Dr. Melanie Costa, MD

Dr. Melanie Costa, MD

Dermatology | Female | 54 years old

Dr. Melanie Costa was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Pittsburgh, Switzerland and England. She attended the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Medicine degree and also completed her residency in dermatology. She then practiced dermatology in Bethesda, Maryland for two years before moving to Wailuku, Hawaii. In Hawaii she practiced dermatology with Kaiser Permanente for 4 years. In 2000, she moved back to Pittsburgh to be closer to her family. She joined the dermatology practice of Dr. George J. Francis in 2001. Dr. Costa now lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, two daughters, pug and rabbit. She enjoys skiing, quilting and travel.Read more

Forefront Dermatology - Wexford
4727 Friendship Ave Ste 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Get Directions
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Pittsburgh, PA |
I brought my daughter to Dr Costa for an acne consultation. She was cold and aloof throughout the encounter. She did not examine my daughter's skin, rather sat across the room and made a few brief recommendations. She did not inquire about her skin type, skin care regimen, diet, or exercise habits. She did not instill trust or comfort. We left the office feeling disappointed and unheard.
in Mars, PA |
This is a wonderful practice. All the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. I went to Caitlin Stowe, PA for acne and what ended up to be a staph infection. She had excellent bedside manner and listened to my problems and treated me great. Very smart physician assistant, they all really know their stuff here!
in Verona, PA |
I had a golf ball size cyst on my head. Derm #1 said I'd have to shave my head to get it removed. Dr Costa did it without shaving my head! She's treated my kids for various skin issues (the pediatrician said we're an eczemetis family). We're all very happy with her skill.
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Dr. Melanie Costa was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Pittsburgh, Switzerland and England. She attended the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Medicine degree and also completed her residency in dermatology. She then practiced dermatology in Bethesda, Maryland for two years before moving to Wailuku, Hawaii. In Hawaii she practiced dermatology with Kaiser Permanente for 4 years. In 2000, she moved back to Pittsburgh to be closer to her family. She joined the dermatology practice of Dr. George J. Francis in 2001. Dr. Costa now lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, two daughters, pug and rabbit. She enjoys skiing, quilting and travel.

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  •  Specializes in Dermatology
  •  Board certified in Dermatology
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  •  No board actions found

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  • Dermatology

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hives
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rash
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Shingles
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Ulcer
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts

Education

  • Medical School
    Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med

    Graduated in 1990

  • Internship Hospital
    University Pittsburgh Med Center

    Completed in 1991

  • Residency Hospital
    University Pittsburgh Med Center

    Completed in 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Dermatology

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Tag Removal