Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Internal Spanx Surgery for the Buttock

Internal Spanx Surgery for the Buttock

beautiful-buttocksI was recently interviewed by NewBeauty Magazine in regards to a new procedure that is known as Internal Spanx Surgery for the buttock. It was developed in Brazil and involves using Polytetrafluoroethylene mesh to lift the butt area. Currently, the procedure is being performed in Brazil and Portugal. You can read the full article in the NewBeauty blog. Here are the questions I was asked:

1.     Is Polytetrafluoroethylene mesh safe to use in the buttock area?

There’s not enough data or long term follow up to say that the use of the mesh in the buttocks is safe. This is a new procedure. Although, there have been case reports of the use of mesh and even threads in the past to provide a less invasive buttock lift.

Mesh has been successfully used by others and myself to provide an internal silk bra (I have presented this in the past and will be presenting it in Japan next Wednesday at the ISAPS, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Meeting) with little if any complications. It has also been used safely in the abdomen to provide a permanent internal girdle during tummy tucks.

2.     What are some risks associated with a procedure like this?

The most concerning risk is that the mesh can become infected, which would require removal. Other concerns would be technique specific: asymmetry and palpability of the mesh.

3.     Are there any limitations or drawbacks to having a procedure like this instead of a Brazilian butt lift or butt implants?

Each of the procedures you mention is indicated for different purposes. I believe each procedure may have its place for individual patients. This Internal Spanx procedure seems to provide a means to achieve a less invasive lift with mesh. It would likely be indicated in a thin patient with some buttock ptosis (drooping) but no excess skin, and no desire for increased fullness.

A more traditional buttock lift entails an incision similar to a g-string above the buttocks, which removes excess skin and even fills the buttocks using the patient’s own tissue.

For the patient looking for accentuated hips and buttock the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez or Nicki Minaj, you have to introduce volume which can only be achieved with fat transfer to the buttocks (Brazilian butt lift) or implants. The added benefit of a BBL is that the fat is removed from unwanted areas to create a small waist and transition to buttocks and hips. In thin patients without excess fatty deposits, the only option is to use implants.

4.     What are your thoughts about the safety and effectiveness of this procedure?

The use of the Polytetrafluoroethylene mesh is off-label in the United States. Since it is a new procedure, long-term data and results are necessary to comment on the safety. It is always fascinating to see new procedures and techniques developed!

5.     What would you recommend to a patient who was considering this procedure?

Seek a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in buttock procedures to consult on which procedure is ideal for you. Many surgeons discourage patients from bringing wish pictures, but for the buttocks, this is one of the best ways to convey what you want.

#StayBeautiful,

Frank Agullo, MD

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How to Get Superhero Six-Pack Abs

superhero-absSuperhero movies have been all the rage lately. In addition to the action-packed scenes, it’s hard not to notice the leading guys supporting these films. Whether it’s the bulky definition of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor or the lean muscular definition of Captan America, one thing can be said: abs are making the leading man. But the average guy can’t dedicate the time, money, and energy it takes for Ben Affleck to become Batman. If you have worked hard through diet and exercise but stubborn fat still prevents you from getting those superhero abs, then it might be time to consider liposuction.

Liposuction Isn’t Only for Women

Many men shy away from the idea of liposuction because there is the misconception that plastic surgery is only designed for women. The truth is that liposuction and many other plastic surgery procedures can be tailored to men to enhance their appearance while maintaining the masculine contours they desire. The stigma around male plastic surgery is a thing of the past, and many more men are choosing to become the best version of themselves through procedures like liposuction.

Getting a Superhero Six Pack

Liposuction helps men achieve the abdominal contour they desire by targeting specific areas of fat accumulation. A special contouring technique, known as 4D abdominal etching, carefully removes fat from around each abdominal muscle. This process removes certain areas fat while leaving others in place to create definition and a more muscular appearance. Newer liposuction techniques provide the greatest precision, allowing for custom-tailored results.

Preparing for Your Liposuction  

Liposuction isn’t a weight-loss procedure. Men considering liposuction should have already lost weight naturally through diet and exercise. When you are within your goal weight, liposuction is used to remove stubborn fat and reveal your toned abdominal contour. For the best results, patients should attempt to tone their abdominal contour as much as possible prior to their treatment.

You don’t have to be an action star to have leading man abs. Everyone desires to be the best, most toned version of themselves. Schedule your consultation to see if liposuction can help you achieve the physique you desire. Contact our office at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

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