Gene Rubinstein, MD
Dermatology & Laser Centre
3959 Laurel Canyon BLVD., Studio City
135 Macaw Lane, Suite 200, Simi Valley
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Jessica Kramer, PA-C; Dr. Gene Rubinstein; Eric Lovato, PA-C; Dr. Jacquiline Habashy
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Gene Rubinstein, MD, is a medical and aesthetic dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He completed undergraduate studies at UCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology, and then graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine with honors. Dr. Rubinstein was a research fellow in lasers in dermatology at Harvard Medical School and completed his dermatology residency at UC Irvine. He opened Dermatology & Laser Centre in 2003.
What is your practice’s philosophy?
Our company philosophy is that we consider ourselves the gatekeepers for dermatology innovation and care. There are new medicines, injectables, lasers and other treatments that continuously come into the dermatology marketplace. Our mission is to stay on top of the latest developments in medical, cosmetic and laser dermatology, and to bring our patients only the best, most effective treatments. Sometimes we are the first to introduce an exciting treatment, and sometimes we wait a year or two to make sure the treatment has proven itself. Many treatments we offer in the practice are best in class, and we continue to offer them simply because they work.
What is your practice known for?
We specialize in a comprehensive array of dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and laser therapies. Our providers have a variety of expertise in specific areas—some are more focused on medical dermatology, acne, psoriasis and conditions of aging skin, and others are experienced in skin cancer surgery, laser skin resurfacing or CoolSculpting. Patients are treated by the most experienced providers in a specific concentration.
Describe some of the top ways you help patients improve their healthy habits.
I am a huge advocate for healthy eating. Specifically, numerous studies of healthy populations over decades have shown that they prefer the Mediterranean diet over other dietary plans. This is a diet rich in vegetables, fish and olive oil. I also advocate for low meat intake and a limit on high glycemic foods such as cereal, sodas and anything with processed sugars. For teenagers, who may rely on fast food and processed foods, cleaner eating works along with medical skin care to help keep their skin clear.
In what ways does a growing population of seniors impact your work?
We love our senior patients and are always grateful to learn life lessons from them while we treat them. Some long surgical days turn into the life stories of the most interesting people. Another component is helping long-term sufferers of conditions like psoriasis and eczema. In the past we did not have a cure for these conditions, but now we can offer treatment and our patients enjoy the clear skin they have always wanted. Dermatology has made very effective advances, and we are excited to offer these treatments to our patients.
How can we know whom to trust when it comes to health advice?
In medicine, trust is our most valued possession. Physicians and other medical professionals study for many years and continue to learn throughout their medical careers as medicine advances. At this time, a plethora of information is available online, and many people use such information as a first line of advice. Making sure that information is coming from a reputable source is most important. Universities, medical institutions and published, peer-reviewed articles are safe sources of information. However, proper diagnosis is a critical step in medical care and should be handled by a medical professional and based on the patient’s medical history and symptoms. Diagnosing yourself with a medical condition based on internet criteria can lead to negative consequences and delayed treatment.
What are the most popular therapies and services you offer?
We offer many options for skin rejuvenation. Clear skin can be achieved by a combination of therapies that includes lasers, peels, skin care products and medical intervention. As the skin ages and the effects of the sun take hold, we see the appearance of brown spots and small blood vessels, fine lines and loss of collagen. At this stage there are multiple ways we can combat the aging process. To reverse the loss of volume, we can use fillers or energy-based devices such as Morpheus8 microneedling treatment, intense pulsed light therapy and Ultherapy. Sometimes what appear to be benign spots are actually precancerous or cancerous lesions, so we always make sure to know our patients’ skin and examine them carefully every time.
What products do your patients like most?
The RUBINSTEIN | MD line was developed with our patients in mind. In addition to our antiaging offering, we have products that address sensitive skin, dry skin of the face and body, and oily skin. Our patients’ favorite sunscreen is Daily Defender CE. Vitamins C and E are used by the skin to produce collagen, which has an important antiaging function. In addition, these vitamins help improve the effectiveness of sunscreen for cancer prevention as well as aging. The melanin tint looks natural with any skin type. Our products, along with recommended regimens, are available on our website.