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Dr. Ana Rodriguez spoke to the healthcare professionals at Central Texas Medical Center on Friday at the Main Classroom. She made the presentation on UV Safety and tips on how to keep skin young in the sun.

Dr. Ana Rodriguez received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1978. After earning her medical degree, she was commissioned by the United States Air Force and served her first tour of duty in Italy as a general medical officer. She was then accepted to the Wilford Hall Medical Center in Texas for a residency in dermatology.

During her service of eight years in the Air Force as a flight surgeon and dermatologist, Dr. Rodriguez pioneered military usage of lasers in dermatology. After transferring to the Air Force Reserve, she returned to Texas. In 1987, she began her dermatology practice in San Marcos.

Dr. Rodriguez is board-certified in dermatology, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she has conducted Dermatologic Laser Surgery procedures since 1985, holds numerous credentials, and has held many teaching positions in laser surgery. Dr. Rodriguez routinely performs laser hair removal, tattoo removal, spider vein treatment, skin resurfacing, and other laser procedures. She is very skilled at dermabrasions and FotoFacial RFTM, as well as Restylane®, collagen, and BOTOX® injections. She combines technical ability and an artist’s sensitivity to ensure the best cosmetic results from all skin procedures. All procedures are conducted in the comfort of the Dermatology and Skin Laser Center.

She told the group about skin cancer and its complete story and discussed the impact of the sun, which is at risk and types of treatment available for skin problems. She talked about how to do skin self exams and protection techniques. She told the group that, “One in five Americans will develop cancer.”

She held answer and question sessions on various topics from UVA-UVB ultraviolet light and its relationship to our skin. The group also discussed how many medications that each of us may take can have adverse reaction to our skin like bactrim. The group also spoke about the many effects of excessive sun exposure. These include permanent destruction of structure, premature wrinkling, precancerous skin lesions, drug reactions, eye damage, dilated blood vessels, and skin cancer.

She told the group about skin cancer and its complete story and discussed the impact of the sun and types of treatment available for sun damage. She talked about how to do skin self exams and protection techniques. She told the group that, “One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime as a direct result to sun exposure. Therefore, good skin care and protection is imperative to your health.” Melanoma is the most common occurring skin cancer in women between the ages 25 and 29 and is second only to breast cancer in women ages 30 and 34. It is no coincidence these younger women are the ones who frequent the tanning beds. Tanning puts you at great risk for skin cancer but it also causes leathery skin.

She told the group before you tan asks yourself three simple questions: 1. what is leather? (Answer: skin), 2. What do you do to skin to turn it into leather? (Answer: tan it), 3. Do I want leather skin? (Answer: no)

She held question and answer sessions on various topics from UVA-UVB ultraviolet light and its relationship to our skin. The group also discussed how many medications that each of us may take can have adverse reaction to our skin. The group also spoke about the many effects of excessive sun exposure. These include permanent destruction of structure, premature wrinkling, precancerous skin lesions, drug reactions, eye damage, dilated blood vessels, and skin cancer.

She spoke about newer methods of treatment and used the examples of biotherapies and laser treatments that are available in San Marcos. There are also new treatments in the areas of immunotherapies, monoclonal antibodies, and gene therapy.

Rodriguez closed by telling the group that “10-15% of UV exposure will still occur even with the highest available level of sunscreen. But skin cancer can be cured. We must all do our part in protecting our skin and use common sense.”

For more information, she can be reached at 512-392- 1411. Visit her website at www.skinmagic.com.
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