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COLLAGEN STIMULATORS, LASERS & OTHER AT-HOME DEVICES

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

While flipping through the pages of a well-known magazine, I was indeed surprised to find an at-home device advertised as “an alternative to pricey anti-wrinkle treatments” with an at-home “laser” to stimulate collagen production. I was surprised because as a plastic surgeon and CEO of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in Champaign & Bloomington, Illinois, I have been restoring and stimulating collagen for more 30 years.

While aesthetics medicine has advanced from the days of phenol peels to modern, art-of-the-art, dedicated laser technologies in a positive and substantial way, it is by no means as easy or uncomplicated to re-grow new collagen as the ad made it seem. Stimulating new collagen growth requires wounding of the deep dermis to force the body to say “hey, part of my dermis has just been injured, I need to make some new collagen.”   It requires sophisticated, expensive equipment along with expensive, preventative maintenance to stimulate collagen growth. In fact, not all medical lasers are even effective enough to reach the deep dermis. There is a huge difference between FDA-approved medical devices or lasers and gadgets sold directly to the consumer, which do not require FDA approval.

The FDA requires that medical devices are “proven-safe and effective” in order to approve them for use. Then the FDA puts these lasers ONLY in the hands of individuals who are properly trained and experienced to use such equipment. For example, every time I purchase a new laser for my cosmetic plastic surgery practice, both myself and the laser specialist working in my office must become certified to operate that specific laser. No matter how many certifications we hold to operate other lasers and how many years experience we have operating lasers, we still must go through proper training for that specific device. Lasers in improperly trained hands can and have resulted in irreversible skin damage.

The advertised anti-wrinkle device is what we refer to as a “gadget.” It is no more effective than the pantheon of in-effective gadgets that proceed it. Do you really want to take an irreversible risk on your skin? Don’t be fooled by a major department store’s unconscionable advertising.

Why are medically approved lasers effective?

Because they target deep dermis with energy capable of penetrating to the depths needed to wound cells and is done so in a controlled and infinitely adjustable protocol that puts emphasis on safety and efficacy.

Medical lasers are expensive to purchase and expensive to maintain They require maintenance contracts to properly calibrate, test and repair to assure your safety at all times unlike the gadget advertised as “an alternative to pricey wrinkle treatments” where as you can just pick it up and use it… no training, no calibration, no maintenance, no real results.

It’s 2015. Guard your money wisely.

 

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G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                      https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Q & A: Personal Interview With Dr. G.D. Castillo – Part One

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Q: When you are not in the office, how do you like to spend your free time?

Dr. Castillo: Life offers so many options one should never be bored. It’s not difficult to be eIMG_0188ntertained when you like motor sports, music, the arts, nature, a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon with good friends.”

 Q: What is your biggest accomplishment?

Dr. Castillo: “Learning the art of discipline. My commitment to becoming a skilled surgeon meant staying focused and denying myself during my medical school days while my buddies were out partying. Going through medical school is a tremendous commitment.  You have to give up control of your life and your time during that period.  The disciple that I learned in medical school has carried through in every part of my life and I have reaped many rewards because of it including balancing a busy surgical practice with multiple locations, teaching, serving as the President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, raising my family, and attaining the highest level of licensing as a pilot.”

 Q: What could you not live without?

Dr. Castillo:  The warmth of a human heart.”

Q: How long have you been a pilot? 

Dr. Castillo: “I’ve been flying since my early twenties. It is a wonderful freedom and luxury. I strongly considered it as a primary career at one point in my life.”

 Q: If you had to choose a second career, what would you like to do?

Dr. Castillo:  “I would like to try my hand at Bronze Sculpture.”

 Q: If you could give one piece of advice what would it be?

Dr. Castillo:  “Enjoy every moment of your life.  And…don’t skip the gym, as it allows you to keep enjoying every moment of your life.”

 

 

 

 

Q & A with Dr. G.D. Castillo – Part One

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

 

Professional Series:

 Q: It’s obvious that you love the field of Cosmetic Surgery? What makes it so meaningful to you?

 Dr. Castillo: “I enjoy  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for many reasons:

 

Performing surgery is energizing. It appeals to some of my most basic characteristics. I’m a problem solver. I have a strong need to work with both my hands and my head on a daily basis. I love challenges. I’ve been accused of being a frustrated architect, always looking for ways to change and improve any structure. I have a strong connection to visual arts and the beauty of form: human or otherwise.

 Performing Cosmetic Plastic Surgery gives me the chance to perform surgery on every area of the body not just one. If offers an incredible variety in the types of surgeries I perform.

 Patients often present with anatomy than is a little different or other challenges that will not be found in a textbook. I have to rely on my experience and knowledge to solve the problem and help them reach their goal. I find it very gratifying to help a patient with a problem that has prevented them from the freedom of fully enjoying and embracing life.”

Q: Your world renowned credentials are very impressive, including teaching appointments all over the world so why did you choose to practice in the Champaign– Urbana area?

Dr. Castillo: “I was appointed to teach at the University Of Illinois Medical Circle Campus in Chicago. I felt that Champaign-Urbana was a solid community to raise my children in. I like the atmosphere, the people, and have built many meaningful relationships in Central Illinois.”

 Q: How would you describe your staff?

Dr. Castillo: “They are accomplished people pleasers who understand their jobs well.”

 Q: Have you practiced any other forms of medicine besides cosmetic surgery?

Dr. Castillo: Initially my practice was focused on cancer surgery along with cosmetic surgery. There was obviously no competition as to which one would win my heart. I have focused exclusively on cosmetic surgery since 1983 and I wake up loving what I do every day.”

 Q: What type of music do you listen to in O.R.?

Dr. Castillo: “I typically listen to soothing music like piano, soft jazz, classical or or spa.”

 Q: In which areas do you feel your practice excels in, above other cosmetic surgery practices?

Dr. Castillo:

  • “Our focus on safety, our desire to understand patient goals and our commitment to deliver the results our patients desire.
  • We are dedicated to making sure that each patient is educated about the procedure and what the can expect every step of the way.
  • My staff. They are knowledgeable and dedicated to making sure that every patient has the best experience possible.”

Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?

Dr. Castillo: Each patient’s idea of improvement and goals are personal. I need to understand each individual’s story, desires and goals to deliver the best results I can. It’s my job to listen and understand what they really want out of this experience with Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center and translate that into the best outcome for them.”

Q: What are the best moments that make it all worthwhile?

Dr. Castillo: Smiling patients. Knowing that I have in some small way, helped them with a problem that they would not be able to correct themselves.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                      https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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R & R Re-Treat

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

 

cosmetic plastic surgery, skin rejuvenation, medical spa champaign il, Kankakee, bloomington, decatur Ahhhh vacation! There is nothing like a summer vacation to re-charge your body and mind and take a much-needed break from the demands of daily life.  Even though you return relaxed and ready to head back into the rat race, vacation often has the opposite effect on your skin.  I see a lot of concerned patients in the Skin Rejuvenation Suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center once they return from their summer vacation destination.

Long flights and changes in climate can dehydrate your skin making it even more susceptible to sun damage and other environmental stressors.  Too much sun, too many Pina Coladas on the beach, not enough exercise, or sunscreen and skipped skincare regimens may not help your case either.

So how can you revive your skin after a little R &R?

EXFOLIATE: Use an exfoliating cleansers and buff puff on your face, neck, décolleté to remove dry, dead skin cells that leave your skin looking dull and flaky.  Dead cells can even decrease the effectiveness of your skincare products.  Use a salt or sugar and coconut oil body scrub to exfoliate the rest of your body. After exfoliating, your skin will be ready for re-hydration.

As long as you are not sporting a sunburn, you might even consider scheduling a exfoliating microdermabrasion treatment at you local plastic surgeons office.  Within 30 minutes, your skin will look brighter and feel smoother. Dr. Castillo’s patient’s tell me that microdermabrasion in our office leaves them feeling so relaxed they feel like they have just a had a min-vacation.  You can even top off your treatment with a rejuvenating, hydration mask.

4311♦RE-HYRATE:  Apply an at home moisture mask to your face, neck, décolleté every two-three days for the first week after your vacation then follow with your moisturizer.  Apply coconut oil to the rest of your body.  If you are looking for a quicker fix than your home regimen can provide, Dr. Castillo or your local plastic surgeon will have effective solutions to boost your skin radiance.  ♦Increase your water consumption.

♦PROTECT: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from further damage.  Re-apply as needed.

**Remember to increase your water consumption, and consider investing in UV rated clothing and a wide-brimmed hat prior to your next trip.

 

♥Yours Truly,

 

 Roxanne Leopard jacket

 

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

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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

 

 

 

MINIMIZING BRUISING AFTER DERMAL FILLER INJECTIONS:

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Create balance with dermal fillers. Lasts upto 18 months.

Dermal fillers such as Voluma, Perlane, Juvaderm, Restylane or Radiesse are one of the most popular non-surgical solutions to improve aging skin. Dr. Castillo’s patients choose dermal fillers because it is a great way to increase volume in areas where the aging process has deflated their lips, cheeks, temples, or lower lids.  It is a quick way to fill in unwanted lines around the mouth and face to restore a more smooth, youthful appearance.

Though this treatment is not a facelift by any means, dermal fillers have made a place for themselves in the world of beauty enhancement and anti-aging.  Even though dermal fillers cannot truly provide the results of a facelift, they are at the height of their popularity today and their use is growing by leaps and bounds.

I think their increase in popularity has much to do with the idea of how they are marketed.  They are often referred to as a “no down-time” treatment in comparison to a facelift which does require a brief down time.

You can have this treatment done on a free afternoon.  Dr. Castillo typically injects a local anesthetic to assure that you are comfortable during the procedure. You will be numb and have difficulty speaking for 2-4 hours after the treatment due to the localized numbing. Most people are ready to be seen socially by the next day.

While some patients can experience minor bruising or swelling, these side effects can be minimized or avoided with a little bit of preparation before their treatment.

·      EXPEREINCE is key!

Here is where preparation begins.  Do your homework.  Injecting dermal fillers within or under the skin is not as easy as it seems and far from a cookie cutter treatment.  You will be best served seeking a board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon’s office.  They have the detailed training, expertise and experience to achieve your desired results.  Also keep in mind that on the rare chance that an adverse reaction could occur, you want to choose an injector who is qualified and experienced enough to recognize and treat your reaction. There is a multitude of decisions to be made and you want to make sure your injector is qualified to make them…

1.    Is this patient a good candidate for dermal filler?

2.    Which type of dermal filler should be used?

3.    How deep should the filler be placed?

4.    Which anatomical areas should be avoided?

5.    Which is injection technique is best or this case?

  • DISCONTINUE “BLOOD THINNERS” one week prior to your treatment.

Dr. Castillo recommends discontinuing all aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), NSAIDS / blood thinners one week prior when possible, for his patients.  This will significantly reduce your chances for bruising. Blood thinners delay the coagulation process that would normally occur after an injection. This may result in an unwanted bruise. Typical over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprophen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin would fall under this category along with a number of vitamins and supplements such as fish oil, Vitamin E, St. John’s Wart and Primrose oil.  If you need to take mediation for discomfort, OTC Tylenol can be used.

  • AVOID STRENUOUS EXPERCISE

Strenuous exercise can prolong your symptoms and is best avoided for the first 48 hours after your dermal filler.

  • APPLY A COLD COMPRESS

If swelling occurs, applying a cold compress to the treated area can help reduce swelling more quickly. It can help for the first 12 hours after treatment, but should not be used beyond 24 hours after your treatment.

If you have further questions about dermal filler solutions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Castillo 217-359-7508 or leave your questions in the blog comment box.

 

Yours truly,

 

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

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

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/DrCastilloCosmeticPlasticSurgery

 

VISIT MY BLOG:

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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASK OUR EXPERT: Why is breast fat transplantation more expensive than implants?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

QUESTION:  Why is it that breast augmentation through fat transplantation is more expensive than breast augmentation done with implants? 

ASWER:  In order to augment the breast with implants, one needs only to select a desired volume for the implant, place the implant in a pocket, typically created behind the pectoral muscle and…voila…there is a new breast in the size the person always dreamed of. 

In contrast, augmentation of breasts with fat transplantation is quite laborious.  The surgeon needs to first harvest the fat via liposuction.  Then the harvested fat must be prepared for transplantation.  Once prepared, the fatty tissue is carefully and strategically placed in many areas throughout the whole breast in order to accomplish a relatively small increase in breast size of approximately 3-4 ounces.  This procedure is time consuming for the surgeon because he/she needs to place this fat through many repetitious passes with a special instrument that deposits the fat within the tissue in small amounts and allows it to be able to be incorporated by the breast into living tissue. 

Therefore, the operative time for a regular augmentation through implants is approximately 1-1/2 hours, while to do a breast augmentation through fat transplantation, the operative time required is approximately 3-1/2 hours.  So the procedure becomes longer and more expensive for both the surgeon and the patient.  In addition, for a patient looking for larger volume improvement like that produced by breast implants, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm  the procedure would need to be repeated several times in order to accomplish a larger volume.

 G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS

Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

ASK OUR EXPERT: FAT TRANSPLANTATION

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

 

Question:  Can Dr. Castillo take fat from my hips or stomach and put it into my breasts? 

Answer: The short answer to that question is yes; though, it is not as simple as it sounds. 

Fat transplantation to the breasts has been done for many years, starting in earnest around the mid 1980’s by many cosmetic surgeons. At that time, we did not have answers to important questions like:

  1. What, if any changes would fat create in breast tissue?
  2. Will these changes be misdiagnosed as disease and/or cancer in the future?

  Due to the lack of information available at that time, the use of fat transplantation to increase breast volume was never truly accepted or recommended.  However, early results indicated that it did work.

 Today we know that we can remove fat from anywhere in the body and transplant it to anywhere in the body with results that will accomplish

  1. an increase in volume
  2. an improvement in the skinFor example, if fat is transplanted underneath scar tissue, the scar tissue tends to remodel and turn into better skin.  In so far as increasing volume, fat transplantation needs to be done with quite a bit of care and by an experienced surgeon because if fat is placed in large lump quantities,  not only will the procedure be ineffective but it  is likely to create issues. Fat needs to be transplanted in very small amounts and in many areas within the breast and surrounding tissue in order to accomplish an increase in the volume of the breast. We can increase the volume of the breasts by approximately 120 cubic centimeters maximum. This is related to a limitation with the rate in which the body will incorporate this fat into the tissue. Fat that is placed in a new area needs to be colonized by small blood vessels and made into living tissue in whatever area it was transplanted.  This can only happen when it is transplanted in small amounts that are small enough to be able to be sustained by the microcirculation of the area.

Fat transplantation is best utilized for patients who are seeking small adjustments to their breast proportions.  If you desire to go from an A to a C cup size breast, fat transplantation will not give you your desired outcome.  To increase breast volume in a more significant way is better accomplished with breast implants. https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm.

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS

Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgeon/