DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF COLORADO
Dermatology in Denver, Aurora & Parker, CO
Skin is the human body’s largest organ. It protects us from the environment. At our skincare clinics, we focus on healthy skin.
Our charge at the clinics of Dermatology Associates of Colorado is to correct skin problems to the best of our abilities and to maximally maintain chronic skin disease. We feel our team of board-certified dermatologists and certified mid-level practitioners, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners, can take care of all your skin care needs. No other clinic in Colorado offers the all-inclusive services and specialized care you will receive at Dermatology Associates of Colorado.
Dermatology Associates of Colorado is proud to be involved in many phase II and phase IV pharmaceutical studies that help bring new drugs to market to help our patients. Our active study division is overseen by Lila Orr, FNP-C and Dr. Leslie Capin.
All physicians of Dermatology Associates of Colorado are available 24/7 for their patients. They are also active in the community, serving on various boards and volunteering, along with staff, in community service.
Dermatology Associates is the only private dermatology practice in the Denver Metro area that offers our patient’s the added benefit of Mole Mapping. It is a painless, noninvasive tool to help detect melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer. It involves using digital photography to track changes in moles, which can be an early sign of melanoma.
- a mole that is larger than a nickel
- an atypical mole called a dysplastic nevus, which may have an irregular shape or an uneven color
- more than 50 moles
- fair skin and light-colored eyes
- a family or personal history of melanoma
- a history of severe sunburn
- new or changing moles
- a weakened immune system due to an organ transplant, cancer, chemotherapy or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
A member of our skin care team will take several digital photos of your entire skin surface. All of the photographs are stored in a secure database so they can be reviewed for changes at your next visit. You will receive a copy of your photos on a flash drive to be used to monitor your own skin between visits. If your dermatology provider discovers a change in a mole it could be an early sign of melanoma. Early detection is important because melanoma is very treatable in its early stages.
Most insurance companies recognize the effectiveness of Mole Mapping and provide coverage for the procedure.
Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition that causes red, raised, scaly patches to form on the skin, commonly on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Caused by a rapid production of skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin, psoriasis can cause dry and cracked scaly patches, and even blisters on the skin.
While there is no cure currently available for this chronic condition, there are several treatment options available to effectively relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. Over seven million people in the United States are affected by psoriasis, including men, women, and children of all ages.
Mohs MICROGRAPHIC Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced technique for the removal of skin cancer. During the procedure, a specially trained surgeon removes skin cancer tissue in a thin layer, sparing most of the healthy tissue that surrounds the tumor. After each layer is removed, the tissue is prepared for study in an on-site laboratory. The Mohs surgeon then examines each section of tissue under a microsope for the presence of cancer cells and makes a map of the site. In subsequent stages, only areas with microscopic tumor present are removed, maximally sparing the surrounding normal skin. The procedure is repeated in stages until all cancer cells are removed.
Mohs micrographic surgery is usually performed on the face, neck and head. It is also sometimes recommended for recurrent and aggressive skin cancers on other parts of the body.
Cure rates for primary basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer using Mohs micrographic surgery are, many times, higher than for other skin cancer surgeries. Cure rates for secondary and recurrent skin cancers depend on the type and aggressiveness of the tumor.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a complex technique that requires a skilled dermatologist with advanced training. Dermatology Associates of Colorado offers Mohs surgery with a board certified, fellowship trained surgeon. Our surgeon works with a dedicated professional staff that offers our patients a caring and safe environment for a complicated procedure.
Pediatric dermatology involves comprehensive diagnosis and treatment services for the unique skin of infants, children and adolescents. While children and adults experience many of the same skin conditions, certain conditions are more prevalent in younger patients and require special care that takes into account the growing needs of these patients.
Our treatments are gentle yet successful, allowing children to engage in their everyday activities while efficiently managing their skin ailment. Children with healthy skin can also be seen by our providers for regular examinations to learn about proper skin care, including adequate sun protection. Early examination by a dermatologist or mid-level provider can promote a lifetime of healthy skin for our pediatric patients.
Skin, being the largest organ in our body, is susceptible to a wide range of ailments, some of which can be common, whiles others very difficult to treat or even life-threatening. At Dermatology Associates of Colorado, our highly specialized dermatologists and dermatology trained mid-level providers have in-depth knowledge of these conditions and will work with you on the most optimal therapies that can cure your condition, maintain health, as well as prevent disease.
- Acne and rosacea, which can cause red, pimple-like bumps on the skin
- Actinic keratosis, skin patches that may turn into cancer
- Skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and the most serious type-melanoma
- Blistering disorders, such as pemphigus and pemphigold, which are rare autoimmune conditions. Other problems that can cause blisters include certain medications as well as a group of inherited disorders called epidermolysis bullosa
- Connective tissue diseases, such as the autoimmune disease lupus, and dermatomostitis, a muscle disease that can cause skin rashes. Another example is vasculitis, which affects blood vessels. Other related diseases include scleroderma and morphea, two conditions that cause the skin to harden
- Hair loss or excessive hair growth
- Hereditary disorders of the skin, hair and nails
- Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease marked by red skin and white scaly patches
- Pigmentation disorders, including vitiligo, which can cause lighter areas of skin in darker skinned people
- Leg ulcers
- Rashes, which can be caused by allergies, medication, certain medical treatments or a chronic skin condition such as eczema. We also treat lichen planus, a rash that can affect the mouth, as well as dermatitis herpetiformis, an extremely itchy rash linked to gluten insensitivity
- Skin infections, including difficult-to-treat infections in people with weakened immune systems
- Genital skin disorders
- Warts of all types, including those that may result from sexually transmitted diseases
Our dermatologists and dermatology trained mid-levels will develop an individualized treatment plan that is appropriate, based on your medical history and symptoms. We offer a wide variety of medical and surgical therapies to treat the most common, as well as complex, skin issues.
Acne is the term for the blocked pores, pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it.
Treatment methods for acne aim to reduce oil production and increase the speed of skin-cell turnover to prevent new blemishes from developing. Acne treatment also focuses on reducing inflammation to help treat current symptoms. Treatment may include a combination of topical creams and ointments, and prescription medications that include antibiotics and oral contraceptives.
Warts are a common skin condition resulting from infection by one or another strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). There are several types of warts that can affect individuals of any age, but some types are more commonly found in children and some more often found in adults. Many types of warts, especially those usually found on children, disappear on their own. When troublesome, warts can be treated with medications or otherwise removed.
Warts appear as small skin growths, flat or slightly raised, on the surface of the skin. They can vary in coloration. Usually warts can be diagnosed by a simple medical examination, but occasionally a biopsy may be necessary to distinguish them from particular kinds of skin cancer. Different types of warts appear on different parts of the body and vary in appearance.
If you are concerned that you may have skin cancer, or you may have the risk of developing skin cancer, Dermatology Associates of Colorado can help. There are several different types of skin cancer and our dermatologists and dermatology trained mid-level providers are experts in knowing how to diagnose and treat them. Often, the key to a cure is early detection and our providers offer the latest diagnostic tools to identify melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
Many types of skin cancer can be cured with surgery, but some types require a more comprehensive approach. That is especially true for melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer. At Dermatology Associates of Colorado we offer advanced treatments based on years of experience as dermatologists. We also treat non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma).
When facing skin cancer, patients need education as well as responsive care. Our skilled and attentive specialists also can offer this kind of assistance. This also includes helping patients understand the biology of the disease, the therapy they will receive, and how to manage any side effects they may experience.
BLUE LIGHT PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
Dermatology Associates offers Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy which is effective against actinic keratosis (AK’s), rough patches of skin that may develop into cancer. To treat AK’s the medical providers apply a medication to the skin and use blue light to destroy precancerous skin lesions while leaving healthy skin unharmed.
Most insurance companies recognize the effectiveness of Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy and provide coverage for the procedure.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE in DERMATOLOGY
Integrative medicine (IM) is a healing-oriented practice of medicine that takes into account the whole person. All factors that influence a patient’s health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including body, mind, spirit, lifestyle and community. While it supports the appropriate treatment of disease, IM emphasizes the broader concepts of health promotion and preventive care. An IM practitioner uses all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative, to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
Dermatology Associates of Colorado is proud to have the only fellowship trained Integrative Dermatologist in Colorado on staff. Dr. Leslie Capin received her degree from the University of Arizona and trained under Dr. Andrew Weil. Being able to offer alternative therapies by a fellowship trained provider is a benefit to all of our patients.
An integrative dermatologist treats the “whole person”, not just the disease or condition. Integrative dermatology (ID) looks to reverse casual factors rather than just alleviating symptoms. Using traditional conventional therapies as well as alternative therapies they achieve the most favorable outcomes and results for their patients.
Nutritional status strongly influences skin health and dietary changes and dietary supplements many times are important in managing skin conditions. The skin is one of the most common sites of expressing stress related ailments and an integrative dermatologist will use or refer patients for mind/body interventions if appropriate. There are integrative management options for many different dermatologic conditions including acne, hair loss, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea.
Dermatology Associates of Colorado has a board certified, fellowship trained dermatopathologist as a part of our staff.
In the event our patient has a questionable skin growth removed by surgery, needing a biopsy, the tissue is analyzed by our certified dermatopathologist (skin pathologist) who is specifically trained in pathology of the skin. The benefit to our patients is examination of tissue is done by a provider that understands skin rather than a general pathologist.
A dermatopathologist on staff also enables Dermatology Associates of Colorado to return results of a patient’s pathology more quickly.