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Dr. M. Christine Lee

Dermatology
Walnut Creek, CA
29 years experience female

Locations

The East Bay Laser & Skin Care Center, Inc.

Walnut Creek, CA

Address

1479 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 209, Walnut Creek, CA
Directions

Fax

9252569066

About

Bio

M. 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. She is founder and director of The East Bay Laser Skin Care Center, Inc. in Walnut Creek, CA. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of laser cosmetic surgery and is a research adviser and consultant to the laser and cosmetic industry. She has developed laser procedures which have become the gold standard within the industry. Through her own research, Dr. Lee has developed techniques that have greatly improved the effectiveness and results of laser treatments. She has lectured to physicians all around the world and been involved with the training of thousands of physicians. She has published numerous scientific papers and articles in addition to being the author of "The Ultimate Guide for the Best Skin Ever: Lasers". She was awarded the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery President's Award for significant contributions to her specialty and efforts in patient education and advocacy.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dermatology

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

611 Answers
1.7K Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many possibilities : They could be trying to rule out erythema nodosum, panniculitis, erythema induration (modular vascular is), subacute lupus. Erythema nodosum can be c... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Underlying prob's: Chronic cellulitis is usually related to underlying problems involving venous insufficiency (poor circulation), diabetes, or other medical conditions ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: Topicals such as aluminum chloride (ie: drysol) help stop sweating temporarily but has to be reapplied daily to be effective. Botox injections help st... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options: Many treatments help with scars incl topical creams, lasers, ipl (intense pulsed light), microdermabrasion, resurfacing procedures. Fillers can help w... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Benign: Sk's are easily confused for skin cancers due to their large size, irregular shape, and being multicolored. A trained dermatologist can easily spot th... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Safe under local: Liposuction is a very safe and effective procedure if performed by an experienced and qualified physician using local tumescent anesthesia. More commo... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options: You should see a dermatologist to get on proper meds. You may need oral antibiotics or Accutane (isotretinoin) if you have really severe acne. Milder ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Most effective Rx: Propecia is safe but it doesn't always work. It helps to grow hair in some, slows down hair loss in others, and has not effect in some people. It may ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Depends: Some people may be more sensitive to some types of food which can exacerbate their acne. If you notice a certain food making your pimples worse then y... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Not official: There are dermatologists who further sub-specialize by completing a fellowship in cosmetic surgery or dermatologic surgery after residency. They becom... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options: Laser hair removal, depilatories, shaving, threading, waxing, vaniqa cream are all options.
A female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: Steroids can have many side-effects such as mood change, weight gain, delay of menses, but kenalog (triamcinolone) injections are short-lasting so any... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Healthy: Healthy hair needs natural oil but not too much or too little. Best to wash every other day.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Doxycycline: Minocycline, Doxycycline are related to tetracycline and are alternatives. Also other antibiotics such as clindamycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Boil or abscess: May have started as a plugged up pore leading to a pimple and then a larger cyst forming which can become infected and become a boil or abscess. It ma... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Allergic reaction?: Could be due to a mixed infection which may require oral antibiotics or possibly contact dermatitis or allergic reaction to an ingredient contained in... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Not predictable: Not possible to predict just from the superficial appearance of the lesion. It may just be the "tip of the iceberg". The lesion may be much larger tha... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Healing time: Ablative procedures remove a layer of skin allowing new skin to grow in its place and involves healing time. This can be done via laser, chemical acid... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
See doctor : Could be an inflamed or infected sebaceous cyst which can be treated with topical or oral antibiotics. But important to see your doctor for proper dia... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options: Blackheads can be treated with exfoliants such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or procedures such as microderm, glycolic peels. Red discolorations c... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes but be careful: You can keep using differin (adapalene) on the chin as long as you're not have laser in that area. Differin (adapalene) and other similar products suc... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: A skin cancer can appear suddenly overnight or be very slow growing or appear in a previously benign lesion. It can appear in previously completely n... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Moisturize often: Normal dry skin should respond to regular use of moisturizing creams and lotions (cream is better than lotion). Try cetaphil or cerave or aveeno (oatm... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: Definitely see your doctor right away because dehydration is a serious problem and can lead to much worse complications. If your blood pressure drops ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options: Salicylic or glycolic acid wash, scrub or lotion daily. Otc microdermabrasion and glycolic acid peels. Biore strips help to give a deep exfoliation--... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options : Brown discolorations can be treated with topical bleaching agents, procedures such as laser, IPL, chemical acid peel, microdermabrasion. Laser and IPL... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Possible cyst: Could be a cyst which can get inflamed or infected. Warm sits baths (sitting in warm bath water for 10-15 min) and topical antibiotic ointment can hel... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Permethrin cream: You need to get proper treatment with Elimite cream (permethrin). And you also need to get rid of the source of the scabies which are the eggs and mit... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
See dermatologist: Might be due to some kiind of reaction either to a medication or so etching taken orally, or reaction to something in the environment, or underlying m... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Topical steroids: Otc Hydrocortisone may help in mild cases but usually requires a prescription topical steroid. It can be triggered by a sensitivity to a yeast called ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Serous fluid: Usually refers to fluid being excreted by the skin that could be serous fluid (lymphatic drainage) that can be assoc with inflammatory skin disorders ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Mohs surgery: Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treatment of skin cancers with highest cure rate (99%). It is important that you verify that your mohs surgeon i... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
See doctor: She should see a dermatologist who specializes in hair to see if there is a medical cause. Might be underlying medical condition, nutritional deficien... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many possibilities: You may have sun hypersensitivity or photosensitivity. This may sometimes be related to an underlying skin disorder such as rosacea or may be caused b... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Depends: You can have liposuction done to many parts of your body and it's safest to do it separate sessions. You don't want to do too much at one time. If som... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia: Rogaine and Propecia are the only proven medications that help. Rogaine (minoxidil) is a topical solution which can help slow down hair loss and in so... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Stop picking: The scars will slowly improve if you stop popping the pimples (popping will only cause worsening scarring). Get proper treatment for the pimples such ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many possibilities: Many different causes include allergic reaction to medications, food, chemicals, environmental allergens, materials, clothing, detergent, soap, plants... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many possibilities: You may have acne rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, perineal dermatitis, or some other inflammatory skin condition. See your doctor or dermatologist for... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Ignore: Do I need to be on an oral antibiotic, Accutane, or birth control pill to control my severe acne?
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: Herpes virus is very contagious. It is transmitted by contact (ie: touch, kissing).
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Salicylic acid wash: Use a wash with aha/glycolic acid or bha/salicylic acid. Some otc brands are neutrogena oil free acne wash, aveeno (oatmeal) foaming cleanser with sal... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: Botox is very safe if injected by an experienced practitioner. Best if injected by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon or other special... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: It's possible to get an allergic reaction or irritation or hypersensitivity reaction resulting in a rash to almost anything. A seaweed wrap could caus... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Yes: Botox is used to relax or paralyze certain muscles of expression that cause deep wrinkles or worry lines (ie: glabella, forehead, crows's feet). Renov... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Botox: Forehead creases are caused by frowning using the frontalis muscle. Botox can help to relax this muscle so you don't form such deep creases. Has to be... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Not necessarily: They can be superficial or deep. Sometimes the deeper ones which you cannot see hurt more due to impingement or involvement of nerves. Sometimes the l... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Exfoliating scrub: Try exfoliating scrubs containing aha/glycolic acid or bha/salicylic acid along with a loofah to get better cleansing. (ie: neutrogena body wash wit... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Burn wound: The treated area is like a bad sunburn and an open wound for 1-2 weeks after which the new skin grows back. Then there's still redness, swelling, and... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Rare: Basal cell can be locally destructive and cause deformities or loss of function (ie: spread to eyes, ears, brain and affect function) but rarely resul... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Awards

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery President's Award for Patient Safety, Woman of the Year Award, Who's Who in America
Most Influential, First Place, Contra Costa County, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Contra Costa County, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Dermatology
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American College of Mohs Surgery
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