A Little About Myself

Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Newport Beach Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon with one all encompassing goal: To make my patients look and feel their very best.

What Are Your Credentials?

I earned my Medical Degree from UC Irvine and completed my residency in Dermatology at UCLA. Upon completing my residency, I joined the full-time faculty at UCLA as a Clinical Instructor and Professor in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. I then went on to complete advanced fellowship training in Dermatologic Surgery at UC Davis and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California with world-renowned expert, Dr. Suzanne Kilmer. After fellowship, I was appointed the Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California where I have remained active in clinical trials and have been on the forefront of the latest advances in aesthetics and dermatology.  As an Orange County native, I love the SoCal community and currently enjoy being a Dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA.

Laser Treatment

Beautiful Location

Lip Injection

What's Your Expertise?

My areas of expertise include cosmetic dermatology with a focus on injectable neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), as well as dermal fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Vollure, Sculptra, Restylane, Belotero,  and Radiesse). In addition, I travel nationally and internationally where I teach other physicians injection techniques and about the latest advances in dermatology. I am highly-trained in the use of lasers and energy-based devices to treat all aspects of photoaging, including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, brown spots and facial vessels. I offer a comprehensive approach to body contouring with the use of minimally-invasive procedures. In addition, I specialize in Dermatologic Surgery including Mohs micrographic surgery, blepharoplasty, skin cancer excisions, sclerotherapy, surgical earlobe repair and cosmetic tattoo excisions.

My goal is for you to leave our office as a renewed version of yourself- beautiful and polished. We would love to consult with you about your lifestyle, short term and long term goals. Our intention is to analyze your goals and provide our professional recommendations, skills and techniques. 

My Hobbies

In addition to practicing Newport Beach Dermatology, I also author peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and lecture at professional society meetings worldwide.

I remain on the forefront of the latest advances in aesthetics by being an active participant in clinical trials and research. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, ballet, yoga, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

Stefani Kappel in Orange County

“Having great skin can give you the confidence boost needed to take the next big leap in your career or personal life.”

Stefani Kappel MD

Director of Mohs Surgery, The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, Laser Surgery, Cosmetic and

Procedural Dermatology 2013-Present

Assistant Clinical Professor. UCLA Division of Dermatology, David Geffen School of

Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles 2011-2012

Dermatology Institute of Southern California, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills 2010-2011

Kappel P, Brenner M, Hosein H, Jones B, Milliken J, Triff S. A Novel Method to Continuously Measure Passive Expiratory Resistance in a Rabbit Emphysema Model to Monitor Response to Lung Volume Reduction Surgery. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2001;49.

Triff S, Vahidi K, Daneschvar H, Han S, Krutzik M, Burney T. The Correlation Between the Severity of Disease vs. Specific Lung Compliance in an Emphysematous Rabbit Model. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2002;50.

Brenner M, Jones B, Triff S, Daneschvar H. The New NETT Paradigm of Health Care Financing Agency Sponsored Clinical Research Trials: Advances and Dilemmas. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2002;50.

Kappel S, Ortiz A, Jeffes E. Comparison of Methotrexate Uptake, Metabolism and Efflux in Hepatocytes vs. Lymphocytes. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2004; 53:212.

Kappel S, Wu J, Hillman J, Linden K. Histopathologic findings of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with hyphae. Arch Dermatol. 2007 Apr;143(4):548-9.

Kappel S and Cotliar J. Inoculation of Atypical Mycobacteria from a Tattoo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 May;64(5):998-9.

Abrishami M, Kappel S, Peng D. Acral Purpura Developing After a Diffuse Macular Eruption. Archives of Dermatology, AR05-83.

Kappel S, Tsai T, Peng D. One-Month-Old Female with Vesicles on the Arm Since 3 Days After Birth. Pediatric Dermatology Journal, PEDDERMJ-06-197.

Kaufman B, Cockburn M, Kappel S, Peng D. Chemoprevention of Nonmelanoma Skin   Cancer: A Review. British Journal of Dermatology, BJD-2006-00843.

Kappel S, Abrishami M, Young S, Vadmal M. Aspergillus Fumigatus Majocchi’s Granuloma In a Patient with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. JAMA Dermatology 2007

Alkousakis T, Cockburn M, Khalap A, Mack T, Kappel S, Peng D. Epidemiology of Psoriasis:   A study of 156 California Twin Pairs. JAAD 2007.

Custis T, Hu J, Gharavi N, Kappel S, Soriano T. Complications from Soft Tissue Augmentation: A Review. Cosmet Dermatol 2012.

Wang AS, Kappel S, Eisen DB. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Aug;73(2):e65. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.04.043. PMID: 26184001

Kappel S, Kleinerman R, King TH, Sivamani R, Taylor S, Nguyen U, Eisen DB. Does wound eversion improve cosmetic outcome?: Results of a randomized, split-scar, comparative trial. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Apr;72(4):668-73. PMID: 25619206

Joo J, Custis T, Armstrong AW, King TH, Omlin K, Kappel S, Eisen DB. Purse-string suture vs second intention healing: results of a randomized, blind clinical trial. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Mar;151(3):265-70. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.2313. PMID: 25372450

Kappel S and Kilmer S. Neodymium-doped Yttrim Aluminum Garnet Lasers and Microwave (MiraDry®) Therapy, 2013 ASDS Laser Primer.

Kappel S, Kleinerman R, King T, Taylor S, Eisen D. Changes in Wound Morphology Following Cutaneous Surgery. American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting, 2013.

Kappel S. Surgical Candidate Selection for Mohs Surgery. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA, March 2011.

Kappel S. A Case of Verrucosa Cutis and Review of Cutaneous Tuberculosis. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA, June 2011.

Kappel S, Cotliar J. Inoculation of Atypical Mycobacteria from a Tattoo. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida March 5, 2010.

Kappel S. A Case of Sclerodermoid Grafft vs. Host Disease. Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society Meeting, Los Angeles, CA November 2010.

Kappel S. LEOPARD Syndrome. Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society Meeting, Los Angeles, CA February 2010.

Kappel S. Cutaneous Manifestations of Diabetes, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA, November 2010.

Kappel S. Recent Advances and Discoveries in the Immunology of Atopic Dermatitis. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA March 2009.

Kappel S. The Role of Filaggrin in the Immunology of Atopic Dermatitis. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Department of Pediatrics Noon Conference, Los Angeles March 2009.

Kappel S. Non-Infectious Cutaneous Effects of TNF Inhibition. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA September 2009.

Kappel S and Cotliar J. Inoculation of Atypical Mycobacteria from a Tattoo. Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society Meeting, Los Angeles, CA November 2009.

Kappel S, Cotliar J. Inoculation of Atypical Mycobacteria from a Tattoo. Pacific Dermatologic Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR August 14-16, 2009.

Kappel S, Cotliar J. Inoculation of Atypical Mycobacteria from a Tattoo. Caribbean Dermatology Association Annual Symposium, St. Martin, Netherlands Antilles, January 20-24, 2009.

Alkousakis T, Cockburn M, Khalap A, Mack T, Kappel S, Peng D. Epidemiology of Psoriasis: A study of 156 California Twin Pairs. First World Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, May 31-June 3, 2006.

Kappel S, Murase J, Weinstein G. Hormonal Effects on Psoriasis in Pregnancy. First World Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, May 31-June 3, 2006.

Alkousakis T, Cockburn M, Khalap A, Mack T, Kappel S, Peng D. Epidemiology of Psoriasis: A study of 156 California Twin Pairs. American Academy of Dermatology Meeting in San Diego, CA, July 26-30, 2006.

Kappel S. McCune-Albright Syndrome: A Review. Keck School of Medicine at USC Department of   Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, February 2006.

Kappel S. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: A Review. Keck School of Medicine at USC Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, March 2006.

  • American Board of Dermatology
  • American College of Mohs Surgeons (ACMS)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
  • Member, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) 1987-Present