Dermatologist in Denver, CO
Cherry Creek Dermatology
3773 Cherry Creek North Dr
Suite 970 West Tower Denver, CO 80209
(303) 388-5629
By Cherry Creek Dermatology
July 11, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

The American Academy of Dermatology states that almost 9500 people receive a skin cancer diagnosis each and every day in the UnitedSkin Cancer States. Sun exposure, including repeated blistering sunburns, remains the biggest risk factor among all age groups. Do you know the different types of skin cancer and their treatments in Denver? Dr. James Maloney, III, in Denver, CO, wants all his patients to be fully informed about this potentially deadly disease, how it's treated and how to reduce your risk for developing it.

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer typically falls into three basic types:

  • Basal cell carcinoma which occurs deep in the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin, is the most common type
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is in the upper layer of the epidermis
  • Melanoma is the most virulent and dangerous, occurring deep in the epidermis

Unfortunately, skin cancer affects people of all ages and skin types. However, fair-skinned, blue-eyed people have a greater risk. Additionally, Melanoma seems to strike young women between the ages of 25 and 29, says the Skin Cancer Foundation, probably because of excessive tanning.

In general, skin cancer happens on areas of the body most exposed to sun--that is, the face, neck, arms and upper torso. Board-certified dermatologists such as Dr. Maloney tell their patients that any flat or raised spot on the skin may be suspect as skin cancer, and he advises evaluating skin lesions using this mnemonic: ABCDE.

  • A stands for asymmetrical. In other words, if you were to halve the lesion, both sides would be unequal in the case of cancer.
  • B means border. A noncancerous lesion has a smooth border with no notches.
  • C stands for color. A benign spot is one color throughout.
  • D equals diameter. Small lesions generally are noncancerous. (<1/4 inch)
  • E means evolving. A change in shape, color, texture or itchiness are warning signs.

Skin cancer treatments in Denver

Biopsies of suspect lesions determine if they are malignant or benign, and if cancerous, what type of cancer they are. Treatments vary depending on the cancer, its location and the health status of the individual.

Treatments may include:

  • Surgical excision or removal of the lesion
  • Cryosurgery, a freezing technique
  • Micrographic surgery, preferable for sizable lesions
  • Prescription creams

The best skin cancer treatments are prevention and vigilance

To reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, the team at Cherry Creek Dermatology recommend:

  • Covering up in the sun--long sleeves, pants and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wearing sun screen (SPF 15 or more) on exposed areas
  • Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Inspecting your skin monthly
  • Getting a dermatological exam yearly after the age of 40

Learn more

If you would like a skin exam or are concerned about a spot on your skin, please contact Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, for an appointment. Call (303) 388-5629.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
May 23, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

Find out the culprit behind your rash and when you should seek medical attention.rash

Getting a rash can be alarming at times. Breaking out in red and sometimes itchy welts and bumps can be embarrassing and surprising. While many rashes often go away on their own, there are some situations that will require proper care from our Denver, CO, dermatologist, Dr. James Maloney, III. Find out when to see us for treatment.

The Causes of a Rash

A rash can be brought about by a viral, fungal, bacterial and even parasitic infection. There are many illnesses, conditions and environment factors that can lead to rashes, including:

  • Fungal infections (e.g. athlete’s foot; ringworm)
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Poison ivy
  • Hives
  • Drug allergies
  • Heat rash
  • Chickenpox (most often occurs in children)
  • Bug bites and stings
  • Scabies
  • Shingles
  • Allergies (e.g. Hay fever)
  • Mononucleosis (“Mono”)
  • Yeast infection
  • Lyme disease
  • Measles

This is a pretty long list of rash causes, and this isn’t even an extensive list of conditions that could lead to this symptom. This is why it’s so important to call your skin doctor if you have any concerns about a rash.

When to See a Doctor in Denver

While we know that people don’t want to have to take time out of their busy schedules to see their dermatologist unless they have to, it’s important to know when to let the problem just run its course and when your rash signifies that it’s time to make an appointment. Call us if:

  • Your rash is also accompanied by fever, aches, sore throat, problems breathing or joint pain
  • The rash continues to get worse over the course of a couple days or if it spreads over large portions of the body
  • The rash contains pus or is weeping (this could be a symptom of an infection)
  • The rash blisters over (could be a sign of an allergic reaction)
  • You are dealing with a painful rash

If it’s time to see your dermatologist about a rash, then turn to Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, today to address your concerns and diagnose your condition. Let’s tackle your skin issues together!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
March 06, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Moles  

While a mole is usually nothing to worry about, there are some signs and symptoms that could be of concern. According to the Skin skin cancerCancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer sometime during their lives. This scary number makes being able to recognize questionable moles important in catching skin cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. Learn more about how to identify suspicious moles with Dr. James Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO.

Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Remembering the signs of skin cancer is easy with the ABCDE method.

  • Asymmetry: Regular moles are symmetrical in shape. Asymmetrical moles could be a sign of cancer.
  • Border: The border of a mole is normally straight, smooth and round or ovular. Jagged or abnormally shaped moles should be seen by your dermatologist as soon as possible.
  • Color: Moles normally range in color from light pink to dark brown. However, abnormal moles may have more than one color within their border, look splotchy or appear black in color.
  • Diameter: Normal moles are smaller than a pencil eraser in diameter. If you have a mole larger than about 6 millimeters, it could be cancerous.
  • Evolving: A normal mole will retain the same appearance throughout your life. Moles which appear suddenly, change shape or color or grow bigger could be cancerous.

Preventing Skin Cancer 
The number one tool you have for preventing skin cancer is protection against the sun. Always use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on areas of your skin exposed to the sun, especially your face. Wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck and wear tightly woven clothing when you plan on being in the sun. Finally, see your dermatologist for regular skin examinations to explore for abnormalities.

For more information on skin cancer, please contact Dr. Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO. Call (303) 388-5629 to speak with a friendly staff member about scheduling your appointment with Dr. Maloney today!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
January 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: healthy skin  

Many patients go to their dermatologist specifically seeking cosmetic procedures like chemical peels, laser resurfacing and plastic skin caresurgery to resolve skin problems. There are various treatments available at the dermatologist's office that may help you achieve young, firm and healthy-looking skin. Explore these remedies and make time to consult with a skin doctor at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO about your options.

Common Skin Concerns
Statistics show that Americans are very concerned with keeping their skin looking healthy, clear and young-looking. According to Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine, the U.S. skin care market is expected to make nearly $11 billion in 2018. Here are some of the most common skin concerns that prompt patients to visit a dermatologist for assistance:

  • acne
  • sun damage and sun spots
  • wrinkles
  • dark spots
  • rashes
  • rosacea

Natural Skin Remedies
Sometimes, better skin can be achieved by simply exploring natural solutions. Consider these natural skin remedies which you can discuss with a dermatologist at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO:

  • Antioxidant creams containing Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene.
  • Vitamin A Acid for rough skin and wrinkles.
  • Tretinoin (derived from Vitamin A and used for acne).

Other Remedies to Discuss with a Dermatologist
If you have more advanced skin problems that don't respond well to natural solutions, talk to your dermatologist about the in-office treatments available including:

  • Fillers
  • Dermabrasion
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Vascular laser treatments
  • Topical medications for inflammation
  • Antibiotic therapy for skin infections

Make Good Skin Care a Priority This Year
Your skin is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. Make it a priority to take care of it and ensure that it stays fresh and young looking for many years. Call Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, at (303) 388-5629 today to schedule a skin consultation with a dermatologist.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
November 10, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: winkles   anti-aging  

How your dermatologist in Denver can make you look younger

Aging causes tremendous changes in your body, and in your face. One of the most common signs of aging is the fine lines and wrinkleswrinkles which spread across your face. If you look in the mirror and you see crow’s feet around your eyes or smile lines around your mouth, you don’t have to put up with it! You can say goodbye to your wrinkles! Your dermatologist at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, Colorado Dr. James Maloney wants to help you reverse what the years have done to your appearance.

As you age, your skin becomes drier and thinner, with less of the elastic properties it had when you were young. As a result, wrinkles form from simple facial movements like frowning, laughing and squinting. Over time, these wrinkles can deepen and become much more noticeable. But now you can do something about it.

First, it’s important to know about the simple tips to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin looking young. Your dermatologist in Denver wants to remind you:

Don’t smoke; smoking ages the skin, and decreases oxygen levels which keep skin healthy.

Always use sunscreen; Exposure to the sun is one of the chief causes of wrinkles and skin damage. Use at least SPF 15 during the day and at least SPF 30 if you are outside for an extended period of time.

Also remember that you may be more prone to wrinkles from family history, or if you have light skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.

If you have wrinkles, don’t despair! There are many effective treatments available at Cherry Creek Dermatology. Consider:

  • Vitamin A acid, which can decrease signs of aging, including wrinkles
  • Moisturizing creams, which can limit the appearance of wrinkles
  • Antioxidant creams, which contain vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene to provide both sun protection and smooth out the appearance of wrinkles
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids, which are created from fruit acids and limit the appearance of wrinkles

For stubborn, extensive wrinkles, your dermatologist in Denver may suggest a cosmetic procedure to alleviate wrinkles. You may consider one or a combination of these procedures to help you get rid of wrinkles and have younger-looking skin:

  • Dermal fillers
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Dermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Plastic surgery

You don’t need to let the years take over your face. You can say goodbye to your wrinkles with a simple phone call. It’s time to call your dermatologist Dr. James Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, Colorado. Call today and get ready for a younger-looking you!

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