A Younger Face
a New Beginning

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I 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 one of my 2 grown sons for my husband, which always made me laugh. However, 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.

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I consider myself to be a very strong person with strong faith, but these traumatic events had a huge impact on me. It seemed as if I aged several years within just a few months. The skin around my neck was loose and saggy, and my eyes and face were worn and very tired looking. One day, I took a hard look in the mirror and realized that I was still young and had plenty of life to live; I wanted my face to reflect that. So, I started looking for a qualified plastic surgeon in Illinois. I couldn't believe it when I found a good surgeon like Dr. Castillo right here in Central Illinois. I made an appointment and went in for a consultation.

When I arrived, I was surprised by how quiet and calm the office was. The staff members were very professional and made me feel as though the day was all about me. Initially, I wasn't thrilled about the idea of plastic surgery. I was hoping I could get by with a laser procedure or something less-invasive, but Dr. Castillo was very honest with me and suggested a facelift. Deep down, I knew his recommendation was right. But rather than pressure me into making a decision, Dr. Castillo told me to go home and think about it. So I did, and I decided that my answer was "Yes."

I had a facelift in November, and I am so pleased with the outcome. Dr. Castillo is truly a remarkable physician and person. As a reconstructive surgeon, he not only puts peoples' bodies back together but also their lives.

Since my surgery, I have a new perspective. I have also met the love of my life and will be getting married in September. I feel like I have gained another 20 years of my life back. It is the best thing I've ever done.

Thank you to Dr. Castillo and his staff. I could write pages on how great my experience was in your care, but I think your new patients should see it for themselves.

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