Doc’s Wisdom

Patient Education

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Dr. Swengel and his staff pride themselves on being the most knowledgable in their field. In an effort to keep you, the patients, well-informed the doctor has compiled some patient education resources here.

To download a PDF of our Patient Cosmetic Service Agreement, click here.

Featured in New Beauty: What Not to Do After a Chemical Peel

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March 4th, 2017|

ASDS: Marjie’s Story

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May 9th, 2016|

ASDS: Christine’s Story

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May 9th, 2016|


You have just completed a laser or needling treatment to your skin that will require post treatment skin care specific to the treatment you received. Some of these treatments are considered nonablative in that the [...]

March 2nd, 2016|

Back Acne

Acne on the back is a very challenging condition and one which does not necessarily respond to traditional treatments used for facial acne therapy. In particular, most oral medications have very little impact on overall [...]

March 2nd, 2016|

Say goodbye to Cellulite… CELLFINA is here!

The game changer for Cellulite is here! For years we have dealt with less than ideal treatments for the dimpling of the lateral thighs and buttocks. There were horror stories of bruising, pain, and even [...]

March 2nd, 2016|

Great Skin for Life

There are way too many products on the market, each making promises that are often unfounded or anecdotal in nature. We do not want to overwhelm you in the selection process of what is right [...]

February 29th, 2016|


Not ready to go under the knife? Dr. Swengel is now offering the power of ultrasound to give your face the benefits of non-surgical face lift technology to lift the neck, chin and brow. Ultherapy [...]

February 22nd, 2016|

Skin of Color

Refined Dermatology is committed to giving every patient the best skin possible for life. Each person’s skin is unique to them and is impacted by the genetics of your skin as well as your commitment [...]

February 19th, 2016|

The Power of Light: OMNILUX

Many people are unaware that there is a very safe and effective light treatment using powerful single wavelength light treatments to treat inflammatory acne as well as early aging changes to the facial skin. This [...]

February 19th, 2016|

KYBELLA for that Double Chin

Goodbye to that stubborn submental fullness, also known as a double chin. This product has been almost 10 years in the making and is a winner! Virtually all injectables have been focused on the upper [...]

February 19th, 2016|

QX MAX is Here!

Refined Dermatology will now be offering laser treatment of unwanted tattoos and stubborn brown discoloration on the skin. This European designed and produced laser by FOTONA offers four wavelengths of treatment technology and high energies [...]

February 19th, 2016|

HALO is Here!

Refined Dermatology is proud to be one of the first offices in the Bay Area to offer the world’s first hybrid laser technology developed to treat pigmentation, fine lines, coarseness and pore size all in [...]

February 19th, 2016|

Laser Hair Removal

Refined Dermatology is proud to offer cutting edge laser technology using the CUTERA EXCEL HR SYSTEM for removal of unwanted hair anywhere on your body and with two different technologies at our disposal we are [...]

February 19th, 2016|

Youthful You Package

Every patient is constantly asking what we do to ourselves here at Refined Dermatology because our skin always looks so good. What are our secrets? Simple. It is adherence to the cornerstones of good skin [...]

February 19th, 2016|

The Art of the Peel

Today’s high tech laser, broad band light and radiofrequency technology tends to drown out the beauty, the simplicity, the predictability and the very reasonable pricing of traditional or not so traditional facial peels. We are [...]

February 18th, 2016|

Body Sculpting at RefinedMD

We can proudly announce that when it comes to reducing body fat, eliminating cellulite, taking down those double chins, love handles and bringing back that hour glass figure for ladies or the V-shape profile for [...]

February 15th, 2016|

Acne Surgery Vs. SilkPeels Vs. Facials

To our valued clients at Refined Dermatology: There has been some confusion regarding what treatments for acne are covered by insurance and what treatments are considered to be cosmetic in nature. Acne is a specific [...]

January 19th, 2016|

What’s New, What’s Cool 2017

The one given in the cosmetic dermatology world is that something new is always coming through. The biggest issues are whether the technology has some scientific backing to it, if the cost of the system [...]

February 2nd, 2015|