Hyperpigmentation Skin Treatments in San Diego & La Jolla

Best Treatments for Hyperpigmentation (Dark Spots) in San Diego

One of the biggest misconceptions about hyperpigmentation, or dark patches of skin, is that it eventually fades on its own. Although that may be true occasionally, the majority of hyperpigmentation cases require either in-office treatments or medical-grade skin care products to achieve any improvement.

Read on as Dr. Brad Mozaffari and Dr. Dennis Bucko reveal safe, effective treatment options to lighten hyperpigmentation and even out the tone of the skin. Read more

The Truth about Sun Exposure

When you lie out in the sun because you want a little bit of color on your skin, have you ever thought about what is occurring in your skin as you are lying there? Read more

Goodbye Summer

GSlabordaypostAs we wind down from all the summer excitement of vacations, days at the beach and BBQs, we look back on the memories that were made and get ready for a new season of fun. Here in San Diego, the warm days and sunshine don’t fade away quickly, and we want to make sure we’re still taking care of our skin.

Back in July we posted some tips on taking care of your skin over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Our patients found them to be helpful, so we decided to highlight them one more time before we say goodbye to summer.

Get the Three Tips for Beautiful Skin, here.

You can also still take advantage of our popular Summer Specials:

  1. Sun Intervention Treatment – Purchase (4) facial treatments for only $400
  2. Summer Glow Collection$199
    • Jane Iredale Tantasia Self-Tanner & Bronzer
    • Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face & Body Lotion
    • Neocutis ReActive Anti-Oxidant Serum
    • Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Enjoy these specials until 9/30/14. We hope you enjoy your long weekend and fun in the sun!

Three Tips for Beautiful Skin on the Fourth


Protect your skin while keeping it healthy all summer long. Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!!!

Love, Dr. Bucko & Staff

Summer Glow Collection

SGC productsThis is the Summer of YES!

  • Want great looking, sun-kissed skin without the damage? YES!
  • Want to prevent the sun damage and avoid correcting it in the Fall? YES!
  • Want a healthy glow all summer long? YES!

There’s a variety of ways that you can achieve a Summer Glow, with some of them being absolute necessities in your skincare routine. The best way, is to use the products and treatment that Dr. Bucko recommends, and caring for your skin now so you don’t have to repair it in the fall.

Listed below are five essential ways to take care of your skin and create the healthy glow you’re looking for.

1. Sunscreen: The most important component to your summer skincare routine, sunscreen is an absolute MUST when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage such as brown spots and wrinkles. It’s your anti-aging weapon that you should have on hand at all times.

*Recommendation:  SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 – This groundbreaking, weightless, 100% physical sunscreen provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Color-infused technology enhances natural skin tone and boosts daily radiance. Yes!


2. Vitamin C: While a cold glass of orange juice is a great way to start your summer day, it’s not the only way to get your daily dose of vitamin C. Applying vitamin C topically offers many benefits while spending time outdoors. One of them being it can reduce sunburn and prevent consequences of long-term sun exposure.

*Recommendation:  NEOCUTIS RéACTIVE Anti-Oxidant Serum – Powered by VITAPLEX C™, one of the most complete anti-oxidant defense systems available to help neutralize free radicals and promote anti-oxidant regeneration. It’s also 250 times more concentrated with Vitamin C than an orange!


3. Self-Tanning Lotion: A vital alternative to tanning beds! We’ve all heard the stats as to why unprotected sun exposure and tanning beds are NOT advisable, and Dr. Bucko and Katy certainly agree. Katy states “There’s a 75% chance of developing melanoma when you visit tanning beds regularly.” Yikes!

*Recommendation:  Jane Iredale Tantasia® Self Tanner & Bronzer – A naturally derived self-tanning lotion that will gradually give you a natural-looking tan without extended UVA/UVB exposure. Tantasia will enhance your legs making them look long and sexy while wearing you favorite summer shorts. Yes!


4. Get the GLOW: We all want a little extra glow during summer, and while we’re simply aiming to achieve the look of a good tan, we forget that there’s a few extra things we can do to maximize our sun-kissed skin, such as bronzer and highlighter.

*Recommendation:  Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face & Body Lotion – Creates a subtle veil of shimmer designed to warm and smooth the complexion. It leaves skin soft and hydrated and may be used in conjunction with a self tanner, like Tantasia®, to safely build a shimmering, bronzed look. Show off your sexy, dazzling skin on the hot summer nights!


5. Facial Treatments: Some patients tend to avoid facials, peels and lasers during the summer knowing that they’re going to be spending time in the sun. Avoiding peels and lasers is understandable, however doing facial treatments throughout the year will maintain your healthy, youthful looking skin while leading to minimal repair.

*Recommendation:  Sun Intervention Treatment – The ultimate remedy for your skin this summer! This treatment uses Vitamins A, C and E, which are all essential nutrients in protecting and maintaining healthy skin. Replenish, repair and restore your skin health as you are indulging in your summer activities. Yes!


Want to get your GLOW on? Call today to order!

Fit Skin for Men

Fit Skin picIt’s finally here! A skin care line just for men. Dr. Bucko is excited to announce his latest development in men’s skin health.

Fit Skin

A skin care line consisting of treatments and products specifically designed for men.

Last month, we wrote a blog telling you about the importance of men’s skin health and encouraged men to take a few extra steps in taking care of their skin. Since men’s skin requires special care, Dr. Bucko designed three unique treatments to target some things that only men can relate to.

Skin Excavation Treatment

A deep pore cleaning treatment designed for men with oily skin that are prone to blackheads and/ or acne. It’s an effective treatment that eliminates blocked pores resulting in clearer looking skin.

Razor Burn Relief

A treatment created for skin that suffers from redness and irritation caused by shaving, harsh products, rosacea or other causes of inflammation. It is designed to calm your skin and reduce redness and inflammation.

Skin Quencher

Men who spend a lot of time outdoors endure environmental damage, such as weather that can cause dry skin. This treatment will help restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier eliminating tightness and dryness, leaving you with soft, smooth skin.



In addition to these facial treatments, Dr. Bucko also recommends at-home skin care using the Fundamental Four, skin care products just for men. Click here to read more about men’s skin care and the Fundamental Four.


And it doesn’t stop there! Men come to see Dr. Bucko for a variety of reasons, looking for treatments to help with common issues among men, such as hyperpigmentation (sun/ age spots), redness from broken capillaries and excess body fat. We have solutions for you!

  • Photorejuvenation (IPL) Provides overall skin rejuvenation while specifically treating a variety of skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea and telangectasia (broken capillaries). The treatment will result in more even pigmentation with little downtime.
  • Vascular Laser – The most advanced laser system available for the quick and safe treatment of vascular and pigmented skin lesions, such as spider veins, cherry angiomas, rosacea, keratosis and freckles.
  • CoolSculpting – Revolutionary non-surgical body contouring treatment that freezes away stubborn fat. An easy solution for getting back the body you want with no incisions, scars or downtime. CoolSculpting has been an amazing success for our male patients. Read more about CoolSculpting for MEN!

PLUS, Watch our exclusive CoolSculpting VIDEO and check out BEFORE & AFTER PICTURES.

 Want Fit Skin? Try one of Dr. Bucko’s treatments or products today

and take advantage of SPECIAL SAVINGS!


Contact us TODAY to schedule your complimentary consultation for any of the procedures listed above!


Men Have Skin Too!

Press-PressPages-Details-13-Sport-UV-Defense-SPF-50-130621Twenty years ago, men’s skin care was washing their face with a bar of soap, PERIOD.

Using a bar of soap is almost worse than doing nothing at all for your skin. Since men’s skin is oilier and has the potential for even worse skin conditions than women, a simple and concise regimen for men is essential to ensure proper skin care.

For example, regular shaving can be good for the skin because it provides mild exfoliation. However, not applying a moisturizer or sunscreen to the skin afterward can have a dehydrating effect on the skin, making it feel tight, like it’s going to crack. Shaving can also cause redness and sensitivity, which can feel irritating and look unsightly.

Don’t get discouraged; there’s a solution! There are a few basic steps you can take to improve the overall health of your skin, which will also create a more youthful appearance. And don’t be fooled – following a skin care routine isn’t a “woman’s thing” or a “beauty thing”; it’s a “Skin Thing”, and a “Health Thing”.

To make it easy, Dr. Bucko has implemented the FUNDAMENTAL 4:

  1. Simply Clean – A cleanser that can clean the skin without stripping it of the essential oils, and can also act as a shaving cream.
  2. Phloretin CF – An antioxidant gel to repair sun and environmental damage.
  3. Daily Moisture – A basic moisturizer to hydrate the skin and act as an aftershave.
  4. Sheer Physical SPF 50 – A sunscreen to protect the skin against UVA and UVB exposure.

Dr. Bucko understands that men’s skin care should be simple and effective. His team of experts is trained to analyze the skin’s condition, and then recommend products and treatments that will specifically target men’s skin.

Take charge of your skin! You have nothing to lose.

Contact us today!

Belladerma Cool Event Details 11-12-13

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Would you believe me if I told you that you could transform yourself without diet, exercise or surgery? I know it almost sounds too good to be true. But it’s not!

It’s CoolSculpting® – the revolutionary body contouring treatment that freezes and naturally eliminates fat from your body. There are no needles, no special diets, no exercise programs and best of all – no downtime. Developed by Harvard scientists to eliminate fat, CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared, safe and clinically proven.

For years, companies from around the world have been inventing new ways to reduce fat without “surgery”. Dr. Bucko has researched clinical studies on which techniques really work, AND provide a comfortable, tolerable treatment while the patient is awake.

“CoolSculpting® seems to be the right fit for my practice”, states Dr. Bucko. “I believe in adding new treatments and products that will benefit the majority of my patients, not just the select few. I am confident that many patients will find CoolSculpting® to be an answer to their transformation goals.”

Want to learn more about CoolSculpting®?  Get all the information you need and check out the amazing before & after pictures!

Join us for a Cool Event!                                                      side2

Tuesday, November 12 • 6-8:00pm                         RSVP today!       

  • Live demonstration                                      858-453-8484
  • Free consultations
  • Special pricing for attendees
  • Fun gifts and raffle prizes
  • Register to win a FREE CoolSculpting® treatment!

You’ll also get a sneak peak at some of the other NEW products and services that we’re now offering.

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Belladerma hits the Sweet Spot!

cosmelan packMost of us struggle with dark spots or uneven pigmentation on our face at some point in our lives. And, it’s common to feel like you’ve tried every product and treatment out there to correct it. Today, your struggle ends here!

Dr. Bucko and his Belladerma Skin Care department are excited to offer Cosmelan as their newest addition to the list of pigment correction treatments. Cosmelan is a medical grade treatment that targets all types of uneven pigmentation issues. It’s a topical solution with active ingredients that lighten existing dark patches while inhibiting the development of new ones. Not only does Dr. Bucko and his team love this new treatment, his patients do too!

Who’s a candidate for Cosmelan?

  • Patients of all ethnicities who have skin discolorations and hyperpigmentation
  • Patients who’s pigment originates from genetics, race, sex, pregnancy, oral contraceptives and menopause
  • Patients with sun damage

What are the benefits of Cosmelan?

  • One time treatment
  • Suitable for ALL skin types
  • Non-invasive treatment
  • Brightens complexion
  • Improves texture of the skin
  • Little to no downtime

What are you waiting for? Call today – 858.453.8484 –  to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of Dr. Bucko’s Medical Aestheticians, and they’ll help you decide if Cosmelan is right for you. Dr. Bucko wants you to be among his happy patients who have experienced amazing results!


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