Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Is Plastic Surgery On Your Teen’s “Back to School” List?

Category: Nose Surgery

Is Plastic Surgery On Your Teen’s “Back to School” List?

shutterstock_152449937The first day of school is usually an exciting time for teenagers. While they’re sad summer vacation is over, the fall semester presents the opportunity to show off their new wardrobe, a tan, hairstyles, and even erasing that embarrassing feature thanks to summertime plastic surgeries.

Before returning back to school, many students take advantage of their free time to schedule and undergo plastic surgery. This gives them plenty of time to recover without having to face the more obvious route of walking school halls with evidence that they just had something done, such as a dressing or bandage. The safety and minimally invasive techniques used for plastic surgery has created quite a bit of popularity among teens. Especially when certain physical characteristics cause embarrassment or drops in self esteem.

Media brings cosmetic procedures into most homes on a daily basis, whether through social outlets, TV, or magazines. While plastic surgery would have been shocking for teens a decade ago, minor procedures are becoming more prevalent than ever.

Popular Procedures for Youth

Among the more than 15 million cosmetic procedures done annually in the U.S., the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons estimates that individuals below the age of 19 account for over 200,000 of those.  

At my office in El Paso, I frequently see teen girls and boys who simply want to overcome features that restrict their confidence. The most popular are the surgeries for noses, breasts, ears, and acne scarring. The ASPRS also says that teenagers are more likely to pursue a more natural look, in an effort to ease their daily social lives.

Operations like rhinoplasty, which affect the nasal structure, are more likely to be sought during long holiday breaks like summer vacation. This approach gives your teen the time to heal and prepare for the new semester without everyone else knowing that they had surgery. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we want to ensure that we only provide services that will suit your teen’s natural facial structures.

The New Norm

Before and After RhinoplastyWhen celebrities promote the latest work they’ve had done, it impacts and influences those of us who pay attention – including teens. Having cosmetic procedures has become very acceptable normal, even for young celebrities, like the super stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Because many teens experience a dip in their self-confidence upon reaching puberty, bullying someone for their physical characteristics in an environment like school plays a big part in making the decision to get a bit of plastic surgery done.

When I work with teens concerned about the way they look, my goal is to help them feel beautiful with features that look natural. It doesn’t take a lot to go a long way in a young person’s life – especially if a crooked nose, big ears, or small breasts are having such a huge impact on their social life. With so much time left to recover, summer break makes the perfect time for teens to slide a bit of cosmetic work into their schedule.

Dr. Agullo, at Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, is happy to help patients of all ages enjoy the confidence that they need to enjoy the life that they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! You can make an appointment with Dr. Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form

The Difference Between Rhinoplasty and Revision Nose Surgery

Every man and woman envisions amazing, flawless results when starting their plastic surgery journey. However, many factors can affect the quality of the results. Big players in creating your newly sculpted face or body include surgeon skill and your body’s healing process. When your results don’t turn out how you envisioned them, you may turn to revision plastic surgery. Many procedures, however, become increasingly more difficult during the revision process — none more so than rhinoplasty. Dr. Agullo is an expert revision rhinoplasty surgeon who can skillfully correct mistakes or unsatisfactory nose surgery results.

Why Do People Choose Rhinoplasty?

Non Revision and Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is primarily performed to correct aesthetic deformities of the nose. Such abnormalities often include wide nasal bridges, pronounced nasal humps, elongated noses, or drooping nasal tips. For many men and women, an abnormally proportioned nose can impact the balance of their facial features. In other cases, a rhinoplasty is performed in conjunction with a septoplasty, which improves the breathing function of the nose.

Performing Rhinoplasty

One of two techniques may be used to perform rhinoplasty. An open technique uses an incision on the outer portion of the nose, while a closed technique involves incisions inside the nasal cavity. Once access is gained to the structures of the nose, cartilage can be removed or repositioned to craft a new nasal appearance. However, the cartilage structures are fine and delicate. Cartilage that is removed from the nose is permanent, often leaving a slightly weaker structure behind.

Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

People may become dissatisfied with their rhinoplasty results for a number of reasons. They may not have achieved the full extent of correction they desired. Too often, a poorly skilled surgeon can leave the nose looking crooked, bumpy, or disproportionate to the rest of your facial features. You shouldn’t commit to undergoing a revision rhinoplasty until all residual swelling has subsided. Minor swelling can last between six months and a year following your surgery. It is important that you have fully healed before undergoing a revision surgery to ensure a strong nasal structure and that residual swelling isn’t affecting the appearance of your nose.

Why Is Revision Rhinoplasty More Difficult?

Revision rhinoplasty is a more complicated procedure than the already delicate rhinoplasty procedure. For one, the buildup of scar tissue can make it increasingly more difficult to gain access to the nasal structures. Second, there may not be enough cartilage left to properly resculpt the nose. In some cases, cartilage from the rib may be used to gain the desired nasal shape. In these instances, you may have a more extensive recovery period.

Choosing a Revision Surgeon

It is important that you choose a skilled plastic surgeon to performed your revision surgery. Some key characteristics to look for in a surgeon include:

  • They are board certified in plastic surgery
  • They are an expert nasal plastic surgeon
  • They have performed numerous revision surgeries
  • You feel comfortable and confident in their abilities
  • You like their previously achieved results, which can be seen by viewing their before and after photo gallery

If you are seeking a surgeon to perform your revision rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo today. Contact our office at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.


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