Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

When Is the Best Time for Plastic Surgery?

When Is the Best Time for Plastic Surgery?

woman-holding-an-hourglassWhen scheduling your plastic surgery procedure, timing is everything. You want to make sure you are fully healed before a big event, such as a wedding, and that you do not have any major commitments planned during your recovery time. Here are a few things to consider before choosing your ideal surgery date.

Age

For one reason or another, many people worry that they are too old for plastic surgery. Patients should know that age alone will never disqualify anyone from a particular procedure; however, older patients are more likely than others to have more serious health concerns, which may make elective surgery more of a risk. If you are considering plastic surgery and already feel “too old,” schedule a consultation to find out the pros and cons that are unique to you.

Future Weight Loss

Those who experience the best results with all body contouring procedures are at or near their ideal weight and have maintained it for at least a few months. Patients who plan on losing more weight after their surgery will still be able to schedule their surgery, but once they lose more weight, their body may not be as “tight” as their final surgery result, as excess skin may develop.

Future Pregnancy

Cosmetic surgeries such as the tummy tuck will never cause harm to the woman or baby if the patient becomes pregnant after her surgery. However, patients should realize that a subsequent pregnancy will undo some of the results of a tummy tuck or Mommy Makeover procedure since pregnancy will stretch the skin and muscle and nearly always causes weight gain in different areas.

Employment

If you are in between jobs and are prepared mentally and financially to undergo cosmetic surgery, you should schedule your procedure before you find a job. Taking a couple of weeks off for recovery at a new job is not always possible or ideal. It is also better to have surgery when you do not have the added pressure of learning your new role.

Upcoming Events

Nonsurgical procedures are an excellent option for last-minute improvement before a big event. Although results can be seen immediately, it is a good idea to schedule treatments like lip augmentation and dermal fillers a couple of weeks before the date of an event to ensure you are happy with your results. For surgical procedures, such as a breast augmentation, patients may wish to schedule it about six weeks before an event to ensure the implants have settled into their new position and all swelling has completely subsided.

Future Cosmetic Surgery

If you plan to have a different cosmetic surgery a couple of years after the one you are considering, be sure to mention it during your consultation. Many times a patient will realize the time and cost saved if they decide to have both procedures done at one time.

When planning your surgery, there are many factors to consider including timing, options, and risks. Dr. Agullo can help you determine if the procedure you have in mind is right for you. To schedule your appointment, please call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form today.

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The Pros and Cons of Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer

lady-measuring-her-breastsIn all honesty, there are advantages and disadvantages to virtually all cosmetic procedures. However, the true list of pros and cons is completely determined by the patient and will be different for every individual; an ideal procedure for one person may not be the best option for another. Here are the facts about breast augmentation with fat transfer to help you determine your particular list of pros and cons:

It Reduces Body Fat

Perhaps the best and most obvious advantage of breast augmentation with fat transfer is the loss of fat from other areas of the body. The donor area can be the thighs, hips, buttocks, or abdomen—almost any larger area of the body that has excess, unwanted fat. Patients experience a few inches lost from the particular area and can feel more confident in smaller or tighter clothing.

It Is Less Invasive Than Implant Placement

Breast augmentation with fat transfer is less invasive than implant breast augmentation depending on the amount of fat removed during the liposuction portion of the procedure. Liposuction will require only a few small incisions at the donor site but may result in swelling and bruising that will cause some discomfort during recovery. The surgical step of injecting the fat into the breasts is much less invasive than surgically inserting implants. Generally, the fat grafting procedure results in a shorter and easier recovery than implant augmentation.

It Has Lower Risks Than Implant Augmentation

With breast implants, patients run the risk of capsular contracture, implant malposition, rippling, and rupture. With fat transfer to the breasts, the patient avoids all implant-associated risks. The body also will not reject the patient’s own fat as a result of fat transfer.

The Breasts Look and Feel More Natural

Because the patient’s own fat is used, the breasts will look and feel more natural compared to silicone or saline breast implants. For those who would like more defined roundness and cleavage at the upper pole of the breasts, breast implants may be a better option.

before-and-after-breast-augmentationIt’s Permanent

When fat is injected into the body, it must form a blood supply to survive. Only about 50 to 70 percent of the injected fat is likely to survive in the breasts, which can lead to less dramatic results than with breast implants. After four to six weeks, the size of the breasts stabilizes. As long as you maintain your weight, the breast size will remain the same. If you gain weight, the breasts will increase in size. They will decrease in size if you lose weight.

It Provides a Less Significant Increase in Breast Size

Patients should expect an increase of about one to two cup sizes with fat transfer, while breast implants provide many more size options. Patients can choose to get more than one fat injection treatment to achieve the size they want, but this option often takes longer than breast implant surgery and may end up costing more as well.

Dr. Agullo’s patients have many choices when considering breast augmentation at his practice. During your consultation, he takes your desires, concerns, and physical anatomy into consideration so that together you will both arrive at the option that will best meet your needs.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation for breast augmentation, please call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form today.

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