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Want To Look Your Best For Valentine’s Day? Here’s How:

Monday, February 7th, 2022

Preparing Your Skin For Valentine’s Day:

Naturally, Valentine’s Day is a day when we want to present our best selves. Not too mention it’s a valid excuse for us make up enthusiasts to go all out. Whether it’s a subtle, natural, bold or seductive look you desire, to achieve your ideal look, you must first start by making sure your skin is a smooth, fresh, blemish free canvas for which you can create your make up masterpiece. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and harsh winter elements in full swing here in central Illinois, you might find you skin is needing a little tender loving care before the big night.  Here are a few tips that can help assure your skin is fresh, smooth and supple:

Assess and Address Any Skincare Concerns Now

Don’t wait until the day before Valentine’s Day, hoping for a miracle from your new facial mask or skincare product. Stay faithful to your skincare regimen, especially when it comes to nightly cleansing and moisturizing.  If you haven’t already established a consistent skincare regimen then just focus on the following basic skincare needs for the short term to assure your skin looks its best for your  special Valentine’s Date.

 

 

THE BASICS:

  1. CLEANSE
  • Cleanse both in the morning and before bed. Do not skip your night-time cleansing. Going to bed without removing your make-up can clog pores, create blackheads, acne break outs, inflammation, and textural issues. While you are fast asleep, your skin is regenerating, rejuvenating & renewing itself!  Cleansing your skin improves cell turnover and even stimulates circulation. Even if you do not wear make-up, it’s one dirty world out there.  By day’s end, your skin’s surface contains dirt, grime, debris, bacteria.  You need to cleanse away the day’s collection and allow your skincare products to effectively penetrate and do their intended jobs.
  1. TREAT TEXTURE / BLEMISHES
  • Exfoliation will help improve rough texture, fine lines, wrinkles and clarity. Exfoliation is often needed to keep aging skin looking fresh and smooth because as we age, dead skin cells to do not slough off as rapidly as they once did. This can result in dull, rough texture and more apparent lines and wrinkles. A build up of dead cells not only makes it difficult to achieve a flawless make-up application but dead cell build up also reduces the effectiveness of your skincare products and steals your radiance!  During dry winter months, try to avoid harsh scrub type exfoliants if you have acne-prone skin or if your skin is dry.   Exfoliating with gritty facial scrubs or buff puffs when your skin is already extra dry from dried winter weather conditions or inflamed with an acne breakout will compromise your protective barrier, creating further dryness and skin irritation. Instead for dry, dull skin tones select a pumpkin enzyme exfoliating mask to exfoliate, brighten and hydrate or seek a professional, light glycolic acid application at your cosmetic surgeon’s office.
  • Stay proactive if you are prone to acne breakouts. Clear Skin Pads like those from Castillo MD Skin Science containing a 5% glycolic, 2% Salicylic Acid (for exfolation) & lactic acid (for hydration) can be particularly helpful in preventing new breakouts and decreasing cellular build-up without irritations caused by more abrasive options.
  1. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
  • Whether your goal is a flawless make up application or a natural, radiant, no make-up look, supple, hydrated skin is key. Dry skin leads to dull, flaky skin, and increases the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and skin texture.  Remember to pay extra attention to the skin around your eyes. The eye area needs moisture formulated specifically for that delicate eye area. Radiant skin and a flawless makeup application is dependent on well hydrated skin.

4. PROTECT

  • Apply a medical-grade, UVA/UVB physical sunscreen every day. If you are new to my blog, you might be thinking, sunscreen… in the winter? What sun?? Is that really necessary? Don’t fool yourself. I assure you, UVA (the aging ray, you know the one responsible for lines, wrinkles, sagging, unwanted pigment…) is just as prevalent in the winter as in the summer so be sure to continue to protect your skin each day throughout the year.

Wishing you a Valentine’s Day full of love, laughter and luminous skin!

 

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

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Your Comprehensive Guide: Now Easily Prepare For Your Liposculpture Surgery

Friday, April 19th, 2019

You will receive paperwork in the mail a few days after you schedule your surgery.  While it is tempting to rely on internet sources for information, there is a great deal of mis-information out there.  It is best to rely on Dr. Castillo’s PROFESSIONAL advice and instructions as he has over three decades of knowledge and expertise in this area.  Please take the time to thoroughly read through the material provided as it reviews the important information you will need for the days leading up to surgery.  Inside the packet you will also find a reminder for your pre-operative appointment.  This appointment typically occurs about 7-10 days prior to your surgery.

What To Expect At Your Pre-Op Appointment:

  • Pre-surgical weight & measurements will be recorded so that we can track your progress post-surgery.
  • Physical exam – During this visit, Dr. Castillo will perform a brief medical exam by listening to your heart and lungs, and asking some health-related questions.
  • Lab work 
  • Prescriptions – You will be given a prescription for pain medication. You will not be given an antibiotic as it is not needed for this type of procedure.
  • Before photos – A set of before photos will be taken for your medical records. You will receive a copy of them at your 1- or 3-week visit. Be sure to file these in a safe place in case you need to refer to them in the future.
  • Betadine Body Cleanser – You will be asked to wash the surgical regions with this cleanser (provided by us) beginning 3 days prior to surgery and again the morning of surgery. Don’t worry, the Betadine cleanser will not stain your skin but you must rinse it off just like regular body soap. It is not meant to remain on your skin.
  • Review of your surgical plan & recovery – One of Dr. Castillo’s best qualities is that he is thorough. He will walk you through your upcoming surgery and the recovery process. You will leave your pre-operative appointment withe a good understanding of what to expect.
  • Questions – If by chance Dr. Castillo did not touch on a question you have, now is the time to ask. Remember our goal is to make sure you are well informed so don’t be shy about asking. It’s your body after all!
  • The remainder of your surgical balance will be collected at your pre-op visit. We do not conduct business on surgical mornings as we are concentrating only on your surgery at that time.

10 Days Prior To Surgery:

  • Begin taking an iron supplement (Ferrous Gluconate).
  • Discontinue taking all Aspirin, Ibuprophen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve… (all NSAIDS). Also discontinue all Vitamin E (which may be in your multi-vitamin) and fish oil. If yo are unsure if a medication or supplement contains any of these ingredients, please call our office or ask your pharmacist for clarification.
  • Because the above listed medications / supplements are all blood thinners and I strongly suggest removing all of the above blood thinner from your reach during this time. Taking them during with-in the 10-day period prior to your surgery could cause a medical complication. It’s too easy to take these for a headache or pain without thinking about it. Then it is too late.  We may need to postpone your surgery for your own safety.  If you accidentally take one of the these prior to your surgery date, you MUST inform Dr. Castillo.  If you need a pain reliever during this 10-day prior, you can use Tylenol.

Personal Arrangements To Consider:

  • Liposcultpure is performed in under general anesthesia. This mean you will need to make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery.
  • We ask that you make arrangements for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • If you have small children or pets, you may need assistance for the first 24-48 hours.
  • Since many of our patients travel some distance to see us, Dr. Castillo has made special arrangements with the I-Hotel in Champaign to offer our patients a discounted “CASTILLO STAYCATION” package. This package includes transportation from our office back to the hotel on the day of surgery, dinner and breakfast for two and your hotel accommodations. Our office staff will be happy to assist you with those arrangements if you have questions.

 

The Night Prior To Surgery:

  • Wardrobe – select easy to slip on flat shoes and bottoms and a zip or button top to wear on the day surgery. Keep in mind that when we perform liposculpture, we inject tumescent fluid into the body. This fluid is going to leak back out of a few tiny little puncture areas for up to about 36 hours after surgery. Therefore, I would recommend NOT wearing your favorite outfit to surgery as it will be a little messy.  We will send you home with absorbent covers to sit or lay on to protect your furniture.
  • You will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Plan on having a quiet, relaxing evening and make getting a goods sleep a priority. Often patients arrive for surgery and tell me that they stayed up most of the night so they would sleep most the day after surgery. Lack of sleep is never helpful.  It often creates anxiety and restlessness. Having a well-rested mind and body can and will make all the difference during your initial recovery.  Go to bed rest-assured, knowing that you have chosen a surgeon who has not only dedicated more than 3 decades of his life performing more than 1,000 liposculpture procedures but who is also the Past-President of The Society For Liposuction Surgery!

See you soon!

Warmly,

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

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WORRIED ABOUT PAIN? HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POST-SURGICAL PAIN PUMPS

Friday, October 26th, 2018

A common reasons patients put off having the cosmetic surgery they have always dreams of is their concern about post-surgical pain. While pain is a valid concern, it doesn’t have to be. Today, we offer our patients a simple way to manage pain without pills (narcotics).

This technology is called a pain pump. While the majority of the surgeries we perform at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery do not results in much post-surgical pain, utilization of a pain pump can offer a more comfortable recovery period for those procedures that do or for those individuals who have a low pain threshold.

A pain pump is a simple, non-electrical device that delivers local anesthetic (numbing

medication) such as Marcaine, directly to the surgical site after your surgery, allowing you to recover from surgery without the typically discomfort.

The pain pump looks like a small ball or balloon and comes in it’s own strapped carrying case. Dr. Castillo connects the pain pump at the surgical site at the time of surgery. It will deliver medication to the surgical area slowly and continuously through tiny catheters for 3-4 days. As the patient, you do not have to do anything with the pain pump. It is automatically regulated; you just get to reap the rewards of steady relief!

The pain pump offers pain management without the side effects of traditional methods of pain control like oral pain medications. This means you can avoid the potential side effect that oral pain medications often cause such as:

      •mental fogginess             •drowsiness              •nausea             •vomiting             •dizziness            •constipation

For patients who are narcotic sensitive or allergic, this can be a first-rate alternative for pain management. Patients who elect to use pain pumps are typically moving, driving and functioning and return to normal life activities more quickly since the affects are limited to the surgical area, the rest of your body & mind remain unaffected and have normal function.

While it does add about $350.00 to the cost of your surgery, the feedback we receive from our patients is that use of the pain pump provided them with a much smoother and quicker recovery than they had originally anticipated.

 

Yours Truly,

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

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800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)



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