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Dr. Michael Morrissette
2749 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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Fitzpatrick Scale

Your individual complexion reflects your ethnicity, genetics, race and exposure to environmental damage such as the sun and pollution. Traditional labels like “black” and “white” do not accurately capture the variance in skin tone among individuals. For instance, there are black people with lighter colored skin, and white people with dark complexions. This is why, when describing complexion types, cosmetic surgeons rely on a more objective set of descriptive terms: The Fitzpatrick Scale for Skin Type. The Fitzpatrick Scale has been broadly generalized to reflect how quickly and easily your skin burns or tans.

Fitzpatrick Scale

The Fitzpatrick Scale can range from Type 1 (very pale like Nicole Kidman pictured above, top left) to Type 6 (very dark black like Nupita Nyong’o above, bottom right). You can use the charts above to identify your Fitzpatrick Skin Type. In Dr. Morrissette’s practice, we rely on the Fitzpatrick Scale to determine individual skin types and thus, determine appropriate treatments and peels that are safe. We also encourage all of our patients, regardless of skin type, to wear SPF daily to prevent UVA and UVB damage.

Type I

Light, pale white Always burns, never tans

Type II

White, fair Usually burns, tans with difficulty

Type III

Medium, white to olive Sometimes mild burn, gradually tans to olive

Type IV

Olive, moderate brown Rarely burns, tans with ease to a moderate brown

Type V

Brown, dark brown Very rarely burns, tans very easily

Type VI

Black, very dark brown to black Never burns, tans very easily, deeply pigmented

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and the CDC and we want to reassure you that, as always, your health and well-being is our primary concern.

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however face-to-face in office consultation are still available. To schedule a virtual consultation or in office consultation call our office at (805)-214-4034.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected.

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility). However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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