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What Is a Facelift and How Can This Popular Procedure Actually Benefit Me?

Friday, September 10th, 2021

WHAT IS A FACELIFT AND WHAT CAN IT DO FOR ME?

Patients often consult with Dr. Castillo at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center when they begin to notice unwanted aging changes in the face and neck. Loss of collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in skin laxity, along with the loss of tissue and bone volume in the face are all normal parts of the aging process. When you combine those natural aging changes with gravity, years of cumulative sun damage, and hormonal changes, the result is often the formation of jowls, sagging facial and neck tissue, excess skin, wrinkles or skin folds, drier, thinner skin with pigmented spots and texture changes.

Funny how as a kid, you just can’t wait to “get older.”  You dream of the days when you can drive, go to bed when you want to, get up when you want to, make your own decisions, have total freedom… “BE AN ADULT.”  Well, apparently there is more to getting older than just gaining independence. Decades later, here we are “faced” with the full view of what giving up our youth really means.  Jowls. Sagging. Wrinkles.

So now what? The way I see it, there are 2 good choices:

  1. Truly accept the aging changes that are staring back at you in the mirror and live happily ever after.

OR

  1. Do something about it: Consult a Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon like Dr. Castillo on the options of a facelift and live confidently and happily ever after.

 

WHAT IS A FACELIFT?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that tightens sagging tissue and skin of the lower face (cheeks, jowls, neck), resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.  A facelift is typically preformed under general anesthesia and will take on average 2.5 – 5 hours of surgical time.

During this procedure, excess tissue, skin, and fat are removed and muscle and skin that has been pulled downward by gravity over time is re-positioned to create a more rested, youthful appearance.

 

WHAT CAN A FACELIFT DO FOR ME?

In a nutshell, a facelift will make you look younger than you do today. It helps to repeal the forces of nature: time, stress, environmental factors, sun, gravity, hormonal changes, volume loss, decreased collagen and elastin production.

A facelift can:

  • Remove your jowls and turkey neck
  • Tighten your sagging muscle structure
  • Lift your cheeks
  • Remove any loose, sagging skin, therefore tightening the remaining skin
  • Give you a more defined jawline
  • Deliver a smoother, more youthful, more inviting version of you.

WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Going into surgery with an appropriate set of REALISTIC expectations is the key to being happy with your surgical results.  Your surgeon can help you to understand what can and cannot be accomplished with a facelift. Here is where I would strongly recommend you listen to your surgeon, rather than Dr. Google (who by the way, didn’t actually go to medical school).  The results can vary from individual to individual depending on the severity of aging you present with before surgery, your skin quality, the amount of time you have spent in the sun over the course of your life, your genetics and your anatomy or facial shape and your lifestyle habits.

While surgery cannot stop you from aging in the future, it can certainly turn back time. Most people can expect to look 7-10 years younger after a facelift. For more information on facelifts review more of our blog entries on facelifts and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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

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Can A Cream Make Me Look Just As Amazing As A Facelift?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

 

Someone once said, “inside every older person is a younger person just wondering

“what the hell happened!”

They were so right!  What happened? Well… Stressors happened. Metabolism changes happened.  Sun exposure happened. Menopause happened. Health issues happened. Prioritizing the needs of others over our own happened; not making time for self-care happened. Time happened.

 

This year, as I stared down all the candles on my birthday cake, I began to wonder what people wish for in 50+ crowd. After thinking about all the conversations I’ve had with patients and friends over years, I would imagine those wishes to include:

 

  • “I wish… I didn’t have these jowls and a turkey neck.”

 

  • “I wish… that when people tell me I look hot, they weren’t referring to my flashes!”

 

  • “I wish… for a face cream that will tighten my skin and make me look 10 years younger without having a facelift.”

 

 

 

 

Now, if you have limited your sun exposure and consistently used a broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB sunscreen throughout your lifetime then you might just sail through your 50’s, maybe even your 60’s looking pretty darn good. BUT, if you and sunscreen have not been life-long friends, you’ve notice of a few signs of aging.  You may have started to entertain the idea of doing something about it or at the very least you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror and pulled back your facial skin to mimic what you might look like after a little nip and tuck. Maybe you have even started to research a facelift or neck lift or skin resurfacing.

And truly, there are worse ways to spend money than on finding new empowerment at this new stage of life through surgical intervention …

like on a facial cream marketed as a “facelift in a jar.”

 

Myth buster…  facelifts do not come in jars.

 

There is no cream that will give you facelift-like results.  Nope, nope, nope! A facelift is a highly technical procedure that requires repositioning your muscle structure to create a tighter, more youthful appearance. It involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue, and it requires years of dedicated training and experience to give you the look you desire. A cream, no matter what marketing tells you… cannot do that!  So, if you are showing enough signs of aging to warrant a facelift, then a facelift is the only thing that will give you the results you really want. An effective, at-home skincare regimen plays a vital role in maintaining the health and appearance of your skin. But, if you are expecting a cream or any other topical application to reposition, tighten and lift you back in time, then you will be disappointed.

While skincare products are not a replacement for a facelift, they are a necessary, daily accompaniment. Medical-grade skincare products are known to improve the tone, texture, brightness of your skin. They can replenish the skin with antioxidants, create cell turn-over, improve barrier function, increase hydration and most importantly, they can provide protection from future sun damage.  Don’t under-estimate sun exposure. It’s the reason you were standing in front of the mirror wishing a facelift in a jar in the first place!

Unlike marketers, our job at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center isn’t to tell a patient what they want to hear; it is to evaluate their degree of aging then match the severity of aging signs and the patient’s goals of improvement to the proper treatment plan. For a patient is in their 20’s, an anti-aging plan often just includes daily medical-grade, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen (which by the way, sunscreen is the closest thing you will get to a facelift in a jar, via prevention), along with a good cleanser and moisturizer and a discussion about lifestyle, unprotected sun exposure and how taking care of you skin in your 20’s will determine how you look in you 40’s and beyond.

For that 30 something patient, we might recommend adding a Vitamin A product, and anti-oxidants to their at home regimen along with a few micro-dermabrasion treatments or a light chemical peel and a reality check about the effects of unprotected sun exposure

A patient in their 40’s may need to add a CO2 Micro-Fractional laser treatment to reduce brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and rough texture or a few IPL treatments to take care of broken capillaries.

For those patient’s over 50, the signs of aging become more difficult to minimize with at-home efforts alone.  Gravity really begins to flaunt its superpower and drives everything south. There is a more substantial breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers along with bone and tissue loss.  The result is loose, sagging skin, shadows, hallows, wrinkles, drooping jowls, and a turkey neck.  Skin becomes drier and thinner. Facial redness, visible, broken capillaries / spider veins become more difficult to conceal.

With each passing decade, maintaining a youthful, fresh appearance usually calls for a new plan of attack and after a certain degree of aging, there are no quick OTC fixes, certainly no effective facelifts in a jar. But there are several effective options to help you look and feel your best!

 

 

Spread love & sunscreen,

 

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Doctor Approved: How To Minimize Bruising After Dermal Filler Injections

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Create balance with dermal fillers. Lasts upto 18 months.

Dermal fillers such as Voluma, Perlane, Juvaderm, Restylane or Radiesse are one of the most popular non-surgical solutions to improve aging skin. Dr. Castillo’s patients choose dermal fillers because it is a great way to increase volume in areas where the aging process has deflated their lips, cheeks, temples, or lower lids.  It is a quick way to fill in unwanted lines around the mouth and face to restore a more smooth, youthful appearance.

Though this treatment is not a facelift by any means, dermal fillers have made a place for themselves in the world of beauty enhancement and anti-aging.  Even though dermal fillers cannot provide the results of a facelift, they are at the height of their popularity today and their use is growing by leaps and bounds.

I think their increase in popularity has much to do with the idea of how they are marketed.  They are often referred to as a “no down-time” treatment in comparison to a facelift which does require a brief down time.You can have this treatment done on a free afternoon.  Dr. Castillo typically injects a local anesthetic to assure that you are comfortable during the procedure. You will be numb and have difficulty speaking for 2-4 hours after the treatment due to the localized numbing. Most people are ready to be seen socially by the next day.

While some patients can experience minor bruising or swelling, these side effects can be minimized or avoided with a little bit of preparation before their treatment.

     •  EXPEREINCE is Key!

Here is where preparation begins.  Do your homework.  Injecting dermal fillers within or under the skin is not as easy as it seems and far from a cookie cutter treatment.  You will be best served seeking a board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon’s office.  They have the detailed training, expertise and experience to achieve your desired results.  Also keep in mind that on the rare chance that an adverse reaction could occur, you want to choose an injector who is qualified and experienced enough to recognize and treat your reaction. There is a multitude of decisions to be made and you want to make sure your injector is qualified to make them…

1.    Is this patient a good candidate for dermal filler?

2.    Which type of dermal filler should be used?

3.    How deep should the filler be placed?

4.    Which anatomical areas should be avoided?

5.    Which is injection technique is best or this case?

  • DISCONTINUE “BLOOD THINNERS” one week prior to your treatment.

Dr. Castillo recommends discontinuing all aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), NSAIDS / blood thinners one week prior when possible, for his patients.  This will significantly reduce your chances for bruising. Blood thinners delay the coagulation process that would normally occur after an injection. This may result unwanted bruising. Over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprophen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin would fall under this category along with a number of vitamins and supplements such as fish oil, Vitamin E, St. John’s Wart and Primrose oil.  If you need to take mediation for discomfort, OTC Tylenol can be used.

  • AVOID STRENUOUS EXERCISE

Strenuous exercise can prolong your symptoms and is best avoided for the first 48 hours after your dermal filler.

  • APPLY A COLD COMPRESS

If swelling occurs, applying a cold compress to the treated area can help reduce swelling more quickly. It can help for the first 12 hours after treatment, but should not be used beyond 24 hours after your treatment.

If you have further questions about dermal filler solutions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Castillo 217-359-7508 or leave your questions in the blog comment box.

 

Yours truly,

 

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

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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)