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Follow Dr. Agullo on Snapchat!

snapcodenewThanks to social media, Dr. Frank Agullo has taken Southwest Plastic Surgery to an entirely new level. Now, you can follow us on the popular app, Snapchat. Under the screen name “DrWorldWide,” our followers can see exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes shots of some of his most popular plastic surgery procedures.

A First Hand View

If you’ve ever wanted to see what happens during a real surgery, now’s your chance. Plus, you can even ask questions to Dr. Agullo, directly. There’s a good chance he’ll answer you during an actual procedure, showing you first-hand the techniques and methodologies that he uses in our El Paso office.

Dr. Agullo’s Snapchat channel is perfect for people who are interested in what plastic surgery has to offer and for those who are genuinely curious about witnessing real life transformations.

See Makeovers in a New Light

Snapchat takes our patient-doctor connection to an entirely new level. It’s almost like being a bystander in our office without having to leave your seat (or be a member of the staff!) Plus, our patients are thrilled to share their experiences with the thousands of people that follow Dr. Agullo.

You can also meet our team members, learn more about the technology that we use to treat our patients, and see what we do for fun! It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with Dr. Agullo and the services that he has to offer – whether or not you’re ever planning to have a procedure done in the future.

Find Out What Everyone’s Talking About

If you’re already following us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram – be sure to add “DrAgullo” on Snapchat today for even more behind the scenes shots of your favorite patient transformations and surgeries.

Happy snapping!

Cellfina: The Long Lasting Cellulite Treatment

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Getting rid of cellulite has been a task full of empty promises or only temporary results. Now there’s an easy and proven way to get rid of your cellulite, and it’s called Cellfina.

Cellfina is an FDA cleared cellulite treatment that is minimally invasive. There’s no need for extensive surgery or general anesthesia during the process. In fact, all we do is numb the area and treat it, and you can go about your business as usual!

With no downtime and no invasive surgery, Cellfina is a great way to boost your self-esteem and improve your appearance in that new bathing suit.

Cellulite Treatment Before and After Photos

Is Cellfina Right for Me?

If you’re looking for an alternative to other types of cellulite treatments, then it’s worth asking us if Cellfina is right for you. We recommend Cellfina for people who want to smooth and define areas of dimpled tissues when diet and exercise haven’t quite done the trick. Cellfina is perfect for areas like the tummy, thighs, and buttocks.

Cellfina is a great option for people who:

  • Have Busy Lifestyles
  • Want a Minimally Invasive Cellulite Alternative
  • Choose to Avoid Conventional Surgery
  • Are Nervous About Cellulite Treatment

We’re sure that you’ll love the short procedure and fast recovery time! Most of our patients complete their Cellfina procedure in about an hour, right here at The Med Spa at Southwest Plastic Surgery.

How it Works

First, we pinpoint the areas of cellulite that we want to address. Then a smooth suction device raises the dimpled area for treatment. A mild numbing agent is applied to prevent any discomfort during the process. Once the Cellfina treatment is complete, you can go right back to whatever else is on your schedule for the day. Whether it’s heading back to the office, a PTO meeting, or running errands.

The Cellfina process erases the appearance of dimpling by targeting the rigid fibers that extend through the fatty cellulite tissues. As these tight fibers are released, the tissues become less stippled and smoother over the surface, erasing the appearance of cellulite.

Cellfina is unique, in that the results from the procedure are typically seen within the first three days. Gradually, you’ll see the areas of dimpling begin to appear smoother and more even with your surrounding skin. In fact, most of our patients continue to see continued improvement over the course of about three months.

Results That Last

As a minimally invasive procedure, you might not expect results to last very long – but you would be wrong. In over 100% of clinical trials, Cellfina results lasted for over one year, but most treatments have lasted for as long as two years!

Why Choose Cellfina?

Cellfina is the only procedure to effectively treat cellulite for long-term results. Other more invasive treatments such as Cellulaze have provided inconsistent results. Less invasive treatments have only been able to provide temporary results.

After Cellfina treatment, you’ll have the confidence to wear those shorter jogging shorts, a swimsuit at the pool, or just feel better in your favorite clothes. Plus, you’ll be able to avoid invasive, lengthier surgeries that offer similar results.

If you’re a busy professional, mother, or have an out of town trip planned – then Cellfina is a perfect way to boost your confidence without more invasive traditional treatment. Our patients love how Cellfina can help them get the boost of self-confidence that they really deserve.

Dr. Frank Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery.

It’s important that you choose only a Cellfina certified doctor to complete your procedure. Dr. Agullo at Southwest Surgery Center in El Paso provides the cellulite treatment alternative right here in our office. Whether you’re in West Texas, Northern Mexico or New Mexico, our convenient location makes it easy to work the fast cellulite treatment into your week!

Dr. Agullo has been voted one of the Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons (Plastic Surgery Practice magazine,) as well as a Rising Star Superdoctor (Texas Monthly.) His eye for detail and attentive patient care make your trip to The Med Spa at Southwest Plastic Surgery one that is as relaxing as possible.

Stop trying to hide your cellulite when you could erase it by this weekend with Cellfina. Call Southwest Plastic Surgery today to schedule a no-pressure consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo right away!

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo, contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today. Call our El Paso, TX office at 915-590-7900 or our Las Cruces, NM office at 575-520-5041, or 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.

The Facts about Hair Loss

Dr. Agullo Hair Transplant Before and After PhotosHair plays a significant role in defining our self-image, self-esteem, and overall appearance. Socially and culturally, it is strongly associated with well-being and youth, which explains why currently many men and women suffering from hair loss seek hair restoration. Hair also serves an important function – that of protecting the scalp. Dr. Agullo embraces science and expertise and translates it into restored beauty through hair transplant procedures.

There are roughly five million hair follicles on the human body; approximately 100,000 are located on the scalp. The number of follicles varies depending on hair color, with the highest follicle count in blonde, lower in brunettes, and lowest in red hair.

The Hair Growth Cycle

Hair normally grows at a speed of 0.25 to 0.5 inch per month and undergoes a growth pattern, which has the following three phases: anagen, telogen, and catagen.

Growth Phase:  “Anagen”

  • Known as the active growth phase
  • Can last between three to ten years

Degeneration Phase:  “Catagen”

  • Hair stops growing and sheds and then transitions into the next phase
  • Lasts anywhere between two to three weeks

Resting Phase:  “Telogen”

  • A new hair follicle begins to form and gets ready to enter growth phase again
  • Usually lasts three to four months

On average, we shed between 25 to 100 hairs daily. Approximately between 4 to 24 percent of the hair follicles on the scalp are in the resting phase. This is normal and not indicative of any hair loss condition. Most of the hair is in the active growth phase and a very small percentage in the shedding phase.

The Role of Hormones and Genes in Hair Loss

Alopecia is the medical term for loss. The most common form of hair loss is known as androgenetic alopecia, where both hormones and genes play a role. Hence, the technical term for male and female pattern hair loss is androgenetic alopecia (AGA) i.e. with androgens (andro) as well as genes (genetic). It is often progressive and occurs in both men and women; however, it is much more common in men. AGA is also known as male pattern baldness and affects approximately 50 percent of men by age 50.

The androgen hormone known as testosterone and its metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT) play an important role in AGA. This condition causes hair follicles to grow thin and short, known as “miniaturized hair,” and has a vellus appearance. While the growth of facial, underarm, and pubic hair is determined by testosterone, scalp hair is not. Both male and female pattern hair loss are linked to an inherited sensitivity to the effects of DHT on the hair follicles of the scalp. In addition to hormones, hair loss genes play an important role in hair loss as well. AGA is a condition that runs in families so to speak. The family history of baldness can be helpful in predicting the pattern and severity of hair loss.

While AGA runs in the family, it is not definite that a person will carry it just because his/her father or aunt has it. AGA simply makes it much more likely that the next generation will carry the condition.

Most patients who come to Dr. Agullo for hair restoration have AGA. However, it is of utmost importance to eliminate any other conditions that cause hair loss. Dr. Agullo will carefully and thoroughly evaluate you to determine whether hair restoration is right for you. With his experience and in-depth understanding of hair loss, Dr. Agullo routinely provides invaluable advice to patients regarding the nature of hair loss and the treatments that exist, both medical and surgical.

If you are concerned with hair loss, schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo. Call our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041 to schedule your personal consultation. For your convenience, you may also contact us online at our El Paso Office or Las Cruces Office.

Total Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide

Tummy Tuck RecoveryIf your lower belly has excess skin and stubborn fat that isn’t responding to diet and exercise, a tummy tuck may be right for you. Tummy tuck surgery can effectively and permanently rid your waistline of sagging skin and localized fat. But before you jump into it, here’s your guide to preparing for tummy tuck surgery, what to expect during recovery, and how long it’ll take until you can fully enjoy the benefits of your tummy tuck.

Preparing for a Tummy Tuck

Before your tummy tuck, make sure that you’re at or near your ideal body weight. This procedure is not a weight-loss procedure but rather a technique for ridding the body of excess skin and stubborn fat. You’ll need to have any medical complications resolved before surgery. Build habits of healthy living so that it’s easier for you to maintain long-term results afterward. If you’re a smoker, you’ll want to quit before having surgery because smoking interferes with circulation and can hinder your ability to heal. Most of all, consider whether you want to have any children in the future – if you do, a tummy tuck may not be a good idea now because a future pregnancy can reverse the results.

Other Things to Prepare:

  • Two to three weeks off work for healing
  • Medical supplies
  • Caretaker and driver to and from surgery
  • Comfortable, loose clothing that is easy to put on
  • Towels and padding for your bed
  • Extra pillows to prop you up while sleeping

What to Expect During Recovery

Your recovery experience will largely depend on the kind of procedure you have. For example, a partial tummy tuck will have a quicker and somewhat easier recovery than an extended or comprehensive tummy tuck. All tummy tuck patients may expect soreness, swelling, and likely some pain. Dr. Agullo will help you manage the pain with prescription medications or a pain pump. You may also experience numbness, bruising, and fatigue. Most of your discomfort will be gone within one week, and within a couple weeks, you may feel up to going out and about. Expect some scarring, but the scars will be hidden beneath the bikini line and will fade over time.

How to Care for Your Body the First Week After Surgery

The first week after surgery, you’ll need to rest to help your body focus its energies on healing. However, do not remain bedridden; get up and walk around every once in a while to keep circulation moving so that you reduce any swelling and avoid getting blood clots. Avoid driving and exercising, and limit any activities that require more than walking short distances. Be very careful not to strain any of your incisions or abdominal muscles. Take your prescription medications promptly and regularly, especially the antibiotics. You will need to sleep in a semi-sitting position with your head and shoulders propped up on pillows. Dr. Agullo will instruct you on how to manage draining any drains, changing any dressings, and wearing support garments.

How Long the Healing Process Lasts

Tummy Tuck Before & After PhotosWithin a few weeks after surgery, you can expect to feel well enough to resume many normal activities. Within about six weeks, you may be able to resume more strenuous activities and exercise. Some patients may experience depression or anxiety after cosmetic surgery, but this should subside as your body heals and you begin to see and feel the positive results of your surgery. After a few months, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the results of your tummy tuck!

For more information about tummy tuck surgery, call our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041 to schedule your personal consultation today with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo. For your convenience, you can also contact us online at our El Paso Office or our Las Cruces Office.

Does Plastic Surgery Change Your Personality?

Nowadays, you can change virtually anything about your appearance, from your face, stomach, breasts, butt, hips, thighs, and many other modifications to your heart’s desire. These alterations may make you feel better about yourself, but can they change your personality?

Plastic Surgery Changes Your PersonalityStudies show that yes, plastic surgery can change your personality because it can help you feel better about you
self. Changing your appearance transcends to greater confidence, thereby making you feel sexier, younger, and more sociable, desirable, and even likeable. It is not necessarily because of the difference in your looks, but rather the difference in how you feel about your looks.

People who feel self-conscious about their looks may be more introverted, shy, or keep to themselves, whereas people with a higher self-esteem (even if looks are less desirable) are often more likeable. These findings were expressed by researchers at the University of California in Santa Barbara, who found that people who believed they were attractive were also more socially accepted than those who picked apart their own faults and flaws.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo has seen these results first hand. Patients who have undergone breast augmentations, liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, or facelifts return to his office feeling so much better about themselves, which helps them get more dates or more friends. Instead of sticking out like a sore thumb, patients report feeling energized, more dynamic, and yes, likeable.

Anxiety is another reason that people often seek plastic surgery to improve their appearance. It makes perfect sense that if you feel dissatisfied about an aspect of your body, such as your stomach or breasts, you might try to hide those features. Hence, plastic surgery can not only correct the way those body parts look to you, they can also correct the anxiety you “feel” about those flaws in yourself.

So the answer as to whether plastic surgery changes your personality or not is an astounding YES! Improving your confidence and self-esteem is just one of the positive side effects that are unexpectedly welcome after undergoing plastic surgery. And this boost in confidence and self-esteem can positively permeate all areas of your life.

If you are considering plastic surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo. Call our El Paso office at 915-590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at 575-520-5041 today. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

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