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Best Season For Your Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Many of Dr. G.D. Castillo’s patient’s in both his Champaign and Bloomington Cosmetic Surgery Practices will often ask if there is a better time of the year is to have the particular surgery they are considering. Truthfully, most surgeries can be performed anytime of the year but each season does lend itself to certain advantages. Hopefully this blog post will give you some points to consideration when finding the best time for you and your daily lifestyle.

FALL:

Fall is known to be a time for change. The leaves change, colors change, temperatures change, daylight hours change, so why not make some changes of your own?

There are many advantages to having surgery this time of year. The kids are back in school. Busy summer schedules and beach days have come to an end (at least here in the Midwest) and life is starting to get back into a more consistent routine after summer. The holidays are coming up and with a little planning you can have surgery and be healed with no remaining tell-tail signs all before your first holiday get-together.

lipo jeans to bigThere are also a few long holiday weekends like Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. This is a good time to have body contouring with liposculpture or even neck liposcultpure. Breast augmentations, breast lifts or breast reductions, even mini-facelifts are possibilities over long weekends. It is usually cool enough to camouflage with an over-sized shirts, turtlenecks or scarves.

The only real disadvantage to having plastic surgery this time of year is that you are heading into the holiday season. It you have a lot of pre-holiday prep work or demands, than it might be more challenging.

 

WINTER:

Winter is typically a very popular time to have surgery and for good reason. It is generally a slower, more laid back time. You can extend time off from work by adding vacation days to the beginning or end of holiday time. For this reason, it’s an ideal time to have surgeries that take more than a long weekend to be presentable, like a facelift, forehead lift, eyelid surgery, fat transplantation or a rhinoplasty.

It is easier to hide out for a few days without friends and family getting suspicious of your absence. It’s a common time to be stuck at home with “the flu or a cold” for a few days and since no one wants your flu or a cold; they are likely to stay away 😉

Winter wardrobes make it easy to conceal post-surgical swelling and bruising of the face or body. Scarves, turtlenecks and cute winter hats make it easy to hide lady covered with scarfthe signs of a recent facelift or forehead lift. Big, comfy sweaters can hide slower movements just after breast surgeries, tummy-tucks and body contouring. Since you will need to avoid sun exposure after surgeries like laser resurfacing, winter is also the easiest time to stay out of the sun.

I cannot really think of any disadvantages of having surgery in the winter, though winter sometimes creates procrastination and before you know it, it’s spring and your suddenly in a time crunch to meet your surgical goals.

 

SPRING:

Spring is probably the most motivating season. It’s a very popular season for 4562 smallscheduling liposuction, tummy tucks, breast surgery and mommy-make-overs. Patients are looking ahead to late spring and summer and want to get their body in check before heading to the beach, going to class reunions, weddings, vacations, or just having less clothing to conceal their areas of concern. It is also a great time for those who couldn’t fit a facelift, brow lift, rhinoplasty into their winter schedule because you can still conceal with a big spring hat, scarf and sunglasses for the first few days if you have bruising or swelling to cover.

 

SUMMER:

Summer can be a more challenging time to have certain cosmetic surgery procedures, as it is more difficult to avoid sun exposure to lasered skin or new exposed incisions. If you are a gardener, a golfer or work outside, then summer may not be the best season to have laser surgery. Most surgeries will impinge on your summer activities, at least to some extent.

However, if your daily summer lifestyle doesn’t include spending lots of time summer-cute-hipster-beautyoutside and you are accustom to protecting your skin from the sun depending on your lifestyle, if you’re someone who already restricts the amount of sun exposure you get, or if you are willing restrict the time you spend outside for awhile, it can be a good option.

If you have kids at home, summer is a good time to send them off to grandmas or summer camp for a fun-filled week while you concentrate on your recovery. By the time they return, they will be none-the-wiser. Since most people are pretty busy during the summer months, it won’t be too suspicious if you disappear from your social scene for a week.

Procedures like breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions, eyelid surgeries and tummy tucks are good summer surgery choices. If summer is not a good time for surgery but you want a more youthful look for all your summer events, consider Botox, dermal fillers, or facials and skincare to keep you looking fresh until fall.

I think James Taylor said it best when he sang “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall…all you’ve got to do is call…”

 

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Contour Kits now available!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Today I would say I am bursting at the seams – and not because i’ve eaten too many holiday goodies (which I probably have), but rather due to the comments rolling in on the new Contour Kit now available at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. I’m

Contour-FBso excited to offer this amazing tool that our patients cannot stop raving about!  They love it because it is so easy to use and the transformations remarkable!  I can’t believe how much fun w e are all having with it! Cosmetic tool of the year!!

It’s amazing how a little contouring can thin out the face, take your cheekbone height to a new level, give strength and structure to your jawline, essentially turning you into runway model in 20 seconds or less!  Look out world, where’s the red carpet! I hope you can walk in heels!

The kit is so simple to use.  It is made for any skill level as it comes with a diagram showing you exactly where to place the contour shades and where to place the highlight shades.  If the diagram isn’t enough then you always have me; your skincare specialist to guide you on how to best use this little magic palette for your specific facial shape.

The coContour-Kit-FBntour kit comes with four colors; two for contouring and two for highlighting.  The specially designed doubled-headed brush makes it easy to apply accurately.  It is perfect for blending, resulting in a professional looking finish. And did I tell you how you much FUN it is?!!  You will definitely want to gift this to all your best girlfriends this year!

If you haven’t tried your hand at contouring your facial features, I have only one question to ask.  What are you waiting for?

 

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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What To Expect After Level III Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Recovering from Level III CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be an exercise in patience and faith; but if you’re concerned by wrinkles, it can also be one of the most rewarding decisions you will make for yourself. Knowing what to expect in advance is key to having a more peaceful recovery.

Day 1-7

It’s start with most prominent question first –

WILL I BE IN PAIN AFTER MY SURGERY???

This surgery is not particularly “painful.” You will experience a sunburn sensation that comes and goes over the first few days and your skin will be tender to touch. You can expect some swelling as well. With in 7 days, these sensitivities should be resolved.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE FIRST 7 DAYS OF MY RECOVERY?

Once your surgery is complete, you will spend about 1/1/2 hours in the recovery room with your personal recovery staff member (that’s me). You will find yourself in a very comfortable recliner with warm air system to keep you cozy. We will go over your at-home instructions in detail with you and your caregiver and answer any questions you may have.

You will leave Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in a facial bandage with opening for your eyes, nose and mouth. You will be sent home with a special post-laser ointment. You will apply this ointment to any areas where your skin is not covered by your bandage such as around the lips, nose and eyelids.

24 hours after your surgery you will return to our office to have your bandages removed. We will apply an ointment to your skin and apply a new bandage for another 24 hours.

48 hours after your surgery, you will return to our office for the second post op visit. At this visit Dr. Castillo will remove your bandage permanently. Now that your bandage is off, your main job at home is to keep your skin covered with a special post-laser ointment for the next 5-6 days and of course to avoid ALL sun exposure. We will review your post op instructions again and answer any questions you or your family may have. And remember we are always here if you have a question.

On day 6 or 7, you will return to our office for your third post-op visit. You will be healed at this point but your skin will still be red or pink. But that’s okay… Get ready to fell like a new person!! It’s camouflage day!!!DSC_0465
After visiting with Dr. Castillo, you will be escorted back to our skincare suite – the fun room!!   Here you will meet with me, the skincare and laser specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. This is an important step in feeling more like yourself! It’s tough hiding out for a week but by the time you leave the office today you will be ready for a lunch date! You will be amazed at how easy it can be to cover any signs of redness with the proper cosmetics and technique. Don’t worry; we will get you set up with everything you need to look fabulous at your next social event!

DSC_0568During this camouflage appointment, you also learn how to prevent future sun damage and how to properly maintain your new radiant, smooth skin in the short term and in the long term. It will be imperative that you avoid sun exposure for the next 6 months, as your skin will be very sun sensitive. This means we recommend you always use a wide-brim hat, UV protective sunglasses and apply Castillo MD Skin Science Prime Defense or Sun Defense sunscreen when going outside or traveling in your vehicle. When applying sunscreen, apply one layer, let it dry, then apply an additional layer before going out.

HOW WILL I CARE FOR MY SKIN AT HOME?

Day 7-15:

  1. MORNING –
  • Moisturize: Remove any Elta, Aquaphor or Bacitracin remaining on your skin from the night before.
  • Apply Calmative Cream by CastilloCalmative Cream MD Skin Science. This product is a moisturizer. You will need to re-apply it to the lasered areas a few times during the day to avoid getting dry.
  • Protect: Before going outside or traveling in your vehicle, apply Prime Defense or Sun Defense Sunscreen, let it dry for 3 minutes, then apply an additional layer.

You will need to re-apply every 2 hours if outside or traveling. You will need to apply every 80 minutes if sweating or if your skin becomes wet.

  1. NIGHT-
  • Cleanse: Apply Gentle Cleanser to damp skin with your fingers. Then wet your sponge and cleanse in a circular motion, removing any dead skin or yellow/green exudate. Rinse, and pat dry.
  • Moisturize: Apply the ointment Dr. Castillo has selected for you, (Elta, Bacitracin, or Aquaphor) to the lasered areas.

When you are ready, generally within 3-5 weeks, I recommend scheduling a skincare check up with me. This allows us to customize your daily skincare routine to your specific skin needs. From here on out, simple maintenance is key!

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Level III Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I once read that “wrinkles are the road map of one’s life,” but who wants a road map when you can have a GPS! In the field of cosmetic surgery, we would consider traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing the “GPS” of wrinkle solutions, providing a sleek, modern alternative to a wrinkly road map.

While Dr. Castillo offers 3 different levels of CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Level III Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing definitely offers the most dramatic anti-aging results available. This procedure is considered to be a surgical procedure and is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Castillo has performed thousands of these very effective procedures in his fully-accredited outpatient surgical facility. If you are looking for the best results possible for moderate to severe skin damage, you may want to learn more about this magn4920ificent treatment option.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LEVEL III TRADITIONAL LASER RESURFACING?

Ideal candidates for this procedure are men and women with advanced symptoms of aging,
skin damage or acne scarring. I am referring to moderate to severe lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, rough texture, brown spots, facial redness, spider veins, enlarged pores, skin laxity, loss of collagen, and acne scars. Their schedule will need to allow for week of down time before returning to work or social events.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This is a one-time laser procedure. Of course, sadly, it cannot keep you from getting sun damage in the future. That part is up to you. But that being said, we are always here to guide you and educate you on ways to slow the signs of aging and protect your new, flawless skin from the sun.

 

DSC_0040Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Fill Your Wrinkles

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Most of us grow up understanding that wrinkles are just part of life – at least until it happens to us. Youth has this way of making us feel energetic and invincible, like we can conquer the world. That’s pretty hard to give up. It seems only natural that looking our best makes us feel our best, and feeling our best encourages us to keep conquering whatever comes our way.

Assuming you are one of the millions, NOT welcoming wrinkles with open arms, then you’re probably looking for a few good options for your aging arsenal.

There are many viable surgical and non-surgical wrinkle smoothing solutions that can have you back to daily life asap.  These include anything from Botox to laser resurfacing or a facelift. Sometimes dermal fillers such as Restylane Lift, Restylane Silk, Juvaderm or Radiesse can be a good solution to combat those are earlier stages of aging.

 

So what causes those pesky wrinkles anyway?

  1. As we get older, we experience a breakdown in collagen and elastin in our skin. We begin to notice appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and textural changes. Of course, this can happen even sooner if you’ve live the life of a sun bunny. UV exposure is the number one culprit for pre-mature aging.4982
  1. As we age, we can loose some subcutaneous fat under the skin. Subcutaneous fat provides the volume needed to maintain a youthful appearance. (Think of dropping a wrinkled raisin into a glass of water, the water plumps the raisin, restoring its volume). This loss of volume creates loose skin, which results in sagging, wrinkles and eventually the desire to seek help from Dr. G.D. Castillo. You may begin to notice nasolabial folds or parentheses from the nose to the mouth, lip lines, marionette lines, sunken in lower lids and disappearing cheek prominence.
  1. As if reasons #1 & #2 weren’t enough of a blow to an aging ego, they are typically followed by the loss of boney structures and underlying tissue support. The loss of boney structure and tissue support creates more sagging and more wrinkling. As this occurs, skin moves downward with the help of gravity like that of a deflated balloon or wilting flower.

 

How can a dermal filler help improve unwanted facial aging?

Today, dermal fillers are not just used to give you a perfectly pouty lip, fillers can actually provide nice improvements to a mild to moderately aging face. They work by filling in lines and wrinkles and by providing much needed volume. Dermal fillers fill in lines around the mouth, or other areas of the face to create a smoother appearance. They plump up sunken in areas such as the lower eyelids, nasolabial folds and can restore or create a beautifully prominent cheek.

When patients first begin to notice

Create balance with dermal fillers. Lasts upto 18 months.

the signs of aging, they are often looking for a subtle change before they work their way up to a more dramatic change like facial surgery as the signs of aging progress. Some patients find dermal fillers to be an attractive choice because they can do it on a Friday and return to work on a Monday with no one being the wiser.

It is important to recognize that most people who are concerned about unwanted signs of aging will only benefit from fillers for a period of time. Fillers cannot take the place of having facial plastic surgery nor can they give you surgical results. They can only put a band aide on aging for a period of time. That being said, band aides are sometimes desirable. They can be a quick fix to mild lines and wrinkles, until the time is right for procedures like a facelift, a neck lift, or CO2 Laser Resurfacing.

 

2012 Castillo Knoblauch Studios 245bRoxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Facial Plastic Surgery IS the new BLACK.

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ORANGE  isn’t the new BLACK  this season!  It looks like Facial Plastic Surgery IS the new BLACK in 2016.

2015 and heading into early 2016, facial plastic surgery has gained a tremendous popularity; what’s more, it seems to be a very open topic. Patients, especially women aren’t hiding anymore. Even in Dr. Castillo’s mid-west conservative Cosmetic Plastic Surgery practice, it seems to me that “don’t ask, don’t tell” has changed to “hey, I just told my girlfriend about my facial plastic surgery experience and she will be in your office next week for a consultation.” Over the past year, facelifts https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/face-lift.cfm have become our most popular surgery. We are currently doing more facial plastic surgery than breast augmentations!

So why has facial plastic surgery become the hot ticket, mainstream item of today? Why is facial plastic surgery more acceptable in 2015-2016 then in the past? Why are more patients willing to share the very information we as Cosmetic Plastic Surgery professionals go to great lengths to keep confidential for them? So confidential in fact, that in the high-tech year of 2016, we still use only paper charts. We do not keep any patient records online as other healthcare facilities do today.

Well, I’m not a behavioral expert, so I can only speculate… Of course, there is the idea that baby-boomers make the largest segment of the population and they fall within the age category for most face lifts, but I think that is only a small part of the equation as the baby-boomer factor has been relative for years and this seems to be a new phenomenon.

I think that women are more empowered today than they were even 10-15 years ago. They hold high-powered positions in the work place, they are now often the bread-winner, and are more regarded as equals then ever before.   I think this has given many women the voice to openly discuss and go after what they want and need to improve their quality of life. They have gotten a taste of what a self-improvement can do for their quality of life whether it be obtaining a personal exercise coach, dental work, hair color or a face lift. Instead of trying to hide their decisions, they are now speaking out to say “I love my results and I’m so happy I did this for myself!” They want to share their personal joy and are willing to let their friends in on their secret so they too can reap the rewards of self-improvement.

We also have to consider the power of media. Plastic surgeons are being interviewed and quoted in top magazines regularly, discussing the latest advances in procedures and techniques. Celebrities are more open about having cosmetic procedures. There are multiple TV shows about cosmetic surgery (though some a little unrealistic for my taste) that take the viewer through the journey.

Caitlyn Jenner, although not your typical plastic surgery case, has brought much attention to cosmetic surgery and the changes that can be accomplished to help one meet their goals. All of these things make it more relative to the average person just wanting to look and feel their best. It show’s us that there are numerous surgical and non-surgical options and we can have some say on how we age and how we take care of our body, our health, our skin; our over-all appearance.

Dr. Castillo’s patient’s appreciate the natural, “less-obvious,” well-rested, youthful look that he has built his reputation on. Patients often tell me that they are so amazed that no one has figured out that they had facial surgery (that’s the sign off really good surgery by the way!). There friends just notice how great or well-rested they look. Most just assume they got a new hair cut or a new mattress. Recently, I have had several patients share with me the idea that they had no intension of telling anyone about their surgery or skin rejuvenation procedure, but after surgery, they found themselves so happy with their decision and results and have gained so much self-assurance that are now confidence enough to share their story with their friends and say “yes, I had a facelift and if your interested, I’ll be happy to give you the name of my surgeon.”

DSC_0040Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Elf Ears After A Facelift

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On occasion, a patient will come into my Champaign-Urbana Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center searching for advice on how to fix their “elf ears” after having a facelift elsewhere.

The normal expectation after a facelift is to obtain a more youthful appearance by improving of issues like jowls, neck folds, sagging skin etc but what about surprises like distorted ear lobes often called “elf” ears, “pixie” ears or “witches”ears?  This can occur during a facelift procedure when the ear lobe is pulled down and lacks the right angle between the lower portion of the lobe and the facial / neck area below it.

While some surgeons can produce this type of  unfortunate result / complication which is a tell tail sign that you just had a facelift with an undesirable outcome, I find it easy to correct with a natural looking end result.

The reason “elf ears” can occur after a facelift is because there is too much tension at the junction between the lowest part of the ear and the face – something that an experienced facial plastic surgeon would NOT do.  To correct this issue, I generally remake the lower incision without removing any skin and elevate the lower facial skin to a fixed point in the firm deep tissue (Parotid Facia).  This elevates the earlobe and returns the natural, round shape to the previously stretched earlobe releasing the downward pull of the earlobe.

This simple correction can be performed under local anesthesia and the patient is quickly back to normal daily activity.

Dr. G. D. Castillo

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Could a Non-Surgical Nose Job Really Work?

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

With the increased use of injectables through out the face, injectables as known as dermal fillers have come to play a role in managing small deformities of the nose.  Sometimes people refer to these derma filler injections to the nose as a non-surgical nose job.  In reality, it is not really a nose job, but rather the camouflaging of a deformity that can be corrected without the need of surgery.

A few examples of deformities that would possibly fall under this category would be:

1. A small dent on the side of the nose

2. A skin deformity related to scar and/or trauma

3.  A small nasal hump on a nose in which an experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon could add dermal filler above and below the hump, adding volume to create the illusion of a straight nasal dorsum or straight nasal bridge.

While I do find patients who fall in this category in our consultations for nasal surgery in both Bloomington/Normal and Champaign/Urbana, it is the minority of the noses that can be corrected through injectables.  Most of the patients seeking a nasal change do require changes about nasal cartilages and/or bones that would necessitate surgery as the treatment of choice.

When injectables can be used, one of two substances can usually be utilized.

1. Hyaluronic Acid– [Voluma, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lift, Juvaderm, Perlane, etc.,)

2. Hydroxy Appetite (such as Radiesse)

If you are thinking about undergoing nasal surgery and/or changes to your nose, your surgeon can easily point to the areas that can be corrected with either injectables and/or surgery and should be able to show you pictures of corrections that he has performed.  We have an extensive showcase of before and after photos of multiple types nasal deformities to demonstrate the corrective surgeries we have performed in our practice.  Our patients find this helps in a significant way when they are trying to address his own personal issues.

 

Dr. G. D. Castillo

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