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
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  • 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.

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Does skin cancer in Walnut Creek mean plastic surgery?

Skin cancer results from abnormal cells that form in the skin. In the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, these are classified as basal cell carcinoma; and in the flat cells of the surface of the skin, as squamous cell carcinoma. When these neoplasms develop in the cells that make pigment (melanocytes), a much more serious form of skin cancer called melanoma occurs.

However, every type of skin cancer is serious. The National Cancer Institute estimates that, in the United States alone, more than one million new cases of non-melanoma cancers were diagnosed in 2010 resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths.

It is the most common form of cancer diagnosed. Your risk increases with UV exposure (from sun or tanning beds), smoking, HPV (human papilloma virus), and other medical and hereditary factors. Fortunately, skin cancer is an extremely treatable form of the disease.

Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the most advanced treatments available for skin cancer and also the most effective. This exacting method involves surgical removal of the cancerous growth with minimal destruction of adjoining tissue. A process of staining and mapping allows a trained Mohs surgeon to follow the exact border of the cancer and remove it to a precise depth, layer by layer. The cure rate is consistently in the high 90s – as great as 99.8 percent depending on the type of cancer.

Most traditional methods of skin cancer removal (excision, electrodessication, curettage, and cryosurgery) take a substantial amount of surrounding tissue to ensure elimination of the cancerous tumor. Thus, the wound is larger with more significant scarring. Since Mohs surgery preserves as much normal tissue as possible, scarring is minimized. This makes Mohs surgery an advantageous option, especially for facial skin cancer.

Is a qualified Mohs surgeon available to the residents of Walnut Creek? Plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery may not be necessary following your skin cancer treatment when you contact Dr. M. Christine Lee at the East Bay Laser & Skin Care Center, Inc. She is a Board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs surgery, and has performed the procedure thousands of times.

It's your skin, your face, your health. Don't trust it to anything less.

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