Medical Dermatology

Leading-Edge Skin Cancer Screening and Examinations in Orange County

At our renowned medical dermatology center in Newport Beach, we champion proactive skin health. Our board-certified medical dermatologist urges annual full-body skin evaluations for all patients, beginning in their late teens. These comprehensive skin exams allow us to detect any signs of the three primary forms of skin cancer—Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Malignant Melanoma—the deadliest among the three.

Melanomas have a notorious link to “holiday burns” and carry a genetic predisposition. Despite their potential lethality, early detection of Melanomas can lead to an excellent survival rate of 95% after five years. Our expert dermatologists will discuss the “ABCDEs” of melanoma during your annual full-body skin examination and guide you on effective sun-protective measures and monthly self-skin assessments at home.

Actinic Keratosis: Precancerous Skin Lesions

Actinic Keratosis (AKs), also known as skin precancers, are scaly growths common on sun-exposed skin. These spots present an increased risk of developing Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), a type of skin cancer that can spread if left untreated. Around 10% of AKs can evolve into an SCC, particularly under chronic sun exposure.

Our state-of-the-art treatments for AKs include cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen (LN2) and “field treatment” with chemotherapy creams or in-office PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT).

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): An Aggressive Skin Cancer

SCCs are more aggressive than BCCs and may occasionally spread to the lymph nodes. To prevent the transition of AKs into SCCs, we offer treatments including liquid nitrogen application, chemotherapy creams, salicylic chemical peels, and PDT.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): A Slow-Growing Yet Destructive Skin Cancer

BCC is a slow-growing form of skin cancer that needs prompt treatment due to its potential to cause extensive local damage. We primarily treat BCCs with Mohs surgery or excision, depending on the location and severity of the lesion.

Melanoma: A Deadly Skin Cancer

Melanomas are known to be one of the most aggressive and life-threatening types of skin cancers. Detecting and treating Melanomas in the early stages can prevent spread and improve prognosis significantly.

ABCDEs of Dermatology

We ensure that our patients understand the ABCDEs of Dermatology: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variation, Different (formerly diameter), and Evolving (enlarging, changing). If you notice a mole or lesion fitting any of these categories, reach out to us promptly for a comprehensive examination.


Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by raised, red, scaly patches that often appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, and lower back. These plaques can be itchy, painful, and may crack and bleed. The severity of psoriasis varies from person to person and can be managed with topical treatments, oral medications, or phototherapy.

Skin Tags

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small, benign skin growths that often appear on areas of the body with skin folds, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. They are harmless but can be bothersome, particularly when they rub against clothing. Skin tags can be safely removed through cryotherapy, snipping with medical scissors, or with a laser.


Rashes are a broad term for any change in skin color or texture. They can appear as red, itchy patches, bumps, blisters, or welts and can result from a variety of conditions, including allergies, irritants, infections, or autoimmune diseases. Treatment for rashes depends on the underlying cause and may include topical creams, oral medications, or avoidance of certain triggers.


Warts are small, rough, and often hard growths that typically occur on the hands and feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can spread through close skin-to-skin contact or by touching an object used by a person with the virus. Warts can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications, or procedures such as cryotherapy or laser treatments.


Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition causing the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. It commonly occurs in children but can affect individuals at any age. Eczema is typically managed with moisturizers, topical corticosteroids, and avoiding triggers that exacerbate the condition.


Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition where patches of skin lose their pigment, resulting in irregular white patches. It can affect any area on the body and is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the pigment cells in the skin. Treatments include topical corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, and phototherapy.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can result from a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or aging. It can present as a thinning of the hair or baldness in certain areas. Treatments for hair loss can range from topical medications like minoxidil, oral medications such as finasteride, to procedures like hair transplant surgery.

Mole Removal

Moles are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. While most moles are harmless, they can sometimes develop into skin cancer. Mole removal is a simple procedure that can be done through surgical excision or shave excision, depending on the type and size of the mole.

Nail Disease

Nail diseases can include a variety of conditions such as fungal infections, psoriasis, onycholysis (separation of the nail from the nail bed), and ingrown toenails. These conditions can cause changes in nail color, shape, thickness, and can sometimes be painful. Treatment options depend on the type of nail disease and can include topical treatments, oral medications, or in some cases, surgical intervention.


For medical office visits, we are a cash-only practice. Our initial medical office visit and follow up appointments are $200 each. Please feel free to contact us by phone if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment. If you choose to submit a claim to your insurance company on your own, we will provide you with the appropriate paperwork. However, because we are considered an out-of-network provider, reimbursement is not guaranteed, and out of pocket patient responsibility may vary.

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