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Photoaging Specialist

Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

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

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.***

Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
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