San Diego Dermatologist
10672 Wexford Street, Suite 205
San Diego, California 92131 US
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5 out of 5 stars Acne Scars Treatment

Saline Subcision for Rolling Acne Scars - San Diego, CA

Great Dermatologist for Acne Scar Treatment!

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Botox for Masseter and Chin Area - San Diego, CA

Dr. Chen is an excellent, super professional, and very kind doctor who will put you at ease by answering all of your questions, explaining your options, and then letting you decide what is best for you. His personality is really kind and not superficial (which is hard to find in this field.) He doesn't push unnecessary products or services, but always let's you decide what to do. And even if I'm not a doctor myself, I also do appreciate how he is very patient and walks me through all my questions about the procedure. I was really nervous, but after going to Dr. Chen, I can say you are truly in the best hands. He is knowledgable and just looking at his credentials, he is one of the smartest doctors out there (but he is very humble and you wouldn't know about his accomplishments in medicine unless you looked it up) but the reason I choose him over other doctors is I know he is honest, reliable and really wants to help his patients with their goals. Hope this helps for those of you researching, thanks! :-)

5 out of 5 stars Accutane

Thank you - San Diego, CA

He was recommended to me by my mother. Dr Chen was recommended to me by my mom. I had acne since I was 13 years old and nothing was helping me. He was SO helpful, and I cannot thank him enough. I will always go to Dr Chen if I ever have any problems. I will probbaly see him in 6 months to see what he recommends for some scarring I have. I trust him 100% with my skin.

5 out of 5 stars Mole Removal

Quick and Easy! - San Diego, CA

I chose Dr. Chen because he was on this site, close to my house and had a good review for mole removals. He was quick with the appointment but I didn't feel like he was rushing me and he stayed calm during the mole removal while I was freaking out.

5 out of 5 stars Mole Removal

Thorough, Professional, Caring, Virtually Painless-San Diego, CA

Had second appt. since one below. Still superb!Dr. Chen is very thorough. Virtually painless keratoses removals using hyfercation. I paid out-of-pocket, since my insurance did not cover cosmetic services...and it was money very well spent. No visible scarring. Dr. Chen will soon biopsy suspicious growths that my primary care physician had been asked about and "blew off." I will also return for several more cosmetic removals. He is far superior to a prominent laser-specialty dermatologist that I had visited previously (those removals were painful and growths returned). Additionally, I have a history of melanoma and basal cell and have decided to make an appointment for an annual check-up every year, whether or not my Sharp's insurance will cover it or not. Dr. Chen has my utmost trust. He is careful, informative, and very professional. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Dorothy K. Simpson

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

Consultation Fee

Cosmetic consultations available to discuss Botox, Fillers, Peels, Laser Treatments, Cosmetic Mole, Skin Tag, Growth Removal


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Neuroscience and BA in English, University of California, Berkeley
    Medical: MD, University of California, San Diego
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Dermatology, University of California, San Diego

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After TCA Peel, Should I Be Moisturizing or Using Aquaphor on my Skin?

I respectfully disagree with whoever instructed you not to apply moisturizer until you are done peeling. A 20% TCA peel basically inflicts a... READ MORE

Tretinoin and Hydroquinone Safety

Tretinoin cream increases sun sensitivity so if you are going to use it, you need to be consistent about daily applications of a broad spectrum... READ MORE

Best Treatment for Ice Pick Acne Scars?

Punch excision followed by a laser such as Fraxel re:pair which is a fractionated CO2 laser device is a reasonable strategy for ice-pick type scars in... READ MORE

How Can One Prevent Acne Breakouts in their 30s?

There are a few other things you can do to help with acne. These include: 1. Dietary changes that may help include avoiding excessive dairy... READ MORE

What Peels Are Safe for African-American Skin?

I would start with a salicylic acid peel (20%) or Jessner's peel. These solutions tend to be less problematic for African-American skin. TCA peels in... READ MORE

Accutane 2nd Time Around Makes a Difference?

Although you would likely benefit (in the long run) from a second course of accutane, I would suggest trying a maintenance regimen of topical agents... READ MORE

Restylane and Botox Side Effects on Pregnancy?

I agree with all the other doctors who have responded to your question. Botox in cosmetic doses is extremely unlikely to have caused any harm to your... READ MORE

Safe to Drink Alcohol While on Accutane?

The reason a person should not drink alcohol while on accutane is because this medication is metabolized by the liver. Accutane itself can cause mild... READ MORE

What Type of Doctor Should I See for Thinning Hair?

Consider consultation with a dermatologist who has an interest in hair loss disorders. They can, admittedly, be difficult to find. Looks like you are... READ MORE

TCA Chemical Peel for Acne Scars

The appearance of rolling, depressed scars can be improved somewhat with full-face TCA peels - moreso with a 20-30% peels than lighter peels. Ice-pick... READ MORE

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