Dermatologist in Denver, CO
Cherry Creek Dermatology
3773 Cherry Creek North Dr
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 388-5629
(303) 321-7586 fax
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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
April 24, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Exams  

When is the last time you saw your dermatologist? You should see a skin doctor at least once per year for a checkup—especially when skin examsyou’re at a higher risk for serious skin diseases, like melanoma or other skin cancers. It’s also a good idea to schedule an exam if you’ve noticed sudden changes in your skin. Educate yourself on common skin conditions and learn why it is advantageous to see a Denver, CO, dermatologist for regular skin checkups.

Common Skin Conditions
A report published by the American Academy of Dermatology found that over 85 million people have some sort of skin disease. Though most skin conditions are not contagious, some can lead to a major health concern without proper diagnosis and treatment. Here are some of the most common skin problems:

  • Chronic acne
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Hives and rashes
  • Warts
  • Staph infections
  • Skin cancer

Why Skin Exams Are Important
Some skin problems are a nuisance, making you feel insecure about your appearance, but others may indicate a more serious condition. Regular skin exams with your Denver, CO, dermatologist will give you peace of mind. You’ll finally get an accurate diagnosis so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with. You will also discuss customized treatments with your doctor, including medications, topical creams, and removal of skin growths. 

What Happens at a Skin Exam?
Your dermatologist will first consult you about any skin symptoms you’ve been experiencing, such as unexplained rashes, bumps, or sores. You’ll also provide details about your medical history, including allergies and current medications. The next step is a thorough visual check of your skin, from head to toe. Point out any areas of concern. If you’ve been diagnosed with a skin condition in the past, be sure to let your doctor know.

Make an Appointment
Both you and your dermatologist will play an important role in keeping your skin healthy. Regular skin exams are crucial, especially if you have a personal or family history of skin disease. Call Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, at (303) 388-5629 to schedule an exam with Dr. James Maloney.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
March 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

What your dermatologist in Denver, Colorado wants you to knowdry skin

Dry skin can be itchy, annoying and unsightly. Dry skin can also accelerate fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. The good news is you can do a lot to keep your skin hydrated and younger-looking. Dr. James M. Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, Colorado wants to share some tips and tricks to treat your dry skin and keep you looking your best.

Your skin may look and feel drier for a few reasons. As you age, your skin loses some ability to retain moisture, which is why it’s so important to use a moisturizer regularly as you get older. Climate and weather can also dry out your skin. In the summer, you’ve got sun exposure to guard against, which is why you should always wear sunscreen in the summer. In the winter, you have both sun and wind to guard against, which is why it’s so important to cover up your delicate skin and use sunscreen on uncovered areas.

To prevent and relieve dry skin, consider these important tips:

  • Limit hot showers or baths to 10 minutes
  • Use gentle cleansers with no fragrance
  • Avoid products containing alcohol and deodorant soaps
  • Blot your skin with a towel, don’t rub
  • Use a moisturizer right after bathing or washing your face
  • Use a cream moisturizer instead of a lotion
  • Carry hand cream and use it after washing your hands
  • Wear gloves during the winter
  • Wear natural-fiber clothing like cotton or silk
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home

At Cherry Creek Dermatology you can also choose from a wide range of products and services to treat dry skin and other skin conditions. You can choose from:

  • Facials to moisturize and soothe dry skin
  • Prescription skin care products
  • Cosmetic services to lessen the early signs of aging
  • Laser resurfacing to smooth out your skin
  • Chemical peels to rejuvenate skin

You deserve to look your best and it all starts with your skin. For more information about dry skin care and other skin problems and conditions call Dr. James M. Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, Colorado. Start looking great by calling today!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
January 08, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Sun Damage  

Everyone's skin evolves over time, and discolorations and color changes are inevitable. However, spending too much time in the sun sun damagewithout protection can lead to sun damage. This condition, seen frequently at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, has varying degrees and some cases can be life-threatening if not examined and treated promptly. Below, your dermatologist, Dr. James Maloney explains how sun damage can manifest itself on your skin.

The skin's normal response to sun

Freckles, wrinkles, and even a slight tan are all evidence of sun damage. The skin responds in various ways, including getting darker, in an effort to protect itself from the damaging rays that can affect you even on cloudy days. A sunburn is immediate proof of sun damage; it is an extreme reaction to a lot of sun exposure over a short period of time. The skin becomes red due to the body sending more blood to the damaged area, and many sunburns peel after a few days as a way of sloughing off the affected skin cells. Research has shown that people who have had five or more major sunburns in their younger years are much more likely to develop skin cancer later in life.

Moderate skin damage

After many years of sun exposure, the skin may develop unsightly growths and spots. Actinic keratoses are raised areas that look like warts or even horns, while lentigines or "age spots" are typically flat and can be as large as a quarter. Many of these conditions appear in visible places and can be itchy, which can lead to secondary bacterial infections from scratching.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is often the result of years of sun exposure and is proof that the DNA has been permanently altered by the sun's rays. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are two of the common skin cancers your Denver dermatologist treats; they often look like bug bites or other lesions that do not heal. These are less likely to be invasive, but they should be removed to avoid any complications. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer; it can spread to other areas of the body and can be life-threatening. Melanoma can arise in new growths or moles you've had for years.

Fortunately, having a skin checkup with your Denver, CO, dermatologist every year can help diagnose any sun damage-related conditions and a treatment plan can be devised. To schedule your appointment at Cherry Creek Dermatology, call our office today!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
November 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

If you have acne, you know how difficult and distressing it can be. Outbreaks on the face, neck, shoulders, and chest are unsightly, acneuncomfortable and stubborn. Your Denver, CO, dermatologist, Dr. James Maloney, sees a large number of acne sufferers at Cherry Creek Dermatology. Most acne patients are teens, but many are adults, too, says the American Academy of Dermatology. All patients no matter the age have a common goal: control this all too common skin condition called acne.

Just what is acne?

Acne Vulgaris consists of oil- and/or pus-filled pimples on the exposed areas of the body--most notably, the face and neck. The infected pustules, red papules, whiteheads or blackheads stem from blocked sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis. Some acne is so severe that the lesions are actually cysts and can leave substantial scarring if not treated.

While poor skin hygiene may worsen acne, it does not really cause it. The real culprits are:

  • An overabundance of skin cells
  • Excessive oil (sebum) production
  • Hormonal surges (hence, the characteristic teen break-outs)
  • Presence of bacteria on the skin (we have germs all over our bodies)
  • Heredity (acne runs in families)

Controlling acne

While popular advice and drugstore products (and gimmicks) for controlling acne abound, the best way to stay on top of it is good treatment planning from your Denver, CO, dermatologist. Dr. Maloney is board-certified, has 40 years of clinical experience and is a great listener. He'll examine your acne and show you ways to bring it in hand.

Common acne treatments

There are many acne treatments and your care plan at Cherry Creek Dermatology will be suited to your unique needs. Commonly used treatments include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and Vitamin A-based topical preparations
  • Antibiotics (topical or oral) for infected acne lesions
  • Extraction procedures performed in the office
  • Prescription isotretinoin for cystic acne

Also, Dr. Maloney advises gentle washing of the face and other areas which are affected by acne. He emphasizes the word "gentle" because vigorous and frequent scrubbing of acne lesions only irritates the skin and does nothing to lessen outbreaks.

Take control

At Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, Dr. Maloney and his team are dedicated to healthy, attractive skin for all their patients. If you'd like a personal consultation with Dr. Maloney, contact the office for a convenient appointment. Reach us at (303) 388-5629.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
September 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

If you’ve just been diagnosed with melanoma, find out the best way to treat this form of skin cancer now.melanoma

Being told that you have melanoma can be a very scary moment in your life. After all, there seem to be more warnings about this life-threatening skin cancer than ever before. Fortunately, by turning to our Cherry Creek, CO, dermatologist Dr. James Maloney early enough, we can create a treatment plan that will effectively treat your melanoma.

How your melanoma is treated will depend on several factors including the stage of your cancer. Common treatment options include:

  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Surgery

This is the most common way to treat melanoma and offers high success rates for early-stage melanomas. There are a variety of different surgical techniques that our Cherry Creek skin doctor may employ based on the location and severity of your melanoma.

If we were able to diagnose your melanoma through a biopsy, then a wide excision surgery may be all that’s needed to remove the melanoma. Another common and popular procedure is Mohs surgery, which allows us to remove melanoma while also preserving as much healthy, non-cancerous tissue as possible.

Immunotherapy

These special medications are administered to help boost your body’s immune system to help you fight off cancer cells. There are several kinds of immunotherapy options to choose from for battling your melanoma, including:

  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Cytokines
  • Oncolytic virus therapy
  • Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG)

Targeted Therapy

This therapy is a bit different from chemotherapy and these drugs may be recommended if chemotherapy isn’t working. Plus, patients often experience less severe side effects with targeted therapy than with chemotherapy. Instead of just attacking dividing cells, which is the purpose of chemotherapy, targeted therapy drugs attack parts or genes of the melanoma.

Chemotherapy

This is another commonly used treatment for cancer and can be an effective way to kill cancer cells. In most cases, the medication is injected into the bloodstream to kill the skin cancer cells. While this cancer treatment can be effective for most cancers, it’s not always the most effective for melanoma treatment.

Radiation Therapy

This is another treatment option that is less commonly used in those with melanoma, but it might be considered if surgery is not possible or if melanoma has returned after surgery.

Do you have questions about the treatments above? Want to know which one is the best option for you? Then call Cherry Creek Dermatology and let us know that you want to discuss the different melanoma treatment options offered in Cherry Creek, CO.





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