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COVID-19 Update: Metropolis Dermatology values the health and safety of our patients. Read more about how we are addressing the current situation.

Conditions We Treat

Acne

Acne is a common but complex medical condition affecting not only teenagers, but people of all ages. Adult onset acne is becoming more prevalent and requires different treatments than standard teenage acne. We specialize in acne, ranging from mild to severe. Our office carries various medical grade products that we believe are among the best for helping to clear acne. We also perform injections and prescribe a wide range of generic and new branded medications to tailor to the specific patient, including Accutane as a treatment option for those who require it. We know that acne medications can sometimes be expensive and may not be fully covered by insurance. Therefore, we will work with various specialty pharmacies to get the best medications at affordable prices for our patients. We also use lasers and chemical peels to keep the skin clear from blemishes.
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Skin Cancer Treatment

We are a full-service medical dermatology office that performs regular skin checks as well as evaluates specific lesions of concern. Dr. Wang is an expert in the treatment of skin cancers, including actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, precancerous moles, and melanoma. In addition to being a Board certified dermatologist, he is also a Board certified dermatopathologist, which interprets skin biopsies used to make the diagnosis. He works with other specialists to treat the skin cancers once the diagnosis is made.
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Mole Removal

Moles are brown spots that may appear due to genetics or sun damage. Moles can range from benign to pre-cancer to melanoma. Therefore, it is always best to come in for a consultation first to determine the best course of action. Although many moles are cosmetically bothersome and often treated with laser or excision, a medical evaluation of the mole to exclude more serious conditions is recommended. As a full service medical dermatology clinic, we offer full body mole checks. The removal of moles depends on the type and size of the mole.
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Loose Saggy Skin

Skin tightening is one of the most popular procedures in the United States. Through the use of various creams and minimally-invasive procedures, we can help induce the body’s own mechanisms to tighten the skin. The methods range from application of antioxidants on the skin to radiofrequency microneedling and lasers, such as fractionated CO2 laser and the Erbium:YAG laser. The effects usually do last a while, but requires maintenance over time as the skin continues to age gradually.
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Flushing and Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic medical condition whereby the face, especially the cheeks, can be persistently red with small acne-like bumps. Over time, many broken blood vessels develop. We are a full-service medical dermatology office that offers both medical and cosmetic treatments for rosacea and flushing. Topical gels and cream, as well as oral treatments for rosacea exist. Specific lasers that can also more quickly reduce the redness and flushing on the face.

Excel V:
The Excel V is one of the most powerful laser used to treat a variety of conditions, including broken blood vessels, leg veins, and red scars. It is a solid-state laser system that incorporates two proven wavelengths – 532 nm and 1064 nm – to address more than 20 unique indications on all skin type. The excel V laser system features the broadest set of capabilities for treating the widest range of superficial to deep vascular conditions, benign pigmented lesions and skin revitalization concerns.

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Broken Blood Vessels

Broken blood vessels and angiomas are common on the skin due to a variety of factors. Once formed, they can grow and expand. Although not medically dangerous, they can be a cosmetic nuisance when they grow larger or more numerous. We offer IPL laser treatment for the removal of these angioma and blood vessels. A series of treatments is required for clearance. Downtime is generally minimal.

Excel V:
The Excel V is one of the most powerful laser used to treat a variety of conditions, including broken blood vessels, leg veins, and red scars. It is a solid-state laser system that incorporates two proven wavelengths – 532 nm and 1064 nm – to address more than 20 unique indications on all skin type. The excel V laser system features the broadest set of capabilities for treating the widest range of superficial to deep vascular conditions, benign pigmented lesions and skin revitalization concerns.

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Melasma, Blemishes, and Sun Spots

There are various treatments for blemishes and sun spots. We offer in-office medical grade products and chemical peels that can help lighten brown discoloration. In addition, we have lasers, such as IPL, Nd:Yag, and fractional Erbium:Yag lasers that are safe to treat these conditions. As with most treatments, expect a series to see improvement. The type of treatment or treatments will depend on a variety of factors, including your native skin color, size and depth of the lesion, as well as your general health. A medical consultation is required prior to treatment.

Laser Genesis:
The gold standard for no-downtime skin revitalization, this 10 minute laser session will shrink pores, diminish fine lines, lighten sunspots, and stimulate collagen all at once. Because of the specificity of this laser, there is practically no downtime and is safe for all skin types. It’s perfect for maintaining healthy skin over time and works beautifully as a pre-red carpet glow treatment.

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Wrinkles and Lines

A prominent sign of aging is developing deep wrinkles or folds on the face. Often, the treatment requires a combination of neuromodulators to prevent those wrinkles from getting deeper. However, dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm can soften them by recreating underlying facial structures. Fractional lasers and chemical peels work on the upper layers of the skin to smooth out texture and eliminate lines. We also have minimal downtime options such as radiofrequency microneedling and Laser Genesis technologies.
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Hair Loss

Hair loss is a major medical issue – one that the medical community has been trying to address over the last few decades. We treat many patients with all forms of hair loss and can prescribe topical and oral medications, as well as perform treatments such as intralesional steroid injections, microneedling, and PRP (platelet rich plasma). We have found that these treatments can thicken the hair and slow hair loss significantly.
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Excess Body Fat

Body contouring is the new frontier in non-invasive ways to reduce body fat. Instead of surgically removing fat, which can cause lumpiness and requires large amounts of anesthesia, body contouring or sculpting can be achieved without numbing. A few lasers are on the market to address this need, the most popular one being Coolsculpting. Body contouring can be performed on many areas of the body, not just in the abdominal fat and waist line. In fat, popular areas of treatment include back of the arms, thighs, neck fat, and underchin fat.
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We are proud to be one of the few clinics in Los Angeles to offer the TruSculptiD, the newest body contouring machine by Cutera, a leader in advanced laser technology. This machine is different in that it performs a treatment on up to six areas within a 15 minute period, which is the fastest of any machine. There is no freezing or cutting, so there is no loss of sensation in treated area or painful post-treatment massage. On average, there is permanent reduction of fat cells by 25% with each treatment. In addition, the radiofrequency technology simultaneously tightens the skin, preventing loose saggy skin once the fat is reduced.

Muscle Sculpting

truSculpt flex is a muscle sculpting device that offers personalized treatments based on patient fitness level, shape, and goals. Only truSculpt flex with Multi-Directional Stimulation (MDS) deploys a unique method of electrical muscle stimulation to target specific muscle groups using three treatment mode options, covering the largest treatment area in the body sculpting industry. Unique delivery of direct electrical muscle stimulation to treat specific muscle groups using three treatment mode options. It is a perfect supplement to a personal trainer, or the perfect pre-event muscle toning.

At Metropolis Dermatology, we offer a consultation to determine the frequency of treatment, treatment strength, and treatment mode based on personal goals. This method can be combined with Trusculpt iD skin tightening and fat loss for a comprehensive body-sculpting treatment.

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JAMES Y. WANG, M.D.

Dr. Wang is a Harvard and UCLA-trained double Board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. He specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancers, psoriasis, eczema, and acne (including the safe use of Accutane). He is also an expert in anti-aging skincare, injectables, as well as laser treatments for scars, sunspots, and broken blood vessels. He has been named each year as Superdoctor, Top Doctor, and Top Dermatologist in various publications in the Los Angeles area.

He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in biology. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and, concurrently, his MBA in healthcare policy from Harvard Business School.

JEFF BONNAUD, PA-C

Jeff Bonnaud is a board-certified Dermatology Physician Assistant who has been practicing medicine & dermatology since 2014. Being a thought leader and educator within the field of dermatology, Jeff Bonnaud’s meticulous approach and outstanding patient care has earned him recognition as a 2020 World Leader in Healthcare and 2020 Top Physician Assistant by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals. Jeff focuses on underlying health conditions, and provides a comprehensive approach to all layers of the skin and degrees of aging with a combination of skincare, peels, facials, injectables, energy based devices like lasers, and even surgery if needed.

A graduate of UCLA, Harvard University, and Quinnipiac University’s PA Program, PA Bonnaud began his career in adult outpatient Internal Medicine with Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where this invaluable experience provided a deeper understanding for underlying and complex conditions seen within dermatology. For nearly five-years, Jeff worked in cosmetic & medical dermatology in Boston earning a loyal patient following and reputation. Jeff Bonnaud is a national thought leader and educator within dermatology regarding biologic and treatment therapies with a high emphasis on autoimmune inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema. He currently sits on multiple pharmaceutical advisory boards to help shape further advances in treatments.

TIFFANY WANG, PA-C

Tiffany Wang, a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), graduated with the distinction of Salutatorian from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Master of Science Physician Assistant program. She has completed a Dermatology Fellowship through the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Tiffany has always had a passion for medical and cosmetic dermatology and aspires to make everyone feel like the best version of themselves. Tiffany finds joy in being able to help a patient find what works best for them. She loves all things dermatology and skincare and is excited to bring her passion to Metropolis Dermatology.

LADAN AFFIFI, MD

Dr. Affifi was born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. She subsequently obtained a Master's degree from Columbia University in nutritional studies before she matriculated into medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she graduated with research distinction.

During medical school, Dr. Afifi was recognized for her academic achievements and patient care and was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was the recipient of the Glasgow-Rubin Award from the American Medical Women’s Association for graduating in the top ten percent of her class.

Dr. Afifi completed her preliminary year in internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital- University of Pennsylvania Hospital System before moving to Los Angeles to begin her training in dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she currently is the chief resident. Dr. Afifi has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters as well as given presentations at conferences.

Outside of work, Dr. Afifi loves the beautiful Southern California weather and enjoys hiking, biking, culinary exploration, playing tennis and traveling.

OMAR BARI, MD

Dr. Bari is a UCLA-trained dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He is an expert in treating the full range of skin disease but also passionate about neurotoxin (e.g., BOTOX®), filler, and many other aesthetic interventions.

After being raised in Indiana, Dr. Bari graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. He then worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before earning his medical degree at UC San Diego. He remained in southern California to pursue his dermatology residency at UCLA. Dr. Bari continues to be active in research and has authored over 15 publications.

Outside of dermatology, Dr. Bari enjoys Los Angeles’ dynamic restaurant scene, high intensity interval training, and the NFL.

SHAUNA HIGGINS, MD

Dr. Higgins was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate education where she studied Human Biology and Business Economics while simultaneously studying Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She earned her MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where, in addition to acquiring a number of academic honors, she served as Editor-In-Chief of The Beat Art and Literary Magazine showcasing the creativity of members of the UCLA health sciences community.

Dr. Higgins has completed several years of research both at the University of Southern California and the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she managed and conducted a number of epidemiological, clinical, and translational science research studies in melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, patient-related satisfaction outcomes, and complementary and alternative medicine.

She has authored dozens of publications, several book chapters, and has presented over 30 abstracts via poster or oral presentation. She completed her internal medicine year of training within the Yale-New Haven Health System and is currently finishing her residency in dermatology at the University of Southern California + LA County Hospitals residency program.

STARLA MCDOWELL

Starla has been a licensed Aesthetician for over 10 years and is also a Certified Dermatology Technician through the Association of Certified Dermatology Techs (ACDT). In addition, she is certified in Skinceuticals and Dermalogica, as well as having extensive experience working with medical grade skin care lines.

Starla thrives in an environment where she is able to help people feel their best while supporting their skin health and enjoys customizing treatments based on her clients’ individual skincare needs.

ALMA STEGLAU

Alma is a Licensed Aesthetician that has provided luxurious and corrective skin care services for 5+ years. She continues her education with post graduate courses and seminars to keep up with the latest technologies.

She holds several advanced esthetics certifications which include but are not limited to treatments of acne, hyperpigmentation, and anti-aging. She is also trained in several clinical and organic skincare lines.

A lifelong passion for skincare drives her desire to educate and help people feel good inside and out. Her gentle touch and technical skincare expertise will leave the skin wanting more!

WHITNI

With tenure experience in various roles within the Los Angeles dermatology community, Whitni joined Metropolis Dermatology as practice manager at a critical time; the very beginning of the global pandemic. As a native Angeleno and graduate of nearby California State University, Dominguez Hills, Whitni contributes a strong sense of pride in serving the Los Angeles community. As practice manager, she strives to be an effective yet compassionate team leader, who champions our mission to "Do Derm Differently", by supporting our clinical providers, actively advocating for our staff, and collaborating to cultivate authentic experiences for our clients.