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Ask Our Expert – On Smoking

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Q:  Why do I have to stop smoking before Dr. Castillo will perform my facelift?

A:  I recongnise that the thought of breaking the habit of smoking can be an overwhelming one.  It is a difficult process but Dr. Castillo asks this of you to assure you have an uneventful surgical experience. Dr. Castillo does not perform certain cosmetic surgery procedures on smokers (facelift, bdominoplasty /tummy tuck, breast reduction or breast lift) because smoking will put you at risk for some serious complications.  Because smoking obstructs the healing process, it is immensely damaging to your skin, particularly that of the face. Smoking can cut off the blood supply to the skin which will result in necrosis or tissue death. This means that the surface skin dies, creating an open wound instead of adhering together to form a closure. Through extended post-surgical care, these wounds eventually re-adhere but it may result in unpleasant scarring and stress.

We see transformations at the office on a daily basis. By that I am not just referring to physical transformations.  Cosmetic surgery frequently empowers our patients to imporve all aspects of their lives.  They often discover a new excitement for life.  They laugh more, make healthier food choices, work out and best of all kick those health hazzardous habits like smoking.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we are here to support you, encourage you and cheer you on but the decision to welcome changes and take charge of what you want your future to look like is up to you.

Best Wishes!

 

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Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.

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Ask Our Expert: Chapped, Dry Winter Lips

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Q: My lips get very dry.  They peel and crack and the skin around my mouth gets chapped and sore during the winter.  What can I do to stop this?  I have tried several brands of chapstick without getting relief.

A: Just like the rest of your skin, your lips suffer during weather changes too.  It is important to protect them from the sun and keep them well moisturized.  Protect your lips from sun exposure all year long, not just in the summer.  Remember that UVA rays are present 365 days per year.

I have a few recommendations for you:

  1. Use a medical grade broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock on your lips-

When choosing a sunblock, look for one that says broad or full spectrum UVA/UVB protection on the label.  Then look at the ingredient listing on the back.  It needs to list either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, preferably 7% or higher. I recommend TiSilc 60.  TiSilc 60 contains a high percentage of Zinc oxide to reflect dangerous UV radiation.  Using sun protection is even more important for cracked, dehydrated lips as they will be damaged more easily than well hydrated skin. TiSilc 60 also contains soothing Green Tea Extract, antioxidants and is a moisturizer.

  1. Avoid licking your lips-

The re-wetting of your lips will not only chap your lips but the wetness will also break down your sunblock.  Remember, there is no true “waterproof” sunblock.  They are just water-resistant (good for up to 80 minutes once wet).

  1. Drink more water –

Remember, dry lips are a sign that you are not drinking enough water.  If your lips are dehydrated, increase your water consumption.

  1. Apply a hydrating lip treatment or balm on top of the sunblock-

Using an ointment or balm will prohibit moisture from escaping, keeping your lips hydrated.  This can be as simple as applying Vaseline at bedtime or throughout the day.

We carry two great options at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute. I recommend one of two options:

The first option is Glo Minerals Lip Balm:

Glo Minerals Lip balm is available in Mint and Cherry.  Glo Minerals Lip Balm works well to re-store moisture and relieve irritated, chapped skin around the mouth. It protects lips with broad-spectrum SPF 15 while nurturing botanicals of hemp seed oil, meadowfoam and mango seed butter soothe and heal. You will begin to notice smoother, softer lips within a few applications. You can even apply it to the skin around your lips (before you put on your make-up).  It is clear so it will blend in. It can be used by itself, with a lip liner or under your lipstick. This treatment can be applied multiple times per day.  Remember to re-apply this treatment at bedtime for increased hydration.  Cost $12.50

Option #2: Exfoliating Lip Wand

With the new Exfoliating Lip Wand, you can tranform your lips in one easy step! Nourishing wax microcrystals derived from jojoba seeds slough away dry skin and then melt on contact to deliver soft, smooth and hydrated lips. It is enhanced witha light peachy scent that is simply delicious! Cost: $16.00

Option #3 – TNS Lip Plump System

This is a 2- step system that provides increased lip volume while gently exfoliating dry skin and providing much needing hydration.

TNS Lip Renewal

This  treatment cream combines the rejuvenating strength of the patented growth factor blend TNS® and collagen-filling spheres to enhance the fullness of the lips and smooth surface imperfections.

  • Rapid-action skin smoothing and softening effect
  • Improvement of lip texture and condition
  • Increase of lip volume

Lip Plumper

This clear plumping gloss with niacin enhances the natural color of lips.

  • Enhances natural lip color
  • Give lips fuller, more youthful look
  • Increase of lip volume
  • Rapid-action skin smoothing and softening effect
  • Improvement of lip texture and condition
  • Increase of lip volume

Cost:$52.00

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Top 10 Reasons – Breast Augmentation

Monday, February 6th, 2012

TOP 10 REASONS women elect to get breast implants:

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed by Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgeon/  in his state-of-the-art surgical facility, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area). We are often told by our Champaign, Illinois breast augmentation patients, Bloomington, Illinois breast augmentation patients and patients from the surrounding area that their lives have been truly enhanced by their decision to have breast enlargement. The following are the most popular reasons women elect to have breast augmentation.

1. Larger Breasts – Some women simply would like to have larger breasts. Many women express that small breasts creates a more masculine feeling and they desire to feel more feminine.
2. Volume loss – After child birth / breast feeding, many women experience volume loss and develop sagging breasts. Implants can help to restore their lost volume and position. An increasing number of women utilize breast augmentation as part of a “mommy make-over” to restore their body when they are finished having children.
3. To improve their body balance – Increasing the breast size is often all that is needed to balance out your body proportions.
4. To improve their self-confidence.
5. Breast asymmetry – When one breast is smaller than the other, breast augmentation is often used to equalize the breast size and shape.
6. After weight loss – Weight loss can create significant changes in the shape and size of your breasts. Implants can help to restore the shape and size.
7. Breast shape – Breast Implants can help create a fuller, round breast shape or a natural tear drop shape and increase your cleavage.
8.To increase clothing options Breast Deflation  – Breast augmentation will allow you to wear clothing styles that you were unable to wear prior to surgery.
9. Breast ptosis – Breast ptosis (sagging) occurs for a number of reasons, including age, pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss, and excessive sun exposure. Implants can add volume or fullness to restore a more youthful look to an otherwise sagging breast.
10. Improve self-esteem– As women, we are our own worst critic. Having breasts that in some way make us feel less than adequate can have a large impact on our self-esteem.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

High Vegetable Protein Recipes – Enjoy!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

 High Vegetable Protein Recipes

As a follow up to his “The secrets of permanent weight loss” blog, G.D. Castillo, M.D. would like to share a few of his favorite vegetable protein recipes to get you started. We, at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

Lentils with Pork

(For vegetarian recipes omit entirely the pork loin).

Ingredients:

2 lbs. rinsed lentils (serves about 12 portions)

1 or more serrano or jalapeno peppers (omit if you do not like heat)

1 lb. of chopped pork loin

3 large tomatoes

¼ large onion, minced

3 wedges of garlic, minced

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. Spanish paprika

½ tsp. salt

Directions:

Using a 4 qt. pot, put olive oil and minced onion, garlic, diced peppers, spices and pork and sauté for approximately 8 minutes.  Add chopped tomato and continue to sauté for 5-8 minutes.  Add 2 quarts of water and lentils, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 and ½ hours.  The lentils will be done when they break open or are soft enough to break open with minimal pressure from your fingers.

Mediterranean Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)

Ingredients:

2 lbs. of garbanzo beans

8 thick slices of bacon (cooked)

4 medium tomatoes

1/3 of a large onion

3 garlic wedges

½ bunch of Italian parsley

1 or more jalapeno peppers (omit if you do not like heat)

3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. of salt

Directions:

In a 4-qt. pot sauté chopped bacon until lightly brown and discard the bacon oil. Add olive oil, diced peppers, onion and garlic.  Sautee for approximately 5-8 minutes.  Add sliced tomatoes and sauté for another 8 minutes.  Add 2 qts. of water and rinsed chick peas.  Add ½ bunch of chopped Italian parsley and bring to a boil.  Simmer for approximately 2 hours. Add water if needed.  The consistency should be that of a heavy broth, so do not add excess water.

Black Beans

Ingredients:

2 lbs. of black beans, rinsed

¼ large onion

1 bunch of chopped cilantro

1 or more serrano or jalapeño peppers (omit if you don’t like heat)

3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

¼ tsp. of salt

Directions:

In a 4 qt. pot, place olive oil, diced onion, peppers (if desired) and sauté until lightly brown.  Add 3 qts. of water and add black beans.  Add the chopped cilantro.  Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 2 ½ to 3 hours.  You may need to add water as it simmers.  The beans will be done when they break open or are soft enough to break open with minimal pressure from your fingers.

Tips for preparing legumes (lentils, chick peas, beans…):

1.It is important to cook the legumes thoroughly until all the cellulose has been broken down.  For beans / chick peas this will be 2 – 3 hours on simmer. Lentils will require a little less time, maybe 1  – 1 ½ hours on simmer.  You will know that this has been accomplished when you can see that the legumes have broken open or are soft enough to break open with your fingers.

2.These recipes can be prepared in a crock pot to accommodate busy schedules.  Once you have sautéed the onion, garlic, bacon or pork loin, just toss the ingredient in a crock pot with your beans, chickpeas or lentils and cover with water.  Cook them on low for 24 hours.

3.Any legume may be substituted in these basic recipes to suit your taste.

4.Do not substitute fresh items for pre-packages items.  Example – do not substitute fresh chopped onion for onion power.

5.Play with these recipes, using other fresh ingredients to change the flavor.

  • Example – for a southwestern flavor, add a trace of cumin and 1/8 tsp of crushed oregano to any of the recipes.

6.Ideas on how to serve legumes:

  • Use as a side dish for any chicken or fish
  • Use as a main dish
  • Add more liquid to serve it soup style
  • Serve inside corn tortillas
  • Serve lentils or chick peas over whole or rice pasta
Dr. Castillo, Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Breast Implants And Safety

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

A recent announcement effecting PIP implants is the corollary of a long string of problems that the French
manufacturer has had with their breast implants.  A company named Poly Implant Prosthetics,
based in France, produced silicone breast implants and utilized non-approved industrial silicone
to fill such implants.  Because of multiple problems with these particular implants, they were the subject of a
medical device alert with the recall of all implanted stocks.  It is evident that PIP breast implants have
been sold in approximately 64 different countries throughout the world, and
there appears to be a question of genotoxicity with these implants.  Fortunately for all of those in the United
States, PIP implants were never approved by the FDA.  Therefore, the only patients that may be
effected in the United States may be those who traveled abroad to have their
surgery, or those very few breast implants that may have been done by
physicians using non FDA approved implants.

 
It is worthwhile to ponder the point of safety in implants, and in that respect, a
careful plastic surgeon in the United States would use companies that have long
track records and approved FDA implants. There are two companies that produceimplants in the United States;
Allergan and Mentor. Allergan http://www.allergan.com/treatments/medical_aesthetics/breast_aesthetics.htm produces the line of McGhan implants (both saline
and silicone), and Mentor www.mentorwwllc.com/global-us/Breast.aspx produces both saline and silicone implants as well.
Both of these companies are well diversified, well funded, and their line of breast
implants follow strict guidelines and a registry.  The registry means that the breast implants
that are produced have serial and lot numbers that can be traced to the patient
who was implanted with such device.  In case of any type of difficulty with the implant, the physician and/or
manufacturer would be able to communicate with the effected patient through their physician.  Both Allergan and Mentor have stellar records
of patient safety with their implants.

I have been performing breast augmentation with implants produced by Allergan or Mentor in my
Champaign and Bloomington, Illinois, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery practice for more
than 25 years.  Their reliability is outstanding with a less than 1% deflation rate in saline implants.  Most of our patients choose saline implants
due to their very low problem ratio and great patient acceptance and satisfaction.

 

Feel free to
address any questions regarding implants, safety, breast implant surgery, or
other cosmetic procedures to us at any time.

 

Dr. Castillo, Premieir Breast Surgeon in Central Illinois

G.D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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The Secrets of Permanent Weight Loss

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND STAY THIN

A New Year is upon us.  Fort many of us it is a time to reflect on where we are today and to set new goals for the coming year.  Often those new goals include seeking a healthier lifestyle.

In both the Savoy and Bloomington locations Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we receive a lot of questions about how to lose weight and keep it off from patients who are concerned about their increasing weight and those who want to maintain their results after procedures such as liposuction https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=5 or abdominoplasty https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/tummy-tuck.cfm .  What follows are the basics – that is, bringing a complex subject to a minimum denominator, we can say that what it takes to stay thin and fit is knowledge and a good lifestyle eating ethic.

How many times have you been around someone who tells you they hardly eat anything and that they gain weight, that they can reduce their caloric intake to nothing and that they still gain weight?  While many people would like for that to actually be the truth. The reality is quite different.  The very basic principle is that you will gain weight if you eat more calories than you burn – period, no exceptions.

Have you ever heard people say that if  you exercise enough you will lose weight?  While that is true, the basic principle here is that you absolutely cannot depend on exercise alone to bring your weight down.  It has got to be proportional with a decrease in the amount of food you eat, how that food is consumed and which foods you are consuming.

We will make things as simple as we can to understand what works.

1.     Water intake.  The basic principle of a good lifestyle eating ethic is to consume water.  Here, you must read exactly what it says – water.  Water is not pop, is not tea, is not anything else liquid.  Water is water.  Basic research shows that if you drink a minimum of one glass but better yet two glasses of water prior to your meal, you will consume less food and you will lose weight.  There are many reasons for this to happen, but suffice it to say that basic research has proven this without a doubt.  It is also important to drink water during the day.  In fact, often our bodies confuse hunger with dehydration.  If you have already eaten and are searching for a snack, replace that snack with a glass of water.  Wait 20 minutes.  You may find that your desire for a snack is gone.  Again, I must remark how important it is that it be water – not sweetened water, not flavored water, not anything else other than simple water.  Look around you and you will find that trim, thin, fit people drink only water.

2.     Reduce your portion sizes. Living in a nation where restaurants serve such large portions has been a big injustice to our health and over-all lifestyle.  Over the past few decades, we have begun to consume much larger portions than in the past.  As a result, we are becoming an obese nation with many weight related health problems. The more bad food we consume, the more our bodies crave them. The truth is, the older we get, the less caloric intake our body requires.  Simply put, we must consume less calories in our 40’s than we did in our 30’s, and less in our 50”s than in our 40”s, and less in our 60”s than we consumed in our 50’s and so on.  I suggest beginning to decrease you portion sizes by eating until you are no longer hungry instead of eating until you are full. Decreasing portion sizes can be difficult when you are enjoying your meal, however if you consistently use this rule, you may find it much easier to accomplish.

3.     Avoid salt, sugar, fat and preservatives. Remember that there are enemies in food that you must avoid.  Those are salt, sugar, fat and preservatives.  All of the above are contained in large quantities in fast foods, prepared foods, canned foods (even canned vegetables), packaged foods, etc. While busy schedules may make it difficult for some people to prepare their own meals and go back to a primarily natural source of foods, you must maintain a high alert state for foods that are high in salt, sugar, fat and preservatives.  Remove those enemies from your diet.  One way to avoid these types of foods, even with a busy schedule, is to prepare foods in advance.  Grill meats and fresh veggies in advance, refrigerate or freeze them until needed.  Cook enough brown rice for a few days. Consider adding a fresh veggie, or cilantro, pepper, or a small amount of white raisins and almonds to vary the flavor.  Retrieve it from the refrigerator as needed.  Prepare large quantities of low-sodium soups with fresh veggies, adding fish or chicken etc. if you choose.  Freeze it in portion size containers.  Not only will this method reduce the amount of food enemies in your diet, it will allow you to prepare healthy meals in no time.

4.     Avoid simple carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are not necessarily bad foods; however, simple carbohydrates create a high glycemic state; that is, they increase your blood sugar rapidly which is damaging to many tissues in your body.  It is important to avoid simple carbohydrates and that means sugar and refined grains (reduce to a minimum the amount of bread and pasta and make sure that when you eat these items they are prepared from whole grains).  Glycemic states not only create an easy avenue for your body to store fat, they are also highly damaging to tissues that contain a large number of blood vessels (for example, the retina).

5.     Vegetable proteins.  Increase the amount of vegetable proteins in your diet.  Vegetable proteins offer a great advantage as a food source. They burn slowly, which will keep you from becoming hungry.  You will go for longer periods of time with less hunger.  Vegetable proteins are contained in all legumes (foods that come from a pod) like any kind of bean, lentils, garbanzo (chick peas), etc.  Again you can easily prepare these vegetable proteins in advance and refrigerate or freeze them until needed.

6.     Exercise. Remember to maintain a program of exercise that fits your lifestyle.  That is, don’t create an exercise schedule that requires you to give more time than your schedule allows, it will set you up for failure. It should still allow for the normal routine of your life. That is; work, kids, food preparation, recreation, etc.  The amount of time spent exercising will vary from individual to individual, but it will require anywhere between 30-60 minutes three to five times per week.

7.     Honor the food that you eat. When you are ready to eat, do not do it on the go.  You cannot eat and drive a car.  You cannot eat and watch TV.  You cannot eat and study.  You cannot eat and etc.  That is, when you are ready to eat, drink 1-2 glasses of water then sit down, preferably with family and friends and eat your food slowly.  If you are spending less than five minutes eating your food – you are definitely eating too fast.  When you eat food in small bites it takes you longer to consume your food and you will give time for your body to register that food has been added to your system.  The mechanism of satiation (the feeling of being satisfied) takes some time to develop after food has been added to your stomach.  You also honor and value the food that you eat when you make it an event of importance.  It is one that deserves your full attention.

Co- Author, G.D. Castillo M.D.

This blog entry was co-authored by G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS  Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic and Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Co - Author, Roxanne Hammond, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic