Cosmetic Dermatology

Advanced facial treatments and anti-aging skin care in San Diego

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Advanced facial treatments and anti-aging skin care in San Diego

Our expert skin doctors at Scripps Clinic Division of Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology offer a complete range of services to improve the appearance of your skin — from removing tattoos, scars and dark spots to restoring your skin texture and tone for a smoother, more youthful appearance.


Scripps Clinic cosmetic dermatologists in San Diego are board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan based on your desired results.


Following your physician consultation, one of our coordinators will explain the costs associated with your procedure and any financing options available to you.

Cosmetic and laser treatments for problem areas

Scripps cosmetic dermatologists offer numerous nonsurgical treatments to correct skin problems, remove scars and dark spots, provide anti-aging skin care and enhance skin texture and appearance. More than ever, individuals are seeking these treatments for their cost-effectiveness, efficiency and convenience — especially when compared to cosmetic surgery.


Combining medical expertise with the most advanced technology, our dermatologists at the Scripps Clinic Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology Center specialize in using lasers, injectable treatments, nonsurgical facelifts and more to achieve the results you want. Your physician can discuss which options best suit your individual needs.


Cosmetic and laser treatments may have side effects or risks. Talk with your dermatologist about the potential side effects and risks of any procedures you may be considering before you have them.

Laser treatment before and after photos

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Broken blood vessels laser removal — before and after

Results after two laser treatments.

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Brown spots laser removal — before and after

Results after two laser treatments.

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Tattoo laser removal — before and after

Results after four laser treatments.

Types of cosmetic skin treatments

We offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic skin treatments to rejuvenate skin, reduce the effects of sun exposure and aging, improve skin tone and create a more youthful appearance. Learn more about specific procedures and options that can help achieve your desired look.

Types of laser treatments

Laser skin resurfacing includes a wide variety of treatments to reduce facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Scripps cosmetic dermatology experts use the most advanced FDA-approved lasers to customize treatments for each patient’s specific needs. 


Laser skin resurfacing can improve: 


  • Fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, forehead and mouth
  • Acne scars
  • Aged or sun-damaged skin
  • Liver spots, sunspots and birthmarks
  • Tattoo removal


New laser technologies offer greater precision for more targeted and effective treatment, especially in delicate areas. At Scripps Clinic, we use the following types of cosmetic lasers.

Tattoo removal treatment

Scripps Clinic Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology Center physicians use the most advanced laser treatment to remove unsightly or unwanted tattoos — the PICO 4 laser. This powerful, versatile laser safely and effectively removes tattoos from the skin without harsh cutting, bleaching or abrasion. 


Unlike other lasers that may remove only certain ink colors, the innovative PICO 4 laser uses four specific wavelengths of light to target all colors of tattoo ink, including three Q-switched lasers that emit rapid pulses of energy to precisely fragment multiple ink colors. Each Q-switched wavelength targets different colors to cover a full spectrum of pigments.


Every tattoo is different, and treatment will depend on several factors, including:


  • The size of the tattoo
  • The age of the tattoo
  • The colors used in the tattoo
  • The depth and density of the tattoo ink 
  • Your skin tone 
  • Your immune system (people with compromised immune systems may not be candidates for tattoo removal) 
  • The frequency of treatments


Some tattoos can be completely removed, while others can be significantly lightened. Our dermatologists will consult with you prior to beginning treatment to let you know what to expect from treatment and how many treatments you may need.

Cosmetic dermatology locations

Scripps Clinic offers general and cosmetic dermatology services at several locations across San Diego for all of your skin care needs. View all dermatology locations.