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
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


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.


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.


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.

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!

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