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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 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.  So 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 that you want or 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.

Medical-grade skincare products are 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 your there, well… your 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, or having to admit that you had surgery, to avoid 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.”

So what can a facelift accomplish, besides helping get your grove back?  In a nutshell, a facelift restores your youth.  It will remove your jowls and turkey neck, tighten your sagging muscle structure, lift the cheeks or mid-face and remove any loose, sagging skin. A facelift is sometimes combined with a brow lift or upper and lower lip surgery known as a blepharoplasty or with a chin implant https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm 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 COlaser resurfacing or CO Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing http://www.mixtoskinresurfacing.com/ for that along with a medical-grade sunblock.

If you are at a point where you are considering a facelift then do your homework on the surgeons available in your area. Seek 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 surgeons 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

 

 

 

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.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

 

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THE WEEKEND FACELIFT

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

So you probably have heard the term “weekend facelift” and you’re 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?  The procedure is remarkably effective at improving the jaw/neck line and removing the double-chin deformity.  There are some caveats that one needs to know and understand that it is not a procedure that can be carried out in all patients.  In order to have a so-called weekend facelift, typically our 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 they begin to have issues in the mid thirties.

 

The procedure is carried out through a very small incision, typically smaller than 1 inch, right underneath the chin which is not visible. Through this incision, the fatty tissue in the neck area up to the jaw line is removed and sometimes a small amount of fatty tissue can be removed from the jowl area.  Through the same incision, a tight pocket is created just in front of the jaw to place chin implant. 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, which is svelte with good definition in the jaw/neck line area, and an improvement in the facial symmetry because the lower third of the face is better represented, more proportionate after the procedure.

 

Those people who are not good candidates for a weekend facelift are typically people above the age of 60 and people 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.

 

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

Doctor, Am I Ready For A Facelift?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

A number of our patients present with the above question and related similarities, like am I too young for a facelift?  Is it better to do it when I have significant sagging?  Is it better to do it when I’m younger because my tissue will respond better?  Etc.

The first thing to remember is that when one has an issue with their appearance and considers a facelift, it’s typically because there are some jowls, some loose tissue in the neck, a double chin, facial wrinkling, etc.  The idea that we are aware of one or more of the above issues does not necessarily mean that other people realize or notice those things in our faces.  It is often only us that notice the problem and are quite self conscious about it.  It is because of that particular issue, and that is, that there is something that is bothering us and it affects the way we relate to other people because we are quite self conscious about it, that the answer lies 100% within ourselves.  No other person, that is, a physician, a loved one, a friend, or anyone else can truly advise someone when to have a facelift.  We need to take care and correct any and all of those issues when and if they bother us, because the truth is that once we have them fixed it may be that some people notice it, it may be that everyone notices it, or it may be that no one notices it.  Where it will have a significant and dramatic effect is in how we react to the surgery itself and the positive effect that it has in our attitude and in our self-esteem.

 

It is also helpful to remember that you can have one of two ways of thinking.  The first one is you may want to take care of issues before they become quite noticeable.  The reasoning behind this is that you will never really truly show the signs of aging because you have taken preventive measures and corrected those issues before they became noticeable.  On the other hand, you may have the train of thought of I am going to wait until I truly have issues because I may be able to take care of all issues at the same time.

 

There is no right or wrong answer.  The idea here is that in a competitive society where youth is valued over many other qualities.  The idea of remaining youthful and presenting an active, energetic figure makes sense to a lot of people.  In the final analysis, we always must remember that the effect of a facelift impacts one person alone – and that person is ourselves.  The positive effect that it has in interpersonal relations due to the increase in self-esteem makes us the direct beneficiaries of the procedure.

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS
Facelift Expert

Director of COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Ask Our Expert –

Monday, September 24th, 2012

BALANCING BEAUTY

QUESTION:  When I read anti-aging articles, they often refer to facial balance.  Can you explain what that means?

ANSWER:  I belive what they are referring to is a “basic formula” used to describe a well-balanced face, proportionately speaking.  This balance is seen when the face’s prominent features, meaning the brows, eyes, cheeks and lips are proportionate to each other.   The eyebrows should be aligned with eachother with a slight arch toward the outer or lateral portion of the brow.  When looking at the eyes, there should be a 1/2″ between the upper lid and and the eyebrow.  The lateral or outer corner of the eye should angle up just a touch.  Prominent cheekbones are a sign of beauty.  They should be full and high set.  An oval shape that tapers itself back as you follow then back toward the ears is most desirable.  Last but not least are the lips.  The lower lip should be 2/3 larger than the upper lip.

Create balance with dermal fillers.
Lasts upto 18 months.

In the hands of an expert injector and Cosmetic Surgeon such as Dr. Castillo (not your neighborhood spa), Botox Cosmetic® and dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Radisse® or Perlane® can be a quick, effective way to improve the lack of proportion in the face.  Botox Cosmetic® or Dysport® can be used to improve the arch of the lateral brow.  This technique can also add some distance between the brow and upper lid helping to restore or create that missing balance.  Dermal fillers or fat transplantation can be used to give fullness the cheeks, creating a more prominent and defined cheekbone. Dermal filler or fat transplantation can also be used to plump up the lips, and to give better definition.

Though all these facial features can be improved by the above mentioned techniques, it is important to remember the goal; proprotional balance. It is the the key to looking natural and maintaining a youthful appearance.  If too much focus is placed on one of these prominent facial features, you will once again be out of proportion often resulting in an “over-done” less youthful appearance.

Balance is the key to life…and apparently to physical beauty as well!

 

Yours Truly,

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

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Ask Our Expert: What is the best type of sunscreen?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

Q: What is the best type of sunscreen?

A: Historically, it has been shown that physical sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA & UVB radiation and are less likely to cause skin irritation.  Dr. Castillo, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging expert  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/ recommends medical-grade, physical sunscreens to all his patients.

There are two divisions of sunscreen ingredients; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect the UV radiation while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation and break it down within the skin. Some sunscreens contain both a physical and a chemical component.

There are two types of physical sunscreens available; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Today, these ingredients can be found in finely micronized, nano-sphere  form which allows for ease of daily use. Not only does zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide needed broad-spectrum coverage but they are also beneficial to those who have sensitive skin or are irritated by chemical ingredients.

You will typically find multiple active ingredients listed in chemical sunscreen.  Each chemical ingredient protects only against a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Be aware that at this time many over-the-counter sunscreens protect against UVB rays only, although there are a few chemical ingredients like Oxybenzone that do offer UVA/UVB protection. Therefore, when purchasing over the counter sunscreen, it is important to examine the label for the claim “broad-spectrum.”  Also look for a sunscreen that says “very water resistant.”  However, keep in mind that even the best water resistant sunscreens can only protect you for 80 minutes.  Then you will need to re-apply.

With inconsistent OTC product labels and the idea that active ingredients in sunscreens differ from manufacturer to manufacturer it can be difficult to decipher all of them so I have provided at chart of the more common ingredients found in sunscreens.  When in doubt whether a sunscreen will effectively protect you and your family, I recommend selecting a medical grade sunscreen from your local cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our patient’s favorite sunscreens are:

Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers medical grade 12% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Prime Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers 10% Titanium Dioxide, 4% Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an added skin primer.

 

Chemical & physical ingredients found in sunscreens.

Ingredient:                                            Ray Type:

Avobenzone UVA
Dioxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Homosalate UVB
Octocrylene UVB
Octyl methoxycinnamate UVB
Octisalate UVB
Oxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Padimate O UVB
Mexoryl UVA/UVB
Titanium dioxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum
Trolamine salicylate UVB
Zinc oxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum

WARNING: You must actually apply the sunscreen to your skin.  Just purchasing it will not provide sufficient protection! lol

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

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

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Ask Our Expert: Retin-A

Friday, July 20th, 2012

RetinA postQ:   My dermatologists gave me a prescription for Retin-A, but after a few days my skin became very red and irritated.   My Doctor explained that several weeks of skin irritation is often just par for the course when using Retin-A.  He asked me to try applying it every other night instead of every night, to be patient and that eventually the irritation would resolve itself.  I stopped using the Retin-A because the irritation was worse than my aging skin.   Is there anything else I can do?

A:  I am happy to report – YES!  Both our Bloomington area and Champaign area Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic patients have found success with a few simple adjustments to the way they apply their Retin-A, Renova, Tretinion, etc.

1.  After you cleanse your face, pat it dry and wait at least 15 minutes (to assure your skin is completely dry) before applying your Retin-A.

2. Apply a pea size amount.  This is typically all you need for the entire face. Remember that more is not better in this case. 

3. Avoid combining other exfoliating or skin regenerating products like glycolic acids, with Retin-A, at least until your skin is able to easily tolerate the Retin-A.

4. Always apply a moisturizer on top of your Retin-A.  This is a very important step in the success of your regimen so resist skipping it. (If you find that you are still experiencing dry, irritated skin after trying all of the suggestions here,  you can try mixing your moisturizer and Retin-A together as this will reduce its potency. )

5. Begin applying your Retin-A every third night.  As your skin tolerates the Retin-A, increase use to every other night, then every night.

6. Remember that Retin-A and like products will cause increased sensitivity to the sun.  Therefore Retin-A should only be applied at night only, never during the day.  Wear a medical grade broad-spectrum suncreen every day, re-apply the sunscreen when needed and avoid excessive sun exposure.

If despite all of the above suggestions, you find that you are still unable to tolerate Retin-A, you may want to consider medical microdermabrasion.  It is a pain-free, even relaxing way to keep your skin well exfoliated and looking fresh.  For more information on medical microdermabrasion.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

 

 

 

 

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