Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

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

Category: Blapharoplasty

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!

Why Men Should Consider Plastic Surgery?

Male Plastic Surgery Before and After PhotosTraditionally, women have been more likely to undergo plastic surgery than men. However, body issues and aging concerns are common for many individuals, irrespective of gender. Many of the procedures available today can benefit both men and women, and over the past few years we have indeed seen a steady rise in men undergoing plastic surgery. If you don’t think that plastic surgery is for you, it may be time to reconsider, as there are many benefits that men stand to gain from male plastic surgery procedures.

Becoming More Competitive in the Job Market

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and every day it gets harder to stay ahead of the competition in the job market. You may find that after a successful interview for a job you’re well-qualified for, you’ve been passed up in favor of a man who is slightly younger or more attractive than you. Younger and more attractive men are often perceived as more capable in the job market, and even if you think you have a stable job, it may be only a matter of time before you’re phased out. While you can’t stop the clock, there are all kinds of plastic surgery procedures that can help you to look fitter, younger, and more attractive, from liposuction and pectoral implants to facial augmentation, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. These procedures can help you maintain a competitive edge in the job market with a more youthful, attractive, and confident look.

Becoming More Desirable to Potential Partners

If it is difficult to stay ahead of the game in the workforce, it is likely even more difficult in the dating realm. Physical chemistry and sexual attractiveness are significant factors in choosing a partner. Potential partners are often looking for a man who they find sexy, attractive, and masculine. Plastic surgery procedures can improve your body contour, your face, and your overall appearance so that you become more desirable to potential partners.

Feeling Confident About Yourself

Confidence is one of the most desirable qualities in any man. A man who is confident in himself and his abilities will go far in life. If you are self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance, it is difficult to maintain confidence in yourself. Plastic surgery can enhance your appearance so that every time you look in a mirror or look down at your body, you get an extra boost of confidence due to your attractive and masculine physique.

Plastic Surgery Procedures That Are Great for Men

There are many plastic surgery procedures that are specifically designed to benefit men or both genders. Men can improve their body contour with liposuction, male breast reduction, pectoral implants, and buttock implants. These procedures can help your body to look and feel fit, toned, firm, and youthful. Additionally, men can restore a more youthful appearance with procedures such as facelift surgery, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery. These procedures can help to define the face with more masculine contours and a fresh, youthful look.

Men have much to gain from male plastic surgery procedures. To learn more about the types of procedures that could benefit you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo today. To book your appointment now, call our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

Brow Lift vs. Eyelid Lift

Brow Lift vs. Eyelid LiftIt is a common misconception that a facelift is all you need to restore a youthful appearance. A facelift only corrects the lower portion of your face around the cheeks, jaws, and neck, but many signs of aging develop around the eyes and on the upper half of the face. To get a fully rejuvenated facial appearance, you should also consider a brow lift and/or an eyelid lift.

The procedure that will benefit you most ultimately depends on what you desire to correct on your face. Do drooping eyelids make you look constantly fatigued? Does a sagging brow make you appear worn out? Both are caused by the weakening of the underlying musculature that gravity pulls downwards, and each requires a different technique to correct.

Brow Lift   

Forehead wrinkles and a drooping brow can make you appear constantly angry, tired, or sad. These conditions develop over the years and can be exacerbated by sun exposure, smoking, and your natural facial movements. Brow lift surgery is performed to lift the muscle structures and restore a smooth and youthful brow and forehead. One of many techniques may be utilized depending on your aesthetic goals.

  • Temporal Brow Lift: focuses on creating a pleasing contour along the brow line.
  • Forehead Lift: uses an endoscopic approach, which allows the muscles to be tightened through small incisions. This technique results in less swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
  • Periorbital Rejuvenation: corrects brows that sag laterally rather than centrally or vertically.
  • Coronal Brow Lift: utilizes incisions from one ear to the other within the hairline, which helps hide any resulting scarring.
  • Direct Brow Lift: uses an incision near the brow and lifts the muscles.

Eyelid Lift

Flabby, hooded eyelids can severely age the face. Eyelid lift surgery corrects sagging eyelids as well as crow’s feet, upper and lower lid creases, puffiness, and dark undereye circles. Correcting the eyelids can brighten your whole facial appearance and can even correct impaired vision.

  • Transconjunctival approach goes through the tear trough the reach the underlying muscles of the lower lid.
  • Transcutaneous approach accesses the muscle structure through an incision in the skin.
  • Fat lipolysis removes excess fat from the lower eyelid.
  • Erbium YAG lasers offer non-invasive treatment to correct crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes.


For many patients, it isn’t just one area of the face that has signs of aging. When multiple areas need to be corrected, you can combine procedures to save time and money. Brow and eyelid lifts can be combined to rejuvenate the entire upper portion of the face. If you desire a full facial rejuvenation, consider combining both techniques with a facelift, which targets the lower half of your face.

If you are tired of having a sagging, aged facial appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Agullo today in El Paso or Las Cruces. Contact our office by calling (915) 590-7900, or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

5 Things to Know About Eyelid Surgery

Before and after eyelid surgery picture of a woman's eyesUpper lid blepharoplasty is not something you would think about when you schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Instead, you might notice less elasticity in your skin, particularly in your face and either over or under your eye areas. Skin starts to sag when we get older, but having droopy eyelids might make you feel just as tired and exhausted as you look.

If this has happened to you, then you might be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, which is a procedure that can improve the appearance of the skin around the eyelids. Excess folds that hang down can make your eyes feel heavier than normal, which is because the muscles just underneath the skin also become weaker.

If you are wondering whether blepharoplasty might be a good solution for you, you can talk to one of the area’s best plastic surgeons, Dr. Frank Agullo, about an eyelid procedure and whether or not you are a good candidate. First, here are 5 things you should know about eyelid surgery:

•    Saggy eyelids are often hereditary. You might be saying, “Thanks Mom or Dad for those droopy lids, but to know whether or not you may experience aging around your eyes, just take a look at your parents. If they have bags under or over their eyelids, chances are high that you might inherit this quality.

•    Blepharoplasty might be more desirable for some than a complete facelift. When you first think about improving your appearance, one of the first features you will notice is the area around your eyes. Some people do opt for blepharoplasty, rather than going through a complete facelift. The doctor will weigh these pros and cons with you.

•    Drooping eyelids might be caused by something else. Before you rush to get blepharoplasty, thinking that it will return your eyes to normal again, be aware that it might not be your eyelids at all that are causing the problem. For some people, the downward displacement of eyebrows can be the root of the sagging upper lids, rather than the lids themselves. This can be corrected by elevating the brow line, which the doctor will recommend instead.

•    Blepharoplasty is affordable. Most upper eyelid procedures can be done within an accredited, outpatient plastic surgery center, thereby reducing the need or cost for hospitalization. Most people can return to normal activities within a week to ten days of eyelid surgery, making it also one of the simpler types of cosmetic surgery.

•    Eyelid surgery is one of the third most popular cosmetic procedures. From statistics last evaluated in 2012, blepharoplasty was the third most popular facial rejuvenation procedure in the U.S. The numbers keep growing, as more people seek to improve their appearance.

Indeed, blepharoplasty is a relatively simple, yet tremendously noticeable way to restore a youthful look to your face. Most people notice gradual changes in their forties, fifties and into their sixties as the elasticity continues its decline. There is less risk involved than with many other types of facelifts or plastic surgery, thereby making it relatively easy and hassle free for both men and women.

Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery can discuss whether eyelid surgery is appropriate for you. Call (915) 590-7900 for a one-on-one, discreet consultation.

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