Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Internal Silk Corsets Can Define Waistline

Internal Silk Corsets Can Define Waistline

Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX always likes to stay ahead of the game when it comes to breakthrough innovations, tools and techniques. Although still new to the plastic surgery industry, the internal silk corset is yet another valuable tool we can apply to certain patients who need it. Although it is most popularly used for breast augmentations and mastectomies, the SERI biosilk can also be beneficial for abdominoplasties.

Particularly in patients with very loose skin, either from a major weight gain or loss, hernia operations, or who are getting a tummy tuck post-pregnancy, the SERI silk scaffold can enhance tissue support and help to achieve a more desirable outcome with a better. The FDA approved silk is worn internally, and it works much like an internal silk corset. It is very safe and cA woman with a slender waist in a grey sweater with her fists in the air in triumphomfortable. Patients don’t even notice it there, except for the extra support.

Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery says, “From what I have seen, the SERI silk corset helps to create a long-lasting waistline and greater degree of abdominal firmness and flatness.”

Longer lasting sounds good, but there are some instances where the SERI silk scaffold corset is not necessary. Younger patients, for example may already have enough skin tissue and elasticity to heal without SERI corsets for an abdominoplasty.

On the other hand, Mommy Makeovers and Tummy Tucks may be one of the more popular procedures at Southwest Plastic Surgery and across the country. For these types of surgeries, the abdominal corset can lessen the chances for modifications. The silk is worn internally and dissolves over an eighteen to twenty-four month period of time as the body substitutes it with strong collagen.

If you have questions about SERI, contact the office of Southwest Plastic Surgery at 915-590-7900.

Finally – An Answer to Hollow Cheeks

a cropped version of previous photoWhen it comes to the aging process, hollowed or sunken-in cheeks rank right up there with turkey necks and droopy eyebrows.  Fortunately there is now a simple way to instantly add volume to the cheek area – and without the time and expense of surgery!

Juvederm Voluma XC, the first and only Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler approved by the FDA to address this issue, is an injectable gel that subtly lifts and contours your cheeks to help you recapture your youthful profile.  Hyaluronic Acid is a natural anti-aging substance in the body that supports cell growth and repair.  As we age, the body reduces its production of this precious material.  Used cosmetically by an experienced physician, HA builds up collagen in the cell tissues and helps the skin retain water, temporarily plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles.

 What Results Can I Expect?

When used optimally, Juvederm Voluma XC has been clinically proven to last up to two years.

 Are There Any Side Effects?

Side effects are moderate and can include itching, tenderness, firmness, swelling, bruising, pain, redness, and lumps or bumps at the site of injection.  These reactions are temporary and generally disappear within two to four weeks.  Most patients are able to resume their normal activities 24 hours after receiving the injection.

Dr. Agullo can help you restore your cheeks to their more youthful appearance.  To find out more and schedule a consultation, please contact Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900.

Are the Results of Liposuction Permanent?

With the large number of plastic surgery procedures available, patients are surely going to have an array of questions. One of the most popular that arises is, “Are the results of liposuction permanent?” While the simple answer to this question is, “Yes,” and liposuction is meant to provide long-lasting results, there is no guarantee that the initial results will last forever.

Some factors that can affect the long-term results of liposuction include:

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After some individuals undergo liposuction they think that they can eat and drink whatever they like. This is completely untrue. In fact, in order to maintain the most lasting results, patients are advised to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and consistent exercise. In addition to eating healthy and exercising regularly, it is also recommended that patients refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol in excess.

Weight Gain

The fat that has been removed with liposuction is permanently gone from the body, so some weight gain after the procedure will likely be distributed differently throughout the body. However, significant weight gain can have a negative effect on the results, so maintaining a healthy weight is important for preserving the more slender body contours achieved with liposuction.

Natural Aging Process

Although the results of liposuction are meant to be permanent, there is no way to completely stop the aging process. There is an increased likelihood of weight gain with age, and the skin tends to become stretched and loose as it loses elasticity, which can detract from the more attractive results first achieved with liposuction.

Considering Liposuction?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are close to their ideal weight and have no serious medical problems. Potential patients should not view liposuction as a method of weight loss and need to have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure.

If you have any questions about liposuction 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 El Paso contact form or our Las Cruces contact form to get started. Dr. Agullo is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to helping you achieve the best results possible.


“Gummy Bear” Breast Implants: Are They Right for You?

a line of colorful gummy bearsForm stable cohesive gel breast implants – nicknamed and rapidly becoming known as “gummy bear” implants – are anatomically shaped implants designed to look and feel like the real thing.

Popular for years in Canada and Europe, these implants are made out of a special type of silicone gel that sticks together – similar to the consistency of a gummy bear.  This special material allows the implant to be molded to mirror a gently sloping breast shape, with more volume toward the bottom of the breast.  More importantly, this same gel also allows the implant to maintain its shape and stay in place once implanted, thereby reducing the wrinkling and rippling that can happen with traditional saline or silicone implants.

Best of all, the cohesiveness of this gel provides you with a safer alternative in breast implants.  Because the gel is form stable, it will not leak into surrounding cell tissues if the implant ruptures.  This stability also helps reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a hardening of the breasts due to the buildup of scar tissue.  In an ongoing 10-year multi-center study with Natrelle (one of three companies who offer form stable cohesive gel implants), the 6-year risk rate of capsular contracture with Natrelle’s form stable cohesive gel implant was 4.6%, versus 14.8% with Natrelle’s traditional round silicone implants.

As with any surgery, success depends on many factors:  the physician’s level of experience, the quality of medical devices used and the patient’s medical condition and expectations, to name a few.  Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo can work with you to help you attain the natural looking, fuller breasts that you desire.  You can schedule an appointment with him by calling Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900.  For more information on form stable cohesive gel breast implants, visit Natrelle’s website.

Dr. Frank Agullo Makes the List of Castle Connolly Top Plastic Surgeons in the United States

Caduceus medical symbol as a health care and medicine icon with snakes crawling on a pole with wings on golden metal texture isolated on a white backgroundLess than 5% of the 36,000 licensed physicians in the U.S. are selected to receive a Castle Connolly Top Doctors award, and we are proud to say that Dr. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery is one among this year’s prestigious listing. This special award given by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is unique in that the doctors chosen are nominated by their peers, rather than by a panel or by the general public. This means that other Plastic Surgeons and doctors have selected Dr. Agullo as one of the top Plastic Surgeons in the United States.

If you’ve ever wondered which physicians the doctors themselves use, The Castle Connolly Top Doctors are the Doctors’ Doctors. They are the best of the best and serve their fellow physicians with the same premium health care they would give their own patients. It is a great honor to have a fellow physician trust one of the Top Doctors recipients to perform their own procedures when needed.

Nominations are done through an online process and open to all board-certified DO’s and MD’s. Each year,thousands of physicians cast their votes for the Castle Connolly Top Doctors of the Year. Then, the honorees are chosen by the physician-led Castle Connolly research team, including the Chief Medical and Research Officer. They base the criteria on several factors, such as medical training, education and academics, hospital appointments, patient satisfaction ratings, and more.

The award also gives patients peace of mind and a resource to lean on when they want to search for one of the Nation’s Top Doctors. Dr. Frank Agullo works out of two offices in the Southwest region. El Paso, Texas residents may visit the El Paso Southwest Plastic Surgery, or people from New Mexico can find him at the Las Cruces, New Mexico location. Dr. Agullo is a board certified doctor with numerous awards and an impressive list of accolades.

Tummy Tucks and Hernia Repairs

abs showing belly buttonToday’s Question: I’ve wanted a tummy tuck for years but have not really had the time or resources to do so.  I’ve recently been diagnosed with an umbilical hernia.  Since I have to have the hernia repaired anyway, can I use the opportunity to combine it with a tummy tuck?

Answer:    You might be able to, depending on the type and size of the hernia.  It’s quite common these days for patients to have a hernia repair at the same time as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).  This surgery may be performed laparoscopically (e.g. small incisions in the skin allowing the insertion of surgical instruments into the abdomen) or the abdominal wall may need to be opened up – again, depending on your particular situation.

 Top Reasons to Consider Dual Surgery:

  •  performing two procedures at once can save the down-time and pain of a second surgery
  • operating room, anesthesia and other hospital or surgical-center fees may be reduced
  • fewer operations usually mean fewer scar tissue build up

 Other Things to Consider:

  •   check with your insurance company – most will cover the hernia repair only
  •  your specific circumstances may require you to have these two procedures performed separately
  •  your plastic surgeon may need to call in a general surgeon on more complicated cases


With double board certification in plastic surgery and general surgery, Dr. Frank Agullo can successfully perform both these procedures at the same time – saving you money and time not having to visit multiple doctors and coordinate physician schedules.  Dr. Agullo will sit down with you, listen to your needs and concerns, examine your abdomen, order any necessary tests and determine the best way to meet your goals.  Contact Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900 today to schedule your consultation.

SERI Surgical Scaffold for Breast Lifts and Abdominoplasties

An attractive woman with bandages wrapped around her breasts and her hands underneath lifting them up on a white backgroundAfter a certain age, healing from breast lifts, implants and abdominoplasties becomes more difficult due to the loss of elasticity and tissue able to sustain the augmentation. Some patients just don’t have enough strength or elasticity, which can result in breast ptosis or abdominal laxity. This has led to frustration among patients who want to change the appearance of sagging breasts because they end up not being able to get the perkiness and/or firmness from a breast lift that they were hoping to achieve.

Dr. Agullo from Southwest Plastic Surgery has risen to this challenge with the use of a breakthrough device. The SERI Surgical Scaffold is a silk mesh support worn internally that helps to lift breasts and tighten tummies underneath the skin. The woven silk offers strength and long lasting results.

What is SERI Surgical Scaffold?

The silk derived biological scaffold is made from a woven, multifilament that absorbs internally and acts kind of like replacement strength tissue for the affected area. It is a purified, bioengineered BIOSILK™ with an ability to strengthen the weakest areas, resulting in higher quality healing and more desirable outcomes.

In a way, the silk facilitates the creation of new tissue growth, and as studies have revealed, the patients will experience twice the thickness after two years, as compared to those who do not have the help of a SERI silk scaffold. The new tissue helps “hold up” the breast lift and gives post-pregnant women or women with little or lax breast tissue a more comfortable way to get a breast lift or augmentation.

The silk can be used for men, too. Dr. Agullo uses the surgical scaffold for abdominoplasties in both men and women, which can yield very good results with the use of the SERI. The SERI scaffold is used as an internal corset to define the waistline and produce tighter abdomens. We encourage you to call and find out more about how SERI can benefit your breast augmentation or abdominoplasty.

The Fountain of Youth in a BroadBand Light

road sign- fountain of youth, next exitInterested in turning back the hands of time?  Now you can, thanks to Sciton’s Forever Young BroadBand (BBL) light therapy.

Forever Young BBL’s non-invasive, advanced light therapy technology allows precise application of various light wavelengths that penetrate the skin down to the molecular level, rejuvenating skin tissue and altering the gene expression.  The result?  With regular treatments, BBL light therapy can actually delay the aging process.

 How Does BroadBand Light Therapy Work?

BroadBand Light therapy uses a dual-lamp device that is lightly placed on the skin’s surface, delivering pulses of bright light that sinks into the skin’s tissue (goggles are provided to protect the eyes).  The heat from the light energy stimulates skin cells to create collagen and elastin, improving its tone and texture.  This device contains a cooling mechanism that will keep you comfortable during the treatment.

 What Conditions Can Be Treated With BroadBand Light Therapy?

BBL treatments can help with many skin conditions, including:

  • acne
  • rosacea
  • sagging skin
  • pigmented lesions (e.g. freckles, age spots, sun spots)
  • vascular lesions (e.g. cherry angiomas, telangiectasia’s, spider veins)
  • hair removal

 What You Can Expect:

  •  fast treatment with very little downtime – regain youthful skin during your lunch hour
  •  long-lasting results:  treatments can last up to several years
  • wide range of application:  treat your face, hands, neck, arms – wherever you want tighter, younger-looking skin
  • can be used with lighter or darker skin types


If you are ready to turn back the clock, please contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today for more information or to schedule a consultation by calling (915) 590-7900.

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