Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 100+ locations.

Why Sunscreen Still Matters in the Winter

While in-store sunscreen displays tend to only come out in the late spring and early summer, keeping your SPF protection on year round is not only recommended—it's crucial. You're actually more at risk outdoors in the winter for sun damage than in the summer!

This is because the earth is actually closer to the sun in the winter, and the ozone layer that provides some protection against UV rays becomes thinner. In addition, cold and dry conditions zap up your skin's moisture, leaving it particularly vulnerable to any UV light. If you happen to live somewhere where it snows or ices, then you'll be double exposed: once on the rays' way down and once again as the snow or ice reflects the rays back upward. So, no, don't pack away your sunscreen any time of year, no matter how cold it is!

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we're happy to provide you with more information about skin care, skin cancer, and cosmetic dermatology options. Just give us a call at (866) 608-9531 to set up an appointment.

What Are Cold Sores?

Cold sores can be uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. Because they are often prominently positioned on the lips or around the mouth, they are difficult to camouflage. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus, and can occur anywhere on the body, not just the mouth.

The Herpes simplex virus, once in your body, never truly goes away. It simply lies dormant in the skin for a while, occasionally reactivating and causing a new cluster of cold sores. Cold sores are also commonly called fever blisters, and usually resolve themselves after about a week. However, your dermatologist can prescribe medications to speed healing time and prevent recurrences.

For more information about cold sores, other skin problems, or general skin care, contact us at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Visit our website to learn about the many services we provide, or give us a call at (866) 608-9531 to schedule an appointment today.

Understanding the Causes and Risk Factors of Rosacea

Rosacea is a dermatological condition in which the face becomes reddened, usually throughout the center of the face. Often, small blood vessels in the area swell enough to be visible, and small bumps containing pus may develop. Rosacea can also cause symptoms in the eyes and around the nose, and most often affects fair-skinned women over the age of 30. It can be a troublesome and embarrassing condition, but your dermatologist and a good skin care regimen can help.

What Causes Rosacea?

No one really understands the cause of rosacea. Most experts believe that it's probably either a genetic predisposition to the condition, environmental irritants, or a combination of the two. What is known is that certain things do tend to aggravate rosacea, and can actually trigger a flare when the condition is otherwise under control. Some of these include extremes in temperature, spicy foods, hot foods and drinks, stress, saunas, sunlight, and corticosteroids.

Who is at Risk for Rosacea?

Middle aged women with fair skin are the most prone to developing rosacea, but men and women of any age or complexity can develop it as well. This risk of rosacea does seem to decrease after the age of 60. If you have a family history of rosacea, you may be more at risk yourself.

How is Rosacea Diagnosed?

A rosacea diagnosis is usually made by your dermatologist observing your symptoms, studying your medical history, and ruling out other skin conditions that may look similar. There is no conclusive test for rosacea, however.

Are there Treatments for Rosacea?

Rosacea cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed with certain prescription medications and good skin care. Your dermatologist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory antibiotic or acne medications, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

If you believe you may have rosacea, don't delay in seeking help. At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, our dermatologist can determine the cause of your skin problems and help you get them under control. For an appointment, call (866) 608-9531, or visit our website for more information.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Announces the Acquisition of Denver Dermatology Consultants

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery has completed the acquisition of Denver Dermatology Consultants, P.C of Denver, Colorado. The dermatology practice was founded in 1977 by Dr. Robert Wright and consists of 3 locations; Denver, Thornton and Wheat Ridge.

Dr. Wright grew up in Peru, Indiana and attended Wabash College and Indiana University before attending Indiana University School of Medicine. He served as station flight surgeon at Quonset Point Naval Airstation following his internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington and flight surgery training in Pensacola, Florida. He did his dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati followed by a year of volunteer work in Ethiopia in a mission hospital and clinic. This was followed by a year of teaching and research in the University if Cincinnati Department of Dermatology. Since moving to Denver in 1977 and starting Denver Dermatology Consultants, he has been active in the teaching program at the University of Colorado Department of Dermatology and has served as President of the Colorado Dermatologic Society. His interests include all phases of Dermatology. Dr. Wright is a member of several professional societies including the American Society for Mohs Surgery, the American Contact Dermatitis Society and is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology for special competence in dermatopathology.

Dr. Matt Leavitt, Founder and CEO of ADCS, said, "Dr. Wright has built a prominent practice over the years with multiple locations and providers. He and his team have a great reputations with patients and provide superior quality care servicing all of their clinical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology needs."

"This acquisition continues to expand our presence in the state of Colorado especially in the densely populated Denver market." said Dave Morell, President & COO of ADCS. Morell also states, "We are rapidly expanding nationally as we have acquired more than 40 offices in the past 18 months."

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery was founded in 1989 by Dr. Matt Leavitt, is a dermatology-focused practice with over 100 clinics in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming providing clinical, cosmetic, surgical and pathology services. Visit our website for more information.

Spotlighting Autoimmune Disease-Related Skin Disorders

Spotlighting Autoimmune Disease-Related Skin Disorders

Autoimmune diseases are diseases which cause the body, for whatever reason, to attack itself. The list of autoimmune diseases is a hefty one, but there are a few that affect only the skin, or at least involve the skin in their symptoms. A dermatologist can help you manage symptoms of these disorders, but it's important to be consistent in your appointments and treatment. Let's look at the autoimmune diseases that affect the skin only:


Psoriasis has a relatively good awareness rate in that most people have heard about it. However, not many people truly understand it. There are actually seven classifications of psoriasis, each causing a somewhat different type of rash ranging from red, raised, and scaly to pustular. Psoriasis can also lead to a special type of arthritis caused by the constant inflammation in the body. It normally presents between the ages of 15 and 35, but can occur at any age.

Bullous Pemphigoid

This is not an overly common skin disorder, but it is an autoimmune problem. Bullous pemphigoid most often presents in the senior community, but again, can occur at any age. It causes blisters to develop on the limbs and torso mostly. Some patients experience blisters inside the oral cavity as well. Blisters can be extremely mild to quite severe, and sometimes clears up on its own after six years or so.

Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita

This autoimmune disorder is similar to bullous pemphigoid in that it presents with blistering of the skin. The distinguishing feature of this disease, however, is that the blisters form as an overreaction to mild injuries; sometimes even a gentle brushing of the skin triggers a blister. Most cases develop in patients over the age of 50, and are difficult to diagnose.

If you believe you may have an autoimmune disease-related skin disorder, contact us at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery for an appointment. We can help you get to the route of your problem and give you solutions to help you manage your condition for a better quality of life. Call (866) 608-9531 today or visit our website to learn more.

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