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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

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MEDICAL CREDIT – ARE YOUR RESOURCES PROTECTED?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

 

          A medical credit card (dedicated solely to health purchases) can be a handy item in our wallets.   Like most existing lines of credit, it allows us to obtain the services we want, when we want them, and separates an inconvenient outlay of cash into smaller payments made over time.  Unlike procedure-specific (one time) medical financing, once this line of credit has been established, as the debt is repaid, the line of credit is available to you for reuse according to your needs and desires.

Maybe you’ve been considering a procedure with Dr. Castillo, such as facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation or liposuction; or perhaps you’ve been waiting for the “sun season” to end and want to schedule the laser resurfacing skin rejuvenation that you’ve dreamed of.  Sometimes patients request financing options or want to take advantage of an interest-free credit offer.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, Illinois Plastic Surgeon, G. D. Castillo, MD, investigated all the revolving medical credit card possibilities before choosing Care Credit as the only dedicated-medical-use card that we process.  Of prime consideration in this decision was the level of financial security for our patients built into their system.  How secure is your Care Credit purchase at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, you ask?  Extremely secure, we answer!

You’ve probably become accustomed to the cavalier acceptance of credit/debit cards and bank checks that has become commonplace.  Have you wondered why your bank check is given back to you at the time of purchase from some larger merchants?  It’s because using a check at these establishments is similar to utilizing a debit card.  The tendered amount is electronically confirmed as available at the register, and deducted from your account at the time of purchase.  The advent of immediate electronic fund transfers has all but made ID checking obsolete.  This may protect the merchant during the exchange, but how does it protect you?  When was the last time a cashier asked you for identification when you handed over your bank check or credit card for payment?  In my personal experience, it’s been rare for a very long time and that’s not a good thing.   I make it a point to say “thank you” when a cashier takes the time to look at my credit card signature or ask for additional ID.

When it comes to personal finances, purchasing convenience (although important) is not my first concern.  What is most important to me is:

 

  1. Security
  2. More Security
  3. ADDITIONAL SECURITY

Did you know that every Care Credit transaction must be done in person by an authorized cardholder and requires two additional forms of identification to be presented at the time of purchase?  Did you know that the person processing the transaction has to record the IDs utilized during this step and that the cardholder has to acknowledge via signature that this additional security step has been taken.  This process is required for each and every transaction, regardless of how familiar the cardholder is to the processor.

For these reasons, if done correctly, you should never experience over-the-phone Care Credit transactions and you should never hear “that’s okay, your information is on file.”

I know that this may sound inconvenient to some in our fast-paced, “I want it yesterday” society, but when it comes to personal finances, security trumps convenience every time – our patient’s investment in themselves both deserves and demands our protection of their financial resources.

So, when you call in a mail order and are told that we no longer have access to the credit card number you utilized yesterday, or you see me glance at the front and back of your card before processing payment, please understand that your security is our prime concern.

 

 

 

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 a patient of Dr. Castillo’s during a skin rejuvenation consultation.  She explained to me that a few years back she had breast enhancement surgery (implants) in Dr. Castillo. C 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 without being embarrassed about having wrinkles between her new, perky breasts.  She asked if Dr. Castillo offered skin treatments to remove the wrinkles and brown spots from the chest in his skin Rejuvenation and Laser Suite.

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,  creating lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin around the chest.  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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Top 10 Reasons – Breast Augmentation

Monday, February 6th, 2012

TOP 10 REASONS women elect to get breast implants:

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed by Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgeon/  in his state-of-the-art surgical facility, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area). We are often told by our Champaign, Illinois breast augmentation patients, Illinois breast augmentation patients and patients from the surrounding area that their lives have been truly enhanced by their decision to have breast enlargement. The following are the most popular reasons women elect to have breast augmentation.

1. Larger Breasts – Some women simply would like to have larger breasts. Many women express that small breasts creates a more masculine feeling and they desire to feel more feminine.
2. Volume loss – After child birth / breast feeding, many women experience volume loss and develop sagging breasts. Implants can help to restore their lost volume and position. An increasing number of women utilize breast augmentation as part of a “mommy make-over” to restore their body when they are finished having children.
3. To improve their body balance – Increasing the breast size is often all that is needed to balance out your body proportions.
4. To improve their self-confidence.
5. Breast asymmetry – When one breast is smaller than the other, breast augmentation is often used to equalize the breast size and shape.
6. After weight loss – Weight loss can create significant changes in the shape and size of your breasts. Implants can help to restore the shape and size.
7. Breast shape – Breast Implants can help create a fuller, round breast shape or a natural tear drop shape and increase your cleavage.
8.To increase clothing options Breast Deflation  – Breast augmentation will allow you to wear clothing styles that you were unable to wear prior to surgery.
9. Breast ptosis – Breast ptosis (sagging) occurs for a number of reasons, including age, pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss, and excessive sun exposure. Implants can add volume or fullness to restore a more youthful look to an otherwise sagging breast.
10. Improve self-esteem– As women, we are our own worst critic. Having breasts that in some way make us feel less than adequate can have a large impact on our self-esteem.

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

The Personal Support Network and the Cosmetic Patient

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Cosmetic Surgery Decision and A Strong Support Network

Right now, as you’re reading the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic blog, more people than you realize are contemplating some type of a cosmetic procedure or treatment.  According to survey results from the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), “…the number of procedures performed annually has risen 45 percent over the last two years…”  Direct article link is :  http://www.aafprs.org/media/stats_polls/m_stats.html

Cosmetic surgery in Champaign/Urbana is no longer reserved as the domain of the rich and famous – that perception is as outdated as bobby socks and saddle shoes.  Procedures such as breast augmentation, liposculpture and facial surgery are within the reach of the average citizen and have lost the “privileged-only” status of the past.  Now that cosmetic surgery and cosmetic treatments are readily available – the term “aging gracefully” has lost both significance and impact.  Yes, of course we all are “aging,” but “gracefully” is a relative term to both our lifestyles and society as a whole.

When you strip the aesthetic concept down to the bare bones, every person that showers, shaves or brushes their teeth is performing a cosmetic activity to both look and feel better.  Even individuals who hesitate to undergo a surgical procedure have no problem with teeth whitening, laser hair removal, hair coloring, microdermabrasion, medical-grade skin care, mineral cosmetics, etc. – all of which are performed for cosmetic purposes.

So, basically, I believe that rather than a true opposition to the cosmetic industry, it’s more about the level of investment that each of us (both physical and monetary) are personally willing to dedicate toward improving our appearance that may generate a biased attitude toward some cosmetic procedures.  Our society, as a whole, has changed drastically in its perception of cosmetic plastic surgery.

I distinctly remember several years ago when I decided to undergo a cosmetic procedure.  I have absolute trust and confidence in the skill of my surgeon (G. D. Castillo, MD, FACS, of course!), but I still found myself somewhat hesitant to share my decision with others.  Initially, I wondered “what would they say to me or about me to others?  Will they consider me vain or selfish for investing in myself?  Will they try to talk me out of it?”

It was win-win for me.  My husband understood that it was my decision and he was supportive and wonderful (as always)!  My children?  Well, it went from “really, Mom, you don’t need anything done,” to “you’re doing what?”  But both of my kids (teenagers) respected my wishes and were nonjudgmental about my decision.  My three sisters thought it was absolutely great; their excitement rivaled my own.  Of course my mother thinks I’m perfect but she respected my decision too.  I also chose to share my decision with a very few select friends and I’m happy to report that only one responded negatively.

Remember, a cosmetic surgical procedure may be elective medical care, but it is still the real thingSurgery with a capital “S.”  There is some post surgical discomfort, limited down time and several different stages of the recovery process before obtaining the end result.  While discomfort and inconvenience are minimized, it’s still not a magic pill for the patient.  A cosmetic procedure is a road to improvement and the pavement may have the occasional rough surface.  The cosmetic process requires dedication to the end result and a strong support network can help the post-surgical developments transition smoothly and avoid emotional valleys.

Let’s face it, following cosmetic surgery a person is more emotionally vulnerable than they are likely to have ever been before in regard to their appearance.  Naturally, a supportive network of family and friends can ease the transition from the first few hours of “Hmmm…what did I do?” to “Wow!  So glad I did!”

So, while the decision to pursue a cosmetic procedure is yours and yours alone, your support network can play a vital role in the experience itself.  If you are contemplating this investment in yourself, a few ideas that you may want to consider are:

1.  Initially restrict your confidence to your own personal inner circle.  These are the people who are most likely to respect your feelings and support your decision accordingly.

2.  When talking about the surgery, share your decision rather than asking for validation – you may be pleasantly surprised by just how supportive your personal network is.

3.  During recovery, let your cosmetic surgeon measure your progress…healing takes time and hourly mirror checks are counter productive.  Remember, the payoff has to be fantastic or people wouldn’t keep doing it.

4.  DO put yourself in a holding pattern for the amount of time your surgeon recommends (usually anywhere from 2 to 10 days depending on the procedure) – don’t make the mistake of having cosmetic surgery on Monday and still think you’re going to host that awesome Wednesday afternoon luncheon.

5.  Most importantly, be realistic.  Talk in depth with your plastic surgeon.  Put the time and trouble into having all your questions both asked and answered.

6.  Lastly, listen carefully and cooperate fully with your medical team for the best possible post-operative experience.  I know that at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we care about our patients and are fully vested in you having the most positive experience possible.

After you’re fully recovered and are enjoying that new bounce in your step and all those “have you lost weight?” or “did you change your hair?” questions, don’t be surprised when that treasured member of your support network says to you – “Hey, I’d like to talk to you about a personal decision I’ve made…”

 

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FDA Recommendation for Silicone Breast Implants (Not Saline Implants)

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

If you have breast implants or in some way are interested in breast implants, you may have seen in various media information releases that the FDA has decided to keep silicone breast implants on the market.  The questions as to if they should come out or not was brought out by the finding that a number of these implants tend to “fail,” that is, the shell of the implant tends to break and/or dissolve.  The FDA has recommended that an MRI study (a form of x-ray) should be done every four years or so post implant placement to assess the integrity of the implant.

What the public needs to know is the following:

  1. This news does not concern whatsoever anyone with saline breast implants.  It is only applicable to silicone breast implants.
  2. If you have silicone breast implants, and you find yourself in a position where there is a questionable break of the implant, you should always let your physician make the decision as to what should be done about it.  In most instances, a number of physicians would recommend to do absolutely nothing, even if the shell of the implant has failed, because your body has already made a capsule which contains it inside without letting it go anyplace.  Silicone in breast implants is not in liquid form; it is in a paste or gel-type form

In our practice, most of our breast augmentations are saline breast implants.  In those cases in which patients have silicone breast implants, we take a conservative view and if the implant has failed, that is the shell has been disrupted, we evaluate the patient on a case by case basis and in most instances do absolutely nothing other than observe the patient from time to time.  I feel it is unnecessary to remove the implant as long as the capsule that the patient has formed remains intact.

As always, we recommend saline breast implants as the very best solution for breast augmentation, and only in selected cases will silicone breast implants be recommended.    https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS, Triple Board-Certified

G. D. Castillo, M.D., FACS
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Ask Our Expert – Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

POPULAR BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY) QUESTIONS:

1.     Where are the scars after a breast lift? Will I be able to wear bikinis and low v-neck tops or dresses after a Mastopexy? Yes.  The scars following a breast lift are located around the areolar complex and in the lower portion of the breast where they will be hidden by your swim suit or clothing.  Dr. Castillo’s patients also find that because of the higher position of the breast following a breast lift, they are able to wear many clothing options that they were unable to wear prior to the surgery.

2.     At what age can a Mastopexy be performed?

A Mastopexy can be performed at any time after the breasts are fully developed.

Typically, Dr. Castillo performs a Mastopexy to correct sagging breasts which usually does not occur before the mid-thirties. It is at this age that the breast tissues can begin to suffer the natural consequences of gravity.   However, many times after pregnancy and breast feeding, the breast becomes less firm and tends to sags, in which a breast lift may be needed much earlier in life.

3. Can I breast feed a baby after having a breast lift? 

Yes.  The normal breast channels carrying the product of milk glands are undisturbed by this procedure and lactation should not be a problem following this procedure.

4.     Will my breasts feel natural after a breast lift?

Yes. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, G.D. Castillo, M.D. utilizes Mastopexy procedures to repositions the breast.  It does not change the consistency and / or feel of the breast tissue.

5. Will a breast lift make me look like I have breast implants?

No.  Although during the first few weeks of healing, your breasts may appear  more full on top, much like the look created by breast augmentation. This top fullness will resolve itself once the breast tissue relaxes.

6. Can Dr. Castillo decrease the size of my areolas at the time of a breast lift? 

Yes.

7.     Does a Mastopexy require hospitalization after the procedure?

No.  All of our cosmetic surgeries, including Mastopexies, are performed in our on site surgical facility in Savoy, Illinois.  You will recover for approximately 1 1/2 hours after your surgery, and then you will be released to recover in the comforts of your own home without being exposed to many of the illnesses that one might be exposed to in a hospital. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we are performing surgery only on healthy patients.

To view before/after photographs of the mastopexy procedure, please utilize the web address below to navigate to our photo gallery.

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=12

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Ask Our Expert – Breast Augmentation

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Ask The Expert:

Q: I wear a size 34 A bra. My breast size or lack of is something that affects me daily. I have difficulty wearing a variety of clothing styles and am self-conscious in a swim suit. At 29 years old, I do not want to continue fighting these issues. However, my friends are not supportive of my decision. How can I make them more comfortable with my decision?

A: Breasts are an important factor in how women feel about themselves. For many women, breasts are directly related to their sense of femininity. Having breasts that in some way make you feel less than adequate can change the way you relate both emotionally and intimately. This characteristic is quite normal to human nature and is not a sign of over-indulged vanity (though, I believe a little vanity is a positive thing).
Though having the support of your friends is extremely valuable, choosing to have breast augmentation is a very personal decision and one only you and your cosmetic surgeon can make together. After all, it is your body. You are the one who deals with the daily frustrations that your breast size is creating.
There are implant shape and size options to fit the desire of almost any women. You can choose breast implants that resemble the look you achieve when you wear a push up bra (high set, perky, round) or you can choose implants that look and feel so natural that it will be difficult for others to even notice that you have them. For women considering breast augmentation in our Champaign, Illinois surgical facility, Dr. Castillo uses a specialized minimal scar incision technique that makes it difficult to detect the scarring after a few months.
I would suggest making a consultation with a few cosmetic plastic surgeons. Once you have found one that you feel comfortable with, I believe you will be able to make the decision that is right for YOU.

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

 

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