Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Mommy Makeovers Improve Self Esteem in Mothers

Mommy Makeovers Improve Self Esteem in Mothers

A happy mother holding her baby on her back and lifting up her handsOne fear of many mothers is that their personal appearance may suffer after one or more pregnancies. No matter how hard a woman tries to work out or eat healthy, the effects of child bearing can certainly be tough on a woman’s body. Some women experience stretching of the hips, abdominal areas and sagging breasts after breastfeeding, or simply from the toll of bearing children. The body loses some of its elasticity after having a baby. Weight gain or having a cesarean can also leave some mothers with a “pooch” right above the line where their pants typically sit, which can feel awkward and make women feel insecure. That is one big reason why mommies often wear baggy shirts and yoga pants, to cover up their former baby bumps.

The Mommy Makeover: A Great Body Contouring Solution for Moms

What is a “Mommy Makeover?” This is a term used for a procedure designed to correct and reposition the changes that occur in a woman’s figure after having children. It often combines multiple procedures, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, liposuction and sometimes contouring of the hips, buttocks and thighs.

At Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, TX, the Mommy Makeover is a popular procedure. Using a Vectra 3D tool, our resident Dr. Frank Agullo can show patients what the results will look like on a monitor, which can also be printed. This device is 100% accurate and is a useful tool in the decision of whether or not to pursue a Mommy Makeover.

Dr. Agullo will also discuss your highest areas of concern and he will explain exactly what needs to be done to make these corrections. Using a number of different methods – depending on your personal goals – he can make an accurate assessment and proper recommendations.

Mommy Makeovers Remove Unwanted Fat

Although the joys of motherhood outweigh the cons, one thing many women wish for is to have their sexy, pre-baby body return to its full glory. This is difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone, especially for busy mothers. Moms often feel embarrassed by their bodies after having little ones and wear things to “cover up” the fat, rather than being proud of the way they look as a Mom.

Getting a Mommy Makeover is not as bad as it sounds, and most women are thrilled with the results and newfound confidence. Schedule a consultation with Southwest Plastic Surgery to see what your post baby body can really look like! Call (915) 590-7900 to talk to our caring staff.

The New Age of Brazilian Butt Lifts

Female buttocks in a white thong with a grid of white arrows pointing upwardHave you ever wondered how models, actresses and Hollywood icons get those perfectly round, beautiful derrieres? The kind that “sit up” and look good in dresses, jeans and bikinis? Were they born to look perfect, or how do they do it?

Breast augmentations have been done for years, but only within the past five years have the numbers of women going in to get a Brazilian Butt lift – also known as a butt augmentation or butt implant surgery – steadily increased.

Oh My Gawd, Look at Her Butt!

It was 1992 when Sir Mix-A-Lot first released his hit, “Baby Got Back” and thus began the era of glamorizing a woman’s butt, rather than hiding it. Before then, it used to be shameful to have a big but, but according to an NBC News Story in Feb. of 2014, “Americans like big butts, the numbers cannot lie!”

The statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that each year, the number of butt augmentations across the country has continued rising, going up from 8,500 in 2012 to almost 10,000 just last year in 2013. This has gone way up from the year 2000, when only 1,356 women in the U.S. received a butt lift, and at that time, there was no such thing as butt implants.

Plastic surgeons are seeing Brazilian Butt lift requests far more frequently. In El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM, the offices of Southwest Plastic Surgery are performing numerous Brazilian Butt Lifts per month and the number keeps climbing.

How Much Do Butt Augmentations Cost?

Basing it on national averages, a typical Brazilian Butt Lift (aka – butt augmentation) with fat grafting is just over $4,000, while butt lifts cost about $4,500 and butt implants hover at about $4,300. This is not a set price; however, the price you will pay to have a Brazilian Butt Lift varies depending on where you live. In Southwest Texas, the cost runs between $3,900 – $4,900 for each individual on a case-by-case basis.

It is best to get an estimate by visiting Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso for a consultation, where board-certified Dr. Frank Agullo will explain everything to you and show you what your potential butt lift can look like. Using a clever, Vectra 3D Imaging System, the outcome will be revealed on a live computer monitor.

Some of the costs include:

•    Anesthesia
•    Surgeon’s fee
•    Facility or hospital costs
•    Post-surgery garments/aids
•    Special devices or pillows needed for recovery
•    Lab tests & monitoring
•    Prescriptions

If you want to get that curvy, sexy booty and feel great about your curvaceous self, call Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900 to see if a Brazilian Butt Lift might be the perfect procedure for your needs.

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.

Get Kissable Lips Just in Time for Mistletoe Season!

A blonde in a red festive dress puckering her lips and holding up mistletoeYour lips are one of the highlights of your face, so when you feel unhappy about their appearance, it can actually make you feel less confident. If your lips are too thin or have visible laugh lines, creases and wrinkles and could use some cosmetic enhancements, then this is the perfect time of year to consider lip augmentation.

The holidays are right around the corner! Lip augmentations only take a few hours of your time, and can give you those plush, kissable lips you have been craving your whole life. Not everyone has the supermodel gene, so for those who want to slightly alter or enhance their appearance, getting lip augmentation is a simple way to do it.

How Is Lip Augmentation Performed?

At Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX, a lip augmentation can be done a number of different ways. The choice largely depends upon the outcome you desire. This is something you can talk about with our premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Frank Agullo.

There are several methods Dr. Agullo uses to do the lip procedure:

•    Juvederm: Lip fillers such as Juvederm can be infected into your lips and around your lips to increase the volume and shape of your lips. However, this is a less permanent solution, so if you just want to try it before going through with a more permanent lip augmentation, this might be ideal. The results typically last for six to eight months, whereupon you can come back for another injection if you want to maintain the look of your lips.

•    Fat: Another way people are plumping up their lips is through fat transfers, which is a procedure that uses fat from your own body and repositions it to another. This is good for people who are susceptible to allergic reactions, since it uses the patient’s own fat and blood.

•    Permalip or Silimed Silicone Implants: This is a great solution for patients who want to replace a nonpermanent lip procedure. The results yield a soft, natural look after healing and can be done under local anesthesia. In fact, Permalip can be done right in the office in about 20 minutes. Patients have a choice of sizes and widths, which they can choose using a live preview on our Vectra 3D Imaging machine. This gives you an accurate view of what your lip augmentation will look like after it is finished.

If you are curious about lip augmentations or other cosmetic enhancements, now is the time to contact Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, TX at (915) 590-7900. Get complete answers to your questions or take a look at “before” and “after” pictures of your lips, even before going through with the procedure. A remarkable 3D Vectra Imaging tool will show you exactly how lush and kissable your lips can be!

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