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The Beauty of Revolving Medical Credit

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

We have all done it at some point in our lives – purchased that 5 in 1 miracle cream advertised utilizing  20-something television models and glossy, airbrushed magazine beauties, only to find that we don’t look 20-something again and apparently the airbrush is the missing component to our make-up kit.

We’ve spent hundreds of dollars on over the counter products that aren’t doing what we want in an effort to invest in ourselves, whether affordable or not.  So our collection of partially used creams continues to grow while we remain frustrated by what greets us in the mirror every morning.  Yet, we continue to throw away our money because we’re hesitant to invest in a larger outlay of cash.

What if there was an interest-free option to spread the expense of of quality, scientifically proven, medical-grade products that both treat to correct existing problems and protect from future problems? What if our investment in ourselves didn’t have to collect dust on the shelf or adorn our trash cans?

The good news is that there is just such an option offered to you by G.D. Castillo, M.D. at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin and Laser Institute!  It is a six month  INTEREST-FREE  payment program available through Care Credit.  This program allows you to spread the expense of Botox or Dysport, dermal fillers like Perlance or Radiesse, or medical-grade skincare into monthly payments that are very affordable and interest-free!

Example #1:  A VIP medium Dysport treatment is $270.00, and with the $50.00 manufacturer’s rebate like the ones frequently available in our office, this fee is reduced to $220.00.  That’s $36.66 per month – about the cost of a family pizza dinner out!  Even better yet – Dysport actually does what it’s suppose to do, so you will receive the return on your investment that you have been missing.

Example #2: A typical anti-aging medical-grade skincare program may entail an initial outlay of $300.00.  That’s $50.00 per month for a scientifically proven skincare regimen that is designed specifically for your needs and skin concerns. Additionally, you have access to our Skincare and Laser Specialist, Roxanne – who will help you assess your skincare goals and tweak your program according to your personal lifestyle.  Imagine the luxury of your own skincare specialist to pamper and restore your skin to the glowing softness you deserve!

The Care Credit medical credit line is revolving, so as you pay over time the credit limit is available to you to be used again.  Medical credit is a resource, why not put your great credit history to work for you?

So next time you’re tempted by advertising gimmicks, why not give us a call at 800-252-7123 and let us help you help yourself!

 

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

 

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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.
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COSMETIC MEDICINE AND TECHNOLOGY – WHO SERVES WHO?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

“I know the next gift we should get Mom and Dad,” I overhear my son say to his sister, “a new microwave!”

“Hey, what’s the matter with my microwave?”  I ask.

“Look at it,” he answers, “it’s old and the new ones aren’t so big.”

“Yes, but it still works just fine,” I say.  And it does – it really does…

I take a long hard look at the glorified bottle-warmer that was a gift from my husband following the birth of our first child, and I have to laugh.  It’s outlasted two dishwashers, two refrigerators and at least one washing machine.  Yet, I still have no intention of getting rid of it.  Don’t get me wrong; I don’t emotionally bond with kitchen appliances!  But, it’s in good shape and inflates a popcorn bag as well as a new one.  I know that its days may be numbered, but it’s been reliable and hasn’t been improved upon for the purposes I need.   Why change something just for the sake of change itself?

The perception that newer is better is a fairly common one.  We receive a lot of calls from people wanting to know if Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, G. D. Castillo, MD offers the latest “this” or “that” generated by frenzied media hype akin to the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.”  The focused advertising promises made often exceed the actual peer-reviewed realities – it’s the cart before the horse concept that has been tripping up consumers for years and cosmetic patients are definitely targeted elective medical consumers.

Our patients know that Dr. Castillo’s standards are far too high to succumb to a newer version of existing technology hyped into popularity by mere advertising instead of surviving peer review and producing improved, successful, reliable results.   Eek-gads!  Do you remember Endermologie?

Something enjoying the latest media buzz doesn’t necessarily make it better for our patients and certainly DOES NOT make it more affordable – in fact, when it comes to cost, that may be just the opposite! If it’s not better than what’s already working and it’s not more affordable, how can it be in the best interest of our patients?  Obviously, it’s not – the simple truth is that a cosmetic patient does not benefit from re-inventing the wheel.

Just because something is new doesn’t automatically make it improved.  Example:  tumescent liposuction is still the gold standard in removing excess adipose tissue (fatty deposits) period.  Ultrasound is sometimes used in addition to the tumescent technique, not instead of, to assist the surgeon in obtaining the smooth contour our patients deserve (liposculpture).  This tried and true gold standard gives wonderful results, is peer-proven and has the lowest complication rate with limited downtime.  So, why would a physician interested in giving the best result with the fewest possible complications change until something offers improvement? Wouldn’t you agree that improved results and patient satisfaction should be the driving force for any technological advance?

Don’t get me wrong, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute does offer the most scientifically advanced, peer-reviewed and proven technologies that are advantageous to our patients.  The key wording here is peer-reviewed and proven – a must for consistent best end results!

An excellent example is the Micro fractional CO2 laser that offers one treatment (as opposed to 4 or 5), with as little as 4-days downtime and incredible results!  Imagine!  A scaled back form of surgical laser resurfacing with the results you’ve been hoping for with only an extended weekend of downtime – fabulous!  Affordable, you ask?  Hmmm…a full facial treatment at approximately $2,000.00 instead of 4-5 treatments of Fraxel at an average of $1,500.00 each…I’ll let you do the math, but just let me say you could have had the big gun in skin resurfacing…surgical full facial laser C02 by the time you’ve paid for those 4-5 treatments.

Are you aware that G.  D. Castillo, MD investigates the emerging technologies exhaustively, and if proven to be advantageous and cost-effective for his patients, he does add to the existing lineup of beneficial treatments offered at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.  Micro Fractional CO2 is just one example of this and Dr. Castillo was one of the first twelve in the United States to offer it.  He also helped to set the perameters for this exciting minimally invasive technological improvement.

Lasers are expensive – very expensive, and not every medical practice owns the laser that they are operating.  I, personally, have no desire to be on the front end of the learning curve when it comes to laser anything.  Both familiarity with the medical equipment and procedural experience weigh in heavily when it comes to a good laser result.  There are sound reasons why we at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery neither rent nor transport the laser technologies offered within our facilities.

I’m so fortunate to work for G. D. Castillo, MD.  Obviously, I believe in him as a surgeon (how could I not?) and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute is a top-notch, fully-accredited medical facility.

No, Dr. Castillo doesn’t jump on the media’s bandwagon – he believes that when it comes to his patients, technology should serve their needs, not the other way around.

Patient & Office Coordinator for

G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin

Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

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No Interest/Low Interest Credit – Is It Right For You?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I was having fun opening my mail last night.  The first three envelopes were from different credit card companies, and each envelope contained four ready-to-use, pre-printed, “no-interest or low-interest” checks for my convenience.  Gee, it’s so easy – all I need do is sign my name.   I said to my husband, “look at this…unbelievable!  They’re throwing interest-free money at us again!”  He smiles and we spend a few moments joking about the phantom trips we’ll take, etc., but in all honesty, it hit home for me how great credit offers can turn dreams into nightmares if one doesn’t realize the steps to be taken to insure that good credit offers remain great.

We’ve all heard the expression “there’s no free lunch.” Usually a catch is attached to free offers, i.e., “hey, how about dinner and show on us,” (after you spend the next 4-5 hours of your vacation listening to a timeshare pitch)!  Well, in regard to credit offers the “catch” usually comes in the form of penalties and fees.  Credit companies are in business to make money and they cannot exist on profitless credit for everyone, thus it’s important to both read and understand the fine print.

If you never miss a payment deadline for the entire duration of the repayment process, these offers can be advantageous because you pay no or minimal interest while your savings continue to grow; otherwise, watch out!  That no-interest teaser can quickly become a steep retroactive 26.99% with additional $29.99 to $39.99 late payment fees per month if you don’t take the necessary steps to prevent it.   The good news is that penalties/fees are avoidable and good credit offers can be utilized to your advantage.

Simple suggestions to gleam the most from great credit offers while protecting yourself include:

  1. Pay off the entire balance as soon as you receive the bill.  You’ll gain the billing cycle interest free.  An obvious first choice, but not always practical.
  2. Set up an automatic electronic repayment debited from your checking or savings account. An electronic payment receipt from your bank eliminates any doubt that your creditor is receiving your payment on time and their fees or penalties do not apply to your account.  This also eliminates the possibility of your payment sitting in someone’s in-box and not posting or being lost in the mail prior to your payment deadline.
  3. Set up the electronic payment to be received at least 4 days prior to the actual due date. Paying 4 days early allows the extra time for due dates that occur over the weekend or land on a holiday.
  4. If you do not desire to pay your bills electronically, set up a “tickler” calendar specifically designed with flagged mailing dates to ensure your payment is received a day or so early.  For the best result, follow up this method with a call to your creditor to make sure your payment has been posted to your account prior to your due date.  If they say the check has not been received or posted, you have an opportunity to authorize an immediate phone payment in order to avoid penalties.

Today’s savvy consumer can reap the rewards of their great credit score with offers that are convenient and inexpensive.  We at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Rejuvenation – Laser Institute in both Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) including the no-interest and low-interest credit check offers that come to you in the mail.  We also offer multiple affordable financing options specifically designed for elective medical procedures, and tailored to the individual.

For additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 217.359.7508, 309.662.0436 or 800.252.7123, or visit our financing webpage at https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/financing.cfm, where you can investigate, download and submit your financing application of choice.

G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

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The Personal Support Network and the Cosmetic Patient

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Cosmetic Surgery Decision and A Strong Support Network

Right now, as you’re reading the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic blog, more people than you realize are contemplating some type of a cosmetic procedure or treatment.  According to survey results from the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), “…the number of procedures performed annually has risen 45 percent over the last two years…”  Direct article link is :  http://www.aafprs.org/media/stats_polls/m_stats.html

Cosmetic surgery in Champaign/Urbana or Bloomington/Normal is no longer reserved as the domain of the rich and famous – that perception is as outdated as bobby socks and saddle shoes.  Procedures such as breast augmentation, liposculpture and facial surgery are within the reach of the average citizen and have lost the “privileged-only” status of the past.  Now that cosmetic surgery and cosmetic treatments are readily available – the term “aging gracefully” has lost both significance and impact.  Yes, of course we all are “aging,” but “gracefully” is a relative term to both our lifestyles and society as a whole.

When you strip the aesthetic concept down to the bare bones, every person that showers, shaves or brushes their teeth is performing a cosmetic activity to both look and feel better.  Even individuals who hesitate to undergo a surgical procedure have no problem with teeth whitening, laser hair removal, hair coloring, microdermabrasion, medical-grade skin care, mineral cosmetics, etc. – all of which are performed for cosmetic purposes.

So, basically, I believe that rather than a true opposition to the cosmetic industry, it’s more about the level of investment that each of us (both physical and monetary) are personally willing to dedicate toward improving our appearance that may generate a biased attitude toward some cosmetic procedures.  Our society, as a whole, has changed drastically in its perception of cosmetic plastic surgery.

I distinctly remember several years ago when I decided to undergo a cosmetic procedure.  I have absolute trust and confidence in the skill of my surgeon (G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS, of course!), but I still found myself somewhat hesitant to share my decision with others.  Initially, I wondered “what would they say to me or about me to others?  Will they consider me vain or selfish for investing in myself?  Will they try to talk me out of it?”

It was win-win for me.  My husband understood that it was my decision and he was supportive and wonderful (as always)!  My children?  Well, it went from “really, Mom, you don’t need anything done,” to “you’re doing what?”  But both of my kids (teenagers) respected my wishes and were nonjudgmental about my decision.  My three sisters thought it was absolutely great; their excitement rivaled my own.  Of course my mother thinks I’m perfect but she respected my decision too.  I also chose to share my decision with a very few select friends and I’m happy to report that only one responded negatively.

Remember, a cosmetic surgical procedure may be elective medical care, but it is still the real thingSurgery with a capital “S.”  There is some post surgical discomfort, limited down time and several different stages of the recovery process before obtaining the end result.  While discomfort and inconvenience are minimized, it’s still not a magic pill for the patient.  A cosmetic procedure is a road to improvement and the pavement may have the occasional rough surface.  The cosmetic process requires dedication to the end result and a strong support network can help the post-surgical developments transition smoothly and avoid emotional valleys.

Let’s face it, following cosmetic surgery a person is more emotionally vulnerable than they are likely to have ever been before in regard to their appearance.  Naturally, a supportive network of family and friends can ease the transition from the first few hours of “Hmmm…what did I do?” to “Wow!  So glad I did!”

So, while the decision to pursue a cosmetic procedure is yours and yours alone, your support network can play a vital role in the experience itself.  If you are contemplating this investment in yourself, a few ideas that you may want to consider are:

1.  Initially restrict your confidence to your own personal inner circle.  These are the people who are most likely to respect your feelings and support your decision accordingly.

2.  When talking about the surgery, share your decision rather than asking for validation – you may be pleasantly surprised by just how supportive your personal network is.

3.  During recovery, let your cosmetic surgeon measure your progress…healing takes time and hourly mirror checks are counter productive.  Remember, the payoff has to be fantastic or people wouldn’t keep doing it.

4.  DO put yourself in a holding pattern for the amount of time your surgeon recommends (usually anywhere from 2 to 10 days depending on the procedure) – don’t make the mistake of having cosmetic surgery on Monday and still think you’re going to host that awesome Wednesday afternoon luncheon.

5.  Most importantly, be realistic.  Talk in depth with your plastic surgeon.  Put the time and trouble into having all your questions both asked and answered.

6.  Lastly, listen carefully and cooperate fully with your medical team for the best possible post-operative experience.  I know that at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we care about our patients and are fully vested in you having the most positive experience possible.

After you’re fully recovered and are enjoying that new bounce in your step and all those “have you lost weight?” or “did you change your hair?” questions, don’t be surprised when that treasured member of your support network says to you – “Hey, I’d like to talk to you about a personal decision I’ve made…”

 

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Cosmetic/Elective Health Care and Electronic Health Records

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The Cosmetic Patient and Electronic Health/Medical Records

We’ve been hearing a lot about Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records in the news lately, and there’s an upcoming governmental mandate slated for 2014.

I’ve been wondering to what extent, if any, the mandate of 2014 may affect our patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.  First of all, you can rest assured that the confidentiality of your personal health record within our facility is our first priority.  Since Dr. Castillo’s practice is privately owned and operated, and we don’t participate in any governmental insurance programs, state or federal, we should not be mandated into the EMR pool of health providers.  The sharing of any information from this facility is carefully handled in compliance with HIPPA guidelines and the business policies of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Castillo has never computerized medical records because if it’s not stored on a hard drive, it can’t be electronically stolen or manipulated.  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is a fee-for-service facility that does not participate in any governmental programs, or accept private insurance assignment.  So, our cosmetic patients should not have to concern themselves with a 3rd party gaining access to their elective medical information unless they, themselves request, in writing, for it to be released – i.e., requested filing of private health insurance for benefit reimbursement.  (Be aware that any information you share about any procedure or condition cannot be removed from your electronic health record once reported, and can effect you in the future in ways that you cannot predict today).

So, now that we’ve covered how this will not impact your private cosmetic/elective health record at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, let’s delve into what the differences between an EMR and EHR and how should this new electronic health record system work?

According to Electronic Medical Records vs. Electronic Health Records:  Yes, There Is a Difference A HIMSS AnalyticsTM White Paper By Dave Garets and Mike Davis Updated January 26, 2006, and available via PDF file to the general public at www.himssanalytics.org/docs/wp_emr_ehr.pd, The EMR is the legal record created in hospitals and ambulatory environments that is the source of data for the EHR. The EHR represents the ability to easily share medical information among stakeholders and to have a patient’s information follow him or her through the various modalities of care engaged by that individual. Stakeholders are composed of patients/consumers, healthcare providers, employers, and/or payers/insurers, including the government.”

Whoa, sounds like I should have taken Healthcare Lingo 101 somewhere along the line, doesn’t it?  How about those of us without an insider’s understanding of what “modalities of care engaged by that individual” actually means to you and me – the average citizen on the street?

Let’s use an analogy that anyone can visualize.  Think of your overall health record as a wagon wheel.  You have the hub, which represents your EHR (electronic health record) – this is where your healthcare information is stored.  The EMR (electronic medical record) represents the spokes of the wagon wheel – healthcare providers and businesses that feed the hub information; i.e., doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, etc.

My understanding is that the hub (EHR) will manage all the information supplied to it by the spokes (EMR) for the benefit of you – the patient.  This should assist in avoiding obvious problems such as possible drug interactions, etc.  Symptoms may be correlated and interpreted because the information is housed in one location, and expensive duplication of efforts such as lab tests can be eliminated.  Ideally, all the information your family physician or specialist requires to meet your healthcare needs will be available in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

A lot of benefits have been mentioned in the blog and healthcare articles that I’ve read – immediate access to your own health record, more efficient healthcare and, in particular, lowered healthcare costs.

Obviously, in a perfect world, this would seem win-win, no?  Problem is, this is not a perfect world and there are bound to be glitches to be worked out and ramifications of others gaining access to personal health information that have not yet been foreseen.

Personally, I see no reason for an employer to have access to the doctor’s notes from my last physical, do you?  When I read that employers, the government and insurance companies are stakeholders with possible access to my EHR, the personal red flags start flying.  The possibility for abuse and discriminatory issues are, to me, undeniable.

Presumably, there will be checks and balances to limit access to only the relevant information – but exactly who or what will be making these decisions?  If it’s a program, who is writing the program(s) that guide the decision-making process and what conflict(s) of interest are bound to occur?  Can you imagine the potential for abuse if an insurance company owns the software company developing these programs?  How do I know that the software designer is qualified to make decisions about streamlining my health history and what information is relevant to which query?

Let’s presume that the data is always accurate and the programs/systems are in place to prevent abuse; then I must ask – will all providers outside of an elective medical situation familiarize themselves with patient health records on screen?  If not, we’re giving up privacy of our most intimate information for nothing.

I’ll have to do more research to qualm my own personal fears of an informational blank check to anyone remotely associated in some way to our healthcare warriors wearing the “white coat.”    I don’t doubt the potential advantages of electronic health records, but the potential for misuse and/or abuse is also beyond doubt.

It’s difficult to stuff the genie back into the bottle, folks.  Thankfully, we have until 2014 to investigate.

 

G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation & Laser Institute

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Board Certification – What Does It Really Mean To You?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive

If two is better than one, wouldn’t three be best? Did you know that Dr. Castillo is a Triple Board Certified surgeon?

Have you ever wondered what Board Certification means? Board Certification specifically certifies that the person has been trained and has experience in the subject at hand, both by submitting to an examination and demonstrating training and knowledge in the subject.

Recently, I had the opportunity to describe Dr. Castillo’s Board Certifications to a patient prior to undergoing a procedure. How marvelous! I truly believe that this is just one of many areas in which Dr. Castillo’s credentials excel; and the opportunity to expound on each and every one of his Board Certifications and what these multiple seals of approval mean for our patients just doesn’t happen often enough.

1. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: As the name implies – Dr. Castillo is specifically qualified and Board Certified to perform all facial cosmetic and/or reconstructive procedures. This certification applies to any procedure or treatment performed on the entire head! You name it – facelift, eye procedures, forehead lifts, chin implants, ear pinning, neck liposuction, cheek procedures, “precision” nasal surgery, microfat transplantation, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, etc.; if it involves anything above your shoulders, then Dr. Castillo is specifically certified to perform the procedure with this one Board Certification alone. This is incredibly important because it assures our patients that their surgeon has been specifically certified to meet the requirements for their chosen procedure.

2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery: Think about the type of surgery you are interested in – it’s a cosmetic procedure, right? What could better qualify your surgeon to perform a cosmetic surgery than Board Certification specifically in cosmetic surgery itself? This Board Certified expertise includes every procedure listed in the above paragraph as well as all the body procedures (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, liposculpture, brachioplasty, mid body lift, thigh lift, etc.). Not only is our Dr. Castillo Board Certified to perform your surgery, he’s an internationally respected and requested faculty member (instructor) and guest lecturer for multiple scientific national and international meetings in facial, plastic and general cosmetic surgery. What could be better than going directly to an educational source for your procedure? Dr. Castillo is the Past President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, which is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated exclusively to cosmetic surgery. So not only is he Board Certified and an educator, he was specifically elected by his peers to lead the very organization responsible for the specific Board Certification cosmetic patients should not just look for, but demand.

3. The American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: What this Board Certification ensures for our patients is that Dr. Castillo has always been Board Certified and performing cosmetic procedures from the initial onset of his career. Prior to exclusively dedicating his practice to the sole specialization of cosmetic surgery in the early 1980s, he was already performing both cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgeries on the head, neck, ears, nose and throat. This means that Dr. Castillo has been performing cosmetic surgery since 1973 and has always had a demonstrated and successful dedication to cosmetic procedures.

So, what does this Triple-Board Certification mean for you, our patient? It means that you are choosing a master surgeon that has dedicated his entire professional life to the art of cosmetic surgery – someone who has devoted himself to his surgical craft. No, there’s no learning curve involved when choosing Dr. Castillo. He has and continues to pioneer leading-edge procedures; and his commitment is of such a high caliber that he gives back to the medical community through education and other venues.

After spending the last 15+ years of my professional life working in the cosmetic surgery industry, I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that the number one personal recommendation I give will never change: EXPERIENCE-EXPERIENCE-EXPERIENCE!

The required dedication to accomplish Triple Board Certification just about says it all to those “in the know.”
• Is it mandatory? – No, of course not.
• Is it rare for Champaign-Urbana-Savoy and Bloomington-Normal areas? – YES!
• Does it BENEFIT you, the patient? ABSOLUTELY!
G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

Dr. Castillo’s VIP Program, Rebates, or Both in our Champaign or Bloomington, Illinois offices.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Most of us have been there – you make a purchase decision based upon a rebate offer, diligently provide the required information and send in the appropriate forms in a timely fashion, and then, 8 long weeks later, you receive the dreaded form letter disallowing your submission. This happens to consumers so often, in every industry, that it’s almost become a cliché.

I haven’t been able to figure out a rhyme or reason for inappropriate rebate rejections; it truly seems to be random. This theory was tested last year when I updated three of our family cell phones and submitted the same rebate offer for all three of them.

After studiously scanning the rebate instructions including the fine print, I made a point of requesting individual receipts so as to have the coveted “original receipt” to attach with each offer. I photocopied each rebate submission with pertinent attachments and then mailed the rebates in individual envelopes and the waiting process began.

Eight weeks later – you guessed it; two of the rebates were honored with no problem and one of them was rejected because “I” had supposedly failed somewhere in the rebate process. In the end, I did receive the third rebate but only after investing time and energy in the mystery rejection to get the job done.

My personal theory had been proven – the rebate wheel of fortune can be exactly that…a game of chance.

That’s just one of the many reasons I’m so happy that Dr. Castillo created the VIP program to reward patient loyalty at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. No forms to fill out, no fear of rejected submissions or the need to wait 8 weeks to be compensated – just a generous, dependable, instantaneous monetary reward in appreciation of the trust that our patients continually place in Dr. Castillo and our practice.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that our patients don’t also benefit from the various rebate programs sometimes offered by a product manufacturer – but it does mean that our patients can depend on cost-effective, affordable treatments that help us all to look and feel our best. While we have no control over the rebates offered by someone else, we do our very best to offer our patients every monetary consideration.

We truly appreciate our patients and the confidence that they place in us. So, if you’re not a member of Dr. Castillo’s VIP Program, why not give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss the program details, its benefits, and how you can qualify.
G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY