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By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
August 21, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Treatment  

From acne scars to sunspots, many of us deal with skin imperfections that would rather not have. Fortunately, there is a simple, non-invasive way to target and treat your specific skin problems for healthier and even younger-looking skin. It's called laser treatment, and here at our Santa Monica, CA, office, our dermatologists offer a few different varieties to help your skin look great. Here are some of the most popular laser procedures that we offer:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Also referred to as photofacial therapy, this treatment is great for reducing or removing varicose veins, broken blood vessels, and brown spots, as well as freckles, birthmarks, and redness due to rosacea. When the IPL is directed over the skin it penetrates into the dermis, where the pigmented cells absorb the light’s heat and break apart.

IPL treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes depending on what area or areas you wish to treat. This laser treatment may cause a slight stinging sensation. Most patients will require more than one treatment session in order to get results (most will undergo anywhere from 3-6 treatment sessions).

Laser Hair Removal

If you are tired of shaving, waxing, and plucking away unwanted hair, you may be looking for a permanent solution to reduce and even get rid of hair for good. Laser hair removal helps get rid of unwanted hair just about anywhere on the body or face. Patients most often treat their back, chest, upper lip, chin, and underarms with this laser treatment.

Laser hair removal can take anywhere from 20 minutes to more than one hour, depending on the area you wish to treat. Since hair grows in phases, our dermatologists will need to perform multiple sessions in order to remove all of the unwanted hair.

Non-Ablative Fractional Resurfacing

If you are dealing with scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles, or uneven skin tone, then non-ablative fractional resurfacing may be right for you. As the laser is directed over the skin, it removes old cells and stimulates the production of collagen to help tighten and firm up the skin while also smoothing away minor lines and wrinkles.

The procedure takes about 20 to 25 minutes and is completely non-invasive. As we mentioned above, it is normal to feel a slight pricking or stinging sensation during treatment. While you will see results right away, you will continue to see results over the next few months as new collagen is produced to help improve skin’s elasticity and tone.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you want to talk to one of our Santa Monica, CA, cosmetic dermatologists about getting laser treatment to improve your appearance, the next step is to schedule a consultation to find out how we can best help you. Call Santa Monica Dermatology Group today at (310) 829-4484.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
June 20, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologists in Santa Monica, CA, can help you have clear skin!

Acne isn’t just unsightly, it can also cause pain, reduce self-esteem, lower self-confidence, and even leave scars after it goes away! Acne TreatmentFortunately, your dermatologist has several effective ways to treat your unique acne issues. Here at Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, our team of skin doctors can help you have the clear, beautiful skin you've always wanted!


More about acne

Acne doesn’t discriminate—it can affect both teenagers and adults, afflicting them both with ugly blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pustules. If acne goes untreated, it can also result in permanent, ugly scarring. Accordingly, the best way to treat acne is by consulting with a professional dermatologist.

Here at Santa Monica Dermatology Group, your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Topical and oral antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria which cause acne.
  • Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products to help unblock clogged pores; these are helpful for cases of mild acne.
  • Isotretinoin which unblocks pores; this treatment is often used for cases of severe acne and to eliminate painful cystic acne.

Lifestyle and diet play a huge part in acne formation, as well. You can reduce acne breakouts by following a healthy lifestyle, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet that avoids greasy, fatty foods, and dairy products
  • Exercising regularly, for sweating helps eliminate the toxins from your body
  • Staying hydrated, for drinking water helps eliminate acne-causing toxins
  • Using non-comedogenic, oil-free makeup to keep your pores clear

Our dermatologists not only treat acne, but acne scarring, as well. At our Santa Monica office, we offer several options to get rid of scarring, including laser treatment, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and skincare products to help your skin stay smooth and clear.

To read more detailed information about acne and acne treatment, please visit the acne section on our website at


Give us a call!

To get started on the road to clearer skin, call the dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology by dialing (310) 829-4484.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
March 15, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Fillers   Wrinkles  

How dermal fillers from Santa Monica office can help you look great

Dermal FillersIs your face betraying your age? Are you seeing the early signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles at the corners of your eyes, forehead, and other areas of your face? Did you know that dermal fillers can help? Here at Santa Monica Dermatology Group, our dermatologists offer dermal fillers to smooth out your skin and help you look younger!


More about Fillers

So, what are dermal fillers? Dermal fillers are liquids or gels which are injected in small amounts into your skin so as to soften, fill in, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. They add back the volume that was lost due to aging and thereby reduce sagging skin.

Dermal fillers may be short-acting or long-acting depending on the ingredients. Many dermal fillers provide an immediately visible benefit, giving you smoother, more youthful skin. Dermal fillers also help stimulate collagen production, giving you added skin restoring benefits over time.

Dermal fillers are used to fill in and smooth areas, including:

  • Wrinkles at the corners of your eyes, known as crow’s feet
  • Lines between your eyebrows, known as glabella
  • Lines across your forehead, known as furrows
  • Lines from the corners of your mouth, known as marionette lines
  • Smile and laugh lines from your nose to your mouth

Dermal filler treatment is easily tolerated, and your dermatologist can use a numbing cream or spray beforehand if you wish. The number of injections you need will vary depending on the areas being treated. For more detailed information about dermal fillers, please visit the Fillers page on the website at


Interested? Give Us a Call!

To learn more about dermal fillers and other cosmetic/medical services, call Santa Monica Dermatology Group today at (310) 829-4484 and get ready to look great!

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
February 06, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Would you like to look younger? Are lines and facial wrinkles changing your self-esteem? At Santa Monica Dermatology Group, your botoxboard-certified dermatologists provide a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology services. One of the most sought-after is BOTOX. Minimally invasive, quick and best of all effective, BOTOX injectables return you to that smooth, youthful look you're used to.

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX injectables provided by our Santa Monica dermatologists are a pharmaceutical-grade form of the botulism toxin. Purified and safe, BOTOX goes right under the skin, targeting facial areas most prone to dynamic wrinkles--areas such as:

  • The forehead
  • Around the mouth (Marionette lines)
  • At the corners of the eyes (Crow's feet)
  • Between the eyebrows
  • Around the lips (smoker's lines)

How does BOTOX work? Simply put, it blocks the neurotransmitter which makes certain muscles contract. If these muscles relax and stay that way, lines and wrinkles smooth out, leaving skin looking much more youthful. Your dermatologist uses a fine needle to place the BOTOX medication right where it's needed.

Who benefits from BOTOX?

People of all walks of life--both men and women--take advantage of the therapeutic effects of BOTOX. Additionally, BOTOX is used to alleviate migraine headaches, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), eyelid spasms and more.


They take just 30 minutes at Santa Monica Dermatology Group. The doctor will clear you medically before recommending BOTOX; so you know these FDA-approved treatments will be safe for you and your skin.

You may feel a mild stinging sensation with each needle prick, and afterwards, some patients notice some slight redness, puffiness and tenderness. These resolve rapidly, however, and you will return to your normal activities right away--no downtime whatsoever.

You should see a smoother appearance to your skin almost immediately. After 24 to 72 hours, you'll experience the full effect. It will last for a few months and gradually wear off. When it does, you can return to your skin doctor for follow-up treatment.

Interested in BOTOX?

The professional team at Santa Monica Dermatology Group can tell you more. For more information, please call our office to schedule a free consultation with our aesthetic nurse Tereasa North-Sweeney. She has great skill in administering Botox and can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Call (310) 829-4484.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
August 07, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Laser  

Find out what options you have for reducing and even eliminating the appearance of scars.scars

While some people believe that their scars are a badge of honor or tell a great story, there are others who aren’t as happy with their scars. Whether you had a terrible accident or suffer from embarrassing acne scars, at Santa Monica Dermatology Group, your dermatologist in Santa Monica has the best tools and techniques to treat your scars and improve the appearance of your skin. Find out what options are available to you:

Creams or Gels

In the case of small, superficial scars caused by an injury, sometimes all that’s needed is an over-the-counter or prescription cream. Sometimes after cosmetic surgery, there is a slight scar, which could be improved by using scar ointment regularly. Sometimes these creams contain steroids or antihistamines to help reduce the appearance of your scar. If you have more severe scarring caused by acne or other issues then talk to our Santa Monica Dermatology Group skin doctors about whether these simple products will work for you.


If you have scars that are raised, such as keloid scars, then getting steroid injections could lessen their appearance. Sometimes injections are also used in conjunction with other treatment options like creams, or it might be used on its own.

Laser Treatment

Sometimes laser skin resurfacing offers amazing results for those dealing with scars caused by acne. The laser is directed over the skin to remove the outermost surface and to stimulate the growth of collagen to improve skin’s tightness and elasticity. As a result, the skin that heals is smoother and the scars are greatly reduced. There are several types of laser treatments from which to choose to treat scarring so be sure to ask your cosmetic dermatologist for advice.


If you are dealing with deep scars there are several kinds of treatments available. While some procedures like dermabrasion may work, we may also recommend skin grafting or scar removal. For patients with burn scars, skin grafting is a popular treatment option. By removing healthy skin from other areas of the body and stitching it over the scar tissue we can improve the appearance of your skin. If scaring is so severe that it affects how certain muscles function surgery can also be used to repair this issue and restore function.

If you are tired of feeling self-conscious about your scar then it’s time you talked to your Santa Monica Dermatology Group dermatologist about scar removal options. Through an evaluation, we can determine which treatment will best meet your needs.

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