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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.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Facial Plastic Surgery IS the new BLACK.

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ORANGE  isn’t the new BLACK  this season!  It looks like Facial Plastic Surgery IS the new BLACK in 2016.

2015 and heading into early 2016, facial plastic surgery has gained a tremendous popularity; what’s more, it seems to be a very open topic. Patients, especially women aren’t hiding anymore. Even in Dr. Castillo’s mid-west conservative Cosmetic Plastic Surgery practice, it seems to me that “don’t ask, don’t tell” has changed to “hey, I just told my girlfriend about my facial plastic surgery experience and she will be in your office next week for a consultation.” Over the past year, facelifts https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/face-lift.cfm have become our most popular surgery. We are currently doing more facial plastic surgery than breast augmentations!

So why has facial plastic surgery become the hot ticket, mainstream item of today? Why is facial plastic surgery more acceptable in 2015-2016 then in the past? Why are more patients willing to share the very information we as Cosmetic Plastic Surgery professionals go to great lengths to keep confidential for them? So confidential in fact, that in the high-tech year of 2016, we still use only paper charts. We do not keep any patient records online as other healthcare facilities do today.

Well, I’m not a behavioral expert, so I can only speculate… Of course, there is the idea that baby-boomers make the largest segment of the population and they fall within the age category for most face lifts, but I think that is only a small part of the equation as the baby-boomer factor has been relative for years and this seems to be a new phenomenon.

I think that women are more empowered today than they were even 10-15 years ago. They hold high-powered positions in the work place, they are now often the bread-winner, and are more regarded as equals then ever before.   I think this has given many women the voice to openly discuss and go after what they want and need to improve their quality of life. They have gotten a taste of what a self-improvement can do for their quality of life whether it be obtaining a personal exercise coach, dental work, hair color or a face lift. Instead of trying to hide their decisions, they are now speaking out to say “I love my results and I’m so happy I did this for myself!” They want to share their personal joy and are willing to let their friends in on their secret so they too can reap the rewards of self-improvement.

We also have to consider the power of media. Plastic surgeons are being interviewed and quoted in top magazines regularly, discussing the latest advances in procedures and techniques. Celebrities are more open about having cosmetic procedures. There are multiple TV shows about cosmetic surgery (though some a little unrealistic for my taste) that take the viewer through the journey.

Caitlyn Jenner, although not your typical plastic surgery case, has brought much attention to cosmetic surgery and the changes that can be accomplished to help one meet their goals. All of these things make it more relative to the average person just wanting to look and feel their best. It show’s us that there are numerous surgical and non-surgical options and we can have some say on how we age and how we take care of our body, our health, our skin; our over-all appearance.

Dr. Castillo’s patient’s appreciate the natural, “less-obvious,” well-rested, youthful look that he has built his reputation on. Patients often tell me that they are so amazed that no one has figured out that they had facial surgery (that’s the sign off really good surgery by the way!). There friends just notice how great or well-rested they look. Most just assume they got a new hair cut or a new mattress. Recently, I have had several patients share with me the idea that they had no intension of telling anyone about their surgery or skin rejuvenation procedure, but after surgery, they found themselves so happy with their decision and results and have gained so much self-assurance that are now confidence enough to share their story with their friends and say “yes, I had a facelift and if your interested, I’ll be happy to give you the name of my surgeon.”

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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309-662-0436 Bloomington

Elf Ears After A Facelift

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On occasion, a patient will come into my Champaign-Urbana Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center searching for advice on how to fix their “elf ears” after having a facelift elsewhere.

The normal expectation after a facelift is to obtain a more youthful appearance by improving of issues like jowls, neck folds, sagging skin etc but what about surprises like distorted ear lobes often called “elf” ears, “pixie” ears or “witches”ears?  This can occur during a facelift procedure when the ear lobe is pulled down and lacks the right angle between the lower portion of the lobe and the facial / neck area below it.

While some surgeons can produce this type of  unfortunate result / complication which is a tell tail sign that you just had a facelift with an undesirable outcome, I find it easy to correct with a natural looking end result.

The reason “elf ears” can occur after a facelift is because there is too much tension at the junction between the lowest part of the ear and the face – something that an experienced facial plastic surgeon would NOT do.  To correct this issue, I generally remake the lower incision without removing any skin and elevate the lower facial skin to a fixed point in the firm deep tissue (Parotid Facia).  This elevates the earlobe and returns the natural, round shape to the previously stretched earlobe releasing the downward pull of the earlobe.

This simple correction can be performed under local anesthesia and the patient is quickly back to normal daily activity.

Dr. G. D. Castillo

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G. D. Castillo, M.D. FACS
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER                                                                    https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Lifestyle Lift Goes Bankrupt

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Lifestyle Lift Goes Bankrupt 

Many of us are familiar with the heavily advertised “Lifestyle Lift,” a so called “corporate facelift factory” that generated many headaches for many plastic surgeons having to treat or correct problems created by second-rate surgical procedures done in centers affiliated with Lifestyle Lift.

Unfortunately, in my Cosmetic Plastic Surgery practices in Savoy and Bloomington, I have seen numerous Lifestyle Lift patients with poor results who were seeking corrections of their Lifestyle Lift from an experienced Board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. This past March, the national chain filed for bankruptcy and the million-dollar per week advertising campaign that fueled their operation seized to exist.

The idea that hundreds of complaints have been filed over the course of their operation isn’t surprising.  The idea that you can pick a sophisticated surgical procedure that was described for over a hundred years and evolve it into a cut-rate, under-developed procedure and market it under your own corporate name sounds absurd but it is indeed what happened!  Imagine that you pick up colonoscopy and begin centers marketing “Lifestyle Colonoscopy” as something revolutionary, better, more special and then channel patient’s to your centers. Would we as physicians support that?

As physicians, we would not; because when we find a modification to a surgery that is an advancement for science, what we do is inform, publish and teach this modification or improvement to all the world for the benefit of everyone.  In the case of the “Lifestyle Lift,” it appears it was done for enrichment and financial gain of the corporate leadership, not medical advancement.

The sad part is that there was nothing new or better about the Lifestyle Lift.  It was just a marketing plot that deceptively hurt consumers.  Misinformed consumerism came at large price for many who were dooped by such an unethical marketing presentation.  The poor results generated from the lack of training, technique, patient safety practices, patient screening, and the lack of thorough pre & post-op care that sometimes occurred in these Lifestyle Lift affiliated centers resulted in a flood of complaints, complications and lawsuits against the “corporate facelift factory that can be found listed all over the internet  such as the list of complains at

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/doctors/dr_lifestyle_lift.html

 

They will not be missed!

 

Sincerely,

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 9/11/12

 

 

 

 

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY                                                                      https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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MINIMIZING 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 truly 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 in an unwanted bruise. Typical 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 EXPERCISE

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 Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

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

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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309-662-0436 Bloomington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options For The Aging Face

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

During the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Meeting in San Diego, it was stated that the AAFPRS had recently released a new study that found 39% of women were most worried about sagging cheeks or under eye bags, while 33% of women were most worried about lines and wrinkles.  28% of women were most worried about the “turkey neck” effect.

Being a women (and working with an incredible mentor and internationally-renown facial plastic surgeon for years; G.D. Castillo, M.D.) these stats come as no surprise to me.  Of course we women worry sagging cheeks, under eye bags, wrinkles, and the dreaded t-t-t-turkey neck.  It’s normal to want to be the best version of ourselves!  Stop for a minute and think about the women in your life who make a real effort to look their best, exercise, eat healthy.  Those people get things done!  They enjoy life! They are advancing in their careers, moving forward in their personal lives, involved in the community. They are movers and shakers. Looking good and feeling good about how you look is a true life motivator.

I cannot think of single women I know who is excited about the arrival of the next sign of aging. We are always scanning the mirror at home or in the car to make sure we look good – checking for lettuce in our teeth, smeared lip stick, dark circles that might need camouflaging… you know the drill.  For those  who say that’s simply being vain, well, maybe, but in my opinion a little vanity is a great thing. I think it means you care about how you represent yourself.  To me that is self respect.  Something we should all have because we all deserve it.  After all, if we don’t respect ourselves, who will?

I remember when my youngest daughter was about four years old.  She always had a way put a positive spin on things, always encouraging and complimenting others. We were on the floor playing a matching game when she looked at me and said “Wow mommie, the hair right here on the top of your head is shiny white.  Mommie, you are doing a great job at that!”  Cute as that was, you better believe my head was covered in chocolate expresso hair color with in the hour!

We all know aging is inevitable but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it gracefully with no attempt to slow the process.  This blog is called “Anti-Aging” with Grace after all.

Well not to worry (besides worrying just causes frown lines and then everyone thinks your angry all the time).  With the advances in technologies and the growing experience in plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation at your disposal, you have both surgical and non-surgical options available to wash your worries and your wrinkles away!  

SAGGING CHEEKS:

  • Non-surgical options

1. Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume loss in sagging cheeks.

  • Surgical options
  • 1.  A facelift – Fortunately, today facelifts are really customized for the individual’s needs.  There are Mini-facelifts, which is a limited facelift generally indicated in someone with early signs of aging (late 30’s to late 50’s) and are most effective in people with facial aging rather than neck aging.  Mid-facelifts, which elevate of the mid portion of the face. This type of facelift is needed in patients that have either facial sagging or lacking facial volume in the second 1/3rd of the face. Traditional facelifts are the treatment of choice for those who have of both the sagging of the cheek and the neck area.***Keep in mind that when sagging tissue is present, non-surgical results will not compare to the results of surgical removal of tissue, which is the hallmark of any kind of surgical facelift.

UNDER EYE BAGS:

  • Non-surgical options –
  1.  Try cutting out salt and preservatives from your diet for one month.  Observe over the month whether or not the bags disappear or reduce to a tolerable state. Salt / preservatives are found in prepared foods such as those you purchase from a deli or restaurant and in canned or boxed foods and can be responsible for puffy under-eye bags. If you see considerable improvement, you may be able to avoid partaking in the options below just by avoiding salt and preservatives.
  2.  Dermal fillers Hyaluronic acids (Restylane, Perlane, and Juvaderm) can be used fill in depressed curves that form between the cheek and the bag to provide a more natural, youthful contour.
  3.  CO2 Micro-fractional laser resurfacing can help to tighten the lower eyelid skin but it will not improve excess fat deposits.
  • Surgical options

       1.   Lower Eye Lid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – This may include the removal of fat from the lower lid area or the transplant of fat to the area depending on the needs of the patient.

FINE LINES AND WRINKLES:

  • Non-surgical options
  1. CO2 Micro-fractional laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive treatment that typically produces the best non-surgical results for fine lines and wrinkles.  It will also remove brown spots and other pigment and texture changes that often present along with lines and wrinkles.
  2. Botox® can be used to smooth out lines and wrinkles of the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes.
  3. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane®, orRadiesse® can be used to replace volume and fill in lines and wrinkles.
  • Surgical options
  1. CO2 full face laser resurfacing, (not to be confused with CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser resurfacing) can smooth out lines, wrinkles, tighten the skin, increase collagen, improve poor texture and pigment issues, and unwanted spider veins. If you are experiencing structural sagging a facelift or cheek lift may be done simultaneously.
  2. Facelift– As individuals age, they tend develop lines an wrinkles caused by loose skin and lax underlying muscle structure. A Rhytidectomy or facelift is designed to remove loose skin and tighten lax underlying structures which result in a lasting, more youthful appearance.
  3. Fat Transplantation can sometimes be used to replace volume loss of the face, relieving the lines that have developed due to loss of facial fat that can happen during the aging process.

TURKEY NECK:

  • Non-surgical options –
  1. Beyond managing your weight and avoiding the yo-yo weight effect along with protecting your skin from UV radiation to preserve collagen and elastin, your best bet is a trip to the O.R.  Once you develop a turkey waddle, there is not much in line of non-surgical options that provide true improvement.
  • Surgical options –
  1. Neck lift – This procedure is often combined with a cheek lift. The typical neck lift or neck/cheek lift consists of a modified type of facelift in which the main emphasis is to tighten the muscle structure and remove as much excess neck skin and fatty tissue as possible, resulting in a smooth, youthful contour of the neck, jawline, and lower face.
  2.  Chin implant surgery – also known as a mentoplasty is needed when a patient has a short mandible or recessed chin. The lack of adequate bone structure tends to accentuate jowls and loose, sagging skin around the neck.
  3. Neck liposculpture – This may be all that is needed to correct a double chin or turkey neck.  During this procedure, fatty tissue is removed via liposuction and the musculature of the neck is tightened to create a defined jawline. In some instances, neck liposculpture may be combined with a chin implant to correct a recessed chin. Patients can return to work within 3 to 4 days.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skincare and Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

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

https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Only A Facelift Will Help You Now!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I think it is safe to estimate that at least once a week a patient, friend or family member asks what I know about the latest and greatest dream cream advertised as a “facelift  in a jar”  they’ve seen on tv, in a magazine, on a billboard or heard about from their mother-in-law.  So what I know about dream creams is that they are just that “a dream.”  I know I could say this in a more gentle way but truthfully, just look at the photos below of a facelift performed by G.D.Castillo, M.D. in his Champaign, Illinois cosmetic surgery practice.

Do you really believe an anti-aging cream can do all this?

Before

 

After

If you are to the point in your aging process that you want or need a facelift; then have a facelift.  There are worse ways to spend your money, like on cream that is NOT a facelift.  Skincare products are NOT a replacement for a facelift.  They are accompaniments.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am a big fan of medical-grade skincare.  It’s a necessity, right up there with air, food, Stilettos, and Botox.  It has not only done wonders for my skin personally but for hundreds of Dr. Castillo’s patients who are faithful in sticking to their regimen every day.

Medical-grade skincare products are part of daily at-home maintenance.  The use of effective daily skincare (I’m talking the good stuff – medical-grade, physician supervised, available only at your cosmetic or plastic surgeon office or a good dermatology office) along with occasional non-ablative skincare treatments when needed can help you buy some time in your aging process but once your there, well… your there.  Only a facelift will help you now.

I can completely understand why people would want to go gaga over the latest dream cream.  It would be ideal to avoid having surgery, or having to admit that you had surgery, to avoid the recovery process, the days off work that could be better spent sipping a cocktail under a palm tree somewhere. I get it.  However,  the reason to have surgery for most individuals, male and female, trumps the negatives every time.  I read somewhere that wrinkles are the road map of our lives, that they make us look distinguished, more worldly and wise.  I’m pretty sure they just make us look tired and old.  And if my face is my calling card, well that isn’t the message I want to send. “Hi, I’m Roxanne; tired and old, pleased to meet you.”

So what can a facelift accomplish, besides helping get your grove back?  In a nutshell, a facelift restores your youth.  It will remove your jowls and turkey neck, tighten your sagging muscle structure, lift the cheeks or mid-face and remove any loose, sagging skin. A facelift is sometimes combined with a brow lift or upper and lower lip surgery known as a blepharoplasty or with a chin implant https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/chin-surgery.cfm to correct a receding chin and create a beautiful, youthful jawline. Unfortunately, a  facelift cannot improve the condition of sun damaged skin. You will need COlaser resurfacing or CO Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing http://www.mixtoskinresurfacing.com/ for that along with a medical-grade sunblock.

If you are at a point where you are considering a facelift then do your homework on the surgeons available in your area. Seek only qualified, board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeons.  Have more than one consultation.  And my best advice for today…when you are at your consultation, check out the staff.  Do they “look” like they have had work done because chances are they have. You can usually see an artistic theme… natural looking beauty, elegant, conservative, refreshed and well rested, glamorous or as our patients refer to it – “Hollywood”…over-plumped, over-stretched, over-done.  What is it that you are looking for? Observing a surgeons staff is one of the best ways I know to decide if your potential surgeon’s artistic views match your own.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skin & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

 

 

MEDICAL CREDIT – ARE YOUR RESOURCES PROTECTED?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

 

          A medical credit card (dedicated solely to health purchases) can be a handy item in our wallets.   Like most existing lines of credit, it allows us to obtain the services we want, when we want them, and separates an inconvenient outlay of cash into smaller payments made over time.  Unlike procedure-specific (one time) medical financing, once this line of credit has been established, as the debt is repaid, the line of credit is available to you for reuse according to your needs and desires.

Maybe you’ve been considering a procedure with Dr. Castillo, such as facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation or liposuction; or perhaps you’ve been waiting for the “sun season” to end and want to schedule the laser resurfacing skin rejuvenation that you’ve dreamed of.  Sometimes patients request financing options or want to take advantage of an interest-free credit offer.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, Illinois Plastic Surgeon, G. D. Castillo, MD, investigated all the revolving medical credit card possibilities before choosing Care Credit as the only dedicated-medical-use card that we process.  Of prime consideration in this decision was the level of financial security for our patients built into their system.  How secure is your Care Credit purchase at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, you ask?  Extremely secure, we answer!

You’ve probably become accustomed to the cavalier acceptance of credit/debit cards and bank checks that has become commonplace.  Have you wondered why your bank check is given back to you at the time of purchase from some larger merchants?  It’s because using a check at these establishments is similar to utilizing a debit card.  The tendered amount is electronically confirmed as available at the register, and deducted from your account at the time of purchase.  The advent of immediate electronic fund transfers has all but made ID checking obsolete.  This may protect the merchant during the exchange, but how does it protect you?  When was the last time a cashier asked you for identification when you handed over your bank check or credit card for payment?  In my personal experience, it’s been rare for a very long time and that’s not a good thing.   I make it a point to say “thank you” when a cashier takes the time to look at my credit card signature or ask for additional ID.

When it comes to personal finances, purchasing convenience (although important) is not my first concern.  What is most important to me is:

 

  1. Security
  2. More Security
  3. ADDITIONAL SECURITY

Did you know that every Care Credit transaction must be done in person by an authorized cardholder and requires two additional forms of identification to be presented at the time of purchase?  Did you know that the person processing the transaction has to record the IDs utilized during this step and that the cardholder has to acknowledge via signature that this additional security step has been taken.  This process is required for each and every transaction, regardless of how familiar the cardholder is to the processor.

For these reasons, if done correctly, you should never experience over-the-phone Care Credit transactions and you should never hear “that’s okay, your information is on file.”

I know that this may sound inconvenient to some in our fast-paced, “I want it yesterday” society, but when it comes to personal finances, security trumps convenience every time – our patient’s investment in themselves both deserves and demands our protection of their financial resources.

So, when you call in a mail order and are told that we no longer have access to the credit card number you utilized yesterday, or you see me glance at the front and back of your card before processing payment, please understand that your security is our prime concern.