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Ask Our Expert – Tanning to Cover Sun Damage?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ask Our Expert Blog

Q:  Now that summer is over, my tan is fading.   I have dark brown patches and spots on my face that are making me feel very self-conscious.  If I use a tanning bed through the winter months to stay tan, will it help hide these brown spots?

A:  Stop…  Back away from the phone…  Do not schedule a tanning appointment.  Covering up sun damage by getting more sun damage is never the answer.

First, understand that the UV radiation (exposure to the sun or a tanning bed) is the reason these unwelcome spots are appearing on your face in the first place.  Though tanning your skin may initially camouflage them, those spots will become darker and multiply very quickly. Not only that, but eventually these unwelcome visitors will bring friends in form of lines, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, and poor skin texture.  Your skin is giving you an initial visual warning.  It is saying “STOP abusing me or else!”  And believe me, “or else” means it will punish you by introducing you to lines, wrinkles, large pores, and rough texture next!”

Many people find themselves caught in the same viscous circle.  They develop sun damage.  Then to cover the sun damage, they sun tan. Then they develop more sun damage.  It isn’t until the sun damage is so bad that it can no longer be hidden, that people truly realize what they have done to their skin.  Your best bet is to give your skin the protection it is demanding and begin to correct the sun damage that is causing you to feel self-conscious.

So let’s talk about ways to correct your sun damage.  There are many options that will help you to some degree or another.  It is important to seek advice from someone who specializes in aging, sun damaged skin such as a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon.  They will help you match the amount of sun damage you have to the appropriate treatment. Usually the less expensive options are less aggressive and therefore give less result or require multiple treatments.  If you are someone who is willing to be patient, some of the less aggressive options may work well for you.  I will start with the least invasive options and work up.

Topical skincare treatment:

1.      Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and protect your skin faithfully by applying a medical grade physical sunblock every single day of the year, not just when it is hot or sunny. (THIS IS A MUST NO MATTER WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SOLUTIONS YOU CHOOSE) In both our Bloomington and Champaign-Urbana locations, we recommend TiSilc 60 medical grade sunblock.

2.      Use a prescription bleaching agent with retinol every night for 6 weeks.  Both of these will help lighten the brown spots over time but you will need to be patient.

3.     In addition, applying Vitamin C and E topically to the skin every morning may also improve your spots.

4. Talk with an experienced medical skincare specialist within a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon’s office.  Ask her or him to build a medical-grade skincare program for you based your skin injuries. Remember that there are no magic creams out there but there are some scientific based medical skincare products that will make great improvements to your skin.  However, you must be faithful in applying them as directed. 

Chemical Peels:

There are several formulations of strengths when it comes to chemical peels.  I suggest you seek an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon to develop your chemical peel plan.  Chemical peels have a quantitative effect, so typically you would expect to have multiple peels. You need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic chemical peels range from $50.00 to $175.00 each.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatments:

Intense Pulsed Light can improve both brown spots and redness.  You should plan on three to six treatments depending on the severity of your sun damage.  Expect redness and swelling for a few days following each treatment.  Your brown spots will get darker before they get lighter.  Then they will come to the surface and flake off.  Again you will need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, you can expect to pay $250.00 and up per IPL treatment depending on the location of the treatment area.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing:

This is typically the best treatment for sun damage in the form of brown spots, melasma, lines, wrinkles, and the break-down of collagen and elastin.  In most cases this is a one- time treatment. You will need to take about four days off from work or social activity as you will be swollen, red and your skin will peel between days three and five.  This option will give you the best non-ablative results available if preformed by an experienced laser practitioner.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, for a first treatment you can expect to pay

Full face:  $2000.00                              Hands: $700.00                        Neck: $900.00

Chest:  $1900.00                                    Shoulders: $900.00                 Eyes only: $600.00

Upper & Lower lips:  $600.00            Upper or lower arms: $1800.00

Roxanne Hammond

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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309-662-0436 Bloomington

ASK OUR EXPERT: ARE BOTOX AND JUVEDERM THE SAME TREATMENT?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

 

Derma fillers can be used to fill volume loss as seen here

Q: Are Botox and Juvederm the same treatment?

A: No. However, this is a good question and one we hear often in both our Bloomington and Savoy (Champaign–Urbana) Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinics. Botox Cosmetic ® https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/botox.cfm and Juvederm are both injections, but they are very different.
Botox Cosmetic ® is a neuro-muscular relaxant. It is used to relax over-active muscles, such as the vertical lines that can appear between the eyebrows, forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. By injecting Botox into these problem areas it prevents the muscles from “creasing” the skin over and over which forms unwanted facial lines. An added benefit of using Botox Cosmetic ® repeatedly (every 3-6 months) is that over time it can re-train your motor memory to no longer make the expressions that created the lines in the first place.

Juvederm is classified as a dermal filler. There are several of dermal fillers available today (Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra…). Dermal fillers vary in thickness and longevity, as well as content. Though injecting dermal filler is not a new procedure, it is getting a lot of publicity these days. You may have heard the term “liquid facelift.” This refers to the use of dermal fillers to lift, fill, smooth or volumize an aging face. However, “liquid facelift” is a misleading title choice as a dermal filler will not achieve the type of results received with a facelift and is therefore deceptive. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are used to replace or add volume. As we age, we lose facial fat volume and experience skin changes. Our once smooth, plump skin develops wrinkles and folds. By injecting dermal filler, Dr. Castillo can fill in or smooth away facial lines and restore volume. Dermal fillers are used to add volume to areas such as lips, lip lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, even hands. Our patients like this treatment because they see immediate improvement.

Oh the “beauty” of science!

Roxanne, Skincare & 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), IL
309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Very Popular… Dermal Fillers

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Dermal fillers have become a very popular option in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington offices. Men and women love them because it instantly plumps, lifts and enhances their face and hands.
As we age, we begin to lose fat in the face, particularly in nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth) and in our cheeks.  Collagen begins to break down as well. This creates lines and wrinkle. Skin begins to sag along with facial structures that leave us wondering who stole our youth in the middle of the night while we were innocently sleeping! Vertical lines develop around our mouth. Those once luscious, full lips become deflated. We are left wondering where we are supposed to apply our lipstick.
Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis to restore volume loss and smooth away lines and folds in the skin.  They can also be used to fill in or plump depressed scars, including acne scars.
There are several forms of dermal fillers being used with success today.  Some include hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Hylaform…), collagen (Zyplast, Zyderm, Artfill, Evolence…), synthetic fillers (Radiesse, Sculptra…), and autologous fat (your own fat).
The various types of dermal fillers have individual strengths and weaknesses.  Some last longer than others. Some are thicker or thinner and are utilized for specific issues.   Dr. Castillo will inform you which filler would be appropriate for your needs.
Common side effects are mild swelling, and redness. Bruising, beading and allergic reactions can also occur.
Dermal fillers cannot give the same type of results as a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a face-lift, mini face-lift or forehead lift.  However, because of rising demand for “lunch time” quick fixes with little recovery time and side effects, dermal fillers are able to meet the needs of many who chose not to have surgery to correct their aging appearance.
Dermal fillers are a great option for someone who does not want the higher initial investment or recovery time of surgery, but desires some subtle improvements that results in a more youthful, rested appearance.

dermalfiller-headerDermal fillers https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/fillers.cfm have become a very popular option in both our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana area) and Bloomington offices. Men and women love them because it instantly plumps, lifts and enhances their face and hands.

As we age, we begin to lose fat in the face, particularly in nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth) and in our cheeks. Collagen begins to break down as well. This creates lines and wrinkle. Skin begins to sag along with facial structures that leave us wondering who stole our youth in the middle of the night while we were innocently sleeping! Vertical lines develop around our mouth. Those once luscious, full lips become deflated. We are left wondering where we are supposed to apply our lipstick.

Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis to restore volume loss and smooth away lines and folds in the skin. They can also be used to fill in or plump depressed scars, including acne scars.

There are several forms of dermal fillers being used with success today. Some include hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Hylaform…), collagen (Zyplast, Zyderm, Artfill, Evolence…), synthetic fillers (Radiesse, Sculptra…), and autologous fat (your own fat).

The various types of dermal fillers have individual strengths and weaknesses. Some last longer than others. Some are thicker or thinner and are utilized for specific issues. Dr. Castillo will inform you which filler would be appropriate for your needs.

Common side effects are mild swelling, and redness. Bruising, beading and allergic reactions can also occur.

Dermal fillers cannot give the same type of results as a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a face-lift, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/face-lift.cfm, mini face-lift or forehead lift, https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/brow-lift.cfm However, because of rising demand for “lunch time” quick fixes with little recovery time and side effects, dermal fillers are able to meet the needs of many who chose not to have surgery to correct their aging appearance.

Dermal fillers are a great option for someone who does not want the higher initial investment or recovery time of surgery, but desires some subtle improvements that results in a more youthful, rested appearance.

Roxanne Hammond

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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