Medical Dermatology

At La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center we treat patients of any age, from the young to those advanced in age, no matter the condition. From dermatologic surgery, to laser or cosmetic dermatology, we specialize in the proper care and treatment of skin, hair, nails and aesthetics. We also perform full-body skin checks on patients to detect abnormal moles or early skin cancers. Learn more about our comprehensive services below.

What conditions do we treat?

Acne: Genetics, skin bacteria, sweat, and hormones can all lead to the formation of acne in adults and children alike. Acne can lower your self-confidence by leaving marks and scars on your skin as well as creating painful nodules under the surface.  Comprehensive acne therapies are the the best way to regain your blemish-free skin. Feel free to contact La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for profession medical assistance with acne and acne scar treatments.

Actinic Keratosis: People over the age of 40 are often more susceptible to developing abnormal skin cells as a result of years of sun exposure. One such condition is the development of Actinic Keratosis. While these lesions are not cancerous, they can develop into Squamous Cell cancers. Therefore, it is best to reduce the number of such growths and prevent the future development of skin cancers. For further information and treatment of Actinic Keratosis please contact La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center.

Alopecia Areata: Hair loss can be difficult to deal with, especially when it is our own body’s immune system that causes the hair loss. Alopecia is a medical condition that affects over 6.8 million people in the United States. Our team of professionals have extensive experience in dealing with cases of alopecia. Contact us for more information.

Atypical Moles: Everybody has moles on their body and in most cases, these moles are harmless. But sometimes, some moles develop after birth and may look or feel abnormal. Abnormal moles are called dysplastic nevi; they may be a precursor to melanoma and depending on the degree of abnormality, it may be best to have them permanently removed. If you have any questions regarding atypical moles or are seeking treatment for them please feel free to contact us.

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Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal Cell Carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that is caused by the excessive exposure of the skin to sunlight, age, and your skin’s genetics. It is considered a low-risk skin cancer because it is slow growing and has a low metastatic rate. If left untreated it can eat away at your skin, destroying vital structures such as nerves and local organs. The good news is that it is easy to treat. At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Azadeh Shirazi specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment. Please contact us to schedule a consultation.

Contact Dermatitis: Rashes, blisters, tenderness, and itching are all common signs of contact dermatitis. Without treatment, dermatitis can continue to persist for up to 6 weeks following exposure to the allergen. Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, arguably the best dermatologists in La Jolla can assist you with treatment of contact dermatitis.

Cherry Angioma: Do you have any red-colored moles on your body? If so, don’t worry. These  growths are made of blood vessels are called cherry angiomas and for the most part are absolutely harmless. If, however, you wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons or you experience any burning, pain or bleeding in these blood vessel moles, please schedule a consultation at our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for help.

Cysts: Bumps and lumps under the surface of the skin can occur anywhere on the skin.  They are often due to blockage of a pore that fill with excess skin protein called Keratin. Skin cysts are non-cancerous formations and can easily be removed through minimally-invasive surgery. If you would like help with treatment for a cyst, contact us to schedule a consultation.

Eczema: Eczema is a term for several different types of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. Eczema, also called dermatitis, causes dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, swell and itch even more. Eczema causes tenderness and inflammation in the skin. Treatments may include medicines, skin creams, light therapy, and good skin care. Contact us at our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for assistance with eczema.

Fungal Infection: Certain areas on our skin that allow for little air flow can develop overgrowth of fungus. This is particularly the case for footwear which are too moist; they serve as the hotbeds for fungal growth. Under such conditions, athlete’s foot and ringworm can form on the skin. If you notice any abnormal inflammation, scaling or tenderness on your skin, please visit our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for treatment of fungal infections.

Herpes Simplex: Cold sores typically result from a viral infection called herpes simplex virus (HSV). Herpes is a viral infection that is caused when oral secretions from an infected person come in contact with another. Activities like kissing and sharing a toothbrush can cause herpes.

Red, swollen pustules and pus-filled sores form around the mouth and create a constant burning sensation. Genital herpes also caused by a herpes simplex virus causes sores on your genital or rectal area, buttocks, and thighs. You can get it from having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has it. The virus can shed and spread even when sores are not present. You can receive treatment for herpes simplex virus at our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center.

Hives: Hives can be a debilitating skin condition for people with allergies. Large red, swollen bumps and welts can form on the surface of the skin and can lead to severe itching and burning. If untreated, these skin welts could last for days or weeks. If you need treatment for hives contact us or give us a call to schedule a consultation.

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Immunobullous Disease: Autoimmune diseases, where the body’s own immune system attacks itself, can be a lifelong challenge. Immunobullous disease, also known as the blistering disease, is also an autoimmune dermatological condition, which can be controlled with proper care and treatment. If you notice persistent crusted sores and skin lesions on your scalp, neck or face, please contact us or give us a call for immediate treatment.

Impetigo: Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection that results in open pus-filled sores around the nose and mouth. If untreated, these sores may get infected and erupt, leading to further spread of infection. It mostly affects young children and infants. But people of any age can get it from contact with someone who is infected. Dr. Azadeh Shirazi of the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center has extensive experience treating Impetigo. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

Melanoma: Melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer that can spread from one part of the body to another. But, with timely intervention, you can control this debilitating disease. If you notice any abnormally shaped or colored moles and patches on your body, we recommend you visit Dr. Azadeh Shirazi for consultation and treatment at our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center.

Nails: Our nails can tell us a lot about our general health. Discolored and broken nails can signify anything from liver problems to dermatological conditions. A touch of white, a rosy tinge, rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Conditions in the lungs, liver, and heart can show up in your nails.

Although many nail abnormalities are harmless, if you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a dermatologist. If you notice any persistent marks or discoloration on your nails, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us to schedule a consultation.

Keloid: A keloid is a scar that grows bigger and wider than the original injury. Keloids are most commonly found on the breastbone, shoulders, upper chest and back, and even earlobes, and face. They can be bothersome or painful enough that treatment is desired. If you are experiencing discomfort or feel that a keloid is a cosmetic issues for you, feel free to give us a call or schedule a consultation at our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center.

Lichen Planus: Are there white patches on the inside of your mouth? Do you notice small red or purple bumps on your arms and legs? If so, you could be suffering from a dermatological condition called Lichen Planus. Often patients report experiencing a metallic taste in their mouth and experiencing severe burning and skin peeling. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please visit our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for immediate treatment.

Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus: Lichen Sclerosus is a form of dermatitis that occurs in pre-menstrual and post-menopausal women. White patches form on and around the genitals and may lead to itching and burning. This skin condition may also lead to atrophy if untreated, with the skin around the genitals becoming extremely susceptible to infection. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Azadeh Shirazi for treatment, give us a call or schedule online.

Perioral Dermatitis: Red, scaly bumps around the eyes, nose and mouth can be indicative of a skin condition called Perioral Dermatitis. This is a form of dermatitis with an acne characteristic and may be caused by overuse of topical steroids. The bumps may spread to other areas of the face and persist for months if untreated. If you suspect that you may be suffering from Perioral Dermatitis, give us a call or schedule a consultation today.

Pityriasis Rosea: Have you noticed large pink patches on your abdomen, back or neck? Do these have a scaly, raised border of skin? If so, you may have Pityriasis Rosea. This is a harmless dermatological condition that results in rashes and mild itching. While they pose no health concerns, they do create cosmetic issues. If you’d like to have them removed, visit our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for treatment.

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Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a inflammatory dermatological condition that results in the excessive peeling of the skin, redness, and flaking. The skin cells start to turn over at an accelerated rate. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body from the neck to the nails. Dr. Azadeh Shirazi is arguably one of the best dermatologists in La Jolla and she has extensive experience treating Psoriasis. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Rashes: Many rashes are itchy, red and painful. Some rashes can also lead to blisters or patches of raw skin. Rashes can be cause by various medical problems. Irritating substances and allergies can also be the cause of a rash. Most rashes usually go away after a few days. But, if your rash has not gone away and is troubling you, it is time to get treatment. Give us a call or schedule a consultation online.

Shingles: Viral infections can affect every part of our body, including our skin. Shingles is one such viral dermatological infection that is caused due to the varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms include fluid-filled blisters, red rashes and intense burning or itching of the skin. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us to schedule an appointment for immediate treatment.

Seborrheic Keratosis: Have you noticed a wart-like growth on your body that you are certain wasn’t there before? If so, it could be a Seborrheic Keratosis. These are wart-like, non-cancerous growths that form on the body due to age. A Seborrheic Keratosis is completely harmless, but if you’d like to have them removed for cosmetic reasons, please feel free to give us a call or schedule online in you prefer..

Tinea Versicolor: Our skin plays host to multiple microorganisms, many of which are extremely beneficial to us. But when the helpful yeast on the skin multiples uncontrollably, it results in bright red rashes forming on the surface of the skin. This is called Tinea Versicolor. If you notice sudden red patches on your skin, contact us at our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for assistance.

Vitiligo: Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes severe discoloration of the skin. Although it is completely harmless, the large, blotchy patches of discolored skin may cause distress in people due to unknown variations in skin color. Loss of skin color can affect any part of the body, most commonly around the mouth, nose, and eye as well as the back of the hands. If you are seeking treatment for vitiligo, please give us a call or schedule online and one of our staff will get in touch with you shortly.

Warts: Many people have warts on their body, which are skin growths caused by various strains of human papillomaviruses. They typically do not result in symptoms except when on the bottom of the feet where they may be painful. Without treatment, warts may remain for months or even years. If you wish to get rid of a wart, visit our La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center for treatment.

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