Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Photoaging Specialist

Dr. Bhatia is skilled in classifying which skin type people fall into to assess potential for sun-related problems as well as to gauge potential treatment options so San Diego, CA, patients can get the best results based on their unique needs.

Photoaging Q & A

by Neal Bhatia, MD

What is photoaging?

Over time, skin ages and loses its youthful appearance. “Photoaging” refers to skin damage and skin aging caused by intense and chronic exposure to sunlight, specifically UVA and UVB rays

What symptoms does photoaging cause?

Some visible effects of this damage include uneven pigment (color) changes, broken blood vessels, and roughness on the skin surface. Wrinkles appear around the eyes, fine lines bloom around the lips, and age spots surface on the hands. Beneath the skin, UV damage can cause structural alterations in collagen and elastin (proteins that contribute to skin strength and elasticity), resulting in wrinkling, sagging, and a leathery texture


What techniques are used to treat photoaging?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), sometimes referred to as photochemotherapy, is a relatively novel way of treating varied skin ailments. PDT has been shown to treat AKs, which often indicate long-standing solar damage. Facial resurfacing techniques - medical treatments that improve the look and feel of skin - are also popular with patients looking to treat signs of photoaging. 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.

Please note - We do not accept Covered California

All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I absolutely love Dr. Bhatia. I originally came for an extreme case of eczema. Not only did he solve this but him and his nurse are always incredibly sweet."

    Laura A.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Therapeutics for quite a few years, and they are like a family to me now. The staff is always courteous and caring. "

    Stacey S.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Therapeutics for six years and have nothing but great things to say. I have psoriasis and as a leading research clinic they have been very helpful"

    Mark P.
  • Google

    Amazing doctor, friendly staff and very cooperative. I have been Dr. Bhatia's patient for more that two years now. Highly recommend!

    Ali A
  • Google

    Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.

    Jonathan A
  • Google

    Dr. Bhatia is passionate about his work and is dedicated to remaining educated and staying at the forefront of his field.

    Vaill D.
  • Google

    Both the PA and doc were very cordial, professional, knowledgeable and capable. They are also big on patient education, which I appreciated.

    Krissy
  • Google

    Dr. Neal Bhatis is great. I felt him to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to discuss my concerns with. I would never hesitate to go back to see him again

    Bobby H.
  • Yelp

    Dr. Bhatia was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. His staff is very professional as well and answered all of my questions.

    Greg G.
  • ZocDoc

    Very friendly and easy going doctor! He was knowledgeable and explained my skin condition very well!

    Athena L.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr Bahtia is very knowledgeable, patient, respectful, informative and easy going. He gave me lots of new suggestions for protecting myself from the sun!

    Linda S.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr. Bhatia is funny and knowledgable. His staff was kind. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of stuff and advice.

    Brianna E.
Location
Therapeutics Clinical Research
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 105
Kearny Mesa

San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-571-6800
Fax: 858-571-6801
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858-571-6800