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PREPARING FOR YOUR RHINOPLASTY

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Congratulations! You have just made a decision that is going to change the way you see yourself! Now that you have decided to move forward with nasal surgery, there are a few things to consider.

To Tell or Not To Tell…

  • One of the biggest concerns patients typically have is what to tell their family and friends. You are not obligated to tell anyone anything, unless you want to. It is a very personal choice and one only you can make. I will stress however, the idea that it is a VERY rare occasion when a patient tells us that someone was even suspicious that they had a Rhinoplasty. I know it’s hard to imagine that you could have a surgery that creates such a wonderful facial balance and your closest friends won’t notice, but it’s true! I have heard it over and over again from patients that while they receive so many “wow, you look great!” comments, no one suspects a rhinoplasty, just a new hair cut or color, weight loss, a refreshing vacation or better sleep. Since Dr. Castillo performs a closed Rhinoplasty for nearly all his patients, there are no outside incisions which makes it very difficult for anyone to determine that you have had a Rhinoplasty.

Personal Arrangements To Consider:

  • You will need to make arrangements for a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery.
  • Make arrangements for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • If you have children or pets, you will need someone to help care for them for the first few days. It is best to avoid any situation where pets or small children could bump into your nose unexpectedly and cause displacement.
  • Because many of our patients travel a distance to see us, Dr. Castillo has made special arrangements with a local hotel favorite; The I-Hotel in Champaign, IL to offer our patients a discounted “CASTILLO STAYCATION” package. This special package includes transportation from our office to the hotel the day of surgery, dinner and breakfast for two, and your hotel accommodations. Our staff will be happy to assist in those arrangements.

 10 Days Before Surgery:

Discontinue all NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) along with the supplements listed below as they are all blood thinners:

  • Aspirin      •Ibuprophen      •Motrin       •Advil       •Aleve     •Fish Oil       •Vitamin E

If you are unsure if a medication or vitamin supplements contains any of these ingredients, please call our office or your pharmacist for clarification.

  • SMOKERS: We suggest that you stop smoking 10-14 days prior to surgery as it can reduce your chances of complications.

Your Pre-Op Visit:

You will be scheduled for a pre-operative visit about 7-10 days prior to your surgery. During this appointment, Dr. Castillo will review your surgical plan and expectations for recovery. You will have an opportunity to ask any final questions of Dr. Castillo. He will listen you’re your heart and lungs, draw lab work, and take your before photos. You may also be given a prescription for pain at this time though most of your patients just use OTC Tylenol as there is typically very little discomfort associated with a Rhinoplasty.

 

 

 

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

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What To Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Consult:

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Think of your Rhinoplasty consultation as a fact-finding mission. This is the time to ask as many questions as you need to be able to decide whether Rhinoplasty is right for you. It is also important to determine whether or not the cosmetic plastic surgeon is a good match for you as well.

Questions to ask during your consultation:

  1. Is your Dr. board-certified? Which board-certifications does he/she hold? Is he or she certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery?
  2. What is his surgical training background? Did he train in head and neck surgery?
  3. How many Rhinoplasties has the surgeon performed?
  4. What is his/her revision rate?
  5. Does the surgeon believe you are a good candidate for nasal surgery?
  6. Will Rhinoplasty accomplish the changes you desire?
  7. What changes can you expect from this surgery?
  8. Will the surgeon be performing an open or closed technique?
  9. What will your recovery process be like?
  10. Are there risks you should be aware?
  11. Is there anything you should do to prepare for your surgery?

If you are having a Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Castillo, you will be asked to fill out a brief registration form. Then one of clinical/surgical staff members will ask a few questions and review your list of your current prescribed medications, allergies, past surgeries and dates. You will then meet with Dr. Castillo. This is your chance to convey the changes you would like to see.

During your consultation, Dr. Castillo will consider all of your facial features; the shape of your face, the width of your cheek and position of your eyes. He will evaluate the internal and external structures of your nose; the bones, cartilage, and your breathing function. All of these factors come together along with your ethnic background to help Dr. Castillo determine which shape and size will bring the most balance to your face. He will show you some before and after photos of similar noses and outcomes and will discuss your surgical options in detail. You will leave your consultation with a full understanding of what you should expect from your surgery and recovery process.

There is no pressure to make decision during your consultation. We encourage you to take some time to think about all the information you collected. Think about your experience with Dr. Castillo, our facility, and our staff. Is our team a good match for you? Was it easy to communicate with Dr. Castillo? Did he help you establish realistic expectations?

Before                 After

Once you have thought it over, if you decide we are the right choice for you, we will be here to help in any way we can. Now of course we often have patients who choose to schedule their surgery before they leave their consultation so if you know that we are right facility and rhinoplasty is the right procedure for you, then we happy to set up appointments for your pre-op, surgery and post-operative appointments for you before our leave our office.

Once you have scheduled surgery, you will receive a packet in the mail with instructions on how to prepare for your surgery so be sure to be on the look out for it.   If you have any questions, we are only a phone call away.

 

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

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Maintaining Healthy Looking Skin

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to chooseeffective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor in your area who specializes in facial aging such as a Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Cosmetic or facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons will have a specially trained Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself, that work under that physician to help guide patients in their skincare needs.

My job is to take the guesswork out of the equation. Most often, patients come to consultation very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t for them.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we listen to your concerns and goals. Then we talk about the options you may have.  During this time, you get lots of useful information to help you understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for your particular skin issues.

Then an at-home, medical-grade skincare product regimen is customized just for you! You can expect a detailed explanation of what each product does, in which order they should be applied, and how to best maintain your results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions you may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or info-mercials as much of that information can be misleading.

 

My second recommendation:

Choose only products that have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer white papers from non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDIES for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, probably never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work as promised by your late night TV host, right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels at a similar or even better price than you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is generally tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness, most over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore, you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved and each ingredient are listed and in order of quantity as well.

I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the science-based knowledge to know the difference.

 

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

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Purging Your Make-up

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

How long has it been since you’ve sorted through your make-up bag or make-up drawer or for some of us… maybe an off-site make-up storage unit that your husband knows nothing about…?

Recently, I had a conversation with my oldest daughter who shared with me that in preparation for her upcoming move, she was doing a purge of the things she no longer needed or used. In a very proud voice she said “I just threw away my bag of make-up from high school.” Ummm… high school??! I couldn’t believe she had hung on to that bag for so long. She has moved four times since high school. Surely there was an earlier opportunity, but she said, she “just wasn’t ready to say goodbye” until that day.

So I decided maybe I should check out my own make-up collection.

Now, I as a rule love to purge. Nothing puts me in a state of euphoria faster purging things I don’t need. If I haven’t used something for 6 months – it’s gone! No hoarding here. But I must say…when it comes to make-up, well…I might have found a “few” souveniers from memories past that I was still holding on to as well. In my defense, working at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, I have daily access to lots, and lots and lots of quality, beautifying, stimulating, feel good, hey look at me, pick me up, try me on, take me home make-up. The temptations are endless! 🙁

So this blog is a challenge! Since spring is the perfect time to start fresh, I challenge you to gather up all of your make-up and remove the excessive make-up madness from your life. Now, I recognize that you have both a financial and emotional investment in your cosmetic collection. I’m not asking you to throw everything out – I am not a make-up monster! Remember who is blogging here…I love make-up, and as it turns out… even more than I love purging! Lol.

Just purge the stuff you do not use: the broken stuff, the dirty stuff, the stuff that wasn’t your best color choice, the stuff that smells a little wonky, the stuff that is almost gone, and of course, everything that is past its shelf life; skin health comes first!

This challenge will probably involve a few sentimental trips down memory lane… I came across a green glitter eye shadow trio that my daughter (at about age 7, now 21) was convinced I would look totally amazing in and had to buy during a mother daughter date night. Well, what mom could I say no to that purchase!

I suspect you’re likely holding on to a few mementos of makeup’s past as well. Don’t let them continue to clutter up your make-up collection! Hold on to your memories, not your make-up!

You are on a quest to keep only the pieces that empower you. You know which ones they are! Bobbi Brown once said “I believe all women are pretty without make-up – and all women can be pretty powerful with the right make-up.” For me, on tough days, I know can accomplish anything with a combination of the right pair of power pumps and the perfect shade of lipstick!”

Now I wouldn’t ask you to do something I haven’t already done myself so before writing this blog, I did a little painful purging of my own. This is how I decided which make- up to preserve and which make-up to pitch:

THE HUNT:  I gathered up all of my make-up. ALL OF IT! Wow! What I found is that I have several make up bags broken down into categories and some random make-up stashes as well:

  • Everyday make-up bag
    • One for spring – summer make-up shades
    • One for fall – winter make-up shades
  • Travel make-up bag
  • Work-make-up bag
  • Car make-up bag
  • Bag of extra make-up that doesn’t fit in my everyday bag.
  • And a few scattered touch up pieces I found in my purse, a kitchen drawer, in special occasion hand bags, in the console of my car, my night stand…a drawer in my laundry room (now, I don’t know why I needed Jet Setter red lipstick my laundry room but apparently I feel the need to be prepared for any occasion, even folding socks… lol).

SORT IT ALL OUT:

  • Once it gathered it all,  I spread it across my counter where I could see every single piece. I divided them into piles of eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip colors, blushes, foundations, concealers, etc…

LET THE PURGING BEGIN:

  • First, I tossed everything that was broken, dirty or near empty.
  • Then I tossed out anything I had not worn in the last year.

(About here is when the euphoria of purging began to set in & it got a lot easierJ)

  • Then I tossed anything that was beyond the shelf life.
  • Then I tossed everything I thought I needed at the time of purchase but then found it just wasn’t for me.

RE-ALLOCATE:

  • I selected just 5 touch up pieces to put back in my “work place make-up bag (one foundation, one concealer, a blush, a lipstick and a mini eye shadow compact) and
  • 4 pieces for my purse (a luster brick, a black eye liner, a lip crayon and a lip gloss. Okay… full disclosure…and two new lip glosses from our new spring color collection for my car console.

THE TEST:

  • I put everything else in a box, a big box. I kept the box on my bathroom sink for three days. If I took an item out of the box and applied it, then it earned a spot in my everyday make up bag. After the 72-hour selection period, I placed the items left in the box in my closet for one month. If I was missing something that I really needed, I retrieved it from the box, used it and only then could it gain a place back in my everyday bag. At the end of the month, I purged everything left in the box. Time for a fresh start!

And…All that hard work paid off because now I have space for the fabulous spring colors we just got in!

After a few new spring color purchases, my everyday make-up collection resulted in:

  • 1 Luxe liquid foundation
  • 1 eyeliner in black and navy blue
  • 1 Luxe setting powder
  • •1 luster brick
  • 1 pressed powder foundation
  • 1 concealer
  • 2 blush colors
  • 1 contour kit
  • 1 eye brow kit
  • 3 cream stay eye shadow sticks
  • 3 lip gloss colors
  • 2 lip liner
  • 3 lip stick
  • 1 eye shadow compact
  • 4 lip crayons
  • 1 mascara
  • 1 hydration mist

Through out your purging process, keep an eye out for that ONE item that holds the most sentimental value, and if it really means that much to you, keep it. Laying in bottom of my make up bag was a keepsake I just couldn’t part with.  It is the lipstick I wore the night I was first kissed by the greatest man I’ll even know. It makes me smile every time I see it, so why keep it in the bottom of my bag? I think instead, I’ll showcase it in a lit display in my home. I hope you find the perfect spot to highlight your special memory too.

 

 

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

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My Airbrush Tanning Experience

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Unless you’ve been avoiding television, magazines, newspapers and social media for the last decade, I think it’s safe to say you’ve heard that UV radiation from both sun exposure and tanning beds are known to cause pre-mature skin aging, skin cancer, even death.

Tanning beds are known carcinogens!

The three things that skincare patients will always here from me are:

  1. “If you do nothing else for yourself or for the health and beauty of your skin; wear medical grade, physical sunscreen every single day, 365 days a year, for the rest of your life.
  2. Re-apply your sunscreen often and generously.
  3. Avoid sun exposure whenever possible.”

If you’ve spent anytime in consultation with me at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, then you know I am a proponent for healthy skin. I spend my days helping others turn their sun-damaged skin into a smooth, clear, healthy canvas featuring their natural skin tone, free of pigmentation with a high level of light reflectivity and smooth texture.

Signs of sun damaged skin: brown spots, lines, wrinkles, sagging, dullness, rough texture

UV radiation from both tanning beds and the sun will rob that natural beauty by leaving it’s unflattering signature behind in the form of unwanted pigmentation or brown spots, lines, wrinkles, sagging, broken vessels, facial redness, rough texture and sometimes cancerous skin lesions. These signs may not show up right away but if you are not protecting your skin, they will catch you off guard at some point, no matter your skin type.

Through the use of Castillo MD Skin Science skincare products, sun protection and in-office skin rejuvenation treatments, our patients are seeing for themselves that well cared-for, clear, even toned, smooth, radiant skin can be more beautiful than tanned skin and is worth protecting!

 

If you are one of those people who think tanned skin is more attractive than natural-toned skin, a spray tan is a way to accomplish that look without putting your skin’s health at risk. Many past sun worshipers are now searching for alternative ways to appear sun-kissed when they have a special event coming up. They frequently ask for recommendations for self-tanners or spray tans for upcoming weddings, vacations, and class reunions.

I decided to investigate to options of self-tanners on the market and spray tans available in our area. Truthfully, once I researched the self-tanners for at home use, I couldn’t bring myself to try them. It seemed WAY too complicated with lots of opportunity for error considering my inexperience! I didn’t want to risk being blotchy or streaked, or umpa-lumpa orange.

That left spray tan booths and airbrushed spray tans to consider. In recalling my single experience with a spray tan booth about 15 years ago, I was reminded why I never opted for another spray tan. I was in a spray booth, cold, naked and alone without professional direction. It is impossible to hold your breath the whole time, so breathing in some of the solution is unavoidable, unless maybe you’re a fish. As I gasped for a quick breath, I got a mouth full of spray tan solution! Not good! My “tan” was blotchy in areas, which may have been a result of improper exfoliation in certain areas were my skin was drier (between fingers, ankles, the underside of my writs) but also on my lower legs which was not expected :-(. So… I ruled out volunteering for a duplicate of that experience, even though I realize it’s quite possible booths have improved over the years.

Airbrush tan it is then! I spoke in depth with Kristen, the owned of Body Bronze in Champaign. I decided to try a professional airbrush spray tan instead. I liked that the spray is controlled by a technician, similar to being spray-painted. They can give you direction along the way, “turn this way, hold your breath, breath now…” which put my worries to ease. I did not ingest any mist.

The rooms were equipped with ventilation systems to remove the mist immediately. Kristen explained that their FDA-approved solutions are all gluten-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic and come in different shades to meet the needs of each individual. Together we determined that the sun-kissed to light, quick dry application would best meet my goals.

It was a quick, easy, process, a little chilly. I was given a specific time to shower (which you will definitely want to factor in before making your appointment!) and away I went. I felt a little sticky afterwards and was alarmed (though Kristen warned me) by how dark I appeared as the solution was setting. She assured me that when I showered, the dark color would rinse off and it did. By morning, I had a nice, even sun-kissed glow just in time to catch my plane for Hawaii.

I was concerned about whether or not the tan would fade evenly as I would be on vacation for 10 days. Kristen recommended I take a small bottle of Body Blendz Touch-Up spray with me just in case. My tan faded quite evenly so I did not need to use it. However, it’s nice to know there is a touch-up spray available.

While I remain a firm believer that well cared for, protected, original skin tones (color) are most beautiful, it was fun to change things up and experience a sun-kissed glow for a few days.

Stay tuned to my blog as I will share the lessons I have learned during my adventure with spray tanning and discuss the things you should know before your next fake bake.

Sincerely,

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

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309-662-0436 Bloomington

Solutions For Seven Sins Of Skincare

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Fabulous skin is in at any age!  While most of us  want to look our best and avoid pre-mature skin aging, sometimes we commit skincare skins that defeat our goals without even realizing it.  Here are a few skin sins that we share with our skin rejuvenation patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center.

  • Sin #1 – Unprotected sun exposure:

Apply a physical suncreen– every single day, without fail, that’s 365 days a year… every year.  You get the picture 🙂  UV radiation is non-discriminatory.  It will hunt down your skin winter, spring, summer and fall.  It doesn’t care if its sunny or cloudy so daily protection and re-application are key.  Treat this step as part of your daily morning routine, just like brushing your teeth, even when you are not going outside.  This will help establish a habit so that on busy mornings you will be less likely to forget.

  • Sin #2 – Not cleaning your skin after a workout:

Clean your skin after exercising – Washing your skin right after your work-out will help to prevent clogged pores, break-outs, and irritations. If you are  like many people who do not shower at the gym, then keep a tub of Clear Skin Pads by Castillo MD Skin Science in your gym bag. Whisk one across your face at the end of your workout. These triple-action, maximum-strength corrective pads help rid your skin of pore-clogging oils, sweat and debris after your workout. This decreases blackheads and whiteheads and help prevent future breakouts.

  • Sin #3 – SMOKING:

Stop smoking – Among other health concerns, smoking reduces circulation and the oxygen levels in your blood which also effects your skin. It can result in pre-mature aging. Smoking can effect the smoothness, texture and tone of your skin, producing wrinkles, rough texture, and a grayish dull tone. Be sure to avoid second hand smoke as well as it is also very damaging to your skin.

  • Sin #4 – Picking at blemishes:

Do not pick! – I repeat, DO NOT pick at blemishes.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we suggest our patients begin a custom regimen of medical grade acne skin care products to reduce or rid their breakouts, thus removing the temptation to pick! Picking can create permanent scarring or changes in pigmentation. Our patients have great success with Castillo MD Skin Science acne products like the  Medicated Cleansing Mousse, Acne Control Serum and Clear Skin Pads.

  • Sin #5 – Dead Skin Build Up:

Exfoliate your skin – Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week with a microdermabrasion shower scrub.  Treat yourself to a medical microdermabrasion once a month to keep your complexion free of dead cells and looking smooth and bright.

  • Sin #6 – Mistreatment of your hands:

Be nice to your hands -Treat your skin and nails with care.  Wear gloves when lifting heavy objects or working outside.  Avoid using your nails or fingers to do things like open box tops.  There are actually special tools for that! Avoid washing your hands to hot water.  Wash with warm water instead.  Hot water can be very drying to your skin. Apply moisturizer after each wash.  Remember to apply sunscreen to your hands daily; just driving in the car exposes them to a significant amount of UV radiation which can cause brown spots and pre-mature aging of your hands.

  • Sin #7 –  Going to bed with your make-up on: 

At the very least, cleanse and moisturize before bed – It is so easy to just crawl into bed without removing your make-up after a long day when your energy is zapped but your skin begs of you to resist the temptation.  Going to bed with your make-up on makes it nearly impossible for your skin to perform its nightly duties like natural sloughing, repair and regeneration. Remember that your skin has had a busy day too.  If you are good to your skin; your skin will be good to you!

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA

Skincare and Laser Specialist

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

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800-252-7123 (within IL)

217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL

309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

 

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!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

What To Expect After Level III Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Recovering from Level III CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be an exercise in patience and faith; but if you’re concerned by wrinkles, rough texture or acne scars, it can also be one of the most rewarding decisions you will make for yourself. Knowing what to expect in advance is key to having a more peaceful recovery.

Day 1-7

It’s start with most prominent question first –

WILL I BE IN PAIN AFTER MY SURGERY???

This surgery is not particularly “painful.” You will experience a sunburn sensation that comes and goes over the first few days and your skin will be tender to touch. You can expect some swelling as well. With in 7 days, these sensitivities should be resolved.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE FIRST 7 DAYS OF MY RECOVERY?

Once your surgery is complete, you will spend about 1/1/2 hours in the recovery room with your personal recovery staff member (that’s me). You will find yourself in a very comfortable recliner with warm air system to keep you cozy. We will go over your at-home instructions in detail with you and your caregiver and answer any questions you may have.

You will leave Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in a facial bandage with opening for your eyes, nose and mouth. You will be sent home with a special post-laser ointment. You will apply this ointment to any areas where your skin is not covered by your bandage such as around the lips, nose and eyelids.

24 hours after your surgery you will return to our office to have your bandages removed. We will apply an ointment to your skin and apply a new bandage for another 24 hours.

48 hours after your surgery, you will return to our office for the second post op visit. At this visit Dr. Castillo will remove your bandage permanently. Now that your bandage is off, your main job at home is to keep your skin covered with a special post-laser ointment for the next 5-6 days and of course to avoid ALL sun exposure. We will review your post op instructions again and answer any questions you or your family may have. And remember we are always here if you have a question.

On day 6 or 7, you will return to our office for your third post-op visit. You will be healed at this point but your skin will still be red or pink. But that’s okay… Get ready to fell like a new person!! It’s camouflage day!!!DSC_0465
After visiting with Dr. Castillo, you will be escorted back to our skincare suite – the fun room!!   Here you will meet with me, the skincare and laser specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. This is an important step in feeling more like yourself! It’s tough hiding out for a week but by the time you leave the office today you will be ready for a lunch date! You will be amazed at how easy it can be to cover any signs of redness with the proper cosmetics and technique. Don’t worry; we will get you set up with everything you need to look fabulous at your next social event!

DSC_0568During this camouflage appointment, you also learn how to prevent future sun damage and how to properly maintain your new radiant, smooth skin in the short term and in the long term. It will be imperative that you avoid sun exposure for the next 6 months, as your skin will be very sun sensitive. This means we recommend you always use a wide-brim hat, UV protective sunglasses and apply Castillo MD Skin Science Physical Defense, Prime Defense or Sun Defense sunscreen when going outside or traveling in your vehicle. When applying sunscreen, apply one layer, let it dry, then apply an additional layer before going out.

HOW WILL I CARE FOR MY SKIN AT HOME?

Day 7-15:

  1. MORNING –
  • Moisturize: Remove any Elta, Aquaphor or Bacitracin remaining on your skin from the night before.
  • Apply the moisturizer Dr. Castillo has selected for you (Restore or Calmative Cream by CastilloCalmative Cream MD Skin Science). This product is a moisturizer. You will need to re-apply it to the lasered areas a few times during the day to avoid getting dry.
  • Protect: Before going outside or traveling in your vehicle, apply Physical Defense, Prime Defense or Sun Defense Sunscreen, let it dry for 3 minutes, then apply an additional layer.

You will need to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if outside or traveling. You will need to apply every 80 minutes if sweating or if your skin becomes wet.

  1. NIGHT-
  • Cleanse: Apply Gentle Cleanser by Castillo MD Skin Science to damp skin with your fingers. Then wet your sponge and cleanse in a circular motion, removing any dead skin or yellow/green exudate. Rinse, and pat dry.
  • Moisturize: Apply the ointment Dr. Castillo has selected for you, (Elta, Bacitracin, or Aquaphor) to the lasered areas.

When you are ready, generally within 3-5 weeks, I recommend scheduling a skincare check up with me. This allows us to customize your daily skincare routine to your specific skin needs. From here on out, simple maintenance is key!

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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