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Dr. Ava Shamban

Dermatologist
Address
2021 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 600E, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Life happens—but it doesn't have to show on your skin.

Philosophy

Many know Dr. Ava Shamban as the skin-care maven from Extreme Makeover or from her regular appearances on The Doctors. But this research scientist, author, business owner and supermom of three takes on a lot more than TV. Dr. Ava (as her patients like to call her) graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and serves as principal investigator for many clinical and FDA trials. At her state-of-the-art offices she offers patients customized plans and the latest technologies, including 24 different laser and light based devices to treat everything from excess sweat to acne to fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Ava’s number one goal is to help patients live happier, more satisfied lives.

About My Practice

How has the field of dermatology evolved over the years?

When I first started out, there were only three lasers on the market. Today, I offer about 24 distinct laser and light-based treatments, giving me the ability to truly pair each patient with the right technology.

What is your main goal when treating patients?

I want to inspire happiness. When you feel there is something beautiful about yourself, it empowers you. The best compliment I can receive is when patients look in the mirror and can proudly say, “I am beautiful.”

Do you perform any pro bono work?

I am very active in the cancer support community, and we recently launched The Skin Recovery Clinic at our offices to help patients address the skin-care challenges that come with cancer treatment. Currently, Ava MD has partnered with The Benjamin Cancer Support Center and PADRES Contra el Cancer, as well as the Avon Foundation; our philanthropic partnerships in the cancer support area will be expanding over the next few months. Ava MD also strives to give back in the field of education, especially for underprivileged young people. To that end, I am currently involved with A Place Called Home and the Santa Monica College Foundation. 

About Me

What attracted you to dermatology?

I realized that dermatology offered the best combination of medicine and aesthetics.

In what ways are you conservative?

I like to practice what I call 'responsible aesthetics,' beginning with the epidermis and ending with the structural elements of the face. People should look natural and rested, but still maintain individuality.

What attracted you to dermatology?

I realized that dermatology offered the best combination of medicine and aesthetics.

What are you best known for?

I’m best known for consistent results, and I regularly appear on television and in print. I’m also known for my skin-care line AVA MD, which was featured in People. However, my most memorable experience was participating in Extreme Makeover. I enjoy helping my patients reach their goals, and Extreme Makeover was a very informative experience for me. I discovered you can peel, laser and heal the skin very rapidly, with dramatic results. 

Education

Degree:
Case Western University , Torrance, CA
Residency:
Resident, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Torrance, CA
Fellowship:
Fellow, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Torrance, CA

Credentials

Board Certification:

American Board of Dermatology

Affiliation:

American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, International Society for Dermatologic Surgery

A Minute With

  1. My ultimate skin-care advice
    Remember to always exfoliate
  2. How i would spend extra time in a day
    I would hike every day and swim in the ocean
  3. What i love most about my profession
    I love empowering women with confidence
  4. My operating room playlist
    The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan
  5. Three words that best describe me
    Quirky, adventurous, kind
  6. The future of my field
    Continued innovation of noninvasive treatments that halt the aging process
  7. My motto
    Many practices focus on “fixing” aesthetic challenges, I prefer to highlight the focal point of each patient’s beauty, which I call their “signature feature”
  8. What sets my practice apart
    From injectables, to lasers, to body sculpting, to Mohs surgery—we offer it all
  9. My latest accomplishment
    SKINxFIVE (skin times five) is my new streamlined treatment center that offers five dermatologist-curated, technology-based services to help patients achieve their best skin ever. I designed these treatments, which can be found on my site SkinxFive.com, around the five stages of aging to take the guesswork out of skin care
  10. What are you best known for?
    A comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation by correcting the “decade disconnect,” as I like to call it. I’m not going to give you one decade on your face and another on your hands. The appearance of your face should blend seamlessly with the condition of your neck, chest, arms and hands
  11. What new service are you excited to offer?
    LADD—laser-assisted drug delivery. It’s a novel technique to deliver active ingredients into the skin where they’re needed the most, enabling a synergistic effect between the laser and advanced medication
  12. Why do you employ a less-is-more philosophy?
    I’m tired of seeing bizarre faces that look like they emerged from the witness protection program
  13. How does your staff enhance your practice?
    They are all trained to be an extension of my hand
  14. Most memorable patient reactions
    Those who say to me, “That didn’t hurt!”

Services

  • Injectables: Botox® Cosmetic, Juvéderm Voluma®, Restylane®/ Bellafill®, Radiesse® / Sculptra®
  • Lasers: MiraDry®, ActiveFX™ / DeepFX™, Fraxel® Re:Store / DUAL, Clear + Brilliant®, SP Dynamis Pro Laser, Qx Max Tattoo Removal, PICO Genesis™, enlighten™
  • Medical: Acne / Eczema, Mohs Surgery
  • Body Contouring: Ultherapy®, CoolSculpting®, Kybella®, Pellevé®
  • Spa: Facials / Peels, Microneedling, Cosmelan®
  • ThermiVa®
  • PDO Threading
  • Silhouette InstaLift™
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair

FAQs

  1. Can you smooth transverse lines over the upper cheeks that resulted from overzealous Juvederm injection?
    What our experts say: Yes, but it may require a combination of laser and adjustment of filler.
  2. I was wondering what the injections for around the mouth Dr. Shamban spoke of on Steve Harvey on 11/13/15 was called?
    What our experts say: Juvederm

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