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What To Expect During Your Consultation for Breast Augmentation

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

What to expect during your consultation for breast augmentation:

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our patient coordinator. She will ask you to fill out very short registration form. A member of our clinical team will escort you back our breast consultation room and will ask some questions regarding your health history. We will ask you for a list of current prescribed medications, allergies, past surgeries and dates.

You will then meet with Dr. Castillo to discuss your goals and desires for breast augmentation. Dr. Castillo and a member of clinical/surgical team will complete a quick physical exam, including some chest measurements. Once he knows your measurements and desires, he will be able to suggest appropriate implant size considerations for your body proportions. Then the fun part begins! We will give you a few sets of implants to try on to help you visualize your new body proportions. This will allow you to determine your choice of implant size with ease!

Once you find a size that you like, Dr. Castillo will talk in lengths about what you can expect before, during and after your breast augmentation surgery. Personally, I think thoroughness is one of Dr. Castillo’s best attributes. New patients (and long standing one’s too) continually comment on how much they appreciate both his willingness to be thorough during his explanation and that he is clear about realistic expectations and body proportions. Our goal is that you gain the knowledge you need to make an educated decision that is BEST FOR YOU.

Speaking of decisions… I just want to be clear. You do not need to make a decision at your consultation appointment! No pressure! Think of this as a fact-finding mission. You can go home, think about the information your gathered during your consultation. Is breast augmentation right for you? Think about your experience with Dr. Castillo, our facility, our staff. Are we the right team for you? Of course that being said, many of our patients do choose to schedule their surgery on the day of their consultation so if that is what you prefer that, we are able to get everything set up for you before your leave our office.

One of the more important things about having surgery in a private, fully-accredited surgical facility rather than a hospital is that you will already know the staff prior to your surgery. The staff members that you meet during your consultation and pre-op visits are the same team members who will be with you on the day of your surgery, in your recovery room with you, checking in with you by phone and at each of your post operative visits.

I recommend checking out a few of my other blog posts on breast augmentation:

Best Regards!

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Post-Abdominoplasty: A Case Of The Missing Navel!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

While all cosmetic or plastic surgeons have their own style and artist preferences, there is certain criteria that needs to be met to say you have delivered a good surgical result for your patient. We have been seeing a very strange occurrence in our office lately, one that I believe warrants discussing.

Over the past 1 ½ -2 years, Dr. Castillo has seen a number of individuals who are seeking a second opinion on their tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), which they had done elsewhere. These patients share that they are unhappy with the results. “Something just doesn’t look right,” they say. While they may not know exactly what they are unhappy with, they KNOW something isn’t as expected.”

With one professional peek at their tummy, it’s shockingly obvious. They are missing the “crown jewel” of any good tummy tuck – the navel!! We have also seen a few patients with poorly re-constructed, misshapen or poorly placed umbilicus as well. Either way, it would make it difficult for a person to feel good about the new look of their tummy.

The navel (umbilicus) is the focal point of any abdomen. It is the single most important anatomical component and without one, an abdomen can look like something straight out of Alien! Acute attention to the details of placement, size, shape and depth are paramount in the final appearance of an abdomen. That deserves repeating…. Acute attention to the details of placement, size, shape and depth are paramount in the final appearance of an abdomen. The navel immediately reveals the age of an individual by the location, shape and size of it. Compare your current navel to that of a picture of your navel as a teen. You are likely to notice some changes.

So my best advice to anyone considering a tummy tuck is ask lots of questions about what you are getting and what your surgeon’s vision of a proper abdominoplasty is. Look closely at his before and after photos. Carefully examine at the position, shape, size, depth and proportion of the navels he has created. This is not the time ignore the proverbial “elephant in the room.” Demand a proper navel! 

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Best Season For Your Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Many of Dr. G.D. Castillo’s patient’s in both his Champaign and Bloomington Cosmetic Surgery Practices will often ask if there is a better time of the year is to have the particular surgery they are considering. Truthfully, most surgeries can be performed anytime of the year but each season does lend itself to certain advantages. Hopefully this blog post will give you some points to consideration when finding the best time for you and your daily lifestyle.

FALL:

Fall is known to be a time for change. The leaves change, colors change, temperatures change, daylight hours change, so why not make some changes of your own?

There are many advantages to having surgery this time of year. The kids are back in school. Busy summer schedules and beach days have come to an end (at least here in the Midwest) and life is starting to get back into a more consistent routine after summer. The holidays are coming up and with a little planning you can have surgery and be healed with no remaining tell-tail signs all before your first holiday get-together.

lipo jeans to bigThere are also a few long holiday weekends like Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. This is a good time to have body contouring with liposculpture or even neck liposcultpure. Breast augmentations, breast lifts or breast reductions, even mini-facelifts are possibilities over long weekends. It is usually cool enough to camouflage with an over-sized shirts, turtlenecks or scarves.

The only real disadvantage to having plastic surgery this time of year is that you are heading into the holiday season. It you have a lot of pre-holiday prep work or demands, than it might be more challenging.

 

WINTER:

Winter is typically a very popular time to have surgery and for good reason. It is generally a slower, more laid back time. You can extend time off from work by adding vacation days to the beginning or end of holiday time. For this reason, it’s an ideal time to have surgeries that take more than a long weekend to be presentable, like a facelift, forehead lift, eyelid surgery, fat transplantation or a rhinoplasty.

It is easier to hide out for a few days without friends and family getting suspicious of your absence. It’s a common time to be stuck at home with “the flu or a cold” for a few days and since no one wants your flu or a cold; they are likely to stay away 😉

Winter wardrobes make it easy to conceal post-surgical swelling and bruising of the face or body. Scarves, turtlenecks and cute winter hats make it easy to hide lady covered with scarfthe signs of a recent facelift or forehead lift. Big, comfy sweaters can hide slower movements just after breast surgeries, tummy-tucks and body contouring. Since you will need to avoid sun exposure after surgeries like laser resurfacing, winter is also the easiest time to stay out of the sun.

I cannot really think of any disadvantages of having surgery in the winter, though winter sometimes creates procrastination and before you know it, it’s spring and your suddenly in a time crunch to meet your surgical goals.

 

SPRING:

Spring is probably the most motivating season. It’s a very popular season for 4562 smallscheduling liposuction, tummy tucks, breast surgery and mommy-make-overs. Patients are looking ahead to late spring and summer and want to get their body in check before heading to the beach, going to class reunions, weddings, vacations, or just having less clothing to conceal their areas of concern. It is also a great time for those who couldn’t fit a facelift, brow lift, rhinoplasty into their winter schedule because you can still conceal with a big spring hat, scarf and sunglasses for the first few days if you have bruising or swelling to cover.

 

SUMMER:

Summer can be a more challenging time to have certain cosmetic surgery procedures, as it is more difficult to avoid sun exposure to lasered skin or new exposed incisions. If you are a gardener, a golfer or work outside, then summer may not be the best season to have laser surgery. Most surgeries will impinge on your summer activities, at least to some extent.

However, if your daily summer lifestyle doesn’t include spending lots of time summer-cute-hipster-beautyoutside and you are accustom to protecting your skin from the sun depending on your lifestyle, if you’re someone who already restricts the amount of sun exposure you get, or if you are willing restrict the time you spend outside for awhile, it can be a good option.

If you have kids at home, summer is a good time to send them off to grandmas or summer camp for a fun-filled week while you concentrate on your recovery. By the time they return, they will be none-the-wiser. Since most people are pretty busy during the summer months, it won’t be too suspicious if you disappear from your social scene for a week.

Procedures like breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions, eyelid surgeries and tummy tucks are good summer surgery choices. If summer is not a good time for surgery but you want a more youthful look for all your summer events, consider Botox, dermal fillers, or facials and skincare to keep you looking fresh until fall.

I think James Taylor said it best when he sang “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall…all you’ve got to do is call…”

 

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Contour Kits now available!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Today I would say I am bursting at the seams – and not because i’ve eaten too many holiday goodies (which I probably have), but rather due to the comments rolling in on the new Contour Kit now available at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. I’m

Contour-FBso excited to offer this amazing tool that our patients cannot stop raving about!  They love it because it is so easy to use and the transformations remarkable!  I can’t believe how much fun w e are all having with it! Cosmetic tool of the year!!

It’s amazing how a little contouring can thin out the face, take your cheekbone height to a new level, give strength and structure to your jawline, essentially turning you into runway model in 20 seconds or less!  Look out world, where’s the red carpet! I hope you can walk in heels!

The kit is so simple to use.  It is made for any skill level as it comes with a diagram showing you exactly where to place the contour shades and where to place the highlight shades.  If the diagram isn’t enough then you always have me; your skincare specialist to guide you on how to best use this little magic palette for your specific facial shape.

The coContour-Kit-FBntour kit comes with four colors; two for contouring and two for highlighting.  The specially designed doubled-headed brush makes it easy to apply accurately.  It is perfect for blending, resulting in a professional looking finish. And did I tell you how you much FUN it is?!!  You will definitely want to gift this to all your best girlfriends this year!

If you haven’t tried your hand at contouring your facial features, I have only one question to ask.  What are you waiting for?

 

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Recovering from Breast Augmentation:

Monday, September 5th, 2016

One of the reasons Breast Augmentation is so popular, well, aside from the obvious “perks,” is that it is a pretty quick recovery. Our goal is to help you recover quickly and get you back to your busy life as soon as possible with a few simple tips:

Bras…To Wear or Not To Wear; This Is The Question!

On the day of your surgery you will return home in a comfy sports bra or wireless bra, pexels-photo-136409compliments of Dr. G.D. Castillo. Unless otherwise instructed, you will wear this bra continuously for the first three days then you can go without or use a wireless or sports bra of your choice until Dr. Castillo gives you the green light to begin wearing underwire bras (which by the way… you – will – no – longer – need!! Whoo hoo!)

NOTE: Because your body has to “make room” for the implants, the implants often sit higher than you expect for a few weeks until they are able sit properly in the pockets. You can help this along by going without a bra. That’s right! You just got a free pass to go without a bra! You can even claim “Doctor’s orders!” Oh the perks!

“I Like To Move It, Move It!”
pexels-photoIf you are a movie buff, you may remember the scene from the movie Madagascar; you know the one where the animals are all dancing and moving their arms to the song “I Like To Move It?” Well that might be a little too vigorous for your first few days after surgery, but you get the idea. No babying those muscles, move it, move it! While we do not want you to raise your hands above the leave of your head for the first week, you can really speed up your recovery and get rid of the soreness much more quickly by gently moving your arms around to keep those chest muscles from getting tighter.

What To Wear, What To Wear…

Buttons and zippers are your new BFF, at least for the first week anyway. I recommend arriving to surgery in a loose button up or zip up top. It doesn’t feel good to try to pull a tight pull over top over your head after surgery. You will want to avoid using pull over tops for about the first week. By the time you are released to raise your arms above the level of your head (6 days), you shouldn’t have any more wardrobe issues, except that your old tops may be fitting a bit tighter these days.

Massage:

Six days after your surgery, you will return to our office for your first post-op visit. You will receive instructions on how to begin massaging your breasts. They are going to be a little tender at first but don’t give up. This is the key to maintaining the free moving, perky, natural looking breasts.

Exercise:

If you are an exercise conscious individual, I realize this topic is an important one. Who wants to loose ground at the gym when you have this great new shape your ready show off! Exercise can really boost your physical and mental state and we want to get you back to the gym as soon as your body is ready. But… your pectoral muscles do need a little healing time first.

You can expect to ease back into our workouts with a schedule that looks something like this:

  • 1ST week – You will be asked to restrict exercise to light activity like walking and moving your arms as described above.
  • 2nd week – You are typically released to go to back to the gym and do most activities such as weight lifting and walking on an incline at 50% of your normal level. Still refrain from running, jogging, weight lifting that involves the pectoral muscles or other pectoral exercises.
  • 3rd week – Typically all restrictions will be lifted at this time. That being said, it may not feel too good when you first get back to running or jogging. I suggest doubling up and wearing two sports bras for the several weeks to give you the extra support you need and prevent too much breast movement.

Now that the hard part is over – making the decision to have breast augmentation, choosing the right surgeon, choosing your implant size, making surgical arrangements… it’s time for a little fun! I hope you enjoy all the perks!

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Level III Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I once read that “wrinkles are the road map of one’s life,” but who wants a road map when you can have a GPS! In the field of cosmetic surgery, we would consider traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing the “GPS” of wrinkle solutions, providing a sleek, modern alternative to a wrinkly road map.

While Dr. Castillo offers 3 different levels of CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Level III Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing definitely offers the most dramatic anti-aging results available. This procedure is considered to be a surgical procedure and is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Castillo has performed thousands of these very effective procedures in his fully-accredited outpatient surgical facility. If you are looking for the best results possible for moderate to severe skin damage, you may want to learn more about this magn4920ificent treatment option.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LEVEL III TRADITIONAL LASER RESURFACING?

Ideal candidates for this procedure are men and women with advanced symptoms of aging,
skin damage or acne scarring. I am referring to moderate to severe lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, rough texture, brown spots, facial redness, spider veins, enlarged pores, skin laxity, loss of collagen, and acne scars. Their schedule will need to allow for week of down time before returning to work or social events.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This is a one-time laser procedure. Of course, sadly, it cannot keep you from getting sun damage in the future. That part is up to you. But that being said, we are always here to guide you and educate you on ways to slow the signs of aging and protect your new, flawless skin from the sun.

 

DSC_0040Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                     https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Fill Your Wrinkles

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Most of us grow up understanding that wrinkles are just part of life – at least until it happens to us. Youth has this way of making us feel energetic and invincible, like we can conquer the world. That’s pretty hard to give up. It seems only natural that looking our best makes us feel our best, and feeling our best encourages us to keep conquering whatever comes our way.

Assuming you are one of the millions, NOT welcoming wrinkles with open arms, then you’re probably looking for a few good options for your aging arsenal.

There are many viable surgical and non-surgical wrinkle smoothing solutions that can have you back to daily life asap.  These include anything from Botox to laser resurfacing or a facelift. Sometimes dermal fillers such as Restylane Lift, Restylane Silk, Juvaderm or Radiesse can be a good solution to combat those are earlier stages of aging.

 

So what causes those pesky wrinkles anyway?

  1. As we get older, we experience a breakdown in collagen and elastin in our skin. We begin to notice appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and textural changes. Of course, this can happen even sooner if you’ve live the life of a sun bunny. UV exposure is the number one culprit for pre-mature aging.4982
  1. As we age, we can loose some subcutaneous fat under the skin. Subcutaneous fat provides the volume needed to maintain a youthful appearance. (Think of dropping a wrinkled raisin into a glass of water, the water plumps the raisin, restoring its volume). This loss of volume creates loose skin, which results in sagging, wrinkles and eventually the desire to seek help from Dr. G.D. Castillo. You may begin to notice nasolabial folds or parentheses from the nose to the mouth, lip lines, marionette lines, sunken in lower lids and disappearing cheek prominence.
  1. As if reasons #1 & #2 weren’t enough of a blow to an aging ego, they are typically followed by the loss of boney structures and underlying tissue support. The loss of boney structure and tissue support creates more sagging and more wrinkling. As this occurs, skin moves downward with the help of gravity like that of a deflated balloon or wilting flower.

 

How can a dermal filler help improve unwanted facial aging?

Today, dermal fillers are not just used to give you a perfectly pouty lip, fillers can actually provide nice improvements to a mild to moderately aging face. They work by filling in lines and wrinkles and by providing much needed volume. Dermal fillers fill in lines around the mouth, or other areas of the face to create a smoother appearance. They plump up sunken in areas such as the lower eyelids, nasolabial folds and can restore or create a beautifully prominent cheek.

When patients first begin to notice

Create balance with dermal fillers. Lasts upto 18 months.

the signs of aging, they are often looking for a subtle change before they work their way up to a more dramatic change like facial surgery as the signs of aging progress. Some patients find dermal fillers to be an attractive choice because they can do it on a Friday and return to work on a Monday with no one being the wiser.

It is important to recognize that most people who are concerned about unwanted signs of aging will only benefit from fillers for a period of time. Fillers cannot take the place of having facial plastic surgery nor can they give you surgical results. They can only put a band aide on aging for a period of time. That being said, band aides are sometimes desirable. They can be a quick fix to mild lines and wrinkles, until the time is right for procedures like a facelift, a neck lift, or CO2 Laser Resurfacing.

 

2012 Castillo Knoblauch Studios 245bRoxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Bra Shopping After Breast Augmentation:

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Ask Our Expert:

Question:  When can I go bra shopping?

Roxanne: This is a great question and actually one of first things Dr. Castillo’s breast augmentation patients want to do after breast surgery! Honestly, I’ve even had patients who want to the mall straight from the recovery room! (Just to be clear, this… is definitely NOT recommended!)

As I am often referred to as a “Professional Shopper”  I can absolutely relate to how anxious you are to rush out and load up on the cutest / sexiest/prettiest bras you can find. Who could blame you for wanting to showcase your beautiful new breasts? BUT… here is the thing… you really need to wait for 6-8 weeks to break the bra bank.CPS Blog Photo 4578

Your final breast augmentation https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm results will take time because there are a few things that need to happen first. Your breasts are going to go through a few stages and changes before they settle on their final shape / position. These changes will effect how your bras fit and ultimately, how you feel in them.

While most of your swelling will be gone within the first 10-14 days after your breast surgery, you will have a bit of residual swelling that will need to resolve over time. At first, your breast implants may also sit a little higher than you expected. This is because the chest muscles need to make room for the implant. Once there is more room in the pocket, your implants will assume their intended position, and then… look out Vicki SecretsCPS Blog Photo 5075, there’s a girl on a mission!

So what’s a girl to do in the mean time?

You will wake up from surgery already wearing a comfortable sports bra, compliments of Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/ and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. With in 3-7 days, you will be able to go braless, wear a wireless bra or preferably a sports bra. My best advice is to harness our inner-restraints and buy just one or two sports or wireless bras to get you by until Dr. Castillo lets you know the time to go shopping has finally come!  Then grab a girlfriend and make a day of it. You deserve it after exercising all that re-straint!

Happy shopping!

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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