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The Liquid Facelift – Truths In Reporting and Advertising?

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
On August 12, 2009, CBS had a program in which they demonstrated the so-called “liquid facelift.”  As it is shown, there were injections placed in appropriate areas of the face to diminish facial lines and furrows by injecting a product called Sculptra TM.  It incorrectly refers to Sculptra TM as being a  filler that was just recently approved, since it has been approved by the FDA for years for the treatment of immune-suppressed patients, and particularly directed at AIDS patients.
I take issue with describing this injectable as a “liquid facelift.”  In fact, it is not.  It is simply an injection to replace some of the volume loss in certain areas of the face.  It definitely does not give or even approximate the results of a mini facelift or regular facelift.  To compare the results of an injectable to a facelift is grossly unfair to the public and plays on the sensitivities of those who are looking for an alternative to surgery.  If what an individual needs is a facelift, then they are wasting their money on temporary filler.
Please do not misunderstand me.  There is nothing wrong with injectables.  I use them in my practice frequently with great success.  The whole idea is that it is very important to match the problem with the correct solution.  By that I mean that if there are already set-in facial problems like jowls, sagginess and volume loss, the most effective way of dealing with it is through a surgical procedure. Anything else would be at best a compromise.  For most patients, it would be a waste and a disappointment.
If, on the other hand, the patient is looking to treat early aging changes such as volume loss without sagginess or jowls, commonly seen after age 30, then an injectable such as Sculptra TM would be a good alternative. It will help minimize some of the volume loss effects of aging for approximately a year or two.  However, the physician injecting this filler needs to have a very good artistic eye in order to be able to inject the filler where it will have the most effect.  The goal is to minimize the normal shadows of light and to minimize the highs and lows that tend to develop as a result of facial aging.
The cost is another factor one needs to consider since it is likely that one may need $1,000.00 and $2,000.00 worth of Sculptra TM to accomplish the desired effect.  This needs to be taken into consideration because when one uses facial filler the effects are only temporary.  Within a period of 6 to 24 months, the effect is completely lost. When comparing this with the results of a surgical procedure like a facelift, one must realize that though the effects of a facelift may be modified by time (the aging process), the improvements will be with the person for life.
The report stated that you could go out the night of the injection and that is in essence, untrue.  Even in the hands of the most skilled professional, a moderate amount of swelling occurs with the injection of any filler within the face.  Bruising can also occur.  One should probably allow 3-4 days after an injectable before planning to attend a social engagement.
As with any other filler, Sculptra TM is a volume replacement agent which will be useful on a temporary basis. We should never call an injectable a “liquid facelift.”  We should call it exactly what is it, which is the correction of volume loss by use of a facial filler (injectable). This is much more accurate and honest reporting.
This blog entry was written by G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS; Triple board-certified, Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.

On August 12, 2009, CBS had a program in which they demonstrated the so-called “liquid facelift.”  As it is shown, there were injections placed in appropriate areas of the face to diminish facial lines and furrows by injecting a product called Sculptra TM.  It incorrectly refers to Sculptra TM as being a  filler that was just recently approved, since it has been approved by the FDA for years for the treatment of immune-suppressed patients, and particularly directed at AIDS patients.

I take issue with describing this injectable as a “liquid facelift.”  In fact, it is not.  It is simply an injection to replace some of the volume loss in certain areas of the face.  It definitely does not give or even approximate the results of a mini facelift or regular facelift.  To compare the results of an injectable to a facelift is grossly unfair to the public and plays on the sensitivities of those who are looking for an alternative to surgery.  If what an individual needs is a facelift, then they are wasting their money on temporary filler.

Please do not misunderstand me.  There is nothing wrong with injectables.  I use them in my practice frequently with great success.  The whole idea is that it is very important to match the problem with the correct solution.  By that I mean that if there are already set-in facial problems like jowls, sagginess and volume loss, the most effective way of dealing with it is through a surgical procedure. Anything else would be at best a compromise.  For most patients, it would be a waste and a disappointment.

If, on the other hand, the patient is looking to treat early aging changes such as volume loss without sagginess or jowls, commonly seen after age 30, then an injectable such as Sculptra TM would be a good alternative. It will help minimize some of the volume loss effects of aging for approximately a year or two.  However, the physician injecting this filler needs to have a very good artistic eye in order to be able to inject the filler.

ler where it will have the most effect.  The goal is to minimize the normal shadows of light and to minimize the highs and lows that tend to develop as a result of facial aging.

The cost is another factor one needs to consider since it is likely that one may need $1,000.00 and $2,000.00 worth of Sculptra TM to accomplish the desired effect.  This needs to be taken into consideration because when one uses facial filler the effects are only temporary.  Within a period of 6 to 24 months, the effect is completely lost. When comparing this with the results of a surgical procedure like a facelift, one must realize that though the effects of a facelift may be modified by time (the aging process), the improvements will be with the person for life.

The report stated that you could go out the night of the injection and that is in essence, untrue.  Even in the hands of the most skilled professional, a moderate amount of swelling occurs with the injection of any filler within the face.  Bruising can also occur.  One should probably allow 3-4 days after an injectable before planning to attend a social engagement.

As with any other filler, Sculptra TM is a volume replacement agent which will be useful on a temporary basis. We should never call an injectable a “liquid facelift.”  We should call it exactly what is it, which is the correction of volume loss by use of a facial filler (injectable). This is much more accurate and honest reporting.

G.D. Castillo, M.D. Premier Cosmetic Surgeon in Central Illinois


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Introducing Liquid Smile … Professional Teeth Whitening

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Dr. Castillo is expanding his services with a smile; Liquid Smile that is…  Liquid smile is now available at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Liquid Smile professional whitening pen offers a simple, convenient and affordable solution to whiter teeth.
A whiter, brighter smile can bring out all your best features.  It can enhance your confidence and desire to smile and be social. We believe this to be a great alternative to expensive teeth whitening procedures.  One of the nicest things about this system is it does not require having a tray or other device inside your mouth.  If you have had an unpleasant experience with teeth whitening in the past such as gagging, pain, sensitivity or high cost, Liquid Smile may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.  After painting the gel on their teeth at bedtime for 2 weeks and you’ll be ready to flash your new, bright smile.  It is as simple as that.

smileG.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS is expanding his services with a smile; Liquid Smile that is…  Liquid smile is now available at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Liquid Smile professional whitening pen offers a simple, convenient and affordable solution to whiter teeth.

A whiter, brighter smile can bring out all your best features.  It can enhance your confidence and desire to smile and be social. We believe this to be a great alternative to expensive teeth whitening procedures.  One of the nicest things about this system is it does not require having a tray or other device inside your mouth.  If you have had an unpleasant experience with teeth whitening in the past such as gagging, pain, sensitivity or high cost, Liquid Smile may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.  After painting the gel on their teeth at bedtime for 2 weeks and you’ll be ready to flash your new, bright smile.  It is as simple as that.

THE GEL –
This prescription strength teeth whitening formula contains 12% Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) that is 3 times stronger than other paint-on teeth whiteners.  The neutral pH gel is manufactured using the purest ingredients. The O2 bubbles begin to remove stain molecules from your teeth within a few applications.  It is available in 4 flavors; cola, mint, lemon lime and root beer.  The flavors are very mild to minimize salivation.

WILL IT MAKE MY TEETH SENSITIVE?
This is a great alternative for patients who could not complete other professional teeth whitening systems due to heightened sensitivity.  If you are applying the whitening gel as directed, you should not experience sensitivity.

HOW MANY SHADES OF IMPROVEMENT CAN I EXPECT?
Various patients can respond differently to the same whitening treatment, so results may vary. Some patients will experience several shades of teeth whitening while others may see even more results.

WHEN WILL I BEGIN TO NOTICE RESULTS?
Most patients will begin to notice results within the first 5 -7 applications.  Original tooth color and the amount of exterior staining a patient’s teeth has may affect the time frame in which one can expect to see results.

HOW DOES THE GEL STAY ON MY TEETH WITHOUT A TRAY?
The Liquid Smile gel is brushed on in a very thin layer.  It will dry within 30-45 seconds so it does not cause irritation. The gel forms a protective film to prevent it from rubbing off while releasing O2 bubbles that whiten the teeth.

WHAT IS THE COST ?
While other professional teeth whitening products can cost more than $400.00, Liquid Smile can be purchased in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington, Illinois offices for only $125.00!

HOW CAN I PURCHASE LIQUID SMILE?
Liquid Smile is a professional product available only through medical and dental offices.  You may schedule a free consultation with our Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist to get started.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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ASK OUR EXPERT: Maintaining beautiful skin

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Q: Lately, friends have made comments about me looking tired. They are right, I do look tired. My skin just looks dull. I am starting to develop lines and brown spots! I even seem to have extra “baggage” around my jaw line. I am only 43 years old! How can that be? I am very a bubbly, energetic decorator / designer who sleeps and eats well. I haven’t really worried about skincare in the past because my skin has always looked great. How can I avoid looking older than I am and definitely older than I feel? Is it too early to start using anti-aging products and treatments?

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…
Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home.  Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).
There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

A: I think the key to longevity is early maintenance. You mentioned you are a decorator, so bear with me as I “attempt” to speak your language…

Think of your skin as a home. Your home can be a beautiful older home or it can just be an old home. The difference between a beautiful older home and an old home is maintenance. A well maintained home that is freshly painted and properly cared for with necessary maintenance becomes a beautiful older home. Otherwise, if we neglect our home, the only thing we’ll have is an old home. We must do those necessary repairs as they are needed, or one day you may wake up to find out that your once beautiful home is worn down and no longer reflects who you are anymore. By this point, it may need to be completely remodeled before you feel at home in it again (surgery).

There are three things that you absolutely need to do to your skin to maintain it.

  1. Daily (that’s 365) use of UVA / UVB sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher.
  2. Continued exfoliation (retinol, Retin-A, glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, chemical peels…)
  3. The proper use of moisturizers.

The best way to avoid looking older is to protect your skin 365 days of the year. Many patient’s have said “Roxanne, if I only use one skincare product on my skin, what would you recommend?”  I can assure you my answer is always the same – “UVA / UVB broad- spectrum SUNSCREEN.”  All other anti-aging skincare products are pointless if you are not using sun protection.  I would recommend that you refer back to two earlier blog posting’s (if you haven’t already).

Medical-grade skincare products are the best way to properly moisturize and maintain the skin. These products are dispensed only by a physician. They are not available over-the-counter because they are generally of a much higher concentration. A daily medical-grade skincare program will help maintain results from skin treatments and reverse signs of aging.

There are some simple, effective, in-office treatment options for early maintenance. Medical microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, or intense pulsed light photo facials can help to restore a youthful appearance. You might be surprised how much younger one can look by just evening out the skin tone, removing brown spots and keeping the skin well hydrated. CO2 CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser ResurfacingMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing can more aggressively reduce lines and brown spots, build new collagen and improve skin texture and laxity. Using a combination of both in-office skin treatments and a medical-grade home skincare program will give you the best results in early skin restoration.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute. Please contact us for additional information at  217-3508 Roxanne Hammond, RMA
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Very Popular… Dermal Fillers

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Dermal fillers have become a very popular option in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington offices. Men and women love them because it instantly plumps, lifts and enhances their face and hands.
As we age, we begin to lose fat in the face, particularly in nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth) and in our cheeks.  Collagen begins to break down as well. This creates lines and wrinkle. Skin begins to sag along with facial structures that leave us wondering who stole our youth in the middle of the night while we were innocently sleeping! Vertical lines develop around our mouth. Those once luscious, full lips become deflated. We are left wondering where we are supposed to apply our lipstick.
Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis to restore volume loss and smooth away lines and folds in the skin.  They can also be used to fill in or plump depressed scars, including acne scars.
There are several forms of dermal fillers being used with success today.  Some include hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Hylaform…), collagen (Zyplast, Zyderm, Artfill, Evolence…), synthetic fillers (Radiesse, Sculptra…), and autologous fat (your own fat).
The various types of dermal fillers have individual strengths and weaknesses.  Some last longer than others. Some are thicker or thinner and are utilized for specific issues.   Dr. Castillo will inform you which filler would be appropriate for your needs.
Common side effects are mild swelling, and redness. Bruising, beading and allergic reactions can also occur.
Dermal fillers cannot give the same type of results as a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a face-lift, mini face-lift or forehead lift.  However, because of rising demand for “lunch time” quick fixes with little recovery time and side effects, dermal fillers are able to meet the needs of many who chose not to have surgery to correct their aging appearance.
Dermal fillers are a great option for someone who does not want the higher initial investment or recovery time of surgery, but desires some subtle improvements that results in a more youthful, rested appearance.

dermalfiller-headerDermal fillers https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/fillers.cfm have become a very popular option in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington offices. Men and women love them because it instantly plumps, lifts and enhances their face and hands.

As we age, we begin to lose fat in the face, particularly in nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth) and in our cheeks. Collagen begins to break down as well. This creates lines and wrinkle. Skin begins to sag along with facial structures that leave us wondering who stole our youth in the middle of the night while we were innocently sleeping! Vertical lines develop around our mouth. Those once luscious, full lips become deflated. We are left wondering where we are supposed to apply our lipstick.

Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis to restore volume loss and smooth away lines and folds in the skin. They can also be used to fill in or plump depressed scars, including acne scars.

There are several forms of dermal fillers being used with success today. Some include hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Hylaform…), collagen (Zyplast, Zyderm, Artfill, Evolence…), synthetic fillers (Radiesse, Sculptra…), and autologous fat (your own fat).

The various types of dermal fillers have individual strengths and weaknesses. Some last longer than others. Some are thicker or thinner and are utilized for specific issues. Dr. Castillo will inform you which filler would be appropriate for your needs.

Common side effects are mild swelling, and redness. Bruising, beading and allergic reactions can also occur.

Dermal fillers cannot give the same type of results as a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a face-lift, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/face-lift.cfm, mini face-lift or forehead lift, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/brow-lift.cfm However, because of rising demand for “lunch time” quick fixes with little recovery time and side effects, dermal fillers are able to meet the needs of many who chose not to have surgery to correct their aging appearance.

Dermal fillers are a great option for someone who does not want the higher initial investment or recovery time of surgery, but desires some subtle improvements that results in a more youthful, rested appearance.

Roxanne Hammond

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Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Budgeting For Beauty – Part 3

Friday, April 3rd, 2009
Roxanne Hammond

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Botox Cosmetic® -If you’re still under the impression that Dog is man’s best friend, then you haven’t experienced Botox Cosmetic®. Botox Cosmetic® is the most performed cosmetic procedure in the United States for a reason. It works! Better yet, it takes 5 minutes and then you are off to drop the kids at soccer practice. No one wants to be the oldest looking mom or dad at play group, but taking time out for ourselves can sometimes be a challenge. Botox® is a great solution that requires no down-time, little investment and offers great improvement.Over the years, the media has wrongfully mislead the public about Botox®. I think it would be best to start by discussing the facts about Botox®. Botox® has been FDA approved and utilized in the US and Canada for over 18 years.Botox® was first used to treat muscle spasms. Canadian ophthalmologist, Dr. Jean Carruthers noticed that it had a side effect of reducing wrinkles. She and her husband, a dermatologist, began using Botox® off label for wrinkle reduction with impressive results. In2002 the practice of utilizing Botox® for wrinkle reduction became widespread in the US when the same formulation received FDA approval for the treatment of facial lines.Botox Cosmetic® is purified protein that is injected with a very small needle directly into over-active muscles. It relaxes the muscles, creating a smoothing out of lines created by repetitive expressions or motions.Botox can be used to improve the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Injected properly, it can even raise the eye brow, giving the patient a bright-eyed, well rested look. Because the needle so small, there is very little to no pain involved. These injections to do not require down-time and you can return to your daily activity without any visible signs of treatment. Treatment performed by a trained professional should never create an “expressionless or “frozen” appearance. That being said, please do not receive Botox injections at a Botox party at your girlfriend’s house. Authentic Botox is ONLY available through a physician’s office. The effects of Botox lasts 3-4 months. In my opinion, the biggest downside to using Botox is once you see the results, you will want to continue using it!In our office, Botox Cosmetic ranges from $300 – $400 per visit. This is a very low cost way to obtain a more youthful appearance. We offer additional discounts to established patients making it even more affordable.I would like to leave you with this thought today. When your budget is forcing you to make tough decisions how to best invest you money and you are trying to decide whether to purchase a new outfit with shoes and accessories to match or invest in a skin care treatment, remember this:(coming from a fashion enthusiast!! ) while you may get a couple season out of your wardrobe purchases, but your skin will stay with you through out every season of your life.Continue to check back with us, as we will continue to review technologies available, letting you know which ones are worth your investment. https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfm

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Budgeting For Beauty – Part 2

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Let’s begin to talk about some non-surgical options that will give you impressive results with little down time.

1. My personal favorite – CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing. This is the most impressive non-surgical technology I have seen to date. Physicians and patients alike have been waiting more than 10 years for a procedure that requires little recovery time and discomfort while simultaneously being able to deliver substantial results in a single treatment. The technology is finally here.

This latest development combines the technology and benefits of traditional CO 2 Laser Resurfacing (the industries gold standard for skin resurfacing) with an algorithm scanner. This means a fraction of the skin cell is treated by the laser, leaving tiny areas of untreated skin. This dramatically reduces your recovery time, allowing you to return to work in 4 days. The CO 2 Micro-Fractional Laser wavelength can penetrate to the deeper portions of the skin, unlike other laser technologies that offer only superficial benefits. (Buyer beware – do not confuse CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing with other “Fraxel or non-CO 2 fractional laser” treatments available) It is unique because for the first time in the history of laser resurfacing, it allows clinicians to safely and effectively treat not only the face but other areas of the body such as the neck, chest, hands & arms. This treatment simultaneously improves lines, wrinkles, scars, skin laxity, tone and texture, brown spots and other skin imperfections. As it penetrates the dermis, production of new, deep dermal collagen is stimulated. This results in continued improvement in skin structure over time. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-resurfacing.cfm is ideal for you if you have a busy lifestyle or cannot be away from work for an extended period of time but still want impressive results. (more…)

Budgeting For Beauty – Part 1

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Today’s economic slow down has left a deficit in the “beauty budget” of many. Unfortunately, this has occurred at a time when we must look and feel our best in the work force as a sense of job security or in hopes of landing a new job. Let’s face it, rational or not, we are often judged not only on our job performance but on our appearance as well. If we walk into an interview appearing outdated, a perspective interviewer may perceive our ideas and abilities to be outdated as well. How well we take care of ourselves reflects on our ability to manage all that life throws our way.

Feeling good about ourselves improves our confidence, self-esteem, and productivity. Therefore, a certain amount of vanity can be a good thing. I believe when looking for ways to insure a return on your financial investments, investing in yourself may be one of your best options.

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