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Ask Our Expert: Are My Brown Spots Sun Damage Or Just Age Spots?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Ask Our Expert: Brown Spots:

 Q: Roxanne, I have brown spots on my face, arms and chest.  How do I know if they are caused from sun damage or if they are just age spots?

A: Lentigos, or lentigines are commonly referred to as brown spots, sun spots, liver spots or age spots.  They appear as flat spots in various shades of brown that appear on skin that has been over exposed to the sun. These spots can appear on the face, arms, shoulders, neck, chest, hands; anywhere the skin has been over-exposed to the sun. Typically, the lighter the skin and the more sun exposure one has, the greater accumulation or chance of accumulation of sun spots.

Melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment in the skin are activated to produce more pigment (melanin) when you are exposed to ultraviolet rays. Because the symptoms of excessive sun damage are cumulative, these spots increase with age, hence the term “age spots.” They are more common in lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-3), such as those who freckle and who burn easily but can appear in any skin type.

I recommend applying a medical-grade, physical sunblock such as Physical Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, 365 days per year, to all skin that will be exposed.  Not only is this your best defense for future sun damage but  you may find that the brown spots that you have become lighter over time.

There are  treatments that can help to rid your skin of brown spots as well. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is typically an excellent option.  A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments can also deliver very good  results.  Some chemical peels  can improve spots to some degree as well as skin bleaching or lightening agents like Advanced Lightening Complex or Spot Light. 

While sun spots themselves are not cancerous, if you have had enough lifetime sun exposure to develop brown spots, this may place you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.  Therefore, it’s a good idea have your physician examine them for changes from time to time.

Warmly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare & Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Ways To Achieve Remarkable And Beautiful Skin Characteristics

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.

 

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

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Be Proactive & Successful: Know How to Best Care for Winter Skin

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Can you believe winter weather is just around the corner?  Where did the summer go? The leaves are turning.  Soon the trees will be stripped bare, left only with their grey, withered bark to show. The vibrant, supple flowers of summer, left unprotected, will become wilted and drab. Lack of hydration and sudden changes in temperature can have this kind of effect on your skin if you do not take the proper measures to protect it.

As the seasons change, so do the needs of your skin. For most, colder weather can create dry, tight, flakey, blotchy, even irritated skin.  Let’s face it, nothing amplifies your little imperfections (lines, wrinkles, discoloration, aging) the way dehydrated winter skin can.

Think of your skin as your body’s “body guard.” The outer most layer of skin serves as a “barrier layer.” Its purpose is to protect the deeper layers.  This protective barrier locks in the needed hydration and skin nutrients to maintain healthy skin. Because winter is a dry season, retaining moisture can be a big challenge. If your barrier layer becomes dry and depleted, it becomes much more difficult to lock in moisture.

So what can you do to protect your skin this winter?

  1. Keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees or less.  Higher temperatures will dehydrate your skin.
  2. Avoid taking long, hot showers, use warm water instead.
  3. Increase your water consumption, especially if you are taking meds for colds, flu, antibiotics etc. Remember that coffee, tea, pop and alcohol can also dehydrate the skin.
  4. Use a humidifier to decrease dryness in your home
  5. Avoid cranking up the heat in your vehicle.
  6. Changes your hydrators from serums, lotions or gels to hydrators with glycerin, lipids, ceramides, squalene… to reduce water loss in the skin.
  7. CHANGE YOUR HOME CARE ROUTINE WITH THE CHANGE OF THE SEASON.

Talk with a trained Medical skincare specialist, cosmetic plastic surgeon, or dermatologist about how to most effectively change your home skincare routine.

Here are a few general skincare tips…

CLEANSER:

You may need to change you cleanser during the colder months if your skin is affected by wind and climate changes. Pay attention to how your skin feels after you wash it (before you apply your moisturizer). Does it feel tight or dry?  If so, you may find it beneficial to switch from your “warmer weather cleanser” to a gentle, creamy, hydrating cleanser to avoid further irritation of your skin.  The purpose of warmer weather cleansers is to remove excess sebum (oil) and impurities from your skin. If your skin becomes irritated, removing too much sebum from your skin will create further dryness and irritation.  In addition, use a buff puff with your cleanser to help remove dead skin cells.

EXFOLIANTS:

Winter skin tends to look dull.  To keep it glowing, switch from the more aggressive exfoliation methods you may have used in the summer months to gentler form of exfoliation or exfoliate less frequently.

HYDRATE / MOISTURIZE (in layers):

Maintaining healthy, balanced skin during colder months often requires an increased level of hydration. By this, I am not indicating that you should just apply twice as much moisturizer to your skin. Moisturizer building is best done in layers.  First apply a moisture-enhancing serum, such a hyaluronic acid to  bring more hydration to the skin, then follow with squalene or ceramides to enhance your protective barrier function.   Moisturizers that nourish the skin and replenish are essential for maintaining a healthy moisture barrier.

SUN PROTECTION:

I can’t say enough about this topic.  SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN.  UVA rays are JUST as prevalent on bitter cold winter days. Remember that UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin then it’s more well known partner- in- crime – the UVB ray. UVB rays are at least courteous enough to most skin types to let you know when you have been over-exposed to the sun (red or tan skin, burning, blisters…). UVA rays are a bit more sneaky. Because UVA rays penetrate more deeply, they do not leave the same immediate superficial signs of over exposure.  Eventually and unexpectedly,  it pops and says “surprise – got cha”, in the form of brown spots, broken vessels, leathery, wrinkled, yellowed, damaged skin.  Oh, and let’s not forget the more than one million new “surprises” it dished out this year alone in the form of “skin cancer.”

Keep in mind that sun reflects off snow, water, glass… further increasing its harmful abilities. I recommend using a sunscreen that has the following forms of defense:

  1. A physical block agent such as micronized titanium dioxide &/or zinc oxide at 7% or higher with an SPF of 40 or higher.
  2. Anti-oxidants
  3. Tinted sun block – (iron oxides)

For more information on choosing a sunscreen, check our blog archives for a very detailed description or schedule a skin consultation appointment with me, (Roxanne- Skincare and Laser Specialist) in either our Savoy 0ffice 217-359-7508  (Champaign-Urbana area)  for more information specific to your skin type and skin concerns.

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

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

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Ask Our Expert – Spider Veins

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
 

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialst

Ask Our Expert: Spider Veins

 

Q: After the birth of my children, I developed spider veins on my legs.  People have made comments on them so often that I’m embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts now.  Do you treat spider veins?  How much does it cost?  Do I have to wear those thick stockings afterwards?

A: Today over 60% of men and women suffer from spider or varicose veins.  Dr.  Castillo offers two very successful options for treating spider veins.  We can decide which option would be best for you during your examination.  However, I will be happy to briefly explain both of them.

Option #1: Laser treatment of spider veins-

We utilize Laser energy to select and destroy unhealthy spider veins. The laser energy penetrates, heats and coagulated the vessels.  Over a period of several weeks (typically 6-8 weeks) the veins are reabsorbed by the body and you are once again able to show off your legs with confidence.  Sometimes it can take more than one treatment to reach your goal.  Our patient’s like this option because there is no cutting, no needle sticks, no scarring, no bandages, and no uncomfortable compression stockings. You can return to work immediately following your treatment.

Option #2: Sclerotherapy –

Sclerotherapy is also an effective treatment to remove unsightly spider veins. A very small needle is used to inject a small amount of a sclerosing agent that causes a reaction to occur inside the vein.  This reaction causes the walls of the veins to stick together.  When the walls of veins are stuck together, the blood cannot enter and fill up the vein.  Once the vein is closed, the blood flow re-routes itself to a parallel vein nearby. The vessels will become invisible when they are reabsorbed by the body.  This procedure requires you to wear compressions hosiery for 7 days.  You should expect to have more than one treatment depending on the severity of the veins that are being treated.

We have to two very successful options for treating spider veins.  We can decide which option would be best for you during your examination.  However, I will be happy to briefly explain both of them.

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL

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Ask Our Experts: Why does Dr. Castillo still recommend liposculpture over newer treatments like Smart Lipo?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Q: Why does Dr. Castillo still recommend liposculpture over newer treatments like Smart Lipo?

A: At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Castillo investigated newer fat reduction treatments such as Smart Lipo, Ultrasonic Lipo and others you may have read about.  The simple truth is that we want the very best outcome for our patients.  We have chosen to stay with traditional tumescent liposculpture because it’s the only one that can be used for contouring in 3600, also known as tri-dimensional body sculpting.  Traditional liposculpture offers consistent, predictable, superior results.  Today there is simply no substitute for tumescent liposculpture for accurate results, speedy recovery, lack complications, and it is affordable.

Sometimes newer trends are not as effective. They are just well marketed.  At this time, the newer fat reduction procedures DO NOT offer ANY advantages to our patients.  They only decrease safety and increase cost, two things we are not willing to compromise on just to keep up with the latest marketing fad.

If you have any questions regarding this topic or in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any of the links below.

 

Roxanne Grace

Skin Care & Laser Specialist for

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

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Botox and Dermal Filler rebates available

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Holiday Cash Back

I love the holidays; the food and aromas, the beautiful decorations, the social events, and the time with my family but it can also be so exhausting!  We tend to spread ourselves way too thin, taking care of everyone but ourselves. The next thing you know, you find yourself staring in the mirror, looking worn-out, trying to wish away dull skin, forehead lines, deep grooves between the eye brows or lines around the eyes just in time to walk into your next holiday gathering looking fabulous and radiant, as though you are not completely frazzled! Sound familiar?

If you could be granted a wish this holiday season, would you choose to look radiant and refreshed at all of your holiday gatherings, or keep you’re hard earned cash instead?  Hummm – decisions, decisions, decisions…

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we don’t want you to have to choose.  This year Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center is excited to announce that the manufacturers of Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane are offering impressive rebates to assure you look and feel you’re best this holiday season.

The manufacturers products that relax facial lines such as Botox or Dysport are offering rebates of up to $50.00 per treatment!  You can save up to $75.00 on dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane to plump the skin and lips, erasing and filling lines around the mouth , nasolabial folds, marionette lines and adding volume where needed.  This adds up to an even bigger savings for those of you who are already receiving discounts with your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery VIP membership!

Unfortunately, these impressive rebates are time limited.   Starting now, you can schedule an appointment at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (217-359-7508) for Botox or Dysport, and / or a dermal filler to smooth out your skin and erase lines and wrinkles.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the details of these special rebate offers at the time of your call.

Dr. Castillo and his staff wish you a wonderful holiday season.

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

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GLO FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

It looks the like crisp, cool weather is settling in for the holidays.  For many of us this means significant changes in the suppleness of our skin.   The winter elements can quickly create a dry, dehydrated look to your skin.   Dehydrated skin not only looks dull, tired and flaky but is very difficult to hide under cosmetics.

Here a few easy tips from Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center to ensure your skin exudes a fabulous, dewy glow for all of your upcoming holiday events.

1.      Depending on how the winter elements affect your skin, you may need to consider switching from GLO Mineral pressed power base (foundation) to GLO Mineral Satin II Finish Liquid base (foundation).   The Satin II Finish will provide more protection and hydration during the harsh climate changes.  You may find your complexion is getting lighter now that days are getting shorter. This will call for a slightly lighter shade of foundation during the winter months.

2.     Schedule an appointment with your skincare specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  It is important that your skincare regimen is adjusted to combat the oncoming dry season.  It is likely that you will need to add an additional hydrating complex under your moisturizer or change to a moisturizer that is better suited for the cooler months to maintain a higher level of hydration.

3.     Increase your water intake.  Coffee, tea, soda etc. are not equal to water.

4.     Highlight your cheeks with the GLO Mineral Luster brick for added radiance.

5.     Since cool air is naturally dried than warm air, it is a good idea to keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees or less.  Keeping your home at higher temperatures removes even more moisture out of the air.

6.     Use a broad-spectrun, UVA/UVB sunscreen every day.  It is the single most important thing you can do to keep your skin to maintain youthful looking skin.

Here’s to maintaining healthy, “GLO”ing skin that will be the envy of all your holiday parties this season.

Cheers!

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

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Ask Our Expert – Tanning to Cover Sun Damage

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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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 Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive 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 sunscreen 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)  We have 4 medical grade sunscreen options available here for our patients to meet the needs of any skin type.

2.      Use a prescription skin lightening 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.

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.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing:

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing 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.

 

Roxanne Hammond

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

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