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Richard Fitzpatrick, MD (in memoriam)

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
9339 Genesee Ave, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92121 US
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5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Dual ReStore- Great Result. - La Jolla, CA

I had the Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser about a week ago and look great. I had mild melasma on my upper lip, small patches around the eyes and dozens of scattered brown spots. It's all gone and smooth and I love my result. I only treated specific areas and not the full face but I'm shocked to read other reviews stating it was painful. My treatment wasn't at all. I had numbing...

5 out of 5 stars Birthmark Removal

Fraxel Repair Day 3 - So Far So Good - La Jolla, CA

I just had Fraxel Repair done on 6/7. I also had two other lasers, V beam and Gentle YAG, done at the same time on the same area to treat a red birthmark on most of the right side of my face. I was pretty swollen (I was bleeding some and oozing too) right after and the day after the surgery, however, my swelling seems to be going down by the hour and seems like it will be mostly gone in two...

5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Repair

I had my Fraxel Re:pair Co2 laser on 11/21 - Amazing - San Diego, CA

I had my Fraxel Re:pair Co2 laser on 11/21. I had absolutely no pain during the procedure and after. I was given Valium and Demerol before and nerve blocks. The 1st 72 hours were the most horrifying experience. My face swelled up on day 3 to the point I had to call the doctor cause I thought I was having an allergic reaction. I am on day 8 and I can't believe how great my skin looks. I...

5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Laser

Mr. Laser God - San Diego, CA

First of all, I am such a chicken when it comes to surgeries, needles, and other things that cut your skin, make you bleed, or artificial bodies and enhancements that can be implanted into your body, so I was always looking for alternatives. Second. It does work if you let the doctor work the magic! I mean it ladies - no whining that it hurts. Beauty is pain! If you want to look great, you...

5 out of 5 stars Hair Transplant

hair transplant - San Diego, CA

I had a strip hair transplant on Feb 14, 2013. Dr. Fitzpatrick and his team of technicians did a wonderful job. Carrie his assistant, and Phyllis my nurse, were exceptional every step of the way. The hair has grown in wonderfully. I have my front hair line back, no receeding hair line. It was absolutely worth it! I had been wanting to do it for a long time, but was concerned that it might...

5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Laser

World Class Treatment in La Jolla - La Jolla, CA

After hours of research on the internet, I found Dr. Fitzpatrick, whose credentials were so impressive that I stopped my search and made an appointment. After disappointing results with injectables at two downtown medical spas, I knew that I would have to explore laser resurfacing. Dr. Fitzpatrick's staff was wonderful. Dr. Fitzpatrick provided so much info that no question remained...

Top Notch Doctor on Both a Personal and Professional Level - Encinitas, CA

Very happy with Dr. Fitzpatrick and thrilled he's back - he is one of the country's top dermatologists and deserves that reputation. His work is top notch and long term results have been terrific. His staff is wonderful - wouldn't work with anyone else in that office but him. Doubt I'll need another treatment but if I do I'll use him again without question.

5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Repair

looking for treatment to get rid of freckles, sun spots, pigmentation and overall skin tone - Amazing Results - San Diego, CA

About 2 years ago I went to Dr. F, looking for treatment to get rid of freckles, sun spots, pigmentation and overall skin tone and texture. He suggested a Mini Fraxel Repair, at low settings, everything went smooth, my skin improved 90% and still is looking great!! I would do it again in a minute, but my skin is still looking great. Dr. F and his team are the best

5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Repair

Thrilled with the Results! - San Diego, CA

I had a Fraxel Re:pair Laser procedure done in August by Dr. Fitzpatrick, on my face, neck and chest - and I am thrilled with the results! My girlfriend and I had it done together on the same day, which made it fun. Dr. Fitzpatrick came highly recommended, and if I was going to have something done to my face I wanted the best doctor. I learned that he is recognized around the world for his...

1 out of 5 stars Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Caused Me Melasma - La Jolla, CA

I got fraxel plus the alexandrite laser done 6 years ago for minor scarring and it gave me melasma that has never gone away. when i went in to tell the doctor about it he tried to say i had it before i started the fraxel treatment which is b.s. i never had melasma. my skin is ruined and i have so much sadness and anger around this still. everytime i look in the mirror i am reminded of the skin...

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

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Dr. Fitzpatrick has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: AB in Biology, Princeton University
    Medical: MD, Emory University
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Southern California
    Residency: Dermatology, University of California Los Angeles

Treatments offered at Goldman, Butterwick, Fitzpatrick & Groff Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

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Is It Possible to Regain Pigment in Skin After Massive Laser Hair Removal Burns?

Restoring lost pigment is very difficult,particularly if there is scarring.There is one treatment that I have used over the past2 -3 years which has... READ MORE

Can African Americans Get Laser Resurfacing For Dark Under Eyes?

Your question really has two parts: Is laser resurfacing safe for patients with brown or black skin? The answer to that is you must choose a very... READ MORE

Accutane and Laser? I was on low dose accutane 20mg/day for about 2 months.

Your question is interesting but difficult to answer conclusively. There is no scientific or medical evidence that Accutane interferes with wound... READ MORE

Will Wearing a hat to work after hair transplant effect growth later on?

After two weeks you can wear whatever hat you want. You wouldn’t be able to pull out the hair transplants even if you tried! I wouldn’t wear a hat tho... READ MORE

A Question About Laser Resurfacing and Facial Hair Growth?

Laser resurfacing , whether ablative or nonablative , will definitely improve the texture of the skin and improve acne scars. How much improvement... READ MORE

Large Pores After Fraxel?

Acne does flare in about 20-30 % of acne - prone patients treated with Fraxel lasers. I do agree with your doctor that RetinA will be beneficial, but... READ MORE

Is Predinisone Really Necessary Post Fractionated CO2 Laser, Active FX?

Interesting question and a good point that the inflammatory response is what stimulates the wound healing response that leads to collagen formation.... READ MORE

Fraxel Acne Scars Results?

The results from treating acne scars with the Fraxel lasers in San Diego are dependent on breaking down scar tissue and replacing it with new fine... READ MORE

Fraxel for Acne Scars?

Early treatment with Fraxel allows control over the healing process and often prevents acne scars from progressing. There is no benefit in waiting one... READ MORE

Fraxel on Scars?

Acne scars initially present as red firm bumps or spots. If these are treated early they may not progress to become scars. I often use the VBeam at... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Fitzpatrick

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Hair Transplant for Males and Females

Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick speaks about the options for hair loss treatment for both men and women. Dr. Fitzpatrick moves hair to the front of the head front the back, without subjecting the hair to the same genetic effects that caused the hair loss. WATCH VIDEO

Is it Possible to Remove Gray or White Hair?

Dr. Fitzpatrick discusses the possibility of using laser hair removal for gray or white hair. WATCH VIDEO

Hair Loss Causes

Doctor Richard Fitzpatrick discusses some common factors that contribute to hair loss. WATCH VIDEO

Why are There so Many Different Lasers for Treatment?

Doctor Richard Fitzpatrick explains why there are so many different types of lasers used in skin treatments. WATCH VIDEO

Treatment Options for Scars

Doctor Richard Fitzpatrick shares how he combines different types of lasers to treat scars. WATCH VIDEO

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