Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgery Is On the Rise, “Butt” With a New Emphasis

Category: Dermal Fillers

Plastic Surgery Is On the Rise, “Butt” With a New Emphasis

butt liftThe results are in, and last year in 2014 has seen an increase in plastic surgery in the U.S. by as much as 3%. New results released last week revealed 15.6 Americans receiving plastic surgical procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Part of it is attributed to the advancements in medical technologies, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to go in for a nip here and a tuck there.

Most of the people that fell within that extra 3% growth rate were recipients of the minimally invasive procedures. For example, the use of fat redistribution was among those procedures, with a 2% increase in patients receiving Brazilian Butt Lifts by drawing from fat stores within their own bodies.

Another surprising trend revealed that fewer women were getting breast augmentations, while there was a significant rise in breast reconstruction surgeries for women who had gone through mastectomies. While not all breast cancer patients opt for breast reconstruction, those who do have been encouraged more by their doctors, which means there have been great strides made between physicians and plastic surgeons.

Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery is one of the few doctors in the Southwest who offer the Butt Implants, so patients near El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM have been able to go to their clinic to get the butt lift surgeries. His office has also experienced an uncanny increase in the number of butt lifts performed within 2014, with nearly twice as many patients opting for the surgery over 2013. Like many doctors around the country, he guesses that the media fancy and stars like JLo or Kim Kardashian have a lot to do with the new trend.

Minimally invasive surgeries for the face, such as fillers, chemical peels and laser services were also more popular in 2014. In particular, chemical peels saw the most growth, with over 1.2 million services rendered. There were 2.3 million soft tissue fillers and just over a million laser hair removals, among many other types of non-invasive procedures.

These trends show that people want subtle changes, rather than going through major surgeries, so now with more availability of new technologies, people are becoming braver about going in to get services done. It also makes getting procedures more affordable for people, both in time and monetary investments.

If you have been interested in getting plastic surgery, but are not sure about what to do, contact board-certified Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso. He shows his patients before and after images, using a remarkable 3D Vectra Imaging system. This eliminates any concerns and also gives patients the confidence they need to undergo many types of plastic surgery. Call 915-590-7900 to ask about butt augmentation/implants, Brazilian Butt Lifts or Labiaplasty in El Paso, Texas.

Finally – An Answer to Hollow Cheeks

a cropped version of previous photoWhen it comes to the aging process, hollowed or sunken-in cheeks rank right up there with turkey necks and droopy eyebrows.  Fortunately there is now a simple way to instantly add volume to the cheek area – and without the time and expense of surgery!

Juvederm Voluma XC, the first and only Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler approved by the FDA to address this issue, is an injectable gel that subtly lifts and contours your cheeks to help you recapture your youthful profile.  Hyaluronic Acid is a natural anti-aging substance in the body that supports cell growth and repair.  As we age, the body reduces its production of this precious material.  Used cosmetically by an experienced physician, HA builds up collagen in the cell tissues and helps the skin retain water, temporarily plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles.

 What Results Can I Expect?

When used optimally, Juvederm Voluma XC has been clinically proven to last up to two years.

 Are There Any Side Effects?

Side effects are moderate and can include itching, tenderness, firmness, swelling, bruising, pain, redness, and lumps or bumps at the site of injection.  These reactions are temporary and generally disappear within two to four weeks.  Most patients are able to resume their normal activities 24 hours after receiving the injection.

Dr. Agullo can help you restore your cheeks to their more youthful appearance.  To find out more and schedule a consultation, please contact Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900.

How to Get Full, Luscious Lips

Closeup of a woman's pink lips with a beautiful soft skin.

Luscious Lips

Since the lips are one of the most noticeable features on the face, it’s no surprise that women of all ages desire to make them look plump. However, whether it be genetics or the effects of natural aging, some women are unable to achieve the lips that they feel are attractive. While you may not have lips that rival Angelina Jolie’s, there are simple ways to enhance them and make them look fuller and more supple.

Avoid Dark Colors

Dark shades of lipstick actually make your lips appear smaller. Instead, wear lighter colors that reflect light to project bigger lips.

Wear Lip Gloss

Many of the lip glosses that exist today contain volume-boosting ingredients such as peptides and amino acids that produce inflammatory reactions on the lips, causing them to literally swell. Although this effect is only temporary, it can be just what you need for a variety of occasions.

Lip Augmentation

Today, there are very safe and easy lip augmentation techniques available to enhance the shape and fullness of your lips, including dermal fillers and autologous fat injections.


For a more lasting effect, cosmetic treatment with fillers can be administered. Approved by the FDA, fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® that contain hyaluronic acid (HA) provide immediate fullness to the lips that can last for many months.

Autologous Fat Injections

By harvesting and purifying your own fat cells, fat tissue can be injected into your lips to provide long-lasting plumpness.

Unlike other lip procedures that involve inserting silicone implants that can take a week or more to recover from, lip augmentation using fillers or fat injections offer the following advantages:

  • Less bruising and swelling
  • Gradual treatment until you achieve the desired fullness
  • More control over the amount of volume added to the lips

At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of injectables including JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and autologous fat transfers.

To schedule a consultation at our El Paso practice, please call (915) 590-7900 or feel free to fill out our online contact form today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Frank Agullo, and his well-trained staff look forward to seeing you soon!

Get the Luscious Lips You’ve Always Wanted

Closeup of a woman's pink lips with a beautiful soft skin.

The lips are one of the most revealing aspects of the face and often project the first signs of emotion. For anyone who desires to maintain a youthful appearance, keeping the lips plump and smooth are musts. However, the lips begin to lose fullness as people age, eventually becoming thin and withered, which can make the rest of the face appear older and have a negative impact on a person’s self-confidence.

To restore volume and diminish the appearance of wrinkles around the lips, men and women of all ages frequently undergo lip augmentation.


Lip augmentation with filler or fat injections can provide long-lasting improvements by:

  • Restoring volume to the lips
  • Diminishing fine lines on the lips
  • Softening wrinkles around the mouth

At his El Paso practice, Dr. Frank Agullo regularly performs lip augmentation using a variety of injection methods.

Types of Treatment

Dermal Fillers

Injectable fillers used for lip augmentation are made of substances similar to those that naturally occur in the body. The most popular dermal fillers that are used for lip augmentation are JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® because they are FDA approved and easily absorb into the soft tissues. Although the results of fillers are not permanent, they typically provide satisfying results that last between six to eight months.

Fat Injections

Fat injections utilize the patient’s own fat tissue in order to provide permanent results. After fat is taken from an area of the body where it is abundant (abdomen, back, thighs), it is purified and injected directly into the lips.

Risks and Complications

The side effects of lip augmentation with injections are very minor in comparison to other forms of invasive lip augmentation. The lips may feel tender and appear slightly swollen or bruised directly after treatment, but these symptoms will subside over the following few days.

To restore a luscious look to your lips, contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today. Call (915) 590-7900 or simply fill out our online contact form to get started. Dr. Agullo is dedicated to helping you achieve long-lasting results you can feel confident about!

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