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Ask Our Expert – Spider Veins

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialst

Ask Our Expert:

Q: After the birth of my children, I developed spider veins on my legs.  People have made comments on them so often that I’m embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts now.  Do you treat spider veins?  How much does it cost?  Do I have to wear those thick stockings afterwards?

A: Today over 60% of men and women suffer from spider or varicose veins. We have to two very successful options for treating spider veins.  We can decide which option would be best for you during your examination.  However, I will be happy to briefly explain both of them.

Option #1: Laser treatment of spider veins-

We utilize Laser energy to select and destroy unhealthy spider veins. The laser energy penetrates, heats and coagulated the vessels.  Over a period of several weeks (typically 6-8 weeks) the veins are reabsorbed by the body and you are once again able to show off your legs with confidence.  Sometimes it can take more than one treatment to reach your goal.  Our patient’s like this option because there is no cutting, no needle sticks, no scarring, no bandages, and no uncomfortable compression stockings. You can return to work immediately following your treatment.

Option #2: Sclerotherapy –

Sclerotherapy is also an effective treatment to remove unsightly spider veins. A very small needle is used to inject a small amount of a sclerosing agent that causes a reaction to occur inside the vein.  This reaction causes the walls of the veins to stick together.  When the walls of veins are stuck together, the blood cannot enter and fill up the vein.  Once the vein is closed, the blood flow re-routes itself to a parallel vein nearby. The vessels will become invisible when they are reabsorbed by the body.  This procedure requires you to wear compressions hosiery for 7 days.  You should expect to have more than one treatment depending on the severity of the veins that are being treated.

We have to two very successful options for treating spider veins.  We can decide which option would be best for you during your examination.  However, I will be happy to briefly explain both of them.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL
309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Botox and Dermal Filler rebates available

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Holiday Cash Back

I love the holidays; the food and aromas, the beautiful decorations, the social events, and the time with my family but it can also be so exhausting!  We tend to spread ourselves way too thin, taking care of everyone but ourselves. The next thing you know, you find yourself staring in the mirror, looking worn-out, trying to wish away dull skin, forehead lines, deep grooves between the eye brows or lines around the eyes just in time to walk into your next holiday gathering looking fabulous and radiant, as though you are not completely frazzled! Sound familiar?

If you could be granted a wish this holiday season, would you choose to look radiant and refreshed at all of your holiday gatherings, or keep you’re hard earned cash instead?  Hummm – decisions, decisions, decisions…

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we don’t want you to have to choose.  This year Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic is excited to announce that the manufacturers of Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane are offering impressive rebates to assure you look and feel you’re best this holiday season.

The manufacturers products that relax facial lines such as Botox or Dysport are offering rebates of up to $50.00 per treatment!  You can save up to $75.00 on dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane to plump the skin and lips, erasing and filling lines around the mouth , nasolabial folds, marionette lines and adding volume where needed.  This adds up to an even bigger savings for those of you who are already receiving discounts with your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery VIP membership!

Unfortunately, these impressive rebates are time limited.   Starting now, you can schedule an appointment at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (217-359-7508) or Bloomington (309-662-0436) for Botox or Dysport, and / or a dermal filler to smooth out your skin and erase lines and wrinkles.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the details of these special rebate offers at the time of your call.

Dr. Castillo and his staff wish you a wonderful holiday season.

This blog was written by Roxanne,

Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Ask Our Expert – Tanning to Cover Sun Damage?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ask Our Expert Blog

Q:  Now that summer is over, my tan is fading.   I have dark brown patches and spots on my face that are making me feel very self-conscious.  If I use a tanning bed through the winter months to stay tan, will it help hide these brown spots?

A:  Stop…  Back away from the phone…  Do not schedule a tanning appointment.  Covering up sun damage by getting more sun damage is never the answer.

First, understand that the UV radiation (exposure to the sun or a tanning bed) is the reason these unwelcome spots are appearing on your face in the first place.  Though tanning your skin may initially camouflage them, those spots will become darker and multiply very quickly. Not only that, but eventually these unwelcome visitors will bring friends in form of lines, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, and poor skin texture.  Your skin is giving you an initial visual warning.  It is saying “STOP abusing me or else!”  And believe me, “or else” means it will punish you by introducing you to lines, wrinkles, large pores, and rough texture next!”

Many people find themselves caught in the same viscous circle.  They develop sun damage.  Then to cover the sun damage, they sun tan. Then they develop more sun damage.  It isn’t until the sun damage is so bad that it can no longer be hidden, that people truly realize what they have done to their skin.  Your best bet is to give your skin the protection it is demanding and begin to correct the sun damage that is causing you to feel self-conscious.

So let’s talk about ways to correct your sun damage.  There are many options that will help you to some degree or another.  It is important to seek advice from someone who specializes in aging, sun damaged skin such as a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon.  They will help you match the amount of sun damage you have to the appropriate treatment. Usually the less expensive options are less aggressive and therefore give less result or require multiple treatments.  If you are someone who is willing to be patient, some of the less aggressive options may work well for you.  I will start with the least invasive options and work up.

Topical skincare treatment:

1.      Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and protect your skin faithfully by applying a medical grade physical sunblock every single day of the year, not just when it is hot or sunny. (THIS IS A MUST NO MATTER WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SOLUTIONS YOU CHOOSE) In both our Bloomington and Champaign-Urbana locations, we recommend TiSilc 60 medical grade sunblock.

2.      Use a prescription bleaching agent with retinol every night for 6 weeks.  Both of these will help lighten the brown spots over time but you will need to be patient.

3.     In addition, applying Vitamin C and E topically to the skin every morning may also improve your spots.

4. Talk with an experienced medical skincare specialist within a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon’s office.  Ask her or him to build a medical-grade skincare program for you based your skin injuries. Remember that there are no magic creams out there but there are some scientific based medical skincare products that will make great improvements to your skin.  However, you must be faithful in applying them as directed. 

Chemical Peels:

There are several formulations of strengths when it comes to chemical peels.  I suggest you seek an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon to develop your chemical peel plan.  Chemical peels have a quantitative effect, so typically you would expect to have multiple peels. You need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic chemical peels range from $50.00 to $175.00 each.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatments:

Intense Pulsed Light can improve both brown spots and redness.  You should plan on three to six treatments depending on the severity of your sun damage.  Expect redness and swelling for a few days following each treatment.  Your brown spots will get darker before they get lighter.  Then they will come to the surface and flake off.  Again you will need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, you can expect to pay $250.00 and up per IPL treatment depending on the location of the treatment area.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing:

This is typically the best treatment for sun damage in the form of brown spots, melasma, lines, wrinkles, and the break-down of collagen and elastin.  In most cases this is a one- time treatment. You will need to take about four days off from work or social activity as you will be swollen, red and your skin will peel between days three and five.  This option will give you the best non-ablative results available if preformed by an experienced laser practitioner.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, for a first treatment you can expect to pay

Full face:  $2000.00                              Hands: $700.00                        Neck: $900.00

Chest:  $1900.00                                    Shoulders: $900.00                 Eyes only: $600.00

Upper & Lower lips:  $600.00            Upper or lower arms: $1800.00

Roxanne Hammond

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

The Dysport Challenge – Save $150.00!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

THE DYSPORT CHALLENGE
Now extended through September 30, 2010!!!

If you have enjoyed the benefits of Botox® in the past then you will love this new DYSPORT Challenge! Or maybe you’ve always wondered about the Botox® (botulinum toxin type A) or Dysport (botulinum toxin type A) but haven’t tried it yet. Well now is your chance…
We are excited to partner with the manufacturer of Dysport for this very special offer. Save $75.00 on a DYSPORT injection and an ADDITIONAL $75.00 OFF on your next DYSPORT injection. Wow! Talk about a savings! That is a total of $150.00!

What is Dysport?
Dysport is a new botulinum toxin A product just as Botox® is. Like Botox®, Dysport relaxes muscles to smooth out unwanted facial lines to give a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
Call our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana) office 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington office at 309-662-0436 schedule your Dysport treatment today. This offer is only available through September 30, 2010.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL    309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Ask Our Expert: Botox or Dermal Fillers??

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Q: I have lines between my eyebrows, which treatment will give me the best results, Botox Cosmetic ® or a dermal filler?

A: Stand in front of your mirror. Do the lines between your brows become noticeable only when you are scrunching your eye brows together? Or, can you see the grooves between your brows even when you are not making a facial expression?

If the lines become noticeable only when scrunching your eye brows together or squinting, then Dr. Castillo would typically select Botox Cosmetic ® https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfm as the best injectable treatment choice. Treating the over-active muscles with Botox Cosmetic ® can help prevent the creases or wrinkles in your skin from becoming deeper and deeper over time, resulting in groves that are present between your brows with or without facial expression.

If the lines are present even when you are not scrunching your brows, then a dermal filler https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/fillers.cfm can smooth out those lines nicely. In certain cases, Dr. Castillo might suggest using Botox Cosmetic® to relax the muscles that initially caused your frown lines and a dermal filler to fill and smooth out the frown lines to completely rejuvenate your lines. It is possible that you may also be a good candidate for a frown line excision. The frown line excision would provide you with a more permanent solution to your problem.

IF you would like to talk further with Dr. Castillo about your treatment options, call Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign – Urbana) at 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington facility at 309-662-0436 today to schedule your consultation.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL
309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

ASK OUR EXPERT: ARE BOTOX AND JUVEDERM THE SAME TREATMENT?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

 

Derma fillers can be used to fill volume loss as seen here

Q: Are Botox and Juvederm the same treatment?

A: No. However, this is a good question and one we hear often in both our Bloomington and Savoy (Champaign–Urbana) Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinics. Botox Cosmetic ® https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfm and Juvederm are both injections, but they are very different.
Botox Cosmetic ® is a neuro-muscular relaxant. It is used to relax over-active muscles, such as the vertical lines that can appear between the eyebrows, forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. By injecting Botox into these problem areas it prevents the muscles from “creasing” the skin over and over which forms unwanted facial lines. An added benefit of using Botox Cosmetic ® repeatedly (every 3-6 months) is that over time it can re-train your motor memory to no longer make the expressions that created the lines in the first place.

Juvederm is classified as a dermal filler. There are several of dermal fillers available today (Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra…). Dermal fillers vary in thickness and longevity, as well as content. Though injecting dermal filler is not a new procedure, it is getting a lot of publicity these days. You may have heard the term “liquid facelift.” This refers to the use of dermal fillers to lift, fill, smooth or volumize an aging face. However, “liquid facelift” is a misleading title choice as a dermal filler will not achieve the type of results received with a facelift and is therefore deceptive. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are used to replace or add volume. As we age, we lose facial fat volume and experience skin changes. Our once smooth, plump skin develops wrinkles and folds. By injecting dermal filler, Dr. Castillo can fill in or smooth away facial lines and restore volume. Dermal fillers are used to add volume to areas such as lips, lip lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, even hands. Our patients like this treatment because they see immediate improvement.

Oh the “beauty” of science!

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL
309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Hair Reduction

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

HAIR REDUCTION

What is laser hair reduction and how does it work?

Imagine never having to shave, wax, bleach or pluck again!  Feel relieved just thinking about it? Imagine the amount of time you could save and painful skin irritations that could be prevented with the simple flash of a light.  Imagine spending a week at the beach and being able to leave your razor at home; no embarrassing shaving bumps or rashes, no vacation time spent grooming or griping onto the edge of the waxing table in pain while paying someone to rip the waxing cloth away from skin.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery,  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/  we utilize a very safe, effective technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) .  IPL uses highly controlled flashes of light that are selectively absorbed by hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin.  The light energy damages the hair follicle, which disrupts the follicles ability to produce hair.  More advanced systems such as ours, allow us to customize your treatment according to your skin type, hair type and body location.

Hair reduction https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-hair-removal.cfm can be used on any body part.  The most popular locations for women are the face, underarms, bikini area and legs.  The most popular locations for men are the back, neck, shoulders and upper arms.  This treatment can provide significant improvement for those who suffer with ingrown hairs (follicular barbi)

How many treatments will I need?

It depends on several variables such as your skin type, hair color, and the percentage of hair follicles that are in the Anagen stage (growing stage) at the time of treatment.   It’s important to understand that hair reduction is a process.  It is not a one-time treatment, though it can provide very satisfying results.  Not all hair follicles are producing hair at the same time.  There are three different cycles; Anagen (growing stage), Telogen (dormant stage) and Catagen (the stage in between Anagen and Telogen).  Only the hair follicles in the Anagen stage are disrupted by the IPL or laser treatments. A very high number of follicles are in the Telogen stage where there is no hair present to treat.  Because of this growth cycle, it will require several treatments to assure that we are treating each Anagen hair growth cycle.   Depending on the body location, this typically means 6-12 treatments.

How often will I need a treatment?

This depends on the body part being treated.  Hair grows in different areas of the body in a stochastic (probable behavior) process. In general we would treat the face, underarms or bikini area once every 6 weeks.  The back, shoulders, upper arms once every 8-10 weeks, and the legs once every 12 -14 weeks.

Where are the treatments performed?

Hair reduction is performed in the privacy and comfort of our skin restoration and laser suite.

Does it hurt?

Most patients find this procedure to be easily tolerated.  Most patients describe the procedure as feeling prickly or like a quick rubber band snap.

What is recovery like?

Some patients experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour after the procedure.  Your skin may appear red, pink or mildly swollen for 48-72 hours.  You are able to return back to normal daily activities immediately following your procedure. Avoid hot water, steam and high aerobics until redness is gone and skin sensation is back to normal, typically 2-4 days.

How can I find out more information or discover if I am a good candidate for hair reduction?

Call our office at 217-359-7508 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo or Roxanne.  During your consultation, it will be determined if you are a good candidate and we can answer any additional questions you may have at that time.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL
309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Ask Our Expert: Brown Spots: Are they sun damage or just age spots?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Ask Our Expert: Brown Spots:

 Q: Roxanne, I have brown spots on my face, arms and chest.  How do I know if they are caused from sun damage or if they are just age spots?

A: Lentigos, or lentigines are commonly referred to as brown spots, sun spots, liver spots or age spots.  They appear as flat, brown blotchiness (in various shades of brown) that appear on skin that has been over exposed to the sun. These spots can appear on the face, arms, shoulders, neck, chest, hands; anywhere the skin has been over-exposed. Typically, the lighter the skin and the more sun exposure one has, the greater accumulation or chance of accumulation of these spots you have.

Melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment in the skin are activated to produce more pigment (melanin) when you are exposed to ultraviolet rays. Because the symptoms of excessive sun damage are cumulative, these spots increase with age, hense the term “age spots.” They are more common in lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-3), such as those who freckle and who burn easily. If you have had enough lifetime sun exposure to develop brown spots, this may place you at a higher risk for skin cancers.

Sun spots are not themselves cancerous.  However, you may be at a higher risk for skin cancer if you have them.

I recommend applying a physical sunblock (such as TiSilc 60) 365 days per year to all skin that will be exposed.  Not only is this your best defense for future sun damage but over time you may find that the brown spots that you have appear lighter. There are also other treatments that will help to rid your skin of brown spots. CO 2 Micro-fractional Laser Resurfacing is typically an excellent option.  A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments can also deliver very good  results.  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-rejuvenation.cfm  Some chemical peels https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skin-resurfacing.cfm can improve spots to some degree as well as prescription skin bleaching nano medications such as Epi Quinn Micro.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington