Allura Skin & Laser Center

Dr. Meghan Hession

Meghan T. HessionDr. Meghan T. Hession enjoys the variety of cases she sees on a daily basis as a board–certified dermatologist. Since joining our practice in 2015, Dr. Hession has provided both medical and cosmetic dermatology services. The patients from Burlingame, Palo Alto, and surrounding areas who come to Allura Skin & Laser Center range from individuals seeking skin cancer screening or treatment for acne, psoriasis and other medical treatments, to patients seeking cosmetic treatments such as neurotoxins, fillers, lasers, Kybella and more.

Dr. Hession's passion for dermatology reflects the practice's overall dedication to excellent skin care and rejuvenation. At our San Mateo center, you can meet with Dr. Hession or another of our highly trained dermatologists. Request an appointment online, or call our office at (650) 344-1121 and a member of our team will help schedule an appointment.

Education & Training

Dr. Hession is a Boston native, and she's spent most of her life on the East Coast. She earned a prestigious Jefferson Scholarship to the University of Virginia, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology. She then went on to attend medical school at Columbia University and completed her dermatology residency at Boston University.

Clinical Interests

One of the aspects of dermatology that appeals most to Dr. Hession is the opportunity to educate patients about good skin care. She uses these "teachable moments" to help patients understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun's harmful rays. She also helps patients learn how to scan their bodies for suspicious moles or other growths. That information can help lead to the early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers.

Beyond that, she has several specific clinical interests:

  • Teenage and adult acne, particularly female hormonal acne
  • Treatment of acne scarring
  • Skin cancer prevention and treatment
  • Cosmetic dermatology, including lasers, neurotoxins, and fillers.

Dr. Hession has published extensively in the dermatology literature on such topics as psoriasis and acne, including an extensive review article in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology on treatment options for acne scarring.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations


  • Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Fellow, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

American Board of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery

Charitable Works

During residency, Dr. Hession was an active member of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, participating in community events to raise awareness of melanoma. She spent time abroad in Africa, helping to train local physicians in dermatology. She looks forward to continuing this volunteer work in the Bay Area and abroad.

Personal Interests

If you're looking for Dr. Hession on the weekends, your best bet is looking outside. An avid runner and cyclist, she's completed many marathons and long-distance bike rides. During the winter, she's a regular on Lake Tahoe's slopes, while summers are spent biking in Marin or hiking and camping in Yosemite and other California state parks.

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