Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

How Does Stress Affect Your Beauty?

How Does Stress Affect Your Beauty?

Beauty Restoration Treatments

Beauty Restoration TreatmentsStress is an unfortunate fact of life. For people living with chronic stress, their bodies take a serious beating. Chronic stress disrupts the natural hormone levels in your body, causing homeostatic imbalances that can lead to health issues like heartburn, respiratory problems, cardiac irregularities, and insomnia. Stress sometimes gets expressed externally as well, altering your beauty. The effects of stress may cause:


When you are stressed, your muscles have a tendency to be tense. Muscle tension in the face, mainly in the forehead and around the eyes, can etch in deep wrinkles. These wrinkles prematurely age the face.


PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) Facial Rejuvenation: Blood plasma enriched with platelets that release growth factors to promote collagen production and healing.

  • PRP treatments combined with dermal fillers or fat grafting can achieve smooth, younger-looking skin.

Hollow Eyes and Cheeks

People that suffer from chronic stress will occasionally experience bouts of insomnia. Lack of sleep leads to dark, puffy under-eye bags and hollow cheeks, which make you appear constantly fatigued.


Fat injections: The transfer of fat into areas of the face that have experienced a loss of volume.

  • Smoothing under-eye bags and plumping sunken cheeks restores a rested appearance and a bright complexion.

Weight Gain

Some people have a tendency to overeat as an emotional coping mechanism for stress. The increased caloric intake is often accompanied by a lack of motivation to exercise, which can cause you to pack on the pounds. During stressful times, your body also produces hormones that cause you to store excess fat. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cosmetic procedure to help you lose a major amount of weight. You can lose weight with the help of a nutritionist, personal trainer, and personal determination. Once you have lost weight, you may be discouraged to find excess skin and clinging fat deposits you didn’t have before.


Body Contouring: A combination of surgical procedures that may include liposuction, tummy tuck, and arm lift surgery.

  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Tightens and tones the area
  • Restores pleasing body contours

Hair Loss

Hair loss normally occurs six weeks to three months after the initial stressful event. After a traumatic event, the body releases hormones that disrupt the natural hair growth cycle. For some people, stress causes ticks where they pull out an excessive amount of their hair.


In most cases, your hair cycle will return to normal. If it doesn’t, the stress may have exacerbated an underlying medical condition.

PRP for Hair Loss: Wakes up dormant hair follicles and stimulates them to grow.

Hair Transplant: Takes hair follicles from donor sites and transplants them to areas where the hair is thinning or bald.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Agullo to erase signs of stress and restore your vibrant, beautiful self. Call our office today at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form here.

Plastic Surgery Is On the Rise, “Butt” With a New Emphasis

butt liftThe results are in, and last year in 2014 has seen an increase in plastic surgery in the U.S. by as much as 3%. New results released last week revealed 15.6 Americans receiving plastic surgical procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Part of it is attributed to the advancements in medical technologies, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to go in for a nip here and a tuck there.

Most of the people that fell within that extra 3% growth rate were recipients of the minimally invasive procedures. For example, the use of fat redistribution was among those procedures, with a 2% increase in patients receiving Brazilian Butt Lifts by drawing from fat stores within their own bodies.

Another surprising trend revealed that fewer women were getting breast augmentations, while there was a significant rise in breast reconstruction surgeries for women who had gone through mastectomies. While not all breast cancer patients opt for breast reconstruction, those who do have been encouraged more by their doctors, which means there have been great strides made between physicians and plastic surgeons.

Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery is one of the few doctors in the Southwest who offer the Butt Implants, so patients near El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM have been able to go to their clinic to get the butt lift surgeries. His office has also experienced an uncanny increase in the number of butt lifts performed within 2014, with nearly twice as many patients opting for the surgery over 2013. Like many doctors around the country, he guesses that the media fancy and stars like JLo or Kim Kardashian have a lot to do with the new trend.

Minimally invasive surgeries for the face, such as fillers, chemical peels and laser services were also more popular in 2014. In particular, chemical peels saw the most growth, with over 1.2 million services rendered. There were 2.3 million soft tissue fillers and just over a million laser hair removals, among many other types of non-invasive procedures.

These trends show that people want subtle changes, rather than going through major surgeries, so now with more availability of new technologies, people are becoming braver about going in to get services done. It also makes getting procedures more affordable for people, both in time and monetary investments.

If you have been interested in getting plastic surgery, but are not sure about what to do, contact board-certified Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso. He shows his patients before and after images, using a remarkable 3D Vectra Imaging system. This eliminates any concerns and also gives patients the confidence they need to undergo many types of plastic surgery. Call 915-590-7900 to ask about butt augmentation/implants, Brazilian Butt Lifts or Labiaplasty in El Paso, Texas.

Top Plastic Surgery Procedures for 2014

Which Two Plastic Surgery Procedures Made the Top News for 2014? The Answer May Surprise You!

top listThe results are in, and NBC recently released the results of a poll taken from 953 doctors across the United States. It seems that breast augmentations, while still wildly popular, have taken a “backseat” to these two other plastic surgery procedures as the most asked for. Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX is one of the few places to offer the services, which have both doubled nationwide.

What are they?

Oddly, enough, America has moved its interest in the chest to the backside, with butt implants nearly doubling in requests over the tally in 2013. Brazilian Buttlifts were also very popular, with a 15% surge in patients receiving them over the prior year. NBC News did an interview with the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, who explained that “butts are in”, perhaps in part because of the huge infatuation with Kim Kardashian and the media craze.

Their findings were also in line with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, whose survey of 901 doctors found an even greater increase of both the silicone butt implants and the Brazilian Butt Lift, in which fat injections remove the fat from one area of the body and reposition it to the derriere. The president of that organization cited social media as one of the instigators behind this, which affirmed the findings of the ASPS.

Another surprising trend that may surprise you

Along with the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift and the silicone implants, now more women are asking for another highly personal cosmetic procedure. Labiaplasty has also grown in popularity, making it the second fastest growing procedure in 2014 after the butt surgeries. Although the trade associations do not keep track of the numbers, of women, they are much more common now than they have ever been.

In case you are new to the term, a labiaplasty is a technique that trims the inner lips of a woman’s genitalia, with the intent of making her “tighter” down there. The purpose is to improve the cosmetic appearance as well as improving the feeling during intercourse. Most of the women who opt for labiaplasty are women who have given childbirth and who may feel a bit more insecure about their genitalia thereafter.

Dr. Agullo is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Southwest region offering both the buttock augmentation and labiaplasty surgeries. These require a lot of skill and precision to get the results you want. Dr. Agullo shows his patients the before and after examples by using a 3D Vectra Imaging system. Call 915-590-7900 to ask about butt augmentation/implants, Brazilian Butt Lifts or Labiaplasty in El Paso, Texas.

Everything You Need to Know About Buttock Augmentation

Fuller, rounder, perkier…

People who have a flat, saggy or unappealing derriere may wish they had more projection in the buttocks region. This can be done with El Paso Buttocks Augmentation! The buttocks augmentation is designed for a patient who wants to reshape and redistribute the look of their buttocks to appear fuller, rounder and perkier!buttock augmentation

Do you…

  • Wish your butt was rounder, fuller and shapelier?
  • Long for an hourglass figure or more voluptuous curves?
  • Look in the mirror and think your butt looks too flat, small or just disproportionate compared to the rest of your figure?

Then maybe a good “Southwestern Texan” buttock augmentation is right for you!

Buttocks augmentation procedures work in three different ways to achieve similar endpoints. It can be achieved through fat injections in combination with liposuction, with gluteal implants, or with your own tissue if you need a lift at the same time.

The “Brazilian Butt Lift”, is achieved by removing fat from a patient through liposuction and then injecting or “repositioning” the fat into the buttocks for reshaping. By taking a person’s own fat, this relatively simple cosmetic enhancement can have dramatically pleasing results by transforming a flat butt into a wonderfully shaped, round butt that sits higher and looks more appealing in bathing suits or form-fitting apparel.

Dr. Agullo also performs buttock augmentation with silicone implants. The use of implants can generate more dramatic results and is a good option in thin patients that have little fat for injections.

Buttock Augmentation Techniques

Buttock augmentation has a few different terms associated with the procedure, aside from the “Brazilian Butt Lift”. It can also be termed butt implant, gluteal implant, buttock enlargement or just a ‘butt lift’. These all refer to procedures used to improve the buttock contour, although the techniques may differ.

During buttocks augmentation surgery, you will be under general anesthesia or IV sedation:

  • Buttock Augmentation with Fat injections. This is one of the most common methods of buttock augmentation also termed “Brazilian Buttock Lift” or BBL. It works best for patients who have excess fat stored in other areas of the body, such as the thighs, abdominal (midsection), hips and waistline. Dr. Agullo uses a process called fat grafting or fat transplantation, in which he will gently remove the fatty accumulation from these areas with liposuction and then reposition them strategically within your butt to achieve a naturally fuller, rounder shape. Liposuction is always performed above the buttocks, which improves the overall contour.
  • Buttock Augmentation with Implants. Patients who have only minimal body fat and who want the buttocks augmentation enhancement will most likely need implants to achieve their goal of a round or more projected butt, which involves the plastic surgeon placing a strategic incision just below the tailbone. The incision is not visible when standing, as it hides in the fold. Dr. Agullo’s preferred implant placement is intramuscular, which avoids many of the complications previously associated with buttock implants. Buttock implants are made of solid silicone gel, so they do not pose a risk of rupture or leakage.
  • Buttock lift with augmentation. If you have buttock ptosis, then a lift may be necessary to achieve the best gluteal contour possible. In mild cases of ptosis adding volume with fat injections or an implant may be enough. In more pronounced cases a buttock lift would be necessary. A buttock lift is achieved by removing skin just above the buttocks, resulting in a thong type of incision. The scar is easily hidden with underwear, bathing suit, or even thong type undergarments. Augmentation of the buttocks is achieved at the same time with a local flap from your own fatty tissue. In certain cases augmentation can also be achieved with fat injections or implants.

No matter what you call it, buttocks augmentation can be done as part of other cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck and breast lift or with an entire body lift experience. Your buttocks augmentation will be done in Dr. Agullo’s state-of-the art facility most likely as part of an outpatient procedure, which dependent upon whether the butt lift is combined with other cosmetic applications can take about 2 hours.

Getting ready for butt lift surgery

Get ready to have your buttocks lifted, contoured and protruding just the right way with Southwestern Texas buttock augmentation surgery! Here are some readiness strategies to apply before your buttock enlargement procedure:

  • Quit smoking any tobacco products for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks afterwards to decrease potential risks from blood clots or slower.
  • Line up relative or friend to take you to and from the procedure. You won’t be able to drive after having anesthesia for at least a few days afterward.
  • Plan to get help with childcare, errands, etc. since you won’t be able to lift or do heavy chores.
  • Make sure you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before your buttock augmentation procedure.
  • Avoid using cream or lotions on your skin in the derriere because it will block pores.
  • Wear something comfortable that can be easily slipped on and off. Avoid anything with buttons, zippers or that is too tight. Sweatpants, leggings, skirts or shorts will be best.

Combining buttock augmentation with other procedures

Sometimes buttock augmentation surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as part of a body-sculpting package or in conjunction with anabdominoplasty (tummy tuck). If you want to combine procedures to save time, money and to heal all at once instead of in intervals, this might be a good option for you. Some other surgeries you can consider are:

You must discuss with Dr. Frank Agullo to see if it is feasible to combine other procedures for your body shape, size, budget and other considerations. Combining procedures often results in an overall improved body contour, decreased cost when compared to doing the procedures separately, and the advantage of only having one recovery period.

Recovery from buttock augmentation

After the buttock augmentation, you will need to wear a special compression garment that is designed to keep everything “tight” and help it heal properly. A partial absorption of fat that was transferred will settle after about three weeks. You should wait at least three months to decide whether future grafting is needed or if you are satisfied with the full effects. Try to sit as infrequently as possible for the first few weeks to reduce absorption and soreness to your buttocks.

Other things to know about recovering from butt augmentation:

  • Recovering from buttock augmentation requires mostly laying down or standing for at least a couple of weeks after the surgery. You won’t be able to sit down right away and may feel sore or tender when you do.
  • After two weeks you should be able to resume work and normal activities.
  • You should walk around some to avoid blood clots; however you should avoid major exercise for at least a month.
  • Tell your doctor about any chest pain, abnormalities in heart rate, pain, or shortness of breath.
  • Don’t take any aspirin.

Rest assured, after a couple of months, you’ll be feeling better and wanting to go out to buy a new bathing suit and clothes that show off that rounder, fuller backside you’ve been longing to have for so long!

Are there risks with a butt lift?

Buttock augmentation procedures have a relatively low risk for complications.

Risks of buttock augmentation surgery may be:

  • Painful sitting
  • Infection
  • Bleeding or general anesthesia risks
  • Having to revise the buttock augmentation

Cost of buttock augmentation in El Paso

Some buttock augmentations can be done with fat injections from one’s own liposuction procedure, but in slimmer patients they may need butt implants. Therefore, the cost can greatly vary. Other considerations are the time it takes to achieve the liposculpture, prepare the injections and then inject the fat into the buttocks. At Dr. Frank Agullo’s plastic surgery facility, the average cost for a Brazilian Butt Lift is about $5,000 – $8,000 depending on the areas of liposuction. The cost may vary if other procedures are necessary or with different combinations with other body contouring surgeries.

Get head-turning glances with El Paso butt augmentation!

Schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate today.

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