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Can A Cream Make Me Look Just As Amazing As A Facelift?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

 

Someone once said, “inside every older person is a younger person just wondering

“what the hell happened!”

They were so right!  What happened? Well… Stressors happened. Metabolism changes happened.  Sun exposure happened. Menopause happened. Health issues happened. Prioritizing the needs of others over our own happened; not making time for self-care happened. Time happened.

 

This year, as I stared down all the candles on my birthday cake, I began to wonder what people wish for in 50+ crowd. After thinking about all the conversations I’ve had with patients and friends over years, I would imagine those wishes to include:

 

  • “I wish… I didn’t have these jowls and a turkey neck.”

 

  • “I wish… that when people tell me I look hot, they weren’t referring to my flashes!”

 

  • “I wish… for a face cream that will tighten my skin and make me look 10 years younger without having a facelift.”

 

 

 

 

Now, if you have limited your sun exposure and consistently used a broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB sunscreen throughout your lifetime then you might just sail through your 50’s, maybe even your 60’s looking pretty darn good. BUT, if you and sunscreen have not been life-long friends, you’ve notice of a few signs of aging.  You may have started to entertain the idea of doing something about it or at the very least you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror and pulled back your facial skin to mimic what you might look like after a little nip and tuck. Maybe you have even started to research a facelift or neck lift or skin resurfacing.

And truly, there are worse ways to spend money than on finding new empowerment at this new stage of life through surgical intervention …

like on a facial cream marketed as a “facelift in a jar.”

 

Myth buster…  facelifts do not come in jars.

 

There is no cream that will give you facelift-like results.  Nope, nope, nope! A facelift is a highly technical procedure that requires repositioning your muscle structure to create a tighter, more youthful appearance. It involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue, and it requires years of dedicated training and experience to give you the look you desire. A cream, no matter what marketing tells you… cannot do that!  So, if you are showing enough signs of aging to warrant a facelift, then a facelift is the only thing that will give you the results you really want. An effective, at-home skincare regimen plays a vital role in maintaining the health and appearance of your skin. But, if you are expecting a cream or any other topical application to reposition, tighten and lift you back in time, then you will be disappointed.

While skincare products are not a replacement for a facelift, they are a necessary, daily accompaniment. Medical-grade skincare products are known to improve the tone, texture, brightness of your skin. They can replenish the skin with antioxidants, create cell turn-over, improve barrier function, increase hydration and most importantly, they can provide protection from future sun damage.  Don’t under-estimate sun exposure. It’s the reason you were standing in front of the mirror wishing a facelift in a jar in the first place!

Unlike marketers, our job at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center isn’t to tell a patient what they want to hear; it is to evaluate their degree of aging then match the severity of aging signs and the patient’s goals of improvement to the proper treatment plan. For a patient is in their 20’s, an anti-aging plan often just includes daily medical-grade, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen (which by the way, sunscreen is the closest thing you will get to a facelift in a jar, via prevention), along with a good cleanser and moisturizer and a discussion about lifestyle, unprotected sun exposure and how taking care of you skin in your 20’s will determine how you look in you 40’s and beyond.

For that 30 something patient, we might recommend adding a Vitamin A product, and anti-oxidants to their at home regimen along with a few micro-dermabrasion treatments or a light chemical peel and a reality check about the effects of unprotected sun exposure

A patient in their 40’s may need to add a CO2 Micro-Fractional laser treatment to reduce brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and rough texture or a few IPL treatments to take care of broken capillaries.

For those patient’s over 50, the signs of aging become more difficult to minimize with at-home efforts alone.  Gravity really begins to flaunt its superpower and drives everything south. There is a more substantial breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers along with bone and tissue loss.  The result is loose, sagging skin, shadows, hallows, wrinkles, drooping jowls, and a turkey neck.  Skin becomes drier and thinner. Facial redness, visible, broken capillaries / spider veins become more difficult to conceal.

With each passing decade, maintaining a youthful, fresh appearance usually calls for a new plan of attack and after a certain degree of aging, there are no quick OTC fixes, certainly no effective facelifts in a jar. But there are several effective options to help you look and feel your best!

 

 

Spread love & sunscreen,

 

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

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Youthful Masculine Eyes

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

What’s a man to do???

Steven Spielberg has nothing on us women when it comes to “special effects”.  We always have a few tricks up our sleeve to give definition to our eyes. Special eye liner, mascara, and a little concealer can go a long way!   But, what’s a man to do?   Where is his bag of tricks?

When a man develops lower lid bags, dark circles and hooding of the upper lids, he loses that youthful definition.  Bottom line – it can make him

appear older and exhausted.  I know, I said it, but please don’t shoot the messenger.  I really am here to help.

If you’re a male, it is down-right impossible to hide droopy, sad, tired looking eyes.   Not to mention how unfair it is to be judged by colleagues and friends as tired and archaic when clearly you’ve still got it!  Simply, attempting to wear sunglasses as a cover-up, even while indoors, is not going to work out.  People will begin to ask questions.

Male celebrities, local TV personalities or even the President of the United States, look good during a television conference or in a photograph because they have a professional make-up artist at their disposal.  Make-up artists, like most females, have learned a few cosmetic tricks to lessen the appearance of an aging eye.  Have you heard of using a peach or white eyeliner to create a corner of the eye lift?  Males can get away with extensive make-up during a TV interview or magazine photograph but typically not in everyday life.   So, again I ask; what’s a man to do?

If eyeliner, mascara and a little concealer are out of the question, I would encourage you to go where many other men have gone before you… Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (Champaign – Urbana area).  There you will meet G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS, a cosmetic surgeon (an artist really) whose foresight, surgical skill and results are enough to impress even the toughest critic. Over the years I have been privileged to observe as Dr. Castillo restores natural looking, youthful eyes along with the joie de vivre or vitality of the male patient population with a relatively brief procedure called a Blepharoplasty.

This upper and / or lower eye lid surgery can take years off the appearance of the face.  Eyelid surgery will reduce puffiness, dark circles and sagging lids.  Those patients whose upper lids have sagged low enough to actually obscure their vision will also benefit.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, eye lid surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia. The recovery time is minimal and most patients are back to work in 3-4 days. The incision lines are hidden in the natural creases of the upper eye lids and are virtually undetectable after a few months. Depending on the needs of the patient, a Blepharoplasty can be combined with other facial procedures, such as laser resurfacing or a face lift to totally rejuvenate the face.

Did you know that rejuvenating the eyes for a male is very different than rejuvenating the eyes of a female?   It is because we are trying to accomplish very different things. The best way to restore a female face and open up the eyes is to raise her brows and natural fold of the upper lids.  We don’t want to raise the brows in a male face. The best way to restore a youthful, alert appearance for a male is to remove lower lid bags and excessive eye lid skin. Removing the lower lid bags will eliminate the dark circles, puffiness and sad, tired eyes.  Excessive skin is usually more severe in the upper lid, forming a heavy fold that drops over normal lid crease, over the upper lid itself and obscures it.  Removing excessive tissue from the upper eye lid will open up the eyes, to create a well-rested, alert appearance.  Dr. Castillo understands the difference between a male and a female Blepharoplasty procedure and the importance of preserving the masculine appearance.

If nothing else in your bag of tricks is working, contact our office (217-359-7508), I know a guy who just might be able to help you.

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
 

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Ask Our Expert – Breast Augmentation

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Ask The Expert:

Q: I wear a size 34 A bra. My breast size or lack of is something that affects me daily. I have difficulty wearing a variety of clothing styles and am self-conscious in a swim suit. At 29 years old, I do not want to continue fighting these issues. However, my friends are not supportive of my decision. How can I make them more comfortable with my decision?

A: Breasts are an important factor in how women feel about themselves. For many women, breasts are directly related to their sense of femininity. Having breasts that in some way make you feel less than adequate can change the way you relate both emotionally and intimately. This characteristic is quite normal to human nature and is not a sign of over-indulged vanity (though, I believe a little vanity is a positive thing). Though having the support of your friends is extremely valuable, choosing to have breast augmentation is a very personal decision and one only you and your cosmetic surgeon can make together. After all, it is your body. You are the one who deals with the daily frustrations that your breast size is creating.

There are implant shape and size options to fit the desire of almost any women. You can choose breast implants that resemble the look you achieve when you wear a push up bra (high set, perky, round) or you can choose implants that look and feel so natural that it will be difficult for others to even notice that you have them. For women considering breast augmentation in Dr. Castillo’s surgical facility, in Champaign, Illinois,  Dr. Castillo uses a specialized minimal scar incision technique that makes it difficult to detect the scarring after a few months.

I would suggest making a consultation with a few cosmetic plastic surgeons. Once you have found one that you feel comfortable with, I believe you will be able to make the decision that is right for YOU.  I would also recommend checking out a few of other blog posts on breast augmentation, including What to expect during your consultation  Preparing for your Breast Augmentation.  and The Top 10 Reasons Women Elect To Get Breast Implants

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

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Botox and Dermal Filler rebates available

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Holiday Cash Back

I love the holidays; the food and aromas, the beautiful decorations, the social events, and the time with my family but it can also be so exhausting!  We tend to spread ourselves way too thin, taking care of everyone but ourselves. The next thing you know, you find yourself staring in the mirror, looking worn-out, trying to wish away dull skin, forehead lines, deep grooves between the eye brows or lines around the eyes just in time to walk into your next holiday gathering looking fabulous and radiant, as though you are not completely frazzled! Sound familiar?

If you could be granted a wish this holiday season, would you choose to look radiant and refreshed at all of your holiday gatherings, or keep you’re hard earned cash instead?  Hummm – decisions, decisions, decisions…

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we don’t want you to have to choose.  This year Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center is excited to announce that the manufacturers of Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane are offering impressive rebates to assure you look and feel you’re best this holiday season.

The manufacturers products that relax facial lines such as Botox or Dysport are offering rebates of up to $50.00 per treatment!  You can save up to $75.00 on dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane to plump the skin and lips, erasing and filling lines around the mouth , nasolabial folds, marionette lines and adding volume where needed.  This adds up to an even bigger savings for those of you who are already receiving discounts with your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery VIP membership!

Unfortunately, these impressive rebates are time limited.   Starting now, you can schedule an appointment at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy (217-359-7508) for Botox or Dysport, and / or a dermal filler to smooth out your skin and erase lines and wrinkles.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the details of these special rebate offers at the time of your call.

Dr. Castillo and his staff wish you a wonderful holiday season.

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

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Ask Our Expert – Tanning to Cover Sun Damage

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ask Our Expert Blog

Q:  Now that summer is over, my tan is fading.   I have dark brown patches and spots on my face that are making me feel very self-conscious.  If I use a tanning bed through the winter months to stay tan, will it help hide these brown spots?

A:  Stop…  Back away from the phone…  Do not schedule a tanning appointment.  Covering up sun damage by getting more sun damage is never the answer.

First, understand that the UV radiation (exposure to the sun or a tanning bed) is the reason these unwelcome spots are appearing on your face in the first place.  Though tanning your skin may initially camouflage them, those spots will become darker and multiply very quickly. Not only that, but eventually these unwelcome visitors will bring friends in form of lines, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, and poor skin texture.  Your skin is giving you an initial visual warning.  It is saying “STOP abusing me or else!”  And believe me, “or else” means it will punish you by introducing you to lines, wrinkles, large pores, and rough texture next!”

Many people find themselves caught in the same viscous circle.  They develop sun damage.  Then to cover the sun damage, they sun tan. Then they develop more sun damage.  It isn’t until the sun damage is so bad that it can no longer be hidden, that people truly realize what they have done to their skin.  Your best bet is to give your skin the protection it is demanding and begin to correct the sun damage that is causing you to feel self-conscious.

So let’s talk about ways to correct your sun damage.  There are many options that will help you to some degree or another.  It is important to seek advice from someone who specializes in aging, sun damaged skin such as a Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.  They will help you match the amount of sun damage you have to the appropriate treatment. Usually the less expensive options are less aggressive and therefore give less result or require multiple treatments.  If you are someone who is willing to be patient, some of the less aggressive options may work well for you.  I will start with the least invasive options and work up.

Topical skincare treatment:

1.      Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and protect your skin faithfully by applying a medical grade physical sunscreen every single day of the year, not just when it is hot or sunny. (THIS IS A MUST NO MATTER WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SOLUTIONS YOU CHOOSE)  We have 4 medical grade sunscreen options available here for our patients to meet the needs of any skin type.

2.      Use a prescription skin lightening agent with retinol every night for 6 weeks.  Both of these will help lighten the brown spots over time but you will need to be patient.

3.     In addition, applying Vitamin C and E topically to the skin every morning may also improve your spots.

4. Talk with an experienced medical skincare specialist within a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon’s office.  Ask her or him to build a medical-grade skincare program for you based your skin injuries. Remember that there are no magic creams out there but there are some scientific based medical skincare products that will make great improvements to your skin.  However, you must be faithful in applying them as directed. 

Chemical Peels:

There are several formulations of strengths when it comes to chemical peels.  I suggest you seek an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon to develop your chemical peel plan.  Chemical peels have a quantitative effect, so typically you would expect to have multiple peels. You need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatments:

Intense Pulsed Light can improve both brown spots and redness.  You should plan on three to six treatments depending on the severity of your sun damage.  Expect redness and swelling for a few days following each treatment.  Your brown spots will get darker before they get lighter.  Then they will come to the surface and flake off.  Again you will need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing:

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is typically the best treatment for sun damage in the form of brown spots, melasma, lines, wrinkles, and the break-down of collagen and elastin.  In most cases this is a one- time treatment. You will need to take about four days off from work or social activity as you will be swollen, red and your skin will peel between days three and five.  This option will give you the best non-ablative results available if preformed by an experienced laser practitioner.

 

Roxanne Hammond

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

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Who Are Our Patients? The Average Citizen We See Every Day

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Q: What demographic represents the bulk of your patients?

A: The answer is surprising to many – the majority of our patients are comprised of the average citizen that you and I pass everyday on the street. A stereotype used to exist that relegated an elective procedure to the realm of celebrities or the very wealthy – that stereotype has become a thing of the past and rightly so.

Q: What do you mean by rightly so?

A: Well, the average person looks in the mirror everyday, and if we are fortunate enough to enjoy what “society” considers the norm reflected back at us, we often don’t realize how many people don’t share our good fortune.

For example, if a woman’s breasts are naturally equally pleasing in both size and shape, she may have never considered how common it is for this not to be the case for other women. Breasts, in particular, are a strong focal point for most women, and for the woman who has developed disproportionately, this can be emotionally devastating.

A woman suffering from one smaller tubular-shaped breast and one larger round-mounded breast doesn’t have the same experiences as a woman with breasts similar in size and shape. Every aspect of her life – both social and intimate, will be colored by this congenital deformity. Imagine shopping for bras in this situation or the discomfort in fun activities such as going to a swimming pool with your friends. Think of the distress of needing to camouflage this irregularity in both choosing and wearing your wedding dress. This would be incredibly limiting for those of us who take our physiques for granted.

A breast procedure can correct this situation and although an insurance company may consider the procedure elective and cosmetic, that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary for the mental health and well being of the patient.

This is just one example of many. Cosmetic procedures are termed such mainly because they are elective. These procedures have a very high satisfaction rate and most patients immediately comment on the effect on their quality of life. The value and necessity of these procedures is undeniable.

Cosmetic surgery has become more affordable for all and has remained economically stable. Breast augmentation pricing remains the same as it was ten years ago while regular medical care has gone up 140%.

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Ask Our Expert – Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

 

G.D. Castillo, M.D., Expert in Rhinoplasty Surgery

Q: Which surgical procedure does Dr. Castillo most like to perform?

 

A: Before beginning to write this piece, I consulted with Dr. Castillo.  Of course, working closely with him, I already knew the answer.  Rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery; nose job) definitely gives Dr. Castillo the most personal satisfaction.  Judging from the beaming smiles on the faces of our patients following rhinoplasty, I would have to say it is one of our patient’s most rewarding surgeries as well.

It has been said that there are only two kinds of rhinoplasties; the difficult ones and the very difficult ones. Imagine the challenge of working with instruments in a tiny surgical space with little room for maneuvering, adjusting the nasal structure by just millimeters as your view is obstructed by blood, all the while knowing that you only have one chance to “get it right.” And get it right, he does!

I have had the pleasure of working for Dr. Castillo for several years now.  Watching the changes in both the patient’s appearance and their emotional outlook after rhinoplasty is a remarkable process to witness.  I still find myself anticipating each post-op visit of our rhinoplasty patients. It is truly amazing to see how even a minor adjustment of a hump or the refining of a tip can change a face from appearing unfriendly or closed off to the world to appearing warm and welcoming. Suddenly, that is face of someone you want to get to know.

Because Dr. Castillo is so gifted in knowing exactly what shape the nose needs to be to highlight the rest of the facial contours, the end result is that the patient’s nose looks so natural, it’s as if they were born with it. In fact, it becomes difficult to imagine the patient with his or her pre-surgical nasal shape.

This procedure allows him to use his true artistic skill.  A good surgeon always creates a nose that compliments the beauty and contour of the face, avoiding crafting the same ole’ cookie cutter nose on every face that comes through the office as many surgeons do.  This means that each nasal surgery is different than the last.  Rhinoplasty is most challenging of cosmetic procedures and is  by far the true measure of a surgeon’s skill.

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

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New Beginnings…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

As we immerse ourselves in this holiday season and prepare ourselves for a new year, I can’t think of a better time to reflect upon the year past and say thank you so very much to our patients.  In the last 14 years that I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Castillo at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, I’ve learned so much and have had the opportunity to see so many new beginnings.  It’s such an honor to be involved in a positive change in someone’s life.

I’ve heard it said that only celebrities or the very wealthy invest in a cosmetic procedure.  In fact, our community of patients is mainly comprised of everyday people, like you and me, who desire a change.  This change may be subtle but still very necessary for themselves, and will positively impact the everyday quality of life that we all desire and deserve.

A cosmetic procedure or treatment is a very private matter, and I make it a point to respect our patient’s privacy, both inside and outside of our offices.  So I’d like to utilize this venue to once again, thank all of you for the trust you’ve shown in Dr. Castillo and our team at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.

I wish you all the season’s best and a happy New Year!

 

Roena Hensler, Office Coordinator

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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