M. Christine Lee, M.D.
The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute
370 N. Wiget Lane, Suite 125, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 | Get Directions
(925) 500-1180

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  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews By Michael M.
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    Right Quote Definitely no one better in the bay area. I have been so impressed with her bedside manner and most of all with her results. If you want results then you should make an appointment right away. Right Quote
    Reviewed by ~ Michael M. Best in Town
  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews By M.B.
    Right Quote Words can not describe how grateful I am to Dr. Lee for saving my face and honestly I would say my life. She's an absolute master and genius at what she does. I wouldn't even be able to show my face in public now if it weren't for her. I had the worst scars on my face that were so bad they scared other people. These scars were caused by a doctor who burned my face with a laser. I would have been happy just looking a little better but Dr. Lee was able to make my face look almost normal again. I can cover most of what's left with make-up now and most people can't tell what had happened to me. I still have internal scars from what that other doctor did but at least the outside scars are pretty much gone. I wish I had never had to go thru all this but I'm just grateful that there was someone like Dr. Lee who could help me get my face back. Right Quote
    ~ M.B.
  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews By Sue R.
    Right Quote Absolutely the best results. I wish I had gone to her first instead of wasting my money with no-nothing nurses are doctors who talk a good game but are merely dabblers. I got the results I needed and now look 15 years younger. She is a miracle worker! Right Quote
    ~ Sue R.
  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews By Tiffany Z.
    Right Quote She's the best doctor!

    Dr. Lee treated my moles and also the moles on my 2 young girls with laser. They were very scared but Dr. Lee did a great job getting them to trust her. She was very patient and kind. AFter the first time, my daughters thought it was no big deal and were no longer scared. She did a great job removing the moles and we're all so happy! I wouldn't trust anyone else to treat me or my family. She's the best! Right Quote
    ~ Tiffany Z.
  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews By D.G.
    Right Quote The only doctor who helped my rosacea

    I have really bad rosacea and sensitive skin and haven't been able to find any doctor who can help me...that is, until I found Dr. M. Christine Lee. I've seen several other very well-known derms and spent tons of money trying to get my rosacea under control. I've had fotofacials, IPL, VBeam, you name it, I've had it. Nothing has really made a difference. I almost gave up until I found out about Dr. Lee from the online rosacea support group. I heard great things about a laser procedure she developed. I started seeing her over a year ago and have gone thru several treatments and I am THRILLED!!!! I feel like a normal person for the first time in my life. No more redness and burning. Her treatment has been a miracle for me. All I can say is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Right Quote
    ~ D.G.
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About Dr. Lee
Dr.Christine Lee
Min-Wei Christine Lee, M.D., M.P.H. is Board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and further sub-specialized by completing a distinguished fellowship in Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery/Skin Cancer/Facial Plastic Reconstruction, and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery from University of California, San Francisco.

Walnut Creek patient's restore appearance, confidence with comfortable acne scar removal

Acne Scar Removal Walnut Creek - Women after leaser treatmentYou don’t have to live with these acne scars anymore, thanks to a proven technique to rebuild the collagen and elastin that fills in depressed or uneven areas: microneedling.

Acne scars

To understand what makes microneedling such an effective option for treatment is to understand how the scar developed in the first place.

Your body produces natural oils or sebum, which lubricates the hair and skin. When too much oil or dead skin cells are produced, they build up in the pores. These plugged-up pores are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Acne is inflammation caused by a pore that becomes infected with bacteria. As the pore swells and the wall breaks, minor lesions are left behind on the skin. If the break is deep enough, infected material can spill out and produce deeper lesions. The scar is your body’s attempt to heal itself.

Hypertrophic or keloid scars form when too much collagen is made during the healing process. These areas look like raised or elevated masses on the surface of the skin. If too little tissue is present during the healing process, atrophic or depressed scars can form. These indented areas include icepick scars, which are small holes, and boxcar scars, which are rounded or oval and resemble scarring caused by chickenpox.
Generally, your body’s attempts to repair damage will never replicate the smooth appearance and even texture associated with acne-free skin.


Dr. Lee can treat these damaged areas, to smooth depressed or elevated areas, she will use an approach known as microneedling or collagen induction therapy. The idea is to create tiny punctures in damaged areas of skin using a specially-designed device, the Eclipse MicroPen™, which contains a dozen ultra-fine needles. These controlled injuries stimulate collagen and elastin production. In the months following treatment, you will notice gradually smoother texture.

Dr. Lee will discuss acne scar removal options customized to your needs during a consultation at her Walnut Creek office. In the meantime, it’s good to know that microneedling for scars is:
  • Comfortable ­ Patients have said the micropen feels like little more than sandpaper due to the tiny size of the needles.
  • Sedative-free - Since the procedure is so well-tolerated, usually little more than a topical anesthetic is applied before treatment for added comfort.
  • A true lunchtime appointment - While the time required for the procedure depends on the size of the area to be treated, most microneedling sessions can be completed in about 30 minutes.
Some patients notice immediate improvements in the look of their skin. The full effects of microneedling are typically seen in about 6 months. If your scars are deep, the doctor may suggest more sessions about every 6 weeks.

Dr. Lee has built upon this procedure with products and techniques to optimize healing. For instance, she may recommend the Eclipse Dermal Recovery System™ to quickly diminish redness following the procedure. Microneedling can also be combined with platelet rich plasma, which penetrates the micro-channels to rapidly and optimally restore collagen and rejuvenate the skin.

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