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Who Are Our Patients? The Average Citizen We See Every Day

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Q: What demographic represents the bulk of your patients?

A: The answer is surprising to many – the majority of our patients are comprised of the average citizen that you and I pass everyday on the street. A stereotype used to exist that relegated an elective procedure to the realm of celebrities or the very wealthy – that stereotype has become a thing of the past and rightly so.

Q: What do you mean by rightly so?

A: Well, the average person looks in the mirror everyday, and if we are fortunate enough to enjoy what “society” considers the norm reflected back at us, we often don’t realize how many people don’t share our good fortune.

For example, if a woman’s breasts are naturally equally pleasing in both size and shape, she may have never considered how common it is for this not to be the case for other women. Breasts, in particular, are a strong focal point for most women, and for the woman who has developed disproportionately, this can be emotionally devastating.

A woman suffering from one smaller tubular-shaped breast and one larger round-mounded breast doesn’t have the same experiences as a woman with breasts similar in size and shape. Every aspect of her life – both social and intimate, will be colored by this congenital deformity. Imagine shopping for bras in this situation or the discomfort in fun activities such as going to a swimming pool with your friends. Think of the distress of needing to camouflage this irregularity in both choosing and wearing your wedding dress. This would be incredibly limiting for those of us who take our physiques for granted.

A breast procedure can correct this situation and although an insurance company may consider the procedure elective and cosmetic, that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary for the mental health and well being of the patient.

This is just one example of many. Cosmetic procedures are termed such mainly because they are elective. These procedures have a very high satisfaction rate and most patients immediately comment on the effect on their quality of life. The value and necessity of these procedures is undeniable.

Cosmetic surgery has become more affordable for all and has remained economically stable. Breast augmentation pricing remains the same as it was ten years ago while regular medical care has gone up 140%.

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Ask Our Expert: Botox or Dermal Fillers??

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Q: I have lines between my eyebrows, which treatment will give me the best results, Botox Cosmetic ® or a dermal filler?

A: Stand in front of your mirror. Do the lines between your brows become noticeable only when you are scrunching your eye brows together? Or, can you see the grooves between your brows even when you are not making a facial expression?

If the lines become noticeable only when scrunching your eye brows together or squinting, then Dr. Castillo would typically select Botox Cosmetic ® https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfm as the best injectable treatment choice. Treating the over-active muscles with Botox Cosmetic ® can help prevent the creases or wrinkles in your skin from becoming deeper and deeper over time, resulting in groves that are present between your brows with or without facial expression.

If the lines are present even when you are not scrunching your brows, then a dermal filler https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/fillers.cfm can smooth out those lines nicely. In certain cases, Dr. Castillo might suggest using Botox Cosmetic® to relax the muscles that initially caused your frown lines and a dermal filler to fill and smooth out the frown lines to completely rejuvenate your lines. It is possible that you may also be a good candidate for a frown line excision. The frown line excision would provide you with a more permanent solution to your problem.

IF you would like to talk further with Dr. Castillo about your treatment options, call Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign – Urbana) at 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington facility at 309-662-0436 today to schedule your consultation.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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ASK OUR EXPERT: ARE BOTOX AND JUVEDERM THE SAME TREATMENT?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

 

Derma fillers can be used to fill volume loss as seen here

Q: Are Botox and Juvederm the same treatment?

A: No. However, this is a good question and one we hear often in both our Bloomington and Savoy (Champaign–Urbana) Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinics. Botox Cosmetic ® https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfm and Juvederm are both injections, but they are very different.
Botox Cosmetic ® is a neuro-muscular relaxant. It is used to relax over-active muscles, such as the vertical lines that can appear between the eyebrows, forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. By injecting Botox into these problem areas it prevents the muscles from “creasing” the skin over and over which forms unwanted facial lines. An added benefit of using Botox Cosmetic ® repeatedly (every 3-6 months) is that over time it can re-train your motor memory to no longer make the expressions that created the lines in the first place.

Juvederm is classified as a dermal filler. There are several of dermal fillers available today (Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra…). Dermal fillers vary in thickness and longevity, as well as content. Though injecting dermal filler is not a new procedure, it is getting a lot of publicity these days. You may have heard the term “liquid facelift.” This refers to the use of dermal fillers to lift, fill, smooth or volumize an aging face. However, “liquid facelift” is a misleading title choice as a dermal filler will not achieve the type of results received with a facelift and is therefore deceptive. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are used to replace or add volume. As we age, we lose facial fat volume and experience skin changes. Our once smooth, plump skin develops wrinkles and folds. By injecting dermal filler, Dr. Castillo can fill in or smooth away facial lines and restore volume. Dermal fillers are used to add volume to areas such as lips, lip lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, even hands. Our patients like this treatment because they see immediate improvement.

Oh the “beauty” of science!

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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“Dying” To Get A Tan

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

How many of you are “Dying” to get a tan?”

These facts were provided by The Skin Cancer Foundation: www.skincancer.org As I am a strong believer in the duty to make educated choices, I wanted to share these facts with you.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

About 65 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Melanoma accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, but it causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

One in 55 people will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.

One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns at any age.

Frequent tanners using new high-pressure sunlamps may receive as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose compared to the dose they receive from sun exposure.

People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.

The average annual melanoma rate among Caucasians is about 22 cases per 100,000 people. In comparison, African Americans have an
incidence of one case per 100,000 people. However, the overall melanoma survival rate for African Americans is only 77 percent, versus 91
percent for Caucasians.

More than 20 Americans die each day from skin cancer, primarily melanoma.

One person dies of melanoma almost every hour (every 62 minutes).

Still “DYING” to get a tan???

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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ASK OUR EXPERT: Anti-Aging Treatments for Hands

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Q:  Do you offer anti-aging treatments for hands at Dr. Castillo’s Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute?

A:  When it comes to trying to conceal our age, hands can be a dead give-a-way.  Brown spots, “age spots”, loose skin, and loss of fat can all be contributing factors of aging hands.  So often we protect our face or improve the appearance of aging facial skin but we forget about our hands, and our neck and chest for that matter. Think of all the hours spent over a lifetime with your hands on the steering wheel of a car while the sun is beating down on them.   Do you apply UVA/UVB sun block with an SPF of 45 or higher to your hands each day; winter, spring summer, fall?

I have a few of recommendations for improving the appearance of aging hands.

  1. The first and most important recommendation is to apply a UVA/UVB physical sun block with SPF of 45 of higher to your hands each day.  Because incidental sun is responsible for a large percentage of skin cancer and aging it is imperative to use sun block 365 days a year.   Using sun block on your hands daily will help prevent melanocytes from becoming over-active, leaving brown spots on your skin.
  2. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser resurfacing removes brown spots, builds new collagen and improves loose, sagging, crepy skin to restore your hands to a more youthful appearance.   This is typically a one- time treatment and will provide the best corrective results.  A prescription skin lightening agent may also be used to pre-treat brown spots in conjunction with this treatment.
  3. IPL (Intense Pulse Light) can be used to improve brown spots and redness.  It is not likely to improve loose, sagging skin however.  This procedure typically requires 3-6 treatments.  Again a prescription skin lightening agent may be used as a pre-treatment in conjunction with this procedure.  I would not recommend this treatment for skin types IV and higher.
  4. Dermal fillers such as Radiesse can be used to increase volume if fat loss has occurred.  This option offers immediate, long-term effects in a single treatment.  It also works well in conjuction with any of the above mentioned options.
  5. Wear gloves when driving.  Remember that your hands get a lot of UV radiation while perched on the steering wheel of your vehicle.
  6. You’re at home skincare regimen should include a minimum of exfoliation, hydration and sun protection.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Hair Reduction

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

HAIR REDUCTION

What is laser hair reduction and how does it work?

Imagine never having to shave, wax, bleach or pluck again!  Feel relieved just thinking about it? Imagine the amount of time you could save and painful skin irritations that could be prevented with the simple flash of a light.  Imagine spending a week at the beach and being able to leave your razor at home; no embarrassing shaving bumps or rashes, no vacation time spent grooming or griping onto the edge of the waxing table in pain while paying someone to rip the waxing cloth away from skin.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery,  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/  we utilize a very safe, effective technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) .  IPL uses highly controlled flashes of light that are selectively absorbed by hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin.  The light energy damages the hair follicle, which disrupts the follicles ability to produce hair.  More advanced systems such as ours, allow us to customize your treatment according to your skin type, hair type and body location.

Hair reduction https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-hair-removal.cfm can be used on any body part.  The most popular locations for women are the face, underarms, bikini area and legs.  The most popular locations for men are the back, neck, shoulders and upper arms.  This treatment can provide significant improvement for those who suffer with ingrown hairs (follicular barbi)

How many treatments will I need?

It depends on several variables such as your skin type, hair color, and the percentage of hair follicles that are in the Anagen stage (growing stage) at the time of treatment.   It’s important to understand that hair reduction is a process.  It is not a one-time treatment, though it can provide very satisfying results.  Not all hair follicles are producing hair at the same time.  There are three different cycles; Anagen (growing stage), Telogen (dormant stage) and Catagen (the stage in between Anagen and Telogen).  Only the hair follicles in the Anagen stage are disrupted by the IPL or laser treatments. A very high number of follicles are in the Telogen stage where there is no hair present to treat.  Because of this growth cycle, it will require several treatments to assure that we are treating each Anagen hair growth cycle.   Depending on the body location, this typically means 6-12 treatments.

How often will I need a treatment?

This depends on the body part being treated.  Hair grows in different areas of the body in a stochastic (probable behavior) process. In general we would treat the face, underarms or bikini area once every 6 weeks.  The back, shoulders, upper arms once every 8-10 weeks, and the legs once every 12 -14 weeks.

Where are the treatments performed?

Hair reduction is performed in the privacy and comfort of our skin restoration and laser suite.

Does it hurt?

Most patients find this procedure to be easily tolerated.  Most patients describe the procedure as feeling prickly or like a quick rubber band snap.

What is recovery like?

Some patients experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour after the procedure.  Your skin may appear red, pink or mildly swollen for 48-72 hours.  You are able to return back to normal daily activities immediately following your procedure. Avoid hot water, steam and high aerobics until redness is gone and skin sensation is back to normal, typically 2-4 days.

How can I find out more information or discover if I am a good candidate for hair reduction?

Call our office at 217-359-7508 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo or Roxanne.  During your consultation, it will be determined if you are a good candidate and we can answer any additional questions you may have at that time.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Ask Our Expert – Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D., Expert in Rhinoplasty Surgery

Q: Which surgical procedure does Dr. Castillo most like to perform?

 

A: Before beginning to write this piece, I consulted with Dr. Castillo.  Of course, working closely with him, I already knew the answer.  Rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery; nose job) definitely gives Dr. Castillo the most personal satisfaction.  Judging from the beaming smiles on the faces of our patients following rhinoplasty, I would have to say it is one of our patient’s most rewarding surgeries as well.

It has been said that there are only two kinds of rhinoplasties; the difficult ones and the very difficult ones. Imagine the challenge of working with instruments in a tiny surgical space with little room for maneuvering, adjusting the nasal structure by just millimeters as your view is obstructed by blood, all the while knowing that you only have one chance to “get it right.” And get it right, he does!

I have had the pleasure of working for Dr. Castillo for several years now.  Watching the changes in both the patient’s appearance and their emotional outlook after rhinoplasty is a remarkable process to witness.  I still find myself anticipating each post-op visit of our rhinoplasty patients. It is truly amazing to see how even a minor adjustment of a hump or the refining of a tip can change a face from appearing unfriendly or closed off to the world to appearing warm and welcoming. Suddenly, that is face of someone you want to get to know.

Because Dr. Castillo is so gifted in knowing exactly what shape the nose needs to be to highlight the rest of the facial contours, the end result is that the patient’s nose looks so natural, it’s as if they were born with it. In fact, it becomes difficult to imagine the patient with his or her pre-surgical nasal shape.

This procedure allows him to use his true artistic skill.  A good surgeon always creates a nose that compliments the beauty and contour of the face, avoiding crafting the same ole’ cookie cutter nose on every face that comes through the office as many surgeons do.  This means that each nasal surgery is different than the last.  Rhinoplasty is most challenging of cosmetic procedures and is  by far the true measure of a surgeon’s skill.  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=18

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Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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309-662-0436 Bloomington