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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery’s Traveling Staff

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Patients sometimes don’t realize that you can call any of our numbers and reach us wherever we are, and it’s not just our phones that follow Dr. Castillo.  Our staff members do as well!   Our patients can be assured that they will hear that same familiar voices on the phone and experience our traditional warm greeting when calling or entering either of our Illinois facilities – Savoy or Bloomington.

What can you, our patient, expect from us?

    • With the same experienced staff traveling between both of Dr. Castillo’s facilities in Savoy, (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington, Illinois, this maximizes location convenience while maintaining unrivaled continuity of care.
    • In a very short time, our patients develop a warm and comforting relationship with all of our staff members.
    • You’ll recognize who you are talking to and understand both their relationship to Dr. Castillo and your care.
    • At the same time, we’ll come to know you, identify with your concerns and dedicate ourselves to your end goal.
    • You’ll quickly discover that you can trust our sincerity – YOU are our valued patient and our chief concern is your wellbeing.
    • It’s comforting to know that the same compassionate, knowledgeable people will       be assisting you throughout your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery experience –  from our first meeting while taking the initial medical history,  assisting with your first examination by Dr. Castillo, the pre-operative history/physical, and throughout your entire post-operative appointments  for 3-4 months following your procedure.
    • You’ll  never experience an aloof response to your questions or concerns.
    • You can depend that we will identify with, and understand your feelings and concerns – and you will feel our strong desire to help you in anyway that we can.

Our patient’s confidence in Dr. Castillo and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is the highest compliment we receive.  As you come to know each and everyone of us during your visits, you’ll understand that obtaining the best possible outcome for your procedure or treatment is always our end goal, and will benefit from the cocoon of positive energy encompassing Dr. Castillo’s practice – our patient’s trust and confidence is a privilege we earn each and every day.  It’s our pleasure!

 

 

Ask Our Expert – Outpatient Surgical Facility Vs. Hospital

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

 

Question: Why do you prefer to perform surgery in an outpatient facility rather than the hospital?

Dr. Castillo’s state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility.

Answer – Dr. Castillo: Actually, about 90 percent of cosmetic plastic surgical procedures are now done in outpatient surgical facilities for the following reasons:

 

Safety

The surgical procedures done in an outpatient surgical facility are done by a staff which is dedicated to doing only outpatient surgical procedures, so they are better focused, the staff is better experienced and dedicated to a single task.  This increases safety and provides the patient with knowledgeable people that are experienced in state-of-the-art outpatient surgical procedures.

*    Infection

The rate of infections in hospitals varies anywhere between 2 to 12 percent.  The rate of infection in outpatient surgical facilities is much smaller.  In fact, in our outpatient surgical facility, infection is a nearly non-existent problem and we say that because it only presents itself every few years.  That is, the rate is so small that it is difficult to quantify.  You may ask yourself, why?  The reasons are multiple but for the most part it has to do with carrying out procedures that are done in patients who are healthy and not suffering from disease and/or infection.  Also remember that in our facility, we do not do what is referred to as a “dirty case,” that is, procedures that involve entering the intestine, colon or areas that typically have bacteria.

*     Cost

The cost of care in a hospital facility is often unknown and extremely high.  The reasons have to do with hospitals having fees that are much higher than the real expenses to be able to cover the uninsured and establish artificially high rates that can then be applied to different insurances.  The reason why this is possible is that generally insurance have no choice but to pay a fee while in our facility, the choice is yours.  That is, you are the patient and you elect whether to pay or not pay the cost you know beforehand to be – that is, you approve of that cost.  What this results in is a great competitiveness and a much reduced cost for the surgical procedure.

*        Scale

When you go to a hospital, you immediately become part of literally hundreds or even thousands of people who may be at the hospital for one reason or another.  That makes you one of many and the services are going to be diluted, meaning you are not likely to have individual care.  In comparison, an outpatient surgical facility like ours has staff that is dedicated to only you and no other business to take care of during the time that you are at the facility.  Consequently, you have a staff member that remains with you throughout your surgical procedure.  There are no delays and this results in expedient care and a much reduced level of anxiety.

*     Comparative Services

Are the outpatient surgical facilities like ours able to take care of you in an emergency?  The answer is yes.  Our facility is equipped to respond to an emergency in the same manner as a hospital would be.  The level of response, equipment, drugs and supplies is par with a hospital.  What the outpatient surgery facility has that the hospital does not, is the experience to deal with the type of surgical procedure, that is, cosmetic surgery, which you are going to have.  This is an area, like in most areas, where expertise is not only important but is often the determinant for the degree of satisfaction and success that the procedure has.

So regarding the question, are you better off having your surgical procedure in a dedicated outpatient surgical facility doing cosmetic surgery only?  The answer is a qualified yes for the above reasons.

 

G.D. Castillo,M.D., FACS
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

 

“ASK OUR EXPERT” – “Does Botox Really Help With Lines & Wrinkles?”

Monday, March 11th, 2013

QUESTION:  Roxanne, does Botox really help with lines and wrinkles? Is it safe?  Where can it be used?

ROXANNE:  Personally, I love it! It’s the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure for a reason.  It works!  Dog may be man’s best friend but Botox Cosmetic® is definitely mine.  🙂    I find that the biggest downside with Botox is that once you experience life with it, you won’t want to go without it!

Botox Cosmetic® works by temporarily relaxing the muscles of the upper face that create expression lines.  This results in a temporary loss of facial lines and wrinkles for about 3 to 6 months.  It is a very cost effective anti-aging treatment and doesn’t require any down time. Botox can make remarkable improvements to the aging face.

Botox Cosmetic® has more than a 20 year track record for safety and effectiveness.  Botox is very safe WHEN injected by a specially trained clinician such as in the office of a plastic surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon.   Botox is a medical treatment and should only be performed in a medical facility.  Please, for your own safety, avoid all temptations to attend a “Botox Party” at your local salon or girlfriend’s home.  If you receive one of these invitations, burn it and never look back!

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, the most commonly treated area is the glabella.  This is where the vertical lines appear between the brows creating an angry appearance. We often treat forehead lines and lines around the eyes commonly referred to as crow’s feet as well.  Dr. Castillo uses a very specialized technique to actually raise the eye brows.  This technique opens up the eyes and gives that well rested, alert look many of his patients are looking for.  It’s almost like an instant eye lift!  For those who’s skin is  showing signs of years of sun worshiping, even more results can be achieved when you combine Botox Cosmetic® with other non-invasive treatments like CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing or Intense Pulsed Light.

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond

 

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

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The Weekend Facelift

Friday, November 30th, 2012

So you probably have heard the term “weekend facelift” and are 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?  This procedure is remarkably effective at improving the jaw/neck line and correcting a double chin.  There are some caveats that one needs to know and understand because it is not a procedure that can be carried out in all patients.  In order to have a so-called weekend facelift, most of our Champaign and Bloomington, Illinois, 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 begin to have issues in their mid-30s.

How is a weekend facelift performed?

This minimally invasive version of a facelift is carried out through a very small incision, typically smaller than 1 inch, right underneath the chin which is not noticeable. Through this incision, the fatty tissue in the neck area up to the jawline is removed. Sometimes a small amount of fatty tissue can be removed from the jowl area.  Through the same incision, a tight pocket for a chin implant is created just in front of the jaw. 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 that is svelte with good definition in the jaw/neckline area. Facial symmetry is improved because the lower third of the face is more proportionate after the procedure. Visit my online photo gallery to see the results of a weekend facelift patient.

Who is not a good candidate?

People who are not good candidates for a weekend facelift are typically those above the age of 60 and those 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.

What is recovery like after a weekend 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 recovery is typically easy.  Usual side effects are mild pain in the chin area for 2 to 3 days, bruising in the lower portion of the neck, some swelling in the anterior jaw area, and the neck area as well.

To find out more about the weekend facelift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, request a consultation online with Dr. G. D. Castillo or call one of our offices.

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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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

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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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

 

 

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!

 

Ask Our Cosmetic Surgery Expert

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.

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

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800-252-7123 (within IL)

217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)

309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

 

 

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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