Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Cellulite Removal With No Downtime

Category: Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite Removal With No Downtime

Muscular woman's body in lingerie Cellulite can mar even the most in-shape figure. The telltale dimples of cellulite are apparent to anyone who looks at you and can prevent you from feeling comfortable wearing shorts, skirts, and even bathing suits. If you’re hiding your body because you’re frustrated with the appearance of cellulite, then you should consider Cellfina®, the only FDA-cleared, minimally invasive procedure to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Not only does it have high satisfaction rates from patients, but it’s also been proven to rid your body of cellulite for at least three years. Dr. Agullo offers it as part of his MedSpa, where you can rejuvenate your body.

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite shows itself as small dimples across the skin. Most recognized on the thighs, it can also appear on the buttocks and abdomen. Cellulite is caused when fat deposits protrude through the bands of connective tissue beneath the skin. It’s more common in women due to differences in the way that fat and tissue are distributed throughout a woman’s body, though cellulite can be seen on men’s bodies, as well.

How Can Cellfina® Help?

Cellfina® works by addressing the connective bands that are located beneath the skin. As these bands are pulled taut, they pull the skin down, causing the dimpling effect that everyone recognizes as cellulite. The Cellfina® treatment severs these bands, releasing the tension and smoothing out the surface of the skin.

The Procedure

The procedure is performed in Dr. Agullo’s office and does not require any anesthesia. At the beginning of the treatment, he will mark the targeted areas of cellulite and give an injection of a numbing agent to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. He will then make a series of injections along the treatment sites. The process will take less than one hour, and you will have smooth skin once again!

Results and Recovery

You will begin to notice results within three days of your procedure, but the area continues to improve over time. In clinical studies, results have lasted as long as three years, but Cellfina® is so confident in the procedure that if your cellulite returns within the first year, they will cover an additional treatment for you!  

You will experience a mild recovery with this type of procedure. You should take it easy the first full day after your treatment, but you can resume your normal, daily activities after that time. Swelling and bruising are normal and temporary, though bruising often subsides later than swelling. Any discomfort you may feel can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.  

For more information about how Cellfina® can benefit you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Agullo by calling our office at (915) 590-7900. We look forward to working with you!

Complications of Liposuction

Liposuction Before and AfterLiposuction has been used for over three decades as a way to erase the buildup of fatty tissues throughout the body – whether it is in the stomach, thighs, or somewhere else. But it’s still a semi-invasive procedure that requires strict protocols and guidelines for the safety of my patients.

What are some of the complications that can occur if you don’t disclose your full health history, have an inexperienced provider, fail to follow home care instructions, or simply do not respond normally to the liposuction process?



Not wearing compressive garments during your postoperative recovery period could lead to complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or even death. If you experience symptoms of sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, or an elevated pulse – call 911.


Any inflammation or redness around the site of treatment should not be overlooked. It could indicate a deeper infection that can spread to the rest of your body. Carefully follow your home care instructions regarding the preparation and cleansing of your treatment site.


Hematomas (bruises) occur when an increase of bleeding takes place. Altering the type of liposuction used can decrease the risk of post-treatment bleeding.

Irregular Surface Texture

The last thing you want from a liposculpture procedure is lumpy or uneven tissues. Poor technique is to blame in most cases, due to the manner that the tools are used. Unfortunately, cellulite deformities may continue to exist after liposuction, so those areas should be identified prior to treatment in order to prevent under or overcorrection.


Depending on the skin’s reaction to ultraviolet light, some people experience a fixation of pigmented tissue on the superficial layers of their skin. Avoiding sun exposure can limit the risk of this occurring, and some newer types of technology prevent the anomaly from occurring as frequently as others.

Necrosis of the Skin

If invasive liposuction is used in areas where deeper tissues need to be treated, it is possible that burning may cause necrosis or scarring of the skin. Wearing compression garments that are excessively constrictive may also interfere with the site.

Excessive Skin

If a large amount of fat tissues are removed, then it isn’t any surprise that it may leave an excess amount of skin in its place. Fortunately the elasticity of skin tissue can compensate for mild to moderate looseness following the procedure. The experience of your provider is key!

Although liposuction is an extremely common procedure and fairly safe to complete – it is extremely important that you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon to complete the treatment. Due to the evolution of modernized techniques and the possible risks involved, it is vital to work with someone who understands the highest quality of care standards. It’s what I would want for my own family, and it’s what I demand for patients like you.

To learn more about liposuction and complications of surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or filling out an online contact form

Cellfina: The Long Lasting Cellulite Treatment

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Getting rid of cellulite has been a task full of empty promises or only temporary results. Now there’s an easy and proven way to get rid of your cellulite, and it’s called Cellfina.

Cellfina is an FDA cleared cellulite treatment that is minimally invasive. There’s no need for extensive surgery or general anesthesia during the process. In fact, all we do is numb the area and treat it, and you can go about your business as usual!

With no downtime and no invasive surgery, Cellfina is a great way to boost your self-esteem and improve your appearance in that new bathing suit.

Cellulite Treatment Before and After Photos

Is Cellfina Right for Me?

If you’re looking for an alternative to other types of cellulite treatments, then it’s worth asking us if Cellfina is right for you. We recommend Cellfina for people who want to smooth and define areas of dimpled tissues when diet and exercise haven’t quite done the trick. Cellfina is perfect for areas like the tummy, thighs, and buttocks.

Cellfina is a great option for people who:

  • Have Busy Lifestyles
  • Want a Minimally Invasive Cellulite Alternative
  • Choose to Avoid Conventional Surgery
  • Are Nervous About Cellulite Treatment

We’re sure that you’ll love the short procedure and fast recovery time! Most of our patients complete their Cellfina procedure in about an hour, right here at The Med Spa at Southwest Plastic Surgery.

How it Works

First, we pinpoint the areas of cellulite that we want to address. Then a smooth suction device raises the dimpled area for treatment. A mild numbing agent is applied to prevent any discomfort during the process. Once the Cellfina treatment is complete, you can go right back to whatever else is on your schedule for the day. Whether it’s heading back to the office, a PTO meeting, or running errands.

The Cellfina process erases the appearance of dimpling by targeting the rigid fibers that extend through the fatty cellulite tissues. As these tight fibers are released, the tissues become less stippled and smoother over the surface, erasing the appearance of cellulite.

Cellfina is unique, in that the results from the procedure are typically seen within the first three days. Gradually, you’ll see the areas of dimpling begin to appear smoother and more even with your surrounding skin. In fact, most of our patients continue to see continued improvement over the course of about three months.

Results That Last

As a minimally invasive procedure, you might not expect results to last very long – but you would be wrong. In over 100% of clinical trials, Cellfina results lasted for over one year, but most treatments have lasted for as long as two years!

Why Choose Cellfina?

Cellfina is the only procedure to effectively treat cellulite for long-term results. Other more invasive treatments such as Cellulaze have provided inconsistent results. Less invasive treatments have only been able to provide temporary results.

After Cellfina treatment, you’ll have the confidence to wear those shorter jogging shorts, a swimsuit at the pool, or just feel better in your favorite clothes. Plus, you’ll be able to avoid invasive, lengthier surgeries that offer similar results.

If you’re a busy professional, mother, or have an out of town trip planned – then Cellfina is a perfect way to boost your confidence without more invasive traditional treatment. Our patients love how Cellfina can help them get the boost of self-confidence that they really deserve.

Dr. Frank Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery.

It’s important that you choose only a Cellfina certified doctor to complete your procedure. Dr. Agullo at Southwest Surgery Center in El Paso provides the cellulite treatment alternative right here in our office. Whether you’re in West Texas, Northern Mexico or New Mexico, our convenient location makes it easy to work the fast cellulite treatment into your week!

Dr. Agullo has been voted one of the Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons (Plastic Surgery Practice magazine,) as well as a Rising Star Superdoctor (Texas Monthly.) His eye for detail and attentive patient care make your trip to The Med Spa at Southwest Plastic Surgery one that is as relaxing as possible.

Stop trying to hide your cellulite when you could erase it by this weekend with Cellfina. Call Southwest Plastic Surgery today to schedule a no-pressure consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo right away!

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo, contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today. Call our El Paso, TX office at 915-590-7900 or our Las Cruces, NM office at 575-520-5041, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

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