Dr. Bitter Makes the Cover of Top Doctor

No stranger to the media, Dr. Bitter is a Silicon Valley superstar cosmetic dermatologist with a passion for helping his patients achieve their beauty goals. And, for issue 141 of Top Doctor Magazine, he donned his bow tie and tux for a photo shoot and interview worthy of a 007 movie! Speaking with Ionut Raicea, Dr. Bitter looks back at his achievements, discussing his pioneering development of intense pulsed light (IPL) technology and broadband light (BBL) technology that have helped his patients “find the Fountain of Youth.”

As a leader in facial rejuvenation, Dr. Bitter has spent his career at the forefront of technological developments in his field. Only the very best will do, so embracing and enhancing energy-based techniques to “turn back the hands of time” is of paramount importance. Partnering with innovative medical and aesthetic laser company Sciton, Dr. Bitter has broken new ground in cosmetic medicine with the Fotofacial. This innovative modality is the culmination of 20 years of research into the most effective anti-aging treatment. 

Take your beauty regimen to the next level with a personalized IPL or BBL treatment at Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology. Patients in Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and beyond can benefit from a private consultation with Dr. Bitter to determine which advanced skin treatment is the most effective for their needs. Call (408) 358-5757 or complete a form online to contact us.

From Los Gatos, With Love

Dr. Bitter’s latest interview shines a light on the field of laser skin therapy. And, as this latest photo shoot and his social media attest, he and his staff have a high-spirited attitude to dressing for the occasion, and for having a little fun along the way. However, at his Lark Avenue location, he hangs up his eveningwear in favor of a long white lab coat, ready for the important task at hand; helping his patients look their most radiant, youthful self.

Every year, Dr. Bitter helps thousands of patients improve their skin’s health with beautifying in-office treatments. But where did it all begin? And what inspired him to explore the rejuvenating possibilities of IPL and BBL technology?

Expert Training x Innovation = World-Class Treatment

During his interview, Dr. Bitter reminisces about his early years as a doctor. He began his professional  journey in dermatology with a residency at Stanford. And, although his time there was illuminating, he quickly determined that medical and surgical dermatology wasn’t the best fit for his warm personality. In his Top Doctor Magazine interview, he remarks that these fields do not give the doctor enough time face-to-face with patients. He wanted more interaction with the people he was helping, so he set his sights on cosmetic dermatology. His realization that he could make a real difference in the field came from interacting with patients who had uncomfortable, embarrassing skin conditions. Inspired by these findings, he made it a priority to seek out new laser and light therapies that would help his patients overcome their issues and live their lives with healthier skin and increased confidence

“My interaction with [patients] was all about giving them hope.” – Patrick Bitter Jr., M.D.

Skin Conditions Treated

Now, Dr. Bitter provides an array of highly specialized skin treatments for a wide range of conditions, including the following.

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis (Scaly Skin)
  • Age Spots
  • Blemishes
  • Dull Skin Tone
  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Large Pores
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Scarring
  • Skin Laxity
  • Sun Damage
  • Textured Skin
  • Wrinkles

“40,000 Treatments, Millions of Pulses of Light”

Dr. Bitter is a leading dermatologist and a specialist in intense pulsed light therapy. It has a wide range of uses, including photorejuvenation, dermatological intervention for skin conditions, and even hair removal. Treatment such as the FotoFacial and BBL Hero produce light which is absorbed by the skin, resulting in photon emissions that carry thermal energy. (1) They use high-intensity light to treat a wide range of skin conditions, and are a safe and effective way to achieve aesthetic goals. IPL is FDA-approved to treat the following conditions.

  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Facial Wrinkles
  • Freckles (Ephelides)
  • Birthmarks (Hemangiomas)
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Liver Spots (Lentigines) 
  • Melasma
  • Photorejuvenation
  • Port-Wine Stains 
  • Red/Brown Spots (Poikiloderma)
  • Rosacea
  • Spider Veins (Telangiectasias) (1)

Over his long career, Dr. Bitter has helped over 40,000 people get the skin they deserve. And, if he can help them, he can help you too! If you are ready to find out more about how IPL and BBL can benefit you, please get in touch with us. Book a consultation to discuss your individualized treatment today.

“The Anti-Aging Power of Light”

Intense Pulsed Light

IPL is one of the most advanced ways to maintain your youthful looks, whether you’re a younger patient seeking help with skin blemishes, in your 30s or 40s looking for preventive treatment, or more mature and seeking help for UV damage and lines. As Dr. Bitter mentions in Top Doctor Magazine, combining the best technology with clinical expertise produces outstanding results for patients. It’s a proven way to reduce signs of aging, as indicated in several research papers (some of which even mention a certain Los Gatos cosmetic dermatologist!). 

How Does IPL Work?

IPL effectively treats signs of aging because it creates microthermal damage in the dermis which increases collagen production. As beauty aficionados may already be aware, collagen is a vital part of the skin’s structural framework which helps it to retain moisture and supports its elasticity. Because the body’s response to IPL is similar to wound healing, the body remodels the skin, smoothing the upper layers and increasing epidermal turnover. (1)

“Preventative cosmetic treatments, coupled with a balanced lifestyle and a healthy diet will help you maintain younger-looking skin [to] look and feel great as you age.”  

– Patrick Bitter Jr., M.D.


Broadband light is a form of IPL pioneered by Dr. Bitter. BBL treatment can transform aging skin by pulsing light waves that range between 560 and 1,200 nanometers. Amazingly, this process alters the gene expression pattern of the tissue for younger-looking skin. In a study co-authored by Dr. Bitter himself, BBL was confirmed as an effective treatment for fine lines, changes in pigmentation, redness, and skin laxity. (2)

Passing on Knowledge

It is an important duty of medical professionals to impart knowledge to others so that they, in turn, can help their own patients. That’s why Dr. Bitter has trained over 10,000 people to use light-based technology. He offers advanced training courses for practitioners on the latest Sciton BBL and FotoFacial technology at the Sciton Online Academy.

“The future is very bright for those of us who want to keep our skin looking healthy and young.”

– Patrick Bitter Jr., M.D.

Find out more about Dr. Bitter’s groundbreaking work in cosmetic dermatology by reading more on his blog.

IPL & BBL Treatments

FotoFacial AgeDelay

Dr. Bitter lauds FotoFacial AgeDelay as “the real Hollywood anti-aging secret. It’s BBL therapy that offers a customized treatment experience for every patient and is particularly beneficial for patients over the age of 60. A course of FotoFacial AgeDelay treatments will enable you to achieve youthful-looking, radiant skin, and reduce dullness, dryness, and wrinkling.

FotoFacial AgeDelay for Men

Rugged handsomeness can endure well into our senior years, but for men of a certain age, maintaining good skin health is a top priority. To help older men take care of aging skin, Dr. Bitter developed his FotoFacial AgeDelay for Men treatment with a focus on long-term skin resurfacing, collagen-boosting light therapy, and unwanted hair removal.

FotoFacial Body 

The remarkable versatility of the FotoFacial platform makes skin rejuvenation possible throughout the body! FotoFacial for the body can correct UV damage in the legs, smooth wrinkles in the backs of your hands, and improve vaginal tightness with area-specific treatments according to your individual needs.

FotoFacial Clear

Designed with blemish-prone skin in mind, the FotoFacial Clear treatment fights acne, pimples, and blackheads. Unlike harsh exfoliants, IPL is far less damaging and just as effective as the numerous topicals available for patients with blemished skin. What’s more, FotoFacial Clear can also deal with what’s left after acne goes away. As well as helping to clear active breakouts, it can be used to treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scars.


Many people worry about the effect aging has on less commonly treated, but equally as important, areas of the body – particularly the decolletage.  The TurboFacial is the next step in FotoFacial treatments. It targets the face, neck, and chest with IPL for renewed skin health. It effectively treats facial redness, flushing, UV damage, and acne in just 30-60 minutes.

BBL HERO Technology

Sciton’s innovative mJoule platform is home to the BBL HERO, MOXI, Forever Young Plus, and Forever Body BBL. Figuratively rewinding the effects of time, BBL has the ability to change gene expression in aging skin for a more youthful appearance. (3) Among many benefits, BBL HERO can tighten skin, repair sun damage, reduce scarring, and minimize fine lines. It can also be used in conjunction with the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser, and dermal fillers to augment already impressive results further.

“You don’t have to look old as you get older. Looking old is not a given, and you can choose to age while looking great and feeling great.”

– Patrick Bitter Jr., M.D.

Cost of IPL and BBL in Los Gatos, CA

Dr. Bitter assesses the needs of every patient based on their personal needs. Therefore, the cost of IPL and BBL treatments will vary according to the skin issues you have, and the number of treatment sessions you receive. For further information about intense pulsed light treatments from Silicon Valley’s leading cosmetic dermatologist, schedule a personal consultation at Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology. And, as Dr. Bitter says to Top Doctor Magazine: “You too can make your skin not only look better, but stay looking better with age.” Call our Los Gatos office directly at (408) 358-5757 to get started.


  1. Gade A, Vasile GF, Rubenstein R. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy. PubMed. Published 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK580525/ 
  2. Chang ALS, Bitter PH, Qu K, Lin M, Rapicavoli NA, Chang HY. Rejuvenation of Gene Expression Pattern of Aged Human Skin by Broadband Light Treatment: A Pilot Study. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2013;133(2):394-402. doi:10.1038/jid.2012.287 https://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)36097-8/fulltext
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