment option for resistant and cystic acne was Accutane. However, with Accutane there are many systemic side effects including birth defects, liver abnormalities, mood depression, and virtually all patients get dryness and night vision changes. Systemic treatments are any medications that are taken orally, injected or infused that affect the entire body system. *
Photo-dynamic acne treatment provides a viable alternative to all types of acne treatment without having negative systemic effects.
Presctiption medication continues to be one of the potential solutions for acne problems. In certain cases medication can be sequentially combined with other methods of acne treatment, in order to achive best results. Dr. Vafa provides complementary consultaions in order to determine what treatment protocal would best fit your skin condition.
At StudioMD, we offer a number of different alternatives for acne treatment in order to provide the most effective solutions. Depending on our patients' age, skin, and availability our medical and aesthetics staff are able to make appropriate recommendations for acne treatment and skin rejuvenation. Can't decide whih one is right for you? Contact us for a complimentary consutation.
*results can vary based on individual conditions
We always perform a consultation, skin evaluation and test patch before proceeding with the procedure. The Levulan is then applied to the area for 15-60 minutes. Goggles are then placed over your eyes for protection. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation. The actual treatment usually takes less than fifteen minutes, making it convenient for your lunch hour or after work.
Recommended number of treatments: We recommend 2-3 treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals for maximum results. Results may vary.
Following the procedure, you may notice some initial reddening of the skin and brown spots may slightly darken. Do not go out into the sun for at least 24 hrs.
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. In rare instances blistering, scarring or pigment changes may occur. Special considerations are important when lasers are used on darker skin tones to allow for safe and effective treatment. No sun exposure for up to 24 hours after the treatment.
*results can vary based on individual conditions
Dr. Vafa is a board certified physician specializing in the use of Botox Cosmetics, Dysport, Xeomin, Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Perlane, Boletero, Radiesse, Kybella, Cosmetic Laser Procedures, Radio-Wave Surgery, Smartlipo and the treatment of acne and facial aesthetics. Dr. Vafa performs thousands of aesthetics procedures yearly, making him one of a handful of physicians in New York who has been awarded a Diamond Level Provider designation from Allergan - a level designated to a select number of physicians providing over 100,000 units of Botox Cosmetic treatments and/or over 2000 filler procedures per year. He was awarded the Chairman Level Provider designation which is the highest level provider for Galderma, the makers of Sculptra, Dysport and Restylane and also a Black Level Premier Injector designation by Merz Aesthetics. His work is often referred to as “the downtown look” by his patients- referring to a natural look that does not appear overdone yet yields amazing results*. Dr. Vafa is also an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work was exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Vancouver, among other cities. Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Vafa.