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Dermatology La Jolla
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- Is Doctor Gonzales a board-certified dermatologist and how long has he been practicing?
Dr. Darrell Gonzales is a board-certified dermatologist, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Seeing a Board Certified Dermatologist assures you that you receive care from an individual who has extensive, specialized training in the physiology and pathology of the skin.
Dr. Gonzales has been in a private dermatology practice in La Jolla since 2005. Dr. Gonzales is a sought-after speaker and practitioner for his knowledge of acne, psoriasis, skin cancer and advanced laser therapies, including Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Active FX. He has been a guest on Fox television, KUSI television, and has written articles for local newspapers including the San Diego Union Tribune.
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- Does Doctor Gonzales see patients for medical issues such as mole checks, skin cancer evaluations, acne, rashes, nail and hair disease, and dermatology emergencies?
Dr. Gonzales is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive knowledge and experience in the treatment of common and complex medical cases, including but not limited to acne, skin cancer, atypical moles, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, nail and hair disease, skin infections, pigmentation disorders, and warts. He has great passion for medical dermatology and helping patients remedy skin care concerns. Emergency appointments can often be seen the same day.
- Does Doctor Gonzales perform surgical removal of atypical and unwanted moles, skin cancers, and cysts?
Dr. Gonzales has extensive training and practice in the surgical removal of both benign and malignant growths, including cysts, atypical moles, unwanted moles, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. He uses specialized techniques to make his surgical procedures nearly painless and prides himself in maximizing the best cosmetic outcome possible for patients.
- Does Doctor Gonzales perform cosmetic procedures?
Dr. Gonzales’ advanced training and artistic eye has helped patients achieve their skin rejuvenation goals through cosmetic procedures. Examples of cosmetic procedures include Botox, Restylane, and Intense Pulse Light (IPL). Dr. Gonzales takes great pride in helping patients enhance the natural health and beauty of their complexions. He provides a comprehensive personal consultation to discuss your cosmetic goals and creates a treatment plan to restore the youth of your skin. For detailed information on the cosmetic procedures available please click on the tab “Cosmetic Dermatology.” Please call and make an appointment today to start rejuvenating the health and beauty of your skin.
- Does Coastal Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology see all age groups?
Coastal Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology is a comprehensive dermatology practice in La Jolla providing medical, surgical, and cosmetic care for all age groups. Dr. Gonzales enjoys treating patients of all ages and frequently takes care of several generations of families.
- How often should I have my skin checked by a dermatologist?
Anyone with a history of intermittent sunburns, chronic sun exposure, fair skin with light eyes and freckles, multiple moles, or heavy freckling should have a yearly full skin examination. If you have had a skin cancer within the last two years it is important to have a skin examination at least every 6 months. If you have had a skin cancer more than two years ago it is important to have a full skin examination at least once a year.
If you have noted a spot on your skin changing in size, shape, color, or symmetry it is important to have that looked at immediately. In addition, if any spot begins to scale, crust, bleed, or is non-healing it is important to make an appointment with Dr. Gonzales as these may be warning signs of something potentially dangerous.
- Does Coastal Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology carry any cosmeceutical products?
Dr. Gonzales has performed extensive research to identify the most effective products to maintain and improve the health and beauty of your skin. Coastal Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology in La Jolla has a comprehensive collection of highly effective sunscreens to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. We also have some of the most sophisticated cleansers to reduce acne blemishes and improve the tone and texture of your skin. To reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce mottled pigmentation, Dr. Gonzales has chosen one of the best topical retinoids available only to physician’s offices. If you are seeking moisturizers, we carry several lines including those containing antioxidants, human growth factors, and cytokines. Coastal Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology can also prepare fading agents specifically designed for your pigmentation problems. Make an appointment today with Dr. Gonzales to get a personalized skin care regimen.
- Does Coastal Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology accept my insurance?
Dr. Gonzales is a provider for almost all major PPO’s. Our office staff will be happy to quickly assist you in determining if we are a provider for your insurance. Please call today so that we may help you.
Please bring your insurance card with you on the day of your appointment. For medical office visits, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf. Before your visit, please review your insurance plan for co-pay, deductible, and other benefit information.
Cosmetic services are not covered by insurance.