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Youthful Masculine Eyes

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Roxanne HammondWhat’s a man to do???

Steven Spielberg has nothing on us women when it comes to “special effects”.  We always have a few tricks up our sleeve to give definition to our eyes. Special eye liner, mascara, and a little concealer can go a long way, am I right?!!   But, what’s a man to do?   Where is his bag of tricks?

When a man develops lower lid bags, dark circles and hooding of the upper lids, he loses that youthful definition.  Bottom line – it can make him

appear older and exhausted.  I know, I said it, but please don’t shoot the messenger.  I really am here to help.

If you’re a male, it is down-right impossible to hide droopy, sad, tired looking eyes.   Not to mention how unfair it is to be judged by colleagues and friends as tired and archaic when clearly you’ve still got it!  Simply, attempting to wear sunglasses as a cover-up, even while indoors, is not going to work out.  People will begin to ask questions.

Male celebrities, local TV personalities or even the President of the United States, look good during a television conference or in a photograph because they have a professional make-up artist at their disposal.  Make-up artists, like most females, have learned a few cosmetic tricks to lessen the appearance of an aging eye.  Have you heard of using a peach or white eyeliner to create a corner of the eye lift?  Males can get away with extensive make-up during a TV interview or magazine photograph but typically not in everyday life.   So, again I ask; what’s a man to do?

If eyeliner, mascara and a little concealer are out of the question, I would encourage you to go where many other men have gone before you… Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign – Urbana area) and in Bloomington.  There you will meet G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS, a cosmetic surgeon (an artist really) whose foresight, surgical skill and results are enough to impress even the toughest critic. Over the years I have been privileged to observe as Dr. Castillo restores natural looking, youthful eyes along with the joie de vivre or vitality of the male patient population with a relatively brief procedure called a Blepharoplasty.

This upper and / or lower eye lid surgery can take years off the appearance of the face.  Eyelid surgery will reduce puffiness, dark circles and sagging lids.  Those patients whose upper lids have sagged low enough to actually obscure their vision will also benefit.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, eye lid surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia. The recovery time is minimal and most patients are back to work in 3-4 days. The incision lines are hidden in the natural creases of the upper eye lids and are virtually undetectable after a few months. Depending on the needs of the patient, a Blepharoplasty can be combined with other facial procedures, such as laser resurfacing or a face lift to totally rejuvenate the face.

Did you know that rejuvenating the eyes for a male is very different than rejuvenating the eyes of a female?   It is because we are trying to accomplish very different things. The best way to restore a female face and open up the eyes is to raise her brows and natural fold of the upper lids.  We don’t want to raise the brows in a male face. The best way to restore a youthful, alert appearance for a male is to remove lower lid bags and excessive eye lid skin. Removing the lower lid bags will eliminate the dark circles, puffiness and sad, tired eyes.  Excessive skin is usually more severe in the upper lid, forming a heavy fold that drops over normal lid crease, over the upper lid itself and obscures it.  Removing excessive tissue from the upper eye lid will open up the eyes, to create a well-rested, alert appearance.  Dr. Castillo understands the difference between a male and a female Blepharoplasty procedure and the importance of preserving the masculine appearance.

If nothing else in your bag of tricks is working, contact our office (217-359-7508), I know a guy who just might be able to help you.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Cosmetic/Elective Health Care and Electronic Health Records

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The Cosmetic Patient and Electronic Health/Medical Records

We’ve been hearing a lot about Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records in the news lately, and there’s an upcoming governmental mandate slated for 2014.

I’ve been wondering to what extent, if any, the mandate of 2014 may affect our patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.  First of all, you can rest assured that the confidentiality of your personal health record within our facility is our first priority.  Since Dr. Castillo’s practice is privately owned and operated, and we don’t participate in any governmental insurance programs, state or federal, we should not be mandated into the EMR pool of health providers.  The sharing of any information from this facility is carefully handled in compliance with HIPPA guidelines and the business policies of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Castillo has never computerized medical records because if it’s not stored on a hard drive, it can’t be electronically stolen or manipulated.  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is a fee-for-service facility that does not participate in any governmental programs, or accept private insurance assignment.  So, our cosmetic patients should not have to concern themselves with a 3rd party gaining access to their elective medical information unless they, themselves request, in writing, for it to be released – i.e., requested filing of private health insurance for benefit reimbursement.  (Be aware that any information you share about any procedure or condition cannot be removed from your electronic health record once reported, and can effect you in the future in ways that you cannot predict today).

So, now that we’ve covered how this will not impact your private cosmetic/elective health record at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, let’s delve into what the differences between an EMR and EHR and how should this new electronic health record system work?

According to Electronic Medical Records vs. Electronic Health Records:  Yes, There Is a Difference A HIMSS AnalyticsTM White Paper By Dave Garets and Mike Davis Updated January 26, 2006, and available via PDF file to the general public at www.himssanalytics.org/docs/wp_emr_ehr.pd, The EMR is the legal record created in hospitals and ambulatory environments that is the source of data for the EHR. The EHR represents the ability to easily share medical information among stakeholders and to have a patient’s information follow him or her through the various modalities of care engaged by that individual. Stakeholders are composed of patients/consumers, healthcare providers, employers, and/or payers/insurers, including the government.”

Whoa, sounds like I should have taken Healthcare Lingo 101 somewhere along the line, doesn’t it?  How about those of us without an insider’s understanding of what “modalities of care engaged by that individual” actually means to you and me – the average citizen on the street?

Let’s use an analogy that anyone can visualize.  Think of your overall health record as a wagon wheel.  You have the hub, which represents your EHR (electronic health record) – this is where your healthcare information is stored.  The EMR (electronic medical record) represents the spokes of the wagon wheel – healthcare providers and businesses that feed the hub information; i.e., doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, etc.

My understanding is that the hub (EHR) will manage all the information supplied to it by the spokes (EMR) for the benefit of you – the patient.  This should assist in avoiding obvious problems such as possible drug interactions, etc.  Symptoms may be correlated and interpreted because the information is housed in one location, and expensive duplication of efforts such as lab tests can be eliminated.  Ideally, all the information your family physician or specialist requires to meet your healthcare needs will be available in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

A lot of benefits have been mentioned in the blog and healthcare articles that I’ve read – immediate access to your own health record, more efficient healthcare and, in particular, lowered healthcare costs.

Obviously, in a perfect world, this would seem win-win, no?  Problem is, this is not a perfect world and there are bound to be glitches to be worked out and ramifications of others gaining access to personal health information that have not yet been foreseen.

Personally, I see no reason for an employer to have access to the doctor’s notes from my last physical, do you?  When I read that employers, the government and insurance companies are stakeholders with possible access to my EHR, the personal red flags start flying.  The possibility for abuse and discriminatory issues are, to me, undeniable.

Presumably, there will be checks and balances to limit access to only the relevant information – but exactly who or what will be making these decisions?  If it’s a program, who is writing the program(s) that guide the decision-making process and what conflict(s) of interest are bound to occur?  Can you imagine the potential for abuse if an insurance company owns the software company developing these programs?  How do I know that the software designer is qualified to make decisions about streamlining my health history and what information is relevant to which query?

Let’s presume that the data is always accurate and the programs/systems are in place to prevent abuse; then I must ask – will all providers outside of an elective medical situation familiarize themselves with patient health records on screen?  If not, we’re giving up privacy of our most intimate information for nothing.

I’ll have to do more research to qualm my own personal fears of an informational blank check to anyone remotely associated in some way to our healthcare warriors wearing the “white coat.”    I don’t doubt the potential advantages of electronic health records, but the potential for misuse and/or abuse is also beyond doubt.

It’s difficult to stuff the genie back into the bottle, folks.  Thankfully, we have until 2014 to investigate.

 

G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

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Breast Asymmetry

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Not All Breasts Are Created Equal

Breast asymmetry is quite common, though the degree and patient perception of it varies.  Often patients are not aware of their asymmetry, they just recognize that they are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts.  Frequently women have one breast that is larger than the other breast or nipple that is positioned lower than the other.  Patient’s often share their stories of frustrations when searching for clothing that will fit properly without accentuating the asymmetry and the continual distress it causes them.

If breast asymmetry is so common, why does it bother us females so much if our breasts are not perfectly symmetrical?  Maybe as women, we just haven’t had as many opportunities to compare our breasts to the breasts of the average women unlike say… women living in other countries, like maybe…France, where breasts seem to be on display. Maybe it’s because we torture ourselves by thinking our partner is comparing our breasts imperfections to the perfectly perky, perfectly shaped, perfectly sized, perfectly air brushed breasts in magazines.  Maybe it is because we remember what our breasts looked like before children. Maybe it’s because we just want to be the best self we can be. The list could go on indefinitely I’m sure. Unfortunately, there isn’t much comfort to be found in the idea that there are lots of women facing the same imperfections.

Fortunately, Dr. Castillo has decades of experience in dealing with and developing solutions for this very problem.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure on meeting G.D. Castillo, M.D., “as a surgeon (and an individual) he is a breath of fresh air” as quoted by one of our patients.  I must agree!  He is a truly gifted surgeon with a compassionate, understanding, engaging bedside manner. Dr. Castillo’s goal is your goal: to create beautiful breasts that look and feel exactly as you envisioned them.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we offer options to address each type of asymmetry concern.

1.     Breast augmentation – This procedure may involve inserting a breast implant in one or both breasts, depending on the individual patient’s needs.

2.     Liposuction – Many times liposuction of the larger breast can be used to simply equal out the volume / size of your breasts without breast implants.

3.     Breast Reduction – This cosmetic surgery procedure can be used to reduce the size of one or both breasts to create breast symmetry.

4.     Breast Lift (Mastopexy) – This breast surgery is used improve breast ptosis (sagging) in one or both breasts, reshaping the breasts to create beautiful symmetrical breasts.

5.     Nipple Reduction or Nipple Augmentation – This cosmetic procedure can be used to increase, decrease or equalize the size and shape of the nipple and give balance to the breasts.

6.     A combination of one or more of the above breast surgeries is sometimes needed to correct the asymmetry in its entirety.

If you be are interested in more information  on  Breast Asymmetry solutions, call  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic’s, Savoy, Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) location at 217-359-7508 or  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic’s Bloomington, Illinois location at 309-662-0436 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo and have all of your questions answered and your concerns relieved.

Roxanne Hammond

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

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
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309-662-0436 Bloomington

Excuse Busters! The Top 5 Reasons For Not Using Sunblock

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Excuse Busters!

As Melanoma month comes to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to review the top five most common reasons for not using sunblock.

1.     “I just want to get a little color first”:

Keep in mind that any color changes in the skin, tan or red caused by UV radiation is skin damage.  No exceptions.  This includes color changes created in tanning beds.  UVA rays from both sun exposure and tanning beds will speed up your aging-process. Many of the patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic achieve “a little color” by using one of the following:

  • Glo Mineral Sun Kissed or Sunlight Mineral bronzer
  • Glo Mineral Luster Brick
  • Spray tan

2.     “I don’t need to use sunblock because I have dark skin”:

Just because your skin is dark or does not “burn”, does not mean your skin is not damaged by the sun.  It just means that the dark color of your skin conceals the visual signs of damage for a longer period of time than Caucasian skin.  Even though it is true that the number of Caucasians diagnosed with melanoma is higher, be aware that African Americans have a lower survival rate because dark skin shows signs of damage much later.  By the time they are diagnosed with melanoma, it is often in an advanced stage.  It is common to see hyper-pigmentation or sometimes hypo-pigmentation in unprotected skin of color.  Over the years, Dr. Castillo has seen a number of African American patients with dark brown blotches on their skin that could have been prevented by simply applying sunblock on a daily basis.

3.     “I want to make sure I get enough Vitamin D to avoid breast cancer and other diseases”:

Don’t be misled by the plethora of unclear information surrounding the studies regarding insufficient levels of vitamin D in relation to breast cancer and other diseases.  Let’s be clear about a few known facts.

  • Yes, tanning beds were officially named as a carcinogen (causes cancer) in 2009.
  • Yes, UVA radiation is found in tanning beds.
  • Yes, UVA radiation produces Vitamin D.
  • Yes, UVA radiation causes cancer, speeds up your aging process, creates wrinkles, brown spots and spider veins.
  • NO, using a tanning bed in hopes of preventing breast cancer is not a safe, effective or healthy choice.

Indeed, some research has indicated that in patients with breast cancer, a number of them were also vitamin D deficient.  However, the study does not indicate that Vitamin D deficiency is the cause of breast cancer by any means.  It just indicates that some individuals with breast cancer, diabetes, or heart disease are also Vitamin D deficient.

The tanning industry has inhumanly used these studies to instill fear into families whose members have been diagnosed with breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease for the benefit of their industry.  Strangely, their “public service” message about preventing breast cancer by increasing your vitamin D production thru the use of a tanning bed never mentions that as of 2009, tanning beds are now officially listed as a carcinogen (causes cancer!) Surely it must have been as over site on their part, right?

I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t seem like exposing yourself to something we KNOW causes cancer in hopes of decreasing your chances for getting cancer would make a lot of sense.  Observing as the tanning industry is trying to push this unproven, untrue message makes me think that skin may not be the only thing getting fried in the tanning beds.  The truth is that most of us get enough Vitamin D walking to and from our vehicles, walking the dog, just living life.  And for those who need to increase your Vitamin D intake, Vitamin D from foods and supplements are a SAFE, EFFECTIVE way to achieve that without exposing your body to a known carcinogen.

4.     “I’ll be inside all day”:

“Remember that a significant amount of UVA radiation penetrates clear glass and UVA rays are of a consistent strength year-round, rain or shine. UVA rays will penetrate both car and house windows. Some Fluorescent lights even emit low levels of UV rays.  Single envelop, corkscrew shaped, compact bulbs emit the most UV radiation.  If you select the double envelop bulbs, they will provide an extra layer of protection.  Your UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunblock will protect you both outdoors and indoors and should be applied every day as part of your daily skincare routine.

5.     “Sunscreens irritates my skin”:

Avoid using a chemical sun screen. Most often it is a chemical ingredient in the sunscreen that causes irritation.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we recommend trying a UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunblock such as medical grade Tisilc with Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide.  Both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are physical sun blockers. Physical sunblocks are less likely to get absorbed by the skin than one of the chemical sun block ingredients.

If you would to take a proactive role in your aging process and the prevention of skin cancer or would like more information on this topic, call our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) office at 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington office at 309-662-0436.

Roxanne Hammond

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
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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

Melanoma – Are You At Risk?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

 

Are you at risk?

May is National Melanoma Awareness month.  Did you know that Melanoma takes more lives than any other skin disease?  Do you think you are at risk for this life-threatening skin cancer? Actually, anyone who is over-exposed to sunlight or UV radiation is at risk for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

Melanoma manifests in the pigment producing cells of the skin called melanocytes.  The purpose of melanocytes is to protect the skin from harmful UV light from the sun and tanning devices.  Because UV radiation reduces DNA’s ability to repair itself, when the skin becomes over-exposed to UV light, it can cause melanocytes to grow abnormally and develop into skin cancer.

Some people have a higher risk of getting melanoma than others. Did you know that even dark-skinned people and those who tan without burning can get melanoma?

Risk factors for melanoma sited by Mayo Clinic:

  • Fair skin: Having less pigment (melanin) in your skin means you have less protection from damaging UV radiation. If you have blond or red hair, light-colored eyes, and you freckle or sunburn easily, you’re more likely to develop melanoma than is someone with a darker complexion. But melanoma can develop in people with skin of color.
  • A history of sunburn: One or more severe, blistering sunburns as a child or teenager can increase your risk of melanoma as an adult.
  • Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure: Exposure to UV radiation, which comes from the sun and from tanning beds, can increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.
  • Living closer to the equator or at a higher elevation: People living closer to the earth’s equator, where the sun’s rays are more direct, experience higher amounts of UV radiation, as compared with those living in higher latitudes. In addition, if you live at a high elevation you’re exposed to more UV radiation.
  • Having many moles or unusual moles: Having more than 50 ordinary moles on your body indicates an increased risk of melanoma: Also, having an unusual type of mole increases the risk of melanoma. Known medically as dysplastic nevi, these tend to be larger (greater than 1/5 inch or 5 millimeters) than normal moles and have irregular borders and a mixture of colors.
  • A family history of melanoma: If a close relative, such as a parent, child or sibling, has had melanoma, you have a greater chance of developing it too.
  • Weakened immune system: People with weakened immune systems have an increased risk of skin cancer. This includes people who have HIV/AIDS and those who have undergone organ transplants.

Though Melanoma is the deadliest of skin cancers, the rate for survival significantly improves with early detection. It is important to become familiar with the appearance of your freckles, moles, spots and other skin markings so that you are able to identify changes should they occur.  During your self-examination, watch for changes in the size, texture, or color of moles, freckles or spots,  shiny pink or red lesions that appear suddenly or slowly grow in clusters, or a sore that does not heal.  A spot or growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, fade, or bleed can also be a warning sign that will require a visit to your dermatologist.

Through-out the year there are free skin cancer screenings available through the American Academy of Dermatology.  Information on these local screenings can be found at www.aad.org/public/exams/screenings/index.html.

To reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, Dr. Castillo, Medical Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic suggests following these simple sun safety rules:

  • Sun rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 AM – 4 PM, avoid exposing your skin during these times whenever possible.
  • Practice the Australian slogan – “SLIP, SLOP, SLAP & WRAP” – slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap-around sunglasses.
  • Choose a sunscreen that is labeled “broad-spectrum” UVA/AVB protection. The ingredient label should list titanium dioxide or micronized zinc oxide, 4% of higher and an SPF of 45 or higher.
  • Most rays can penetrate through the clouds, so use sunscreen every day of the year, even on cloudy days.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours, while exposed to the sun.
  • UVA rays are highly present all year, even on snowy or cloudy days. These rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays. Therefore, UVA rays may not give us the signal (red, tanned skin…) that we have been over-exposed to the sun. Remember, UVA rays can penetrate car windows and loose woven clothing as well. It is important to use sunscreens on exposed skin all year round.
  • Keep skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using quality moisturizing skin care products. Dry skin is more easily affected by the sun.

For Children Under One Year Of Age:

  • Babies need extra protection from the sun, even if they have naturally dark skin.
  • Keep them out of direct sun light; use shaded areas, an umbrella, or stroller canopy.
  • Dress them in light weight clothing that covers the whole body. Use a wide brim hat to protect their ears and face.
  • When applying a sunscreen, apply a small amount to a limited area and watch for a reaction before continuing to apply it all over an infant. Choosing a physical sun block with titanium dioxide or micronized zinc oxide, rather than a chemical sunscreen may help to avoid a skin reaction.

As the Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Restoration Center, I am available to answer any additional questions regarding sun-protection you may have. You may contact me at both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington, Illinois locations.

Savoy location at 217-359-7508
Bloomington location at 309-662-0436

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

Ask Our Expert – Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

POPULAR BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY) QUESTIONS:

1.     Where are the scars after a breast lift? Will I be able to wear bikinis and low v-neck tops or dresses after a Mastopexy? Yes.  The scars following a breast lift are located around the areolar complex and in the lower portion of the breast where they will be hidden by your swim suit or clothing.  Dr. Castillo’s patients also find that because of the higher position of the breast following a breast lift, they are able to wear many clothing options that they were unable to wear prior to the surgery.

2.     At what age can a Mastopexy be performed?

A Mastopexy can be performed at any time after the breasts are fully developed.

Typically, Dr. Castillo performs a Mastopexy to correct sagging breasts which usually does not occur before the mid-thirties. It is at this age that the breast tissues can begin to suffer the natural consequences of gravity.   However, many times after pregnancy and breast feeding, the breast becomes less firm and tends to sags, in which a breast lift may be needed much earlier in life.

3. Can I breast feed a baby after having a breast lift? 

Yes.  The normal breast channels carrying the product of milk glands are undisturbed by this procedure and lactation should not be a problem following this procedure.

4.     Will my breasts feel natural after a breast lift?

Yes. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, G.D. Castillo, M.D. utilizes Mastopexy procedures to repositions the breast.  It does not change the consistency and / or feel of the breast tissue.

5. Will a breast lift make me look like I have breast implants?

No.  Although during the first few weeks of healing, your breasts may appear  more full on top, much like the look created by breast augmentation. This top fullness will resolve itself once the breast tissue relaxes.

6. Can Dr. Castillo decrease the size of my areolas at the time of a breast lift? 

Yes.

7.     Does a Mastopexy require hospitalization after the procedure?

No.  All of our cosmetic surgeries, including Mastopexies, are performed in our on site, fully accredited surgical facility in Savoy, Illinois.  You will recover for approximately 1 1/2 hours after your surgery, and then you will be released to recover in the comforts of your own home without being exposed to many of the illnesses that one might be exposed to in a hospital. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we are performing surgery only on healthy patients.

To view before/after photographs of the mastopexy procedure, please utilize the web address below to navigate to our photo gallery.

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=12

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

 

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.

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Submitted by G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery