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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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309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

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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309-662-0436 Bloomington

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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309-662-0436 Bloomington

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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Buyer Beware: Billboard of Half Truths

Friday, November 20th, 2009

How many of you have seen the billboards or other material that states “Vitamin D from Tanning Beds and Sunshine can reduce your risk of Breast Cancer by 75%”? It even displays a pink ribbon that mimics the pink ribbon used by the American Breast Cancer Association. Look closely…DO NOT BE FOOLED.  Though similar, it is not the same pink ribbon of support used by the American Breast Cancer Association, nor was the ABCA in support or even aware of this marketing campaign when I called them. The American Breast Cancer Association doesn’t make a recommendation to use a tanning bed or sun bathe. Touting tanning as a measure to prevent breast cancer is not only scientifically unfounded by peer review, but is incredibly self-defeating to those who heed the tanning industries misleading advise.

Those involved in this marketing campaign, extracted theories from on-going studies that report that there is some link between Vitamin D Deficiency and certain cancers such as breast cancer, along with other disorders including but not limited to depression, autism, and osteoporosis and so on.  Please understand these studies have not concluded that Vitamin D Deficiency is a cause of illnesses such as breast cancer.  They are only stating that there is evidence that those with certain illnesses are often also Vitamin D deficient. They then crossed that information with the fact that one way to increase vitamin D is through exposure to sunlight or a tanning bed and came up with an unconscionable advertisement.

Vitamin D levels can be increased through various options.  Some are safe.  Some are not.  Some options have a positive effect on the body in general while other options are scientifically proven carcinogens.  I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t make much sense to me to expect to lessen my chance of developing breast cancer by using a method (tanning) that is proven to cause other forms of cancer such as deadly skin cancers, cancers of the eye, other health issues and pre-mature aging (wrinkles, brown spots, broken blood vessels, sagging, discolored skin).  How about you?

The safe options to increase Vitamin D levels include:

  1. Oral calcium supplements that include vitamin D.
  2. Diet – according to the Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH) including salmon, tuna, beef liver, eggs, orange juice, milk, yogurt, and some cereals in your diet will increase your vitamin D intake naturally.

Options to increase vitamin D that are proven to cause cancer and pre-mature aging:

  1. UV radiation from the sun
  2. UV radiation from tanning beds

Earlier this summer, Lancet Oncology announced that the rating on tanning beds has been moved from a “probable” cause of skin cancer to a “DEFINATE” cause of skin cancer.  This means that tanning beds are now a PROVEN carcinogen, just like cigarettes / nicotine.  UV radiation not only makes you look “old” before you time, it can KILL you.

According to statistics provided by Dr. Brooke Rutleadge Seckel, Assistant Professor of Surgery Harvard Medical School, in 1935, Americans had a 1 in 1500 risk of developing invasive melanoma in their lifetime.  By 2001 that number increased to 1 in 74.  Today, it is 1 in 50!  Over ONE MILLION new cases of squamous and basal cell skin cancers will be diagnosed this year along with more than 60,000 cases of Melanoma (the deadliest of skin cancers).

I understand that many people are convinced that in order for their skin to look attractive, it must be tan, have “some color.”  But, I think you’ll have to agree that no matter how tan your skin is, there is nothing SEXY about a cancerous lesion on your face! Healthy, radiant skin of any color is beautiful skin.  This means skin that is soft, supple, well hydrated and free of discolorations such as brown spots, yellowing, and broken vessels. One can have a nice bone structure, a bright smile, a bubbly personality yet nothing is as salient as glowing, undamaged skin.

I am no way judging tanning salon owners for their choice of business or those whom choose to tan.  Every adult has the right to make that choice.  I am however, objecting to the attempt to mislead the public for an industries own growth.  Every adult has the right to freedom of choice.  I just think you also have the duty to be correctly informed of the benefits and consequences of any choice.  I believe it to be a sad day in America when those affiliated with this campaign and industry (tanning) are willing to show such little regard for human health…for human life…

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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309-662-0436 Bloomington