The Villani Treatment

What is a Villani Treatment?

The Villani treatment is a revolutionary skin treatment unlike any other treatment currently available. Utilizing the unique properties of bioactive compounds naturally produced by a specific marine sponge, this treatment produces results rivaled only by Accutane (for acne) and lasers, but without the downtime and potential side-effects. We are excited to be chosen as one of the first centers in the United States to offer this cutting edge technology to our patients.



Background: A rare variant of sponge, Spongilla lacustris, was discovered in the Volga River in central Russia over seventeen years ago. This variant is unique in that it produces compounds that promote rapid regeneration in response to trauma and extreme environmental stress, as well as anti-viral and anti-bacterial compounds. This production of very potent and bioactive compounds is the result of millions of years of evolution and it is what gives this compound, VSMTM Spongilla Matrix, its special healing and regenerative qualities. Another unique feature is its microscopic spicules, which penetrate the upper layer of epidermis, activating a normal restorative wound healing response. VSMTM has undergone clinical testing for safety and efficacy on actual patients for over five years before becoming available to select dermatology offices.

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Dr. Lorrie Klein’s rare combination of technical expertise and aesthetic sensibility puts her at the forefront of dermatologists nationwide. Dr. Klein’s reputation for providing natural-looking results is why she’s the choice of women and men from throughout Southern California and beyond.

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What do Villani Treatments improve?

1) Sun damage and aging

VSMTM is a potent anti-aging skin rejuvenator that stimulates skin cell renewal, collagen and elastin production and improves the texture of the skin surface. It removes old and dead cells from the skin’s outer layer without harming the younger, living cells, resulting in softer, smoother skin. Penetrating spicules additionally aid in the delivery of bio-active and anti-oxidant compounds deep into the dermis, which produce future anti-aging effects.

2) Acne

VSMTM improves acne by reducing oil production, accelerating sloughing of the external skin layer, reducing blocked pores, decreasing bacterial counts and reducing inflammation, all without the typical irritation and delayed results associated with benzoyl peroxide and retinoids. We have found it can be as effective as Accutane, without the drug side effects!

3) Hyperpigmentation and melasma

VSMTM sloughs away impurities and dead skin cells and boosts skin’s natural self-peeling process, which will help lighten brown spots and patches.

4) Bruising and swelling

VSMTM fades bruising when performed after Juvederm and other fillers.

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Stop using Retin-A, Tazorac and high-potency (over 10%) glycolic acid products for 2 weeks prior to your first treatment. You may continue with retinols and lower potency glycolic acid products prior to your treatment. Make sure your face is clean of makeup and creams when you arrive.

During your treatment

The Villani Treatment is applied to your skin like a masque by our trained staff, and then removed. It resurfaces the skin and provides a natural, safe and very effective alternative to microdermabrasion, chemical peels, photo-facials (IPL), laser and prescription acne therapy to improve brown spots, fine wrinkles, sun damage, superficial scars, acne, comedones and enlarged pores and provides overall facial rejuvenation.

After treatment

Immediately after a healthy-appearing glow is seen due to enhanced blood circulation in the treated skin. Spicules that have penetrated the epidermis communicate their presence and effectiveness via a unique tingling sensation to the touch.After several days the tingling sensation gradually abates as the spicules begin to shed with the exfoliating epidermis. On the 5th day these cells are ready to shed, and exfoliation is facilitated with an exfoliant or Clarisonic system.

Before and After

We provide photos of our patients because we think the results speak for themselves. Browse our digital photo gallery of real patients online to discover the possibilities.

Before & After Photo Gallery


The Villani Treatment promotes cell turnover and therefore is considered an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Continue weekly or bi-weekly treatments until your acne is clear or sun damage or pigmentation is improved, then maintain your treatments monthly to keep your skin looking great.

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