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Maintaining Healthy Looking Skin

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to chooseeffective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor in your area who specializes in facial aging such as a Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Cosmetic or facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons will have a specially trained Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself, that work under that physician to help guide patients in their skincare needs.

My job is to take the guesswork out of the equation. Most often, patients come to consultation very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t for them.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we listen to your concerns and goals. Then we talk about the options you may have.  During this time, you get lots of useful information to help you understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for your particular skin issues.

Then an at-home, medical-grade skincare product regimen is customized just for you! You can expect a detailed explanation of what each product does, in which order they should be applied, and how to best maintain your results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions you may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or info-mercials as much of that information can be misleading.

 

My second recommendation:

Choose only products that have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer white papers from non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDIES for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, probably never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work as promised by your late night TV host, right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels at a similar or even better price than you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is generally tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness, most over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore, you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved and each ingredient are listed and in order of quantity as well.

I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the science-based knowledge to know the difference.

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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The Characteristics of Beautiful Skin

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

While sitting in a small room in a Champaign office recently, I over-heard an elated young lady boasting about the beautiful diamond she received over the holiday. Her gushing excitement was infectious. I found myself feeling almost as excited as she, yet I couldn’t even see the diamond!

I then began to wonder “what it is that makes diamonds or other precious gems for that matter generate that type of admiration.” I would guess most of us regard diamonds as a thing of beauty… but why? What specifically is it that makes girls go gaga over diamonds? Is it the number of carats? Could it be the shape of the stone that is so enchanting?

To me, it is the clarity and color of the stone. I would much prefer a petite diamond with such superior color and clarity that it shimmers and dances in the light, and highlights every curve and contour, to a cloudy, three carat diamond that lacks life and luster. Would you agree? Now, don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely a fan of big rocks. I’m not trying to fool anyone here. Size does matter! It just falls short without superior color and clarity.

So why am I even talking about diamonds in a skincare blog?

Well, the characteristics that make a diamond sparkle and radiate beauty are very similar to the characteristics of beautiful skin. I mean is there anyone out there who would not be flattered to have their skin compared to a radiant, flawless diamond? Just as clarity and color are mandatory characteristics of a beautiful diamond, clarity and color are also key factors in creating beautiful skin.

Achieving superior skin color means that your skin is free of brown spots, freckles, redness, broken vessels and melasma. Skin clarity refers to skin that is free of rough texture, flakes, dull skin, large pores, acne, keratoses and moles. Superior color and clarity can be achieved through treatments such as traditional CO2 Full Face Laser Resurfacing , CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, IPL, medical grade bleaching agents such as Castillo MD Skin Science  Advanced Skin Lightening Complex or Spot Light, medical microdermabrasion, chemical peels and medical grade skincare products.

I would say that most people who are bothered by facial aging are focused on wrinkles. When they look in the mirror, they see an aging face with a custom set of lines and wrinkles that have formed after years of abuse, mainly by sun exposure, and other factors. However, most often, removing wrinkles is only half the battle. It is the brown spots, broken vessels, rough texture and dull, flaking skin that create a less youthful appearance.

The concept of color and clarity is an important concept to understand. One must realize that if you treat only the lines and wrinkles of an aging face whether it be though a facelift, forehead lift, fat grafting, Botox or dermal filler such as Restylane Lift,  you are likely to find yourself feeling more like cubic zirconium than the real thing.

Here’s to wishing you the kind of admiration only superior color and clarity can generate.

DSC_0040Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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