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Ask Our Expert – Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

POPULAR BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY) QUESTIONS:

1.     Where are the scars after a breast lift? Will I be able to wear bikinis and low v-neck tops or dresses after a Mastopexy? Yes.  The scars following a breast lift are located around the areolar complex and in the lower portion of the breast where they will be hidden by your swim suit or clothing.  Dr. Castillo’s patients also find that because of the higher position of the breast following a breast lift, they are able to wear many clothing options that they were unable to wear prior to the surgery.

2.     At what age can a Mastopexy be performed?

A Mastopexy can be performed at any time after the breasts are fully developed.

Typically, Dr. Castillo performs a Mastopexy to correct sagging breasts which usually does not occur before the mid-thirties. It is at this age that the breast tissues can begin to suffer the natural consequences of gravity.   However, many times after pregnancy and breast feeding, the breast becomes less firm and tends to sags, in which a breast lift may be needed much earlier in life.

3. Can I breast feed a baby after having a breast lift? 

Yes.  The normal breast channels carrying the product of milk glands are undisturbed by this procedure and lactation should not be a problem following this procedure.

4.     Will my breasts feel natural after a breast lift?

Yes. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, G.D. Castillo, M.D. utilizes Mastopexy procedures to repositions the breast.  It does not change the consistency and / or feel of the breast tissue.

5. Will a breast lift make me look like I have breast implants?

No.  Although during the first few weeks of healing, your breasts may appear  more full on top, much like the look created by breast augmentation. This top fullness will resolve itself once the breast tissue relaxes.

6. Can Dr. Castillo decrease the size of my areolas at the time of a breast lift? 

Yes.

7.     Does a Mastopexy require hospitalization after the procedure?

No.  All of our cosmetic surgeries, including Mastopexies, are performed in our on site, fully accredited surgical facility in Savoy, Illinois.  You will recover for approximately 1 1/2 hours after your surgery, and then you will be released to recover in the comforts of your own home without being exposed to many of the illnesses that one might be exposed to in a hospital. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we are performing surgery only on healthy patients.

To view before/after photographs of the mastopexy procedure, please utilize the web address below to navigate to our photo gallery.

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=12

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Ask Our Expert: Brown Spots: Are they sun damage or just age spots?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Ask Our Expert: Brown Spots:

 Q: Roxanne, I have brown spots on my face, arms and chest.  How do I know if they are caused from sun damage or if they are just age spots?

A: Lentigos, or lentigines are commonly referred to as brown spots, sun spots, liver spots or age spots.  They appear as flat, brown blotchiness (in various shades of brown) that appear on skin that has been over exposed to the sun. These spots can appear on the face, arms, shoulders, neck, chest, hands; anywhere the skin has been over-exposed. Typically, the lighter the skin and the more sun exposure one has, the greater accumulation or chance of accumulation of these spots you have.

Melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment in the skin are activated to produce more pigment (melanin) when you are exposed to ultraviolet rays. Because the symptoms of excessive sun damage are cumulative, these spots increase with age, hense the term “age spots.” They are more common in lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-3), such as those who freckle and who burn easily. If you have had enough lifetime sun exposure to develop brown spots, this may place you at a higher risk for skin cancers.

Sun spots are not themselves cancerous.  However, you may be at a higher risk for skin cancer if you have them.

I recommend applying a physical sunblock (such as TiSilc 60) 365 days per year to all skin that will be exposed.  Not only is this your best defense for future sun damage but over time you may find that the brown spots that you have appear lighter. There are also other treatments that will help to rid your skin of brown spots. CO 2 Micro-fractional Laser Resurfacing is typically an excellent option.  A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments can also deliver very good  results.  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-rejuvenation.cfm  Some chemical peels https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skin-resurfacing.cfm can improve spots to some degree as well as prescription skin bleaching nano medications such as Epi Quinn Micro.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Insurance Coverage – Is It A Possibility?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Q:  Will my insurance cover this procedure?

A: While many procedures performed by G.D. Castillo, M.D. at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinnic are solely cosmetic in nature, there are a number of procedures that may qualify for insurance coverage. For example, rhinoplasty or a “crooked nose deformity” may qualify for insurance coverage if it is performed to repair a deviated septum that is causing a blockage in the nasal passage for the patient.  Another procedure that may qualify is breast reduction if the patient is experiencing symptoms caused by the weight of the breasts, like back, neck or breast pain, difficulty with exercise, or interference with work duties. Upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) may qualify for benefits if drooping skin is obscuring a patient’s vision.

The most important question for insurance companies is medical necessity – is there a medical reason for having this procedure, or is it solely being performed for aesthetic reasons?

Regardless of policy terminology, the insurance company Utilization Review Department’s determination of benefits will both begin and end on this basic question as defined by their own criteria.

Medical necessity often begins with proof that conservative medical treatment has been tried prior to a surgical recommendation and has not alleviated the problem.  With so many over-the-counter options available to the consumer today, many people are not reporting their symptoms and the frequency of their symptoms to their physician.  This lack of documentation can delay insurance eligibility since the background information as to conservative treatment is not documented within the patient record.  This is just one reason why it is important that patients communicate with their physician as to frequency of symptoms and response to the recommended treatment, including any over-the-counter remedies that the patient may be using.

As one example, a woman with large pendulous breasts may ask for a prescription or referral from her physician to have a bra constructed to help support the weight of her breasts to help alleviate her discomfort.  She should report any rashes or break down of her skin that may be caused by the size of her breasts as well as reporting the results of remedies she is utilizing, regardless if she is using a prescription medication or an over-the-counter product.  She should report any back or neck discomfort and be checked for postural difficulties and shoulder strapping (grooves or indentations in the shoulders caused by the weight of the breasts supported by bra straps).

If you believe that you have a condition that would be helped by a procedure that may qualify as medically necessary, you can call your insurance company’s benefit department and ask them to inform you of the coverage available in your specific policy, and further, to send you, in writing, their exact criteria for determining medical necessity for that procedure.  I’ve seen cases over the last 14 years where a few months of well-documented, failed conservative treatment has made the difference in obtaining insurance benefits for permanent surgical relief.

A consultation with Dr. Castillo at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery may be all that’s necessary to determine if insurance reimbursement is a possibility.  These consultations are available in both our Savoy and Bloomington, Illinois offices.

It’s well worth the effort!

Ask Our Expert: Rosacea

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Q: I have had Rosacea for several years. It seems to be getting worse. It has become embarrassing during social situations. I have tried a few creams recommended by my doctor. I didn’t see much improvement.  Can you recommend other options to try?

A:  Rosacea can be difficult to live with and tricky to treat. There is no cure for Rosacea. We can only treat the symptoms to make it easier to control. It generally requires more than one type of treatment to combat the symptoms. There are still many medical unknowns related to Rosacea. However, over the past few years, we have gained a much better understanding of how to reduce the symptoms of Rosacea.
My first recommendation is that you keep a journal for awhile to help you indentify the things that trigger your Rosacea symptoms. Once identified, try to reduce the exposure you have to your triggers.
Some triggers may include (but are not limited to) the following:

A:  Rosacea can be difficult to live with and tricky to treat. There is no cure for Rosacea. We can only treat the symptoms to make it easier to control. It generally requires more than one type of treatment to combat the symptoms. There are still many medical unknowns related to Rosacea. However, over the past few years, we have gained a much better understanding of how to reduce the symptoms of Rosacea.

My first recommendation is that you keep a journal for awhile to help you indentify the things that trigger your Rosacea symptoms. Once identified, try to reduce the exposure you have to your triggers.

Some triggers may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Sun or wind exposure
  2. Cold or hot temperatures
  3. Spicy foods
  4. Alcohol consumption
  5. Stress
  6. Hot drinks

The proper treatment selection will depend on the symptoms you are experiencing.  Papules or pustules are often treated with antibiotics such as erythromycin or tetracycline.  Topical treatments (medicated creams…) can also be used in conjunction with oral medications. The topical treatments can also be used to reduce the burning sensation that is sometimes related to Rosacea.  Redness may be reduced over time as well.  If papules or pustules are present, low-concentration medical-grade glycolic acid peels may also be used in conjunction with the above mentioned treatments. This will help to thin the most outer layer of skin which may help to resolve some of the eruptions and can also encourage better penetration of the topical medications being used.

Telangiectacia (superficial broken vessels) is a universal component of Rosacea. It will not respond to the above treatments.   A uniform treatment of  light-therapy (Intense Pulsed light or laser) will improve telangiectacia and redness.  Not all Intense Pulsed Light, laser systems or operators are equal.  010It is important to select an expert to plan your treatment program.  Remember experience is the key to getting the results you want. Expect to have a series of light treatments, approximately 3-6 treatments about three weeks apart. Once the series is completed, the redness and telangiectacia should be much improved. Over time, it is likely that “touch –up” treatments will be needed to keep it under control.

I have not been that impressed with topical agents for redness in the past.  However, about 1 – 1-1/2 years ago, we began using a new medical grade Rosacea cream.  Within a few weeks our patients were reporting that they could see a reduction in facial redness. Our patients come back to the office to purchase more of this product BEFORE they run out of it.  That tells me they are continuing to have long term success with this product. This product is an excellent choice for post light therapy maintenance.

A  medical grade Rosacea skincare program designed by an expert may also give you additioLush Simplicity Kitnal relief.  Specific products can give much needed soothing, gentle exfoliation, hydration, and sun protection. Keep in mind that while exfoliation is still important, you should choose methods that do not include using abrasives or scrubs on your skin. I like the Retexturing Complex by Castillo Md Skin Science.  It give effective, yet gentle, granule-free, exfoliation with anti-inflammatories, soothers and hydrators all in one product.

Camouflage can also be an option.  Dr. Castillo carries medical-grade camouflage and mineral cosmetics in both the Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and the Bloomington offices.  You can schedule a camouflage appointment with me, Dr. Castillo’s skincare and laser specialist at no charge.  I do not recommend camouflage if you are having active difficulty with acne-like lesions.

Controlling Rosacea requires persistently protecting your skin from sun exposure.  Using UVA / UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days per year is of great importance.  I would suggest a medical grade physical sun block containing high percentages of Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide.  Wear sun glasses and a wide-brim UV protected sun hat when you are outside for additional protection.

 

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

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

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ASK OUR EXPERT:How do I choose the implant size that is right for me?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Q:  I am considering breast augmentation. How do I know which size implant I should chose?

A:  Making the decision about breast size is a very personal decision. If you have not already had a consultation with a reputable cosmetic plastic surgeon, I recommend that you talk with one. Your surgeon and his staff should be able to answer many of your questions about implants and sizes. They should be able to talk with you more about how to select the right sizing with your particular body shape while keeping your goals in mind. Here are 3 options that can help you make a visual decision about sizing.
OPTION #1:
The majority of surgeons use “the baggie of rice method,” although Dr. Castillo offers a much more realistic option for his patients in both the Savoy (Champaign – Urbana) and Bloomington offices. To utilize the at home baggie of rice method, you can put rice, oatmeal, or birdseed in a sandwich baggie. Do not use a zip lock baggie as they are too firm. (1 ? cups = 10 ounces or 1 ? cups = 12 ounces…) Most breast augmentations utilize between 9 – 14 ounces for each breast (270cc – 420cc per breast). You should probably start with 10 ounces then adjust as you prefer. Select a bra for the size you want to be. Put the filled baggies inside the unpadded bra. Once you find the size baggie you are comfortable with, you may want to wear it for a few hours, with different shirts, do some normal daily activities…this will help you decide if the size is truly comfortable.
OPTION #2:
In both our Savoy and Bloomington offices, Dr. Castillo provides the option of trying on professional sizer implants in the office. This option by far offers the most natural, realistic visual comparison.  We have a variety of sizes so that our patients can get a good idea of what their results will look like.
At the time of the consultation, we give the patient an unpadded bra. The patient can also bring one if she knows about what size she would like to be. I suggest that our patients bring 2 different style tops; one form-fitting, one loose fitting. This gives our patients a great feel for how each size can change their body appearance. Of course our specially training staff is available to personally assist each patient and answer any questions they may have. Our patients love this option.  I think they feel much more confident in their decision.
OPTION #3: NEW
Allergan, the makers of Natrelle Breast Implants, Botox, Juvederm and Latisse, just started offering an exclusive kit for women who are considering breast implants. You can order this kit for $45.00 on-line by going to Natrelle.com. The kit includes four sample implants (275cc, 325 cc, 375 cc, & a 425 cc), a bra and an educational DVD and booklet, plus a total of $170.00 in rebates! The rebates include:

A:  Making the decision about breast size is a very personal decision. If you have not already had a consultation with a reputable cosmetic plastic surgeon, I recommend that you talk with one. Your surgeon and his staff should be able to answer many of your questions about implants and sizes. They should be able to talk with you more about how to select the right sizing with your particular body shape while keeping your goals in mind. Here are 3 options that can help you make a visual decision about sizing.

OPTION #1:
The majority of surgeons use “the baggie of rice method,” although Dr. Castillo offers a much more realistic option for his patients in both the Savoy (Champaign – Urbana) and Bloomington offices. To utilize the at home baggie of rice method, you can put rice, oatmeal, or birdseed in a sandwich baggie. Do not use a zip lock baggie as they are too firm. (1 1/4 cups = 10 ounces or 1 1/2 cups = 12 ounces…) Most breast augmentations utilize between 9 – 14 ounces for each breast (270cc – 420cc per breast). You should probably start with 10 ounces then adjust as you prefer. Select a bra for the size you want to be. Put the filled baggies inside the unpadded bra. Once you find the size baggie you are comfortable with, you may want to wear it for a few hours, with different shirts, do some normal daily activities…this will help you decide if the size is truly comfortable.

OPTION #2:
In both our Savoy and Bloomington offices, Dr. Castillo provides the option of trying on professional sizer implants in the office. This option by far offers the most natural, realistic visual comparison.  We have a variety of sizes so that our patients can get a good idea of what their results will look like.

At the time of the consultation, we give the patient an unpadded bra. The patient can also bring one if she knows about what size she would like to be. I suggest that our patients bring 2 different style tops; one form-fitting, one loose fitting. This gives our patients a great feel for how each size can change their body appearance. Of course our specially training staff is available to personally assist each patient and answer any questions they may have. Our patients love this option.  I think they feel much more confident in their decision.

OPTION #3: NEW
Allergan, the makers of Natrelle Breast Implants, Botox, Juvederm and Latisse, just started offering an exclusive kit for women who are considering breast implants. You can order this kit for $45.00 on-line by going to Natrelle.com. The kit includes four sample implants (275cc, 325 cc, 375 cc, & a 425 cc), a bra and an educational DVD and booklet, plus a total of $170.00 in rebates! The rebates include:

  • $50.00 off your breast implants
  • $50.00 off your next Botox injection
  • $50.00 off your next Juvederm dermal filler
  • $20.00 off Latisse (for longer, thicker lashes)

I have viewed the DVD. I think it would be helpful for anyone who is considering breast implants. The DVD introduces you to a patient who has Natrelle breast implants as she shares her experience with her daughter who is now considering breast enhancement. You will view some before and after photos of breast augmentation. More importantly, the DVD takes you through a consultation so you know what to expect. I think this kit will be helpful in preparing you to ask the right questions when you are talking with your surgeon.

I would recommend using your own unpadded bra with the sample implants. The sample implants from this kit allow you to try them on with different pieces of clothing in the privacy of your own home. This will help you get a good idea of what size implants you will be comfortable with. In my opinion, they do not give near the realistic visual as the professional implants that we have in the office. The implant samples from the kit do not provide as smooth or realistic shape as our profession implant provide.  Therefore, even if you purchase the kit, I would still recommend taking advantage of the profession sizer fitting at our office.

If you are interested in getting further information on breast augmentation (breast enhancement) options, call our office to schedule a consultation with G.D. Castillo, M.D. at 217-359-7507 for the Savoy location (Champaign-Urbana area) or 309-662-0436 for the Bloomington, IL location.

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This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laserknow which Institute. Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

ASK OUR EXPERT: Maintaining beautiful skin

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Q: Lately, friends have made comments about me looking tired. They are right, I do look tired. My skin just looks dull. I am starting to develop lines and brown spots! I even seem to have extra “baggage” around my jaw line. I am only 43 years old! How can that be? I am very a bubbly, energetic decorator / designer who sleeps and eats well. I haven’t really worried about skincare in the past because my skin has always looked great. How can I avoid looking older than I am and definitely older than I feel? Is it too early to start using anti-aging products and treatments?

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…
Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home.  Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).
There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…

Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can just be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home. Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).

There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

  1. Daily (that’s 365) use of UVA / UVB sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher.
  2. Continued exfoliation (retinol, Retin-A, glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, chemical peels…)
  3. The proper use of moisturizers.

The best way to avoid looking older is to protect your skin 365 days of the year. Many patient’s have said “Roxanne, if I only use one skincare product on my skin, what would you recommend?”  I can assure you my answer is always the same – “UVA / UVB broad- spectrum SUNSCREEN.”  All other anti-aging skincare products are pointless if you are not using sun protection.  I would recommend that you refer back to two earlier blog posting’s (if you haven’t already).

Medical-grade skincare products are the best way to properly moisturize and maintain the skin. These products are dispensed only by a physician. They are not available over-the-counter because they are generally of a much higher concentration. A daily medical-grade skincare program will help maintain results from skin treatments and reverse signs of aging.

There are some simple, effective, in-office treatment options for early maintenance. Medical microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, or intense pulsed light photo facials can help to restore a youthful appearance. You might be surprised how much younger one can look by just evening out the skin tone, removing brown spots and keeping the skin well hydrated. CO2 CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser ResurfacingMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing can more aggressively reduce lines and brown spots, build new collagen and improve skin texture and laxity. Using a combination of both in-office skin treatments and a medical-grade home skincare program will give you the best results in early skin restoration.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute. Please contact us for additional information at  217-3508 Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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or 309-662-0436

ASK OUR EXPERT: How to choose effective skincare products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Q: I have a drawer full of lotions and creams that don’t work. There are so many skincare products out there.  How I know which skin care products work and which ones do not?

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. 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 choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.
My first recommendation:
Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, 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. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.
My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the 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.
During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.
My second recommendation:
Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?
I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as 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 tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. 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. The ingredients are listed 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 scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.
This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. 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 choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, 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. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.

My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the 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.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.

My second recommendation:

Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as 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 tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. 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. The ingredients are listed 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 scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.  Dr. Castillo offers free skincare consultations with me. During this consultation you will receive valuable skincare information to help determine the best options for your skin.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, just all our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana Il.) office 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington office at 309-622-0436 to schedule at appointment.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436