Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

The Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Category: Rhinoplasty

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.

Is Plastic Surgery On Your Teen’s “Back to School” List?

shutterstock_152449937The first day of school is usually an exciting time for teenagers. While they’re sad summer vacation is over, the fall semester presents the opportunity to show off their new wardrobe, a tan, hairstyles, and even erasing that embarrassing feature thanks to summertime plastic surgeries. Before returning back to school, many students take advantage of their free time to schedule and undergo plastic surgery. This gives them plenty of time to recover without having to face the more obvious route of walking school halls with evidence that they just had something done, such as a dressing or bandage. The safety and minimally invasive techniques used for plastic surgery has created quite a bit of popularity among teens. Especially when certain physical characteristics cause embarrassment or drops in self esteem. Media brings cosmetic procedures into most homes on a daily basis, whether through social outlets, TV, or magazines. While plastic surgery would have been shocking for teens a decade ago, minor procedures are becoming more prevalent than ever. Popular Procedures for Youth Among the more than 15 million cosmetic procedures done annually in the U.S., the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons estimates that individuals below the age of 19 account for over 200,000 of those.   At my office in El Paso, I frequently see teen girls and boys who simply want to overcome features that restrict their confidence. The most popular are the surgeries for noses, breasts, ears, and acne scarring. The ASPRS also says that teenagers are more likely to pursue a more natural look, in an effort to ease their daily social lives. Operations like rhinoplasty, which affect the nasal structure, are more likely to be sought during long holiday breaks like summer vacation. This approach gives your teen the time to heal and prepare for the new semester without everyone else knowing that they had surgery. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we want to ensure that we only provide services that will suit your teen’s natural facial structures. The New Norm Before and After RhinoplastyWhen celebrities promote the latest work they’ve had done, it impacts and influences those of us who pay attention - including teens. Having cosmetic procedures has become very acceptable normal, even for young celebrities, like the super stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner. Because many teens experience a dip in their self-confidence upon reaching puberty, bullying someone for their physical characteristics in an environment like school plays a big part in making the decision to get a bit of plastic surgery done. When I work with teens concerned about the way they look, my goal is to help them feel beautiful with features that look natural. It doesn’t take a lot to go a long way in a young person’s life - especially if a crooked nose, big ears, or small breasts are having such a huge impact on their social life. With so much time left to recover, summer break makes the perfect time for teens to slide a bit of cosmetic work into their schedule. Dr. Agullo, at Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, is happy to help patients of all ages enjoy the confidence that they need to enjoy the life that they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! You can make an appointment with Dr. Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form

There’s a Smaller Gap Between Male and Female Cosmetic Surgery Than You Thought!

Surveys have shown that just over 1 out of 3 women would like to have some type of cosmetic surgery. That is, if cost wasn’t an issue. Surprisingly, 1 in 5 men said the exact same thing! Yet, the small gap between men and women who say they want plastic surgery and actually have it done is far wider. It seems that maybe men are a bit more hesitant to follow through with what they want when it comes to elective procedures. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to say yes! Who is Actually Getting Treatment? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that 9 out of 10 cosmetic procedures are completed on females. While women are following through with their cosmetic desires, then men aren’t (as they make up only 1 out of 10 patients.) One of the reasons why we see this problem is because men frequently do not understand the benefits or accessibility to male-centered treatments. Some may not even realize what procedures are available. Yet if they knew the outstanding results that could be achieved, I think we would see more men than ever coming in for elective cosmetic procedures. Highlighted Desires When men are coming in, what are they having done? Some of the most common procedures we discuss or complete include: Blepharoplasty Before and After BlepharoplastyIt might be hard to say, but it’s actually a fairly common procedure - erasing the signs of sagging skin around the eyes. Just a little lift of the lower or upper eyelids can improve vision and add a youthful appearance. Beard Transplants If you’ve always had a baby-face or are unable to grow a beard, then a beard transplant is an excellent way to add a full face of hair! We individually transfer each hair follicle from the back of your scalp (where hair grows the thickest) to the face to add fullness to your thin (or nonexistent) beard. Rhinoplasty Getting a “nose job” isn’t just for women. Many men feel uncomfortable with their note’s size and shape. It may even interfere with the way they breath. Don’t try to man-up and “own” your nose if you aren’t happy with the way it looks. Do something about it! You might just be surprised to learn how many men actually have a rhinoplasty done. I can even show you some before and after shots here in my office. Liposuction If you’ve worked hard to lose weight, leftover areas of body fat may not go away on their own, even if you’re eating right and working out regularly. With liposuction we can permanently erase fatty tissues and make it easier to maintain a smoother, thinner body contour. It’s great for both male and female patients! I always invite men (and women!) to come by my El Paso office for a complimentary consultation. I feel that it’s truly important to discuss the specific needs and expectations with each person, so that we can find the one best suited for their preferences. If you’re ready to get past the point of “just thinking about” cosmetic surgery, then call my office today! You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form  

The Difference Between Rhinoplasty and Revision Nose Surgery

Every man and woman envisions amazing, flawless results when starting their plastic surgery journey. However, many factors can affect the quality of the results. Big players in creating your newly sculpted face or body include surgeon skill and your body’s healing process. When your results don’t turn out how you envisioned them, you may turn to revision plastic surgery. Many procedures, however, become increasingly more difficult during the revision process -- none more so than rhinoplasty. Dr. Agullo is an expert revision rhinoplasty surgeon who can skillfully correct mistakes or unsatisfactory nose surgery results.

Why Do People Choose Rhinoplasty?

Non Revision and Revision Rhinoplasty Rhinoplasty is primarily performed to correct aesthetic deformities of the nose. Such abnormalities often include wide nasal bridges, pronounced nasal humps, elongated noses, or drooping nasal tips. For many men and women, an abnormally proportioned nose can impact the balance of their facial features. In other cases, a rhinoplasty is performed in conjunction with a septoplasty, which improves the breathing function of the nose.

Performing Rhinoplasty

One of two techniques may be used to perform rhinoplasty. An open technique uses an incision on the outer portion of the nose, while a closed technique involves incisions inside the nasal cavity. Once access is gained to the structures of the nose, cartilage can be removed or repositioned to craft a new nasal appearance. However, the cartilage structures are fine and delicate. Cartilage that is removed from the nose is permanent, often leaving a slightly weaker structure behind.

Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

People may become dissatisfied with their rhinoplasty results for a number of reasons. They may not have achieved the full extent of correction they desired. Too often, a poorly skilled surgeon can leave the nose looking crooked, bumpy, or disproportionate to the rest of your facial features. You shouldn’t commit to undergoing a revision rhinoplasty until all residual swelling has subsided. Minor swelling can last between six months and a year following your surgery. It is important that you have fully healed before undergoing a revision surgery to ensure a strong nasal structure and that residual swelling isn’t affecting the appearance of your nose.

Why Is Revision Rhinoplasty More Difficult?

Revision rhinoplasty is a more complicated procedure than the already delicate rhinoplasty procedure. For one, the buildup of scar tissue can make it increasingly more difficult to gain access to the nasal structures. Second, there may not be enough cartilage left to properly resculpt the nose. In some cases, cartilage from the rib may be used to gain the desired nasal shape. In these instances, you may have a more extensive recovery period.

Choosing a Revision Surgeon

It is important that you choose a skilled plastic surgeon to performed your revision surgery. Some key characteristics to look for in a surgeon include:
  • They are board certified in plastic surgery
  • They are an expert nasal plastic surgeon
  • They have performed numerous revision surgeries
  • You feel comfortable and confident in their abilities
  • You like their previously achieved results, which can be seen by viewing their before and after photo gallery
If you are seeking a surgeon to perform your revision rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo today. Contact our office at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form here 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.

Why Men Should Consider Plastic Surgery?

Male Plastic Surgery Before and After PhotosTraditionally, women have been more likely to undergo plastic surgery than men. However, body issues and aging concerns are common for many individuals, irrespective of gender. Many of the procedures available today can benefit both men and women, and over the past few years we have indeed seen a steady rise in men undergoing plastic surgery. If you don’t think that plastic surgery is for you, it may be time to reconsider, as there are many benefits that men stand to gain from male plastic surgery procedures.

Becoming More Competitive in the Job Market

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and every day it gets harder to stay ahead of the competition in the job market. You may find that after a successful interview for a job you’re well-qualified for, you’ve been passed up in favor of a man who is slightly younger or more attractive than you. Younger and more attractive men are often perceived as more capable in the job market, and even if you think you have a stable job, it may be only a matter of time before you’re phased out. While you can’t stop the clock, there are all kinds of plastic surgery procedures that can help you to look fitter, younger, and more attractive, from liposuction and pectoral implants to facial augmentation, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. These procedures can help you maintain a competitive edge in the job market with a more youthful, attractive, and confident look.

Becoming More Desirable to Potential Partners

If it is difficult to stay ahead of the game in the workforce, it is likely even more difficult in the dating realm. Physical chemistry and sexual attractiveness are significant factors in choosing a partner. Potential partners are often looking for a man who they find sexy, attractive, and masculine. Plastic surgery procedures can improve your body contour, your face, and your overall appearance so that you become more desirable to potential partners.

Feeling Confident About Yourself

Confidence is one of the most desirable qualities in any man. A man who is confident in himself and his abilities will go far in life. If you are self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance, it is difficult to maintain confidence in yourself. Plastic surgery can enhance your appearance so that every time you look in a mirror or look down at your body, you get an extra boost of confidence due to your attractive and masculine physique.

Plastic Surgery Procedures That Are Great for Men

There are many plastic surgery procedures that are specifically designed to benefit men or both genders. Men can improve their body contour with liposuction, male breast reduction, pectoral implants, and buttock implants. These procedures can help your body to look and feel fit, toned, firm, and youthful. Additionally, men can restore a more youthful appearance with procedures such as facelift surgery, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery. These procedures can help to define the face with more masculine contours and a fresh, youthful look. Men have much to gain from male plastic surgery procedures. To learn more about the types of procedures that could benefit you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo today. To book your appointment now, call our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty

woman touching noseRhinoplasty, also called nose reshaping or a nose job, is the second most popular cosmetic procedure in America. Those who consider a nose job might suffer from breathing difficulties because of a deviated septum, a broken nose that needs correction, or a nose that just doesn’t fit their aesthetic ideal. Rhinoplasty is one of the few procedures that often incorporates all of these factors at once, requiring a balancing act to achieve beauty, symmetry, and functionality. It demands a surgeon who has a high level of training, years of experience, and a naturally artistic mind. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right surgeon for your rhinoplasty.

The Right Training

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex procedures because it involves such intricate tissues and structures in a small area. One minor adjustment can have a major impact on the appearance of the nose or the nasal passages that affect breathing. Because of this, as well as uncontrollable factors like the patient’s ability to heal, rhinoplasty has the highest rate of revision even among the best plastic surgeons. However, patients who take the time to choose a surgeon who is properly trained will significantly reduce their risk of needing revision surgery. The most important sign of proper training for this procedure is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Certification by this particular board ensures that the surgeon has gone through a high level of testing and years of rigorous training in all standard cosmetic surgeries. Before receiving certification, the physician must have their medical degree, state license, and at least five years of clinical general surgery and plastic surgery training. The ABPS also limits credentialing to surgeons who maintain an ethical standing in their field.

The Right Talent

While the nose is in the center of the face, it should not be the center of attention. Because of its location, the nose can easily detract from the other facial features if it is too large, asymmetrical, or misshapen. The right surgeon will have the artistic eye necessary to maintain the unique beauty of an individual’s nose while balancing it with the rest of the features. The surgeon must also consider the individual’s skin thickness, bone structure, and amount of tissue available while creating a new shape. When choosing a surgeon, consider their passion for aesthetics and ask them to show you before and after photos of recent rhinoplasty procedures they’ve performed. The right surgeon will have plenty of photos to share that showcase their beautiful results. Dr. Agullo is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience performing the rhinoplasty procedure. To schedule a consultation, please call our El Paso location: (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces location: (575) 520-5041. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

New Trends Reveal Increase in Men Getting Cosmetic Procedures

A man with his eyes closed and a pair of gloved hands touching his faceThe society we live in calls for vanity and pride in one’s appearance, but not just for women. Men no longer have to be ashamed to seek the services of a plastic surgeon, whereas at one time it was more taboo for men to get nipped and tucked. Some plastic surgeons are now dedicating an entirely separate website just for their male clients, but it does not stop there. Just to give you an idea of how popular this trend has become, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported an increase in the number of male patients has grown by 106% from 1997 to 2012.

Why Is This a Growing Trend?

In El Paso, TX, Dr. Frank Agullo sees a lot more men through the doors of Southwest Plastic Surgery than ever, in part because of popular TV shows that make it more accepted for men to preserve their health and reverse the evident signs of aging. “Men want to maintain confidence just as much as women, but for men, keeping a great appearance has to do with professional success and preserving a youthful look.” –Dr. Frank Agullo This is especially true for middle aged men who may be going through a divorce or who are planning to attend a class reunion. They want to look good, not only for the opposite sex but to turn back the hands of time in the presence of classmates who have seen them at their best. Nothing boosts a guy’s self-esteem more than going to a class reunion only to hear people say, “Whoa, you haven’t aged a bit!” And why not? Men should not be excluded from bettering themselves and dipping into the proverbial fountain of youth.

What Types of Cosmetic Procedures are Popular among Men?

•    Hair Transplants •    Liposuction/Tummy Tucks •    Rhinoplasty/Nose Jobs •    Facelifts or Laser Treatments •    Pec Implants Some plastic surgery facilities throughout the U.S. have responded to the popularity of “Mommy Makeovers” with “Daddy Do-Overs”, which is a nickname for cosmetic procedures for men that can include a tummy tuck or liposuction, jawline contouring, eyelift, and perhaps facial rejuvenation to remove fine lines and wrinkles. Hair transplants with grafting have also grown in popularity. Men want to achieve a more athletic appearance and can get pectoral implants, where traditionally it was only females who received breast augmentations with implants. This gives men a more defined, body-builder profile. For men in the Southwest Texas region, Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso welcomes you to come by and talk to an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Agullo is a board certified, award-winning doctor who is known for excellence in men’s cosmetic procedures. Call (915) 590-7900 for a consultation today.

Benefits of Using the Vectra 3D System for Rhinoplasty

A young blonde woman touching her nose and looking in the mirrorWhen you look at your face in the mirror, do you wish your nose looked different? Do you think it looks too big, too wide; or too small and disproportionate of your face? Perhaps you have sustained injuries to your nose, either linked to sports or an accident. These are just several of dozens of reasons why people consider getting a nose job in Texas or New Mexico. It is true; your nose is one of the most prominent features of your face. So, when you feel uncomfortable about the appearance of your nose, it can affect your self-esteem. If you are afraid of getting a nose job because you are not sure if it will look better after going through such an extensive procedure, fear not! Rhinoplasty is a common cosmetic surgery that thousands of people go through. Modern technology has made it possible to see what your nose will look like after rhinoplasty. That’s right… through the incredible Vectra 3D system, Dr. Frank Agullo is able to show patients exactly what their nose will look like after the rhinoplasty is done. How cool is that?

Introducing the Vectra 3D System for Rhinoplasty Previews

When you come in for a consultation, you can see what your rhinoplasty will look like through a remarkable Vectra 3D system. This technology is used to help you determine whether rhinoplasty surgery is right for you. The Vectra 3D tool illustrates your outcome on a screen, and can also be printed. You can even take the pictures home to decide if you like the new you, even before you go through with the nose job! The Vectra 3D system is 100% accurate and has helped hundreds of patients throughout the Southwest to decide whether or not they wish to pursue a cosmetic procedure.

Take a Look at Your Rhinoplasty After Pictures Before Your Nose Job

Your face is special to you, and you don’t want to take any chances on altering it to the point of being unrecognizable. However, the Vectra 3D is remarkably precise, so you can go through with rhinoplasty feeling confident that the outcome will be exactly what you hoped for.  Of course, you must know that your nose will need time to heal, so right after you go through with rhinoplasty in El Paso, it will be swollen, sore and feel puffy for a week or two. Give it time; it will be worth the wait! During a consultation at Southwest Plastic Surgery, you will get to try the Vectra 3D system and see your prospective “new nose”. Set up an appointment today.  Call (915) 590-7900.

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