San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
437 S. Highway 101, Suite 217
Solana Beach, California 92075 US
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5 out of 5 stars Dysport

It's Apparent She Loves Her Job - Encinitas, CA

I only see an upside to this procedure. It wasn't painful and yielded excellent results!

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Outstanding Doc--very Thorough and Kind - Encinitas, CA

Tired of looking "angry" at work.

5 out of 5 stars Sculptra

Best Dermatologist in San Diego - Solana Beach, CA

I had taken the time to consult with several Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeons in the San Diego & OC areas regarding Sculptra and fillers. I felt most women looked over "filled" and felt Sculptra may be the more natural approach, however after reading many reviews , I realized Sculptra is not a "filler" and needed to be injected by a VERY experienced doc. After meeting Dr.Palm, my 3rd...

5 out of 5 stars Cellfina

45yo with Cellulite Since my Late 20's - Solana Beach, CA

Dr. Palm is a fabulous doctor. She just makes you feel so much at ease when she talks to you. She doesn't try push you into any procedures that you don't want or need. I have complete confidence in her knowledge and her abilities. I know she just wants you to look and feel good about yourself. And she will do what she can to get you there. I'm still not sure about the Cellfina procedure...

Cellfina for Cellulite on Thighs and Butt (38 Yrs Old) - Solana Beach, CA

I'm usually a pretty private person, but I've found the reviews on here to be so incredibly helpful that I thought I would return the favor. I'm 38 years old. I eat very healthy... in fact, I was a holistic nutrition coach for over 15 years. I've been working out with a personal trainer doing weights for almost 6 months now. And although I am definitely more toned and I know I've dropped at...

5 out of 5 stars Infini RF

"34 Year Old, Hispanic with Moderate Acne Scaring. San Diego, CA

First of all excuse my bad spelling as English is not my first language..I wanted to post this review because there seems to be a lot of negative reviews lately and feel it's important to also write about the positive ones, I was looking to get fraxel dual to help minimize my acne scarring on my lower face but decided to try Infini instead as it seemed to be safer for people with darker skin...

3 out of 5 stars Ultherapy

Ultherapy - Solana Beach, CA

After the first and only treatment I started to see positive results. My skin appeared firmer & plumper. About a year later was the best results. Most noticeable under my chin and my eye brows were lifted. Then after another year went by I noticed major face atrophy. I now look gaunt, shallow and crappy skin. My temples are so shallow and my neck is saggy. It's frustrating because I was trying...

5 out of 5 stars Radiesse

Amazing Artist! - Solana Beach, CA

More than 10 years after a facelift, I'm increasingly seeing some drooping and hollowness that I want to correct without any more surgery. Saw Dr. Palm for Radiesse to fill out the hollows in my cheeks and chin after Botox and Juvederm along the marionette lines. The injections were painless. Some swelling the first day that quickly subsided. I feel like I look 10 years younger. Love it!

5 out of 5 stars Restylane Silk

The Best Lip Filler - Restalyne Silk!! - Solana Beach, CA

I had recently had a CO2 ablative laser procedure to improve/remove wrinkles around my mouth and had an excellent outcome. Afterward, though, my lips looked even more like they needed fullness next to the new, smooth skin around them. Dr. Palm is the best in town at injecting lips without bruising and obtaining a beautiful shape, so I went back to her. She described the advantages of Silk over...

Resurfx Treatment - Solana Beach, CA

I had my Resurfx performed in combination with an IPL, which I reviewed separately. My Resurfx was done immediately after my IPL, and took approximately 15 minutes, tops. I had already been given numbing cream prior to the IPL, so my face was still numb. Just as with the IPL, I had virtually no discomfort. I could feel it, but it truly did not hurt. After this was completed, an Rx cream was...

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia
    Medical: MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Dermatology, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s
    Fellowship: Cosmetic Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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How Effective is Spectra Laser in Treating Melasma. How Many Treatments Are Required? Are There Better Alternatives for Asians

Dear Confused Asian female, I have the Lutronic Spectra laser in my practice and lecture about melasma and laser treatment nationally at... READ MORE

Is There a Way to Fix Heavy Nasolabial Folds on Young Women?

Midfacial volume deficiency is a more common among some Asian populations.  This is due to a lack of bony support  in the midface... READ MORE

Can you do Cellfina on inner thighs and front of thighs?

Cellfina is FDA-cleared for the treatment of dimple like cellulite of the buttocks and thighs.  Typically, ideal dimpling for treatment in the thigh ... READ MORE

Vanquish, CoolSculpting, Zerona. What's the Best?

Vanquish is the latest in non-invasive fat reduction. It is FDA-approved for deep tissue heating, but clinical studies demonstrate fat reduction after... READ MORE

Liposculture on Upper Arms Cost?

Liposculpture of the upper arms is a more advanced technique and I would advise you to seek a physician experienced in this procedure. It can yield... READ MORE

How Long Until Tumescent Fluid Leaves the Body After Liposuction?

Tumescent fluid used during liposuction has a numbing effect for around 24 hours. I leave adit sites, the entrance sites to the cannulas, open to... READ MORE

Sculptra for Lips

Sculptra Aesthetic should never be used in the lips. As a very experienced physician injector and trainer, I instruct other physicians to avoid using... READ MORE

Getting Lip Injections Without "Duck Look"?

Looking at your picture, injectable fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane can help augment the lip, although realistic expectations are important.... READ MORE

Does the Vanquish Treatment Hurt? Is There a Recovery Time?

In general, if appropriate, I always undergo any of the procedures/devices I offer in our dermatology clinic - I want to understand what the patient... READ MORE

How Soon It is Safe to Become Pregnant or Trying to Get Pregnant After Having Restylane/perlane Done?

Although the use of Juvederm is not FDA-approved during pregnancy, you should be able to become pregnant following Juvederm placement without concern... READ MORE

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Vanquish: Everything You Need to Know About the Non-Invasive Fat Removal Treatment

Dr. Melanie D. Palm explains what Vanquish is, how it works, and what you can expect from treatment. WATCH VIDEO

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