Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

When Is it Too Late for Seniors to Undergo Plastic Surgery?

When Is it Too Late for Seniors to Undergo Plastic Surgery?

Silver hair may be trending for senior women, but wrinkles and blemishes of any other kind are still unacceptable. But since the fountain of youth doesn’t really exist (as far as we know), aging is inevitable for everyone. Many seniors are choosing to go out fighting, and more are choosing to undergo plastic surgery than ever before.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or ASAPS, of the 10 million plus surgeries performed in the US in 2014, one quarter of those were done on people aged 51 to 64. Furthermore, a whopping eight percent of these procedures were done on patients over the age of 65. People are living longer as they continue to adopt healthier lifestyles and improved health care, and they want to look as good as they feel. Others may feel the pressure of the dog-eat-dog corporate world or even from the competitive dating world. What’s more, these numbers are expected to continue to rise as the generation of Baby Boomers age, over time.

Why the spike in cultural popularity? With healthier lifestyles, people are living longer and they want to look as good as they feel. Some feel the pressures of a cut-throat work environment or the competitive dating game. While reasons vary, experts agree the numbers will accelerate as baby boomers age. A long list of procedures that seniors most often request includes facelifts, breast lifts, eyelid lifts, liposuction, and tummy tucks. The trend has many seniors asking when plastic surgery is no longer safe for them to undertake.

According to Dr. Frank Agullo, board-certified plastic surgeon at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX, it is not an individual’s age that increases the risk of surgery, but their overall health that matters most. Is the patient on any type of medications or do they have any pre-existing medical conditions that would interfere with the healing process? Even though plastic surgery is safer than ever before, there are a few factors to consider:

  • Taking Aspirin or Blood Thinners. These are frequently prescribed to patients who have suffered from heart conditions because they thin out the blood. Careful assessment and clearance are important prior to going through with a surgical procedure.
  • A Diabetic Patient. Patients with diabetes are at a much greater risk of infections or healing problems. It is important that the patient be well controlled prior to going through with a plastic surgery procedure.
  • Other Health Issues. There are many health conditions not mentioned that may possible potential hazards or conflicts with the desire to get plastic surgery. It is best to ask the doctor and be as honest as possible during the consultation process. Dr. Agullo will work with your medical team to assess if you are a good candidate.

“It is understandable that people want to look good. Those are great reasons to consider cosmetic alterations or plastic surgery. Safety is the most important factor in plastic surgery, unnecessary risks should not be taken,” says Dr. Agullo. He recommends coming in for a consultation and getting an evaluation from their primary health care provider.

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery. Call 915-590-7900 or fill out our online contact form to set something up today!

Three Ways Hair Restoration Procedures Are More Successful Than Ever

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, or ISHRS, has recently published a study showing tremendous increases in the number of people – primarily men – who have chosen to undergo hair restoration surgery over the last ten years. From 2006 to present day, there was an incredible 76 percent increase in the number of procedures performed, and since 2012, the market size for hair-restoration surgery has increased 28 percent. The hair restoration industry is now larger than $2.5 billion, and numbers are showing no sign of slowing down.

According to the ISHRS’ report, there were about 397,000 hair-restoration procedures done worldwide in 2014. As you would expect, a great majority of these are performed on men, but there has been a steady increase in the number of women choosing to undergo hair restoration as well. The market increases in hair restoration procedures are no accident, and here we are going to highlight the three main reasons for the uptick.

  1. Hair transplant surgeries are much quicker to perform and recover from. More than two-thirds of the respondents in ISHRS’ study reported only needing one procedure to achieve the desired results they were looking for in hair restoration. The same results typically took five to ten procedures in the past, and thus many more people are willing to undergo the surgery.
  2. Advances in cell removal and restoration have made it much easier to grow back your own hair. With PRP (protein rich plasma), the cells used are from the patient’s own body, making it possible to grow your own hair within only a few short months. These treatments have been very successful and that makes it more attractive to men who want a realistic hair regrowth solution.
  3. Hair restoration procedures are relatively painless. Although some patients did report some soreness and pain after the surgery, most reported feeling fine during and after the procedure. Full recoveries usually only take 10 to 14 days before the scabs left from the surgery can no longer be seen. A post-op regiment to clean and treat the scalp area is typically given by the surgeon to help it to heal faster and remove much of the discomfort during recovery.

Frank Agullo, M.D. of Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso has access to the latest hair restoration techniques available. Contact our award winning team today! Call us at 915-590-7900 or fill out our online contact form.

Three Primary Causes for Increases in Male Plastic Surgery

There continues to be a growing pressure on men to look younger these days, and it has really started to show in the sheer number of men choosing to undergo cosmetic procedures. From 2013 until present day, the tremendous growth in the plastic surgery market has been partly due to the increase in male patients choosing to participate.

So, why this spike in male plastic surgery? Only five to ten years ago, plastic surgery patients were almost entirely female, but now we are seeing a steady increase in male patients in El Paso and throughout the United States. There are a number of reasons for this, but these are the top three causes for men seeking cosmetic or plastic surgery:

  1. There is a greater general awareness of what is possible surgically. Television and increased press attention has put the possibilities of cosmetic surgery into the public’s eye. Now that men know what kind of things they can change physically, it has created an entirely new demand in the plastic surgery market.
  2. There is both a professional and social pressure for men to look younger. Companies want men to look their best, and these days that means looking old can start to become detrimental to an otherwise sterling career. Men also have different social expectations put upon them presently than in the past; words like “manscaping” certainly didn’t exist 10 to 15 years ago. The stigma that used to exist in most men’s minds about having aesthetic surgery has lifted. This has increased the demand for cosmetic surgery as competition calls for it.
  3. Hair restoration surgeries have had incredible breakthroughs in the last couple of years. The field of hair restoration has really had some incredible breakthroughs in the last couple of years, and more men than ever are getting their hair line back to where they want it to be. Procedures like PRP and hair transplants have made hair restoration an easy and affordable option for many men and since hair loss is such a common trait, it is not hard to imagine why male cosmetic surgery is skyrocketing.

For men who may be considering plastic surgery or cosmetic alterations, Dr. Frank Agullo offers a confidential and private environment at Southwest Plastic Surgery, where you can discuss your ideas or inquisitions with a board-certified plastic surgeon in El Paso. Contact us today to schedule a consultation by calling 915-590-7900 or filling out our online contact form.

Why Men Should Consider Plastic Surgery?

Male Plastic Surgery Before and After PhotosTraditionally, women have been more likely to undergo plastic surgery than men. However, body issues and aging concerns are common for many individuals, irrespective of gender. Many of the procedures available today can benefit both men and women, and over the past few years we have indeed seen a steady rise in men undergoing plastic surgery. If you don’t think that plastic surgery is for you, it may be time to reconsider, as there are many benefits that men stand to gain from male plastic surgery procedures.

Becoming More Competitive in the Job Market

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and every day it gets harder to stay ahead of the competition in the job market. You may find that after a successful interview for a job you’re well-qualified for, you’ve been passed up in favor of a man who is slightly younger or more attractive than you. Younger and more attractive men are often perceived as more capable in the job market, and even if you think you have a stable job, it may be only a matter of time before you’re phased out. While you can’t stop the clock, there are all kinds of plastic surgery procedures that can help you to look fitter, younger, and more attractive, from liposuction and pectoral implants to facial augmentation, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. These procedures can help you maintain a competitive edge in the job market with a more youthful, attractive, and confident look.

Becoming More Desirable to Potential Partners

If it is difficult to stay ahead of the game in the workforce, it is likely even more difficult in the dating realm. Physical chemistry and sexual attractiveness are significant factors in choosing a partner. Potential partners are often looking for a man who they find sexy, attractive, and masculine. Plastic surgery procedures can improve your body contour, your face, and your overall appearance so that you become more desirable to potential partners.

Feeling Confident About Yourself

Confidence is one of the most desirable qualities in any man. A man who is confident in himself and his abilities will go far in life. If you are self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance, it is difficult to maintain confidence in yourself. Plastic surgery can enhance your appearance so that every time you look in a mirror or look down at your body, you get an extra boost of confidence due to your attractive and masculine physique.

Plastic Surgery Procedures That Are Great for Men

There are many plastic surgery procedures that are specifically designed to benefit men or both genders. Men can improve their body contour with liposuction, male breast reduction, pectoral implants, and buttock implants. These procedures can help your body to look and feel fit, toned, firm, and youthful. Additionally, men can restore a more youthful appearance with procedures such as facelift surgery, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery. These procedures can help to define the face with more masculine contours and a fresh, youthful look.

Men have much to gain from male plastic surgery procedures. To learn more about the types of procedures that could benefit you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo today. To book your appointment now, call our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

The Top Five Things to Know About Teen Plastic Surgery

According to a recent study published by The New York Daily News, there has been a recent uptick in the number of teens getting plastic surgery done. Most occur during breaks in school, such as holiday or summer vacations. The study also shows that teens use the plastic surgery for an entirely different purpose than their parents; primarily to “fit in”.

On the other hand, adult plastic surgery patients are typically trying to fix things they are unhappy about, while trying to stand out and look better than their peers. It is a way of trying to defy the signs of aging. While similar, the teen patients mostly undertook the surgery to fix a major flaw so that they can better fit in socially, and the grownups did it to look younger.

According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, of the 15.1 million cosmetic procedures that occur in the United States a year, only about 236,000 of those are done to teens.  And yet, it may be important to understand what purposes teens may have to undergo plastic surgery.

So, here are the top five things to know about teens that are choosing to get cosmetic work done:

  1. The most common areas teens get plastic surgery is their ears, nose, acne scars, and breasts. This means teens are going to areas on their bodies that typically are causing them social embarrassment and emotional pain.
  2. Most procedures for teens are scheduled in advance to happen during the summer or winter breaks. In addition to getting to recuperate without missing classes, the time away makes it much less of a noticeable change to the peers around them.
  3. Plastic surgeons will not operate on a teen patient with body features that both look and function fine. This means teens really only allowed to fix things that will help them to fit in and make their lives easier.
  4. Teens don’t want people to notice that they have had cosmetic work done. Since teens are only doing the procedure to fit in socially anyway, they’d rather not get the scrutiny from their peers.
  5. 50 percent of teens would change something about themselves surgically if they could. A study published in March from the British charity Ditch the Label found half of surveyed teens said they would definitely change something about their appearance if they could. Teeth whitening was still on the top of the list.

Whenever Dr. Agullo works on teens at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX, they must meet with us in person with a guardian present. We explain the procedure thoroughly before we will agree to alter them in any way, and the teen must be of a decisive age, along with permission granted from their parent or legal guardian. Plastic surgery is a big decision for anyone, but under the care of a skilled plastic surgeon, it can greatly improve the confidence of both teens and adults alike.

To schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo, please contact Southwest Plastic Surgery. Call us at 915-590-7900, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

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