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The Characteristics of Beautiful Skin

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

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, and highlights every curve and 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  Advanced Skin Lightening Complex or Spot Light, 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 Lift,  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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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 facility with a physician / plastic surgeon who has over 30 years experienceCosmetic 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!”

 

 

 

 

Options For The Aging Face

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

During the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Meeting in San Diego, it was stated that the AAFPRS had recently released a new study that found 39% of women were most worried about sagging cheeks or under eye bags, while 33% of women were most worried about lines and wrinkles.  28% of women were most worried about the “turkey neck” effect.

Being a women (and working with an incredible mentor and internationally-renown facial plastic surgeon for years; G.D. Castillo, M.D.) these stats come as no surprise to me.  Of course we women worry sagging cheeks, under eye bags, wrinkles, and the dreaded t-t-t-turkey neck.  It’s normal to want to be the best version of ourselves!  Stop for a minute and think about the women in your life who make a real effort to look their best, exercise, eat healthy.  Those people get things done!  They enjoy life! They are advancing in their careers, moving forward in their personal lives, involved in the community. They are movers and shakers. Looking good and feeling good about how you look is a true life motivator.

I cannot think of single women I know who is excited about the arrival of the next sign of aging. We are always scanning the mirror at home or in the car to make sure we look good – checking for lettuce in our teeth, smeared lip stick, dark circles that might need camouflaging… you know the drill.  For those  who say that’s simply being vain, well, maybe, but in my opinion a little vanity is a great thing. I think it means you care about how you represent yourself.  To me that is self respect.  Something we should all have because we all deserve it.  After all, if we don’t respect ourselves, who will?

I remember when my youngest daughter was about four years old.  She always had a way put a positive spin on things, always encouraging and complimenting others. We were on the floor playing a matching game when she looked at me and said “Wow mommie, the hair right here on the top of your head is shiny white.  Mommie, you are doing a great job at that!”  Cute as that was, you better believe my head was covered in chocolate expresso hair color with in the hour!

We all know aging is inevitable but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it gracefully with no attempt to slow the process.  This blog is called “Anti-Aging” with Grace after all.

Well not to worry (besides worrying just causes frown lines and then everyone thinks your angry all the time).  With the advances in technologies and the growing experience in plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation at your disposal, you have both surgical and non-surgical options available to wash your worries and your wrinkles away!  

SAGGING CHEEKS:

  • Non-surgical options

1. Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume loss in sagging cheeks.

  • Surgical options
  • 1.  A facelift – Fortunately, today facelifts are really customized for the individual’s needs.  There are Mini-facelifts, which is a limited facelift generally indicated in someone with early signs of aging (late 30’s to late 50’s) and are most effective in people with facial aging rather than neck aging.  Mid-facelifts, which elevate of the mid portion of the face. This type of facelift is needed in patients that have either facial sagging or lacking facial volume in the second 1/3rd of the face. Traditional facelifts are the treatment of choice for those who have of both the sagging of the cheek and the neck area.***Keep in mind that when sagging tissue is present, non-surgical results will not compare to the results of surgical removal of tissue, which is the hallmark of any kind of surgical facelift.

UNDER EYE BAGS:

  • Non-surgical options –
  1.  Try cutting out salt and preservatives from your diet for one month.  Observe over the month whether or not the bags disappear or reduce to a tolerable state. Salt / preservatives are found in prepared foods such as those you purchase from a deli or restaurant and in canned or boxed foods and can be responsible for puffy under-eye bags. If you see considerable improvement, you may be able to avoid partaking in the options below just by avoiding salt and preservatives.
  2.  Dermal fillers Hyaluronic acids (Restylane, Perlane, and Juvaderm) can be used fill in depressed curves that form between the cheek and the bag to provide a more natural, youthful contour.
  3.  CO2 Micro-fractional laser resurfacing can help to tighten the lower eyelid skin but it will not improve excess fat deposits.
  • Surgical options

       1.   Lower Eye Lid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – This may include the removal of fat from the lower lid area or the transplant of fat to the area depending on the needs of the patient.

FINE LINES AND WRINKLES:

  • Non-surgical options
  1. CO2 Micro-fractional laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive treatment that typically produces the best non-surgical results for fine lines and wrinkles.  It will also remove brown spots and other pigment and texture changes that often present along with lines and wrinkles.
  2. Botox® can be used to smooth out lines and wrinkles of the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes.
  3. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane®, orRadiesse® can be used to replace volume and fill in lines and wrinkles.
  • Surgical options
  1. CO2 full face laser resurfacing, (not to be confused with CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser resurfacing) can smooth out lines, wrinkles, tighten the skin, increase collagen, improve poor texture and pigment issues, and unwanted spider veins. If you are experiencing structural sagging a facelift or cheek lift may be done simultaneously.
  2. Facelift– As individuals age, they tend develop lines an wrinkles caused by loose skin and lax underlying muscle structure. A Rhytidectomy or facelift is designed to remove loose skin and tighten lax underlying structures which result in a lasting, more youthful appearance.
  3. Fat Transplantation can sometimes be used to replace volume loss of the face, relieving the lines that have developed due to loss of facial fat that can happen during the aging process.

TURKEY NECK:

  • Non-surgical options –
  1. Beyond managing your weight and avoiding the yo-yo weight effect along with protecting your skin from UV radiation to preserve collagen and elastin, your best bet is a trip to the O.R.  Once you develop a turkey waddle, there is not much in line of non-surgical options that provide true improvement.
  • Surgical options –
  1. Neck lift – This procedure is often combined with a cheek lift. The typical neck lift or neck/cheek lift consists of a modified type of facelift in which the main emphasis is to tighten the muscle structure and remove as much excess neck skin and fatty tissue as possible, resulting in a smooth, youthful contour of the neck, jawline, and lower face.
  2.  Chin implant surgery – also known as a mentoplasty is needed when a patient has a short mandible or recessed chin. The lack of adequate bone structure tends to accentuate jowls and loose, sagging skin around the neck.
  3. Neck liposculpture – This may be all that is needed to correct a double chin or turkey neck.  During this procedure, fatty tissue is removed via liposuction and the musculature of the neck is tightened to create a defined jawline. In some instances, neck liposculpture may be combined with a chin implant to correct a recessed chin. Patients can return to work within 3 to 4 days.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skincare and Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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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Could Zinc be a Botox® Booster?

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

 

The effects of Botox®  and other botulinum toxin injections such as Dysport, and Myobloc are estimated to last about 3 – 4 months for the average patient.  However, in some cases it is observed that the effects can last for a longer or shorter period of time.  It has been observed that the results can even differ from treatment to treatment in the same patient without any real explanation as to why.  Dr. Charles Soparkar, an Oculoplastic surgeon from Texas noticed this in his practice and began to investigate.  He realized there may be a link between Botox® and Zinc.

Dr. Soparkar’s study was recently released indicating the mineral Zinc as a “Botox® Booster.” The study by Dr. Charles Soparkar and his team indicates that when patients in the study took Zinc Citrate 50 mg in combination with the enzyme phytase 3000U for four days prior to the injection, they saw not only an increase in the effectiveness of neurotoxins (Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport, Myobloc) but also in the longevity.

Neurotoxins such as Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport and Myobloc are used to temporarily smooth facial lines and to decrease spastic muscle movement.  Botulinum toxin is thought to require a certain baseline zinc level in the body because each molecule of the botulinum toxin must bind to a molecule of zinc to be effective. Phytase is an enzyme which increases the body’s ability to absorb zinc and is therefore thought to increase the effectiveness and duration of Botox® and the like. In this study, 92% of the patients who took both zinc citrate and phytase had on average a 30% increase in the duration of the Botox® injection and 84% of patients reported an improved effect when compared to Botox® with Zinc only or a placebo only. One thing to consider in this study is that it appears that over half of the patients were over the age of seventy. Could that explain the increased effectiveness of Botox® in this study since Zinc levels are often lower in patients of this age group?

This study was carried out by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell University.   The patients in this study were being treated for blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms and facial wrinkles.

While this study may offer answers to why Botox® lasts longer in some patients, keep in mind that the author of this study has a patent pending for the use of zinc and phytase for enhancing the efficacy of botulinum toxins injections, which presents a conflict of interest for the author of the study. His pending patent is for a prescription supplement called Zytate, manufactured by OCUSOCT Inc.  Each prescription costs about $80.00 for a five day regimen.

If you find the effectiveness of your Botox® treatments to vary it could be worth testing your zinc levels. I hope the author of this study is on to something as I am sure both Dr. Castillo and our patients would be very excited if we would offer a option for more effective, longer lasting Botox®.  However, I would like to see the results of other large clinical trials on this topic done by other researchers before drawing a final conclusion.

 

Yours Truly,

Can we now offer a "Botox® Booster" to our patients for a longer lasting, more effective result?

Anti-Aging With Grace…

 

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

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ILLICIT BOTOX™ SURFACES IN THE UNITED STATES

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The FDA, through its regulators, reportedly warned 350 medical practices that they may have purchased unapproved (presumed counterfeit) versions of the drug Botox™ from a network of wholesalers controlled by Canada Drugs, an international supplier that has been previously linked to fake cancer medicines.  This was reported in the Wall Street Journal on December 24, 2012.  Although little known to people (patients), physicians can go across the border and buy drugs from Canada.  When a practice does that, they take the risk of buying medications that are not approved by the FDA, and that have a significant potential for being counterfeit.  When one talks about expensive medications like Botox™ in which one vial sells in the United States for close to $700.00, the temptation and potential for abuse is huge.  Not only can these medications be fake and have absolutely no effect, they can also be harmful from the standpoint of the content, and also sterility.

 

As a consumer, it would be advisable that you would find out from your medical provider if the Botox™ that you are receiving comes from an approved source; that is, a legal representative from the company Allergan, which markets and has registered Botox™.  While physicians and patients can save big money by going outside of the United States and buying drugs in Canada or elsewhere, the potential for counterfeit, useless or harmful medication is high.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery with offices both in Champaign-Urbana (Savoy) and also in Bloomington-Normal, we stock and provide our patients with only 100% Botox™ that has been obtained through legal distributors in the United States from the company Allergan, where safety has been monitored through multiple steps, not only by the company, but by FDA representatives through their mandated and approved procedures.

Yours Truly,

G. D. Castillo, M.D., FACS
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Has Facetime influenced an increase in chin implants?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

 

 

For those of you who listened to news on the way to
work in yesterday morning, you may have heard some surprising statistics
released by ASPS (American Society for Plastic Surgery). The statistics state
that there was a 71% increase in the number of chin implant surgeries
(Mentoplasty) performed from 2010 to 2011. Whoa!  Even I was surprised at
that number. That is a more hefty increase than breast augmentation;
liposuction and Botox combine, according to the ASPS.  Like everyone else listening to those
statistics, you’re probably wondering what the driving force is behind the 71% increase
in chin augmentations over the course one year.

Now, I am not surprised that chin implants are popular  choice, as they are a true un-glorified work horse in the quest to improve
facial harmony.  This procedure has been  around for decades with hundreds of thousands of enriching success stories.  Best of all, it’s undetectable, even to your  closest friend!

 

 

Chin implant surgery is rarely thought of, often  misunderstood, but immensely rewarding. The idea behind a chin implant isn’t to go in looking like Keira Knightley and come out looking like Jay Leno. People often
have an image in their head of looking like a caricature, but I assure you that  isn’t the case.  At least not in the  skills hands of a plastic surgeon like G.D. Castillo, .D.https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm  It is a subtle change that can simply restore  a profile of the lower face and the neck to achieve more youthful look.  The best candidates for this procedure are  those who have a weak or receding chin, jowls, excessive neck tissue or a
larger nose.

Dr. Castillo, at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic uses Chin  implants to solve various facial and neck concerns, not just to increase the  protrusion of the chin”.  Chin augmentationhttps://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm can be used to correct a weak or recessed chin by re-establishing  the proportional balance of the face for many of our Central Illinois patients.  In males in particular, a strong chin is  associated with masculinity and strength.  Men who present with a strong chin or jaw line are often perceived as  leaders, men of power and assertiveness.  In the case of a female face, a chin implant can create proportional  balance, ridding unwanted jowls and saggy neck tissue.  The result changes a round face into a more chiseled, femine form.

A receding chin can also make a normal sized nose appear  large or prominent nose appear even larger.
In some cases, a Rhinoplasty (nose job) https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/rhinoplasty.cfm is used in combination with chin augmentation to adequately provide the best facial balance possible.

An increasing number of both our male and female patients seeking  plastic surgery are bothered by their increasing jowls and a double chin,  whether the condition is due to a congenital deformity or normal aging.  Jowls and sagging neck tissue concerns have
recently become amplified with the use of video chatting tools like Skype and Facetime by Apple.  If you haven’t  experienced the different ways to communicate via video, check it out.  Though I caution you – this activity is not  for the faint at heart.   For many of us heading into a more “mature” stage of life, it may not be so flattering.  A chin implant or chin implant with a mid- cheek / neck lift or neck liposuction can erase their concerns and put patients at ease once again.

This truly is a 10 years younger type procedure!

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

 

Roxanne Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G. D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Budgeting for Beauty – Part 3

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

If you’re still under the impression that Dog is man’s best friend, then you haven’t experienced Botox Cosmetic®. Botox Cosmetic® is the most performed cosmetic procedure in the United States for a reason. It works! Better yet, it takes 5 minutes and then you are off to drop the kids at soccer practice. No one wants to be the oldest looking mom or dad at play group, but taking time out for ourselves can sometimes be a challenge. Botox® is a great solution that requires no down-time, little investment and offers great improvement. Over the years, the media has wrongfully mislead the public about Botox Cosmetic®. I think it would be best to start by discussing the facts about Botox®.

Botox® https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfmhas been FDA approved and utilized in the US and Canada for over 19 years. Botox® was first used to treat muscle spasms. Canadian ophthalmologist, Dr. Jean Carruthers noticed that it had a side effect of reducing wrinkles. She and her husband, a dermatologist, began using Botox® off label for wrinkle reduction with impressive results. In2002, the practice of utilizing Botox Cosmetic®  for wrinkle reduction became widespread in the US when the same formulation received FDA approval for the treatment of facial lines.Botox Cosmetic® is purified protein that is injected with a very small needle directly into over-active muscles. It relaxes the muscles, creating a smoothing out of lines created by repetitive expressions or motions.Botox can be used to improve the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Injected properly, it can even raise the eye brow, giving the patient a bright-eyed, well rested look. Because the needle so small, there is very little to no pain involved. These injections to do not require down-time and you can return to your daily activity without any visible signs of treatment. Treatment performed by a trained professional should never create an “expressionless or “frozen” appearance. That being said, please do not receive Botox injections at a Botox party at your girlfriend’s house. Authentic Botox is ONLY available through a physician’s office. The effects of Botox lasts 3-4 months. In my opinion, the biggest downside to using Botox is once you see the results, you will want to continue using it!In our office, Botox Cosmetic ranges from $300 – $400 per visit. This is a very low cost way to obtain a more youthful appearance. We offer additional discounts to established patients making it even more affordable.I would like to leave you with this thought today. When your budget is forcing you to make tough decisions how to best invest you money and you are trying to decide whether to purchase a new outfit with shoes and accessories to match or invest in a skin care treatment, remember this:(coming from a fashion enthusiast!! ) while you may get a couple season out of your wardrobe purchases, but your skin will stay with you through out every season of your life.Continue to check back with us, as we will continue to review technologies available, letting you know which ones are worth your investment.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC
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