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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 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.

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

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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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Has Facetime influenced an increase in chin implants?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

 

 

For those of you who listened to news on the way to
work in yesterday morning, you may have heard some surprising statistics
released by ASPS (American Society for Plastic Surgery). The statistics state
that there was a 71% increase in the number of chin implant surgeries
(Mentoplasty) performed from 2010 to 2011. Whoa!  Even I was surprised at
that number. That is a more hefty increase than breast augmentation;
liposuction and Botox combine, according to the ASPS.  Like everyone else listening to those
statistics, you’re probably wondering what the driving force is behind the 71% increase
in chin augmentations over the course one year.

Now, I am not surprised that chin implants are popular  choice, as they are a true un-glorified work horse in the quest to improve
facial harmony.  This procedure has been  around for decades with hundreds of thousands of enriching success stories.  Best of all, it’s undetectable, even to your  closest friend!

 

 

Chin implant surgery is rarely thought of, often  misunderstood, but immensely rewarding. The idea behind a chin implant isn’t to go in looking like Keira Knightley and come out looking like Jay Leno. People often
have an image in their head of looking like a caricature, but I assure you that  isn’t the case.  At least not in the  skills hands of a plastic surgeon like G.D. Castillo, .D.https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm  It is a subtle change that can simply restore  a profile of the lower face and the neck to achieve more youthful look.  The best candidates for this procedure are  those who have a weak or receding chin, jowls, excessive neck tissue or a
larger nose.

Dr. Castillo, at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic uses Chin  implants to solve various facial and neck concerns, not just to increase the  protrusion of the chin”.  Chin augmentationhttps://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm can be used to correct a weak or recessed chin by re-establishing  the proportional balance of the face for many of our Central Illinois patients.  In males in particular, a strong chin is  associated with masculinity and strength.  Men who present with a strong chin or jaw line are often perceived as  leaders, men of power and assertiveness.  In the case of a female face, a chin implant can create proportional  balance, ridding unwanted jowls and saggy neck tissue.  The result changes a round face into a more chiseled, femine form.

A receding chin can also make a normal sized nose appear  large or prominent nose appear even larger.
In some cases, a Rhinoplasty (nose job) https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/rhinoplasty.cfm is used in combination with chin augmentation to adequately provide the best facial balance possible.

An increasing number of both our male and female patients seeking  plastic surgery are bothered by their increasing jowls and a double chin,  whether the condition is due to a congenital deformity or normal aging.  Jowls and sagging neck tissue concerns have
recently become amplified with the use of video chatting tools like Skype and Facetime by Apple.  If you haven’t  experienced the different ways to communicate via video, check it out.  Though I caution you – this activity is not  for the faint at heart.   For many of us heading into a more “mature” stage of life, it may not be so flattering.  A chin implant or chin implant with a mid- cheek / neck lift or neck liposuction can erase their concerns and put patients at ease once again.

This truly is a 10 years younger type procedure!

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Ask Our Expert – On Smoking

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Q:  Why do I have to stop smoking before Dr. Castillo will perform my facelift?

A:  I recongnise that the thought of breaking the habit of smoking can be an overwhelming one.  It is a difficult process but Dr. Castillo asks this of you to assure you have an uneventful surgical experience. Dr. Castillo does not perform certain cosmetic surgery procedures on smokers (facelift, bdominoplasty /tummy tuck, breast reduction or breast lift) because smoking will put you at risk for some serious complications.  Because smoking obstructs the healing process, it is immensely damaging to your skin, particularly that of the face. Smoking can cut off the blood supply to the skin which will result in necrosis or tissue death. This means that the surface skin dies, creating an open wound instead of adhering together to form a closure. Through extended post-surgical care, these wounds eventually re-adhere but it may result in unpleasant scarring and stress.

We see transformations at the office on a daily basis. By that I am not just referring to physical transformations.  Cosmetic surgery frequently empowers our patients to imporve all aspects of their lives.  They often discover a new excitement for life.  They laugh more, make healthier food choices, work out and best of all kick those health hazzardous habits like smoking.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we are here to support you, encourage you and cheer you on but the decision to welcome changes and take charge of what you want your future to look like is up to you.

Best Wishes!

 

Ask Our Cosmetic Surgery Expert

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Youthful Masculine Eyes

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Roxanne HammondWhat’s a man to do???

Steven Spielberg has nothing on us women when it comes to “special effects”.  We always have a few tricks up our sleeve to give definition to our eyes. Special eye liner, mascara, and a little concealer can go a long way, am I right?!!   But, what’s a man to do?   Where is his bag of tricks?

When a man develops lower lid bags, dark circles and hooding of the upper lids, he loses that youthful definition.  Bottom line – it can make him

appear older and exhausted.  I know, I said it, but please don’t shoot the messenger.  I really am here to help.

If you’re a male, it is down-right impossible to hide droopy, sad, tired looking eyes.   Not to mention how unfair it is to be judged by colleagues and friends as tired and archaic when clearly you’ve still got it!  Simply, attempting to wear sunglasses as a cover-up, even while indoors, is not going to work out.  People will begin to ask questions.

Male celebrities, local TV personalities or even the President of the United States, look good during a television conference or in a photograph because they have a professional make-up artist at their disposal.  Make-up artists, like most females, have learned a few cosmetic tricks to lessen the appearance of an aging eye.  Have you heard of using a peach or white eyeliner to create a corner of the eye lift?  Males can get away with extensive make-up during a TV interview or magazine photograph but typically not in everyday life.   So, again I ask; what’s a man to do?

If eyeliner, mascara and a little concealer are out of the question, I would encourage you to go where many other men have gone before you… Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign – Urbana area) and in Bloomington.  There you will meet G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS, a cosmetic surgeon (an artist really) whose foresight, surgical skill and results are enough to impress even the toughest critic. Over the years I have been privileged to observe as Dr. Castillo restores natural looking, youthful eyes along with the joie de vivre or vitality of the male patient population with a relatively brief procedure called a Blepharoplasty.

This upper and / or lower eye lid surgery can take years off the appearance of the face.  Eyelid surgery will reduce puffiness, dark circles and sagging lids.  Those patients whose upper lids have sagged low enough to actually obscure their vision will also benefit.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, eye lid surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia. The recovery time is minimal and most patients are back to work in 3-4 days. The incision lines are hidden in the natural creases of the upper eye lids and are virtually undetectable after a few months. Depending on the needs of the patient, a Blepharoplasty can be combined with other facial procedures, such as laser resurfacing or a face lift to totally rejuvenate the face.

Did you know that rejuvenating the eyes for a male is very different than rejuvenating the eyes of a female?   It is because we are trying to accomplish very different things. The best way to restore a female face and open up the eyes is to raise her brows and natural fold of the upper lids.  We don’t want to raise the brows in a male face. The best way to restore a youthful, alert appearance for a male is to remove lower lid bags and excessive eye lid skin. Removing the lower lid bags will eliminate the dark circles, puffiness and sad, tired eyes.  Excessive skin is usually more severe in the upper lid, forming a heavy fold that drops over normal lid crease, over the upper lid itself and obscures it.  Removing excessive tissue from the upper eye lid will open up the eyes, to create a well-rested, alert appearance.  Dr. Castillo understands the difference between a male and a female Blepharoplasty procedure and the importance of preserving the masculine appearance.

If nothing else in your bag of tricks is working, contact our office (217-359-7508), I know a guy who just might be able to help you.

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