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Board Certification – What Does It Really Mean To You?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive

If two is better than one, wouldn’t three be best? Did you know that Dr. Castillo is a Triple Board Certified surgeon?

Have you ever wondered what Board Certification means? Board Certification specifically certifies that the person has been trained and has experience in the subject at hand, both by submitting to an examination and demonstrating training and knowledge in the subject.

Recently, I had the opportunity to describe Dr. Castillo’s Board Certifications to a patient prior to undergoing a procedure. How marvelous! I truly believe that this is just one of many areas in which Dr. Castillo’s credentials excel; and the opportunity to expound on each and every one of his Board Certifications and what these multiple seals of approval mean for our patients just doesn’t happen often enough.

1. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: As the name implies – Dr. Castillo is specifically qualified and Board Certified to perform all facial cosmetic and/or reconstructive procedures. This certification applies to any procedure or treatment performed on the entire head! You name it – facelift, eye procedures, forehead lifts, chin implants, ear pinning, neck liposuction, cheek procedures, “precision” nasal surgery, microfat transplantation, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, etc.; if it involves anything above your shoulders, then Dr. Castillo is specifically certified to perform the procedure with this one Board Certification alone. This is incredibly important because it assures our patients that their surgeon has been specifically certified to meet the requirements for their chosen procedure.

2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery: Think about the type of surgery you are interested in – it’s a cosmetic procedure, right? What could better qualify your surgeon to perform a cosmetic surgery than Board Certification specifically in cosmetic surgery itself? This Board Certified expertise includes every procedure listed in the above paragraph as well as all the body procedures (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, liposculpture, brachioplasty, mid body lift, thigh lift, etc.). Not only is our Dr. Castillo Board Certified to perform your surgery, he’s an internationally respected and requested faculty member (instructor) and guest lecturer for multiple scientific national and international meetings in facial, plastic and general cosmetic surgery. What could be better than going directly to an educational source for your procedure? Dr. Castillo is the Past President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, which is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated exclusively to cosmetic surgery. So not only is he Board Certified and an educator, he was specifically elected by his peers to lead the very organization responsible for the specific Board Certification cosmetic patients should not just look for, but demand.

3. The American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: What this Board Certification ensures for our patients is that Dr. Castillo has always been Board Certified and performing cosmetic procedures from the initial onset of his career. Prior to exclusively dedicating his practice to the sole specialization of cosmetic surgery in the early 1980s, he was already performing both cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgeries on the head, neck, ears, nose and throat. This means that Dr. Castillo has been performing cosmetic surgery since 1973 and has always had a demonstrated and successful dedication to cosmetic procedures.

So, what does this Triple-Board Certification mean for you, our patient? It means that you are choosing a master surgeon that has dedicated his entire professional life to the art of cosmetic surgery – someone who has devoted himself to his surgical craft. No, there’s no learning curve involved when choosing Dr. Castillo. He has and continues to pioneer leading-edge procedures; and his commitment is of such a high caliber that he gives back to the medical community through education and other venues.

After spending the last 15+ years of my professional life working in the cosmetic surgery industry, I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that the number one personal recommendation I give will never change: EXPERIENCE-EXPERIENCE-EXPERIENCE!

The required dedication to accomplish Triple Board Certification just about says it all to those “in the know.”
• Is it mandatory? – No, of course not.
• Is it rare for Champaign-Urbana-Savoy and Bloomington-Normal areas? – YES!
• Does it BENEFIT you, the patient? ABSOLUTELY!
G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

Why Do We Favor Traditional Tumescent Liposuction Surgery?

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I see a large number of patients for liposuction in Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington areas. Many times they ask about newer techniques that they have seen advertised. Over the years, we have employed most of the newer techniques of liposuction surgery, including tumescent, ultrasonic assisted, power assisted, and laser assisted liposuction surgery. We also investigated forms of removing fatty tissue without surgery (mesotherapy) as early as 1992. We have found that none of the older or newer techniques come close to the results and safety of traditional tumescent liposuction and ultrasonic assisted tumescent liposuction surgeries. For that reason, we have continued to employ this type of liposculpture.

A recent study (survey) conducted by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastics Surgery (ASAPS) confirmed the findings that we have reported for many years. In this study, the ASAPS found that more than half of its members prefer and employ tumescent suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL) or traditional liposuction, and consider it one of the safest procedures for fat removal. The same study found also a high satisfaction rate with ultrasound assisted liposuction surgery, but much less enthusiasm for laser assisted liposuction due to complications and inferior results.

This is quite an important study because it polled 1,713 members and they responded to 17 questions on fat removal techniques, management and complications. This explored traditional and newer fat removal technologies. Of these 1,713 members, 492 responded and generated the survey result which we quoted.

The reason why we agree with the data generated by this survey is that all of the newer techniques have higher complication rates and the results are less favorable compared with the excellent results obtained with traditional ultrasonic and/or tumescent liposuction.

Generally, manufacturers of newer technologies, through heavily funded marketing campaigns, try to sway the opinion of the public toward their newer technologies, mainly for self-serving purposes. To date, all peer review studies have given a big nod to the tumescent and ultrasonic liposuction, which has been in use for over 20 years with a stellar safety track record and very impressive results.

This blog was written and
Submitted by G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Financing for Convenience

Friday, March 4th, 2011

February decided to throw one last tantrum before giving way to the blue skies and warm sunshine “marching” us into spring – the season of new beginnings. Historically, it also is the time of year that an increasing number of people decide to take action on their desire to make positive personal changes. This may be partially due to prospective tax refunds burning a hole in our pockets, but I prefer to think of it as nature’s reminder of the necessity of rebirth, shedding our old skin and allowing the refreshing self-image of our mind’s eye to emerge.

Monetary considerations are of great importance to someone considering a procedure or treatment. Many people do not want to dip into their savings account(s), but also do not want to delay their procedure or treatment while waiting for a cash influx, such as a tax refund. For this reason, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery offers the convenience of several financing choices to our patients.

• Our practice participates in a revolving medical credit card plan allowing one to pay medical debt over time. This plan offers the advantages of maintaining an existing line of medical credit that is available for re-use in the future and widely accepted by medical facilities. This option also offers a 6-month interest free program. The rate for this program’s extended payment plans are pre set, and while this can be an advantage, someone with a very high credit score may command lower rates than those offered. For someone in this situation, other options should be investigated before making a final decision.

• We also are a participating practice with an independent lending company that has access to all sources of non-secured medical loans. Some are surprised to learn that multiple credit pulls (more than 2 in a short time frame) will automatically lower a credit score – this lending company has the advantage of accessing all credit possibilities with just one credit pull, thus maximizing the effect a high credit score will have upon rates/terms. While there are no application fees, the patient pays a fee for their services if a loan they arranged is accepted by the patient. This company works for you, the patient, not the financing industry, and the difference in rates and terms may offset any fee they charge for their services. It’s always important to ask about any fees in advance of making any financing decision.

• For those patients desiring a local or traditional lending option – we have made arrangements with a central Illinois credit union that is willing to work with our patients on both secured (collateral offered for loan) and non-secured medical loans.

Most importantly, our patients report both success and satisfaction with these financing options. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is not aligned with any one financing resource, offering our patients the full spectrum of medical credit that is available to meet their needs. Additionally, all major credit cards are accepted within both of our practice locations to allow our patients to take advantage of the special offers they’ve earned.

All of the above options are represented with direct links on our financing page at https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/financing.cfm. Please feel free to call us at 217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436 or visit these lenders’ websites to have all of your financing questions answered.
G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery