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This Daily Skin Care Regimen Can Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy and Youthful

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This Daily Skin Care Regimen Can Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy and Youthful

While you can receive the most invigorating and rejuvenating skin treatments in the world at a luxurious medical spa, the truth is that skin care begins at home. By adopting a daily skin care regimen, you can complement your MedSpa results and keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.

Woman Moisturizing FaceYour Daily Regimen

Your daily skin care regimen should include several steps in both the morning and the evening. The following steps are recommended as a baseline that can be adapted for individual needs. Dr. Agullo and his professional MedSpa staff can recommend specific products that are best formulated for your skin care needs.

Morning

1. Cleanser

Cleansing your skin in the morning helps wash off dirt, dead skin cells, and allergens that may have transferred from your pillow to your face during the night. A gentle cleanser is best and should be rinsed off with warm water, then patted dry. There are different cleansers that best fit your skin care type. For example, a person with oily skin will need a purifying cleanser with salicylic acid to help control the oil, while a person with dry skin will need a hydrating cleanser to help naturally cleanse the skin.

2. Toner

Toner contains active ingredients that address specific skin issues. A good toner can remove oil and soothe and repair the skin, diminishing blemishes and inflammation. It also prepares your skin for the next part of your skin care regimen.

3. Eye Cream

The sensitive skin around the eyes is incredibly fragile and prone to dryness. With constant movement of the eyes and occasional squinting, it’s no surprise that crow’s feet, fine lines, and puffy bags under the eyes are typically among the first noticeable signs of aging. Eye cream addresses these issues by stimulating collagen formation and promoting skin elasticity.

4. Antioxidant

Antioxidants aren’t just found in blueberries and dark chocolate. In skin care products, antioxidants protect the skin by limiting the production of damaging free radicals. A good antioxidant can reduce signs of aging, calm inflamed skin, tighten and tone the skin, repair sun damage, and even reduce the appearance of scar tissue.

5. Moisturizer

Moisturizer is essential for all skin types, including oily ones. A good moisturizer can prevent wrinkles, smooth out already existing wrinkles, brighten your complexion, protect your skin against irritants, minimize acne breakouts, calm irritation and itchiness, and even help your makeup look more balanced and even. Dr. Agullo recommends SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 as an excellent moisturizer made with ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids.

6. SPF

Even minimal sun exposure can ultimately lead to age spots and premature signs of aging. Daily sunscreen use protects your skin from sun damage. Many moisturizers and even makeup products contain SPF, which can help shorten your morning routine. This is good. However, most makeup and moisturizers only contain 15 to 20 percent SPF, so we recommend you use an extra SPF to obtain the maximum protection; 30 to 50 percent is what everyone needs to be using.

Evening

1. Cleanser

Your nightly cleansing regimen is even more important than your morning skin cleanse because your face has been exposed to makeup and environmental debris all day long. Carefully cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser to remove all traces of dirt and makeup at the end of a long day.

2. Toner

Toner should always follow your cleanser because it goes the extra mile in removing oil and soothing the skin. Be sure to use it at night after you cleanse and in preparation for your anti-aging products.

3. Eye Cream

The delicate skin around your eyes can use all the help it can get to prevent premature aging. After the process of removing your eye makeup, soothe and repair the soft, thin skin around your eyes by gently applying your favorite eye cream.

4. Corrector

Correctors help fight age spots, hyperpigmentation, and other skin issues. NewBeauty magazine recently sought Dr. Agullo’s personal recommendation for a retinol corrector and quoted him in an online list of expert recommendations on retinols to buy. Dr. Agullo recommends SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 because it is time-released, mild on the skin, and less likely to cause redness or flushing as compared to other retinols.

5. Overnight Recovery Moisturizer

An overnight recovery moisturizer helps renew the skin and regenerate healthy skin while you sleep. Night recovery creams are the best way to close your daily skin care regimen and help you keep your skin healthy, young, and revitalized.   Dr. Agullo and his staff at the MedSpa can help you put together the ideal at-home skin care regimen to meet your needs. Call (915) 590-7900 or contact the MedSpa online to learn more.

Using Internal Silk Bras to Enhance Mastopexies

A beautiful woman from the waist up with her arms in the air in a red swimsuit top on a sky backgroundAlthough still a fairly new method used to improve the results of breast lifts and reductions, the SERI silk scaffold can give patients an extra level of perkiness that they would otherwise struggle to achieve. Some patients ask if adding the SERI sling will increase the life span of the breast lift. That’s a great question! From what we have seen at Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, there are very promising results. The mesh silk is an FDA-approved soft tissue support that is inserted internally. It then slowly absorbs into your body over the course of a year to eighteen to twenty-four months. After that time, a new layer of collagen will remain, which offers continued support. Although SERI silk bras are not designed to prolong the life of the implants, it does assist in the healing process by strengthening the tissue. So in a way, it does have the ability to lengthen the life span of a breast lift. It also helps the breasts to facilitate a more appealing shape and implant position. It lowers the likeliness of needing a revision due to the breasts not having enough tissue to sustain the implants. This is especially true in middle aged women, who have less skin elasticity and tone. Some things that tend to make breasts less apt to heal to the fully desired effect include: post-pregnancy, larger volume implants, dramatic weight loss or weight gain, and the type of implants used (silicone or saline). In essence the silk scaffold enhances the support, especially under these circumstances. Not every patient needs the SERI internal bra, but this is just another great tool that Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery can use for those patients who do need extra support and comfort.

The “Skinny” on Thigh Gaps Performed With Liposuction

There is a new trend in plastic surgery, and whether it was started by a Hollywood celebrity – or simply because of magazine techniques that make models appear more perfect than they really are – well this is still a mystery. Regardless of whether it was a good graphic designer or a famous actress who wanted bodacious legs, the fact is, now thigh gap surgery has become a hot trend in cosmetic surgery.

What Is Thigh Gap Surgery?An attractive blonde woman in jeans and a sweater

There is a space between a woman’s inner thighs that highlights her slender form, making her legs appear slender and lean. This perfection is very difficult to achieve through diet and exercise, mainly because women often carry a lot of their extra fat stores on their buttocks, hips and thighs. Both inner and outer thighs have cellulite, unless a woman can maintain a relatively low body fat percentage. It is rumored that thigh gap surgery first hit the industry as a buzzword back in 2012, when those gorgeous Victoria’s Secret Angels first sauntered down the runway of their annual fashion show. They are all-too-glamorous and many women strive to achieve the same perfection with an evenly spaced two inch gap between the thighs. Even with frequent workouts, this is very difficult to do. If your thighs do not rub together when you walk, then truly you have a blessed physique! Many women have opted for thigh gap surgery in the Southwest, which Southwest Plastic Surgery does with liposuction.

Body Contouring and Thigh Lifts

Aside from the technique used to achieve the two inch desired “gap” in between a woman’s inner thighs, Dr. Agullo can enhance contours of both the inner and outer thigh with a special tool. Using a detailed 3D Vectra System, patients can see what their legs will look like after the procedure is done, even before going through with it.

Some of the benefits of leg contouring techniques include:

•    Better self-esteem and self-body image •    Smoothens cellulite dimples for a firmer appearance •    Improves skin elasticity by decreasing excess skin •    Reduction of excess tissue and fat stores along the inner and outer thighs •    Improves the leg contours along the outer & inner thighs •    Gives a woman more pleasing, “leggy” shape to wear short skirts or bathing suits Contact Southwest Plastic Surgery if you have questions about anybody contouring services, or specifically thigh gap surgery. Dr. Agullo will personally meet with you to discuss whether this is right for you.  (915) 590-7900

Where Doctors Turn for Personal Plastic Surgery

If a doctor wants to get a personal procedure for their own individual needs, or for their family members, only the best of the best will do. Every year, Texas Monthly releases a “Super Doctors” Rising Star Edition, which honors those “best of the best” top surgeons throughout the state of Texas. Read the selection criteria process. Have you ever wondered how you could obtain that list for your own personal use and find the very best of the best doctor for your particular needs? This is the place to find it. Every year, the leading researcher and publisher asks doctors to nominate peers in whom they most admire or who they would use and trust for their own medical care. Physicians are not allowed to nominate themselves. Most of the doctors are newer to the industry, having worked as a doctor or been fully licensed for a decade or less. The odds of getting chosen for this esteemed honor are only 2.5% in Texas who are selected based upon the same criteria as the Super Doctors. The only difference between these Super Doctors is the term, whereby the younger doctors are considered “Rising Stars” and the veteran physicians are simply in a league of their own. TVintage Style Texas State USA Stamp here are many, many excellent doctors who are not on the list, so that is not to say that any doctor not listed is not as good as a doctor who has made the echelon of “Superhood”, however this is a trusted compilation that is widely respected within the state of Texas and elsewhere for both doctors and civilians who are not part of the medical world. The list is maintained and kept honest by Key Professional Media, Inc. whose difficult job is to narrow down a list of thousands of “Super” Texas doctors to only forty-two specialists. Their role is not undervalued. Doctors were chosen using a point system in which those who obtained high ratings from surveys, reviews, research and a blue ribbon panel were selected for their respective specialties. Plastic surgery is Dr. Frank Agullo’s forte and he is honored to have received the Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars billing in plastic surgery for 2013. As we approach the month of June, 2014, the annual selection process will once again be announced by Texas Monthly Magazine.

How to Prepare for a Facelift

Female model touching her face with left handJust because there isn’t a way to halt the sands of time doesn’t mean you have let the signs of aging continually affect your facial appearance. With over 130,000 facelift procedures performed last year, more and more people are discovering just how easy it is to maintain long-lasting youth in their face.

After carefully researching the facelift procedure and deciding that it is right for you, next comes your very own personalized consultation at our Texas or New Mexico practice. In preparation for your facelift procedure, Dr. Agullo will ask you to do the following:

Avoid Smoking

You obviously know that smoking isn’t the best for your health, but did you know that it can interfere with the surgical process too? Smoking constricts the blood vessels, which causes increased inflammation to occur in the body. For this reason, it is best that you stop smoking at least a month before your facelift procedure.

Avoid Sun Exposure

A little daily sun is generally healthy, but it’s important that you stay away from the sun’s harmful rays as much as possible in the days leading up to your surgery. Tanning beds should be avoided altogether, and if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time, be sure to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15.

Exercise

Many patients believe that they should avoid working out and simply rest in the weeks leading up to their facelift procedure. Contrary to this belief, you are actually encouraged to get as much exercise as you can to ensure that your body is functioning at its best for the procedure.

Go Shopping

No, we’re not talking about going to you’re favorite clothing store. Instead, be sure to stock up on over-the-counter medications, such as Motrin, Tylenol, and Advil. Also, don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce and lean protein to to give your body the proper nutrients it needs to recover as quickly as possible from facelift surgery.

Make Driving Arrangements

After your facelift procedure is complete, swelling and discomfort will be apparent. Although these symptoms are normal, you will need to make sure you have someone to drive you home from the facility.

If you have any questions about facial cosmetic surgery or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo, please call (915) 590-7900 for our El Paso, TX office or (575) 520-5041 for our Las Cruces, NM office. You can also fill out our online contact form to get started. Dr. Agullo is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to helping you achieve total facial rejuvenation. We hope to see you soon!

Revolutionary Device Corrects Infant Ear Deformities

Close up of a baby's earNearly 20 to 30 percent of babies are born with a deformity of their outer ears; the ears can be pointy, fold over, or even stick out.  Sometimes these deformities will correct on their own, but sadly, up to one third of these cases do not. Normally, a child would have to live with the ear deformity until about five or six years of age, then undergo painful surgery to have their ears corrected.  In the interim, the child would endure verbal taunts and ridicule until the problem was fixed.  That is, until now. Thanks to the Ear Well (TM) Infant Ear Correction System, low self-esteem due to problem ears will now be a thing of the past.  This device, fitted by a cosmetic surgeon, takes advantage of the newborn’s malleable ear cartilage by reshaping it, then applying gentle, corrective pressure on the ear to help mold the new shape.

The Ear Well is made of high grade plastic and consists of four separate parts:

  • Cradle - this piece surrounds the outer ear; it sticks to the skin, much like a band aid
  • Retractors - two types of retractors that hold the ear in the desired shape
  • Cover - this snaps over the cradle to keep the retractors in place; it has holes that allow ventilation to the ear, preventing moisture build up
Ear Wells are typically worn over a six-to-eight week period.  The ears are examined by the surgeon every couple of weeks to check their condition and progression of the treatment.  Ear Wells should be applied within the first few weeks of life for the most successful outcome; the ear cartilage starts to harden quickly and may be too firm to reshape with the Ear Well after babies reach about six to eight weeks of age. Unlike cosmetic surgery, Ear Wells are being covered by some insurance companies. If you are a new mother, first check with your pediatrician. Then if you decide Ear Wells are a good option for your infant, please call Southwest Plastic Surgery at 915.590.7900.

Hair Loss in Men and Women

Hair loss in men and womenHaving a full head of hair is something many people often take for granted, that is until they begin to experience hair loss. Aside from protecting your scalp and influencing your physical appearance, hair also has a significant effect on your self-esteem. With more than 35 million men and 20 million women experiencing hair loss every year, the desperation to find a solution is very high.

What Causes Hair Loss?

It’s a commonly believed that hair loss is caused by things like poor blood circulation, hat wearing, and frequent washing. However, these assertions are simply not true. In fact, various studies have revealed that hereditary factors in men and hormonal factors in women are most responsible for hair loss. Other factors that contribute to hair loss in both men and women include diet, thyroid disorders, and cancer treatment.

Restoring Hair Loss

If you’ve already been suffering from hair loss for an extended period of time, chances are you tried creams, lotions and every other product under the sun to generate hair growth. And while many of these products came with “promises” and “guarantees,” you likely saw little, if any, improvement. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery has made many advancements in the area of hair restoration.

At his El Paso and Las Cruces practices, Dr. Frank Agullo, has helped countless men and women restore hair to their scalp by utilizing state-of-the-art surgical techniques. The method of hair restoration used will be determined after your consultation with Dr. Agullo, during which time he will examine the extent of your condition and discuss your preferences.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Hair Loss

Medication

Oral and topical medications offer a non-surgical treatment option for hair loss. Propecia (finasteride) is an oral medication FDA approved for hair loss in men that works by inhibiting DHT, which is a key factor in hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) is a topical medication that treats hair loss by directly stimulating hair growth. Formula 82M is a formulation that contains extra strength minoxidil, steroid, and retinoid, allowing for more drug absorption and improved results. These drugs are often used in combination with each other for the most effective results.

PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) Treatment

The application of Protein Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment involves enriching blood plasma with platelets, which are activated to release multiple growth factors and cytokines that promote healing. This process has been shown to wake up dormant hair follicles in hair loss patients, which results in both hair growth and cessation of hair loss.

To perform this technique, plasma is extracted from blood that is drawn from the patient’s arm. The blood is then processed to obtain the PRP, which is then injected into the area of hair loss and activated. PRP treatment should be repeated every 4 to 6 months to gain the most optimal results.

Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is performed by removing strips (grafts) of hair from a donor site on the scalp. These grafts are then dissected into smaller “follicular units” of one to four hairs, which are then surgically implanted one by one into the balding area.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Unlike the FUT technique that utilizes strips of hair from the scalp, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves taking single units of hair and implanting them in the bald areas of the scalp. FUE is a minimally invasive and scarless technique. The procedure can be performed with different instruments, including AlphaGraft, NeoGraft, or other automatic punches. Results are similar regardless of the instrument used.

Both FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques produce satisfying results.

If your hair loss is affecting your physical or emotional way of life, we encourage you to contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today. Our surgeon, Dr. Frank Agullo, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in hair transplantation. His close attention to detail and expertise in hair restoration enable him to help you get an appearance you can feel confident about. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Agullo, please call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online consultation form today.

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

Model wearing jeans, showing off flat stomachA common misunderstanding that many people have when contemplating plastic surgery for their midsection is the thought that liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are similar. Although both procedures focus on improving the abdominal area, the truth is that they are very different from one another.

Neither liposuction nor tummy tuck procedures should be viewed as a form of weight loss.

Tummy Tuck

Also known as “abdominoplasty,” a tummy tuck is intended to improve the appearance of the stomach by removing excess skin and fat tissue, while tightening the abdominal muscles to provide a slimmer and more defined midsection. Tummy tuck surgery is usually performed on people with the following:

  • Loose, hanging abdominal skin

  • Stretch marks on the stomach (after effects of pregnancy or immense weight loss)

  • A desire to attain a more toned abdominal area

Liposuction

Unlike a tummy tuck that eliminates excess skin and fat, liposuction is only intended to remove excess fat deposits. This type of body contouring method is not limited to just the midsection either. Liposuction can be performed on just about any area of the body and even certain regions of the face, such as the cheeks, chin, and neck.

Patients who are already in good overall health, but wish to have a flatter stomach that is free of sagging skin would likely benefit more from a tummy tuck, while patients who wish to rid their body of excess fat deposits are better suited for liposuction. Although both procedures can be performed in conjunction with another and on patients of all ages, individuals who see the most improvement are usually younger because they have better skin elasticity.

Of course getting in touch with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Frank Agullo will greatly help you in making your decision of which body contouring procedure is right for you. During your consultation, Dr. Agullo will take your preferences and goals into consideration to ensure that your expectations are met.

If you think that a body contouring procedure could be beneficial for you, we encourage you to contact our El Paso, Texas or Las Cruces, New Mexico practice today. Call (915) 590-7900 or fill out one of our online consultation form to get started. Dr. Frank Agullo regularly performs liposuction and tummy tuck surgery and looks forward to helping you achieve the look you desire.

Can You Get Superior Posteriors Through Gluteal Implants?

The quest for the perfect butt predates the invention of the bicycle, and for those who don’t want to put in hours of sweat on a bicycle seat, there are other, less sweat-inducing ways to achieve a superior posterior. Buttock augmentation, also known as butt or gluteal implants, are performed by a relatively small group of plastic and cosmetic surgeons who have plenty of experience in the form of thousands of these procedures to their credit. The reason the procedure is not more widely practiced is the complicated nature of the procedure and the requirement that those doing it have extensive experience in forming or sculpting solid, silicone implants that cannot shift from their original positions or develop infections, either of which would result in serious, post-surgery medical problems. Whether it‘s a “Jennifer Lopez” or “Beyoncé  Booty” for women, or the maximum gluteus Maximus a man can get, it can be attained via gluteal implants. Simply put, surgical implants add curvature and definition where there previously was none of either. Implants vary in size, shape, style and surgical procedure. If necessary or desired, buttock lifts can be performed in addition to implants. Gluteal Implants are most often used for enlargement of the buttock region, but also for treatment or correction of asymmetry. The implants are usually placed within the buttocks muscles, so that the implant does not shift and is less palpable. Although some surgeons place the implant in the subfascial plane, this results in increased complications, palpability of implant or displacement. Butt implants are generally available in four basic styles: round, non-directional, directional, and custom, but there are many other more specific styles and types skilled doctors like Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery. Round, the most common type of implants used, can be used in both medically acceptable insertion planes. Gluteal implants, like all aspects and procedures connected to plastic surgery, have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Advances in materials and techniques have made augmentation safer, affordable, and common. With so many options and choices available, anyone interested in gluteal implants should consult an experienced physician to find the best options. Dr. Frank Agullo, board-certified plastic surgeon at Southwest Plastic Surgery can answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have about gluteal implants, as well as present you the options on the best way to go about achieving your physical enhancement or augmentation preferences.

Welcome to Southwest Plastic Surgery

SouthwestPlasticSurgery_color_final1 Welcome to our new practice! We are extremely excited to officially announce the opening of Southwest Plastic Surgery. Founded by a team of Award Winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Southwest Plastic Surgery is distinguished by the highest quality of personalized service, commitment to safety and patient confidentiality, and superior results that encompass the entire body. Southwest Plastic Surgery offers you an outstanding experience from the very moment we welcome you through our facilities and throughout the entire span you are under our care.

Dr. Frank Agullo, MD, FACS

Dr. Agullo After having completed his Plastic Surgery Training at the prestigious world renowned Mayo Clinic and attained double-board certification,  Dr. Agullo has now established his private practice at Southwest Plastic Surgery. Additionally, he holds the title of Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine as well as Affiliate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Agullo's passion for his work reflects upon the many recognitions and awards he has recieved at both national and international levels throughout his career, including Texas Superdoctors Rising Stars.

Spanning Countries and Cultures

Southwest Plastic Surgery is proud to serve the entire Southwest, including El Paso, Western Texas, New Mexico, Chihuahua and Juarez. Reflecting the international nature of our practice and our patients, Dr. Agullo and his healthcare professionals at Southwest Plastic Surgery provide fully bilingual services in English and Spanish.

A Philosophy of Care & Excellence

Our practice is committed to the highest standard in specialized care and compassion; every member of our team adheres to our philosophy of individualized patient service. Dr. Agullo was recently awarded the Most Compassionate Doctor Award 2012 by Vitals.com.

Individualized Care

Tailored care at Southwest Plastic Surgery begins with a full consultation between Dr. Agullo and patient to discuss goals, options, and procedures. This personalized approach ensures our patients are informed and confident with their personal medical decisions and optimizes the final outcomes.

A Wide Range of Treatment Options

Our specialized services are as individual as the patients we serve. Dr. Agullo offers a wide range of treatments and procedures spanning from topical treatments, minimally invasive procedures, novel approaches such as protein rich plasma, to full body and facial enhancement techniques. Dr. Agullo offers the latest techniques in hair transplantation for men and women.  

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