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The Pregnancy Mask

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

ASK OUR EXPERTS:

Q:  I developed Melasma on my upper lip while I was pregnant.  It’s been months and it is still there.  What can I do?

Over-production of melanin is also stimulated by UV radiation which makes it a complex issue that is difficult to treat, because your body has already kicked melanin production into over-drive and that is compounded further by recurring stimulation from UV rays. Sometimes Melasma will go away after pregnancy or lighten enough to cover the discoloration with cosmetics but unfortunately it often returns with additional pregnancies, hormonal changes and sun exposure.  The good news is there are treatment options that offer hope.

It is important for you to understand that sun is your ENEMY and it will remain your greatest nemeses. Melasma is a chronic condition.  There is no magic cream that will guarantee to banish it forever. I find that Melasma is one of the most difficult skin issues that we treat at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute.  It is frustrating for both myself and my patients.  Therefore, I want to express the importance having realistic expectation before you decide if or which treatment option is right for you.

There are a few things you can try to improve your Melasma.  The first and most important one is simply applying medical-grade physical sunscreen with either micronized Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide every day, 365 days a year, without fail. You can get this from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon like Dr. Castillo. Avoid trying to sneak by with just the SPF of 15 that is in your make-up or moisturizer, it won’t cut it.  Because even the best sunscreen cannot block all UV radiation, other protection should also be used such as a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella. There is no such thing as “water-proof” sunscreen, only “water-resistant” sunscreen so if you are sweating or swimming you will need to re-apply every 80 minutes.

Prescription Bleaching creams, which I prefer to call “lightening” creams can also be helpful. They are used initially on only a short term basis but can be repeated in the future as a form of maintenance. You must be very faithful to your sunscreen regimen with using lightening agents.

If changing your oral contraception or hormonal therapy is not an option, and you haven’t gotten the type of improvement you desire then it may be time to consider more aggressive treatment options.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery we find the most success using CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing in combination with a lightening agent, medical grade sunscreen and sun avoidance. Other treatment options may include series of medical grade peels or IPL treatments.  Again, sun is your ENEMY.  It can very rapidly undo any successful treatment with sun exposure.

 

Yours Truly,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Bridal Fair

Friday, September 11th, 2009

If you or someone you know is getting married, you won’t want to miss out on Champaign’s very own Vow Magazine / News-Gazette Bridal Fair.  Admittance is free so grab some friends and spend the afternoon with us. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute will be hosting a booth in the main vendor room.  We will be raffling off great prizes every hour and a grand prize (Liquid Smile Teeth Whitening System!!) at 4 PM.  Stop by our booth to and REGISTER TO WIN. We will be offering exclusive event promotions so don’t miss out!

The Bridal Fair will be held from noon-4 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL. 61824 on Sunday, September 13, 2009

  • Fashion Show
  • Hair Show
  • Refreshments
  • Prizes
  • Lots of Fun

Hope to see you there!

Saving money at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Roena, and I have been working as the Office Coordinator for Dr. Castillo at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Skin Restoration & Laser Institute for over 13 years now.

As a recent 50+ individual, I find myself contemplating a cosmetic investment more frequently than in the past. With so many options available today, surgery is no longer the only consideration when it comes to enhancing beauty and/or maintaining my appearance. (more…)

Budgeting For Beauty – Part 2

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Let’s begin to talk about some non-surgical options that will give you impressive results with little down time.

1. My personal favorite – CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing. This is the most impressive non-surgical technology I have seen to date. Physicians and patients alike have been waiting more than 10 years for a procedure that requires little recovery time and discomfort while simultaneously being able to deliver substantial results in a single treatment. The technology is finally here.

This latest development combines the technology and benefits of traditional CO 2 Laser Resurfacing (the industries gold standard for skin resurfacing) with an algorithm scanner. This means a fraction of the skin cell is treated by the laser, leaving tiny areas of untreated skin. This dramatically reduces your recovery time, allowing you to return to work in 4 days. The CO 2 Micro-Fractional Laser wavelength can penetrate to the deeper portions of the skin, unlike other laser technologies that offer only superficial benefits. (Buyer beware – do not confuse CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing with other “Fraxel or non-CO 2 fractional laser” treatments available) It is unique because for the first time in the history of laser resurfacing, it allows clinicians to safely and effectively treat not only the face but other areas of the body such as the neck, chest, hands & arms. This treatment simultaneously improves lines, wrinkles, scars, skin laxity, tone and texture, brown spots and other skin imperfections. As it penetrates the dermis, production of new, deep dermal collagen is stimulated. This results in continued improvement in skin structure over time. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-resurfacing.cfm is ideal for you if you have a busy lifestyle or cannot be away from work for an extended period of time but still want impressive results. (more…)