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Ask Our Expert – Breast Augmentation

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Ask The Expert:
Bloomington IL, Breast Augmentation:

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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FDA ISSUES A WARNING…”LIPODISSOLVE.”

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

FDA ISSUES A WARNING TO MEDICAL SPAS, RAISING THE ISSUES OF SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF “LIPODISSOLVE.”

Medical Spas around the country were recently issued a warning from the FDA for making misleading and/or false statements about the safety and effectiveness of LIPODISSOVE.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign-Urbana) and Bloomington, we encourage consumers to think twice about signing up for an elective procedure like Lipodissolve that could be putting them at risk.   While many people believe that lipodissolve is a brand new procedure brought about by “leading edge medical spas,” in reality it is simply the use of multiple injection s of a combination of drugs that is said to create possible partial destruction of fat cells.  Consumers need to be aware that these substances have not been evaluated by peer review and have not been approved by the FDA. The safety of the drugs being used in Lipodissolve is unknown.

The use of these drugs began many years ago in the 1970’s in Europe and South America when drugs were used to try to modify the structure of fat in a technique called mesotherapy.  Mesotherapy was not able to provide safe, consistently effective results. More recently, Mesotherapy was “re-invented” in the United States through the term of Lipodissolve.  Spas inject deoxycholate or phosphatidylcholine into the fat to destroy and/or modify the structure of fat.  The effects of the medication cannot be properly controlled, since the diffusion rate; that is, the rate in which the substance moves through the tissue cannot be predicted. Therefore, the reach of these substances vary from individual to individual and from injection to injection.  If one looks at the results of mesotherapy throughout the years in Europe and South America, they have been haphazard.  The procedure has never been able to gain a foothold as a venue for treatment of fat deposits anywhere in the world.  The resurrection of this technique in the United States is at the present time, an unproven technique without validation by peer review and is outside the limits of approval by the FDA.  Frankly, practitioners that use these drugs, whether in a medical spa or outside a medical spa, do it at their own risk.  In my opinion, they also put the safety and well being of their patients and/or subjects at risk.  Specifically, the FDA sent letters in April to the following spas:

  • Monarch Medspa, King of Prussia, PA
  • Spa 35, Boise Idaho
  • Medical Cosmetic Enhancements, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Innovative Directions in Health, Edina, MN
  • PURE Med Spa, Boca Raton, FL
  • All About You Med Spa, Madison, IN

Stating that the drugs utilized have not proven to be safe and/or effective, also noting that these substances have not been approved and that the involved companies have made claims that lipodissolve has an outstanding safety record and is superior to other fat removal techniques including liposuction.  FDA regulators have called on the spas to stop making such misleading claims of safety and effectiveness, and to notify the agency within 15 days of what steps they are taking to correct the violation.

The FDA, as a regulatory agency, has received reports of adverse effects such as scarring, skin irregularity, painful nodules in the subcutaneous tissue where the material was injected, etc.  As consumers, we need to remember that tumescent liposuction as a procedure has proven to be safe and effective by peer review. It is practiced worldwide.  Tumescent Liposuction has an unmatched safety record and when done by experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeons, has revolutionized the treatment of bulges, fat pockets and localized unsightly fat deposits.  Buyers beware – gimmicks cannot replace proven procedures.    The FDA seems to corroborate what surgeons have known for many years.  While tumescent liposuction has been proven safe and effective, no such approval exists for lipodissolve.

Dr. Castillo, Past-President of American Society for Liposuction Surgery

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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New Beginnings…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

As we immerse ourselves in this holiday season and prepare ourselves for a new year, I can’t think of a better time to reflect upon the year past and say thank you so very much to our patients.  In the last 14 years that I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Castillo at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, I’ve learned so much and have had the opportunity to see so many new beginnings.  It’s such an honor to be involved in a positive change in someone’s life.

I’ve heard it said that only celebrities or the very wealthy invest in a cosmetic procedure.  In fact, our community of patients is mainly comprised of everyday people, like you and me, who desire a change.  This change may be subtle but still very necessary for themselves, and will positively impact the everyday quality of life that we all desire and deserve.

A cosmetic procedure or treatment is a very private matter, and I make it a point to respect our patient’s privacy, both inside and outside of our offices.  So I’d like to utilize this venue to once again, thank all of you for the trust you’ve shown in Dr. Castillo and our team at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.

I wish you all the season’s best and a happy New Year!

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Winter Weather Skincare

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialist

As you face the approaching winter weather elements, you may notice some unappealing changes in your skin. You may feel as though you have aged in a matter of weeks.  You may notice that your once glowing skin looks dull, spotted with signs of summer sun and that lines on you face are suddenly more noticeable.

You may find that your current skincare products are no longer cutting it.  Well remember that as the seasons change, our skincare regimen needs to change as well.  If you are facing some new winter skin challenges, call for a FREE skincare consultation.  Find out what secrets we have in our winter skin arsenal to fight against dry, flaking, dull, dehydrated skin.  We will have you looking your best in time for all your upcoming holiday events.

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Call now for your free skincare consultation with Roxanne: Savoy office – 217-359-7508  or   Bloomington office – 309-662-0436

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

Cheek Implants, Part 2

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Part #2 -A patient’s story –  Mentoplasty (chin Implant),  Malar Augmetation (Cheek Implants) and Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)

I would like to share a “typical” story of one of our patients.  In the spring of 1984, a 35 year old legal secretary arrived at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic for a consultation.  She said “Dr. Castillo, I don’t know what is wrong with my face, but I am not happy with it.”

In looking at her I could view the details of someone who would benefit immensely from cheek implants.  During the consultation, she went on to explain that she felt as though life was passing her by.  She came to the realization that she should be having more fun and should be more involved in life than she had been up to that point. She decided that she needed to present herself to the world in a different light.  She didn’t feel comfortable with her face and it was prohibiting her from showing the world who she really was inside.  She explained that she had been so busy with life that she had not been giving the proper value to things that had been bothering her for years, the things that were affecting the way she felt about herself day after day. She didn’t like the way life was going for her and so she decided to take charge.

The truth is that this patient was right on.  Often times when an individual feels self-conscious, they find it impossible to be who they really are around other people.  Instead of coming across as an enthusiastic, outgoing individual, they are often perceived as being closed off, shy, aloof or distant.

This young woman simply had a lack of cheekbone prominence.  The widest dimension of her face was that of her cheeks themselves, but not the cheekbones.  She desired the angular features that we are used to seeing in chisel-faces that have their widest dimension at the cheekbones. As with most individuals who have deficient cheekbone prominence, she also had a deficient or weak chin.

She underwent a relatively simple procedure where incisions are made inside of the mouth in the cul-de-sac of the upper gum area, and cheek implants were inserted in both cheeks (Malar Augmentation).  A chin implant was added to her jaw by a very small ½ inch incision right underneath her chin (Augmentation Mentoplasty)  https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=16.  In addition, this patient had a rhinoplasty to create a true balance of her facial features. https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=18 After the swelling disappeared, her flat face became a striking, welcoming face with angularity and spirit.

Gradually her personality and social involvement literally exploded.  This needed change gave her courage to go after the life she always wanted. I see this patient in the office from time to time.  She is now married with a wonderful family and remains a bubbly, exuberant, warm personality.  This hour and 15 minute surgery changed her life.

Dr. G.D. Castillo, Triple-Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

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G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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Cheek Implants, Part I

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Mentoplasty (Cheek Implants)

Being able to identify yourself as a candidate for cheekbone implants is sometimes difficult.  You might spend hours and hours staring in the mirror, developing a discontent for how you see yourself and how others see or treat you as well.

We often find that when a patient arrives with underdeveloped cheekbone structure at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center for a facial consultation, they are often puzzled by what really bothers them about their facial features. They just know that they don’t like what they see.  As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, it is clear to me what is creating their dissatisfaction.

Dr. Castillo Performing Surgery

In many cases, the patient is lacking prominent cheekbone structure. The mid-face or cheek region of the face should be the widest, most prominent portion of the face, thus making the cheekbones one of the most defining facial features. When you develop without a prominent cheekbone structure, it can make your nose look larger and your eyes appear more prominent. Not only does this create an unbalance of your facial characteristics from the frontal view of your face but to their profile as well.  Typically, if you do not develop with a prominent cheek bone structure you tend to have a flatter face, absent of distinctive characteristics.

High, prominent, symmetrical cheek bones have long been thought of as a sign of beauty.  Cheekbone implants can create the needed facial structure. Cheekbone implants will bring new dimensions and contours to your face, creating facial harmony. This is a scar-free, uncomplicated procedure to undergo and can offer you a lifetime of rewards.

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/cheek-bone-surgery.cfm

In the following days I will share of few of our cheekbone implant Bloomington patient stories. This may help you to get a better understanding of the procedure itself, what your recovery would involve and how it has benefited others who have had this procedure.

Dr. G.D. Castillo, Triple-Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

G. D. Castillo, M.D., FACS
DIRECTOR OF COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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Bridal Fair

Friday, September 11th, 2009

If you or someone you know is getting married, you won’t want to miss out on Champaign’s very own Vow Magazine / News-Gazette Bridal Fair.  Admittance is free so grab some friends and spend the afternoon with us. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute will be hosting a booth in the main vendor room.  We will be raffling off great prizes every hour and a grand prize (Liquid Smile Teeth Whitening System!!) at 4 PM.  Stop by our booth to and REGISTER TO WIN. We will be offering exclusive event promotions so don’t miss out!

The Bridal Fair will be held from noon-4 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL. 61824 on Sunday, September 13, 2009

  • Fashion Show
  • Hair Show
  • Refreshments
  • Prizes
  • Lots of Fun

Hope to see you there!

Myths and Truths about Surgery in the Older Individual

Friday, June 26th, 2009
The portion of the population in the United States that is 65 or older will continue to steadily increase.  The US Census Bureau expects that by the year 2030, one out of every five Americans will be age 65 or older.  This fact alone suggests that the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the older individual will steadily increase.
Age alone is not a determinant of who can or who should have cosmetic surgery. The age of the patient is irrelevant to the safety and the appropriateness of surgery. The relevant issue is the health of the individual. In a healthy individual, such as one who does mild to moderate exercise and takes few medication, cosmetic surgery is an extremely safe and rewarding surgical procedure.  By the same taken, an individual who may only be in their 40’s but is on high blood pressure medication and smokes, is a significant surgical risk.
As an individual ages, there seems to be a natural tendency and trend toward participating in less activities and being less socially involved. It surprises no one that when an individual looks younger, they will act younger. They will participate in a greater number of social activities. Those patients who are seeking to look younger are generally patients who have what is referred to as “cognitive and emotional vibrancy.” This refers to the degree of awareness, connectedness, and involvement that the individual may have in the current issues of the day.  One could say that a window of cognitive vibrancy would be demonstrated with high physical energy and animated facial expression.
Of extreme importance is the fact that older individuals have less hang ups and less need to prove themselves.  Under these circumstances, the effects of cosmetic surgery tend to be much more satisfying. The need for perfection is not generally there. They are looking for improvement, not necessarily a homerun.

oldercoupleThe portion of the population in the United States that is 65 or older will continue to steadily increase.  The US Census Bureau expects that by the year 2030, one out of every five Americans will be age 65 or older.  This fact alone suggests that the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the older individual will steadily increase.

Age alone is not a determinant of who can or who should have cosmetic surgery. The age of the patient is irrelevant to the safety and the appropriateness of surgery. The relevant issue is the health of the individual. In a healthy individual, such as one who does mild to moderate exercise and takes few medication, cosmetic surgery is an extremely safe and rewarding surgical procedure.  By the same taken, an individual who may only be in their 40’s but is on high blood pressure medication and smokes, is a significant surgical risk.

As an individual ages, there seems to be a natural tendency and trend toward participating in less activities and being less socially involved. It surprises no one that when an individual looks younger, they will act younger. They will participate in a greater number of social activities. Those patients who are seeking to look younger are generally patients who have what is referred to as “cognitive and emotional vibrancy.” This refers to the degree of awareness, connectedness, and involvement that the individual may have in the current issues of the day.  One could say that a window of cognitive vibrancy would be demonstrated with high physical energy and animated facial expression.

Of extreme importance is the fact that older individuals have less hang ups and less need to prove themselves. Under these circumstances, the effects of cosmetic surgery tend to be much more satisfying. The need for perfection is not generally there. They are looking for improvement, not necessarily a home run.


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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

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

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

Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY