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The Characteristics of Beautiful Skin

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

While sitting in a small room in a Champaign office recently, I over-heard an elated young lady boasting about the beautiful diamond she received over the holiday. Her gushing excitement was infectious. I found myself feeling almost as excited as she, yet I couldn’t even see the diamond!

I then began to wonder “what it is that makes diamonds or other precious gems for that matter generate that type of admiration.” I would guess most of us regard diamonds as a thing of beauty… but why? What specifically is it that makes girls go gaga over diamonds? Is it the number of carats? Could it be the shape of the stone that is so enchanting?

To me, it is the clarity and color of the stone. I would much prefer a petite diamond with such superior color and clarity that it shimmers and dances in the light, allowing me can see every curve and every contour, to a cloudy, three carat diamond that lacks life and luster. Would you agree? Now, don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely a fan of big rocks. I’m not trying to fool anyone here. Size does matter! It just falls short without superior color and clarity.

So why am I even talking about diamonds in a skincare blog?

Well, the characteristics that make a diamond sparkle and radiate beauty are very similar to the characteristics of beautiful skin. I mean is there anyone out there who would not be flattered to have their skin compared to a radiant, flawless diamond? Just as clarity and color are mandatory characteristics of a beautiful diamond, clarity and color are also key factors in creating beautiful skin.

Achieving superior skin color means that your skin is free of brown spots, freckles, redness, broken vessels and melasma. Skin clarity refers to skin that is free of rough texture, flakes, dull skin, large pores, acne, keratoses and moles. Superior color and clarity can be achieved through treatments such as traditional CO2 Full Face Laser Resurfacing , CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, IPL, medical grade bleaching agents such as Castillo MD Skin Science Skin Lightening Complex, medical microdermabrasion, chemical peels and medical grade skincare products.

I would say that most people who are bothered by facial aging are focused on wrinkles. When they look in the mirror, they see an aging face with a custom set of lines and wrinkles that have formed after years of abuse, mainly by sun exposure, and other factors. However, most often, removing wrinkles is only half the battle. It is the brown spots, broken vessels, rough texture and dull, flaking skin that create a less youthful appearance.

The concept of color and clarity is an important concept to understand. One must realize that if you treat only the lines and wrinkles of an aging face whether it be though a facelift, forehead lift, fat grafting, Botox or dermal filler such as Restylane Silk,  you are likely to find yourself feeling more like cubic zirconium than the real thing.

Here’s to wishing you the kind of admiration only superior color and clarity can generate.

DSC_0040Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Lipstick C­omplications

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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The right shade of lipstick can totally change my mood within the second it takes to put it on. Doesn’t it just make you feel…like a girl?  Of course on the other hand, there have been times when lipstick has just plain done me wrong!

Ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror to find that your once perfect lipstick application has left you looking like you just stepped off the crazy circus train? I hope you have girlfriends like mine who love you enough to tell you straight away!

In the words of Madeline Albright, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” So in the spirit of Madeline, here are a few quick and easy solutions for some common lipstick problems:

PROBLEM #1 – Cakey looking lipstick:

 SOLUTION:

  • The rules of applying lipstick are no different than applying a foundation to your face; you have to start with a smooth canvas. Exfoliate your lips. This will create a smooth surface to apply your lipstick. Then follow with a good lip hydrator. Just like any other skin surface…it’s pretty impossible to make dry, flakey skin look flattering.

PROBLEM #2 – Lipstick bleed:

SOLUTIONS:

  • For a quick no fuss solution, try using a lip crayon, preferably in matte rather than gloss. I find them to have more staying power due to their thicker consistency and more intense pigment. I like the Suede Matte Lip Crayons by Glo Minerals. They offer colors and intensities for every mood and their staying power is remarkable.
  • Apply a make-up primer to your lips before applying your lipstick. This will increase the time your lip color will stay put and fill in any lines for a smooth appearance.
  • Apply a concealer around the perimeter of your lips using a small concealer brush. The concealer will act as a bleed barrier to hold your lipstick in place.
  • Before apply your lipstick or lip crayon, fill in your entire lip with a lip liner of similar color. As a side bar here, there a few modern guidelines for lip liners…
  1. Lining the perimeter of your lips with a dark liner, then using a light lipstick to fill was socially exiled a few decades back…so…stay strong and resist the temptation.
  2. If you are old enough to wear lipstick, you old enough to color within the lines. If it is larger lips you desire, try a lip plumper or visit your local cosmetic plastic surgeons office to discuss dermal filler options  (exiting my soapbox now…and going back to our regularly scheduled program.)
  • My favorite trick… just a touch of translucent power. After you apply the lip color of your choice, place s single ply layer of tissue over your lips. Using a powder brush, dust just a touch of silica based translucent powder over the tissue. This will set your lipstick for an all-day stay!

PROBLEM #3: Lipstick on your teeth: Uhggg!

SOLUTIONS:

This post wouldn’t be complete without addressing this one. Who hasn’t had lipstick on their teeth? I know I have. Just ask my daughters. I have countless memories of them making desperate hand motions indicating another embarrassing lipstick on my teeth episode! Years back I read a great tip somewhere that I will pass to you. It is a simple, no-cost, product-free solution. All you need is your index finger and moment of privacy. Just after you apply your lipstick, make an “O” shape with your mouth. Stick your pre-cleaned J index finger in your mouth. Close your lips around your finger and pull your finger out. Wha-la, all the excess lipstick is now on your finger and not on your teeth!

Don’t forget to smile!

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Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Interview with Skin & Laser Specialist, Roxanne – Question #3

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Question: Why do people come to the skin rejuvenation suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?

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  • They may have a special occasion coming up like a wedding, vacation or new job.
  • They may want to learn more about how CO2 Micro-Fractional laser resurfacing can improve their lines, wrinkles, texture and brown spots to give them a fresher, more youthful look.3182014 101
  • Some are seeking one of our signature facials or microdermabrasion to relief stress and brighten their appearance while others are working on self-improvement with chemical peels, hair reduction or vein therapy.“
  • In January of this year, to support the services that the skin rejuvenation suite offers, Dr. Castillo introduced his medical-grade skincare line https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skincare-products.cfm   [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Message’ type=’textarea’/][/contact-form]
  • The new skincare line has been a huge success and the results speak for themselves! This has brought a new sector of patients to us who are simply tired of being disappointed by empty promises made by over-the-counter skincare product lines. Trial sizes are available for most of the products so patients can try them out before purchasing a full size product. It is a nice benefit for the patient and they come back so excited, bursting with compliments about the skincare products they tried. As I always say, “you don’t need a cabinet full of skincare products, just the right products and knowledge to know the difference!”Microdermabrasion ScrubIMG_2054

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Interview with Skincare & Laser Specialist, Roxanne – Question #2

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Question: What makes patients so loyal to Dr. Castillo’s  skin rejuvenation suite?

Roxanne: Dr. Castillo’s Skin Rejuvenation Suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center is a place of peace, pampering, privacy and professional, progressive treatment options.”

  • “As the Skincare and Laser Specialist there, I get truly excited at the opportunity to help patients reach their skin rejuvenation goals and I think that shows through to our patients. Helping people look and feel their best is energizing and that energy is contagious! We have interesting, appreciative patients from all walks of life and again that energy just creates an atmosphere people want to be a part of.
  • “Going to a fully accredited surgical facility headed by a triple-board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon with a stellar reputation and more than 30 years experience with skin rejuvenation rather than going to a salon or spa gives our patients peace of mind.”
  • DSC_0574“I think the thing you will notice right away is our emphasis on patient education. I spend a great deal of time with each patient during a consultation to make sure that they have a clear understanding of the skin rejuvenation procedure(s) or products they are considering. I believe there is nothing more important during that time than making sure they understand all the facts so they can make an informed decision that is right for them. “
  • “Our focus in on quality, not quantity. It is important that our patients do not feel rushed through their experience in the skin rejuvenation suite and that they know what to expect each step of the way. Because we only offer the most proven-effective treatments, rather than every new fad that pops up, our patients see consistent results that they can count on. It allows our patients to recommend Dr. Castillo’s skin rejuvenation suite  at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center to their friends and family with confidence and assurance.”

 

How can a professional Skincare Specialist help me?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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As a skincare specialist,  I will closely examine your skin, take a detailed history, discuss any skin conditions, allergies and concerns. Each of these factors along with your goals are compiled to develop the best plan for you. We will discuss in detail why we recommend a specific treatment such as CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Intense Pulse Light or skincare product, as it pertains directly to you.  You will leave with a clear understanding of the benefits and risks and what to expect before and after your treatment.cps social media 009upcloseprint

I think our skincare patients would tell you the most valuable advantage is the wealth of information and advice you will receive. We remove the guess work, the myths, the false hype of the next best fad and simply present you with proven-effective options that will help you reach your goals. A skincare specialist can educate you on the right ingredients for cleansers, moisturizers, sun screens, anti-oxidants, boosters and retinoids to help you see results fast and get the most out of each application not to mention the fun stuff like experimenting with different make up colors and looks.

Once you have established a patient relationship with me as your skincare specialist, I am available to discuss questions or directions you may have forgotten over the phone.  This type of individualized service just isn’t available at a makeup counter or through on-line ordering.  Our goal is to prescribe the right treatments and at-home products so that you never again end up with a drawer full of products that don’t work!

Yours truly,

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

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Interview with Skincare & Laser Specialist, Roxanne – Question #1

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Question: How has the skin rejuvenation suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center sustained its success over the past 25 years?

Roxanne: “We are fortunate enough that the Skin Rejuvenation Suite has a wonderful, well- respected, word-of-mouth reputation I would imagine is due to many factors:”

  • 1. “Our focus at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center has always been about providing the best possible experience for each patient, every time. The nature of our services allows us to make deep connections with our patients as we guide them through their journey both surgically and non-surgically.”
  • 2. “We are a state-of-the art, accredited facility with a physician / plastic surgeon who has over 30 years experiencCosmetic Plastic Surgery 9/11/12e in this field and as a staff, we all benefit from working under his direction. Dr. Castillo has created a well-oiled, professional, educated team of caring individuals, simply making us good at what we do, whether it is plastic surgery, Botox or skin rejuvenation. “
  • 3. “We do not work on commission. This means it’s a relaxed environment not only for the staff but for our patients as well. If there is a service that a patient is interested in, we tell them about it but our patients are never pressured to do anything. I believe this is yet another reason why patients refer others to us. Who would want to refer a friend to an office that is willing to pressure their friend into anything?” You will never find that kind of mentality or leadership here.
  • 4. “We are not interested in offering every new fad that comes along. We are interested ONLY in offering our patients the highest-quality skin rejuvenation and skincare product regimens that offer real improvements. Essentially, we are all results oriented perfectionists here and we want what our patients want; the best results possible!”

 

 

 

 

LOOK YOUNGER WITH CO2 MICRO-FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING 

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Finding non-surgical ways to look younger isn’t exactly a novel idea, in fact it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Men, women, scientists and clinicians alike are seemingly on a constant search the latest answer to aging.I’m not sure I would put to much stock in most of the options being presented today but there are indeed a few good options for looking younger in situations when surgery is not necessary.

Although dermal filler may get all the media hype, I would say the biggest non-surgical development came about a few years back and is holding strong as the front-runner for non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

“COMICRO-FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING”

I have performed well over 500 COMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing procedures at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in Champaign and have yet to have a patient who doesn’t walk away looking younger at their one week appointment and even younger yet at their 3 month appointment. It really is a tiny little bit of magic when it comes to looking younger fast.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-rejuvenation.cfm is my favorite procedure to perform because I know I will put a smile back on my patient’s face when they look in the mirror and see a reflection looking back at them that they are happy with and can feel confident with. That makes what I do very rewarding on a personal and professional level.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a non-surgical treatment for:

•lines      •wrinkles               •blotchiness          •brown spots        •builds collagen and elastin

•acne scarring      •rough texture     •Aging skin           •dull, lifeless, sun damaged skin

You will notice more light reflectivity within a week after treatment which creates a softer, more radiant, youthful appearance. It even continues to create more collagen and elastin formation for up to year. That is not to say that you lose results after one year, I’m saying that the treatment actually continues to produce more and more results for up to a year. Now that’s a treatment that keeps on giving!

The beauty of this treatment (sorry, no pun intended) is that BOTH the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and the dermis (middle layer of skin) are treated and affected at the same. The epidermis is where the damaged, color producing cells are located that are responsible for the unwanted appearance of brown spots and tone changes. The dermis is made of elastin and collagen which provides the skin with structure; in other words, they make up the skins pliability, strength, form… When sun exposure and natural aging compromise the dermis; collagen and elastin break down and those dreaded lines and wrinkles start to form.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is performed while you are awake in the privacy and comfort of Dr. Castillo’s state-of-the-art skincare and laser rejuvenation suite. Most patients are ready to re-apply cosmetics with in about four days after treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may take a few days longer.

If you are thinking about non-surgical facial (or body) rejuvenation for any of the above signs of aging, I would definitely recommend considering CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing. I think you will find that you get a great return on your investment!

 

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

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“Castillo MD Skin Science” Skincare

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

For those of you who have not been in the office lately or  do not receive our monthly electronic newsletter,  https://www.facebook.com/DrCastilloCosmeticPlasticSurgery/app_141428856257   you are missing out on Dr. Castillo’s BIG NEWS!!  So let me fill you in…Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 9/11/12

For anyone who has ever spent anytime with Dr. Castillo, I’m sure you’ve picked up on the idea that he may just be a bit an an over-achiever with his long list of impressive credentials, over 30 some years of achieving excellence in cosmetic surgery, Past-President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, he holds not one, not two, but three board-certifications!  He has been involved in countless community service events, lectured around the world and spent years mentoring upcoming medical students, and is a published author, all while remaining an involved father of two, and grandfather. Did I mention he also holds the highest ranking possible as a commercial and private pilot?  All those achievements take some serious dedication and discipline!  That’s the kind of surgeon I want, wouldn’t you agree?

It seems he has been up to something once again!  Yet another accomplishment to announce on his long list.

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In January, 2015, Dr. Castillo announced the development and arrival of his new, comprehensive,  medical-grade skincare line using only the most advanced, scientific based, proven-effective ingredients. His goal was to build a results oriented medical-grade skincare line that would provide real improvements for our patients at an affordable price point. All of the hard work has finally paid off and we are very proud to invite you to experience “Castillo MD Skin Science.”

I have been using different products from the line and couldn’t be more impressed with the rapid results and impressive improvements in my skin.  As the skincare specialist her at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, I am so excited to be able to offer our skincare, laser resurfacing and surgical patients such as advanced line of effective skincare.  Castillo MD Skin Science is sure to build a loyal following of satisfied patients.  It certainly has me hooked!

Castillo MD Skin Science is a sophisticated, anti-aging product line that is optimized to improve a wide range of aging skin concerns including hyper pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, sun Tretinol Serum Neck Refining Therapydamage, poor texture, proper hydration and of course sun protection!

 

So why does Dr. Castillo believe medical-grade skincare is a better investment that over-the-counter skincare?

  • When professional or medical-grade products are made available to you through a licensed physician, the law allows for higher concentrations of active ingredients in those products.

Why is this important to you?

  • This means you are getting more effective formulations which can provide better, faster results and less disappointments from products that don’t work.
  • It also means that you receive an expert skin evaluation, with recommendations from a specially trained expert on creating a custom at home skincare regimen that is customized for your specific skin needs.  Skincare regimens are not meant to be a”cookie-cutter” system but are often treated that way over-the-counter.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center we believe skincare regimens should be customized for the individual.  It is no different that needing eyeglasses.  Would you be happy wearing someone else’s prescription glasses?  Of course not. You could see a specialist who can offer a prescription the is customized just for you.  Why would you settle for anything less with your skincare?

Schedule your free skincare consultation to learn how “Castillo MD Skin Science” can help you achieve and maintain lasting improvements in the way your skin looks, acts & feels!  To learn more about the 28 specialty products available in both Dr. Castillo’s Savoy (Champaign-Urbana) and Bloomington locations visit his website at https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skincare-products.cfm

Whose ready for radiant skin?

Yours Truly,

 

Roxanne Leopard Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA

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

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