Medical Dermatology

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Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases.

 

The board certified dermatologists at the Dermatology Institute treat a wide range of skin conditions for an ethnically diverse population of ALL ages.

Your skin is your largest, most visible organ and it is what protects you.  This is why dermatologists are dedicated to helping you have healthy skin and healing the different diseases that may affect your skin, hair, and nails.

Conditions Treated

Below is just a sample of common medical issues we treat:

  • Acne
  • Acne Scars
  • Age Spots (lentigos)
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Boils/Skin Infections
  • Condyloma Acuminata (genital warts)
  • Cysts
  • Eczema
  • Fungal Infections
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Insect Bites
  • Jock Itch/Tinea Cruris/Intertrigo
  • Melanoma
  • Melasma
  • Mole Checks
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Nail Abnormalities
  • Nail Fungus
  • Poison Ivy
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis (dandruff)
  • Seborrheic Keratoses/"Barnacles"
  • Shingles
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Tags
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Sun Damage
  • Tinea Versicolor/Yeast Infections of the Skin
  • Urticaria/Hives
  • Warts
Some of our Specialties include:

Lasers that Make Our Clinic Unique in San Diego

Targeted 311nm phototherapy (Eximer Laser)

The excimer laser is an effective form of treatment for inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. This advanced device offers patients a safe, successful and minimally invasive solution to the red, itchy skin caused by psoriasis flare-ups. The excimer laser delivers targeted beams of intense laser light to clear lesions and provide significant relief without damaging nearby healthy skin. Each excimer laser treatment session takes only a few minutes to perform in the doctor’s office, with no anesthesia needed. The laser energy can be precisely delivered to lesions nearly anywhere on the body, including previously hard-to-treat areas such as the elbows and knees. The results of the excimer laser treatment can last for six months or longer.

narrow band UVB Light Therapy

Ultraviolet light B (UVB) therapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to effectively treat the itching, burning and crusting of psoriasis. By exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source on a regular schedule, growth of abnormal skin cells is slowed and the condition slowly heals. In addition to treating psoriasis, UVB therapy can also be used to treat vitiligo.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses light and a light-sensitive dye to treat acne and other skin condition. It is also being tested for the treatment of bacterial infection and skin conditions such as psoriasis and sun-damage. The number of non-melanoma skin cancers is increasing worldwide, and so also the demand for effective treatment modalities. Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) using aminolaevulinic acid (Levulan®) is especielly helpful when treating large areas with pre-cancers (actinic keratoses) and areas with field cancerization. The cure rates are usually good, and the cosmetic outcomes excellent. The only major side effect reported is the pain experienced by the patients during treatment, although for many it is mild or tolerable. The main advantages of topical PDT are that the method is non-invasive and effective, and generally gives a good cosmetic outcome.

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– Peter Paul Rullan, M.D.