Robert Swanson, MD - RETIRED

Bay Area General Surgeon
350 Bon Air Road, suite 300
Greenbrae, California 94904 US
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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - Vascular


Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: UCSF

    Residency: UCSF

    Fellowship: UCSF

Treatments offered at New Skin Clinic

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How Should I Handle Hyperpigmentation from IPL Burns?

The burns that the patient describes are the result of too much light energy going into the skin. The way IPL works is light energy is absorbed by the... READ MORE

IPL Laser Recovery

The recovery from an IPL treatment depends on the patient and on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Some patients react to almost any stimulus with... READ MORE

What is IPL Laser Therapy?

The primary goal of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is to make the skin tone or color more even. One of the signs of aging is irregular brown and sometimes... READ MORE

What are Common Spider Vein Treatment Side Effects?

The most common complication of spider vein treatment is that the legs look worse before they look better. There can be bruising, scabs, and... READ MORE

IPL Side Effects from Melasma Treatment

It sounds like this patient is prone to hyperpigmentation which is aggravated by the sun. With proper care it will improve. The problem is a... READ MORE

Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial - Results, Alternatives

Chronic sun damage causes irregular brown and red discoloration of the skin. These " sun spots" and "broken capillaries" are in... READ MORE

What is the Best Alternative to a Face Lift?

For some patients there is no best alternative. To get what they want they need a face lift. For others there are a range of non surgical treatments... READ MORE

Which Laser Treatment is Best for Facial Rejuvenation and Skin Tightening?

As with all other aspects of cosmetic medicine, we are always trying to balance safety with efficacy. We want a treatment that will solve the problem... READ MORE

What's the Best Anti-wrinkle Cream?

The best anti-wrinkle cream is a good sunscreen that protects the skin against ultra violet light. The best sunscreens contain either zinc oxide or a... READ MORE

Is Asclera (polidoconal) a Safer Sclerosant Than Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate?

Although it is generally safer and less allergenic, the fact that you had a life-threatening reaction suggests that you should not have either agent -... READ MORE

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