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Our patients are happy to share their stories with us, and with others. Below you'll find testimonials from some of our Illinois cosmetic plastic surgery patients. Read about their experiences, and learn what you can expect when you visit our office for your aesthetic needs.

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Perfectly Perky: A Breast Reduction Story

I assume most women my age arrive for a consultation with Dr. Castillo to talk about having breast implants -- but in my case, larger breasts was the last thing I would ever want. I began struggling with the large size of my breasts long before most of my junior high friends had even begun to develop them. Being heavily into sports (not to mention attending school with a bunch of junior high kids) can be pretty tough if you have large breasts.… Read more »

Susan's Experience

Susan came to Dr. G.D. Castillo because she was dissatisfied with the signs of aging that emerged as she entered her 50s. When she met with Dr. Castillo, he recommended laser skin resurfacing at our Bloomington, Illinois, practice. The procedure was initially targeted under the eyes, but Susan liked the results so much that she later came back for a second procedure on her face and neck. Read on to hear about her cosmetic journey, in her own words.… Read more »

Finally Feminine: My Story of Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation PatientAlthough I have been an active and athletic individual thus far in my life, I have always been mildly self-conscious. People would call me "slender" or "skinny," but I never saw it. I wouldn't wear tank tops because I knew that when I did I would get comments about being muscular or how "buff" I was when all I wanted to be and feel was feminine. Getting called "the Hulk" was the furthest thing from that. I remember thinking that maybe if my breasts were just a little bit larger I would feel more feminine, which was easily corrected with a padded bra. But soon enough my padded bra wouldn't suffice… Read more »

My Total Makeover

Patient AfterWhen I initially met with Dr. Castillo,
I was mainly interested in dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce the look of wrinkles around my eyes and forehead. However, during my consultation, Dr. Castillo discussed more permanent options such as eyelid surgery and a forehead lift. Knowing how experienced and well-qualified Dr. Castillo was, I was ready to make my appointment right then and there, but he advised me to go home and think about it. I talked things over with my husband and decided that I wanted to go ahead with the procedure… Read more »

A Younger Face, a New Beginning

Patient AfterI have always looked young for my age. In fact, when I was in my 40s, most people thought I looked like I was in my 20s. Strangers would even mistake my 2 grown sons for my husband, which always made me laugh. However, about 5 years ago when I turned 60, my life took many unexpected turns. My husband fell one story onto a concrete basement of a new home we were building. He barely survived. Then, my sister died of cancer. Shortly after that, in July 2010, my husband died of cancer at age 60… Read more »

Still Happy 11 Years Later

Patient AfterI came to Dr. Castillo in 2001 wanting my former breast size back! After having two babies and breast feeding them I went from a full C to a small A. I own a personal training and weight loss studio and have always been into fitness, including lifting, running and teaching classes. As hard as I worked I still did not feel "complete." I even felt embarrassed in front of my husband naked even though there was little body fat on my body… Read more »

New Breasts After Baby

Although I lost 75 pounds after having a baby, I still struggled with my self-image. I had been insecure about my breasts since I was about 14 years old, and the changes in my body after pregnancy affected my self-confidence even more. I was referred to Dr. Castillo by several people and decided to schedule a consultation. Dr. Castillo has a great staff.

I had a lot of anxiety about having surgery. It was immediately alleviated by Dr. Castillo's warmth and knowledge. I became concerned three days after surgery because breasts were high. During my consultation, Dr. Castillo had told me that I didn't have a lot of my own breast tissue and my breasts would sit high for a few weeks until they settled. Seeing them high caused some anxiety so I called Dr. Castillo. He came into the office on a SATURDAY to ease my anxiety and re-assured me that everything I was seeing was normal. I know the office is closed on Saturdays so I thought he went above and beyond what I expected. He was right. They settled just like he said they would and I look great.

Breast augmentation was the best decision I could have ever made. It gave me everything I needed to boost my confidence. I am not self-conscious in a swimsuit anymore and can wear clothes that I couldn't before. Dr. Castillo and the staff were so kind and helpful. I would definitely do it again.

Pain Relief With Breast Surgery

Having breasts that were large and heavy limited my mobility and caused me to develop back and shoulder pain. After 4 or 5 years of thinking about a breast reduction and possibly small breast implants, I finally decided to get serious and scheduled several consultations with various plastic surgeons.

When I found Dr. Castillo, I was impressed by his results and appreciated his honesty about surgery. One of the deciding factors in choosing Dr. Castillo was that he was much more informative that the other Doctors I spoke to. Instead of giving me a booklet to read, he was very open, honest and forthcoming about Breast Reduction / Breast lift surgery. He took the time to tell me what to expect, when to expect it and how I would feel during my recovery. He showed me multiple before and after pictures of his work. All of this was vital to my experience.

I trusted Dr. Castillo and decided to have a breast reduction with a simultaneous breast lift, followed by breast augmentation 4 months later.

I am grateful that we are now in an age where cosmetic surgery is for the everyday person, not just for celebrities. I had to save for it but it was affordable. Most importantly, I got my mobility back! I can do so many things now that I couldn't do before, like playing with my granddaughter, jumping around in the backyard. Dr. Castillo is very good at what he does. I am so happy with my results, and I would not change a thing.

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