AVA MD, Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology

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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 pla...

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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 pla...

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Life happens—but it doesn't have to show on your skin.
Dr. Ava Shamban
Dermatologist
Santa Monica, California

Services Offered

  • 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™

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!”

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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:

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. 

Testimonials

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About Me

Volume Enhancement, No Facelift Required!

“One of the newest anti-aging breakthroughs, Juvéderm Voluma™ XC injectable gel, is the first—and currently the only—filler that is FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the mid-face,” says Dr. Shamban. “It helps restore contours and volume loss by giving you a subtle lift and can even reshape the face. Favored among all at our practice, this product is a game changer. And the best news is that it can last up to two years!”

Insider Information

Specializing in individually tailored combination treatments, Dr. Shamban relies on a large toolbox of treatments to ensure a large variety of procedure offerings and patient-specific results. “When I first started out, there were only three lasers on the market. Today, I offer about 19 laser and light-based treatments, making me more apt to pair each patient with the right technology for their unique aesthetic goals,” says Dr. Shamban. “I am fortunate to have experienced the evolution of the field, firsthand. My patients have benefited, as well.”

With over 20 years of experience treating the skin, Dr. Shamban has become well known for her predictable results in an accelerated time frame. “I like to practice what I call `responsible aesthetics,’ beginning with the epidermis and ending with the structural elements of the face,” she says. “People should look natural and rested, but still maintain individuality.” When treating patients, Dr. Shamban has one goal in mind: to inspire happiness. “If you look in the mirror and see something you don’t like, your self-esteem will suffer. When I am done treating a patient, the best compliment I can receive is when they look in the mirror and can proudly say, ‘I am beautiful.’”

Extreme Makeover

Dr. Shamban is a regular on television and in print (she has been featured in Lucky and Town & Country magazines, to name a few). With her own skin-care line, AVA MD, which received coverage in People magazine, Dr. Shamban is a true scientist of the skin helping extend the results of in-office treatments. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Shamban has become well known for her predictable results in an accelerated time frame. Yet, despite all of her accomplishments, Dr. Shamban says her 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. A true media personality, Dr. Shamban has yet to reach her professional zenith. A participant in dermatological research and product development, she is constantly advancing the field. I'm excited for the future developments we have yet to see that will continue to enhance the quality of care we can offer patients.

Extreme Specialist™ Replenishment Complex

Effective and efficient replenishment comes to the rescue when very dry or stressed skin needs something more. This rich treatment works as a powerful soother for skin challenged by frigid weather, pollution, sunburn, late nights, air travel, hormonal changes or emotional stress.

Education & Credentials

EDUCATION:

Degree:

  • Case Western University

Residency:

  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Torrance, California

Fellowship:

  • Fellow, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Torrance, California

BOARD-CERTIFICATION:

  • American Board of Dermatology

AFFILIATIONS:

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

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FAQ's

Q. 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.

Q. 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
About Dr. Ava Shamban
About Me

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. 

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. 

Education & Credentials

EDUCATION:

Degree:

  • Case Western University

Residency:

  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Torrance, California

Fellowship:

  • Fellow, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Torrance, California

BOARD-CERTIFICATION:

  • American Board of Dermatology

AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • International Society for Dermatologic Surgery
A Minute With

MY ULTIMATE SKIN-CARE ADVICE

Remember to always exfoliate

HOW I WOULD SPEND EXTRA TIME IN A DAY

I would hike every day and swim in the ocean

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY PROFESSION

I love empowering women with confidence

MY OPERATING ROOM PLAYLIST

The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan

THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME

Quirky, adventurous, kind

THE FUTURE OF MY FIELD

Continued innovation of noninvasive treatments that halt the aging process

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”

WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE APART

From injectables, to lasers, to body sculpting, to Mohs surgery—we offer it all

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

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

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

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

HOW DOES YOUR STAFF ENHANCE YOUR PRACTICE?

They are all trained to be an extension of my hand

MOST MEMORABLE PATIENT REACTIONS

Those who say to me, “That didn’t hurt!”

Insights

Volume Enhancement, No Facelift Required!

“One of the newest anti-aging breakthroughs, Juvéderm Voluma™ XC injectable gel, is the first—and currently the only—filler that is FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the mid-face,” says Dr. Shamban. “It helps restore contours and volume loss by giving you a subtle lift and can even reshape the face. Favored among all at our practice, this product is a game changer. And the best news is that it can last up to two years!”

Insider Information

Specializing in individually tailored combination treatments, Dr. Shamban relies on a large toolbox of treatments to ensure a large variety of procedure offerings and patient-specific results. “When I first started out, there were only three lasers on the market. Today, I offer about 19 laser and light-based treatments, making me more apt to pair each patient with the right technology for their unique aesthetic goals,” says Dr. Shamban. “I am fortunate to have experienced the evolution of the field, firsthand. My patients have benefited, as well.”

With over 20 years of experience treating the skin, Dr. Shamban has become well known for her predictable results in an accelerated time frame. “I like to practice what I call `responsible aesthetics,’ beginning with the epidermis and ending with the structural elements of the face,” she says. “People should look natural and rested, but still maintain individuality.” When treating patients, Dr. Shamban has one goal in mind: to inspire happiness. “If you look in the mirror and see something you don’t like, your self-esteem will suffer. When I am done treating a patient, the best compliment I can receive is when they look in the mirror and can proudly say, ‘I am beautiful.’”

Extreme Makeover

Dr. Shamban is a regular on television and in print (she has been featured in Lucky and Town & Country magazines, to name a few). With her own skin-care line, AVA MD, which received coverage in People magazine, Dr. Shamban is a true scientist of the skin helping extend the results of in-office treatments. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Shamban has become well known for her predictable results in an accelerated time frame. Yet, despite all of her accomplishments, Dr. Shamban says her 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. A true media personality, Dr. Shamban has yet to reach her professional zenith. A participant in dermatological research and product development, she is constantly advancing the field. I'm excited for the future developments we have yet to see that will continue to enhance the quality of care we can offer patients.

Extreme Specialist™ Replenishment Complex

Effective and efficient replenishment comes to the rescue when very dry or stressed skin needs something more. This rich treatment works as a powerful soother for skin challenged by frigid weather, pollution, sunburn, late nights, air travel, hormonal changes or emotional stress.

FAQ

Q. 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.

Q. 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
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™

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