Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Looking Back… on Bra Lines

Category: Body Lift

Looking Back… on Bra Lines

shutterstock_308600477So many women have shared this experience: you’re feeling great, but while you’re getting dressed, you catch your reflection in the mirror from behind. Then your smile drops. That form fitting blouse, dress, or top seems to find all the frustrating spots that your diet and exercise regime don’t quite fix. And then there are those dreaded indentations in your back from your bra, even when you’ve been fitted professionally for it. A bra line back lift may help! With the help of Dr. Frank Agullo, board-certified plastic surgeon and MD of Agullo Plastic Surgery, you could be able to erase those lines and “rolls” for the better. What are the Components of a Bra Line Back Life? A back lift targets the laxness in the soft tissue of the upper back area, camouflaging any scarring in the space tucked behind the bra line. We prefer to keep you comfortable with general anesthesia, as is very safe and ideal for this type of procedure. Then, surgical dressings similar to paper tape retain closure of the site, until healing is complete. Because this surgery affects your agility during recovery, Dr. Agullo recommends avoiding raising of your arms, intense activity such as lifting heavy objects, or heavy use of the abdominal muscles. Your movement should be restricted for two weeks, with gentle attention to all physical actions until you’re fully recovered. Causes of Back Fat Usually, back fat is a problem that occurs during the natural course of our life. And then aging brings less elasticity to the skin. But serious weight loss also plays a large factor - like the rest of your torso where fatty deposits or rolls are noted, weight gain can affect your upper back. Who Can Get the Best Results? A back lift is ideal for individuals who have consistently instituted a healthy diet and exercise routine for their lifestyle, but continue to have difficulties with excessive soft tissue and fat in the upper back territory. Typically, this laxity is found more in our patients who’ve experienced tremendous changes in their weight. Will You Lose Inches or Just Lift What You Have? Your results will lead to a reduction in the looseness and amount of soft tissues in your upper back. The difference seen will be an elimination of upper back rolls and a lower measurement around your torso, because of the lessened amount of excessive tissue. This powerful aesthetic procedure can lead to significant results in a safe manner. What Does the Scarring Look Like? Any surgery leaves scarring behind. With a back lift, streamlined scars are very common. What this means is that the sites of the incisions made are closed in layers, which reduces the tightness of the surgical site. Because of this, your scars typically won’t widen or stretch. The eventual scar lays straight, in the area that is covered by your bra. That way it’s hidden away even if you’re in your favorite bathing suit. Can This Be Done to the Whole Back? In most cases, a back lift procedure is only recommended for the upper section of the back. However, there are other procedures similar to this one that address the lower back rolls and other excessive tissues. But just as the upper back procedure doesn’t affect the lower back, so does the lower back procedure not affect the upper back soft tissue. Should You Get One Done? If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your upper back when you look in the mirror as you’re getting dressed, then a bra line back lift might be right for you. If you can’t achieve the change you want through altering your diet, exercising consistently, or losing weight - and you don’t want to hide in your baggier clothes to avoid showing rolls - then this might be exactly what you’re looking for! Call Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso today to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Agullo to find out more. You can make an appointment with Dr. Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form  

Improve Your Appearance Following Weight Loss

Improve Your Appearance Following Weight LossMajor weight loss can simultaneously be the most triumphant and frustrating experience in your life. It is no small task to stick to your diet and exercise plan. Shedding those unwanted pounds and reaching your goal feels amazing. What doesn’t feel as great? Not having the body you envisioned at the start of your weight-loss journey. What keeps many men and women motivated through their weight loss is the idea of the new, fit body they will have achieved at the end of it all. However, this healthier, leaner you is often obstructed by excess, sagging skin. If you are frustrated with your appearance, body contouring to improve your appearance following major weight loss may be just what you need.    

What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring includes a set of select procedures that are designed to eliminate excess skin and fat to enhance your body’s physique. Each body contouring procedure is customized to the patient in order to target your trouble spots and highlight your body’s natural curvature. Possible treatments included as a part of body contouring are:
  • Tummy TuckAchieves a flatter, smoother abdomen by eliminating excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles
  • LiposuctionRemoves excess fat to enhance slender curves in women and create better body definition in men and women
  • Lower Body LiftTargets sagging tissues around the hips, thighs, and buttocks for a slimmer, more toned lower body
  • Thigh LiftRemoves sagging thigh tissue for more toned legs and to eliminate painful chafing
  • Breast EnhancementsMay include a breast lift and/or breast augmentation to restore firmness, shape, and volume to drooping, deflated breasts
  • Arm LiftRemoves sagging arm tissue for firmer, slimmer arms

Why Choose Body Contouring?

Body Contouring Before and After PhotosMany people struggle to avoid surgery during their weight loss, while others undergo surgery and don’t desire to do it again. It can be disappointing for some that surgery is their only option. However, body contouring surgeries offer numerous benefits that often outweigh the drawbacks of surgery, including:
  • Permanent and precise removal of skin and fat
  • Elimination of painful skin irritations and chafing caused by excess folds of skin
  • Removal of stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise
  • A stronger abdominal core
  • Enhancement of new, lean muscles
  • Customized procedures tailored to the patient’s needs

When Should I Consider Body Contouring?

Body contouring is often right for both men and women following major weight loss or for patients with large amounts of excess skin. Patients should be within their goal weight and should have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. Future weight loss or gain can affect the quality of body contouring surgery results. Some health conditions may prevent you from qualifying for body contouring, which will be discussed during your consultation. If you are ready to reveal the new, fitter, and healthier you following weight loss, schedule your body contouring consultation with Dr. Agullo today. Contact our office at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

The Benefits of Looking Your Best

Looking Your BestA familiar misconception is the idea that cosmetic surgery isn’t beneficial past the surface of the skin. But that’s not true! Investing in aesthetic treatments by a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you boost your confidence, improve your appearance, and change your lifestyle. Not only that, but cosmetic treatments can also be beneficial to your health and well-being. Here are just a few examples: Breast Reduction It’s not uncommon for women with larger breasts to experience pain or discomfort in their back, shoulders, or neck. Reducing the size of the breasts to one that is lighter can improve posture, reduce spinal problems, and even make it easier to workout at the gym. Some women also experience frequent skin irritation or infection under their breast tissue, so a reduction makes it much easier to reduce the likelihood of these conditions. Breast Augmentation For women who experienced tuberous growths, or asymmetry to the point that it interferes with their posture, breast augmentation can create a healthy fit for your profile and reduce your risk of back pain. Rhinoplasty Getting a “nose job” could actually help you breathe easier, due to correcting a deviated septum or other anatomical irregularities that reduce oxygen flow. Rhinoplasties offer straightforward results to my patients with obstructed nasal passages. Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) If droopy eyelids (ptosis) interfere with your line of vision, a simple lift can improve your eyesight. Suddenly you’ll see better again, without having to wear glasses! Abdominoplasty A tummy tuck reduces the excess fat and skin along the waistline - decreasing your risk of diabetes, reduce certain types of incontinence, and relieve back pain as the muscular positions are corrected. Enjoy a flatter, more toned stomach that diet and exercise alone haven’t achieved. Body Lift After significant weight loss, reducing excess skin in the arms, lower body, thighs, or breasts can improve posture, reduce your risk of diabetes, and even reduce incontinence caused by stress. Say goodbye to the “waving” skin when you walk or raise your arm, and hello to tighter fitting clothes. Liposuction Liposuction can be used to reduce the amount a person sweats under their armpits - something that can interfere with everyday social relationships. The procedure can also bone completed using a laser. Liposuction is often used for men who need breast reduction due to excessive fatty tissues in their chest. Vaginal Rejuvenation After childbirth, many women experience scar tissues caused by tearing, looseness of the vaginal walls, or chafing because of naturally large labia. Plastic surgery can reshape and recontour the vaginal tissues for greater comfort in your favorite clothes (or with the person you love.) Through vaginal rejuvenation you can achieve your desired look. Of course, the psychological benefits of plastic surgery are significant. Being able to overcome the embarrassment of specific anatomical irregularities can give my patients a new-found freedom that literally changes their life for the better. If you’ve been thinking about having some type of cosmetic procedure performed, and you just can’t justify it for looks alone - it’s time to look even deeper, and see how treatments can improve things other than just your appearance. To learn more about your options in plastic surgery, you can make an appointment at the office of Dr. Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or filling out our online contact form.

Increase in Plastic Surgery Countouring Procedures after massive Weight Loss

body contouring conceptA marked increase in the number of bariatric procedures in the United States has started affecting plastic surgery volumes according to the press release by the American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS). Body contouring procedures including abdominoplasty, thigh lifts, breast lifts and arm lifts grew at the fastest rate in 2014. The trend in growth is expected to continue.  In 2013 almost 500 bariatric procedures were performed every day in the United States. Of the body contouring procedures, thigh lifts and arm lifts had the highest increase in five years, both up by 90%.  Nevertheless, abdominoplasties and mastopexy procedures continue to increase in volume as well. Having said this, Dr. Agullo believes that the main surgery performed in his practice after massive weight loss is the circumferential body lift or lower body lift. After massive weight loss procedures patients experience an improvement in health, often curing related health problems such as diabetes and hypertension.    A large amount of weight loss does result in excess skin and other problems such as skin rashes and difficulties in mobility.  Oftentimes body contouring procedures after massive weight loss are key in the improvement of quality of life and part of the transformation of these patients. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, Dr. Agullo specializes in multiple body contouring procedures,  or “total body lifts”, which can be combined in a single procedure.   Using the latest techniques and strict safety guidelines, Dr. Agullo is able to offer combinations of upper arm lifts, breast lifts, excision of back folds, circumferential abdominoplasties, thigh lifts, and face lifts in one setting. This can only be achieved by an experienced team. Some of the procedures are covered by insurance due to the morbidity caused by the occurrence of skin infections in the infra-abdominal folds.   The most often covered procedure is panniculectomy, which removes the excess skin and tissue below the lower abdominal fold. In 2014 approximately 45,000 patients underwent body-contouring procedures after massive weight loss in the United States. Dr. Agullo has noticed an increasing number of patients seeking body contouring procedures after massive weight loss at Southwest Plastic Surgery as well.    By offering both CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit, many patients are able to finance their procedures, thus making it more feasible. If you or a loved have experienced massive weight loss and wish to improve your body contour give us a call today.

Lose Those Unwanted Pounds

Weight-Loss Surgery in El Paso, TX

Weight-Loss Surgery El Paso, TXWeight-loss surgery can be a positive way to kick-start your weight-loss journey instead of using extreme diets or pills that purport to be a fat-burning miracle. Morbidly obese patients require bariatric procedures such as gastric stapling or gastric bypass. For people who do not qualify for bariatric surgery, moderate weight-loss surgery can help you reduce your size. Once the burden is off your shoulders (and your waistline), you may just find the confidence and encouragement to continue to lose weight after treatment.

What Is Weight-Loss Surgery?

Although plastic surgery procedures are not meant as weight loss procedures, they can significantly decrease your size and improve your contour. These techniques are a combination of procedures specifically designed to remove skin and fat that are adding extra bulk to your frame. One or more of these procedures may be combined to achieve the best body contour possible:
  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty - Also known as a lower body lift, this procedure smooths the skin and decreases the amount fat around the buttocks, thighs, and hips. Tissue is excised from discreetly placed incisions which are easily hidden under a bikini or underwear. The procedure includes a buttock lift with augmentation which improves your contour overall.
  • Tummy Tuck - Probably one of the most popular abdominal contouring procedures, tummy tuck surgery removes excess tissue from the abdomen and tightens the muscles. The remaining skin is pulled tight and smooth, creating a firmer stomach.
  • Liposuction - Liposuction is used to target specific fat deposits. It is usually combined with either of the above procedures to achieve ideal body contours. Liposuction is effective for diminishing fat accumulations in less invasive ways.

Who Is a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Candidates for weight-loss surgery are reasonably healthy without any chronic illness such as diabetes or a heart condition. Patients considering this surgical procedure are overweight but are not large enough to be considered for bariatric surgery. People seeking weight-loss surgery may identify with one or more of the following:
  • A medical professional has said you need to lose a significant amount of weight
  • You have tried diet and exercise before with minimal results
  • You are struggling to lose weight after pregnancy
  • The extra pounds are making you feel unattractive
Many of Dr. Agullo’s patients enter a chronic cycle of attempts at weight loss with diet and exercise, frustration and depression, followed by a bounce back in weight gain. These procedures may help break the vicious cycle.

What Are the Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery?

The improvement of your body’s aesthetics is the most noticeable benefit of weight-loss surgery. Having a slimmer, more toned body can help people feel attractive and more confident in themselves. Shedding some unnecessary pounds and decreasing in size inspires many people to begin living a healthier lifestyle and even makes it easier to launch a workout regimen. Most of our overweight patients undergoing these procedures experience continued weight loss after a year, loose between 10-20 lbs, and decrease 2-6 dress sizes. If you are ready to kick-start your weight-loss journey, contact Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery. You dream body is only a phone call away. Contact our office by calling (915) 590-7900, or fill out our online contact form here for more information!  

Get Your Best “After” with Weight Loss Surgery

woman in jeans that are too bigIf you’re reading this post, odds are you have struggled with your weight to some extent. You’ve probably tried several different diets and workout routines, and you may even have a “before” picture from a period of time when you wanted to actively document your progress. When your weight loss journey involves losing more than just a few vanity pounds, several months may pass before you’ve even made a dent in your goal. Even after five months of total dedication to your plan, the “after” picture you were hoping for might better be labeled “during” because your journey is still not complete. Whether you have struggled to lose weight or you have excess skin as a result of weight you have already lost, Dr. Agullo has a procedure that can get you the “after” picture you are looking for. He has several weight loss surgery options available that can reduce fat, remove excess skin, and help you to complete your weight loss journey once and for all.

Fat Reduction Surgery

Liposuction is typically not a stand-alone treatment for weight loss. In fact, patients who experience the best results with liposuction are at or near their goal weight. However, liposuction can be performed along with other procedures in order to reduce inches and help patients experience a smoother body contour. Since liposuction alone does not address excess skin, Dr. Agullo often performs liposuction with tummy tuck surgery, arm lift, and other “lifting” procedures. If you need to lose a significant amount of fat and you do not have good skin elasticity, liposuction followed by (or in conjunction with) skin reduction surgery will be the best option for you.

Skin Reduction Surgery

If you have already achieved your goal weight through traditional methods or with the aid of bariatric surgery, you may be burdened with excess skin on various areas of your body. Dr. Agullo can perform one procedure at a time or several procedures at once that will remove excess skin and sculpt your body into the shape you have earned. A circumferential body lift, also called a lower body lift, is the most comprehensive body contouring procedure and will address excess skin in the thighs, abdomen, back, buttocks, and hips. Each of these areas can be addressed separately as well, depending on the patient’s desires, health history, and the areas that need the most correction. For an idea of what your “after” picture might look like, feel free to view before and after photos of some of Dr. Agullo’s most satisfied patients. Dr. Agullo is dedicated to providing the most optimal results for his patients in the safest possible way. To find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, please schedule a consultation at one of our Texas locations: El Paso: (915) 590-7900 or Las Cruces: (575) 520-5041. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

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