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How to Know When the Time is Right for a Mommy Makeover

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No doubt, your children are the greatest joys in your life. But that doesn’t mean you need to be pleased with the marks they have left on your body. Many women will experience skin laxity, sagging breasts and weakened abdominal muscles after becoming mothers, and for some, this can be bothersome. A mommy makeover can Read More.

Is Lipo the Surprise Add-on Your Breast Augmentation Needs?

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Combining cosmetic procedures is incredibly common but not all clients realize how beneficial some of these combinations can be. Sure, skin removal with a  tummy tuck is intuitive, but what about getting liposuction and breast augmentation at the same time? You just might be surprised. A Little Trim, a Little Boost It is well-known that Read More.

4 Must-Pack Things for the Day of Your Breast Augmentation

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So, you have set a date for your breast augmentation. Now, it is time to start prepping for the big day. While there are many things you need to do, from bloodwork to eating healthy, one aspect that is often overlooked is the hospital bag. So, what things should you pack for your breast augmentation Read More.

How the Keller Funnel Works during Breast Augmentation

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Cosmetic surgeons are always looking for better and safer ways of performing their work. One development that has greatly improved breast augmentation is the Keller funnel. At Dr. Castellano’s practice, women throughout Tampa have long benefited from this device when getting breast implants. Here’s what you should know about the Keller funnel. What Is the Read More.

When In Doubt, Should You Add a Breast Lift to Your Augmentation?

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Women considering a breast augmentation may be wondering if they should add a breast lift as well. The answer will depend on a number of factors, such as your goals, skin elasticity, age and others. So, how can you tell if you need a breast lift? Drooping vs. Deflated Breasts The first thing to consider Read More.

3 Breast Augmentation Secrets for Athletic Women

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Many women are both athletes and love having a feminine figure. However, when the topic of breast implants comes up, it is often assumed that they are not an option. While large breasts can impede physical activity, there is still the option of breast augmentation for athletic women. And there are three secrets to making Read More.

Are 3D-Printed Breast Implants the Next Big Thing?

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The idea of having 3D-printed breast implants may be exciting or unsettling, depending on how you are picturing them. However, they are at the forefront of cosmetic surgery technology. But does that mean this breast implant option is the next big thing? The Future Isn’t Quite Here Yet 3D-printed breast implants are in the experimental Read More.

Why Getting Post-Baby Breast Implants Could Be Good for You

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Bringing a child into the world is incredible, as well as transformative. However, many new moms struggle with aspects of this transformation. While motherhood itself is beautiful, many women battle to feel confident in their new bodies, especially with the changes in their breasts. This is nothing to be ashamed of. There is no requirement Read More.

Can Liposuction Really Be Beneficial to Your Heart Health?

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Is it possible that liposuction may have greater health benefits than just helping to sculpt your body? Recent studies suggest that when the level of triglycerides in the body is lowered, as happens after liposuction, your body benefits in ways other than simply looking better.

Health Benefits of Lipo

Triglycerides are the fats in blood, and a high level of them indicates an increased risk for heart disease. According to a report presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, triglyceride levels drop an average of 43 percent after liposuction is performed. Even more surprising, 78 percent of the patients who participated in this study were of healthy, average weight, yet still showed the heart benefits of liposuction. The white blood cell count also lowered following the procedure, indicating that fat removal also reduces inflammation, another potential factor in heart disease.Although we think of liposuction as primarily a cosmetic procedure, it’s good to know that there may be the added benefit of improving our heart health. It’s very common that liposuction from our Tampa clinic, along with other body sculpting procedures, helps to reinforce patients’ healthy habits such as sticking with an exercise program and eating right. Self-esteem often gets a boost following liposuction as well.

The Future of Liposuction

Although more studies need to be done before we have a clear idea of how exactly lipo might benefit complex body processes such as heart health or metabolism, one thing is clear: the impact to our patients is definitely very significant, very personal and goes far beyond basic body measurements.

Why Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Training Matters

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Are you feeling unsure where to turn when looking for the right cosmetic surgeon in Tampa? Cosmetic surgery is yet another branch of medicine where the individual surgeon plays a huge role in the overall results. This specialization requires a unique skill set that you shouldn’t assume is common among all medical professionals offering cosmetic procedures.

Defining the Specialty

Unfortunately, aesthetic treatments can be performed by any surgeon or medical doctor, even those who have not had specialized cosmetic surgery training. To the outside observer, it may seem like all those extra certifications aren’t really necessary anyway, especially for a relatively simple procedure. But a lot more goes into a successful cosmetic procedure than you might realize.Let’s use liposuction as an example. This is not a procedure requiring years of training, and it may seem like any doctor could perform this treatment. From a purely technical standpoint, this may be true. The real difference, though, lies in the most important factor of the procedure: the results.While most doctors would be able to make an incision, insert the cannula (surgical wand), and remove fat cells, not every doctor is able to grasp exactly how the results will look later on. An experienced cosmetic surgeon who has undergone postdoctoral training in cosmetic surgery procedures understands the way the body will heal, and is able to adjust their technique accordingly. This means accounting for many factors which non-specialized surgeons simply haven’t considered.

Experience and Training

There are plenty of practices in Tampa offering cosmetic surgery, and even more offices which perform cosmetic procedures yet lack the specialized training. Although some common cosmetic treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic can be performed by doctors who are not cosmetic surgeons, are you willing to take that chance with your body and your health? Find a surgeon with both training and skills. The results will be well worth it.

What Our Patients Say About Breast Augmentation

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There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into deciding to have breast augmentation. That may be why many women who desire breast augmentation wait years before they finally make their decision. If you are wondering if breast augmentation is right for you, it may be helpful to hear what others have to Read More.

What Is Cosmetic Surgery, and Is It Different from Plastic Surgery?

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(Updated for 2019) Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty which is dedicated to the enhancement of one’s appearance. This can be done through surgical and medical techniques alike. These procedures may enhance the face, neck or body. This specialty is very much multidisciplinary, which means that cosmetic surgery is performed by a wide range of Read More.

3 Signs You Could Benefit from a Facelift

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Of course, we all want to look younger, but when is it time to move on from anti-wrinkle treatments and commit to a facelift? Tampa residents will find there are lots of tried-and-true ways to avoid wrinkles or minimize their appearance. Examples include wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun, using a good moisturizer, eating right, exercising and drinking lots of water.No matter how hard we try, though, we can’t stop aging completely. Here are some signs to watch for which may mean it’s time to start thinking about a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure.

  • Nothing Is Working You’re doing everything right: the sunscreen, the water, the medical-grade wrinkle creams...none of it seems to be working anymore. While prevention is the best cure, there comes a time where you need to move on to actual treatments.
  • You Live at the MedSpa If you’ve discovered the genius of outpatient medspa treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, injectables and chemical peels, you know first-hand how great the results can be. However, they’re not permanent. If you find you’re at the medspa more frequently in an attempt to keep wrinkles at bay and they’re still getting more pronounced, it may be time to invest in a facelift instead.
  • You Think You Look Too Old If you’re discouraged at your appearance every time you look in the mirror, and feel years younger than your reflection would indicate, maybe it’s time for a facelift. Tampa locals especially, with all our southern sun exposure, can see early signs of facial aging like sun damage, age spots, and premature wrinkles. If those fine lines are evolving into deep grooves and you’re not happy about it, come in and see me for a consultation.