What is the Vortex Pore Cleaner (VPC)?
Our VPC is a medical/aesthetic device that uses cleansers, mild salicylic acids and hydrating solutions to simultaneously wash, vacuum, and hydrate your skin and pores.

What is the purpose of this treatment?
Dr. Cohen recommends this treatment for individuals with pesky “clogged pores” (comedones), “buried whiteheads” (milia) and stubborn acne. When combined with the judicious use of manual extractions and topical acne medications, it is a great way to enhance your complexion. For those people who are bothered by enlarged pores, keeping your pores clean will help.

Please explain the procedure in more detail.
Think of this treatment as a turbo-charged, 30-minute facial. First, we prepare your skin with a mild salicylic acid cleanser and warm, moist towels. We then use the VPC applicator tips in a three step process to deep clean, exfoliate/extract and hydrate the skin. This device uses simultaneous rinsing and suction and the blockages are collected in a disposal container. We know it sounds gross, but it’s better for this junk to be in the container than in your pores. We finish with manual extractions of particularly stubborn comedones and milia.

How much does this treatment cost?
Our fee is $150 for this treatment, which includes the manual extraction of up to five milia. If you request removal of more than five milia, there is an additional $75 charge. Dr. Cohen suggests returning for additional treatments on an as needed basis and we will recommend appropriate skincare to help maintain your complexion.

Do I need any special skin care for this treatment?
Topical retinoids such as prescription tretinoin (Retin A), over the counter Differin, or retinaldehyde (Avène RetrinAl) both before and after treatment are helpful for reducing comedones and improving results. These topical medications may have side effects, so do your homework or talk with Dr. Cohen first.

Did you know that, on average, you lose 50-100 strands of hair each day? The most common reason for hair loss is familial or male/female pattern hair loss. Both topical and oral medications have been shown to help, especially when combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a treatment for hair loss that is derived from your own blood. The process involves drawing two tubes of your blood, spinning it in a centrifuge, withdrawing the platelet rich concentrate with a needle and injecting it back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicle.

How does PRP work?
There are no great controlled studies, but overall data indicates efficacy ranging roughly between a 10%-30% increase in hair counts and hair shaft thickness. Variations in results are likely to be related to variations in methods. Some studies showed no statistical increase in hair counts or density, but most do. Topical minoxidil seems to provide more synergy when used with PRP than oral finasteride. Monthly injections of PRP for three months seem to be more effective than less frequent schedule. Patient satisfaction is relatively high.

Will PRP work for me?
PRP has been used primarily for common pattern hair thinning in men and women. For people with other scalp conditions, treatment is best directed at the underlying cause.

Is PRP risky?
Not really. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, there really should not be any significant side effects.

Does it hurt?
It does hurt a little, but Dr. Cohen uses a vibrating anesthetic device and a superfine, German made multineedle injector system. You may experience some bruising, tenderness or swelling at the injection site for a few days after the injection. Results are typically seen within 4 to 6 months.