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Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD, honored with ASDS Award for Outstanding Service

Omar Ibrahimi

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., OCTOBER 6, 2017 – The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the largest specialty organization representing dermatologic surgeons, recognized Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD, of Stamford, Connecticut, with the 2017 ASDS Award for Outstanding Service.

The ASDS Award for Outstanding Service was inaugurated in 2012 to honor young, emerging leaders who have demonstrated commitment to the Society’s growth and success over a period of time. It is given annually to one member who has volunteered his or her time for multiple Society projects or initiatives. In an effort to recognize early-career volunteers, award recipients must be in their first 10 years as an ASDS member.

The award was presented to Dr. Ibrahimi during the 2017 ASDS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Ibrahimi’s contribution to the Society has been steady. His Future Leaders Network project explored the perceptions of expertise in cutaneous procedures by the lay public and primary care physicians. His board-directed research project titled, “Perceptions of Expertise in Cutaneous Surgery” won a research grant award. Both were published in the Dermatologic Surgery journal. Dr. Ibrahimi’s work on facial injectables for anti-aging was seen in the bimonthly ASDS member publication, Currents. 

A recipient of the Cutting Edge Research Grant and Young Investigators Writing Competition award programs, Dr. Ibrahimi serves on various ASDS committees including the Survey and Research Work Groups. He is the founding and medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute treating all types of skin cancer, as well as medical and cosmetic issues involving the skin.

“Dr. Ibrahimi’s presence in the Society has been unmistakable over the last few years,” said ASDS President Lisa Donofrio, MD. “He has secured himself as a visionary at the forefront of cutting edge dermatology, and ASDS is proud to honor him with the 2017 Award for Outstanding Service.”

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About ASDS
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit
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It is nearly March and the weather is finally starting to improve, but does your skin still feel trapped in the dryness of December? Here is some information about beating winter itch and springing into soft, seductive skin this season:

Winter Skin Woes: Why?

You are not imagining that itchy sensation that seems to creeps up on you every year after the last of Autumn leaves fall. Winter itch is typically physiologically related to the dryness that exists during the winter season and can be attributed to a combination of low humidity, harsh winter winds, and dryness related to indoor heating.

Bathing: Avoiding common missteps

Although the dipping temperature may have us craving long hot showers, think twice before you turn that shower dial far left. Hot water tends to dry out skin. Lukewarm baths and showers are preferable. In addition, limit soap use to areas where you feel soap is necessary only-do not lather soap throughout body as this can strip the body of its natural hydrating oils. Limit your soap selection to mild soaps without strong fragrance or harsh ingredients.

Post-Bathing Protocols

Make sure that you moisturize your skin after bathing. This helps lock in the water from your shower. In general, creams are more moisturizing than lotions. Ointments, such as petroleum jelly, are even more ideal if the slimy feeling does not bother you.

Nourish your body

Although drinking your recommended 8 glasses of water may seem more relevant in the hot summer months, remember to keep hydrated during the dry winter months as well. In addition, purchasing an indoor humidifier can help keep the air in your home at a comfortable moisture level for your skin.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Connecticut Skin Institute

By: Lisa Sullivan, HAN Network Your Health; A Medical Services Guide

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? While May might officially be the designated month, people should, in fact, be thinking about preventing skin cancer every month.

The Connecticut Skin Institute, located at 999 Summer Street in Stamford, is a medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology practice whose mission and core values are to provide expert, compassionate care to all children and adults who seek consultation and/or treatment of skin disorders, or who wish to take advantage of the latest advances in dermatologic cosmetic treatment to improve their skin’s health, according to Dr. Omar A. Ibrahimi MD, Ph.D., Connecticut Skin Institute founding and medical director and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor who trained and served as faculty at Harvard Medical School.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with about 4 to 5 million cases a year,” he says. “The main types of skin cancer include melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma and the most deadly form of skin cancer is most often melanoma.”

Those most at risk for skin cancer are fair-skinned with light hair/eyes or generally people of Northern European descent, Dr. Ibrahimi reports, and individuals who have had sunburns, particularly blistering sunburns or use tanning booths, are also at increased risk for skin cancer.

“Sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck and extremities are very susceptible to skin cancer,” Dr. Ibrahimi states. “The chest and back are common in men and the legs are common in women because those areas are often sun-exposed (men with shirts off in summer and women wearing shorts/skirts in summer).”

One of Dr. Ibrahimi’s patients recalls, “Growing up in Shippan, most of us were either sailing on the water on swimming in it! Our only care was to get home on time for dinner. As a teenager it was all about the tan — even if all you did was sunburn. People mentioned sun protection, but who listened? In college we would sit with aluminum foil covering an album cover, hoping to start tanning in early March using baby oil! Looking back, we were doing nothing out of the norm, but now that I am in my 50s, I have had several melanomas and basal cell carcinomas.”

The good news is that there are things that people can actually do to prevent and decrease skin cancer, according to Dr. Ibrahimi. For children and young adults, practicing good sun protection with using sunscreen and protective clothing (hats, umbrellas, etc.) can help them avoid the damage ultraviolet light causes to the DNA in skin cells. For older adults, sun protection is also important, but regular visits to the dermatologist can often identify pre-cancerous lesions that can be treated and prevented from progressing into skin cancer. “For those with a lot of sun damage, we also have many options to help proactively treat sun damage and prevent skin cancer,” he says.

Dr. Ibrahimi, who trained at the melanoma clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and also completed an advanced fellowship in Mohs and reconstructive surgery, offers the full spectrum for skin cancer detection and treatment. “Mohs surgery is a highly precise surgical method of removing skin cancers with a 99% cure rate,” he explains. “It’s also the gold standard for skin cancer treatment because it minimizes the loss of normal skin and gives the smallest possible scar.”

Mohs surgery is commonly used for skin cancers on the face, hands, lower legs, and feet and for skin cancers that are large elsewhere on the body. “We also offer a few cosmetic laser treatments which have been proven to reduce sun damage and precancerous lesions, in addition to improving the appearance of the skin,” Dr. Ibrahimi notes.

He concludes, “One of the most important lessons I have learned is that the cosmetic appearance of the skin is intimately tied to the health of the skin … meaning the better your skin looks, the healthier it is. Consequently, I tell my patients that avoiding sunburns and using sunscreen isn’t just important for reducing their risk for skin cancer but also because it will keep their skin looking more attractive and free of blemishes and wrinkles. I find that all of my patients, men or women, old or young, want their skin to look and be its absolute best, and if that is motivation for them to practice good sun protection, I am happy, because it will also reduce their risk for skin cancer.”

For more information, visit or call 203-428-4440.

This article appeared in all HAN Network papers across Connecticut including in New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Weston, Redding, Ridgefield, Lewisboro, Monroe, Easton, Trumbull, Shelton, Milford and Stratford, CT

Considering CoolSculpting and Looking for the Best CoolSculpting Provider? Top 5 Reasons Why You Need to Book Your Complimentary Consultation with us Today!

Hollywood, Timesquare, the runways…seems like CoolSculpting has become a household name. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure to reduce stubborn pockets of fat that you just can’t get rid of with diet or exercise.  We are the only CoolSculpting provider in CT with the new applicators that are ONLY 35 minutes a treatment If you are considering CoolSculpting or want to learn more about it, below are 5 reasons why you need to visit the Connecticut Skin Institute.

Reason 1: coolsculpting, dualsculpting, freezefat, stamford, ctBest credentials. As they state in real estate, location, location, location.  When it comes to selecting a provider for any procedure, its credentials, credentials, credentials. At our practice, Dr. Ibrahimi is personally involved in every assessment and treatment and does not delegate to a non-physician. Dr. Omar  Ibrahimi is a Harvard trained board certified dermatologist who specializes in lasers and devices. He has over 65 research publications and is an invited speaker at various national meetings. Dr. Ibrahimi has tremendous CoolSculpting experience and was fortunate enough to both train and serve as faculty with the inventors of CoolSculpting at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine which is the world’s leading research center. He has seen the technology progress from lab research to animal trials to clinical trials and FDA approval. All our CoolSculpting specialist supporting Dr.Ibrahimi are CoolSculpting certified and have attended CoolSculpting university for advance training.12CC002763Small

Reason 2:

Only practice in CT to offer 35 minute treatments and we have two machines. Due to Dr. Ibrahimi’s expertise, we are often one of the first in the Country and the first in the State to get the latest/greatest technology. We were also the first provider in CT to have the new CoolSculpting Mini applicators for the double chin fat.  We are currently the only practice in CT to have the new Cool Advantage applicators which allow us to do the treatments in half the time. That’s right, instead of an hour per applicator, now we can do it in only 35 minutes! That means that if you need 4 cycles and you visit a place with only one machine, it would take them 4 hours to complete the
treatment.  With our new hand-pieces and two machines, we  may be able to do the same treatment in a little over an hour! Also, the new hand pieces are more comfortable and have fewer side effects,with the same results.

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Reason 3:

We have tons of experience. Not only do we have the best credentials, but due to our trusted reputations, we have done many treatments.  We are currently the #1 CoolScupting provider in CT in terms of volume.  While we are a high volume practice, our focus is quality and not quantity. We have turned patients away from CoolSculpting because they simply were not good candidates. Please refer to our before and after gallery for our actual patient results (we like to showcase our own results vs. solely relying on before and after photos provided by the company).

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Before and After Photo of Dr Ibrahimi’s patient after just one treatment to abdomen and sides.*

Before and After Photo of Dr. Ibrahimi's patient after 1 treatment.

Before and After Photo of Dr. Ibrahimi’s patient after 1 applicator to abdomen.*

Reason 4: 

Competitive pricing.  We understand that in the current economy, everyone needs to watch their budget. We offer standard CoolSculpting pricing and are also offering up to 25% off with a package.

Reason 5:

Remember, we are offering complimentary CoolSculpting consultations! You may call 203-428-4440 to schedule or request here.

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, board certified dermatologist of the Connecticut Skin Institute, was a presenting sponsor of the Moffly Media Women in Business event held at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, CT on May 11, 2016. Dr. Ibrahimi gave a phenomenal talk on healthy skin, healthy you.  Dr. Ibrahimi is a strong believer in that to maintain beautiful skin, you need to make sure you maintain healthy skin.  Below are some highlights from the event including the topics Dr. Ibrahimi covered in his talk.

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, Jenn Diggs, Cherie Coscia

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, Jenn Diggs, Cherie Coscia

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Dr Omar Ibrahimi, MD, Marc Rodman, CoolSculpting

Small clip of Dr. Ibrahimi’s talk where he touches on what to look for in a SPF (we apologize in advance for the shaky video):

Dr. Ibrahimi’s talk focused on skin cancer and aging gracefully. Did you know that the incidence of skin cancer is greater than the incidence of breast, prostrate, lung and colon cancer combined? If you have fair skin, eyes or hair, you are at greater risk for skin cancer. Dr. Ibrahimi covered the following in his talk:

  • Non-melanoma Skin Cancers
    • Basal Cell Carcinoma
    • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Mohs Surgery vs Excisions
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Outcomes
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sunscreen: what to look for in sunscreen
  • Photoaging/the aging process
  • Lasers including Fraxel and Ultherapy
  • CoolSculpting for non-invasive removal of fat through freezing
  • Birthmark removal with lasers
  • Kybella for neck/double chin
  • Cellfina for cellulite

The ABCDEs of Melanoma:

Dr. Ibrahimi really emphasized on the ABCDEs of melanoma which are:

A -Asymmetry

B – Border and Bleeding

C -Color

D -Diameter > 6 mm

E – Enlarging, evolving

The so-called ABCDEs of melanoma have been an extremely useful heuristic for practitioners and laymen in identifying clinically suspicious lesions which suggest malignancy. In ambiguous situations, this doesn’t work as well. For example, it is very possible that just about every dermatologist could relate a story about a melanoma which exhibited none of the ABCDEs.

The event had women in business from all across Fairfield and Westchester Counties and beyond including folks from Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Ridgefield, Danbury, Rye, Larchmont, and beyond.

About Dr. Omar Ibrahimi: Dr. Omar Ibrahimi is a board certified, harvard trained dermatologist who specializes in skin cancer, laser and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. He is a fellowship trained Mohs Surgeon. Dr. Ibrahimi is among the best dermatologists in the Country and is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

No matter how hard women try, many just can’t seem to get rid of cellulite.

“About 85 percent of women are bothered by cellulite,” said Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, of the Connecticut Skin Institute.

It’s that pesky dimpling of the skin, and while it is associated with overweight individuals, it actually affects people who are healthy as well.

“There are people that are in fantastic shape that are dieting and exercising, that are very bothered by cellulite,” Ibrahimi said.

Cellulite, according to Ibrahimi, is a biological, structural issue that could be linked to puberty.

“It might be the estrogen, that just causes these fibrous septae to be more bound down in women,” he said.

The root cause of cellulite are the fibrous septae, which are basically like rubber bands that run from the deep part of the skin, to the surface.

“What happens in women who get cellulite is, these bands kind of lose their elasticity and they start pulling down and creating these dimples,” Ibrahimi said.

The unwanted dimples tend to form on the bottom and back of the thighs, and are extremely difficult to treat.

“Creams, diets, supplements–all those things–they haven’t really been proven to have a lasting effect,” Ibrahimi said.

Some have even turned to liposuction, but Ibrahimi says it isn’t as precise as “Cellfina,” which is a brand new, one-time minimally invasive treatment the FDA just approved in December.

“What Cellfina actually does is, it uses a needle-size blade and we can go in, under the skin in a very precise fashion and basically, surgically nick that band,” Ibrahimi said. “Once you nick that band, it releases and comes back up and the surface of the skin becomes smooth.”

The difference between the procedure and liposuction is the doctor isn’t actually cutting the entire underside of the skin.

With Cellfina, you’re just going where the bands are.

“Once the band is broken, it’s not going to reform; so the results, I think, are going to be very long lasting…close to permanent,” Ibrahimi said.

As for the downtime, Ibrahimi says patients may experience a bit of soreness and some bruising, but they are back to activity within a day or two.

For more information on this new cellulite treatment, patients can contact Ibrahimi and his staff at the Connecticut Skin Institute. Here is their website.

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Dr. Omar was great. I went to him for Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery, he was very helpful throughout the entire process. He did an amazing job, the scar is barely recognizable. I couldn’t have asked for better results. Dr. Omar was very good at explaining every part to the surgery and aftercare. I really can’t say enough good things about my experience with him and his staff.
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