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WILTED BY WINTER WEATHER  

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

You have packed away your flip flops and Daisy Dukes and pulled out your boots, long sweaters, leggings and warm winter coats; but did you remember change up your skincare routine?  This is the time of year when patients flood the skin rejuvenation suite in Dr. Castillo’s Savoy and Bloomington locations, desperately looking for solutions to their concerns of suddenly seeing more wrinkles and sagging, dull, flaking, even red and irritated skin. With a few simple changes recommended in their skincare evaluation, they are re-united with the soft, supple skin they work so diligently all year to achieve.

4982The unfavorable changes winter brings is often due to a drop in humidity, not only outdoors but indoors as well.  When we get exposed to the cold, windy, dry air, our first reaction is to rush inside and crank up the thermostat or jump a steaming hot shower. Unfortunately these “feel good” reactions de-hydrate our skin even more, causing our skin to look even more wilted.

Dry, winter weather can really pack a wallop.  Before you know it, dry air and harsh elements can heighten the appearance of wrinkles, and crepiness, flaking and loss of radiance.  Who wants to wake up with these changes right before the holiday gathering season?  Not me!  This calls for some simple changes in your everyday skincare routine to maintain your youthful, supple, radiant appearance.

I recently stayed in a lovely hotel for a few days in one of the more blustery weather states. I woke up after the second night feeling as if my face might actually crack in half.  True statement! My face felt dry, tight, rough, irritated and what’s worse… I looked as if I had aged 10 years over night!  NOT what I was hoping to get out of my vacation!  Well, I decided instantly that I was not going down without a fight! After all, I am a skincare specialist!

I immediately took some successful precautions to help return my skin to its normal condition.

  • I kept my hotel room temperature at 67 degrees – higher temperatures will cause dry skin.
  • Avoided hot showers that feel so good in cold weather – again causes dry skin.
  • Added a humidifier to add moisture to the room
  • Increased my water intake
  • Loaded up on my skin barrier protecting moisturizer
  • Continued to apply my medical grade, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Remember that the combination of winter sun along with snow glare can really damage your skin.

Making an appointment to speak with a trained skincare specialist in your local cosmetic plastic surgeons office will be time well spent.  You will receive information that will be hard to find at your local store counter.  A skincare specialist will be able to analyze your skin, review your current product regimen and suggests the simple adjustments you will need to make to look your best all winter long!

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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XEOMIN NOW AVAILABLE AT COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Move over Botox Cosmetic®, there’s yet another new kid in town or at least in Dr. Castillo’s plastic surgery practice. If you are a frequent reader of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center’s “Anti-Aging With Grace”blog, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/blog/then you likely remember a blog discussion about Dysport®, as the first alternative to Botox Cosmetic®. Now Xeomin® has hit the wrinkle reducing scene. I’m sure this will have many of millions of neurotoxin users wondering which one gives the best results.In a nutshell, what you as the consumer need to know is basically they all work very well and have a long history of safety and effectiveness. These three neuro-muscular modulators; Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport® and now Xeomin® are very similar with a few slight differences in how they are made but the end result is the same. They all smooth wrinkles to create a more youthful, alert look. They were all developed by large, well-established, reputable drug companies (Allergan, Medics, Mertz). They are all FDA-approved. They are all a form of botulinum toxin, which is a purified neurotoxin with many on and off label uses from treating migraines and muscle spasms to my personal favorite…erasing wrinkles and angry eye brows.In my opinion, the most important decision you will make when deciding to smooth out your wrinkles with Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®, isn’t which product to choose but rather WHO will be administering your injection. This were you really need to concentrate your efforts. Seek out a board-certified facial plastic or cosmetic surgeon or a cosmetic dermatologist who has the long-standing experience and skill necessary to give you the look you desire.And please…stay clear of Botox® parties!!

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/

 

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“Make-Up For Lost Sleep

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“MAKE-UP” FOR LOST SLEEP

At a recent staff holiday dinner for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Castillo and the staff were discussing different articles about insomnia and the activities that can make it worse like using your computer or watch television just before you go to bed.  On the way home that night I realized that what our conversation was missing was what to do the morning after.

Sometimes trying to get your “beauty rest” can just be ugly! For most, there is long list of things that often get in the way of a full eight hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep;  late night work obligations, social events, an ill child,  insomnia…  For others it is the inability to turn off the brain the night before a big event, whether it is a holiday party you’ve been planning for months, an early morning flight to paradise or a high-intensity business meeting.  Whatever the reason, missing your beauty sleep isn’t pretty!  It results in tired, red, puffy eyes and dull, lifeless skin.  You might as well hang a sign around your neck that says “approach with caution, functioning only on auto-pilot today.”

So what can you do help conceal the signs of a sleepless night? Start drinking water as soon as your feet hit the floor, sooner if you can get bedside service.  The natural thing is to go right for the coffee, which isn’t a bad idea to jump-start the brain but remember that coffee is a natural diuretic so continue to push the water throughout the day.  Hydration is key!

After you have cleansed your face, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.  This is a quick, effective way to help brighten your complexion.  I recommend one of two exfoliation options;

  • Use a thin buff puff sponge in a circular motion during your cleansing process or
  • Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/   offers an at home Microdermabrasion scrub which is great for exfoliating while in the shower. It’s perfectly round spheres assure an effective exfoliation without damaging your skin cells.

Next apply a facial moisturizer followed by a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock.  Once you have a soft, moisturizer,  exfoliated and UV protected canvas to paint on, the real work begins…

Tired looking eyes are a dead give-away that you’re missing a few zzz’s so good eye camouflage is essential.  The following tips can help conceal

your sleepy eyes:

  • If time allows, apply something cool to the eye area like refrigerated cucumber slices, a bag of peas or cold pack for a few minutes before you get started to with help with the puffiness.
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of under-eye concealer to the lower eye lids if dark circles are present.
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of eye lid primer to the upper eye lid.  This generates a monochromatic skin tone and preps it for the steps that follow.
  • Apply Luxe Liquid foundation (available in Dr. Castillo’s skincare suite) to the entire face.  Its diamond powder technology help refract the light to give you a soft glow and hide imperfections such as lines around the eyes.
  • Use a peach colored eye liner in the inner corner of the eyes and just under the lower lash line. This will help conceal redness.  It can also be used at the outer corner of the lower lash line to create an instant eye lift.
  • To create an even more open, alert eye, use a near white or cream color eye shadow to the inner 1/3rd of your upper eye lid.
  • Mascara – Think of it as your American Express for the day –“DON’T leave home without it!”  This will help to frame and define the eyes further.

If that doesn’t quite do the trick, add a bold color to your lips, highlighted with gloss to divert their eyes away from yours.  And remember to always wear a smile!

 

Yours Truly,

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/

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Drape Yourself With Diamonds This Holiday

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

“Drape Yourself With Diamonds This Holiday”

Get your wish list out ladies and make room at the top for the new LUXE FOUNDATION!!  If you haven’t tried it yet, stop into Dr. Castillo’s Champaign or Bloomington office and get a sample BEFORE your first holiday event.  Trust me, you will thank me for this later!

 

The creators of this beaming beauty in a bottle couldn’t have picked a better time to unleash their new liquid foundation; right before the holiday season.  You will never guess their secret ingredient (well it’s not really a secret) – “ it’s diamonds.”  That’s right, I said diamonds!    You will feel the power, elegance and glamour of diamonds every time you walk into a gathering wearing this age-defying, flaw hiding foundation.

LUXE Foundation is formulated with light-diffusing diamond powder. It utilizes the unique way light passes through a diamond to achieve a visible softening effect on the skin, because light behaves differently when it enters the face of a diamond than when it passes through air. The diamond powder is ultra-fine so it’s ability to bend light decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles and softens the appearance of your skin! Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!

 

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

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Prevention Through Education

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Yours Truly,

 

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

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The Pregnancy Mask

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

ASK OUR EXPERTS:

Q:  I developed Melasma on my upper lip while I was pregnant.  It’s been months and it is still there.  What can I do?

Over-production of melanin is also stimulated by UV radiation which makes it a complex issue that is difficult to treat, because your body has already kicked melanin production into over-drive and that is compounded further by recurring stimulation from UV rays. Sometimes Melasma will go away after pregnancy or lighten enough to cover the discoloration with cosmetics but unfortunately it often returns with additional pregnancies, hormonal changes and sun exposure.  The good news is there are treatment options that offer hope.

It is important for you to understand that sun is your ENEMY and it will remain your greatest nemeses. Melasma is a chronic condition.  There is no magic cream that will guarantee to banish it forever. I find that Melasma is one of the most difficult skin issues that we treat at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute.  It is frustrating for both myself and my patients.  Therefore, I want to express the importance having realistic expectation before you decide if or which treatment option is right for you.

There are a few things you can try to improve your Melasma.  The first and most important one is simply applying medical-grade physical sunscreen with either micronized Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide every day, 365 days a year, without fail. You can get this from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon like Dr. Castillo. Avoid trying to sneak by with just the SPF of 15 that is in your make-up or moisturizer, it won’t cut it.  Because even the best sunscreen cannot block all UV radiation, other protection should also be used such as a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella. There is no such thing as “water-proof” sunscreen, only “water-resistant” sunscreen so if you are sweating or swimming you will need to re-apply every 80 minutes.

Prescription Bleaching creams, which I prefer to call “lightening” creams can also be helpful. They are used initially on only a short term basis but can be repeated in the future as a form of maintenance. You must be very faithful to your sunscreen regimen with using lightening agents.

If changing your oral contraception or hormonal therapy is not an option, and you haven’t gotten the type of improvement you desire then it may be time to consider more aggressive treatment options.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery we find the most success using CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing in combination with a lightening agent, medical grade sunscreen and sun avoidance. Other treatment options may include series of medical grade peels or IPL treatments.  Again, sun is your ENEMY.  It can very rapidly undo any successful treatment with sun exposure.

 

Yours Truly,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Ask Our Expert: What is the best type of sunscreen?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

Q: What is the best type of sunscreen?

A: Historically, it has been shown that physical sunscreens provide the best protection against both UVA & UVB radiation and are less likely to cause skin irritation.  Dr. Castillo, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging expert  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/ recommends medical-grade, physical sunscreens to all his patients.

There are two divisions of sunscreen ingredients; physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens reflect the UV radiation while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation and break it down within the skin. Some sunscreens contain both a physical and a chemical component.

There are two types of physical sunscreens available; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Today, these ingredients can be found in finely micronized, nano-sphere  form which allows for ease of daily use. Not only does zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide needed broad-spectrum coverage but they are also beneficial to those who have sensitive skin or are irritated by chemical ingredients.

You will typically find multiple active ingredients listed in chemical sunscreen.  Each chemical ingredient protects only against a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Be aware that at this time many over-the-counter sunscreens protect against UVB rays only, although there are a few chemical ingredients like Oxybenzone that do offer UVA/UVB protection. Therefore, when purchasing over the counter sunscreen, it is important to examine the label for the claim “broad-spectrum.”  Also look for a sunscreen that says “very water resistant.”  However, keep in mind that even the best water resistant sunscreens can only protect you for 80 minutes.  Then you will need to re-apply.

With inconsistent OTC product labels and the idea that active ingredients in sunscreens differ from manufacturer to manufacturer it can be difficult to decipher all of them so I have provided at chart of the more common ingredients found in sunscreens.  When in doubt whether a sunscreen will effectively protect you and your family, I recommend selecting a medical grade sunscreen from your local cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our patient’s favorite sunscreens are:

Sun Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers medical grade 12% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection

Prime Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, which offers 10% Titanium Dioxide, 4% Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an added skin primer.

 

Chemical & physical ingredients found in sunscreens.

Ingredient:                                            Ray Type:

Avobenzone UVA
Dioxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Homosalate UVB
Octocrylene UVB
Octyl methoxycinnamate UVB
Octisalate UVB
Oxybenzone UVA/ UVB
Padimate O UVB
Mexoryl UVA/UVB
Titanium dioxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum
Trolamine salicylate UVB
Zinc oxide UVA/UVB     broad spectrum

WARNING: You must actually apply the sunscreen to your skin.  Just purchasing it will not provide sufficient protection! lol

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

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

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Say Goodbye to Chest Lines, Wrinkles and Brown Spots!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

 

Roxanne performs CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing to remove lines and brown spots of the chest.

I was speaking with one of Dr. Castillo’s breast augmentation patients during a skin rejuvenation consultation.  She explained to me that a few years back she had breast enhancement https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm in Dr. Castillo’s Cosmetic Surgery facility in Savoy, Illinois and that she couldn’t be happier with her results and the entire Cosmetic Plastic Surgery experience.

However, she has some fine lines and wrinkles on her chest between her breasts along with a moderate amount of brown spots. She expressed that she would like to show off her new cleavage https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=10 without being embarrassed about having wrinkles between her new, perky breasts.  She asked if G.D. Castillo M.D. and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute offered skin treatments to remove the wrinkles and brown spots of the chest.

I explained to her that the vertical lines and brown spots she was describing are common among those who have been over-exposed to the sun. The sun breaks down elastin and collagen of the chest, creating lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.  It also causes melanocytes (pigmented cells that create brown spots she is seeing on her chest) to over-populate the surface of the skin in attempt to protect itself from damaging UV radiation.

I explained to her that yes, we can help with her chest lines and brown spots.  To improve the look of her damaged skin, first, she would need to begin to protect her décolletage using medical grade broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days per year.  UV radiation will create more severe damage to areas such as the chest, neck and hands. The characteristics of the skin of the chest, neck and hands simply cannot tolerate the same amount of UV radiation as the face. The skin of the chest is not as forgiving as skin surfaces such as the face when it is repeatedly over-exposed to the sun. The skin of the chest is thinner, containing less elastin / collagen.  As the elastin is broken down, lines, wrinkles and sagging of the skin WILL occur.

Unlike the face, skin of décolletage does not contain an abundance of oil glands.  Why is this a problem?  Having an abundance of oil glands is important because as oil glands cells divide, they can become almost any other type of epidermal cell.  Therefore, when cells get damaged, they provide new cells to help to restore your damaged skin.

The good news is there are a few ways to correct or at least improve the skin of your chest.

  1.  First, and most importantly, PROTECT your chest for the sun.  Use a medical-grade, broad-spectrum, physical sunscreen  every day of the year. I recommend one of two  physical sunscreens:  Sun Defense or Prime Defense By Castillo MD Skin Science.  Both have high percentages of physical block ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and / or Zinc Oxide) making them superior  choices for sun protection.
  2. Avoid tanning beds as UVA rays will only create more damage to your skin.
  3. Use UV protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat to provide additional protection.
  4. Consult G.D. Castillo M.D. or another Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon regarding the following treatment options:
    1. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing – This will decrease the lines of your chest (décolletage) while building collagen within the treated skin.  It will also make a significant improvement to the texture of your skin and decrease or remove your brown spots or discoloration. More than one treatment may be necessary due to the delicate state of the chest skin.  Did you notice that I highlighted, underlined and italicized the “CO2” in CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing?  That is because CO2 is the key there!! CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing far surpasses other non-CO2 laser technology using a “similar” name such as “fractional” or “Fraxel”… https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-rejuvenation.cfm
    2. Medical Microdermabrasion – Multiple microdermabrasion treatments https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/skin-resurfacing.cfm will soften the appearance of your chest lines and lighten the brown spots over time.  Be aware that this treatment will not build collagen, provide tightening or remove the lines and wrinkles on your chest.  It is meant only to brighten the skin by removing the build-up of dead skin cells.
    3. Medical Grade skincare products – There are effective medical grades skincare products created to specifically treat the chest area.  These products will not solve your problem alone but work well to support and prolong the effects of the above mentioned treatments. Medical grade means that they are of a higher strength and must be over seen by a physician therefor these are not your average over-the-counter disappointments.

Zap ya later,

DSC_0475G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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