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VITALIZE PEEL POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Proper maintenance of your skin after a peel will facilitate and enhance our rejuvenation process. It is important that you follow a few easy steps to achieve the maximum benefit from your peel.  For the first few days, your skin will look normal with some possible redness similar to a sunburn. In approximately 48 hours, your skin may feel tight and will begin to flake or peel.  Some patients will peel mildly while others will peel more dramatically.

POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS: 

At the time of your peel, you will receive a skincare kit with all of the products you will need for the first week after your peel. It is important to let the peeling process occur naturally.  DO NOT PICK OR PEEL at your skin.

A.M.  Regimen for the first 48 hours (or until you begin to peel):

  1. Apply the Gentle Cleanser using a sponge to cleanse in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Apply the selected light moisturizer provided and re-apply liberally as needed to maintain well hydrated skin.
  3. Apply medical grade sunscreen liberally and avoid sun exposure.

P.M.  Regimen for the first 48 hours (or until you begin to peel):

  1. Apply the Gentle Cleanser using a sponge to cleanse in a circular motion. Rinse and Pat dry.
  2. Apply Eucerin Cream or TNS Ceramide Cream as provided. Re-apply as needed to maintain well hydrated skin.

A.M Regimen days 3-7 (or until peeling has deceased)

  1. Apply the Gentle Cleanser using a sponge to cleanse in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Apply Eucerin Cream or TNS Ceramide Cream as provided.
  3. Apply medical grade sunscreen liberally and avoid sun exposure.

P.M Regimen days 3-7 (or until peeling has deceased)

1.  Apply the Gentle Cleanser using a sponge to cleanse in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry.

  1. Apply Eucerin Cream or TNS Ceramide Cream as provided. Re-apply as needed to maintain well hydrated skin.

To maintain your beautiful results, I recommend beginning a medical grade skincare program that will be designed specifically for your skin needs.

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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Vitalize Peel Pre-Treatment Instructions:

Monday, August 19th, 2013

If you are considering Vitalize Peels for the treatment of acne, dyschromia, melasma, hyperpigmentation, or aging, then you are likely wondering how to best care for your skin in the days prior to your treatments. Vitalize Peels are a sizeable step toward a healthier, more luminous complexion.  It is important that you follow the pre-peel instructions provided by Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center and that you avoid sun exposure before and after each peel.

PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS:

One week prior to treatment you should avoid the following:

  • Electrolysis        
  • Depilatory Creams
  • Waxing
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
  • Any product that dries or irritates your skin

3 days before prior to treatment you should avoid the following:

  • Retin –A
  • Renova
  • Differen
  • Any product containing Retinol, Benzyl Peroxide
  • Any exfoliating products

The day of your peel treatment:

  • Do Not Shave
  • Arrive with clean skin free of all skincare and cosmetics and your hair pulled back

 

Yours Truly,

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

 

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Peeling Your Way to Perfection

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Chances are if you are exposed to any type of media and who isn’t, then you’ve noticed that chemical peels are getting a little more media attention these days.  In today’s world of cosmetic medicine there are many options when it comes to improving the skin’s surface and complexion.

  • CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • Medical Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels

While CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing typically makes more sense when treating acne scarring, heavier forms unwanted pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles in lighter skinned patients, effective chemical peels are an excellent option for those with active acne and darker skinned patients who are not good laser candidates.  Chemical peels can offer a nice value for the savings conscious consumer.  They are multi-function tools that provide solutions for acne, sun damage, fine lines, poor texture and dyschromia.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Dr. G. D. Castillo offers several  Chemical Peel options. For most skin issues the Vitalize Peel is my preferred peel of choice followed by its more aggressive counter-part, the Rejuvenize Peel.  I favor the Vitalize Peel because our patient’s do not have to suffer through a harsh recovery of irritated, weeping or scabbing skin as with many of the peel formulas that are being utilized. This peel is self-regulating which means it does not require a neutralizing agent to stop the peeling action, creating a safe, consistent result.

You will notice smoother, clearer skin and a softening of lines and wrinkles and will have little downtime.   The Vitalize Peel is a quick 20 minute treatment and is often referred to as a “lunchtime” peel. You can cover with mineral make-up immediately and return to work.  Because Retinoic Acid is used in conjunction with this peel, you will begin to peel within about 48 hours and will need to discontinue cosmetics until the peeling has deceased.  You will see improvements after your first peel and those improvements will continue to increase throughout the treatment series until a new radiant, clear skin is revealed.

While the Vitalize Peel is an excellent choice for those with acne, those who do not wish to undergo laser procedures, and those with darker skin types, not all patients are candidates for chemical peels. Those with active warts, Herpes Simplex or cold sores in the treatment area should not have this chemical peel as it could cause spreading of those conditions.  Patients with allergies to any of the ingredients such as salicylates (aspirin), those who have used Accutane, had chemotherapy or radiation within the last year as not candidates for the Vitalize Peel.

Schedule a consultation if you would like more information about the chemical peel options available at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center.

Yours Truly,

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

Prevention Through Education

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Now that summer sun is in full swing and the kids are out of school it’s time to make sure we as parents and caregivers are doing everything we can to protect them from the sun’s damaging rays while allowing them to still enjoy the great outdoors. 

I know that my kid’s summers were always jam-packed with activities from swim club to day camps and softball games.  We could hardly catch a breath.  Daycare providers, coaches and camp counselors do their best to ensure the safety of our children and that includes applying sunscreen. But with all the commotion that goes on with a group of rambunctious kids, it’s easy to see how remembering to re-apply at the proper time could get over-looked.

 

That is why I like the recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation http://www.skincancer.org/Search?q=sun+protective+clothing which says you should use sun protective clothing as the first line of defense. This is a good suggestion as sunscreens break down every two hours and must to be re-applied. Even the best sunscreens like the ones we carry here at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery will eventually break down, even more quickly if your child is sweating, spending time in a pool or other water source this summer. Now this doesn’t mean it is safe to skip the use of sunscreens. You definitely need both forms of protection. Purchase UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing with a UPF + 50 rating. Garments with a UPF + 50 rating will block about 98% of both UVA & UVB rays. http://www.coolibar.com

Sunglasses and hats will give additional protection as well.  When shopping for sunglasses, there are two important factors.  First, choose a pair that not only wraps tightly around the face so that harmful UV rays do not burn your child’s eyes and peri-ocular skin. Second, sunglasses with a protective UV rating of 400 will block approximately 99% of the sun’s ever harmful rays.  Remember baseball caps only provide coverage for one side of the head / neck. This leaves your child’s ears, neck, chest, shoulders and the sides of his or her face exposed.  To provide good protection look for a wide-brim hat with a brim that is 3inches or more.

Trying to choose the sunscreen that will best protect your child is where it gets a little tricky. It can feel like you need a Ph.D. in “sunscreenology.” There are so many choices that most parents just simply look for the one with the highest SPF on the label.  Unfortunately that can be misleading.  We like to share with our patients that the most important qualifier is choosing a good sunscreen is to look for two ”physical sunscreen” ingredients; titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Once you have the right sunscreen, apply it liberally! And then re-apply it – liberally!

Don’t be afraid to talk with your coaches, camp staff and daycare providers about your sun exposure concerns, and ways they can help protect your child. It is important to recognize that sun damage is cumulative.  What does that mean for an unprotected child?  Well the amount of UV radiation they a child is exposed to from the day they are born until present impacts his or her risk of developing a skin cancer and pre-mature aging.  Both of which are preventable with education and the proper development of sun protection habits.

 

 

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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309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

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

“ASK OUR EXPERT” – “Does Botox Really Help With Lines & Wrinkles?”

Monday, March 11th, 2013

QUESTION:  Roxanne, does Botox really help with lines and wrinkles? Is it safe?  Where can it be used?

ROXANNE:  Personally, I love it! It’s the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure for a reason.  It works!  Dog may be man’s best friend but Botox Cosmetic® is definitely mine.  🙂    I find that the biggest downside with Botox is that once you experience life with it, you won’t want to go without it!

Botox Cosmetic® works by temporarily relaxing the muscles of the upper face that create expression lines.  This results in a temporary loss of facial lines and wrinkles for about 3 to 6 months.  It is a very cost effective anti-aging treatment and doesn’t require any down time. Botox can make remarkable improvements to the aging face.

Botox Cosmetic® has more than a 20 year track record for safety and effectiveness.  Botox is very safe WHEN injected by a specially trained clinician such as in the office of a plastic surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon.   Botox is a medical treatment and should only be performed in a medical facility.  Please, for your own safety, avoid all temptations to attend a “Botox Party” at your local salon or girlfriend’s home.  If you receive one of these invitations, burn it and never look back!

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, the most commonly treated area is the glabella.  This is where the vertical lines appear between the brows creating an angry appearance. We often treat forehead lines and lines around the eyes commonly referred to as crow’s feet as well.  Dr. Castillo uses a very specialized technique to actually raise the eye brows.  This technique opens up the eyes and gives that well rested, alert look many of his patients are looking for.  It’s almost like an instant eye lift!  For those who’s skin is  showing signs of years of sun worshiping, even more results can be achieved when you combine Botox Cosmetic® with other non-invasive treatments like CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing or Intense Pulsed Light.

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond

 

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

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Could Zinc be a Botox® Booster?

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

 

The effects of Botox®  and other botulinum toxin injections such as Dysport, and Myobloc are estimated to last about 3 – 4 months for the average patient.  However, in some cases it is observed that the effects can last for a longer or shorter period of time.  It has been observed that the results can even differ from treatment to treatment in the same patient without any real explanation as to why.  Dr. Charles Soparkar, an Oculoplastic surgeon from Texas noticed this in his practice and began to investigate.  He realized there may be a link between Botox® and Zinc.

Dr. Soparkar’s study was recently released indicating the mineral Zinc as a “Botox® Booster.” The study by Dr. Charles Soparkar and his team indicates that when patients in the study took Zinc Citrate 50 mg in combination with the enzyme phytase 3000U for four days prior to the injection, they saw not only an increase in the effectiveness of neurotoxins (Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport, Myobloc) but also in the longevity.

Neurotoxins such as Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport and Myobloc are used to temporarily smooth facial lines and to decrease spastic muscle movement.  Botulinum toxin is thought to require a certain baseline zinc level in the body because each molecule of the botulinum toxin must bind to a molecule of zinc to be effective. Phytase is an enzyme which increases the body’s ability to absorb zinc and is therefore thought to increase the effectiveness and duration of Botox® and the like. In this study, 92% of the patients who took both zinc citrate and phytase had on average a 30% increase in the duration of the Botox® injection and 84% of patients reported an improved effect when compared to Botox® with Zinc only or a placebo only. One thing to consider in this study is that it appears that over half of the patients were over the age of seventy. Could that explain the increased effectiveness of Botox® in this study since Zinc levels are often lower in patients of this age group?

This study was carried out by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell University.   The patients in this study were being treated for blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms and facial wrinkles.

While this study may offer answers to why Botox® lasts longer in some patients, keep in mind that the author of this study has a patent pending for the use of zinc and phytase for enhancing the efficacy of botulinum toxins injections, which presents a conflict of interest for the author of the study. His pending patent is for a prescription supplement called Zytate, manufactured by OCUSOCT Inc.  Each prescription costs about $80.00 for a five day regimen.

If you find the effectiveness of your Botox® treatments to vary it could be worth testing your zinc levels. I hope the author of this study is on to something as I am sure both Dr. Castillo and our patients would be very excited if we would offer a option for more effective, longer lasting Botox®.  However, I would like to see the results of other large clinical trials on this topic done by other researchers before drawing a final conclusion.

 

Yours Truly,

Can we now offer a "Botox® Booster" to our patients for a longer lasting, more effective result?

Anti-Aging With Grace…

 

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

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ILLICIT BOTOX™ SURFACES IN THE UNITED STATES

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The FDA, through its regulators, reportedly warned 350 medical practices that they may have purchased unapproved (presumed counterfeit) versions of the drug Botox™ from a network of wholesalers controlled by Canada Drugs, an international supplier that has been previously linked to fake cancer medicines.  This was reported in the Wall Street Journal on December 24, 2012.  Although little known to people (patients), physicians can go across the border and buy drugs from Canada.  When a practice does that, they take the risk of buying medications that are not approved by the FDA, and that have a significant potential for being counterfeit.  When one talks about expensive medications like Botox™ in which one vial sells in the United States for close to $700.00, the temptation and potential for abuse is huge.  Not only can these medications be fake and have absolutely no effect, they can also be harmful from the standpoint of the content, and also sterility.

 

As a consumer, it would be advisable that you would find out from your medical provider if the Botox™ that you are receiving comes from an approved source; that is, a legal representative from the company Allergan, which markets and has registered Botox™.  While physicians and patients can save big money by going outside of the United States and buying drugs in Canada or elsewhere, the potential for counterfeit, useless or harmful medication is high.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery with offices both in Champaign-Urbana (Savoy) and also in Bloomington-Normal, we stock and provide our patients with only 100% Botox™ that has been obtained through legal distributors in the United States from the company Allergan, where safety has been monitored through multiple steps, not only by the company, but by FDA representatives through their mandated and approved procedures.

Yours Truly,

G. D. Castillo, M.D., FACS
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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