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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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FDA Recommendation for Silicone Breast Implants (Not Saline Implants)

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

If you have breast implants or in some way are interested in breast implants, you may have seen in various media information releases that the FDA has decided to keep silicone breast implants on the market.  The questions as to if they should come out or not was brought out by the finding that a number of these implants tend to “fail,” that is, the shell of the implant tends to break and/or dissolve.  The FDA has recommended that an MRI study (a form of x-ray) should be done every four years or so post implant placement to assess the integrity of the implant.

What the public needs to know is the following:

  1. This news does not concern whatsoever anyone with saline breast implants.  It is only applicable to silicone breast implants.
  2. If you have silicone breast implants, and you find yourself in a position where there is a questionable break of the implant, you should always let your physician make the decision as to what should be done about it.  In most instances, a number of physicians would recommend to do absolutely nothing, even if the shell of the implant has failed, because your body has already made a capsule which contains it inside without letting it go anyplace.  Silicone in breast implants is not in liquid form; it is in a paste or gel-type form

In our practice, most of our breast augmentations are saline breast implants.  In those cases in which patients have silicone breast implants, we take a conservative view and if the implant has failed, that is the shell has been disrupted, we evaluate the patient on a case by case basis and in most instances do absolutely nothing other than observe the patient from time to time.  I feel it is unnecessary to remove the implant as long as the capsule that the patient has formed remains intact.

As always, we recommend saline breast implants as the very best solution for breast augmentation, and only in selected cases will silicone breast implants be recommended.    https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS, Triple Board-Certified

G. D. Castillo, M.D., FACS
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Breast Asymmetry

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Not All Breasts Are Created Equal

Breast asymmetry is quite common, though the degree and patient perception of it varies.  Often patients are not aware of their asymmetry, they just recognize that they are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts.  Frequently women have one breast that is larger than the other breast or nipple that is positioned lower than the other.  Patient’s often share their stories of frustrations when searching for clothing that will fit properly without accentuating the asymmetry and the continual distress it causes them.

If breast asymmetry is so common, why does it bother us females so much if our breasts are not perfectly symmetrical?  Maybe as women, we just haven’t had as many opportunities to compare our breasts to the breasts of the average women unlike say… women living in other countries, like maybe…France, where breasts seem to be on display. Maybe it’s because we torture ourselves by thinking our partner is comparing our breasts imperfections to the perfectly perky, perfectly shaped, perfectly sized, perfectly air brushed breasts in magazines.  Maybe it is because we remember what our breasts looked like before children. Maybe it’s because we just want to be the best self we can be. The list could go on indefinitely I’m sure. Unfortunately, there isn’t much comfort to be found in the idea that there are lots of women facing the same imperfections.

Fortunately, Dr. Castillo has decades of experience in dealing with and developing solutions for this very problem.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure on meeting G.D. Castillo, M.D., “as a surgeon (and an individual) he is a breath of fresh air” as quoted by one of our patients.  I must agree!  He is a truly gifted surgeon with a compassionate, understanding, engaging bedside manner. Dr. Castillo’s goal is your goal: to create beautiful breasts that look and feel exactly as you envisioned them.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we offer options to address each type of asymmetry concern.

1.     Breast augmentation – This procedure may involve inserting a breast implant in one or both breasts, depending on the individual patient’s needs.

2.     Liposuction – Many times liposuction of the larger breast can be used to simply equal out the volume / size of your breasts without breast implants.

3.     Breast Reduction – This cosmetic surgery procedure can be used to reduce the size of one or both breasts to create breast symmetry.

4.     Breast Lift (Mastopexy) – This breast surgery is used improve breast ptosis (sagging) in one or both breasts, reshaping the breasts to create beautiful symmetrical breasts.

5.     Nipple Reduction or Nipple Augmentation – This cosmetic procedure can be used to increase, decrease or equalize the size and shape of the nipple and give balance to the breasts.

6.     A combination of one or more of the above breast surgeries is sometimes needed to correct the asymmetry in its entirety.

If you be are interested in more information  on  Breast Asymmetry solutions, call  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic’s, Savoy, Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) location at 217-359-7508 or  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic’s Bloomington, Illinois location at 309-662-0436 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo and have all of your questions answered and your concerns relieved.

Roxanne Hammond

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

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

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Ask The Expert:
Bloomington IL, Breast Augmentation:

Q: I wear a size 34 A bra. My breast size or lack of is something that affects me daily. I have difficulty wearing a variety of clothing styles and am self-conscious in a swim suit. At 29 years old, I do not want to continue fighting these issues. However, my friends are not supportive of my decision. How can I make them more comfortable with my decision?

A: Breasts are an important factor in how women feel about themselves. For many women, breasts are directly related to their sense of femininity. Having breasts that in some way make you feel less than adequate can change the way you relate both emotionally and intimately. This characteristic is quite normal to human nature and is not a sign of over-indulged vanity (though, I believe a little vanity is a positive thing).
Though having the support of your friends is extremely valuable, choosing to have breast augmentation is a very personal decision and one only you and your cosmetic surgeon can make together. After all, it is your body. You are the one who deals with the daily frustrations that your breast size is creating.
There are implant shape and size options to fit the desire of almost any women. You can choose breast implants that resemble the look you achieve when you wear a push up bra (high set, perky, round) or you can choose implants that look and feel so natural that it will be difficult for others to even notice that you have them. For women considering breast augmentation in our Champaign, Illinois surgical facility, Dr. Castillo uses a specialized minimal scar incision technique that makes it difficult to detect the scarring after a few months.
I would suggest making a consultation with a few cosmetic plastic surgeons. Once you have found one that you feel comfortable with, I believe you will be able to make the decision that is right for YOU.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Losing the fight against gravity?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

So your breasts have lost the fight against gravity and now you are left wondering “why full, perky breasts seems to be a privilege of youth.”

What now…?

Developing breast ptosis or sagging breasts is life changing. Women who are afflicted with this condition frequently experience difficulties with emotional and / or sexual intimacy as their self-esteem takes a hit. It can become difficult to expose your body to a partner. Looking proportionate in a swim suit or other clothing can become very challenging and is likely to inhibit activities. Often women become discouraged with the shape of their body as they often feel as though their waist is disappearing as the breasts lengthen, creating the appearance of a thicker mid section.

Women can develop dropping or sagging breasts for many reasons. Drooping and breast deflation can occur after pregnancy or breast feeding, after weight loss, or years of baking their breasts in the sun until they are well done. The upper portions of the breasts appear flattened and the lower portion descends below the fold of the breast. Many times breast skin loses elasticity and becomes stretched or weakened. Your self-esteem may be affected further if any or all of the above symptoms occur in an unbalanced fashion, creating asymmetry of the breasts as well.

Experiencing a change in self-esteem is a normal reaction to this body change as women’s femininity is often directly related to how she feels about the size and shape of her breasts. Unfortunately, just because the condition is a common one, doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when it happens to you. Fortunately, more women are willing to talk about this age old problem and are discovering that there are solutions available that will improve their outlook on life.

Now let’s talk solutions!

1. In some instances, a saline or silicone breast augmentation will be all that is needed to correct your breast concerns. Breast implants can replace or increase breast volume or fullness and will improve your cleavage. Excess skin from around the areola may be removed at this time if needed.

2. If your nipples are positioned lower than the fold of your breasts and / or your breasts are asymmetrical, meaning one breast is larger / dropping more than the other; a Mastopexy (breast lift) https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-lift.cfm is likely the solution to correct your dropping breasts. Because the degree of ptosis (sagging) varies, a Mastopexy includes a range of possibilities for correction based on the position of the nipple-areolar complex, the amount of excess skin and the volume of the breast. During this procedure, your nipple-areolar complex is relocated to a higher position on the breast. Dr. Castillo may also to remove excess skin to reshape and support the breast using a keyhole shaped incision to lift the breast back to a more youthful shape and position.

3. If you are looking for a solution to repair sagging and to achieve equally balanced breasts with increased fullness, you may need a combination of procedures. Breast augmentation https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm in our Champaign, Illinois surgical facility may be combine with a Mastopexy (breast lift) to reach your goal of full, perky breasts.

Click on the following links to visit our breast surgery photo gallerys:

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

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=10

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=9

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Prestigious Accreditation Celebratory Offer – Breast Augmentation $5,500!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

$5500 All-Inclusive Breast Augmentation  – Time Limited Offer

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington, we are excited to announce that in honor our prestigious new Accreditation by the Joint Commission, Dr. Castillo is extending his appreciation by offering an All-Inclusive Saline Breast Augmentation for only $5500.00. That’s  right – ONLY $5500.00!  If you have been considering breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo.  During your consultation, Dr. Castillo will discuss all of your concerns, answer your questions and give you the information needed to decide whether breast augmentation and Dr. Castillo are right for you.  You will be shown before and after photos of Dr. Castillo’s work as well. At this time you will also have the unique opportunity to try on implant sizers so you will leave the consultation knowing what you will look like after having breast augmentation.

G.D. Castillo, M.D. Breast Surgeon, Champaign & Bloominton, IL

Who Are Our Patients? The Average Citizen We See Every Day

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Q: What demographic represents the bulk of your patients?

A: The answer is surprising to many – the majority of our patients are comprised of the average citizen that you and I pass everyday on the street. A stereotype used to exist that relegated an elective procedure to the realm of celebrities or the very wealthy – that stereotype has become a thing of the past and rightly so.

Q: What do you mean by rightly so?

A: Well, the average person looks in the mirror everyday, and if we are fortunate enough to enjoy what “society” considers the norm reflected back at us, we often don’t realize how many people don’t share our good fortune.

For example, if a woman’s breasts are naturally equally pleasing in both size and shape, she may have never considered how common it is for this not to be the case for other women. Breasts, in particular, are a strong focal point for most women, and for the woman who has developed disproportionately, this can be emotionally devastating.

A woman suffering from one smaller tubular-shaped breast and one larger round-mounded breast doesn’t have the same experiences as a woman with breasts similar in size and shape. Every aspect of her life – both social and intimate, will be colored by this congenital deformity. Imagine shopping for bras in this situation or the discomfort in fun activities such as going to a swimming pool with your friends. Think of the distress of needing to camouflage this irregularity in both choosing and wearing your wedding dress. This would be incredibly limiting for those of us who take our physiques for granted.

A breast procedure can correct this situation and although an insurance company may consider the procedure elective and cosmetic, that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary for the mental health and well being of the patient.

This is just one example of many. Cosmetic procedures are termed such mainly because they are elective. These procedures have a very high satisfaction rate and most patients immediately comment on the effect on their quality of life. The value and necessity of these procedures is undeniable.

Cosmetic surgery has become more affordable for all and has remained economically stable. Breast augmentation pricing remains the same as it was ten years ago while regular medical care has gone up 140%.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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