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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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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery’s Traveling Staff

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Patients sometimes don’t realize that you can call any of our numbers and reach us wherever we are, and it’s not just our phones that follow Dr. Castillo.  Our staff members do as well!   Our patients can be assured that they will hear that same familiar voices on the phone and experience our traditional warm greeting when calling or entering either of our Illinois facilities – Savoy or Bloomington.

What can you, our patient, expect from us?

    • With the same experienced staff traveling between both of Dr. Castillo’s facilities in Savoy, (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington, Illinois, this maximizes location convenience while maintaining unrivaled continuity of care.
    • In a very short time, our patients develop a warm and comforting relationship with all of our staff members.
    • You’ll recognize who you are talking to and understand both their relationship to Dr. Castillo and your care.
    • At the same time, we’ll come to know you, identify with your concerns and dedicate ourselves to your end goal.
    • You’ll quickly discover that you can trust our sincerity – YOU are our valued patient and our chief concern is your wellbeing.
    • It’s comforting to know that the same compassionate, knowledgeable people will       be assisting you throughout your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery experience –  from our first meeting while taking the initial medical history,  assisting with your first examination by Dr. Castillo, the pre-operative history/physical, and throughout your entire post-operative appointments  for 3-4 months following your procedure.
    • You’ll  never experience an aloof response to your questions or concerns.
    • You can depend that we will identify with, and understand your feelings and concerns – and you will feel our strong desire to help you in anyway that we can.

Our patient’s confidence in Dr. Castillo and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is the highest compliment we receive.  As you come to know each and everyone of us during your visits, you’ll understand that obtaining the best possible outcome for your procedure or treatment is always our end goal, and will benefit from the cocoon of positive energy encompassing Dr. Castillo’s practice – our patient’s trust and confidence is a privilege we earn each and every day.  It’s our pleasure!

 

 

Ask Our Expert – Outpatient Surgical Facility Vs. Hospital

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

 

Question: Why do you prefer to perform surgery in an outpatient facility rather than the hospital?

Dr. Castillo’s state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility.

Answer – Dr. Castillo: Actually, about 90 percent of cosmetic plastic surgical procedures are now done in outpatient surgical facilities for the following reasons:

 

Safety

The surgical procedures done in an outpatient surgical facility are done by a staff which is dedicated to doing only outpatient surgical procedures, so they are better focused, the staff is better experienced and dedicated to a single task.  This increases safety and provides the patient with knowledgeable people that are experienced in state-of-the-art outpatient surgical procedures.

*    Infection

The rate of infections in hospitals varies anywhere between 2 to 12 percent.  The rate of infection in outpatient surgical facilities is much smaller.  In fact, in our outpatient surgical facility, infection is a nearly non-existent problem and we say that because it only presents itself every few years.  That is, the rate is so small that it is difficult to quantify.  You may ask yourself, why?  The reasons are multiple but for the most part it has to do with carrying out procedures that are done in patients who are healthy and not suffering from disease and/or infection.  Also remember that in our facility, we do not do what is referred to as a “dirty case,” that is, procedures that involve entering the intestine, colon or areas that typically have bacteria.

*     Cost

The cost of care in a hospital facility is often unknown and extremely high.  The reasons have to do with hospitals having fees that are much higher than the real expenses to be able to cover the uninsured and establish artificially high rates that can then be applied to different insurances.  The reason why this is possible is that generally insurance have no choice but to pay a fee while in our facility, the choice is yours.  That is, you are the patient and you elect whether to pay or not pay the cost you know beforehand to be – that is, you approve of that cost.  What this results in is a great competitiveness and a much reduced cost for the surgical procedure.

*        Scale

When you go to a hospital, you immediately become part of literally hundreds or even thousands of people who may be at the hospital for one reason or another.  That makes you one of many and the services are going to be diluted, meaning you are not likely to have individual care.  In comparison, an outpatient surgical facility like ours has staff that is dedicated to only you and no other business to take care of during the time that you are at the facility.  Consequently, you have a staff member that remains with you throughout your surgical procedure.  There are no delays and this results in expedient care and a much reduced level of anxiety.

*     Comparative Services

Are the outpatient surgical facilities like ours able to take care of you in an emergency?  The answer is yes.  Our facility is equipped to respond to an emergency in the same manner as a hospital would be.  That is, our facility is accredited by The Joint Commission https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/accreditation.cfm, which is the accrediting body for most hospitals in the nation.  This means that the level of response, equipment, drugs and supplies is par with a hospital.  What the outpatient surgery facility has that the hospital does not, is the experience to deal with the type of surgical procedure, that is, cosmetic surgery, which you are going to have.  This is an area, like in most areas, where expertise is not only important but is often the determinant for the degree of satisfaction and success that the procedure has.

So regarding the question, are you better off having your surgical procedure in a dedicated outpatient surgical facility doing cosmetic surgery only?  The answer is a qualified yes for the above reasons.

 

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

 

 

Only a Facelift Will Help You Now!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I think it is safe to estimate that at least once a week a patient, friend, or family member asks me what I know about the latest and greatest “dream cream” advertised as a “facelift  in a jar” they’ve seen on TV, in a magazine, on a billboard, or heard about from their mother-in-law.  What I know about dream creams is that they are just that, a dream.  I know I could say this in a more gentle way but truthfully, just look at the photos below of a facelift performed by G.D.Castillo, M.D. in his Champaign, Illinois, cosmetic surgery practice.

Do you really believe an anti-aging cream can do all this?

Before

 

After

If you are to the point in your aging process where you want or think you need a facelift, then have a facelift.  There are worse ways to spend your money, like on cream that is NOT a facelift.  Skincare products are NOT a replacement for a facelift, they are accompaniments.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am a big fan of medical-grade skincare.  It’s a necessity, right up there with air, food, stilettos, and BOTOX.  It has not only done wonders for my skin personally, but for hundreds of Dr. Castillo’s patients who are faithful in sticking to their regimen every day.

What about nonsurgical options?

Medical-grade skincare products are an important part of daily at-home maintenance.  The use of effective daily skincare (I’m talking the good stuff – medical-grade, physician supervised, available only at your cosmetic or plastic surgeon office or a good dermatology office) along with occasional non-ablative skincare treatments when needed can help you buy some time in your aging process but once you’re there, well… you’re there.  Only a facelift will help you now.

I can completely understand why people would want to go gaga over the latest dream cream.  It would be ideal to avoid having surgery, having to admit that you had surgery, the recovery process, the days off work that could be better spent sipping a cocktail under a palm tree somewhere. I get it.  However,  the reason to have surgery for most individuals, male and female, trumps the negatives every time.  I read somewhere that wrinkles are the road map of our lives, that they make us look distinguished, more worldly and wise.  I’m pretty sure they just make us look tired and old.  And if my face is my calling card, well that isn’t the message I want to send. “Hi, I’m Roxanne; tired and old, pleased to meet you.”

What’s so great about a facelift?

So what can a facelift do, besides helping get your groove back?  In a nutshell, a facelift restores your youth.  It can accomplish any or all of the following:

  • Remove your jowls and turkey neck
  • Tighten your sagging muscle structure
  • Lift your cheeks or mid-face
  • Remove any loose, sagging skin

A facelift is sometimes combined with a brow lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery, or a chin implant to correct a receding chin and create a beautiful, youthful jawline. Unfortunately, a  facelift cannot improve the condition of sun damaged skin. You will need CO2 laser resurfacing or CO2 micro-fractional laser resurfacing for that, along with a medical-grade sunblock.

How do I choose a surgeon?

If you are at a point where you are seriously thinking about having a facelift, do your homework on the surgeons available in your area. Consider only qualified, board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeons.  Have more than one consultation.  And my best advice for today…when you are at your consultation, check out the staff.  Do they “look” like they have had work done because chances are they have. You can usually see an artistic theme… natural looking beauty, elegant, conservative, refreshed and well rested, glamorous or as our patients refer to it – “Hollywood”…over-plumped, over-stretched, over-done.  What is it that you are looking for? Observing a surgeon’s staff is one of the best ways I know to decide if your potential surgeon’s artistic views match your own.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skin & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

To meet with Dr. G. D. Castillo and find out if a facelift is right for you, request a consultation online or call our office nearest you. We look forward to helping you enhance your look through skilled cosmetic procedures.

 

Wrinkled Or Not, Here I Come

Friday, April 19th, 2013

 

Wrinkled was never  what I dreamed of becoming when I grew up; a zoo keeper, a talk show host or entrepreneur,  sure, but I checked carefully and wrinkled has NEVER appeared on my list, not even once!

We had some new staff photos taken recently at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center.  When we got them back I was startled to see a slightly older version of me in the photos.  I was forced to acknowledge that I too am slowly creeping up on a time in life when minor changes in my facial structure are beginning to occur.  When I look closely in the mirror, I can now see a hint of my mom looking back at me.  I know there will come a time when decisions will have to be made.  Will I decide to age gracefully or choose to defy it with a facelift.  Let’s see.  I better check my list one more time just to be sure.  Nope, still the word “wrinkled” does not appear.  Defy it is then.

How does one do that you ask?  Well it is easier if you have stayed out of sun, but for most of us that is not the case.  So that leaves protect and repair.  Both my parents were diagnoses with skin cancer while I was in my mid to late twenties, so really just a few years ago. ; -)  Hey… there is no judgment here ok.  This is my blog. Besides, like I always say “if age is just a number than I would prefer to keep mine unlisted.”

Watching the anguish my mother endured when the tip of her nose had to be removed, leaving it disfigured and later when my dad who had a large cancerous lesion in the center of his forehead, I realized the true dangers of the sun. Protection is a must when abstinence isn’t possible.  (from the sun!)

At that point, I began a daily regimen of sunscreen and swore off tanning.  That alone has bought me some time.  I am faithful to my medical skincare regimen.  I don’t jump around trying the latest and greatest infomercial product.  That’s a tough one for most of us – advertising can be so convincing.  I stick with medical grade skincare products only, never anything over-the-counter.  That’s not to say that there aren’t good OTC products out there, it is just that I value my time and money more than that and refuse to spend time and money hunting for something that “might” do the trick when I can go straight to medical grade skincare and feel confident that my investment will pay off.

I was recently telling a girlfriend that I am considering having full face laser resurfacing in the fall.  She responded “For what?  You don’t have a wrinkle on your face.”  Which of course isn’t quite accurate and to which I responded “yes, and I’d like to keep it that way.”  I explained to her that I am a firm believer in preventative (early) maintenance for multiple reasons.  First, addressing aging earlier rather than later gives me the opportunity to enjoy my results for as long as possible.  Why wait until “I am bad enough or old enough, or wrinkly enough to justify making improvements.” The only thing that will accomplish is that my self-esteem will take a hit.  I have always believed in taking care of myself with exercise, healthy food choices, and a clean lifestyle.  I want to enjoy the rewards of my efforts.  What if you just found out your home had a few termites, would you wait until the foundation was ready to collapse before something about it? Of course not, so why should our bodies be any different?

I believe early maintenance is beneficial because I think it provides more privacy.  The more there is to repair, the more dramatic the change can be.  Friends and family are less likely to suspect cosmetic surgery and more likely to assume that I am more well rested or that my new hair cut just took 10 years off my appearance.   Well… unless you write a cosmetic surgery and skin rejuvenation blog and tell the whole world about your anti-aging game plan… that does tend to cause some suspicion.

 

So will I have a facelift?  Well if the little things I do along the way; medical grade skincare, exfoliation treatments, Botox Cosmetic, laser resurfacing aren’t enough to keep the peace within myself, then, yes, I would consider a facelift when the time is right.  I would choose a traditional facelift method.  I am not interested in entertaining the idea of something like the Lifestyle Lift.  I have witnessed too many patients who have come to our office because they had the Lifestyle Lift somewhere else and it didn’t turn out as they hoped.  Then they need additional surgery (a proper facelift)  to correct it, something we never see with traditional facelift surgeries by Dr. Castillo.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond

Anti-Aging With Grace

 

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Hammond, Skin care & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

No Cash For Clunkers!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

No Cash For Clunkers!

Stop the guilt trip! It’s time to step off the bus. So you want a facelift… so what. Save yourself a great deal of agony and accept that you are unhappy with the lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots that you see. Why do you feel the need to rationalize your feelings to anyone, including yourself?  Too often, in my opinion, people get caught up in trying to internally rationalize their desire to have facelift (or other self-improvements for that matter). Your face is the first thing people see. Of course you want to look your best.  Who wouldn’t?  You find yourself asking questions like “Why am I being so vain? What will my friends, family and co-workers think of me?  Am I too young for a facelift?  Am I too old for a facelift?”  Any of this sounds familiar?  If you’ve ever contemplated having a facelift then it probably does.

older couple in car

Dare to repair

The time to have a facelift isn’t really about a magic age you must reach.  The time to have a facelift occurs only if you are no longer happy with the way you look or if you feel like your face looks less energetic, less cheerful, less welcoming, or less youthful than you feel.  Working in the cosmetic surgery field, one thing I have realized is that we all have a different level of tolerance for aging.  Few of us are truly satisfied with aging gracefully and accepting whatever lumps, lines and skin laxity come our way. So why do we question whether or not it’s “okay” to take care of our bodies?

The truth is I can’t recall a single time that I have judged a friend for throwing on a box of Clairol to cover her grey or for bleaching her coffee stained smile at the dentist’s office. In fact, I have been known to encourage it on numerous occasions. Would you judge someone for maintaining a healthy diet and going to the gym every day to keep their body in top shape? Would you frown upon someone for sending their child to the orthodontist to insure straight teeth? Of course you wouldn’t. Would you judge a woman who walks in the room, dressed like she just stepped off the runway? No. You would commend her. You would want to know where she shops, what her skincare regimen is and how she stays so thin. She takes pride in the way she represents herself and that exudes self-respect.

Yet, we often agonize over the idea of admitting to ourselves or to others that we are no longer happy with how we are aging. You are entitled to be the best version of you that you can be!  Daily life can be challenging enough without looking into the mirror and seeing someone who looks tired, sad or over-worked staring back at you.  You might even begin to assume that role.  Feeling good about yourself can go a long way in improving your quality of life, joy and interpersonal relations. 

It seems odd to me that we as a society take great care in maintaining and updating our possessions, our homes, our automobiles, our wardrobes, even our cellphones, but the one thing that requires maintenance and cannot be replaced, “our body,” we are comfortable being quite lax in its care. Why is it acceptable to change the oil in your car or repair it’s dents, restore a fractured cell phone screen, renovate our home yet you feel guilt over electing to keep up on minor repairs to your own body? You only get one body in this life.  It’s not like you can trade it in because you didn’t keep up on its maintenance.  There will be no “Cash for Clunkers” trade-in offers coming your way.  So I believe the best thing you can do is take care of your body inside and out; keep up on little repairs as they come along.   No guilt, just maintenance for the body and spirit.

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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The Weekend Facelift

Friday, November 30th, 2012

So you probably have heard the term “weekend facelift” and are having a difficult time imagining what it is.  Could it be a facelift that’s done on a weekend or is it a facelift that is easy to recover from in a weekend?  This procedure is remarkably effective at improving the jaw/neck line and correcting a double chin.  There are some caveats that one needs to know and understand because it is not a procedure that can be carried out in all patients.  In order to have a so-called weekend facelift, most of our Champaign and Bloomington, Illinois, patients need to be under the age of 55 and have a weak (recessed) chin.  Many of these people have a family history of double chins. They are quite familiar with fatty tissue in the neck at a young age in their family and begin to have issues in their mid-30s.

How is a weekend facelift performed?

This minimally invasive version of a facelift is carried out through a very small incision, typically smaller than 1 inch, right underneath the chin which is not noticeable. Through this incision, the fatty tissue in the neck area up to the jawline is removed. Sometimes a small amount of fatty tissue can be removed from the jowl area.  Through the same incision, a tight pocket for a chin implant is created just in front of the jaw. This portion of the procedure is referred to as a mentoplasty.  Through this same incision, the muscle structure in the neck area is tightened.  The result is a neck that is svelte with good definition in the jaw/neckline area. Facial symmetry is improved because the lower third of the face is more proportionate after the procedure. Visit my online photo gallery to see the results of a weekend facelift patient.

Who is not a good candidate?

People who are not good candidates for a weekend facelift are typically those above the age of 60 and those who have a very significant amount of loose skin in the neck area with significant wrinkling in the neck and/or folds. These individuals are usually better candidates for a traditional facelift.

What is recovery like after a weekend facelift?

The term minimally invasive surgery has been used to describe this procedure because there is little interference with the tissues during the procedure and recovery is typically easy.  Usual side effects are mild pain in the chin area for 2 to 3 days, bruising in the lower portion of the neck, some swelling in the anterior jaw area, and the neck area as well.

To find out more about the weekend facelift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, request a consultation online with Dr. G. D. Castillo or call one of our offices.