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Myths and Truths about Surgery in the Older Individual

Friday, June 26th, 2009
The portion of the population in the United States that is 65 or older will continue to steadily increase.  The US Census Bureau expects that by the year 2030, one out of every five Americans will be age 65 or older.  This fact alone suggests that the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the older individual will steadily increase.
Age alone is not a determinant of who can or who should have cosmetic surgery. The age of the patient is irrelevant to the safety and the appropriateness of surgery. The relevant issue is the health of the individual. In a healthy individual, such as one who does mild to moderate exercise and takes few medication, cosmetic surgery is an extremely safe and rewarding surgical procedure.  By the same taken, an individual who may only be in their 40’s but is on high blood pressure medication and smokes, is a significant surgical risk.
As an individual ages, there seems to be a natural tendency and trend toward participating in less activities and being less socially involved. It surprises no one that when an individual looks younger, they will act younger. They will participate in a greater number of social activities. Those patients who are seeking to look younger are generally patients who have what is referred to as “cognitive and emotional vibrancy.” This refers to the degree of awareness, connectedness, and involvement that the individual may have in the current issues of the day.  One could say that a window of cognitive vibrancy would be demonstrated with high physical energy and animated facial expression.
Of extreme importance is the fact that older individuals have less hang ups and less need to prove themselves.  Under these circumstances, the effects of cosmetic surgery tend to be much more satisfying. The need for perfection is not generally there. They are looking for improvement, not necessarily a homerun.

oldercoupleThe portion of the population in the United States that is 65 or older will continue to steadily increase.  The US Census Bureau expects that by the year 2030, one out of every five Americans will be age 65 or older.  This fact alone suggests that the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the older individual will steadily increase.

Age alone is not a determinant of who can or who should have cosmetic surgery. The age of the patient is irrelevant to the safety and the appropriateness of surgery. The relevant issue is the health of the individual. In a healthy individual, such as one who does mild to moderate exercise and takes few medication, cosmetic surgery is an extremely safe and rewarding surgical procedure.  By the same taken, an individual who may only be in their 40’s but is on high blood pressure medication and smokes, is a significant surgical risk.

As an individual ages, there seems to be a natural tendency and trend toward participating in less activities and being less socially involved. It surprises no one that when an individual looks younger, they will act younger. They will participate in a greater number of social activities. Those patients who are seeking to look younger are generally patients who have what is referred to as “cognitive and emotional vibrancy.” This refers to the degree of awareness, connectedness, and involvement that the individual may have in the current issues of the day.  One could say that a window of cognitive vibrancy would be demonstrated with high physical energy and animated facial expression.

Of extreme importance is the fact that older individuals have less hang ups and less need to prove themselves. Under these circumstances, the effects of cosmetic surgery tend to be much more satisfying. The need for perfection is not generally there. They are looking for improvement, not necessarily a home run.


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G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS

Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
 

Restoring Your Eyelashes With Latisse

Friday, June 19th, 2009
When I look at my teenage daughters, I am constantly reminded of the amount of feminine character and beauty a full set of eyelashes provide. I see their lashes and think… “that used to be me. I would give anything to have my long lashes back.” I have heard several similar stories from patients who are suffering with eyelash / eyebrow loss.
Allergan Inc. introduced Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution .3%) late 2008. It is the first and ONLY FDA-approved treatment for inadequate eyelashes. Latisse is a prescription treatment used to increase the length and thickness of your eyelashes, as well as darken them.
Over past few years, a few other non-prescription (over-the-counter eyelash treatments were developed. The results were disappointing. So I must admit, at first I was very caution about bringing Latisse into the office. After all, we want only the best for our patients and it is our job to make sure that’s exactly what they get. Once I completed further research on Latisse / bimatoprost, reviewed the clinical trials on effectiveness and safety and talked in dept with Dr. Castillo, I became more confident that Latisse was indeed a good product.
Interestingly, the effect that bimatoprost has on lash growth was discovered through the treatment of patients with Glaucoma. Ophthalmologists noted a side effect of using bimatoprost for the treatment of glaucoma was increased eyelash growth. Patients had to trim their eyelashes because their lashes were hitting their glasses! Can you imagine?
When I was a teenager, I shared my eyeliner with a friend. That was a huge life lesson for me. Both of my eyes became infected. I lost the majority of my eyelashes. In time, some of my lashes grew back. However, they were never the same. My once long, full set of lashes, were at best, stubby and sparse. I began using Latisse three and a half weeks ago. At the end of the second week, I began to notice improved lash length. It is increasing steadily.
Dr. Castillo has been prescribing Latisse in both the Central Illinois offices (Savoy –Champaign Urbana area and Bloomington) since the beginning of this year. Our patients are so thrilled with their results. It’s fun to see them walk into the office, batting their new found lashes with such pride. Truly, nothing says “I feel like a women,” like a full set of lashes and a smile.
Typically patients begin to see changes within 2-4 weeks. Within 2 months patients see a significant improvement. After witnessing the type of results our patients are experiencing, I have a feeling the days of wishing I had lashes as long as daughters are numbered.
We are exceptionally impressed with the quick response and results from this new eyelash treatment. I would encourage anyone, male or female, who suffers from lack of lashes to try this remarkable solution.
Even though Latisse must be prescribed by a physician, we are able to carry it in our office. That means there is no second stop at the pharmacy after you leave our office. You will be able to take Latisse home with you that day.
If you would like more information, schedule a free consultation with me, Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center Skin Restoration and Laser Institute in Savoy and Bloomington. You can also visit www.latisse.com.

IntroductingLatisseWhen I look at my teenage daughters, I am constantly reminded of the amount of feminine character and beauty a full set of eyelashes provide. I see their lashes and think… “that used to be me. I would give anything to have my long lashes back.” I have heard several similar stories from patients who are suffering with eyelash / eyebrow loss.

Allergan Inc. introduced Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution .3%) late 2008. It is the first and ONLY FDA-approved treatment for inadequate eyelashes. Latisse is a prescription treatment used to increase the length and thickness of your eyelashes, as well as darken them.

Over past few years, a few other non-prescription (over-the-counter eyelash treatments were developed. The results were disappointing. So I must admit, at first I was very caution about bringing Latisse into the office. After all, we want only the best for our patients and it is our job to make sure that’s exactly what they get. Once I completed further research on Latisse / bimatoprost, reviewed the clinical trials on effectiveness and safety and talked in dept with Dr. Castillo, I became more confident that Latisse was indeed a good product.

Interestingly, the effect that bimatoprost has on lash growth was discovered through the treatment of patients with Glaucoma. Ophthalmologists noted a side effect of using bimatoprost for the treatment of glaucoma was increased eyelash growth. Patients had to trim their eyelashes because their lashes were hitting their glasses! Can you imagine?

When I was a teenager, I shared my eyeliner with a friend. That was a huge life lesson for me. Both of my eyes became infected. I lost the majority of my eyelashes. In time, some of my lashes grew back. However, they were never the same. My once long, full set of lashes, were at best, stubby and sparse. I began using Latisse three and a half weeks ago. At the end of the second week, I began to notice improved lash length. It is increasing steadily.

Dr. Castillo has been prescribing Latisse in both the Central Illinois offices (Savoy –Champaign Urbana area and Bloomington) since the beginning of this year. Our patients are so thrilled with their results. It’s fun to see them walk into the office, batting their new found lashes with such pride. Truly, nothing says “I feel like a women,” like a full set of lashes and a smile.

Typically patients begin to see changes within 2-4 weeks. Within 2 months patients see a significant improvement. After witnessing the type of results our patients are experiencing, I have a feeling the days of wishing I had lashes as long as daughters are numbered.

We are exceptionally impressed with the quick response and results from this new eyelash treatment. I would encourage anyone, male or female, who suffers from lack of lashes to try this remarkable solution.

Even though Latisse must be prescribed by a physician, we are able to carry it in our office. That means there is no second stop at the pharmacy after you leave our office. You will be able to take Latisse home with you that day.

If you would like more information, schedule a free consultation with me, Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center Skin Restoration and Laser Institute in Savoy and Bloomington. You can also visit www.latisse.com.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

Very Popular… Dermal Fillers

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Dermal fillers have become a very popular option in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington offices. Men and women love them because it instantly plumps, lifts and enhances their face and hands.
As we age, we begin to lose fat in the face, particularly in nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth) and in our cheeks.  Collagen begins to break down as well. This creates lines and wrinkle. Skin begins to sag along with facial structures that leave us wondering who stole our youth in the middle of the night while we were innocently sleeping! Vertical lines develop around our mouth. Those once luscious, full lips become deflated. We are left wondering where we are supposed to apply our lipstick.
Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis to restore volume loss and smooth away lines and folds in the skin.  They can also be used to fill in or plump depressed scars, including acne scars.
There are several forms of dermal fillers being used with success today.  Some include hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Hylaform…), collagen (Zyplast, Zyderm, Artfill, Evolence…), synthetic fillers (Radiesse, Sculptra…), and autologous fat (your own fat).
The various types of dermal fillers have individual strengths and weaknesses.  Some last longer than others. Some are thicker or thinner and are utilized for specific issues.   Dr. Castillo will inform you which filler would be appropriate for your needs.
Common side effects are mild swelling, and redness. Bruising, beading and allergic reactions can also occur.
Dermal fillers cannot give the same type of results as a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a face-lift, mini face-lift or forehead lift.  However, because of rising demand for “lunch time” quick fixes with little recovery time and side effects, dermal fillers are able to meet the needs of many who chose not to have surgery to correct their aging appearance.
Dermal fillers are a great option for someone who does not want the higher initial investment or recovery time of surgery, but desires some subtle improvements that results in a more youthful, rested appearance.

dermalfiller-headerDermal fillers https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/fillers.cfm have become a very popular option in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington offices. Men and women love them because it instantly plumps, lifts and enhances their face and hands.

As we age, we begin to lose fat in the face, particularly in nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth) and in our cheeks. Collagen begins to break down as well. This creates lines and wrinkle. Skin begins to sag along with facial structures that leave us wondering who stole our youth in the middle of the night while we were innocently sleeping! Vertical lines develop around our mouth. Those once luscious, full lips become deflated. We are left wondering where we are supposed to apply our lipstick.

Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis to restore volume loss and smooth away lines and folds in the skin. They can also be used to fill in or plump depressed scars, including acne scars.

There are several forms of dermal fillers being used with success today. Some include hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Hylaform…), collagen (Zyplast, Zyderm, Artfill, Evolence…), synthetic fillers (Radiesse, Sculptra…), and autologous fat (your own fat).

The various types of dermal fillers have individual strengths and weaknesses. Some last longer than others. Some are thicker or thinner and are utilized for specific issues. Dr. Castillo will inform you which filler would be appropriate for your needs.

Common side effects are mild swelling, and redness. Bruising, beading and allergic reactions can also occur.

Dermal fillers cannot give the same type of results as a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a face-lift, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/face-lift.cfm, mini face-lift or forehead lift, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/brow-lift.cfm However, because of rising demand for “lunch time” quick fixes with little recovery time and side effects, dermal fillers are able to meet the needs of many who chose not to have surgery to correct their aging appearance.

Dermal fillers are a great option for someone who does not want the higher initial investment or recovery time of surgery, but desires some subtle improvements that results in a more youthful, rested appearance.

Roxanne Hammond

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Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington