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ILLICIT BOTOX™ SURFACES IN THE UNITED STATES

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The FDA, through its regulators, reportedly warned 350 medical practices that they may have purchased unapproved (presumed counterfeit) versions of the drug Botox™ from a network of wholesalers controlled by Canada Drugs, an international supplier that has been previously linked to fake cancer medicines.  This was reported in the Wall Street Journal on December 24, 2012.  Although little known to people (patients), physicians can go across the border and buy drugs from Canada.  When a practice does that, they take the risk of buying medications that are not approved by the FDA, and that have a significant potential for being counterfeit.  When one talks about expensive medications like Botox™ in which one vial sells in the United States for close to $700.00, the temptation and potential for abuse is huge.  Not only can these medications be fake and have absolutely no effect, they can also be harmful from the standpoint of the content, and also sterility.

 

As a consumer, it would be advisable that you would find out from your medical provider if the Botox™ that you are receiving comes from an approved source; that is, a legal representative from the company Allergan, which markets and has registered Botox™.  While physicians and patients can save big money by going outside of the United States and buying drugs in Canada or elsewhere, the potential for counterfeit, useless or harmful medication is high.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery with offices both in Champaign-Urbana (Savoy) and also in Bloomington-Normal, we stock and provide our patients with only 100% Botox™ that has been obtained through legal distributors in the United States from the company Allergan, where safety has been monitored through multiple steps, not only by the company, but by FDA representatives through their mandated and approved procedures.

Yours Truly,

G. D. Castillo, M.D., FACS
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Wrinkley, Crinkley Cleavage

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Wrinkley, Crinkley Cleavage

Have you have had that shocking moment where you stumble out of bed, make your way toward the shower, pass the mirror, catch a peek on the way and see…what…rub your eyes to get a more clear view, fumble for your spectacles, say a quick prayer, and head back for another look in the mirror… “what?  How can that be??? Chest wrinkles?  Chest wrinkles!  Really!  Oh come on, you’ve got to be kidding me.  This is not the best way to start a day.”

Score: Mirror – 1, Self-Esteem – 0.

Even those of us who have the greatest capability for denial somewhere down deep recognize that someday, far, far away of course, but some day, we will develop a few lines or wrinkles on our face…but on our chests??  Is this some kind of cruel joke?  “Is this nature’s way of punishing me for that time I didn’t return the shopping cart to the cart coral at Target because it was raining and I didn’t want my hair to turn into a frizz ball?”   Rest assured (though I know this is no real comfort) at some point most of us have a moment, maybe not a chest moment, but a moment where some part of the aging process knocks us off our feet for a bit.

The good news is science is prepared to re-inflate the bubble that nature just popped.  Bless the brilliant men and women who have dedicated their lives to creating and improving laser technology. There should be a holiday, maybe even two, named after them don’t you think?

Bride-to-be gets Co2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing to remove chest lines, brown spots and skin laxity before her big day!

The other good news is you are not sentenced to a life of hiding your wrinkled cleavage.  There are a few ways to correct the damaged skin of your chest.

1. Most importantly, PROTECT your chest from UV radiation.  Use a medical-grade, broad-spectrum, physical sunscreen that contains Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or both every day of the year. I recommend a sunscreen called Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science.  It offers effective sun protection consisting of a 12% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octinoxate for both our cosmetic surgery and skin rejuvenation patients.

2.  Stay away from tanning beds, period.  They are the enemy!  UVA rays kill elastic fibers and will only create more damage to your skin.  Tan skin IS damaged skin.  Damaged skin will result in wrinkles eventually.

3. Use UV protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat to provide additional protection.

4. Talk with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has extensive experience with CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing on the chest.  (Just a side note: Dr. Castillo was one of the first Cosmetic Surgeons in the Mid-West to offer this procedure.)  Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing will decrease the lines of your chest (décolletage) while building collagen and tightening the treated skin.  It will also make a significant improvement to the texture of your skin and decrease or remove your brown spots and discoloration. In some cases more than one treatment may be necessary due to the delicate state of the chest skin.

5. Medical Grade skincare products – There are effective medical grades skincare products created to specifically treat the chest area.  These products will not solve your problem alone but work well to support and prolong the effects of CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing on the chest.

Yours Truly,

 

Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastisc Surgery in Illinois was one of the first to use a successful protocal with CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing for necks in the midwest.

Anti-Aging With Grace…

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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No Cash For Clunkers!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

No Cash For Clunkers!

Stop the guilt trip! It’s time to step off the bus. So you want a facelift… so what. Save yourself a great deal of agony and accept that you are unhappy with the lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots that you see. Why do you feel the need to rationalize your feelings to anyone, including yourself?  Too often, in my opinion, people get caught up in trying to internally rationalize their desire to have facelift (or other self-improvements for that matter). Your face is the first thing people see. Of course you want to look your best.  Who wouldn’t?  You find yourself asking questions like “Why am I being so vain? What will my friends, family and co-workers think of me?  Am I too young for a facelift?  Am I too old for a facelift?”  Any of this sounds familiar?  If you’ve ever contemplated having a facelift then it probably does.

older couple in car

Dare to repair

The time to have a facelift isn’t really about a magic age you must reach.  The time to have a facelift occurs only if you are no longer happy with the way you look or if you feel like your face looks less energetic, less cheerful, less welcoming, or less youthful than you feel.  Working in the cosmetic surgery field, one thing I have realized is that we all have a different level of tolerance for aging.  Few of us are truly satisfied with aging gracefully and accepting whatever lumps, lines and skin laxity come our way. So why do we question whether or not it’s “okay” to take care of our bodies?

The truth is I can’t recall a single time that I have judged a friend for throwing on a box of Clairol to cover her grey or for bleaching her coffee stained smile at the dentist’s office. In fact, I have been known to encourage it on numerous occasions. Would you judge someone for maintaining a healthy diet and going to the gym every day to keep their body in top shape? Would you frown upon someone for sending their child to the orthodontist to insure straight teeth? Of course you wouldn’t. Would you judge a woman who walks in the room, dressed like she just stepped off the runway? No. You would commend her. You would want to know where she shops, what her skincare regimen is and how she stays so thin. She takes pride in the way she represents herself and that exudes self-respect.

Yet, we often agonize over the idea of admitting to ourselves or to others that we are no longer happy with how we are aging. You are entitled to be the best version of you that you can be!  Daily life can be challenging enough without looking into the mirror and seeing someone who looks tired, sad or over-worked staring back at you.  You might even begin to assume that role.  Feeling good about yourself can go a long way in improving your quality of life, joy and interpersonal relations. 

It seems odd to me that we as a society take great care in maintaining and updating our possessions, our homes, our automobiles, our wardrobes, even our cellphones, but the one thing that requires maintenance and cannot be replaced, “our body,” we are comfortable being quite lax in its care. Why is it acceptable to change the oil in your car or repair it’s dents, restore a fractured cell phone screen, renovate our home yet you feel guilt over electing to keep up on minor repairs to your own body? You only get one body in this life.  It’s not like you can trade it in because you didn’t keep up on its maintenance.  There will be no “Cash for Clunkers” trade-in offers coming your way.  So I believe the best thing you can do is take care of your body inside and out; keep up on little repairs as they come along.   No guilt, just maintenance for the body and spirit.

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

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THE WEEKEND FACELIFT

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

So you probably have heard the term “weekend facelift” and you’re having a difficult time imagining what it is.  Could it be a facelift that’s done on a weekend or is it a facelift that is easy to recover from in a weekend?  The procedure is remarkably effective at improving the jaw/neck line and removing the double-chin deformity.  There are some caveats that one needs to know and understand that it is not a procedure that can be carried out in all patients.  In order to have a so-called weekend facelift, typically our patients need to be under the age of 55, and have a weak (recessed) chin.  Many of these people have a family history of double chins, they are quite familiar with fatty tissue in the neck at a young age in their family and they begin to have issues in the mid thirties.

 

The procedure is carried out through a very small incision, typically smaller than 1 inch, right underneath the chin which is not visible. Through this incision, the fatty tissue in the neck area up to the jaw line is removed and sometimes a small amount of fatty tissue can be removed from the jowl area.  Through the same incision, a tight pocket is created just in front of the jaw to place chin implant. This portion of the procedure is referred to as a mentoplasty.  Through this same incision the muscle structure in the neck area is tightened.  The result is a neck, which is svelte with good definition in the jaw/neck line area, and an improvement in the facial symmetry because the lower third of the face is better represented, more proportionate after the procedure.

 

Those people who are not good candidates for a weekend facelift are typically people above the age of 60 and people who have a very significant amount of loose skin in the neck area with significant wrinkling in the neck and/or folds. These individuals are usually better candidates for a traditional facelift.

 

The term minimally invasive surgery has been used to describe this procedure because there is little interference with the tissues during the procedure and it is easy to recover.  Usual side effects are mild pain in the chin area for 2-3 days, bruising in the lower portion of the neck, some swelling in the anterior jaw area, and the neck area as well.

Doctor, Am I Ready For A Facelift?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

A number of our patients present with the above question and related similarities, like am I too young for a facelift?  Is it better to do it when I have significant sagging?  Is it better to do it when I’m younger because my tissue will respond better?  Etc.

The first thing to remember is that when one has an issue with their appearance and considers a facelift, it’s typically because there are some jowls, some loose tissue in the neck, a double chin, facial wrinkling, etc.  The idea that we are aware of one or more of the above issues does not necessarily mean that other people realize or notice those things in our faces.  It is often only us that notice the problem and are quite self conscious about it.  It is because of that particular issue, and that is, that there is something that is bothering us and it affects the way we relate to other people because we are quite self conscious about it, that the answer lies 100% within ourselves.  No other person, that is, a physician, a loved one, a friend, or anyone else can truly advise someone when to have a facelift.  We need to take care and correct any and all of those issues when and if they bother us, because the truth is that once we have them fixed it may be that some people notice it, it may be that everyone notices it, or it may be that no one notices it.  Where it will have a significant and dramatic effect is in how we react to the surgery itself and the positive effect that it has in our attitude and in our self-esteem.

 

It is also helpful to remember that you can have one of two ways of thinking.  The first one is you may want to take care of issues before they become quite noticeable.  The reasoning behind this is that you will never really truly show the signs of aging because you have taken preventive measures and corrected those issues before they became noticeable.  On the other hand, you may have the train of thought of I am going to wait until I truly have issues because I may be able to take care of all issues at the same time.

 

There is no right or wrong answer.  The idea here is that in a competitive society where youth is valued over many other qualities.  The idea of remaining youthful and presenting an active, energetic figure makes sense to a lot of people.  In the final analysis, we always must remember that the effect of a facelift impacts one person alone – and that person is ourselves.  The positive effect that it has in interpersonal relations due to the increase in self-esteem makes us the direct beneficiaries of the procedure.

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS
Facelift Expert

Director of COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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The Pregnancy Mask

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

ASK OUR EXPERTS:

Q:  I developed Melasma on my upper lip while I was pregnant.  It’s been months and it is still there.  What can I do?

Over-production of melanin is also stimulated by UV radiation which makes it a complex issue that is difficult to treat, because your body has already kicked melanin production into over-drive and that is compounded further by recurring stimulation from UV rays. Sometimes Melasma will go away after pregnancy or lighten enough to cover the discoloration with cosmetics but unfortunately it often returns with additional pregnancies, hormonal changes and sun exposure.  The good news is there are treatment options that offer hope.

It is important for you to understand that sun is your ENEMY and it will remain your greatest nemeses. Melasma is a chronic condition.  There is no magic cream that will guarantee to banish it forever. I find that Melasma is one of the most difficult skin issues that we treat at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute.  It is frustrating for both myself and my patients.  Therefore, I want to express the importance having realistic expectation before you decide if or which treatment option is right for you.

There are a few things you can try to improve your Melasma.  The first and most important one is simply applying medical-grade physical sunscreen with either micronized Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide every day, 365 days a year, without fail. You can get this from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon like Dr. Castillo. Avoid trying to sneak by with just the SPF of 15 that is in your make-up or moisturizer, it won’t cut it.  Because even the best sunscreen cannot block all UV radiation, other protection should also be used such as a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella. There is no such thing as “water-proof” sunscreen, only “water-resistant” sunscreen so if you are sweating or swimming you will need to re-apply every 80 minutes.

Prescription Bleaching creams, which I prefer to call “lightening” creams can also be helpful. They are used initially on only a short term basis but can be repeated in the future as a form of maintenance. You must be very faithful to your sunscreen regimen with using lightening agents.

If changing your oral contraception or hormonal therapy is not an option, and you haven’t gotten the type of improvement you desire then it may be time to consider more aggressive treatment options.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery we find the most success using CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing in combination with a lightening agent, medical grade sunscreen and sun avoidance. Other treatment options may include series of medical grade peels or IPL treatments.  Again, sun is your ENEMY.  It can very rapidly undo any successful treatment with sun exposure.

 

Yours Truly,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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The Beauty of Revolving Medical Credit

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

We have all done it at some point in our lives – purchased that 5 in 1 miracle cream advertised utilizing  20-something television models and glossy, airbrushed magazine beauties, only to find that we don’t look 20-something again and apparently the airbrush is the missing component to our make-up kit.

We’ve spent hundreds of dollars on over the counter products that aren’t doing what we want in an effort to invest in ourselves, whether affordable or not.  So our collection of partially used creams continues to grow while we remain frustrated by what greets us in the mirror every morning.  Yet, we continue to throw away our money because we’re hesitant to invest in a larger outlay of cash.

What if there was an interest-free option to spread the expense of of quality, scientifically proven, medical-grade products that both treat to correct existing problems and protect from future problems? What if our investment in ourselves didn’t have to collect dust on the shelf or adorn our trash cans?

The good news is that there is just such an option offered to you by G.D. Castillo, M.D. at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin and Laser Institute!  It is a six month  INTEREST-FREE  payment program available through Care Credit.  This program allows you to spread the expense of Botox or Dysport, dermal fillers like Perlance or Radiesse, or medical-grade skincare into monthly payments that are very affordable and interest-free!

Example #1:  A VIP medium Dysport treatment is $270.00, and with the $50.00 manufacturer’s rebate like the ones frequently available in our office, this fee is reduced to $220.00.  That’s $36.66 per month – about the cost of a family pizza dinner out!  Even better yet – Dysport actually does what it’s suppose to do, so you will receive the return on your investment that you have been missing.

Example #2: A typical anti-aging medical-grade skincare program may entail an initial outlay of $300.00.  That’s $50.00 per month for a scientifically proven skincare regimen that is designed specifically for your needs and skin concerns. Additionally, you have access to our Skincare and Laser Specialist, Roxanne – who will help you assess your skincare goals and tweak your program according to your personal lifestyle.  Imagine the luxury of your own skincare specialist to pamper and restore your skin to the glowing softness you deserve!

The Care Credit medical credit line is revolving, so as you pay over time the credit limit is available to you to be used again.  Medical credit is a resource, why not put your great credit history to work for you?

So next time you’re tempted by advertising gimmicks, why not give us a call at 800-252-7123 and let us help you help yourself!

 

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

 

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Ask Our Expert –

Monday, September 24th, 2012

BALANCING BEAUTY

QUESTION:  When I read anti-aging articles, they often refer to facial balance.  Can you explain what that means?

ANSWER:  I belive what they are referring to is a “basic formula” used to describe a well-balanced face, proportionately speaking.  This balance is seen when the face’s prominent features, meaning the brows, eyes, cheeks and lips are proportionate to each other.   The eyebrows should be aligned with eachother with a slight arch toward the outer or lateral portion of the brow.  When looking at the eyes, there should be a 1/2″ between the upper lid and and the eyebrow.  The lateral or outer corner of the eye should angle up just a touch.  Prominent cheekbones are a sign of beauty.  They should be full and high set.  An oval shape that tapers itself back as you follow then back toward the ears is most desirable.  Last but not least are the lips.  The lower lip should be 2/3 larger than the upper lip.

Create balance with dermal fillers.
Lasts upto 18 months.

In the hands of an expert injector and Cosmetic Surgeon such as Dr. Castillo (not your neighborhood spa), Botox Cosmetic® and dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Radisse® or Perlane® can be a quick, effective way to improve the lack of proportion in the face.  Botox Cosmetic® or Dysport® can be used to improve the arch of the lateral brow.  This technique can also add some distance between the brow and upper lid helping to restore or create that missing balance.  Dermal fillers or fat transplantation can be used to give fullness the cheeks, creating a more prominent and defined cheekbone. Dermal filler or fat transplantation can also be used to plump up the lips, and to give better definition.

Though all these facial features can be improved by the above mentioned techniques, it is important to remember the goal; proprotional balance. It is the the key to looking natural and maintaining a youthful appearance.  If too much focus is placed on one of these prominent facial features, you will once again be out of proportion often resulting in an “over-done” less youthful appearance.

Balance is the key to life…and apparently to physical beauty as well!

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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