La Jolla Dermatologist
9850 Genesee Ave, Suite 460
La Jolla, California 92037 US
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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)

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Hospital Privileges

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


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA in International Relations, Stanford University, 1989
    Medical: MD, Case Western Reserve University, 1996
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Pediatrics, Univeristy Hospitals of Cleveland, 1996-1997
    Residency: Dermatology, Northwestern University, 1997-2000
    Fellowship: Mohs Surgery, Vanderbilt University, 2001

Treatments offered at Torrey Pines Dermatology

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I'm 16 Years Old and Have a Lot Acne Which Leave Dark Spots and Deep Pores I Tried Many Creams and Many More?

There are many treatment options to help treat active acne and its residual scarring. your dermatology provider will be able to guide you through... READ MORE

IPL Hyperpigmentation

Sun spots treated with IPL can take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Initially over the first week you will see a "coffee-ground" like substance form... READ MORE

How Long Should I Wait for Botox Injection After Taking Aleve?

This is a very common question. Technically, you dont have to wait at all between taking Aleve, advil or any other nonsteroidal pain reliever and... READ MORE

Severe Acne for 5-6 Years, Not Clearing Up, Any Suggestions? (photo)

Patients who are suffering from longstanding acne, and do not respond to conservative treatments, need more aggressive therapy. More aggressive... READ MORE

Can Someone with Full Face Get Fillers?

Fillers such as Sculptra are designed for the exact areas you described so perfectly. When these recessed, sunken, valley type areas are "filled",... READ MORE

Will Bikram Yoga Cause my Sculptra Injection to Metabolize from my Face More Rapidly Than Not Practicing?

Practicing daily Birkam yoga will have NO effect on an increased metabolism of the Sculptra recently placed. Enjoy your yoga! READ MORE

Can I Get Laser Hair Removal on my Pubic Area?

Great question. the answer is yes. laser hair reduction/ removal can safely be used on the majority of our body regions--for women and men... READ MORE

How Long After Chin Liposuction Should I Wait Before Starting Laser Hair Removal?

Great question. first you should run it by your treating surgeon. if they give the green light for laser hair reduction then it is only a matter... READ MORE

My Cystic Acne Has Gotten Worse Since I Started Using Clarisonic?

The clarisonic device maybe very helpful for some patients, however if you develop extensive inflammation to your acne and your acne is getting worse,... READ MORE

Can I Inject Botox if I'm Allergic to Penicillin and Erythromicyn?

Luckily the ingredients in Botox are not related to any of the antibiotics you listed. Allergies to Botox are also very rare. However if you... READ MORE

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