Kimberly J. Butterwick, MD
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Kimberly J. Butterwick, M.D. received her specialty in Dermatology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1989, and is today recognized as one of the most renowned skin care experts in the country. Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, she is considered one of San Diego, CA’s leading authorities on injectables, filler technology, lasers, and liposculpture. Known for her comprehensive examinations as well as a meticulous technique and artistic-eye, Dr. Butterwick is committed to providing patients with the best options to restore and rejuvenate their appearance.
“I strive to earn the trust of my patients by listening, observing with an artistic eye, and going above and beyond to meet and exceed their expectations.”
Kimberly J. Butterwick, MD has been referred to as the nation’s premier “expert injector,” serving on the advisory boards for Allergan’s Juvéderm, Medicis—the makers of Restylane and Merz—the makers of facial fillers Radiesse and Belotero. In addition, she is a consultant and national trainer for Sculptra for face volumizing. She further serves on the National Education Faculty for Botox and is the principal investigator for a new filler, Voluma.
In 2004, Dr. Butterwick was selected by the American Academy of Dermatology to perform the first-ever live demonstration on facial fillers at their meeting and she has been invited every year to demonstrate her acclaimed techniques to thousands of the top dermatologists in the world. Dr. Butterwick has also directed numerous teaching workshops in filler and laser techniques. Click here to view Dr. Butterwick’s CV.
Drawn to science, Dr. Butterwick went into medicine when she realized she wanted to help people. Dr. Butterwick is renowned for her expertise in tumescent liposculpture. Participating in the first U.S. workshop in 1993, Dr. Butterwick has extensive experience with thousands of patients. Several of her pivotal studies and concepts on tumescent liposculpture have been published and she has served on The Council of Liposuction Safety for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Liposuction Task Force for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Butterwick has been at the forefront of facial volume restoration. Dr. Butterwick was also elected by her peers to the Board of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Liposuction Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Butterwick lectures frequently on new techniques in facial volumizing, liposculpture, laser rejuvenation, skin tightening, and non-invasive body contouring. She is an authority on non-invasive lipolysis as well, such as cryolipolysis and ultrasound. She has been on the forefront of facial volume restoration, directing the first U.S. workshop in the French technique of fat grafting for the aging face in February 2001.
She frequently writes and lectures on key concepts of fat transfer and aesthetic principles of volumizing the face. Dr. Butterwick was also elected by her peers to the Board of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), and most recently to the Board of the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Butterwick remains at the forefront of technology and innovation in dermatology. In recognition of her extensive accomplishments and professional experience, Dr. Butterwick has earned the honor of being named one of America’s Top Physicians in 2003 and 2006 by the Consumers Research Council of America and Best Doctors in America from 2007-2009. She was named one of America’s Best Cosmetic Dermatologists by Newsweek, topping the list at #5 in 2022 and #7 in 2023. Her clinical studies have been published in nearly 50 peer-reviewed medical articles and book chapters. She has given well over 500 academic presentations. Dr. Butterwick has also served as a lead consultant with respected companies such as Olay and Pfizer to launch new skincare products into the market and is a founder of the Skin Medica product line.
Dr. Butterwick enjoys the unique distinction of having been selected for the American Medical Women’s Association Award for Academic Excellence in 1981, the year of her graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Butterwick completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with academic distinction. She was recently honored with the “Excellence in Education Award” by the ASDS and has been named a “Top Contributor” by the medical information site RealSelf.
Dr. Butterwick’s outside interests include hiking with friends, walking the beach with her adorable miniature golden doodle and reading good novels. She runs the LaJolla half-marathon each year. She also enjoys traveling and is conversant in Spanish. She and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Scheff, reside in La Jolla with their son, Jacob, now in college.
“My goal is to strive for excellence in helping patients feel beautiful and vibrant at any age using the most innovative and refined techniques, state-of-the-art equipment, and compassionate, gentle care. It is my greatest joy to watch patients return year after year and help them age through the stages of life with grace and beauty.”