Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

The Jawline: Essentials of a Beautiful Face

Category: Fat Injections

The Jawline: Essentials of a Beautiful Face

A very small percentage—about 5 percent—of American women have a naturally prominent, chiseled jaw. You may see this trait in some of the top most beautiful women in Hollywood, like Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, and Keira Knightley. While attractiveness is subjective, a strong jawline in women is definitely a coveted feature in our present culture. It evokes a look of power, strength, and confidence in women, which is what many of the best supermodels express. This feature may be so desired because it is such a rarity, but it also has to do with the golden ratio of facial proportions and what many consider to be the basic standard of beauty for centuries. Chin Implant Before and After Photos  

What Is The Golden Ratio?

No matter what type of beauty you are personally attracted to, there are certain symmetrical “lines” in the face that always capture attention and please the eye. The golden ratio is a standard mathematical way to measure the proportions of the face, where the distance between certain features of the face compared to other distances of the face equals the ratio of approximately 1.618. The closer the measurements come to the golden ratio, the more balanced the facial features are and the more attractive the person seems to be. When a strong jawline is complemented by strong cheekbones, it forms facial symmetry that falls in line with the golden ratio and defines the main areas of the face and neck.

How Can I Get Strong Jawline Definition?

Dr. Agullo can create stunning facial definition in one procedure with a simple chin implant. Although it is a small implant and a less invasive cosmetic surgery, a chin implant makes a major difference in the appearance of the face and jawline. It creates a sleek, chiseled profile and a stronger appearance to the front of the face. To further define the face, some patients require removal of the buccal fat pad, which creates a hollowness below the cheekbone and above the jawline. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to the masseters can also help to create a more feminine figure in patients with squared faces. Finally, fat injections to the face can help reinforce the cheekbones. A similar result can be accomplished when sagging jowls are removed with a facelift or when wrinkles, sagging skin, and a “double chin” are improved with a neck lift. Both procedures create more definition between the face and neck, which is essential to a youthful and healthy appearance. If you would like to achieve youthful jawline definition with chin implants or the removal of stubborn fat beneath the chin to create a stronger facial appearance, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo. Call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

The Benefits of Blepharoplasty

If time and circumstances have given you crow’s feet, sagging upper eyelids, and permanent bags under your eyes, you may look older than you feel. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can erase the effects of time, gravity, and stress to bring out a more youthful and attractive appearance.

No More Sagging Skin or Droopy Eyelids

Sagging skin is a common sign of aging in the upper eyelids. When it causes eyelid hooding, sagging skin may lead to vision impairment. Droopy lids can make you look like you are always tired, and excess skin may also make it more difficult to apply eye makeup. During eyelid surgery, Dr. Agullo can remove excess upper eyelid skin. This creates a more youthful and refreshed appearance and eliminates eyelid hooding for improved sight lines.

Fewer Wrinkles and Creases

Before and After BlepharoplastyWrinkles and creases are commonly found around the eyes of individuals of all ages. However, excess wrinkles portray a more noticeably aged appearance. Blepharoplasty tightens the delicate tissues around the eyes to minimize wrinkles such as brow furrows and crow’s feet so that the eyes appear more naturally youthful.

No More Bags or Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Another common sign of aging is when bags or dark circles appear permanently etched beneath the eyes. By trimming away excess fat storage from under the eye, Dr. Agullo can eliminate these dark circles or puffy bags to soften your appearance. This will help you to look more awake and refreshed.

Easily Combined With Other Procedures

Many individuals who desire blepharoplasty would also benefit from additional facial rejuvenation procedures. Blepharoplasty can easily be combined with other procedures to rejuvenate more than just the eyes. Often, patients will combine blepharoplasty with facelift surgery, fat injections, lip augmentation, rhinoplasty, a brow lift, a neck lift, or protein-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Combining eyelid surgery with one or more of these procedures can maximize your time and budget and will also give you a whole new look all at once.

Look and Feel Many Years Younger

As the eyes are one of the most prominent facial features, aging eyes will age your whole appearance. Simply undergoing eyelid surgery can make you look and feel many years younger. In fact, many of Dr. Agullo’s patients have indicated that blepharoplasty has led them to receive many compliments about their age. Blepharoplasty can improve your appearance, enhance your confidence and self-esteem, and help you to look and feel younger. To revitalize your eyes and refresh your appearance, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo in El Paso. Call our office at (915) 590-7900 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.

Going Organic Isn’t Just for Your Diet

Going organic may be the new diet trend, but for many people, it’s much more than that – it’s a lifestyle. An organic lifestyle means living a lifestyle that is healthy for you and the environment. It also means ridding your life and body of harmful processed chemicals. Going organic offers positive benefits, but some may wonder, at what cost? Does going organic mean you have to stop caring about your appearance? Of course not! With natural body enhancement procedures, you can live an organic lifestyle AND undergo “organic” beauty enhancement procedures using only materials harvested from your own body.

Facial Rejuvenation With Protein Rich Plasma (PRP)

Organic Plastic SurgeryAs a natural consequence of aging, our faces begin to thin out and develop fine lines and wrinkles. But with protein rich plasma (PRP) injections for facial rejuvenation, you can reduce the signs of aging with natural materials. PRP is blood plasma enriched with platelets that promote healing and growth, and it’s found in your body. PRP injections have been used for years to promote healing, and they are increasingly used for natural beauty enhancement. For the procedure, blood is drawn from a vein in your arm and then processed to separate out the protein rich plasma. A few minutes later, Dr. Agullo injects the PRP into target areas of your face to rejuvenate it. The face then naturally forms more collagen and blood vessels, effectively minimizing wrinkles and reversing volume loss. PRP injections can be combined with fat grafting for even more dramatic yet natural results.

Fat Transfer for Your Face, Breasts, and Butt

Wrinkles and volume loss are largely due to a loss of skin elasticity and lack of tissue fullness. The face, breasts, and buttocks are particularly vulnerable to skin laxity and volume loss over time. Fat injections can be used to counteract the signs of aging by filling in the tissues with fat harvested from elsewhere on the body. Dr. Frank Agullo uses liposuction to remove fat from one area of the body, and he then purifies it to eliminate imperfections before injecting it into the target area. The harvested fat includes stem cells that aid in skin rejuvenation and collagen production to tighten the skin. These techniques are used for natural facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, and butt augmentation, and they allow you to undergo beauty enhancement procedures with an organic lifestyle.

Organic Beauty Enhancement

You don’t have to stop caring about your appearance when you go organic. While some people choose synthetic fillers and implants, you can have organic beauty enhancement using material from your own body. PRP and fat are both natural materials that can be utilized by the skilled hands of plastic surgeon Dr. Agullo to provide you with natural beauty enhancement. Find out more about how you can have organic beauty enhancement with PRP or fat transfer procedures by calling our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form. Schedule your personal consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo today.

New Fat Grafting Procedure Helps Patients Love Fat in a Different Way

In Mid-May of 2015, top surgeons for the ASAPS – American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – met to brainstorm the rapidly evolving method of fat grafting, which offers patients a revolutionary new way to re-sculpt and reshape the areas of the body that even exercise and diet cannot achieve. Those once-neglected regions of a person’s body, such as the pecks, shoulders, abs and legs, can now achieve stunning definition that was once only available to those who were “born with” great genes. Being hailed by one plastic surgeon as “liquid gold”, the fat grafting technique enables qualified surgeons to augment, reshape and redefine the anatomy in ways that other previous methods could not achieve. The results are natural looking, minimally invasive and use a patient’s own body tissue, making it less apt to be rejected by the body. Fat grafting provides a robust, flexible measure of injecting the patient’s own fat cells into the desired areas. So you can take the fat away from the areas you don’t want it, and have it redistributed to the areas that need more volume. Although this does often require combined procedures, such as liposuction, for example, the initial results have been tremendously favorable. The fat literally takes on the physiologic makeup of whatever it is injected next to, thereby adapting in a way that makes it easy for the body to adopt. While implants have long been used for augmentations, the fat grafting procedure offers an innovative alternative. It can even complement existing implants for patients who want more dramatic results, such as ultra-sexy, deep cleavage or “booty-licious” butts. In the future, many patients who have returned to plastic surgeons for the decade updates on their breast implants may be offered fat grafting as an alternative solution. It can also smooth and contour the implants, offering enhanced definition and customization. One of the surprising findings is that in patients who have already gone through with the fat grafting procedure, the fat cells that were removed and redistributed to another part of the body did not come back to those areas. They also live forever in their new location. Fat retention rates averaged 60% for buttock fat transfers, 40% for breast fat grafting and 60% retention in the legs and calves. These tallies were performed by board-certified, best-of-the best, plastic surgeons certified by ABPS – the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Another notable point about fat grafting redistribution is that the results are centered on shape and proportion, rather than the size of the patient. A person can designate the unwanted fat and just move it to another part that needs extra perkiness and volume. If you are underweight, this technique may not be possible unless you want to gain ten or twenty pounds to have it done. Limitations exist, mainly when a patient’s bone structure or skin is unable to stretch enough to accommodate the fat injections. Scary as it may sound, if too much fat is injected into a specific area, it can actually rupture the nearby ligaments. Not everyone is a candidate for fat grafting, so the best advice is to go to a board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Frank Agullo of El Paso, TX. In addition to being a member of ABPS and other prestigious organizations, Dr. Agullo can give patients realistic advice as to whether or not they are a candidate. If you would like to find out if fat grafting is an option for you, Contact Agullo Plastic Surgery today to set up a personal one-on-one to discuss your concepts and goals.

Not So Commonly Asked Questions About Breast Fat Injections

Breast Augmentation Using Fat InjectionsRecently, Dr. Agullo received a great email from a prospective client in Canada interested in breast augmentation with fat grafting. She did not want to have breast augmentation with implants and had additional questions not covered on the website. Dr. Agullo performs surgeries of all kinds – not only for patients throughout Southwest Texas, El Paso, Mexico, and Las Cruces, NM – but also for a number of fly-ins from all over North America, Asia, and Europe. This is a special privilege.

Dr. Agullo has taken care to write all the content for his website himself to describe the most important aspects of breast augmentation using fat injections. To answer many questions about fat injections for women who want fuller breasts, here are answers to some not so frequently asked questions.

1. Who administers the anesthetic, and are they board certified? Is it local or general? Can it be local? For breast fat transfer procedures, Dr. Agullo performs the surgery at a certified outpatient surgery center, which includes a free overnight stay for his out-of-town patients. Dr. Agullo’s team includes a board-certified anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist, who will take care of the patient with the utmost care and attention to detail. The procedure is done under general anesthesia to optimize fat harvesting volume. 2. What type of liposuction do you use to remove the fat for fat transfer to the breast? How does this keep the fat viable? Power-assisted, tumescent liposuction is the gold standard. This is the least traumatic method for the cells. Other types of liposuction, such as Vaser and Smartlipo™, generate heat that can injure and destroy the fat cells. 3. What is your complication rate? Are blood clots an issue? It might seem unrealistic, but close to 0%. Infections and blood clots are extremely rare in a healthy patient. The most likely complication is fatty necrosis, which could result in palpable small masses, but Dr. Agullo doesn't commonly see that with his delicate, micro-injection technique. 4. When you state the range for the procedure is between $4,000 - $7,000, what increases the price or decreases it? The base cost includes one area of liposuction. In most patients, Dr. Agullo performs liposuction in multiple areas. Out-of-town patients are welcome to send pictures of themselves to get an exact cost, as well as recommendations. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we are accustomed to consulting and treating out of town patients. Dr. Agullo can consult with you via telephone, or even better, face-to-face using FaceTime or Skype. Patients who live locally within the El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM areas are welcome to come in for a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Agullo can determine how much work is needed to accomplish your goals as well as an exact cost. Another advantage Dr. Agullo's patients receive is the ability to get a Vectra 3D imaging preview of “before” and “after” pictures. 5. Is the price all inclusive, including garments? Yes, we provide you with the exact cost for everything you need from preoperative vitamins to post-operative care. 6. Do you recommend lymphatic massage to the lipo areas? Yes, Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso and Southwest Plastic Surgery of Las Cruces have a massage therapist on site to provide lymphatic drainage treatments. If a patient is from away, this will be done as frequently as possible until the patient leaves town. Please refer to the article about the benefits of lymphatic massage. 7. Do you use drains? No; they are not necessary. 8. Having done this procedure, how many patients have complained of lumpiness or calcification afterward? None. 9. When injecting fat into the breast, how are you careful not to hit any veins? Is that a concern? Dr. Agullo uses blunt, microinjection cannulas, which are extremely unlikely to perforate veins or arteries. Nevertheless, a patient may still get bruising after the procedure. People have different concerns, and understandably so. Any time a surgery is performed, women want to be well informed before committing to any major undertaking, especially if they are mothers who want to ensure their wellbeing in order to care for their child. Breast fat injections are fairly straightforward in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon. If you have any question regarding breast augmentation using fat injections, we encourage you to contact us at our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041 today. Feel free to email Dr. Agullo directly, and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Wait at Least Six Months After Having a Baby to Get a Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover El Paso Las CrucesMore than ever women are focused on their bodies, especially after pregnancy. The comparisons not only begin with friends and family but also can be exacerbated by the media stories of the rich and famous. Of course, no one notes the private chefs, coaches, etc. that they have at their disposal. A lot of women tend to put pressure on themselves to quickly get back to pre-pregnancy shape, often not considering all their bodies have done to prepare them for childbirth. During your pregnancy, not only do your hormones change, but your body changes shape to allow your baby to grow healthily and be delivered. Your mid-section stretches, your breasts increase in size, and certain areas may even swell due to retaining water. Once your pregnancy is over and hormones return to normal, your skin and muscles will begin to tighten once again. How much a woman's body will return to "normal" varies from person to person and depends on her overall health, diet, and exercise plan. There are a large number of women who find no matter what they do physically and with their diets, they simply can’t get back to their pre-pregnancy shape. There may be loose skin around the midsection and potentially sagging breasts once milk production has ceased.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

Usually a “Mommy Makeover” includes a tummy tuck, liposuction in the mid-section and hips, and either a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation, depending on the woman's specific needs. In Dr. Agullo’s practice, mommy makeovers often include buttock enhancement via a Brazilian Butt Lift with fat injections or a buttock implant. It’s important to note that the procedures are not intended to speed weight loss, they are to help with areas that diet and exercise simply cannot alter.

How Long Should You Wait?

From birth, this can be several months to a couple years, depending on your family, feeding, diet, and exercise plan. However, it’s never recommended to have a tummy tuck before you are done with childbearing. This is to prevent you from having to redo surgeries in the future. The most important thing to remember is that your body is different from everyone else’s. Your body will heal and return at a different rate and shape than others. Discussing your body goals with your physician can help create a plan with attainable goals that can then be further defined with surgery if desired. When you are ready, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso and Las Cruces can help you prepare for a Mommy Makeover. Call our office in El Paso (915) 590-7900 or our office in Las Cruces at (575) 520-5041 to schedule your consultation. We encourage you to come in and see our before and after pictures even before you make a decision.

How Does Stress Affect Your Beauty?

Beauty Restoration Treatments

Beauty Restoration TreatmentsStress is an unfortunate fact of life. For people living with chronic stress, their bodies take a serious beating. Chronic stress disrupts the natural hormone levels in your body, causing homeostatic imbalances that can lead to health issues like heartburn, respiratory problems, cardiac irregularities, and insomnia. Stress sometimes gets expressed externally as well, altering your beauty. The effects of stress may cause:

Wrinkles

When you are stressed, your muscles have a tendency to be tense. Muscle tension in the face, mainly in the forehead and around the eyes, can etch in deep wrinkles. These wrinkles prematurely age the face.

Solution:

PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) Facial Rejuvenation: Blood plasma enriched with platelets that release growth factors to promote collagen production and healing.
  • PRP treatments combined with dermal fillers or fat grafting can achieve smooth, younger-looking skin.

Hollow Eyes and Cheeks

People that suffer from chronic stress will occasionally experience bouts of insomnia. Lack of sleep leads to dark, puffy under-eye bags and hollow cheeks, which make you appear constantly fatigued.

Solution:

Fat injections: The transfer of fat into areas of the face that have experienced a loss of volume.
  • Smoothing under-eye bags and plumping sunken cheeks restores a rested appearance and a bright complexion.

Weight Gain

Some people have a tendency to overeat as an emotional coping mechanism for stress. The increased caloric intake is often accompanied by a lack of motivation to exercise, which can cause you to pack on the pounds. During stressful times, your body also produces hormones that cause you to store excess fat. Unfortunately, there isn't a cosmetic procedure to help you lose a major amount of weight. You can lose weight with the help of a nutritionist, personal trainer, and personal determination. Once you have lost weight, you may be discouraged to find excess skin and clinging fat deposits you didn't have before.

Solution:

Body Contouring: A combination of surgical procedures that may include liposuction, tummy tuck, and arm lift surgery.
  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Tightens and tones the area
  • Restores pleasing body contours

Hair Loss

Hair loss normally occurs six weeks to three months after the initial stressful event. After a traumatic event, the body releases hormones that disrupt the natural hair growth cycle. For some people, stress causes ticks where they pull out an excessive amount of their hair.

Solution:

In most cases, your hair cycle will return to normal. If it doesn't, the stress may have exacerbated an underlying medical condition. PRP for Hair Loss: Wakes up dormant hair follicles and stimulates them to grow. Hair Transplant: Takes hair follicles from donor sites and transplants them to areas where the hair is thinning or bald. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Agullo to erase signs of stress and restore your vibrant, beautiful self. Call our office today at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form here.

Plastic Surgery Is On the Rise, “Butt” With a New Emphasis

butt liftThe results are in, and last year in 2014 has seen an increase in plastic surgery in the U.S. by as much as 3%. New results released last week revealed 15.6 Americans receiving plastic surgical procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Part of it is attributed to the advancements in medical technologies, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to go in for a nip here and a tuck there. Most of the people that fell within that extra 3% growth rate were recipients of the minimally invasive procedures. For example, the use of fat redistribution was among those procedures, with a 2% increase in patients receiving Brazilian Butt Lifts by drawing from fat stores within their own bodies. Another surprising trend revealed that fewer women were getting breast augmentations, while there was a significant rise in breast reconstruction surgeries for women who had gone through mastectomies. While not all breast cancer patients opt for breast reconstruction, those who do have been encouraged more by their doctors, which means there have been great strides made between physicians and plastic surgeons. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery is one of the few doctors in the Southwest who offer the Butt Implants, so patients near El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM have been able to go to their clinic to get the butt lift surgeries. His office has also experienced an uncanny increase in the number of butt lifts performed within 2014, with nearly twice as many patients opting for the surgery over 2013. Like many doctors around the country, he guesses that the media fancy and stars like JLo or Kim Kardashian have a lot to do with the new trend. Minimally invasive surgeries for the face, such as fillers, chemical peels and laser services were also more popular in 2014. In particular, chemical peels saw the most growth, with over 1.2 million services rendered. There were 2.3 million soft tissue fillers and just over a million laser hair removals, among many other types of non-invasive procedures. These trends show that people want subtle changes, rather than going through major surgeries, so now with more availability of new technologies, people are becoming braver about going in to get services done. It also makes getting procedures more affordable for people, both in time and monetary investments. If you have been interested in getting plastic surgery, but are not sure about what to do, contact board-certified Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso. He shows his patients before and after images, using a remarkable 3D Vectra Imaging system. This eliminates any concerns and also gives patients the confidence they need to undergo many types of plastic surgery. Call 915-590-7900 to ask about butt augmentation/implants, Brazilian Butt Lifts or Labiaplasty in El Paso, Texas.

Everything You Need to Know About Buttock Augmentation

Fuller, rounder, perkier…

People who have a flat, saggy or unappealing derriere may wish they had more projection in the buttocks region. This can be done with El Paso Buttocks Augmentation! The buttocks augmentation is designed for a patient who wants to reshape and redistribute the look of their buttocks to appear fuller, rounder and perkier!buttock augmentation Do you…
  • Wish your butt was rounder, fuller and shapelier?
  • Long for an hourglass figure or more voluptuous curves?
  • Look in the mirror and think your butt looks too flat, small or just disproportionate compared to the rest of your figure?
Then maybe a good “Southwestern Texan” buttock augmentation is right for you! Buttocks augmentation procedures work in three different ways to achieve similar endpoints. It can be achieved through fat injections in combination with liposuction, with gluteal implants, or with your own tissue if you need a lift at the same time. The “Brazilian Butt Lift”, is achieved by removing fat from a patient through liposuction and then injecting or “repositioning” the fat into the buttocks for reshaping. By taking a person’s own fat, this relatively simple cosmetic enhancement can have dramatically pleasing results by transforming a flat butt into a wonderfully shaped, round butt that sits higher and looks more appealing in bathing suits or form-fitting apparel. Dr. Agullo also performs buttock augmentation with silicone implants. The use of implants can generate more dramatic results and is a good option in thin patients that have little fat for injections.

Buttock Augmentation Techniques

Buttock augmentation has a few different terms associated with the procedure, aside from the “Brazilian Butt Lift”. It can also be termed butt implant, gluteal implant, buttock enlargement or just a ‘butt lift’. These all refer to procedures used to improve the buttock contour, although the techniques may differ. During buttocks augmentation surgery, you will be under general anesthesia or IV sedation:
  • Buttock Augmentation with Fat injections. This is one of the most common methods of buttock augmentation also termed “Brazilian Buttock Lift” or BBL. It works best for patients who have excess fat stored in other areas of the body, such as the thighs, abdominal (midsection), hips and waistline. Dr. Agullo uses a process called fat grafting or fat transplantation, in which he will gently remove the fatty accumulation from these areas with liposuction and then reposition them strategically within your butt to achieve a naturally fuller, rounder shape. Liposuction is always performed above the buttocks, which improves the overall contour.
  • Buttock Augmentation with Implants. Patients who have only minimal body fat and who want the buttocks augmentation enhancement will most likely need implants to achieve their goal of a round or more projected butt, which involves the plastic surgeon placing a strategic incision just below the tailbone. The incision is not visible when standing, as it hides in the fold. Dr. Agullo’s preferred implant placement is intramuscular, which avoids many of the complications previously associated with buttock implants. Buttock implants are made of solid silicone gel, so they do not pose a risk of rupture or leakage.
  • Buttock lift with augmentation. If you have buttock ptosis, then a lift may be necessary to achieve the best gluteal contour possible. In mild cases of ptosis adding volume with fat injections or an implant may be enough. In more pronounced cases a buttock lift would be necessary. A buttock lift is achieved by removing skin just above the buttocks, resulting in a thong type of incision. The scar is easily hidden with underwear, bathing suit, or even thong type undergarments. Augmentation of the buttocks is achieved at the same time with a local flap from your own fatty tissue. In certain cases augmentation can also be achieved with fat injections or implants.
No matter what you call it, buttocks augmentation can be done as part of other cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck and breast lift or with an entire body lift experience. Your buttocks augmentation will be done in Dr. Agullo’s state-of-the art facility most likely as part of an outpatient procedure, which dependent upon whether the butt lift is combined with other cosmetic applications can take about 2 hours.

Getting ready for butt lift surgery

Get ready to have your buttocks lifted, contoured and protruding just the right way with Southwestern Texas buttock augmentation surgery! Here are some readiness strategies to apply before your buttock enlargement procedure:
  • Quit smoking any tobacco products for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks afterwards to decrease potential risks from blood clots or slower.
  • Line up relative or friend to take you to and from the procedure. You won’t be able to drive after having anesthesia for at least a few days afterward.
  • Plan to get help with childcare, errands, etc. since you won’t be able to lift or do heavy chores.
  • Make sure you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before your buttock augmentation procedure.
  • Avoid using cream or lotions on your skin in the derriere because it will block pores.
  • Wear something comfortable that can be easily slipped on and off. Avoid anything with buttons, zippers or that is too tight. Sweatpants, leggings, skirts or shorts will be best.

Combining buttock augmentation with other procedures

Sometimes buttock augmentation surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as part of a body-sculpting package or in conjunction with anabdominoplasty (tummy tuck). If you want to combine procedures to save time, money and to heal all at once instead of in intervals, this might be a good option for you. Some other surgeries you can consider are: You must discuss with Dr. Frank Agullo to see if it is feasible to combine other procedures for your body shape, size, budget and other considerations. Combining procedures often results in an overall improved body contour, decreased cost when compared to doing the procedures separately, and the advantage of only having one recovery period.

Recovery from buttock augmentation

After the buttock augmentation, you will need to wear a special compression garment that is designed to keep everything “tight” and help it heal properly. A partial absorption of fat that was transferred will settle after about three weeks. You should wait at least three months to decide whether future grafting is needed or if you are satisfied with the full effects. Try to sit as infrequently as possible for the first few weeks to reduce absorption and soreness to your buttocks. Other things to know about recovering from butt augmentation:
  • Recovering from buttock augmentation requires mostly laying down or standing for at least a couple of weeks after the surgery. You won’t be able to sit down right away and may feel sore or tender when you do.
  • After two weeks you should be able to resume work and normal activities.
  • You should walk around some to avoid blood clots; however you should avoid major exercise for at least a month.
  • Tell your doctor about any chest pain, abnormalities in heart rate, pain, or shortness of breath.
  • Don’t take any aspirin.
Rest assured, after a couple of months, you’ll be feeling better and wanting to go out to buy a new bathing suit and clothes that show off that rounder, fuller backside you’ve been longing to have for so long!

Are there risks with a butt lift?

Buttock augmentation procedures have a relatively low risk for complications. Risks of buttock augmentation surgery may be:
  • Painful sitting
  • Infection
  • Bleeding or general anesthesia risks
  • Having to revise the buttock augmentation

Cost of buttock augmentation in El Paso

Some buttock augmentations can be done with fat injections from one’s own liposuction procedure, but in slimmer patients they may need butt implants. Therefore, the cost can greatly vary. Other considerations are the time it takes to achieve the liposculpture, prepare the injections and then inject the fat into the buttocks. At Dr. Frank Agullo’s plastic surgery facility, the average cost for a Brazilian Butt Lift is about $5,000 – $8,000 depending on the areas of liposuction. The cost may vary if other procedures are necessary or with different combinations with other body contouring surgeries. Get head-turning glances with El Paso butt augmentation! Schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate today.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation is the “Natural” Type of Boob Job

natural breast enhancement If you are considering getting breast augmentation or implants, but aren’t sure about whether silicone or saline implants are something you want in your body, now there is an option that might perk up your interest! Fat transfer breast augmentation in El Paso, TX is increasing in popularity, because it eliminates the need for man-made implants. Say what? Yes, this type of breast augmentation might sound too good to be true, but it works by using recycled fat stores from other parts of your body, which are then inserted to increase the shape and size of your breast. The other benefit is that by using your own fat stores, your body is more likely to accept it, while the option of fat redistribution is also ideal. Taking a little bit from your belly, hips or thighs and moving it to your breasts is an awesome idea, but is it really that simple? Dr. Frank Agullo specializes in breast augmentations in Southwest Texas. He has performed hundreds of them to date. He starts by using a liposuction tool – known as a cannula – and sucking out the fat, which he then injects into the breasts. Fat transfers are not a new concept and are often used for butt augmentation and face rejuvenation techniques, as well. The efficiency and results of the procedure can be enhanced with the Brava bra system, which increased fat take. It is important to note some facts about the procedure. Fat injections to the breasts can only increase the size by one or two cup sizes in one session. You may be a candidate for more than one session. Plus, women who have a slimmer build may not be able to do this, since you need to have a lot of fat taken from your abs, hips or thighs to redistribute to the breast area. So the dilemma is that many small chested women are also slender, making it unfeasible for the procedure to be accomplished. But for women with middle to heavier build, the fat transfer breast augmentation is a rapidly growing concept. The fat transfer boob job is also less expensive, since the procedure requires less incisions and work to achieve. In general, fat transfer breast augmentations in El Paso, TX are a safe alternative and more affordable option for many women, especially those who find that implants are not necessary and who want “just a little” more roundness and fullness in their chests. It offers a subtle enhancement, rather than a drastic change. If you are interested in learning more about the breast augmentation surgeries we offer, contact Dr. Frank Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery today. Call 915-590-7900 or 575-520-5041 to schedule a consultation.  

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