Eczema. Psoriasis. Acne. They could be called the Big Three of skin problems?and the team at North Coast Dermatology Medical Associates, led by Dr. Stacy Tompkins, deftly handles all of them. But that doesn't mean that they have no time for other cosmetic concerns. They also combat signs of aging with dermal fillers, improve skin texture with chemical peels and Pixel resurfacing, and eradicate stubble with laser hair removal, rather than hiding it beneath a tattoo that says "Nothing to See Here." The experts can target maladies that extend below the skin's surface, too: during Mohs surgeries, they remove skin cancer with microscopic precision.
At The Secret Clinic, vascular specialist Dr. Peter Mann and his team use advanced aesthetic procedures to meet all manner of beauty goals. Dr. Mann relies on noninvasive lasers for many of his treatments, and these beams are the “secret” to a rejuvenated appearance stated in the center’s name. An alternative to a surgical facelift, CO2 fraxel skin resurfacing erases signs of aging caused by sun exposure and celebrating birthdays once a month. But the clinic touts more than just technological know-how. Medical-grade facials draw from age-old aesthetic techniques to control acne breakouts, exfoliate dull cells, or create a healthy glow.
During the past five years, Dr. Phillip Milgram has used the FDA-approved PinPointe FootLaser to address the nail concerns of more than 2,200 patients. A team of NIH-funded scientists and medical professionals spent two decades developing the technology used in the laser, which carefully eradicates fungus without damaging the nail or surrounding skin. After each of the approximately 30-minute procedures, patients can immediately resume normal activities and expect their nails to grow back clear or with a french tip.
English, Spanish, French, Hungarian, and Romanian—these are the languages that Dr. George Weiss has trained his mouth to shape. But his cultural aptitude isn't the only impressive mark on his resumé. Dr. Weiss—a bariatric physician—has also spent the last two decades helping patients reclaim their bodies through anti-aging and weight-management programs. These days, the doctor combines his knowledge of conventional and integrative medicine at Wellness and Longevity Medical Group of La Jolla, booting fine lines and deep-set wrinkles with Botox, Dysport, Radiesse, Juvéderm, Sculptra, and Restylane/Perlane solutions while helping patients shave off unwanted curves with custom hCG diet plans and nutritional coaching. Dr. Weiss even helps patients balance off-kilter hormones, which can cause people to have mood swings or get into a slap fight with a friend’s wedding cake. By using a holistic age-management approach that combines a healthy lifestyle with natural bioidentical hormones and aesthetics, Dr. Weiss can help patients regain a sense of vitality.
"My life is making art with the human body," says Dr. Robert A. Shumway on the website for his boutique clinic, Shumway Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Shumway has made an illustrious career out of trimming waistlines with tummy tucks and liposuction and balancing features with nose jobs and face-lifts. He also strives for innovation, adopting new methods of breast augmentation and employing lasers to rejuvenate the skin.
While Dr. Shumway is known for his transformative procedures, his practice also offers surgery-free enhancement. Aesthetic services refresh complexions with lasers and injections. The clinical staff also specializes in medical-grade chemical peels, reducing the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and seemingly permanent milk mustaches.
For the past 15 years, SK Clinic's Dr. Stephen Krant has received the same professional honor: La Jolla Light's Best Plastic Surgeon designation, determined by a reader vote. It's no surprise he's such a crowd pleaser. The Yale School of Medicine alumnus has performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, all of which include consultations that touch on important questions, such as, "What makes you happy?" and "How do you measure success?"
Aside from artful surgeries, SK Clinic's team offers beauty treatments, too. The med spa offerings run the gamut from laser hair removal and injectables such as Botox to spa facials to brow lifts, body contouring, massages and micro-needling.