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WILTED BY WINTER WEATHER  

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

You have packed away your flip flops and Daisy Dukes and pulled out your boots, long sweaters, leggings and warm winter coats; but did you remember change up your skincare routine?  This is the time of year when patients flood the skin rejuvenation suite in Dr. Castillo’s Savoy and Bloomington locations, desperately looking for solutions to their concerns of suddenly seeing more wrinkles and sagging, dull, flaking, even red and irritated skin. With a few simple changes recommended in their skincare evaluation, they are re-united with the soft, supple skin they work so diligently all year to achieve.

4982The unfavorable changes winter brings is often due to a drop in humidity, not only outdoors but indoors as well.  When we get exposed to the cold, windy, dry air, our first reaction is to rush inside and crank up the thermostat or jump a steaming hot shower. Unfortunately these “feel good” reactions de-hydrate our skin even more, causing our skin to look even more wilted.

Dry, winter weather can really pack a wallop.  Before you know it, dry air and harsh elements can heighten the appearance of wrinkles, and crepiness, flaking and loss of radiance.  Who wants to wake up with these changes right before the holiday gathering season?  Not me!  This calls for some simple changes in your everyday skincare routine to maintain your youthful, supple, radiant appearance.

I recently stayed in a lovely hotel for a few days in one of the more blustery weather states. I woke up after the second night feeling as if my face might actually crack in half.  True statement! My face felt dry, tight, rough, irritated and what’s worse… I looked as if I had aged 10 years over night!  NOT what I was hoping to get out of my vacation!  Well, I decided instantly that I was not going down without a fight! After all, I am a skincare specialist!

I immediately took some successful precautions to help return my skin to its normal condition.

  • I kept my hotel room temperature at 67 degrees – higher temperatures will cause dry skin.
  • Avoided hot showers that feel so good in cold weather – again causes dry skin.
  • Added a humidifier to add moisture to the room
  • Increased my water intake
  • Loaded up on my skin barrier protecting moisturizer
  • Continued to apply my medical grade, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Remember that the combination of winter sun along with snow glare can really damage your skin.

Making an appointment to speak with a trained skincare specialist in your local cosmetic plastic surgeons office will be time well spent.  You will receive information that will be hard to find at your local store counter.  A skincare specialist will be able to analyze your skin, review your current product regimen and suggests the simple adjustments you will need to make to look your best all winter long!

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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MINIMIZING BRUISING AFTER DERMAL FILLER INJECTIONS:

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Create balance with dermal fillers. Lasts upto 18 months.

Dermal fillers such as Voluma, Perlane, Juvaderm, Restylane or Radiesse are one of the most popular non-surgical solutions to improve aging skin. Dr. Castillo’s patients choose dermal fillers because it is a great way to increase volume in areas where the aging process has deflated their lips, cheeks, temples, or lower lids.  It is a quick way to fill in unwanted lines around the mouth and face to restore a more smooth, youthful appearance.

Though this treatment is not a facelift by any means, dermal fillers have made a place for themselves in the world of beauty enhancement and anti-aging.  Even though dermal fillers cannot truly provide the results of a facelift, they are at the height of their popularity today and their use is growing by leaps and bounds.

I think their increase in popularity has much to do with the idea of how they are marketed.  They are often referred to as a “no down-time” treatment in comparison to a facelift which does require a brief down time.

You can have this treatment done on a free afternoon.  Dr. Castillo typically injects a local anesthetic to assure that you are comfortable during the procedure. You will be numb and have difficulty speaking for 2-4 hours after the treatment due to the localized numbing. Most people are ready to be seen socially by the next day.

While some patients can experience minor bruising or swelling, these side effects can be minimized or avoided with a little bit of preparation before their treatment.

·      EXPEREINCE is key!

Here is where preparation begins.  Do your homework.  Injecting dermal fillers within or under the skin is not as easy as it seems and far from a cookie cutter treatment.  You will be best served seeking a board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon’s office.  They have the detailed training, expertise and experience to achieve your desired results.  Also keep in mind that on the rare chance that an adverse reaction could occur, you want to choose an injector who is qualified and experienced enough to recognize and treat your reaction. There is a multitude of decisions to be made and you want to make sure your injector is qualified to make them…

1.    Is this patient a good candidate for dermal filler?

2.    Which type of dermal filler should be used?

3.    How deep should the filler be placed?

4.    Which anatomical areas should be avoided?

5.    Which is injection technique is best or this case?

  • DISCONTINUE “BLOOD THINNERS” one week prior to your treatment.

Dr. Castillo recommends discontinuing all aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), NSAIDS / blood thinners one week prior when possible, for his patients.  This will significantly reduce your chances for bruising. Blood thinners delay the coagulation process that would normally occur after an injection. This may result in an unwanted bruise. Typical over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprophen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin would fall under this category along with a number of vitamins and supplements such as fish oil, Vitamin E, St. John’s Wart and Primrose oil.  If you need to take mediation for discomfort, OTC Tylenol can be used.

  • AVOID STRENUOUS EXPERCISE

Strenuous exercise can prolong your symptoms and is best avoided for the first 48 hours after your dermal filler.

  • APPLY A COLD COMPRESS

If swelling occurs, applying a cold compress to the treated area can help reduce swelling more quickly. It can help for the first 12 hours after treatment, but should not be used beyond 24 hours after your treatment.

If you have further questions about dermal filler solutions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Castillo 217-359-7508 or leave your questions in the blog comment box.

 

Yours truly,

 

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Ask Our Expert – Will My Nose Get Smaller?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Question:  I had Rhinoplasty two weeks ago.  Will my nose get smaller over time?

Answer: Dear reader, I would first encourage you to speak with your plastic surgeon regarding your concerns as he will be able to best answer your questions as your surgeon.  However, in general, two weeks is definitely too short of a time period to make any kind of decisions as to what the final outcome will be from your nose surgery.  Six to Eight weeks after surgery, you will be better able to evaluate the nasal dorsum. Ittakes time for swelling to settle down and for the nose to take its shape.

Rest assured that your nose will continue to change for up to one year post-surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER

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ASK OUR EXPERT – Can the general mass of my nose be made smaller?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Q:  Can you tell me if the general mass of my nose be made smaller by the photos I have enclosed?

 

A: There seem to be two things that are quite obvious, the first one is that there is a greater width at the base of the nose (the radix) and the second one is that there is an obvious disconnect between the bony nose and the cartilaginous nose, that is between the top and the bottom half of the nose.  When the transition between the cartilaginous and bony nose is quite sharp, there is an unsettling disconnect of the nose that nasal surgery can correct by narrowing the bony pyramid of the nose.  The cartilaginous portion of the nose can be tailored at the same time to fit onto the bony nasal dorsum.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular procedures performed in my champaign, cosmetic plastic surgery facility today and is one of the most rewarding for our patients. Should you choose to have a consultation for further assessment, we can review before and after photos of real patients with issues similar to yours to give you some idea of the type of results that are generally achieved with a rhinoplasty.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS

Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

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Ask Our Expert: What type of surgeon should I consult with for micro-fat transplantation to my face?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Question:  What type of surgeon should I consult with for micro-fat transplantation to my face?

Answer:

Dear reader,

There are a few important factors to consider when choosing a surgeon:

  • Board certification – It is always important to have surgery and/or procedures done by a physician who is board-certified in the specialty associated with that procedure.  For fat transplantation to the face, you would look for a surgeon who is board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Experience – Once you locate a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, the next step is to find out how much experience the surgeon has with fat transfer procedures and particularly, micro-fat transplantation to the face.  Experience of greater than 20 cases would be essential.
  • Real Patient Photos – I would ask to see some pictures of patients in his or her practice who have had this procedure done by him or her.  Surgeons who are experienced in this area should have a collections of before and after photos to show their work.

 

G.D. Castillo,M.D., FACS
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

 

 

 

 

Options For The Aging Face

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

During the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Meeting in San Diego, it was stated that the AAFPRS had recently released a new study that found 39% of women were most worried about sagging cheeks or under eye bags, while 33% of women were most worried about lines and wrinkles.  28% of women were most worried about the “turkey neck” effect.

Being a women (and working with an incredible mentor and internationally-renown facial plastic surgeon for years; G.D. Castillo, M.D.) these stats come as no surprise to me.  Of course we women worry sagging cheeks, under eye bags, wrinkles, and the dreaded t-t-t-turkey neck.  It’s normal to want to be the best version of ourselves!  Stop for a minute and think about the women in your life who make a real effort to look their best, exercise, eat healthy.  Those people get things done!  They enjoy life! They are advancing in their careers, moving forward in their personal lives, involved in the community. They are movers and shakers. Looking good and feeling good about how you look is a true life motivator.

I cannot think of single women I know who is excited about the arrival of the next sign of aging. We are always scanning the mirror at home or in the car to make sure we look good – checking for lettuce in our teeth, smeared lip stick, dark circles that might need camouflaging… you know the drill.  For those  who say that’s simply being vain, well, maybe, but in my opinion a little vanity is a great thing. I think it means you care about how you represent yourself.  To me that is self respect.  Something we should all have because we all deserve it.  After all, if we don’t respect ourselves, who will?

I remember when my youngest daughter was about four years old.  She always had a way put a positive spin on things, always encouraging and complimenting others. We were on the floor playing a matching game when she looked at me and said “Wow mommie, the hair right here on the top of your head is shiny white.  Mommie, you are doing a great job at that!”  Cute as that was, you better believe my head was covered in chocolate expresso hair color with in the hour!

We all know aging is inevitable but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it gracefully with no attempt to slow the process.  This blog is called “Anti-Aging” with Grace after all.

Well not to worry (besides worrying just causes frown lines and then everyone thinks your angry all the time).  With the advances in technologies and the growing experience in plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation at your disposal, you have both surgical and non-surgical options available to wash your worries and your wrinkles away!  

SAGGING CHEEKS:

  • Non-surgical options

1. Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume loss in sagging cheeks.

  • Surgical options
  • 1.  A facelift – Fortunately, today facelifts are really customized for the individual’s needs.  There are Mini-facelifts, which is a limited facelift generally indicated in someone with early signs of aging (late 30’s to late 50’s) and are most effective in people with facial aging rather than neck aging.  Mid-facelifts, which elevate of the mid portion of the face. This type of facelift is needed in patients that have either facial sagging or lacking facial volume in the second 1/3rd of the face. Traditional facelifts are the treatment of choice for those who have of both the sagging of the cheek and the neck area.***Keep in mind that when sagging tissue is present, non-surgical results will not compare to the results of surgical removal of tissue, which is the hallmark of any kind of surgical facelift.

UNDER EYE BAGS:

  • Non-surgical options –
  1.  Try cutting out salt and preservatives from your diet for one month.  Observe over the month whether or not the bags disappear or reduce to a tolerable state. Salt / preservatives are found in prepared foods such as those you purchase from a deli or restaurant and in canned or boxed foods and can be responsible for puffy under-eye bags. If you see considerable improvement, you may be able to avoid partaking in the options below just by avoiding salt and preservatives.
  2.  Dermal fillers Hyaluronic acids (Restylane, Perlane, and Juvaderm) can be used fill in depressed curves that form between the cheek and the bag to provide a more natural, youthful contour.
  3.  CO2 Micro-fractional laser resurfacing can help to tighten the lower eyelid skin but it will not improve excess fat deposits.
  • Surgical options

       1.   Lower Eye Lid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – This may include the removal of fat from the lower lid area or the transplant of fat to the area depending on the needs of the patient.

FINE LINES AND WRINKLES:

  • Non-surgical options
  1. CO2 Micro-fractional laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive treatment that typically produces the best non-surgical results for fine lines and wrinkles.  It will also remove brown spots and other pigment and texture changes that often present along with lines and wrinkles.
  2. Botox® can be used to smooth out lines and wrinkles of the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes.
  3. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane®, orRadiesse® can be used to replace volume and fill in lines and wrinkles.
  • Surgical options
  1. CO2 full face laser resurfacing, (not to be confused with CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser resurfacing) can smooth out lines, wrinkles, tighten the skin, increase collagen, improve poor texture and pigment issues, and unwanted spider veins. If you are experiencing structural sagging a facelift or cheek lift may be done simultaneously.
  2. Facelift– As individuals age, they tend develop lines an wrinkles caused by loose skin and lax underlying muscle structure. A Rhytidectomy or facelift is designed to remove loose skin and tighten lax underlying structures which result in a lasting, more youthful appearance.
  3. Fat Transplantation can sometimes be used to replace volume loss of the face, relieving the lines that have developed due to loss of facial fat that can happen during the aging process.

TURKEY NECK:

  • Non-surgical options –
  1. Beyond managing your weight and avoiding the yo-yo weight effect along with protecting your skin from UV radiation to preserve collagen and elastin, your best bet is a trip to the O.R.  Once you develop a turkey waddle, there is not much in line of non-surgical options that provide true improvement.
  • Surgical options –
  1. Neck lift – This procedure is often combined with a cheek lift. The typical neck lift or neck/cheek lift consists of a modified type of facelift in which the main emphasis is to tighten the muscle structure and remove as much excess neck skin and fatty tissue as possible, resulting in a smooth, youthful contour of the neck, jawline, and lower face.
  2.  Chin implant surgery – also known as a mentoplasty is needed when a patient has a short mandible or recessed chin. The lack of adequate bone structure tends to accentuate jowls and loose, sagging skin around the neck.
  3. Neck liposculpture – This may be all that is needed to correct a double chin or turkey neck.  During this procedure, fatty tissue is removed via liposuction and the musculature of the neck is tightened to create a defined jawline. In some instances, neck liposculpture may be combined with a chin implant to correct a recessed chin. Patients can return to work within 3 to 4 days.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skincare and Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

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

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XEOMIN NOW AVAILABLE AT COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Move over Botox Cosmetic®, there’s yet another new kid in town or at least in Dr. Castillo’s plastic surgery practice. If you are a frequent reader of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center’s “Anti-Aging With Grace”blog, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/blog/then you likely remember a blog discussion about Dysport®, as the first alternative to Botox Cosmetic®. Now Xeomin® has hit the wrinkle reducing scene. I’m sure this will have many of millions of neurotoxin users wondering which one gives the best results.In a nutshell, what you as the consumer need to know is basically they all work very well and have a long history of safety and effectiveness. These three neuro-muscular modulators; Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport® and now Xeomin® are very similar with a few slight differences in how they are made but the end result is the same. They all smooth wrinkles to create a more youthful, alert look. They were all developed by large, well-established, reputable drug companies (Allergan, Medics, Mertz). They are all FDA-approved. They are all a form of botulinum toxin, which is a purified neurotoxin with many on and off label uses from treating migraines and muscle spasms to my personal favorite…erasing wrinkles and angry eye brows.In my opinion, the most important decision you will make when deciding to smooth out your wrinkles with Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®, isn’t which product to choose but rather WHO will be administering your injection. This were you really need to concentrate your efforts. Seek out a board-certified facial plastic or cosmetic surgeon or a cosmetic dermatologist who has the long-standing experience and skill necessary to give you the look you desire.And please…stay clear of Botox® parties!!

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/

 

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“Make-Up For Lost Sleep

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“MAKE-UP” FOR LOST SLEEP

At a recent staff holiday dinner for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Castillo and the staff were discussing different articles about insomnia and the activities that can make it worse like using your computer or watch television just before you go to bed.  On the way home that night I realized that what our conversation was missing was what to do the morning after.

Sometimes trying to get your “beauty rest” can just be ugly! For most, there is long list of things that often get in the way of a full eight hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep;  late night work obligations, social events, an ill child,  insomnia…  For others it is the inability to turn off the brain the night before a big event, whether it is a holiday party you’ve been planning for months, an early morning flight to paradise or a high-intensity business meeting.  Whatever the reason, missing your beauty sleep isn’t pretty!  It results in tired, red, puffy eyes and dull, lifeless skin.  You might as well hang a sign around your neck that says “approach with caution, functioning only on auto-pilot today.”

So what can you do help conceal the signs of a sleepless night? Start drinking water as soon as your feet hit the floor, sooner if you can get bedside service.  The natural thing is to go right for the coffee, which isn’t a bad idea to jump-start the brain but remember that coffee is a natural diuretic so continue to push the water throughout the day.  Hydration is key!

After you have cleansed your face, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.  This is a quick, effective way to help brighten your complexion.  I recommend one of two exfoliation options;

  • Use a thin buff puff sponge in a circular motion during your cleansing process or
  • Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/   offers an at home Microdermabrasion scrub which is great for exfoliating while in the shower. It’s perfectly round spheres assure an effective exfoliation without damaging your skin cells.

Next apply a facial moisturizer followed by a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock.  Once you have a soft, moisturizer,  exfoliated and UV protected canvas to paint on, the real work begins…

Tired looking eyes are a dead give-away that you’re missing a few zzz’s so good eye camouflage is essential.  The following tips can help conceal

your sleepy eyes:

  • If time allows, apply something cool to the eye area like refrigerated cucumber slices, a bag of peas or cold pack for a few minutes before you get started to with help with the puffiness.
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of under-eye concealer to the lower eye lids if dark circles are present.
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of eye lid primer to the upper eye lid.  This generates a monochromatic skin tone and preps it for the steps that follow.
  • Apply Luxe Liquid foundation (available in Dr. Castillo’s skincare suite) to the entire face.  Its diamond powder technology help refract the light to give you a soft glow and hide imperfections such as lines around the eyes.
  • Use a peach colored eye liner in the inner corner of the eyes and just under the lower lash line. This will help conceal redness.  It can also be used at the outer corner of the lower lash line to create an instant eye lift.
  • To create an even more open, alert eye, use a near white or cream color eye shadow to the inner 1/3rd of your upper eye lid.
  • Mascara – Think of it as your American Express for the day –“DON’T leave home without it!”  This will help to frame and define the eyes further.

If that doesn’t quite do the trick, add a bold color to your lips, highlighted with gloss to divert their eyes away from yours.  And remember to always wear a smile!

 

Yours Truly,

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/

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