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Mask Acne and Skin Irritations

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)

Ask Our Expert: Options For Males With Larger Breasts

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

Barefoot Beauty

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There are two things a girl should never miss; a great shoe sale, and her nightly skincare regimen.  My most prized possession on earth, without a doubt, is a serious collection of must have heels. There is just something about shoes…oooh…they are just so good for my soul! (I didn’t say “sole,” as that’s a whole other story) I find that even on the worst of days, I can walk in to my shoe closet and find something to put a little sass in my step. As Marilyn Monroe so eloquently put it… “give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”  So true!

However, if I ever had to choose between giving up my skincare regimen and giving up my beloved shoe “investment,” I would be going barefoot; sad, but barefooted;  And…well…shorter.     ….But I’d have beautiful skin!!

Now I know we’re all inundated with cosmetic commercials telling us that all we have to do is apply their make-up and “wha-la,” you will have flawless, radiant, model-esk skin and everyone will sit up to  take notice as you enter the room. But the reality is flawless radiance doesn’t begin with cosmetics.  It begins with skin and how we take care of it. Proper care and maintenance is the only path to achieve that. The best make-up in the world won’t give you the flawless, smooth complexion you’re looking for if you’re battling dull, dry, flaky, sun-abused skin. A consistent, daily skincare regimen will improve the texture of your skin, getting you yet another step closer to your goal.

So start with the basics … And remember… success can ONLY be accomplished if the basics are part of your DAILY routine…

  1. Cleanse – Clean your skin with a cleanser for your skin type.  The right cleanser should not leave your skin feeling dry and tight. It should feel fresh and clean.  I know this next part is tempting after al one day but – do not go to bed with your make-up on. Pinky swear?!
  2. Exfoliate – Proper exfoliation is a must.  If you develop a dead skin build up, your skin will look dull and develop a yellow tinge. Lines, wrinkles and poor texture will become more noticeable and your make-up will not lay properly on your skin.  You can accomplish this task in several ways.  I recommend monthly medical microdermabrasion treatments to remove dead cells and brighten your skin along with a nightly application of Retexturing Complex  or Retinol Serum PM by Castillo MD Skin Science.  I also love, love, love  to use a weekly application of the Dr. Castillo’s Microdermabrasion Scrub.  It leaves my skin so smooth.
  3. Hydration – Choose a moisturizer for your skin type.  Proper hydration is imperative when it comes to creating smooth, fresh, supple skin.
  4. Protection – The first three steps on your path to sensational skin will mean nothing without providing UVA/UVB sun protection, 365 days per year.

I referred to steps 1-4 as the basics.  That is because in some cases, you may need to add a treatment to your skincare regimen as well.  This may be in the form of particular active ingredients to enhance your basic routine such l. It could also include of series of IPL (Intense Pulse Light), Medical Microdermabrasion or even CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing, just depending on the severity of your skin concerns and your goals.

For more information on this an similar topics, check out my other blog posts  regarding skincare and treatment options.

Taking your skin to new heights!

 

Yours truly,

DSC_0040G. D. Castillo, M.D.

COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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ASK OUR EXPERT: How to choose effective skincare products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Q: I have a drawer full of lotions and creams that don’t work. There are so many skincare products out there.  How I know which skin care products work and which ones do not?

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. 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 choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.
My first recommendation:
Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, 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. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.
My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the 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.
During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.
My second recommendation:
Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?
I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as 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 tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. 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. The ingredients are listed 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 scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.
This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. 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 choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, 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. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.

My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the 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.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.

My second recommendation:

Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as 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 tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. 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. The ingredients are listed 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 scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.  Dr. Castillo offers free skincare consultations with me. During this consultation you will receive valuable skincare information to help determine the best options for your skin.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, just all our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana Il.) office 217-359-7508 to schedule at appointment.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436