Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

When Is it Too Late for Seniors to Undergo Plastic Surgery?

Category: Anti-Aging

When Is it Too Late for Seniors to Undergo Plastic Surgery?

Silver hair may be trending for senior women, but wrinkles and blemishes of any other kind are still unacceptable. But since the fountain of youth doesn’t really exist (as far as we know), aging is inevitable for everyone. Many seniors are choosing to go out fighting, and more are choosing to undergo plastic surgery than ever before.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or ASAPS, of the 10 million plus surgeries performed in the US in 2014, one quarter of those were done on people aged 51 to 64. Furthermore, a whopping eight percent of these procedures were done on patients over the age of 65. People are living longer as they continue to adopt healthier lifestyles and improved health care, and they want to look as good as they feel. Others may feel the pressure of the dog-eat-dog corporate world or even from the competitive dating world. What’s more, these numbers are expected to continue to rise as the generation of Baby Boomers age, over time.

Why the spike in cultural popularity? With healthier lifestyles, people are living longer and they want to look as good as they feel. Some feel the pressures of a cut-throat work environment or the competitive dating game. While reasons vary, experts agree the numbers will accelerate as baby boomers age. A long list of procedures that seniors most often request includes facelifts, breast lifts, eyelid lifts, liposuction, and tummy tucks. The trend has many seniors asking when plastic surgery is no longer safe for them to undertake.

According to Dr. Frank Agullo, board-certified plastic surgeon at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX, it is not an individual’s age that increases the risk of surgery, but their overall health that matters most. Is the patient on any type of medications or do they have any pre-existing medical conditions that would interfere with the healing process? Even though plastic surgery is safer than ever before, there are a few factors to consider:

  • Taking Aspirin or Blood Thinners. These are frequently prescribed to patients who have suffered from heart conditions because they thin out the blood. Careful assessment and clearance are important prior to going through with a surgical procedure.
  • A Diabetic Patient. Patients with diabetes are at a much greater risk of infections or healing problems. It is important that the patient be well controlled prior to going through with a plastic surgery procedure.
  • Other Health Issues. There are many health conditions not mentioned that may possible potential hazards or conflicts with the desire to get plastic surgery. It is best to ask the doctor and be as honest as possible during the consultation process. Dr. Agullo will work with your medical team to assess if you are a good candidate.

“It is understandable that people want to look good. Those are great reasons to consider cosmetic alterations or plastic surgery. Safety is the most important factor in plastic surgery, unnecessary risks should not be taken,” says Dr. Agullo. He recommends coming in for a consultation and getting an evaluation from their primary health care provider.

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery. Call 915-590-7900 or fill out our online contact form to set something up today!

What Age Should You Get a Facelift?

A lot of patients who come in to Southwest Plastic Surgery ask how young (or old) you need to be to get a facelift. These days, “40 is the new 30” and more people want to look younger, and with less effort. Dr. Frank Agullo is our board-certified plastic surgeon and does amazing transformations, yet with so many non-invasive cosmetic procedures on the market today, his answer may surprise you.smiling_woman

Very often, Dr. Frank Agullo may recommend waiting to undergo facelift plastic surgery until a patient creeps over the middle age mark, rather than doing it at a younger age of 40 or less.
Facelifts used to be one of the Top 5 cosmetic procedures in the United States, but they are no longer on the Top 5 list.

Now there are new opportunities for people in the 40-ish crowd. Nonsurgical options such as injectables, Dermaglow LED therapy, chemical peels, Ultherapy and microdermabrasion make it possible to achieve a youthful appearance without the need for surgery. Many of these newer methods represent the most cutting-edge of cosmetic enhancements, with a remarkable ability to remove fine lines, sun spots, acne scars and to fill in the facial imperfections. Although not always a permanent solution, the effects do last a long time, meaning a patient can now wait longer to undergo facelift surgery.

However, if a patient does experience sagging skin, double chin or baggy eyelids that are often part of the aging process, they may find that getting a facelift is the best solution. There is no right or wrong age to get a facelift, but it really depends on a patient’s overall health, desired results, and how extensive they want the transformation to be.

If you want to find out whether you are a good candidate for a facelift, or possibly for one of the numerous non-invasive procedures now available, it is best to seek a consultation with Dr. Agullo. He will give you his most honest, forthright perspective and show you the outcome on a revolutionary 3D Vectra Imaging System, which will give you confidence that you are making the right decision. Schedule a free consultation today.

New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Gracefully

Still deciding on your New Year’s Resolution? For some, making New Year’s Resolutions becomes more difficult with each passing year, especially if the previous year’s attempts failed. Google recently conducted a little survey that asked if your New Year’s Resolution was to “start something” or to “quit something”. What if your answer was neither?

Aging gracefully requires appreciation for you, which can be tough to do. We all have habits we’d like to break or goals we would like to achieve. If one of your goals is to age gracefully, then here are a few things you can consider:woman_with_coffee

  • If you have been thinking about plastic surgery but have not been able to go through with it because of the need to quit smoking, make this your year. Quitting smoking is something you may have wanted to do for a long time, but it is really, really tough to break the habit. However, most plastic surgeons, including Dr. Frank Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX will not commit to a surgical procedure for a smoker, due to the higher risks of complications. We recommend quitting at least two weeks prior to a surgery, if not sooner. Smokers have a greater risk of blood clots and other complications associated with anesthesia. But don’t do it for us, do it for you!
  • Resolve to have better skin. If your skin feels like an alligator in the dry winter weather, or like a sweaty tennis player during the humid months of summer, then try implementing a new skin regiment. We recently added some very awesome skin products called “Skin Medica” to our MedSpa offerings at Southwest Plastic Surgery, and these just might be the perfect solution to many of the dilemmas you are facing during the aging process. Whether your issue is menopause, or acne scars, sun freckles and more, these highly effective creams and anti-aging products might be perfect for you to try.
  • Get healthy and fit, or just get a tummy tuck instead. If the last decade of New Year’s resolutions has led to dead ends in reaching your goals, and dieting and exercise has failed to get rid of those love handles, then you might want to consider a tummy tuck, lipo or abdominoplasty. Do it for yourself!
  • Financial goals. If your goals have included making more money or saving more for the future, including saving for procedures, let this January be a fresh start for you. We can also talk to you about financial options that may be available for qualified patients.

Aging gracefully is something we all hope to achieve, but as the years tick on, sometimes these goals can seem to be getting farther away from us. Let this year be your year to look and feel better than ever! Schedule a free consultationwith Southwest Plastic Surgery. We look forward to helping to make your resolutions a reality.

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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