Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Wait at Least Six Months After Having a Baby to Get a Mommy Makeover

Wait at Least Six Months After Having a Baby to Get a Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover El Paso Las CrucesMore than ever women are focused on their bodies, especially after pregnancy. The comparisons not only begin with friends and family but also can be exacerbated by the media stories of the rich and famous. Of course, no one notes the private chefs, coaches, etc. that they have at their disposal.

A lot of women tend to put pressure on themselves to quickly get back to pre-pregnancy shape, often not considering all their bodies have done to prepare them for childbirth. During your pregnancy, not only do your hormones change, but your body changes shape to allow your baby to grow healthily and be delivered. Your mid-section stretches, your breasts increase in size, and certain areas may even swell due to retaining water.

Once your pregnancy is over and hormones return to normal, your skin and muscles will begin to tighten once again. How much a woman’s body will return to “normal” varies from person to person and depends on her overall health, diet, and exercise plan.

There are a large number of women who find no matter what they do physically and with their diets, they simply can’t get back to their pre-pregnancy shape. There may be loose skin around the midsection and potentially sagging breasts once milk production has ceased.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

Usually a “Mommy Makeover” includes a tummy tuck, liposuction in the mid-section and hips, and either a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation, depending on the woman’s specific needs. In Dr. Agullo’s practice, mommy makeovers often include buttock enhancement via a Brazilian Butt Lift with fat injections or a buttock implant. It’s important to note that the procedures are not intended to speed weight loss, they are to help with areas that diet and exercise simply cannot alter.

How Long Should You Wait?

From birth, this can be several months to a couple years, depending on your family, feeding, diet, and exercise plan. However, it’s never recommended to have a tummy tuck before you are done with childbearing. This is to prevent you from having to redo surgeries in the future.

The most important thing to remember is that your body is different from everyone else’s. Your body will heal and return at a different rate and shape than others. Discussing your body goals with your physician can help create a plan with attainable goals that can then be further defined with surgery if desired.

When you are ready, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso and Las Cruces can help you prepare for a Mommy Makeover. Call our office in El Paso (915) 590-7900 or our office in Las Cruces at (575) 520-5041 to schedule your consultation. We encourage you to come in and see our before and after pictures even before you make a decision.

5 Places You’ll Never Believe You Can Lipo!

Areas You Can LiposuctionIn an overly body conscious society, no matter how “in shape” we are, or the overall level of happiness we have with our appearance, there always seems to be small problem areas that we wish could be “fixed.” In some instances, liposuction could be your saving grace.

The good news is that Dr. Frank Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso and Las Cruces can work miracles through the use of one surprisingly useful tool…the liposuction cannula. Here are some body parts that you may not have thought about applying liposuction to that could actually make a tremendous difference in your appearance.

  • Your Breasts – A lot of women have large breasts that could benefit from liposuction versus a complete breast reduction. Some women love their large breasts but would like to have the shape “touched up.” Lipo can remove fatty tissue and help reshape the breasts without leaving scars. It’s important to note that this procedure is not for significant size reduction but more for smaller reshaping.
  • Your Husband’s Chest – You’re not the only one looking in the mirror contemplating a change. Many men face the development of male breasts as they age, known as gynecomastia. This condition can be very uncomfortable for men to deal with. Lipo can be an alternative that can help return your man’s chest to its previous more defined and muscular shape.
  • Your Upper Torso – Your Upper Torso – Do you suffer from fatty areas around your bra line? What about small fat pockets between your underarm and breasts? Lipo can reshape the torso to reveal a flatter and more evenly shaped section that no longer bulges or gathers in the wrong places.
  • Your Jawline – A lot of men and women deal with one of the first signs of aging earlier in life than they expect, the beginning of jowls or fat deposits around the neck and chin and the loosening of skin. This area can be slimmed and tightened to potentially take years off your appearance.
  • Your Ankles – Do you sometimes feel that your ankles seem to extend simply from your calves and that there isn’t any definition between your calves and your ankles? There has been a term coined “cankles” that no one wants to be associated with. Liposuction can also help this area by giving your legs a more defined calf to ankle ratio and making them appear longer, leaner and younger!

Dr. Frank Agullo can guide you to make sure that liposuction will work for your personal needs. If you’re overall happy with your body and are looking for small amounts of contouring, liposuction might be worth looking into to help smooth and reshape those areas you see differently in your mind. Many of these liposuction procedures can be performed in the office using light sedation.

For more information or to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo, please call our El Paso office at  (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041. We look forward to helping your achieve the contours you desire.

Lose Those Unwanted Pounds

Weight-Loss Surgery in El Paso, TX

Weight-Loss Surgery El Paso, TXWeight-loss surgery can be a positive way to kick-start your weight-loss journey instead of using extreme diets or pills that purport to be a fat-burning miracle. Morbidly obese patients require bariatric procedures such as gastric stapling or gastric bypass. For people who do not qualify for bariatric surgery, moderate weight-loss surgery can help you reduce your size. Once the burden is off your shoulders (and your waistline), you may just find the confidence and encouragement to continue to lose weight after treatment.

What Is Weight-Loss Surgery?

Although plastic surgery procedures are not meant as weight loss procedures, they can significantly decrease your size and improve your contour. These techniques are a combination of procedures specifically designed to remove skin and fat that are adding extra bulk to your frame. One or more of these procedures may be combined to achieve the best body contour possible:

  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty – Also known as a lower body lift, this procedure smooths the skin and decreases the amount fat around the buttocks, thighs, and hips. Tissue is excised from discreetly placed incisions which are easily hidden under a bikini or underwear. The procedure includes a buttock lift with augmentation which improves your contour overall.
  • Tummy Tuck – Probably one of the most popular abdominal contouring procedures, tummy tuck surgery removes excess tissue from the abdomen and tightens the muscles. The remaining skin is pulled tight and smooth, creating a firmer stomach.
  • Liposuction – Liposuction is used to target specific fat deposits. It is usually combined with either of the above procedures to achieve ideal body contours. Liposuction is effective for diminishing fat accumulations in less invasive ways.

Who Is a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Candidates for weight-loss surgery are reasonably healthy without any chronic illness such as diabetes or a heart condition. Patients considering this surgical procedure are overweight but are not large enough to be considered for bariatric surgery. People seeking weight-loss surgery may identify with one or more of the following:

  • A medical professional has said you need to lose a significant amount of weight
  • You have tried diet and exercise before with minimal results
  • You are struggling to lose weight after pregnancy
  • The extra pounds are making you feel unattractive

Many of Dr. Agullo’s patients enter a chronic cycle of attempts at weight loss with diet and exercise, frustration and depression, followed by a bounce back in weight gain. These procedures may help break the vicious cycle.

What Are the Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery?

The improvement of your body’s aesthetics is the most noticeable benefit of weight-loss surgery. Having a slimmer, more toned body can help people feel attractive and more confident in themselves. Shedding some unnecessary pounds and decreasing in size inspires many people to begin living a healthier lifestyle and even makes it easier to launch a workout regimen.

Most of our overweight patients undergoing these procedures experience continued weight loss after a year, loose between 10-20 lbs, and decrease 2-6 dress sizes.

If you are ready to kick-start your weight-loss journey, contact Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery. You dream body is only a phone call away. Contact our office by calling (915) 590-7900, or fill out our online contact form here for more information!


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