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How To Improve Mask Acne and Skin Irritations For Clearer Skin

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Wearing a mask in public or when with others outside your household is essential in helping to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus.  However, wearing masks for extended periods of time can cause skin issues, so much so that there is a new trendy term to describe it:  “Maskne” (mask acne).

Sweating or breathing into a mask for an extended period can create a humid breeding ground for bacteria. This can result in cell break down and clogged pores which lead to black heads and acne breakouts, even for those who have lived a life of clear skin.  Friction from the mask that is too loose or does not fit properly can cause a breakdown of the skin’s protective barrier, resulting in skin rashes, breakouts and skin irritations.

What Can I Do To Prevent Mask Acne or Skin Irritations?

  1. Avoid using harsh or drying soap.  Certain cleansers can strip protective oils from your skin which are necessary to keep your protective barrier in-tact. If your skin feels dry or tight after washing, it is not the right cleanser for you. Using a harsh product can make your skin even more sensitive to mask friction.
  2. Wash your mask regularly! Re-using a mask that has make-up, debris or skin oils on it can create the perfect breakout environment.  Silk masks and some high-grade cottons are typically more gentle on the skin.
  3. Take off your mask when you are not with others. Put it in the sun (like on the dash of your car while driving…) The UV rays will help to kill the bacteria until you can wash it that evening. This is perfect for times when you have been sweating during a work-out, or exposed to summer heat! Let the sun zap some of the bacteria for you!
  4. Choose masks that fit properly!!! Masks that are too big will rub and cause friction, not to mention that loose masks DO NOT give proper protection to you or those around you. Your mask should fit snuggly around all the edges of mask.
  5. Apply a moisturizer. Moisturizers with ceramides like Replenishing Cream or Revive Recovery Complex from Dr. Castillo’s skincare line can help form a protective layer between your skin and mask and reduce irritations since ceramides are lipids that form the skin’s protective barrier. Products like Ultra-Hydration Booster (hyaluronic acid) can offer some soothing hydration to more intense acne breakouts to reduce irritation.  Replenishing Cream also helps to reduce sebum and provides anti-bacterial properties to reduce break-outs.
  6. Use a physical sunscreen formulated with zinc oxide. Zinc Oxide has anti-inflammatory properties that can both soothe and heal and will provide a buffer between your skin and areas where your mask rubs like the bridge of your nose, behind your ears, your cheeks, chin and jawline.  Avoid chemical sunscreens as the chemicals can create irritations and burning sensations.
  7. Let your moisturizer and sunscreen dry completely in between layers and before putting on your mask.
  8. Apply Clarifying Mint Mask (available at Dr. Castillo’s office) 1-2 times per week. This mask is formulated to purify, deep-clean, gently remove dead cells and minimize pore size, all while delivering a much-needed dose of moisture.
  9. Be careful with “home-spa” chemical peels and exfoliants. Aggressive exfoliation can compromise the skin’s barrier making it easy to develop or increase acne breakouts and irritations.
  10. Seek medical professional skincare advice / treatments to control your skin concerns during this time if at-home care does not resolve your skin issues.

 

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

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What To Expect On The Day Of Your Rhinoplasty Surgery:

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Emotions:

It’s common to be a little nervous when you arrive for surgery. We WILL take good care of you. Each member of our staff is devoted to providing you with the highest quality of care in a safe environment.

If you are like most of our patients, you are likely to be entirely excited too! You have good reason to be! Dr. Castillo is such a true artist when it comes to giving you the nose you should have been born with. I get so excited each time we have Rhinoplasty on the surgical schedule. It’s a little bit like Christmas, many, many times per year. 🙂   Watching Dr. Castillo perform such intricately detailed work in such a small space to such precision and perfection never gets old. Each Rhinoplasty is new and different and so natural looking. No cookie cutter business here! It’s equally as fun to watch a Rhinoplasty patient’s confidence change and soar over the first several months after surgery. It is amazing to see how such small changes can evoke such big changes!

What to wear:

On the day of surgery, you should arrive free of lotion, skincare products, make up, jewelry and perfume with your hair pulled away from your face.

It is best to wear a zip up or button up shirt. You will want to avoid wearing pull over shirts for a couple of weeks to prevent nasal injuries. Wear comfy, easy to slip on pants and shoes as you may still be a bit foggy when you get dressed to go home.

Arrival:

Dr. Castillo’s state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility.

When you arrive at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, you will be asked to read and sign a surgical authorization form. For applicable female patients, you will be asked to leave a urine specimen for a pregnancy test. Then you will be escorted back to pre-anesthesia room where you will be asked to change. Dr. Castillo will speak with you briefly then you will meet with our anesthetist. You will undergo general anesthesia (completely asleep) for this procedure. The anesthetist will take great care to avoid any post-surgical nausea if that is a concern for you.

For Driver / Family members:

Your driver / family members are welcome to wait in our waiting room or return when you are ready for pick up if they prefer.  It is best to have a responsible adult accompany you when we are reviewing your discharge instructions as in can be difficult to remember everything immediately post-surgery. We will notify your driver 30 minutes before they are needed to review post-op care instructions and take you home.

Recovery Room:

  • You will awaken from surgery in the most comfortable recliner ever! We use a Bair Hugger system that releases warm air under your blanket to keep you toasty warm and peaceful! You will be much more comfortable than you thought you would be.
  • Rhinoplasty is not typically a painful surgery. The average patient reports a pain scale of 0-2 out of a 0-10 pain scale after surgery. Most of our patients just use Extra-Strength Tylenol to control any mild discomfort.
  • You will have a cast on your nose and you will hear Dr. Castillo asking you to breath out of your mouth. Once the tissue inside your nose begins to swell,  it will become difficult to breath out of your nose for about 5-7 days.
  • Secretions and bloody discharge are a normal part of recovery for the first 24-48 hours. We will place a mustache bandage just below your nostrils if you have any post-surgical nasal drainage. You will likely change this bandage 10-12 times before it resolves.
  • When it is time for you to go home, you will receive a full set of detailed at home care instructions. Our recovery nurse will review with you and your caregiver at the time of discharge.

The Evening Of Surgery:

When you arrive home you will begin with some ice chips followed by your drink of choice (water, coffee, tea, juice…).  Wait a half hour then move on to some food.  Do push the fluid over the next few days. Expect to feel a bit drowsy for a few hours after you get home. It is best to rest but you can certainly get up and walk around as soon as you feel you can. It is best to sit or sleep in a reclined position to reduce swelling.  Dr. will call you the night of surgery and of course we are only a phone call away if you have questions or concerns. You can reach Dr. Castillo after office hours through our answering service. We will see you back at one week to remove your cast and reveal your new look!

 

Ask Our Expert: Retin-A

Friday, July 20th, 2018

RetinA postQ:   My dermatologists gave me a prescription for Retin-A, but after a few days my skin became very red and irritated.   My Doctor explained that several weeks of skin irritation is often just par for the course when using Retin-A.  He asked me to try applying it every other night instead of every night, to be patient and that eventually the irritation would resolve itself.  I stopped using the Retin-A because the irritation was worse than my aging skin.   Is there anything else I can do?

A:  I am happy to report – YES!  Our patients have found success with a few simple adjustments to the way they apply their Retin-A, Renova, Tretinion, etc.

1.  After you cleanse your face, pat it dry and wait at least 15 minutes (to assure your skin is completely dry) before applying your Retin-A.

2. Apply a pea size amount.  This is typically all you need for the entire face. Remember that more is not better in this case. 

3. Avoid combining other exfoliating or skin regenerating products like glycolic acids, with Retin-A, at least until your skin is able to easily tolerate the Retin-A.

4. Always apply a moisturizer on top of your Retin-A.  This is a very important step in the success of your regimen so resist skipping it. (If you find that you are still experiencing dry, irritated skin after trying all of the suggestions here,  you can try mixing your moisturizer and Retin-A together as this will reduce its potency. )

5. Begin applying your Retin-A every third night.  As your skin tolerates the Retin-A, increase use to every other night, then every night.

6. Remember that Retin-A and like products will cause increased sensitivity to the sun.  Therefore Retin-A should only be applied at night only, never during the day.  Wear a medical grade broad-spectrum suncreen every day, re-apply the sunscreen when needed and avoid excessive sun exposure.

If despite all of the above suggestions, you find that you are still unable to tolerate Retin-A, you may want to consider medical microdermabrasion.  It is a pain-free, even relaxing way to keep your skin well exfoliated and looking fresh.  For more information on medical microdermabrasion visit Dr. Castillo’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask Our Expert: Ways To Actually Gain Confidence With Male Gynecomastia

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

 

Does Dr. Castillo offer a procedure for males with large breasts?

Dr. Castillo:  Correcting large male breasts is one of the most life changing cosmetic surgeries for men. For some men, having large breasts significantly affects the way they see themselves, resulting in a depletion of self-esteem. It changes the way they relates physically and emotional to others.  It changes how they play with their children and respond to affection from their wife or partner.  It reduces their level of activity and willingness to be social.

BEFORE Male Breast Reduction

Does this happen to a lot of men?

Dr. Castillo: Yes, much more often than one would think. The over-development of male breast tissue, known as Gynecomastia is  a relatively common condition and can occur at any age.  It can be related to genetics, hormonal changes, rapid weight gain or the use of certain drugs. It is easy to correct with breast liposuction or the surgical removal of undesired breast tissue through a small incision or a combination of both methods.

AFTER Male Breast Reduction Surgery by Dr. G.D. Castillo

When can they return to work?

Dr. Castillo:  Light work duties can typically be resumed with in three to four days after male breast reduction surgery, while heavier activities can usually be resumed after the first week.

What are the age limits for male breast reduction?

We perform breast reduction by liposuction as early as age 14.  If a young male (age 14 and up) has had an endocrinology study completed that indicates the need for surgical tissue removal then in those instances surgical breast reduction would be performed.

What makes you qualified to perform these procedures:

Dr. Castillo:  I am Triple-Board Certified and have been performing cosmetic surgery including male breast reduction for more than 3o years. I am the Past-President of The American Society of Liposuction Surgery and The Past-President of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

G.D. Castillo,M.D., FACS
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

Be Proactive! Here Are Helpful Tips For Breast Augmentation Recovery

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Aside from the obvious “perks,” one of the reasons breast augmentation is so popular with our Champaign-area patients is that it offers a pretty quick recovery. Many of our patients also appreciate that they can combine the surgery with other Mommy Makeover procedures so they have only one recovery period. Whether you choose a breast augmentation or a full-scale Mommy Makeover, our goal at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is to help you recover quickly so you can get back to your busy life as soon as possible.

In this blog post, I’ll offer some helpful tips for your recovery process.

Bras: To Wear or Not to Wear? That 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 after surgery. Then you can go without a bra 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 settle 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!

Move It, Move It!

pexels-photoIf you are a movie buff, you may remember the scene from Madagascar where the animals are all dancing and moving their arms to the song I Like To Move It. Well, that type of movement is a little too vigorous for your first few days after surgery, but we don’t want you to baby those muscles. You can really speed up your recovery and eliminate soreness much more quickly by gently moving your arms around to keep those chest muscles from getting tighter. Just remember not to raise your hands above your head for the first week.

 

What to Wear, What to Wear?

Buttons and zippers are your new BFFs, at least for the first week. 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 top over your head after surgery. You should avoid wearing pullover 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 fit 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 massage your breasts to improve recovery. Your breasts are going to be a little tender at first, but don’t give up. Massage is the key to maintaining free-moving, perky, and natural-looking breasts.

Exercise

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

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

  • Week 1: You will be asked to restrict exercise to light activity such as walking and moving your arms as described above.
  • Week 2: You are typically released to go back to the gym and engage in most activities at 50% of your normal level. You should refrain from running and jogging, and you should avoid pectoral exercises and any weight lifting that involves the pectoral muscles.
  • Week 3: Typically all restrictions will be lifted three weeks after surgery. That being said, it may not feel great when you first start running or jogging again. I suggest doubling up and wearing two sports bras for the first several weeks. This doubling-up method gives you the extra support you need, and it prevents excessive breast movement.

Once you’re fully recovered, it’s time for a little fun! I hope you enjoy all the perks of your new shape!

If you want to see our breast augmentation patients’ results, browse through our before-and-after photos. You can learn more about breast augmentation in the Champaign area by contacting us online or calling our office in Savoy at (217) 359-7508.

 

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

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Look At Traditional CO2 Laser Resurfacing For Exciting & Brilliant Results

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 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 magnificent treatment option.4920

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.

 

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

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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)

 

 

How Soon After Breast Augmentation Can I Celebrate And Go Bra Shopping?

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Ask Our Expert:

When can I go bra shopping after having a breast augmentation?

This is a great question. Bra shopping is one of the first things our breast augmentation patients in the Champaign area want to do after breast surgery! Honestly, I’ve even had patients who want to head 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 recovery will take time, and that’s especially true if you’ve also had a breast lift. Your breasts are going to go through a few stages and changes before they settle into their final shape and position. These changes affect 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 needs 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 Victoria’s SecretCPS Blog Photo 5075, there’s a girl on a mission!

So, What’s a Girl to Do in the Meantime?

You will wake up from surgery already wearing a comfortable sports bra, compliments of Dr. Castillo and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center. Within 3-7 days, you will be able to go braless or wear a sports bra or wireless bra. My best advice is to harness your willpower and buy just one or two sports or wireless bras 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 restraint!

If you haven’t yet had a breast augmentation, you can view some of our patients’ before-and-after photos to see the type of results you can expect.

To learn more about the breast augmentation process or to schedule a consultation, contact us online or call our office at (217) 359-7508 (Savoy).

Happy shopping!

 

Yours Truly,

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

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See Undesirable Elf Ears After A Facelift? Dr. Castillo Provides Expert Advice

Friday, December 11th, 2015

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

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

Dr. G. D. Castillo

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

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