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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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Ask Our Expert: Retin-A

Friday, July 20th, 2012

RetinA postQ:   My dermatologists gave me a prescription for Retin-A, but after a few days my skin became very red and irritated.   My Doctor explained that several weeks of skin irritation is often just par for the course when using Retin-A.  He asked me to try applying it every other night instead of every night, to be patient and that eventually the irritation would resolve itself.  I stopped using the Retin-A because the irritation was worse than my aging skin.   Is there anything else I can do?

A:  I am happy to report – YES!  Both our Bloomington area and Champaign area Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic patients have found success with a few simple adjustments to the way they apply their Retin-A, Renova, Tretinion, etc.

1.  After you cleanse your face, pat it dry and wait at least 15 minutes (to assure your skin is completely dry) before applying your Retin-A.

2. Apply a pea size amount.  This is typically all you need for the entire face. Remember that more is not better in this case. 

3. Avoid combining other exfoliating or skin regenerating products like glycolic acids, with Retin-A, at least until your skin is able to easily tolerate the Retin-A.

4. Always apply a moisturizer on top of your Retin-A.  This is a very important step in the success of your regimen so resist skipping it. (If you find that you are still experiencing dry, irritated skin after trying all of the suggestions here,  you can try mixing your moisturizer and Retin-A together as this will reduce its potency. )

5. Begin applying your Retin-A every third night.  As your skin tolerates the Retin-A, increase use to every other night, then every night.

6. Remember that Retin-A and like products will cause increased sensitivity to the sun.  Therefore Retin-A should only be applied at night only, never during the day.  Wear a medical grade broad-spectrum suncreen every day, re-apply the sunscreen when needed and avoid excessive sun exposure.

If despite all of the above suggestions, you find that you are still unable to tolerate Retin-A, you may want to consider medical microdermabrasion.  It is a pain-free, even relaxing way to keep your skin well exfoliated and looking fresh.  For more information on medical microdermabrasion.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

 

 

 

 

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Glam, Bam, Thank-You Ma’am

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Summer is a great time to pick up some shimmer and shine with the hottest new colors and trends in cosmetics.  The smell of fresh flowers and the warm, sun-filled air always makes it tough to resist the temptation of glamming it up a bit.  Isn’t there something about the feeling you get when you open up a compact of your potentially new favorite cosmetic?  I know you know what I’m talking about.  Oooh, la la…it’s like a glamour-gasm. (oops, I don’t know if I can say that here – please let it be our little secret).

Summer Sensation -The Shimmer Brick

My favorite ooh la la this summer is the Glo Minerals Luster Brick at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. It’s all about versatility.  A girl needs options.  It is a compact of four colors, all for your personal swirling pleasure.  You can mix them together or use them individually to create a gorgeous sun-kissed glow that will instantly make your cheekbones pop and people take notice.

I think the key to quality make-up is that it doesn’t look like make-up at all.  Make-up should look natural, highlighting the flattering contours of your face while hiding the imperfections that may be lurking. The Luster Brick does just that and it’s a real “Bam” for your buck at $32.00 because the four individual colors can also be used as eye shadows, blush and bronzer to create both stunning daytime and evening looks. It fits great in a small clutch for evenings out.  I keep one in my purse at all times, right next to my exfoliating lip wand, which I would consider my second favorite product this summer. It leaves my lips glisteningly soft and ready for summer smooching.

If you would like to try my summer favorites, schedule a no-charge appointment in our Champaign-Urbana or Bloomington, Illinois skin rejuvenation suite at (217) 359-7508.  You will be the highlight of all your summer events.

Taking your skin to new heights,

 

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Taking your skin to new heights,

Barefoot Beauty

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There are two things a girl should never miss; a great shoe sale, and her nightly skincare regimen.  My most prized possession on earth, without a doubt, is a serious collection of must have heels. There is just something about shoes…oooh…they are just so good for my soul! (I didn’t say “sole,” as that’s a whole other story) I find that even on the worst of days, I can walk in to my shoe closet and find something to put a little sass in my step. As Marilyn Monroe so eloquently put it… “give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”  So true!

However, if I ever had to choose between giving up my skincare regimen and giving up my beloved shoe “investment,” I would be going barefoot; sad, but barefooted;  And…well…shorter.     ….But I’d have beautiful skin!!

Now I know we’re all inundated with cosmetic commercials telling us that all we have to do is apply their make-up and “wha-la,” you will have flawless, radiant, model-esk skin and everyone will sit up to  take notice as you enter the room. But the reality is flawless radiance doesn’t begin with cosmetics.  It begins with skin and how we take care of it. Proper care and maintenance is the only path to achieve that. The best make-up in the world won’t give you the flawless, smooth complexion you’re looking for if you’re battling dull, dry, flaky, sun-abused skin. A consistent, daily skincare regimen will improve the texture of your skin, getting you yet another step closer to your goal.

So start with the basics … And remember… success can ONLY be accomplished if the basics are part of your DAILY routine…

  1. Cleanse – Clean your skin with a cleanser for your skin type.  The right cleanser should not leave your skin feeling dry and tight. It should feel fresh and clean.  I know this next part is tempting after al one day but – do not go to bed with your make-up on. Pinky swear?!
  2. Exfoliate – Proper exfoliation is a must.  If you develop a dead skin build up, your skin will look dull and develop a yellow tinge. Lines, wrinkles and poor texture will become more noticeable and your make-up will not lay properly on your skin.  You can accomplish this task in several ways.  I recommend monthly medical microdermabrasion treatments to remove dead cells and brighten your skin along with a nightly application of Retexturing Complex  or Retinol Serum PM by Castillo MD Skin Science.  I also love, love, love  to use a weekly application of the Dr. Castillo’s Microdermabrasion Scrub.  It leaves my skin so smooth.
  3. Hydration – Choose a moisturizer for your skin type.  Proper hydration is imperative when it comes to creating smooth, fresh, supple skin.
  4. Protection – The first three steps on your path to sensational skin will mean nothing without providing UVA/UVB sun protection, 365 days per year.

I referred to steps 1-4 as the basics.  That is because in some cases, you may need to add a treatment to your skincare regimen as well.  This may be in the form of particular active ingredients to enhance your basic routine such l. It could also include of series of IPL (Intense Pulse Light), Medical Microdermabrasion or even CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, just depending on the severity of your skin concerns and your goals.

For more information on this an similar topics, check out my other blog posts  regarding skincare and treatment options.

Taking your skin to new heights!

 

Yours truly,

DSC_0040G. D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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Real or Fake… You Decide

Monday, July 6th, 2009
We know that for decades long, full lashes have been a sign of higher beauty. So what makes those who tout lengthy, charming lashes leave a lasting imprint on the minds of so many? Think about it. If you were asked to name some of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the past, who would come to mind…Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe. What do you remember about their beauty? It’s their eyes right? These American Beauties were seen all around, flaunting their graceful yet alluring lashes on the silver screen, in photos and magazines. It made them appear mysterious, desirable, and memorable.  What woman doesn’t want that? Sign me up!
Many would say that among other cosmetic enhancements, eyelash enhancement was born in Hollywood.   However, I think we can date it back a bit further than Hollywood. In the first century, Egyptians rubbed kohl on their lashes to draw attention to their eyes.
Beauty legend says that in 1916, D.W. Griffith, an American movie director created the first pair of false eyelashes. His desire was for his leading lady to have eyelashes that were so long that they would gently lay upon her cheeks as she blinked or looked down in thought.
Over the past few years, there has been a vast increase in the number of us “non-celebrities” who are now touting a set of false eyelashes on a daily basis. These days everyone wants to leave an impression.
Unfortunately, wearing false eyelashes is often easier said than done and expensive too. It can be a minimum of $30.00 per week with higher end lash extensions in upwards of $300.00 per application. The glue can leave your skin irritated, itchy and it can break down the skin over time. The trauma of wearing false eyelashes often results in a loss of your real lashes. It is time consuming as they typically have to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. By the time we care properly for our skin, apply our make-up, shave our legs, keep up with the latest hair trend, who has time to add another beauty step to their schedule?  Imagine speaking to a group of people, or sitting across an intimate table for two and one of your false lashes falls to the floor.  What now? I think buying “fake” may be a purchase better suited for your “Prada”.
That is where the genius discovery of Latisse comes in. Why walk around batting those false lashes when you can have the real thing? Latisse is sweeping the cosmetic industry by storm and putting smiles on the faces of women across the country. Best of all, it’s easy to use and results are seen as soon as 2 weeks!
Stop back as we will be discussing the easy application of Latisse and quotes from some of our patients who are currently using Latisse.

ITS NOT MAGIC - ITS LATISSE TO PATIENTSWe know that for decades long, full lashes have been a sign of higher beauty. So what makes those who tout lengthy, charming lashes leave a lasting imprint on the minds of so many? Think about it. If you were asked to name some of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the past, who would come to mind…Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe. What do you remember about their beauty? It’s their eyes right? These American Beauties were seen all around, flaunting their graceful yet alluring lashes on the silver screen, in photos and magazines. It made them appear mysterious, desirable, and memorable.  What woman doesn’t want that? Sign me up!

Many would say that among other cosmetic enhancements, eyelash enhancement was born in Hollywood.   However, I think we can date it back a bit further than Hollywood. In the first century, Egyptians rubbed kohl on their lashes to draw attention to their eyes.

Beauty legend says that in 1916, D.W. Griffith, an American movie director created the first pair of false eyelashes. His desire was for his leading lady to have eyelashes that were so long that they would gently lay upon her cheeks as she blinked or looked down in thought.

Over the past few years, there has been a vast increase in the number of us “non-celebrities” who are now touting a set of false eyelashes on a daily basis. These days everyone wants to leave an impression.

Unfortunately, wearing false eyelashes is often easier said than done and expensive too. It can be a minimum of $30.00 per week with higher end lash extensions in upwards of $300.00 per application. The glue can leave your skin irritated, itchy and it can break down the skin over time. The trauma of wearing false eyelashes often results in a loss of your real lashes. It is time consuming as they typically have to be replaced every 1-2 weeks. By the time we care properly for our skin, apply our make-up, shave our legs, keep up with the latest hair trend, who has time to add another time-consuming beauty step to their schedule?  Imagine speaking to a group of people, or sitting across an intimate table for two when one of your false eye lashes falls to the floor.  What now? I think buying “fake” may be a purchase better suited for your “Prada”.

That is where the genius discovery of Latisse comes in. Why walk around batting those false lashes when you can have the real thing? Latisse is sweeping the cosmetic industry by storm and putting smiles on the faces of women across the country. Best of all, it’s easy to use and results are seen as soon as 3-4 weeks!  Schedule a consultation with G.D. Castillo, M.D. to discover if Latisse is right for you.  217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana il) or 309-662-0436 Bloomington Il.

 

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Restoring Your Eyelashes With Latisse

Friday, June 19th, 2009
When I look at my teenage daughters, I am constantly reminded of the amount of feminine character and beauty a full set of eyelashes provide. I see their lashes and think… “that used to be me. I would give anything to have my long lashes back.” I have heard several similar stories from patients who are suffering with eyelash / eyebrow loss.
Allergan Inc. introduced Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution .3%) late 2008. It is the first and ONLY FDA-approved treatment for inadequate eyelashes. Latisse is a prescription treatment used to increase the length and thickness of your eyelashes, as well as darken them.
Over past few years, a few other non-prescription (over-the-counter eyelash treatments were developed. The results were disappointing. So I must admit, at first I was very caution about bringing Latisse into the office. After all, we want only the best for our patients and it is our job to make sure that’s exactly what they get. Once I completed further research on Latisse / bimatoprost, reviewed the clinical trials on effectiveness and safety and talked in dept with Dr. Castillo, I became more confident that Latisse was indeed a good product.
Interestingly, the effect that bimatoprost has on lash growth was discovered through the treatment of patients with Glaucoma. Ophthalmologists noted a side effect of using bimatoprost for the treatment of glaucoma was increased eyelash growth. Patients had to trim their eyelashes because their lashes were hitting their glasses! Can you imagine?
When I was a teenager, I shared my eyeliner with a friend. That was a huge life lesson for me. Both of my eyes became infected. I lost the majority of my eyelashes. In time, some of my lashes grew back. However, they were never the same. My once long, full set of lashes, were at best, stubby and sparse. I began using Latisse three and a half weeks ago. At the end of the second week, I began to notice improved lash length. It is increasing steadily.
Dr. Castillo has been prescribing Latisse in both the Central Illinois offices (Savoy –Champaign Urbana area and Bloomington) since the beginning of this year. Our patients are so thrilled with their results. It’s fun to see them walk into the office, batting their new found lashes with such pride. Truly, nothing says “I feel like a women,” like a full set of lashes and a smile.
Typically patients begin to see changes within 2-4 weeks. Within 2 months patients see a significant improvement. After witnessing the type of results our patients are experiencing, I have a feeling the days of wishing I had lashes as long as daughters are numbered.
We are exceptionally impressed with the quick response and results from this new eyelash treatment. I would encourage anyone, male or female, who suffers from lack of lashes to try this remarkable solution.
Even though Latisse must be prescribed by a physician, we are able to carry it in our office. That means there is no second stop at the pharmacy after you leave our office. You will be able to take Latisse home with you that day.
If you would like more information, schedule a free consultation with me, Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center Skin Restoration and Laser Institute in Savoy and Bloomington. You can also visit www.latisse.com.

IntroductingLatisseWhen I look at my teenage daughters, I am constantly reminded of the amount of feminine character and beauty a full set of eyelashes provide. I see their lashes and think… “that used to be me. I would give anything to have my long lashes back.” I have heard several similar stories from patients who are suffering with eyelash / eyebrow loss.

Allergan Inc. introduced Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution .3%) late 2008. It is the first and ONLY FDA-approved treatment for inadequate eyelashes. Latisse is a prescription treatment used to increase the length and thickness of your eyelashes, as well as darken them.

Over past few years, a few other non-prescription (over-the-counter eyelash treatments were developed. The results were disappointing. So I must admit, at first I was very caution about bringing Latisse into the office. After all, we want only the best for our patients and it is our job to make sure that’s exactly what they get. Once I completed further research on Latisse / bimatoprost, reviewed the clinical trials on effectiveness and safety and talked in dept with Dr. Castillo, I became more confident that Latisse was indeed a good product.

Interestingly, the effect that bimatoprost has on lash growth was discovered through the treatment of patients with Glaucoma. Ophthalmologists noted a side effect of using bimatoprost for the treatment of glaucoma was increased eyelash growth. Patients had to trim their eyelashes because their lashes were hitting their glasses! Can you imagine?

When I was a teenager, I shared my eyeliner with a friend. That was a huge life lesson for me. Both of my eyes became infected. I lost the majority of my eyelashes. In time, some of my lashes grew back. However, they were never the same. My once long, full set of lashes, were at best, stubby and sparse. I began using Latisse three and a half weeks ago. At the end of the second week, I began to notice improved lash length. It is increasing steadily.

Dr. Castillo has been prescribing Latisse in both the Central Illinois offices (Savoy –Champaign Urbana area and Bloomington) since the beginning of this year. Our patients are so thrilled with their results. It’s fun to see them walk into the office, batting their new found lashes with such pride. Truly, nothing says “I feel like a women,” like a full set of lashes and a smile.

Typically patients begin to see changes within 2-4 weeks. Within 2 months patients see a significant improvement. After witnessing the type of results our patients are experiencing, I have a feeling the days of wishing I had lashes as long as daughters are numbered.

We are exceptionally impressed with the quick response and results from this new eyelash treatment. I would encourage anyone, male or female, who suffers from lack of lashes to try this remarkable solution.

Even though Latisse must be prescribed by a physician, we are able to carry it in our office. That means there is no second stop at the pharmacy after you leave our office. You will be able to take Latisse home with you that day.

If you would like more information, schedule a free consultation with me, Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center Skin Restoration and Laser Institute in Savoy and Bloomington. You can also visit www.latisse.com.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

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