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Dr. Dianne Quibell, MD

Dr. Dianne Quibell: Treating Scars to Optimize Health

August 19, 2009

Dr. Dianne Quibell, MD is a board certified practicing Internist in Wellesley Hills, MA., the Medical Director of MD TLC, Inc., and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Quibell has over eight years experience combining internal medicine with medical aesthetics. She has been a lecturer and luminary for five laser technology companies since 2001 teaching over 35 cases per year. She has privately trained over 450 clinicians nationally in aesthetic laser/light based technologies, BOTOX and fillers.

Dr. Quibell is Vice President of the American Board of Laser Surgery, a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, a Member of the International Society for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, and a Member of the American Society for Photodynamic Therapy. She is also a member of the Medical Spa Task Force of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

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Advice for When You are Seeking Scar Treatment:

  • Seek help from a qualified practitioner
  • Look for a clinician who is both innovative and experienced
  • Realize that the cost will generally not be covered by insurance but is often under $1,000
  • Dr. Dianne Quibell’s approach to skin care is a holistic one. It comes from both her training in internal medicine and her desire to help her patients have a better quality of life. She calls this “optimal health medicine”.

    Over the past two years, scar treatment has been an increasing part of Dr. Quibell’s practice. New fractional laser technology has proven to be an “exceptional” tool for her to use in combination with other more traditional treatments such as fillers. This new technology has made it possible for her to treat cases involving “ice pick” and “box car” acne scars, striae (stretchmarks), and burns, which have previously been extremely difficult to treat. (See Images Below)

    Scar treatment for Dr. Quibell starts with a detailed patient history. In addition to the typical questions, she will evaluate:

    1. The shape of the scar.     

    2. the age of the scar.                                                                                              

    3. the patient’s wound healing capacity.

    The last is particularly important as all people heal differently. Some will develop hypertrophic (excess) tissue growth. Some will have an atrophic (thinning) response. Many will develop post-injury pigmentation.

    Since, in Dr. Quibell’s experience, “History repeats itself”, after learning a detailed history of her patient, she will start their treatment plan by treating a “test spot”. She will then assess pigmentary response and may pre-treat with a prescription to tranquilize melanocytes to prevent unwanted pigmentation. Newer fractional laser technology which targets water, creating microscopic channels for skin in scars to remodel is often an important part of the solution.

    Dr. Quibell advises people who are looking for treatment for their scars to: 1. Seek help from a qualified practitioner; 2. Look for a clinician who is both innovative and experienced; 3. Realize that the cost will generally not be covered by insurance but is often under $1,000.

    Sounds like good advice to take when creating a plan to optimize one’s total health.

    Patient Results Images:

    Acne Scar on Cheek

    Acne Scars- before & after Fractional Resurfacing


    Acne Scars- before & after Fractional Resurfacing


    Faded appearance of facial acne scarring following four fractional laser treatments
    Photos Courtesy: Dr. Quibell more  Discuss Acne in the Forums
    Burn Scar on Cheek



    Faded appearance of a burn scar after four fractional laser treatments

    Photos Courtesy: Dr. Quibell more  Discuss Burn Scars in the Forums

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