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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
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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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.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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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

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

 

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