Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Using the VECTRA® 3D System for Breast Augmentation

Category: Breast Reconstruction

Using the VECTRA® 3D System for Breast Augmentation

If you have ever wondered about getting breast augmentation, implants or reduction, but are fearful of whether you would like the way it looks after surgery, then fear not! Through the marvel of new technology, Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX uses an innovative Vectra 3D system to show patients exactly what their breasts will look like “after” their breasts fully heal!VECTRA 3D

See the “After” Pictures “Before” Breast Surgery

The Vectra 3D system is part of our consultation process and is used to help you determine whether breast augmentation is right for you. It can also be used to show you different sizes, so that you can decide whether you want a “Big C” or “Small D” cup, for example. Everyone’s body type and shape is unique, so a woman who is petite might look rather extreme if she goes through a breast augmentation that is too large to meet the size proportions of her build. However, a woman with a curvy, voluptuous physique might prefer getting breast implants that complement her proportions accordingly.

How Does the VECTRA® 3D Work?

The Vectra 3D image and simulation machine illustrates your prospective outcome on a computer monitor. The results can also be printed, so that you can take home the pictures to think about the decision of whether to go through breast augmentation or not. The Vectra 3D system has an amazing accuracy ratio of 100% and has helped hundreds of patients to decide the best cosmetic procedures even before going through them. They are very useful in the decision process because of their visual interpretation, even more so than wearing a bra with the desired implant sizes.

Come try the Vectra 3D technology for yourself and visualize a breast augmentation at Southwest Plastic Surgery today! You never know until you see it in person, so set up an appointment today with Dr. Frank Agullo.  

Check out the Vectra 3D’s use with Rhinoplasties.

*Photo courtesy of Canfield Scientific 

The Cost of Breast Reconstruction is Covered!

woman covering breasts holding breast cancer ribbonRecent surveys have shown that less than 23 percent of women know that the cost of breast reconstruction is covered by insurance in almost every case. Since the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) was enacted in 1998, any health plan, insurance company, or health maintenance organization (HMO) that offers breast cancer coverage is required to provide coverage for breast reconstruction and other post-mastectomy benefits.

Every health care issuer is required to provide its members with a notice of their rights under WHCRA upon enrollment and then once per year thereafter. The required coverage includes all stages of breast reconstruction, including:

  • Reconstruction on the breast that received the mastectomy
  • Surgery or reconstruction of the other breast to ensure symmetry
  • Prostheses and treatment for any physical complications at all stages of the mastectomy

Even women who have not been diagnosed with cancer but still need a mastectomy for other reasons will qualify for breast reconstruction if their health plan covers mastectomy surgery.

Under the Breast Cancer Education Act (S. 931), the Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for planning and implementing educational campaigns that inform women of their options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) is one way this is accomplished. Each year on the third Wednesday of October, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast cancer support groups, and sponsors coordinate events that help to educate and raise awareness regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Dr. Agullo has wholeheartedly participated in such events and has performed hundreds of breast reconstruction procedures at his practice.

Although not every woman chooses breast reconstruction, every woman has the right to know the options available to her. For many women, restoring their anatomy after cancer treatment can have remarkable effects on their confidence and make them feel truly whole again.

If you are in the process of cancer treatment or have already undergone a mastectomy, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo to discuss your options for breast reconstruction. You may call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment at our El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM locations.

How SPY Imaging Technology is Helping Breast Cancer Patients

Illustration of a spy with accessories icons. Spy in the black coat and hat with a magnifying glass and briefcaseWhen you think of SPY Imaging technology, perhaps your mind fills with images of James Bond carrying a black briefcase full of clever and useful tools to accomplish secret missions. If so, the James Bonds of plastic surgery can be found in El Paso, TX, where two renowned plastic surgeons have been putting the use of modern technologies to good use.

SPY imaging is a fairly new, cutting edge system that enables the doctors to determine exact percentages of tissue perfusion during surgery. This offers tremendous hope to patients who have suffered the loss of one or both breasts as a result of cancer. An IV indocyanine green dye (known as ICG) uses infrared angiography to see the damaged or remaining healthy tissue, thereby enabling its removal. What makes this technology so great is that the SPY imaging decreases long term complications by removing the tissue most susceptible to be infected by the cancerous cells, and without having to return for another surgery.

In a recently published article in the El Paso Physician magazine, Dr. Agullo and his fellow co-founder of Southwest Plastic Surgery, Dr. Humberto Palladino, both addressed the benefits of SPY imaging technology to breast cancer patients. “The SPY imaging system should be used to prevent complications and increase surgical accuracy in many types of breast reconstruction procedures.”

Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino referenced recent evidence that points to the benefits of SPY imaging in other types of plastic surgery as well; as long as there is communication between the surgeon and anesthesiologist during the ICG dye injection. That seems to be the most critical aspect in the delivery of a successful outcome, since the dye pinpoints the regions that must undergo removal prior to the breast reconstruction.

One of the major advantages for the dye is that it is nephrotoxic; therefore it can be used several times during one procedure. A smaller area of removal in the fatty tissues of the breast during surgery can be detected by the SPY imaging system. During clinical studies, it the ICG dye was far more accurate than dyes used in other methods. These new studies have revealed the accuracy of SPY imaging, estimating it to be three times more effective than the methods widely used in the medical industry.

Southwest Plastic Surgery and both Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino have won numerous awards in the past year for their excellence in the plastic surgery industry. They are considered to be leaders in the SPY imaging and breast reconstruction field. Women from all over Southwest Texas, New Mexico and even from other states have turned to them to help overcome that final stage of breast cancer where they can trust the team at Southwest Plastic Surgery to bring the “wholeness” back to womanhood through the reconstruction of one or both breasts after beating cancer.

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