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5 Places You’ll Never Believe You Can Lipo!

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5 Places You’ll Never Believe You Can Lipo!

Areas You Can LiposuctionIn an overly body conscious society, no matter how “in shape” we are, or the overall level of happiness we have with our appearance, there always seems to be small problem areas that we wish could be “fixed.” In some instances, liposuction could be your saving grace.

The good news is that Dr. Frank Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso and Las Cruces can work miracles through the use of one surprisingly useful tool…the liposuction cannula. Here are some body parts that you may not have thought about applying liposuction to that could actually make a tremendous difference in your appearance.

  • Your Breasts – A lot of women have large breasts that could benefit from liposuction versus a complete breast reduction. Some women love their large breasts but would like to have the shape “touched up.” Lipo can remove fatty tissue and help reshape the breasts without leaving scars. It’s important to note that this procedure is not for significant size reduction but more for smaller reshaping.
  • Your Husband’s Chest – You’re not the only one looking in the mirror contemplating a change. Many men face the development of male breasts as they age, known as gynecomastia. This condition can be very uncomfortable for men to deal with. Lipo can be an alternative that can help return your man’s chest to its previous more defined and muscular shape.
  • Your Upper Torso – Your Upper Torso – Do you suffer from fatty areas around your bra line? What about small fat pockets between your underarm and breasts? Lipo can reshape the torso to reveal a flatter and more evenly shaped section that no longer bulges or gathers in the wrong places.
  • Your Jawline – A lot of men and women deal with one of the first signs of aging earlier in life than they expect, the beginning of jowls or fat deposits around the neck and chin and the loosening of skin. This area can be slimmed and tightened to potentially take years off your appearance.
  • Your Ankles – Do you sometimes feel that your ankles seem to extend simply from your calves and that there isn’t any definition between your calves and your ankles? There has been a term coined “cankles” that no one wants to be associated with. Liposuction can also help this area by giving your legs a more defined calf to ankle ratio and making them appear longer, leaner and younger!

Dr. Frank Agullo can guide you to make sure that liposuction will work for your personal needs. If you’re overall happy with your body and are looking for small amounts of contouring, liposuction might be worth looking into to help smooth and reshape those areas you see differently in your mind. Many of these liposuction procedures can be performed in the office using light sedation.

For more information or to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo, please call our El Paso office at  (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041. We look forward to helping your achieve the contours you desire.

Southwest Plastic Surgery’s New Year Predictions for 2015

Happy New Year from Southwest Plastic Surgery! A lot of people are making resolutions for the coming year, and many of them revolve around health and wellness. If looking your best is at the top of your list for 2015, then make a commitment to stick to it and achieve your goals.

If past year’s resolutions for diet and exercise have failed you, then plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancements might sound like a very real and plausible solution. We would love to talk more with you to help you start the New Year off right and to finally achieve your dreams of looking and feeling better for your immediate and long-term goals. Schedule a consultation with Dr. 2015_resolutionFrank Agullo today.

We have some predictions for 10 Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for the New Year.

  • Forever Young BBL: BroadBand Light uses a breakthrough technology to treat various skin imperfections. This FDA-approved technique is used to reverse the signs of aging through an innovative dual-lamp device. Forever Young BBL is being used on patients throughout the Southwest region to reverse fine lines, wrinkles, acne, skin pigmentation and discoloration, hair reduction and other noticeable marks on any part of a person’s body, particularly on the face and neck.
  • Ulthera: Another popular option on the non-invasive list of cosmetic enhancements includes Ulthera, which uses ultrasound technology to tighten the skin, while improving the texture and quality of its appearance.
  • BTL Vanquish: As the name suggests, patients can “Vanquish” fat without having to go through a complicated surgical procedure. This affordable new solution delivers selective radiofrequencies to gently remove stubborn fat deposits in targeted areas. Commonly used for stomach, love handles, hips, butts and thighs, the Vanquish is typically bought in packages of visits of (4) 45-minute sessions.
  • Injectables & Fillers: Patients who want a “quick fix” can come in for volumizing filler, which temporarily helps to fill in wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Crows feet, brow lines and laugh lines will effectively decrease.
  • Fat Grafting: Reshaping your body has never been easier with new fat grafting procedures, which use a patient’s own body fat to enhance curves. The fat is removed through liposuction and then injected into the desired areas.
  • Combo Surgeries: People are busy, so combining plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures is on the rise. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get a tummy tuck and breast lift all in one shot? Or, how about a rhinoplasty (nose job) with brow lift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)? Doing these types of procedures all at the same time saves time, resources and allows your body to heal all at once, rather than coming in for multiple surgeries.
  • Better Booties: Butt augmentations are on the rise due to a number of high-profile celebrities getting booty-licious. These numbers are expected to increase.
  • Botox Cream: A new topical botulinum toxin is expected to be released in 2015. This prescription-strength alternative may be popular among patients who have resisted getting Botox fillers because of having a fear of injections.
  • Gummy Bear Implants: Gummy bears are not just for kids. These newer designed breast implants are meant to keep their shape and to look more natural than traditional silicone or saline implants.
  • Increase in Non-Invasive Procedures: With the opportunities now available for many non-invasive cosmetic solutions, such as broadband light, ultrasound technologies, heat, laser, and Vanquish radiofrequency technology, the possibilities are now far and wide, making it more affordable for anyone to get cosmetic procedures than ever before.

Are the Results of Liposuction Permanent?

With the large number of plastic surgery procedures available, patients are surely going to have an array of questions. One of the most popular that arises is, “Are the results of liposuction permanent?” While the simple answer to this question is, “Yes,” and liposuction is meant to provide long-lasting results, there is no guarantee that the initial results will last forever.

Some factors that can affect the long-term results of liposuction include:

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After some individuals undergo liposuction they think that they can eat and drink whatever they like. This is completely untrue. In fact, in order to maintain the most lasting results, patients are advised to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and consistent exercise. In addition to eating healthy and exercising regularly, it is also recommended that patients refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol in excess.

Weight Gain

The fat that has been removed with liposuction is permanently gone from the body, so some weight gain after the procedure will likely be distributed differently throughout the body. However, significant weight gain can have a negative effect on the results, so maintaining a healthy weight is important for preserving the more slender body contours achieved with liposuction.

Natural Aging Process

Although the results of liposuction are meant to be permanent, there is no way to completely stop the aging process. There is an increased likelihood of weight gain with age, and the skin tends to become stretched and loose as it loses elasticity, which can detract from the more attractive results first achieved with liposuction.

Considering Liposuction?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are close to their ideal weight and have no serious medical problems. Potential patients should not view liposuction as a method of weight loss and need to have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure.

If you have any questions about liposuction surgery or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo, please call (915) 590-7900 for our El Paso, TX office or (575) 520-5041 for our Las Cruces, NM office. You can also fill out our El Paso contact form or our Las Cruces contact form to get started. Dr. Agullo is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to helping you achieve the best results possible.


Get Your Best “After” with Weight Loss Surgery

woman in jeans that are too bigIf you’re reading this post, odds are you have struggled with your weight to some extent. You’ve probably tried several different diets and workout routines, and you may even have a “before” picture from a period of time when you wanted to actively document your progress. When your weight loss journey involves losing more than just a few vanity pounds, several months may pass before you’ve even made a dent in your goal. Even after five months of total dedication to your plan, the “after” picture you were hoping for might better be labeled “during” because your journey is still not complete.

Whether you have struggled to lose weight or you have excess skin as a result of weight you have already lost, Dr. Agullo has a procedure that can get you the “after” picture you are looking for. He has several weight loss surgery options available that can reduce fat, remove excess skin, and help you to complete your weight loss journey once and for all.

Fat Reduction Surgery

Liposuction is typically not a stand-alone treatment for weight loss. In fact, patients who experience the best results with liposuction are at or near their goal weight. However, liposuction can be performed along with other procedures in order to reduce inches and help patients experience a smoother body contour. Since liposuction alone does not address excess skin, Dr. Agullo often performs liposuction with tummy tuck surgery, arm lift, and other “lifting” procedures. If you need to lose a significant amount of fat and you do not have good skin elasticity, liposuction followed by (or in conjunction with) skin reduction surgery will be the best option for you.

Skin Reduction Surgery

If you have already achieved your goal weight through traditional methods or with the aid of bariatric surgery, you may be burdened with excess skin on various areas of your body. Dr. Agullo can perform one procedure at a time or several procedures at once that will remove excess skin and sculpt your body into the shape you have earned. A circumferential body lift, also called a lower body lift, is the most comprehensive body contouring procedure and will address excess skin in the thighs, abdomen, back, buttocks, and hips. Each of these areas can be addressed separately as well, depending on the patient’s desires, health history, and the areas that need the most correction.

For an idea of what your “after” picture might look like, feel free to view before and after photos of some of Dr. Agullo’s most satisfied patients.

Dr. Agullo is dedicated to providing the most optimal results for his patients in the safest possible way. To find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, please schedule a consultation at one of our Texas locations: El Paso: (915) 590-7900 or Las Cruces: (575) 520-5041. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

Mommy Makeovers Improve Self Esteem in Mothers

A happy mother holding her baby on her back and lifting up her handsOne fear of many mothers is that their personal appearance may suffer after one or more pregnancies. No matter how hard a woman tries to work out or eat healthy, the effects of child bearing can certainly be tough on a woman’s body. Some women experience stretching of the hips, abdominal areas and sagging breasts after breastfeeding, or simply from the toll of bearing children. The body loses some of its elasticity after having a baby. Weight gain or having a cesarean can also leave some mothers with a “pooch” right above the line where their pants typically sit, which can feel awkward and make women feel insecure. That is one big reason why mommies often wear baggy shirts and yoga pants, to cover up their former baby bumps.

The Mommy Makeover: A Great Body Contouring Solution for Moms

What is a “Mommy Makeover?” This is a term used for a procedure designed to correct and reposition the changes that occur in a woman’s figure after having children. It often combines multiple procedures, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, liposuction and sometimes contouring of the hips, buttocks and thighs.

At Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, TX, the Mommy Makeover is a popular procedure. Using a Vectra 3D tool, our resident Dr. Frank Agullo can show patients what the results will look like on a monitor, which can also be printed. This device is 100% accurate and is a useful tool in the decision of whether or not to pursue a Mommy Makeover.

Dr. Agullo will also discuss your highest areas of concern and he will explain exactly what needs to be done to make these corrections. Using a number of different methods – depending on your personal goals – he can make an accurate assessment and proper recommendations.

Mommy Makeovers Remove Unwanted Fat

Although the joys of motherhood outweigh the cons, one thing many women wish for is to have their sexy, pre-baby body return to its full glory. This is difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone, especially for busy mothers. Moms often feel embarrassed by their bodies after having little ones and wear things to “cover up” the fat, rather than being proud of the way they look as a Mom.

Getting a Mommy Makeover is not as bad as it sounds, and most women are thrilled with the results and newfound confidence. Schedule a consultation with Southwest Plastic Surgery to see what your post baby body can really look like! Call (915) 590-7900 to talk to our caring staff.

New Trends Reveal Increase in Men Getting Cosmetic Procedures

A man with his eyes closed and a pair of gloved hands touching his faceThe society we live in calls for vanity and pride in one’s appearance, but not just for women. Men no longer have to be ashamed to seek the services of a plastic surgeon, whereas at one time it was more taboo for men to get nipped and tucked. Some plastic surgeons are now dedicating an entirely separate website just for their male clients, but it does not stop there.

Just to give you an idea of how popular this trend has become, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported an increase in the number of male patients has grown by 106% from 1997 to 2012.

Why Is This a Growing Trend?

In El Paso, TX, Dr. Frank Agullo sees a lot more men through the doors of Southwest Plastic Surgery than ever, in part because of popular TV shows that make it more accepted for men to preserve their health and reverse the evident signs of aging.

“Men want to maintain confidence just as much as women, but for men, keeping a great appearance has to do with professional success and preserving a youthful look.” –Dr. Frank Agullo

This is especially true for middle aged men who may be going through a divorce or who are planning to attend a class reunion. They want to look good, not only for the opposite sex but to turn back the hands of time in the presence of classmates who have seen them at their best. Nothing boosts a guy’s self-esteem more than going to a class reunion only to hear people say, “Whoa, you haven’t aged a bit!”

And why not? Men should not be excluded from bettering themselves and dipping into the proverbial fountain of youth.

What Types of Cosmetic Procedures are Popular among Men?

•    Hair Transplants
•    Liposuction/Tummy Tucks
•    Rhinoplasty/Nose Jobs
•    Facelifts or Laser Treatments
•    Pec Implants

Some plastic surgery facilities throughout the U.S. have responded to the popularity of “Mommy Makeovers” with “Daddy Do-Overs”, which is a nickname for cosmetic procedures for men that can include a tummy tuck or liposuction, jawline contouring, eyelift, and perhaps facial rejuvenation to remove fine lines and wrinkles. Hair transplants with grafting have also grown in popularity. Men want to achieve a more athletic appearance and can get pectoral implants, where traditionally it was only females who received breast augmentations with implants. This gives men a more defined, body-builder profile.

For men in the Southwest Texas region, Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso welcomes you to come by and talk to an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Agullo is a board certified, award-winning doctor who is known for excellence in men’s cosmetic procedures. Call (915) 590-7900 for a consultation today.

The “Skinny” on Thigh Gaps Performed With Liposuction

There is a new trend in plastic surgery, and whether it was started by a Hollywood celebrity – or simply because of magazine techniques that make models appear more perfect than they really are – well this is still a mystery. Regardless of whether it was a good graphic designer or a famous actress who wanted bodacious legs, the fact is, now thigh gap surgery has become a hot trend in cosmetic surgery.

What Is Thigh Gap Surgery?An attractive blonde woman in jeans and a sweater

There is a space between a woman’s inner thighs that highlights her slender form, making her legs appear slender and lean. This perfection is very difficult to achieve through diet and exercise, mainly because women often carry a lot of their extra fat stores on their buttocks, hips and thighs. Both inner and outer thighs have cellulite, unless a woman can maintain a relatively low body fat percentage.

It is rumored that thigh gap surgery first hit the industry as a buzzword back in 2012, when those gorgeous Victoria’s Secret Angels first sauntered down the runway of their annual fashion show. They are all-too-glamorous and many women strive to achieve the same perfection with an evenly spaced two inch gap between the thighs. Even with frequent workouts, this is very difficult to do.

If your thighs do not rub together when you walk, then truly you have a blessed physique! Many women have opted for thigh gap surgery in the Southwest, which Southwest Plastic Surgery does with liposuction.

Body Contouring and Thigh Lifts

Aside from the technique used to achieve the two inch desired “gap” in between a woman’s inner thighs, Dr. Agullo can enhance contours of both the inner and outer thigh with a special tool. Using a detailed 3D Vectra System, patients can see what their legs will look like after the procedure is done, even before going through with it.

Some of the benefits of leg contouring techniques include:

•    Better self-esteem and self-body image
•    Smoothens cellulite dimples for a firmer appearance
•    Improves skin elasticity by decreasing excess skin
•    Reduction of excess tissue and fat stores along the inner and outer thighs
•    Improves the leg contours along the outer & inner thighs
•    Gives a woman more pleasing, “leggy” shape to wear short skirts or bathing suits

Contact Southwest Plastic Surgery if you have questions about anybody contouring services, or specifically thigh gap surgery. Dr. Agullo will personally meet with you to discuss whether this is right for you.  (915) 590-7900

Liposuction Lite Helps Patients Get Rid of Unwanted Cellulite

Want to get rid of those pesky fat deposits but don’t have the time for a hospital stay?  Now you can!

Portrait of a young slender brunette wearing white lingerie measuring her waist Southwest Plastic Surgery offers in-office liposuction with mild sedation. This liposuction alternative is a great solution for those who have nagging little deposits of fat that don’t seem to go away no matter how much they diet and exercise, in places such as the area under the neck, the underside of arms – even those dreaded love handles.

How Liposuction Lite Is Performed

A tiny incision is made and a small cannula is inserted under the skin.  A laser within the cannula literally melts the adipose fat, which is then sucked out.  Since the patient is awake, he and or she can reposition themselves and give immediate feedback.  For example:  a woman comes in with fat around the knees.  Once the excess fat is melted and sucked out, the woman is able to stand up so the doctor is able to double check and make sure the knees are reshaped equally.  The patient also has the opportunity at this time to view the results and make any additional requests before the procedure is completed.

The device also coagulates blood vessels, reducing the amount of bruising and swelling that can accompany more traditional liposuction procedures.

Additional Benefits of Liposuction Lite

Because the procedure is performed under mild sedation, the patient is spared the risks associated with undergoing general anesthesia.  Overall costs are reduced as there are no charges for overnight hospital stays, anesthesia or operating room charges.  Best of all, there is very little downtime with mild sedation liposuction.  Depending on the procedure performed, the patient can return to work or normal activities almost immediately or, in some cases, the very next day.

Contact Dr. Agullo at 915.590.7900 for a consultation and prepare to say “Adios!” to your unwanted fat.

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