Patient Education

At the Center for Advanced Dermatology, we strive to provide you with the best skin care possible. Our licensed aestheticians are available at our Lakewood and Arvada offices to answer any cosmetic questions you may have.

Scientific research continues to grow and give rise to new and promising treatment options. Our team of skin care professionals can help you sort through the numerous options, including the multitude of products currently available. During your consultation, we will examine your skin, discuss your expectations, and recommend suitable treatment options.

An aesthetician is also available in the Arvada location.

  • Skin & Body Consultations
  • Body Contouring
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Wrinkles, Texture & Acne

Skin & Body Consultations

One of our licensed aestheticians can assist you with your skin care concerns during a free 30 minute consultation.  Our skin care experts can advise you on treatment options, answer your questions regarding procedure options, and suggest beneficial skin care products. Most of our treatments require a consultation prior to treatment.

Body Contouring

During your complimentary and confidential body contouring consultation, you and one of our paramedical aestheticians will discuss your goals for body contouring and how we can help eliminate stubborn fat.  During the evaluation we will make a recommendation regarding the treatment options available at the Center for Advanced Dermatology including Smartlipo & CoolSculpting.  We will instruct you on how to prepare for your procedure and council you on how to maximize your results during the post-operative period.

Laser Hair Removal

Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair in order to feel and look your best.  With light-based permanent hair reduction, just a few simple treatments is all it takes to permanently minimize hair growth revealing clear, silky skin that’s ready to bare every day – all year long.

Unlike shaving that lasts days, waxing that needs to be repeated every few weeks indefinitely, or electrolysis that’s tedious, permanent hair reduction is a lasting solution that takes away the everyday hassle of dealing with unwanted facial and body hair.

Laser hair removal works when there is color in the root of the hair.  The laser is attracted to the melanin or color in the hair follicle.  At therapy we have two types of laser/light treatments; one specializes in larger areas and the other specializes in smaller areas.

Wrinkles, Texture & Acne

  • Complexion Peels
  • Diamondtome Microdermabrasion
  • PhotoDynamic Therapy with Levulan
  • Palomar1540 Fractional Treatment
  • Cynosure Affirm C02 Ablative Laser Resurfacing
  • Skin Cancer Screening/Treatment
  • Acne
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Psoriasis

Skin Cancer Screening/Treatment

layers of skin

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin has several layers, but the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer). Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the skin.

Information from the National Cancer Institute indicates skin cancer begins in the epidermis, which is made up of 3 kinds of cells:

Squamous cells: Thin, flat cells that form the top layer of the epidermis.
Basal cells: Round cells under the squamous cells.
Melanocytes: Found in the lower part of the epidermis, these cells make melanin, the pigment that gives skin its natural color. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes make more pigment, causing the skin to darken.

During a skin cancer screening, we are looking for cancer before any symptoms develop. This can help find skin cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. If a screening test result is abnormal, you may need to have more tests done to find out if you have cancer.

Typical skin cancer treatments include: cryotherapy, topical medication, excision, Mohs surgery, or electrodesiccation and curettage.


Acne is the term for the pimples and complexion problems that trouble many young people. Pimples occur mainly on the face, but often involve the neck, chest, back, and upper arms. It is usually caused by the oil glands of the skin become plugged and breaking open. At puberty, the oil glands in the skin start producing an oily material called sebum. Acne can be controlled by using a number of treatment options.

Treatment, however, depends on the severity of the acne. Mild acne usually responds well to medicines applied to the skin (topical treatments) and moderate acne usually requires antibiotics taken orally (e.g., tetracycline, erythromycin, and minocycline are among the internal antibiotics used in treating acne). Server acne is best treated with isotretinoin.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery, according to the American College of Mohs Surgery, is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. The procedure is performed by specially trained doctors. Both Dr. McDonnell and Dr. Hurt are trained to perform Mohs Micrographic Surgeries and are members of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. This procedure is performed in our Lakewood office and usually takes only a few hours to complete. In some cases, however, the complete procedure may require the patient to be in the office all day.

Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment that has been continuously refined over 70 years. With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Because the physician is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99 percent. The Mohs technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.

For more information, please visit the American Society for Mohs Surgery. Under the Patient Resources tab, you can find a Patient Brochure, Patient Video, and Frequently Asked Questions.


According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.

The scalp, elbows, and knees are the most common sites, but almost any part of the skin may become involved. Psoriasis usually begins in young adulthood, although it can start in childhood or first appear in old age. In most cases, psoriasis is mild and is limited to a few areas of the body.

The National Psoriasis Foundation as more information about psoriasis and information about virtually every treatment.