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Ask Our Expert: What is the best type of sunscreen?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

Q: What is the best type of sunscreen?

A: Historically, it has been shown that physical sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA & UVB radiation and are less likely to cause skin irritation.  Dr. Castillo, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging expert  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/ recommends medical-grade, physical sunscreens to all his patients.

There are two divisions of sunscreen ingredients; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect the UV radiation while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation and break it down within the skin. Some sunscreens contain both a physical and a chemical component.

There are two types of physical sunscreens available; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Today, these ingredients can be found in finely micronized, nano-sphere  form which allows for ease of daily use. Not only does zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide needed broad-spectrum coverage but they are also beneficial to those who have sensitive skin or are irritated by chemical ingredients.

You will typically find multiple active ingredients listed in chemical sunscreen.  Each chemical ingredient protects only against a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Be aware that at this time many over-the-counter sunscreens protect against UVB rays only, although there are a few chemical ingredients like Oxybenzone that do offer UVA/UVB protection. Therefore, when purchasing over the counter sunscreen, it is important to examine the label for the claim “broad-spectrum.”  Also look for a sunscreen that says “very water resistant.”  However, keep in mind that even the best water resistant sunscreens can only protect you for 80 minutes.  Then you will need to re-apply.

With inconsistent OTC product labels and the idea that active ingredients in sunscreens differ from manufacturer to manufacturer it can be difficult to decipher all of them so I have provided at chart of the more common ingredients found in sunscreens.  When in doubt whether a sunscreen will effectively protect you and your family, I recommend selecting a medical grade sunscreen from your local cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our patient’s favorite sunscreens are:

Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers medical grade 12% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Prime Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers 10% Titanium Dioxide, 4% Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an added skin primer.

 

Chemical & physical ingredients found in sunscreens.

Ingredient:                                            Ray Type:

Avobenzone UVA
Dioxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Homosalate UVB
Octocrylene UVB
Octyl methoxycinnamate UVB
Octisalate UVB
Oxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Padimate O UVB
Mexoryl UVA/UVB
Titanium dioxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum
Trolamine salicylate UVB
Zinc oxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum

WARNING: You must actually apply the sunscreen to your skin.  Just purchasing it will not provide sufficient protection! lol

 

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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Ask Our Expert: Retin-A

Friday, July 20th, 2012

RetinA postQ:   My dermatologists gave me a prescription for Retin-A, but after a few days my skin became very red and irritated.   My Doctor explained that several weeks of skin irritation is often just par for the course when using Retin-A.  He asked me to try applying it every other night instead of every night, to be patient and that eventually the irritation would resolve itself.  I stopped using the Retin-A because the irritation was worse than my aging skin.   Is there anything else I can do?

A:  I am happy to report – YES!  Both our Bloomington area and Champaign area Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic patients have found success with a few simple adjustments to the way they apply their Retin-A, Renova, Tretinion, etc.

1.  After you cleanse your face, pat it dry and wait at least 15 minutes (to assure your skin is completely dry) before applying your Retin-A.

2. Apply a pea size amount.  This is typically all you need for the entire face. Remember that more is not better in this case. 

3. Avoid combining other exfoliating or skin regenerating products like glycolic acids, with Retin-A, at least until your skin is able to easily tolerate the Retin-A.

4. Always apply a moisturizer on top of your Retin-A.  This is a very important step in the success of your regimen so resist skipping it. (If you find that you are still experiencing dry, irritated skin after trying all of the suggestions here,  you can try mixing your moisturizer and Retin-A together as this will reduce its potency. )

5. Begin applying your Retin-A every third night.  As your skin tolerates the Retin-A, increase use to every other night, then every night.

6. Remember that Retin-A and like products will cause increased sensitivity to the sun.  Therefore Retin-A should only be applied at night only, never during the day.  Wear a medical grade broad-spectrum suncreen every day, re-apply the sunscreen when needed and avoid excessive sun exposure.

If despite all of the above suggestions, you find that you are still unable to tolerate Retin-A, you may want to consider medical microdermabrasion.  It is a pain-free, even relaxing way to keep your skin well exfoliated and looking fresh.  For more information on medical microdermabrasion.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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)

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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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309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Ask Our Expert: Liposuction Vs. Liposculpture

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

 

Q: What is the difference between liposuction and liposculpture?

A: Though both of these cosmetic surgeries are used for body contouring. Liposuction is a two dimensional cosmetic surgery, while liposculpture is a three dimensional cosmetic surgery. Liposuction and liposculpture can be used to contour any body shape, though we use it primarily for body contouring in individuals who are reasonably fit but have some problem areas.  Removal of fat in specific areas such as the love-handles, waist, thighs, back or arms allows the patient to feel more proportionate and confident in and out of their clothing. 

Liposuction can also be used as a volume reduction tool.  We are able to remove up to two gallons of fat during this procedure.  The results of this procedure create an over-all slimmer, more proportionate body shape in an otherwise full-figured individual. 

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy, G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS performs liposuction or liposculpture https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/liposuction.cfm on both men and women from late teens to seniors. In most instances, patients are back to work in four to five days. https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=5

Did you know that Dr. Castillo is the Past-President of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery?  He is very proud of honor as he was nominated by his peers (other surgeons) across the nation to represent, lead and teach within the prestigious American Society of Liposuction Surgery. 

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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309-662-0436 Bloomington

Ask Our Expert: Liposcpture/Liposuction

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Topic: Liposculpture / Liposuction

Q: Why does Dr. Castillo still recommend liposculpture over newer treatments like Smart Lipo?

A: At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Castillo investigated newer fat reduction treatments Smart Lipo, Ultrasonic Lipo and others you may have read about.  The simple truth is that we want the very best outcome for our patients.  We have chosen to stay with traditional tumescent liposculpture because it’s the only one that can be used for contouring in 3600, also known as tri-dimensional body sculpting.  Traditional liposculpture offers consistent, predictable, superior results.  Today there is simply no substitute for tumescent liposculpture for accurate results, speedy recovery, lack complications, and it is affordable.

Sometimes newer trends are not as effective.  They are just well marketed.  At this time, the newer fat reduction procedures DO NOT offer ANY advantages to our patients.  They only decrease safety and increase cost, two things we are not willing to compromise on just to keep up with the latest marketing fad.

Roxanne Hammond

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Roxanne Hammond, RMA, Skin Care & Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

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Ask Our Expert – Stress Acne

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Ask Our Expert:  Social Acne

Q: The only time I seem to get acne is just before an important social event.  Could this really be happening or is it just my imagination?  Is there something I can do to prevent these embarrassing breakouts?

A:  The stress generated from preparing for a social event and wanting to look your best can have a large effect on your skin.  Increased stress can actually have a physical effect on your skin because stress increases the production of cortisol.  Cortisol is a stress hormone that can boost oil production.  Dead skin cells are then pulled into your pores causing acne to form. When your oil glands quickly become over-active, it can not only cause those embarrassing breakouts that you are referring to but often leaves skin looking dull and lifeless.

I would recommend scheduling an appointment at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic about a 7 – 10 before your next stressful event for a Vitalize Peel. For your convenience, Dr. Castillo offers this treatment at both his Savoy (Champaign – Urbana) and Bloomington locations.  The Vitalize Peel will eliminate much of the dead skin cells before they can be pulled down into pores when you experience that stress-hormone release. It will also leave your skin radiant and refreshed for your big event.  During this appointment we can also talk about  designing a medical grade skincare program around these issues.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)  309-662-0436 Bloomington

Ask Our Experts! Topic – Liposculpture/Liposuction

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Q: Why does Dr. Castillo still recommend liposculpture over newer treatments like Smart Lipo?

A: At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Castillo investigated newer fat reduction treatments such as Smart Lipo, Ultrasonic Lipo and others you may have read about.  The simple truth is that we want the very best outcome for our patients.  We have chosen to stay with traditional tumescent liposculpture because it’s the only one that can be used for contouring in 3600, also known as tri-dimensional body sculpting.  Traditional liposculpture offers consistent, predictable, superior results.  Today there is simply no substitute for tumescent liposculpture for accurate results, speedy recovery, lack complications, and it is affordable.

Sometimes newer trends are not as effective. They are just well marketed.  At this time, the newer fat reduction procedures DO NOT offer ANY advantages to our patients.  They only decrease safety and increase cost, two things we are not willing to compromise on just to keep up with the latest marketing fad.

If you have any questions regarding this topic or in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any of the links below.

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/contact.cfm

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/liposuction.cfm

Roxanne Hammond

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin

Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

800-252-7123 (within IL)

217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)

309-662-0436 Bloomington