Dermatology Facility at Cutting Edge of Skin Care
From the office of Dr. Charles R. Sexton
May 16, 2004, Orange County Register, Health &
Charles R. Sexton, M.D. is very enthusiastic about the
recent opening of his state-of-the-art dermatology facility
in the newly constructed Spectrum Medical Plaza near
Irvine Regional Hospital.
"I am having a fantastic time seeing my patients
in a comfortable, stress-free environment. It allows
me to address all of their dermatology concerns without
the restrictions of managed care."
Dr. Sexton, a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology,
has been treating patients in the Southern California
area for the past 12 years.
He arrived in the San Diego area after finishing his
residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, where
the dermatology program offered a broad array of training
in his field. This included cutting-edge cosmetic technologies,
as well as subspecialty training in the surgical and
"As a tertiary referral center, I was exposed
to interesting and diverse patients from all over the
region, country, and even the world," Dr. Sexton
It wasn't unusual for his patient list to include
United States senators, professional athletes or foreign
diplomats on any given day.
"I think the best part of my training was that,
in addition to the common diseases, I was exposed to
many skin disorders that most people only get to read
about due to their extremely rare incidence."
He further honed his cosmetic skills by associating
with a wellestablished cosmetic dermatology practice
his first year after residency.
"The past decade has seen this aspect of dermatology
explode with new choices for reversing sun- and age-related
"My patients want to know what is new, available,
safe and, most of all, effective. They also keep the
emphasis on ease of recovery, so that they can achieve
these results during their usual busy routines."
Currently, Dr. Sexton's most popular procedure is
the Pro-lite facial, a form of intense pulsedlight therapy,
"The IPL is a good example of patient-demand-driven
technology. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure
that is so minimally invasive that patients can re-apply
their makeup in my office after the session is over.
As a result, they can return to work the same day."
Dr. Sexton has found this treatment effective for
the most common complaint in the areas of the face,
neck, chest and hands - namely, that of red and brown
Rosacea and sun damage top the list of causes of these
imperfections. However, Dr. Sexton has also had success
with related disorders such as stretch marks, enlarged
pores, acne scarring and wrinkles.
"Further studies are needed to verify the extent
of this and other pending technologies' effectiveness,
but there seems to be no end in sight for the demand
for skin rejuvenation," Dr. Sexton said.
A large portion of his practice is devoted to general
dermatology, and Dr. Sexton estimates that he has had
more than 50,000 patient encounters, with people afflicted
by problems from the routine to the exotic.
"I enjoy the detective work associated with skin
disorders because, in reality, the skin can only manifest
disease in a finite number of ways," Dr. Sexton
"It is my privilege to collect the important
historical data from the patient and then order the
appropriate tests in order to distinguish one from the
other, as there are literally thousands of different
"Helping people with these problems is truly
a rewarding experience.
"It is nice to be involved with a specialty that
allows me to see a 2-month-old in one room followed
by an octogenarian in the next. Naturally, the problems
and challenges will be different, and this allows me
to keep my clinical skills sharp."
Dr. Sexton also enjoys academic pursuits and has contributed
numerous articles to the peerreviewed scientific literature
as well as book chapters for a plastic-surgery text.
He has trained residents from the University of California
at San Diego and at Irvine, and he currently is on staff
at Hoag and Irvine Regional hospitals.
"At the Spectrum Medical Plaza, I have created
a longsought personal and professional goal, and I look
forward to helping people in the area for many years
If you have skin concerns, visit Dr. Sexton's office
at 15825 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite 203, in Irvine.
The phone number is 949-679-6900, and he can be seen
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. His Web
site is www.drsexton.net.