Health & Wellness Spotlight: Dr. Ana Busquets 

Dr. Ana Busquets

By Janice Lane Palko 

Although the skin is the largest organ in the human body, often it is also one of the most neglected. Many times, a patient only seeks the help of a physician when a skin condition becomes unbearable. This is particularly troublesome with respect to skin cancers. “The American Academy of Dermatology has no guidelines established for when a person should be screened for skin cancers, but it has endeavored to educate the general public about the importance of taking care of your skin,” said Dr. Ana Busquets, a Board-Certified Dermatologist with WMC Physicians Practices, LLC.  

Board certified in 2005, Dr. Busquets practiced in Cleveland at MetroHealth Hospital for three years before coming to Pittsburgh where she worked in conjunction with a plastic surgeon. In February, she moved to Weirton and now practices general and cosmetic dermatology in Robinson Plaza, in Robinson Township.  

“I treat the skin, hair and nails of patients of all ages from children to adults,” said Dr. Busquets. She has expertise in treating rashes, lesions, eczema, psoriasis and providing skin cancer screenings. “I take a fairly aggressive approach to treating eczema and psoriasis because there are many new treatments including immunotherapy,” said Dr. Busquets.  

In addition to practicing general dermatology, Dr. Busquets also practices cosmetic dermatology. “While I primarily use Botox to reduce the signs of aging, a newer injectable called Xeomin has gained in popularity because it is considered ‘purer,’ possibly making it less likely that a patient could become resistant to it,” said Dr. Busquets.  

There are now options for younger patients too. “Volbella and Belotero are hyaluronic acid fillers that are effective in erasing fine lines and plumping lips. Twenty- and thirty-year-olds are embracing them. They are subtler enhancers; we’ve moved on from huge lips,” said Dr. Busquets. She also does chemical peels. 

This area of the country is not known for its abundance of sunshine. Nevertheless, skin cancer is still a concern. “The incidence of melanoma has risen in the last decade, and the medical community is not sure why. Several factors may be at work including increasing awareness of the need to screen for it (and therefore more are being found), and the use of tanning beds. No tan is a safe tan. This needs to be impressed upon teenagers by their pediatricians because the UV rays that induce a tan in the skin penetrate deeply and do the most damage,” said Dr. Busquets. 

Like screening mammograms and colonoscopies, Dr. Busquets advocates for a baseline screening of the skin by one’s mid-twenties, and then regular checkups thereafter. During a baseline screening, she will create a body map of the skin. “We look everywhere that you have skin, but we respect your privacy. You keep your underwear on and wear a gown. While you lie on your back, I examine you from toes to head with a dermatoscope and make a notation of any thing to watch or treat. Then the you turn over onto your stomach and I do the same thing. We can provide quick treatments–freezing or burning off areas and taking small biopsies. The baseline screening is essentially painless, and the small procedures are very tolerable” said Dr. Busquets. “I do all the work.”  

Dr. Busquets accepts all insurances. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Busquets, call 412-857-2609.