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Mommy Make-Over

Monday, July 27th, 2009
As little girls, we’ve all watched enough Disney to know that, just in the nick of time, our fairy god mother arrives, waves her glamour wand and poof – happily ever after begins.
Then we have our first child and reality sets in. Who knew such beautiful little angels would do such unspeakable things to our bodies! If you have ever thought “Where is my Fairy Godmother now?” you’re not alone. I think most of us have stood in front of a mirror months or even years after giving birth in hopes that Fairy Godmother will arrive and grant our wish for a mommy make-over! Just like Cinderelli, we take care of everyone around us. We “make the fire, fix the breakfast, wash the dishes, and do the mopping…”
As moms we give so much of our time, energy and love to everyone around us that we often forget to take care of ourselves. We’ve all heard the term “kids can be cruel.”  We just didn’t know it was in reference to what was about to happen to our bodies after pregnancy! We are left with sagging skin where our waist used to be. Breasts are now distorted and stretch out. There is weight gain of the hips and thighs. Our new saddlebags become a quick reminder that we are probably no longer eligible for low rise jeans.
For most of us, pregnancy takes a huge toll on our body. With child-bearing, raising a family, car pool, homework, household chores, not to mention sun damage, age and heredity hovering over us, our own well being and self development can get lost in the shuffle. We are so busy that we don’t even notice until someday, a friend or even a complete stranger makes a comment that really sticks.
Perception is reality. How we view ourselves and how we think others view us determines much of how interactive we are with those around us.  All of the changes we see on the outside can have some damaging effects on the inside as well. We lose self-respect, confidence and spirit.  We become less socially active. Sound familiar?
Since you are reading this blog, I am going to assume there is something about your body that makes you uncomfortable. What is it that bothers you? Do you find yourself repeatedly thinking about a particular area of your face or body?  How many times have you thought about it today? In the last 6 hours?
Maybe it’s your abdomen. Maybe it just hasn’t recovered after the birth of your second child. Often, it doesn’t matter how health conscious and physically fit you are. You cannot exercise away the stretched out, saggy skin hanging from your abdomen that once provided a safe place for your precious bundles of joy to develop. Maybe you find yourself so self-conscious that it is becoming more and more difficult for you to expose your body to your partner. You’ve traded in your bikini for a one piece with a skirt. You find yourself selecting styles of clothing that attempt to hide your body instead of ones that say you are vibrant, assured women.
Maybe you are a single mom who has a strong desire to begin the search for your prince charming. But, saying yes to that first date has you terrified. You don’t feel good about the changes that have occurred in your body. That stops you from coming across as the fun, outgoing, intellectual that you are. Maybe it’s the uncontrollable, extended greeting your arm gives; you know, when the underside of your arm continues to wave to your friend long after you’ve stopped. Maybe you’re an empty nester now and you would like to finally do something for yourself.
Many women are no longer waiting for their fairy godmother to wave her magic wand. They are taking charge, no longer accepting that their distorted bodies are the price they have to pay for having a family. I guess you could say that they are asking Dr. Castillo to wave his magic scalpel instead.
Often, Mothers walk into our office for the first time with their shoulders hanging low. They are reserved, tired, insecure. By the day of their surgery, a change has already begun. It takes courage to take charge and force a change. Of course they are a little nervous. But they are so excited! How many people do you know who head off to surgery with a big smile on their face?  After their “mommy make-over,” they become renewed. They are suddenly reunited with the person they used to be.  Their families have miraculously survived during the recovery period. They have a new brand new attitude. They are energetic. They laugh more. They smile more. They walk straight up, looking out at what the world has to offer.
Cosmetic surgery is not the right choice for everyone. If you are considering it, do your homework. Ask lots of questions at your consultation. If you do not feel comfortable during the consultation, seek out other doctor. You need to develop realistic goals. Having cosmetic surgery will not fix your problems. However, substantial changes can occur in patients who choose cosmetic surgery for the right reasons. It often changes their quality of life. In many cases, patients become motivated to live a more health conscious, socially active lifestyle.
As mothers it’s important to remember that we are also individuals. It’s okay to be a mom and still want to be sexy, current and confident. In fact, who could possibly be a better role model for your children than a self-assured, strong, healthy, enthusiastic mommy?

As little girls, we’ve all watched enough Disney to know that, just in the nick of time, our fairy godmother arrives, waves her glamour wand and poof – happily ever after begins.

Then we have our first child and reality sets in. Who knew such beautiful little angels would do such unspeakable things to our bodies! If you have ever thought “Where is my Fairy Godmother now?” you’re not alone. I think most of us have stood in front of a mirror months or even years after giving birth in hopes that Fairy Godmother will arrive and grant our wish for a mommy make-over! Just like Cinderelli, we take care of everyone around us. We “make the fire, fix the breakfast, wash the dishes, and do the mopping…”

As moms we give so much of our time, energy and love to everyone around us that we often forget to take care of ourselves. We’ve all heard the term “kids can be cruel.”  We just didn’t know it was in reference to what was about to happen to our bodies after pregnancy! We are left with sagging skin where our waist used to be. Breasts are now distorted and stretch out. There is weight gain of the hips and thighs. Our new saddlebags become a quick reminder that we are probably no longer eligible for low rise jeans.

For most of us, pregnancy takes a huge toll on our body. With child-bearing, raising a family, car pool, homework, household chores, not to mention sun damage, age and heredity hovering over us, our own well being and self development can get lost in the shuffle. We are so busy that we don’t even notice until someday, a friend or even a complete stranger makes a comment that really sticks.

Perception is reality. How we view ourselves and how we think others view us determines much of how interactive we are with those around us.  All of the changes we see on the outside can have some damaging effects on the inside as well. We lose self-respect, confidence and spirit.  We become less socially active. Sound familiar?

Since you are reading this blog, I am going to assume there is something about your body that makes you wish you could change. What is it that bothers you? Do you find yourself repeatedly thinking about a particular area of your face or body?  How many times have you thought about it today? In the last 6 hours?

Maybe it’s your abdomen. Maybe it just hasn’t recovered after the birth of your second child. Often, it doesn’t matter how health conscious and physically fit you are. You cannot exercise away the stretched out, saggy skin hanging from your abdomen that once provided a safe place for your precious bundles of joy to develop. Maybe you find yourself so self-conscious that it is becoming more and more difficult for you to expose your body to your partner. You’ve traded in your bikini for a one piece with a skirt. You find yourself selecting styles of clothing that attempt to hide your body instead of ones that say you are vibrant, assured women.

Maybe you are a single mom who has a strong desire to begin the search for your prince charming. But, saying yes to that first date has you terrified. You don’t feel good about the changes that have occurred in your body. That stops you from coming across as the fun, outgoing, intellectual that you are. Maybe it’s the uncontrollable, extended greeting your arm gives; you know, when the underside of your arm continues to wave to your friend long after you’ve stopped. Maybe you’re an empty nester now and you would like to finally do something for yourself.

Many women are no longer waiting for their fairy godmother to wave her magic wand. They are taking charge, no longer accepting that their distorted bodies are the price they have to pay for having a family. I guess you could say that they are asking G.D. Castillo, M.D.,  to wave his magic instead.

Often, mothers walk into our office for the first time with their shoulders hanging low. They are reserved, tired, insecure. By the day of their surgery, a change has already begun. It takes courage to take charge and force a change. Of course they are a little nervous. But they are so excited! How many people do you know who head off to surgery with a big smile on their face?  After their “Mommy Make-Over,” they become renewed. They are suddenly reunited with the person they used to be.  Their families have miraculously survived during the recovery period. They have a new brand new attitude. They are energetic. They laugh more. They smile more. They walk straight up, looking out at what the world has to offer.

Cosmetic surgery is not the right choice for everyone. If you are considering it, do your homework. Ask lots of questions at your consultation. If you do not feel comfortable during the consultation, seek out other doctor. You need to develop realistic goals. Having cosmetic surgery will not fix your problems. However, substantial changes can occur in patients who choose cosmetic surgery for the right reasons. It often changes their quality of life. In many cases, patients become motivated to live a more health conscious, socially active lifestyle.

As mothers it’s important to remember that we are also individuals. It’s okay to be a mom and still want to be sexy, current and confident. In fact, who could possibly be a better role model for your children than a self-assured, strong, healthy, enthusiastic mommy?

 

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Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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ASK OUR EXPERT: Maintaining beautiful skin

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Q: Lately, friends have made comments about me looking tired. They are right, I do look tired. My skin just looks dull. I am starting to develop lines and brown spots! I even seem to have extra “baggage” around my jaw line. I am only 43 years old! How can that be? I am very a bubbly, energetic decorator / designer who sleeps and eats well. I haven’t really worried about skincare in the past because my skin has always looked great. How can I avoid looking older than I am and definitely older than I feel? Is it too early to start using anti-aging products and treatments?

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…
Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home.  Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).
There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…

Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can just be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home. Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).

There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

  1. Daily (that’s 365) use of UVA / UVB sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher.
  2. Continued exfoliation (retinol, Retin-A, glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, chemical peels…)
  3. The proper use of moisturizers.

The best way to avoid looking older is to protect your skin 365 days of the year. Many patient’s have said “Roxanne, if I only use one skincare product on my skin, what would you recommend?”  I can assure you my answer is always the same – “UVA / UVB broad- spectrum SUNSCREEN.”  All other anti-aging skincare products are pointless if you are not using sun protection.  I would recommend that you refer back to two earlier blog posting’s (if you haven’t already).

Medical-grade skincare products are the best way to properly moisturize and maintain the skin. These products are dispensed only by a physician. They are not available over-the-counter because they are generally of a much higher concentration. A daily medical-grade skincare program will help maintain results from skin treatments and reverse signs of aging.

There are some simple, effective, in-office treatment options for early maintenance. Medical microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, or intense pulsed light photo facials can help to restore a youthful appearance. You might be surprised how much younger one can look by just evening out the skin tone, removing brown spots and keeping the skin well hydrated. CO2 CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser ResurfacingMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing can more aggressively reduce lines and brown spots, build new collagen and improve skin texture and laxity. Using a combination of both in-office skin treatments and a medical-grade home skincare program will give you the best results in early skin restoration.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute. Please contact us for additional information at  217-3508 Roxanne Hammond, RMA
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G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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ASK OUR EXPERT: How to choose effective skincare products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Q: I have a drawer full of lotions and creams that don’t work. There are so many skincare products out there.  How I know which skin care products work and which ones do not?

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.
My first recommendation:
Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.
My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the consultation, very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t.
During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.
My second recommendation:
Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?
I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. Over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity as well.
I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.
This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.

My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the consultation, very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.

My second recommendation:

Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. Over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity as well.

I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.  Dr. Castillo offers free skincare consultations with me. During this consultation you will receive valuable skincare information to help determine the best options for your skin.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, just all our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana Il.) office 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington office at 309-622-0436 to schedule at appointment.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

Real or Fake… You Decide

Monday, July 6th, 2009
We know that for decades long, full lashes have been a sign of higher beauty. So what makes those who tout lengthy, charming lashes leave a lasting imprint on the minds of so many? Think about it. If you were asked to name some of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the past, who would come to mind…Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe. What do you remember about their beauty? It’s their eyes right? These American Beauties were seen all around, flaunting their graceful yet alluring lashes on the silver screen, in photos and magazines. It made them appear mysterious, desirable, and memorable.  What woman doesn’t want that? Sign me up!
Many would say that among other cosmetic enhancements, eyelash enhancement was born in Hollywood.   However, I think we can date it back a bit further than Hollywood. In the first century, Egyptians rubbed kohl on their lashes to draw attention to their eyes.
Beauty legend says that in 1916, D.W. Griffith, an American movie director created the first pair of false eyelashes. His desire was for his leading lady to have eyelashes that were so long that they would gently lay upon her cheeks as she blinked or looked down in thought.
Over the past few years, there has been a vast increase in the number of us “non-celebrities” who are now touting a set of false eyelashes on a daily basis. These days everyone wants to leave an impression.
Unfortunately, wearing false eyelashes is often easier said than done and expensive too. It can be a minimum of $30.00 per week with higher end lash extensions in upwards of $300.00 per application. The glue can leave your skin irritated, itchy and it can break down the skin over time. The trauma of wearing false eyelashes often results in a loss of your real lashes. It is time consuming as they typically have to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. By the time we care properly for our skin, apply our make-up, shave our legs, keep up with the latest hair trend, who has time to add another beauty step to their schedule?  Imagine speaking to a group of people, or sitting across an intimate table for two and one of your false lashes falls to the floor.  What now? I think buying “fake” may be a purchase better suited for your “Prada”.
That is where the genius discovery of Latisse comes in. Why walk around batting those false lashes when you can have the real thing? Latisse is sweeping the cosmetic industry by storm and putting smiles on the faces of women across the country. Best of all, it’s easy to use and results are seen as soon as 2 weeks!
Stop back as we will be discussing the easy application of Latisse and quotes from some of our patients who are currently using Latisse.

ITS NOT MAGIC - ITS LATISSE TO PATIENTSWe know that for decades long, full lashes have been a sign of higher beauty. So what makes those who tout lengthy, charming lashes leave a lasting imprint on the minds of so many? Think about it. If you were asked to name some of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the past, who would come to mind…Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe. What do you remember about their beauty? It’s their eyes right? These American Beauties were seen all around, flaunting their graceful yet alluring lashes on the silver screen, in photos and magazines. It made them appear mysterious, desirable, and memorable.  What woman doesn’t want that? Sign me up!

Many would say that among other cosmetic enhancements, eyelash enhancement was born in Hollywood.   However, I think we can date it back a bit further than Hollywood. In the first century, Egyptians rubbed kohl on their lashes to draw attention to their eyes.

Beauty legend says that in 1916, D.W. Griffith, an American movie director created the first pair of false eyelashes. His desire was for his leading lady to have eyelashes that were so long that they would gently lay upon her cheeks as she blinked or looked down in thought.

Over the past few years, there has been a vast increase in the number of us “non-celebrities” who are now touting a set of false eyelashes on a daily basis. These days everyone wants to leave an impression.

Unfortunately, wearing false eyelashes is often easier said than done and expensive too. It can be a minimum of $30.00 per week with higher end lash extensions in upwards of $300.00 per application. The glue can leave your skin irritated, itchy and it can break down the skin over time. The trauma of wearing false eyelashes often results in a loss of your real lashes. It is time consuming as they typically have to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. By the time we care properly for our skin, apply our make-up, shave our legs, keep up with the latest hair trend, who has time to add another time-consuming beauty step to their schedule?  Imagine speaking to a group of people, or sitting across an intimate table for two when one of your false eye lashes falls to the floor.  What now? I think buying “fake” may be a purchase better suited for your “Prada”.

That is where the genius discovery of Latisse comes in. Why walk around batting those false lashes when you can have the real thing? Latisse is sweeping the cosmetic industry by storm and putting smiles on the faces of women across the country. Best of all, it’s easy to use and results are seen as soon as 3-4 weeks!  Schedule a consultation with G.D. Castillo, M.D. to discover if Latisse is right for you.  217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana il) or 309-662-0436 Bloomington Il.

 

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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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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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
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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

Saving money at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Roena, and I have been working as the Office Coordinator for Dr. Castillo at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Restoration & Laser Institute for over 13 years now.

As a recent 50+ individual, I find myself contemplating a cosmetic investment more frequently than in the past. With so many options available today, surgery is no longer the only consideration when it comes to enhancing beauty and/or maintaining my appearance. (more…)