ROBBIE BETH DROSSNER, MD
Skin cancers including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma require precision diagnostic skills and care. Doctor Drossner is an expert diagnostician in the area of skin cancers. She understands that finding a suspicious area on your body and waiting for biopsy results can be very trying emotionally and provides the care, understanding, and options that are available to you. Appointments are available quickly and you and your disease are always handled in a professional and compassionate manner.
Skin cancers affect more than 3.5 million Americans every year. Quick and accurate diagnosing is imperative for treatability. Doctor Drossner has a trained eye and honed experience at finding skin cancers when they are just starting and can look like nothing more than a "pink bump". Her TBC's (Total Body Checks) are thorough from the top of the head to the soles of the feet - often finding disease other physicians and practitioners have missed. This early intervention has saved thousands of lives, and, minimized scarring on patients who have undergone treatment.
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are not likely to spread and usually require little more than a minor procedure, whereas, melanoma, in contrast, is a cancer that may spread and in some cases may be fatal, and usually requires a more extensive surgical procedure. Unlike other forms of skin cancer, melanoma may develop in parts of the body not normally exposed to sunlight, including the groin area and bottoms of the feet.
Melanoma accounts for about two percent of all skin cancers, yet is responsible for the most deaths from skin cancer, and is the fifth most common cancer in the United States today. The majority of melanomas diagnosed by Doctor Drossner are found very early and are completely curable.
Doctor Drossner understands the importance of follow up treatment for any patient who has had a positive biopsy.
Because skin cancer occurrence varies greatly, you need an expert like Doctor Drossner to understand your disease and help you make informed decisions. Doctor Drossner has the knowledge and experience to help you manage your care. She is the advocate you want in your corner, and by your side, and offering sound advice in guiding your treatment.
Cosmetic Skin Care
We all know that unfortunately our skin
changes as we age. The products you have used for years may no longer be what your skin needs. Remember that skin is the largest organ on the body and the most susceptible to the elements of nature. You might notice wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat and voluminosity, making it less plump and smooth. All of these situations can be discussed with Doctor Drossner, who is an expert in the area of skin aging, can examine your skin, discuss the signs of aging that concern you, and recommend the best products for you to use.
It is important to realize that no one product fits all, and no one product can treat all the signs of skin aging. The wrong products can cause irritation, burning, or induce acne. It is important to have sunscreen, moisturizer and other antiaging products that are formulated to work with your skin type. The delivery of the product, how it is formulated, the quality of the ingredients, and their ability to work together are a very important part of this process. Dr. Drossner has used and trial tested every product that she puts her name on and/or endorses, so you can be assured you are getting the best products.
Many products claim to revitalize aging skin or reduce wrinkles. Various treatments soothe dry skin and reduce the appearance of age spots. Doctor Drossner can provide expert medical advice even for people who already have signs of premature skin aging. People today live longer than they ever have and studies show that the better we look, the better we feel.
Ultraviolet light is a major cause of skin aging and skin cancers. Ultraviolet B (sunburn) rays are most intense in the summer. Longer wavelength ultraviolet A rays are present all year round and can actually penetrate vehicle windows. Both UVB and UVA rays cause brown spots, wrinkles, pre-cancers and skin cancers. For this reason, Doctor Drossner recommends the use of an SPF sunscreen 30 or higher, every day, 365 days a year.
You can also protect yourself by staying out of the sun when it is strongest, using the proper sunscreen and avoiding sunlamps and tanning beds.
Cigarette smoking and the use of alcohol also contributes to wrinkles, and the number of wrinkles increase based on the amount of cigarettes and alcohol consumed, as well as the number of years a person has smoked or consumed alcohol.
Acne commonly starts during puberty (ages 10 and 13) and tends to be worse in people with oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for a period of 5 to 10 years. Only 20% of acne cases occur in adults. Acne can effect both sexes, although teenage boys tend to have the most severe cases, and women are more likely than men to have mild to moderate forms into their 30s and beyond.
While the cause of acne is not fully known, we do know that heredity and hormones play a large part in its disposition, and stress can aggravate this disease. Many people think that acne is just pimples, but a person who has acne can have any of the following:
• Pustules (pimples)
Acne can appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms and buttocks. It begins when secretions from oil glands block the tiny hair follicles in our skin. If the openings are large, the clogs form blackheads, which are small, flat spots with dark centers. If the openings stay small, the clogs form whiteheads, which are small, flesh-colored bumps. Both can develop into swollen, tender, painful lesions. The nodules associated with severe cases are known as cystic acne and form firm swellings below the skin's surface which become red, inflamed, tender, and swollen.
Doctor Drossner is an expert in the area of acne and it's successful treatment. She understands the psychological effects that acne can produce, affecting self-image, self-confidence and self-worth. Having suffered herself through 20+ years of cystic acne, unresponsive to traditional therapies, she was finally able to take Accutane, when it first became available in the United States, and has been acne free ever since. Her firsthand experience with this drug, and other preventative treatments, allows her to fully understand what her patient is enduring physically and emotionally.
Doctor Drossner has helped thousands of patients in her 30 plus years of practice, and is here to help you as well.
Other Dermatological Services
The following list is not all inclusive, but does contain the names of many of the diseases that Doctor Drossner treats on a regular basis:
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
Dry scaly skin
There are many cosmetic procedures which do not require surgery, and provide excellent results. Doctor Drossner is pleased to offer many of these procedures to her patients, including:
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) injections
Restylane dermal filler
Radiesse dermal filler
Belotero dermal filler
Sclerotherapy (vein injections)
Chemical Peels for skin rejuvenation
Therapeutic facials for skin clarifying/polishing
Botox is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and crows feet. It is also used to treat excessive sweating of the armpits.
Dermal fillers can be helpful in reducing the early signs of aging, and are used to plump thin lips and soften the vertical lines above the lip, as well as improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Doctor Drossner will examine your face and recommend which filler(s) will provide the best results for you, in the areas you are targeting.
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive, effective treatment to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Sclerotherapy is performed using a tiny needle to inject medication to irritate the lining of the vein, causing it to close and be reabsorbed by the body.
A chemical peel is a treatment which uses a mild acid solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and color. Peels are an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, and brown spots, reducing fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, treating wrinkles from sun damage and aging, improving the appearance of mild scars, and treating certain types of acne.
Therapeutic facials are multi-step skin treatments that cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the skin promoting a clear, well hydrated complexion.