Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Increase in Plastic Surgery Countouring Procedures after massive Weight Loss

Category: Weight Loss Surgery

Increase in Plastic Surgery Countouring Procedures after massive Weight Loss

body contouring conceptA marked increase in the number of bariatric procedures in the United States has started affecting plastic surgery volumes according to the press release by the American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS). Body contouring procedures including abdominoplasty, thigh lifts, breast lifts and arm lifts grew at the fastest rate in 2014. The trend in growth is expected to continue.  In 2013 almost 500 bariatric procedures were performed every day in the United States.

Of the body contouring procedures, thigh lifts and arm lifts had the highest increase in five years, both up by 90%.  Nevertheless, abdominoplasties and mastopexy procedures continue to increase in volume as well. Having said this, Dr. Agullo believes that the main surgery performed in his practice after massive weight loss is the circumferential body lift or lower body lift.

After massive weight loss procedures patients experience an improvement in health, often curing related health problems such as diabetes and hypertension.    A large amount of weight loss does result in excess skin and other problems such as skin rashes and difficulties in mobility.  Oftentimes body contouring procedures after massive weight loss are key in the improvement of quality of life and part of the transformation of these patients.

At Southwest Plastic Surgery, Dr. Agullo specializes in multiple body contouring procedures,  or “total body lifts”, which can be combined in a single procedure.   Using the latest techniques and strict safety guidelines, Dr. Agullo is able to offer combinations of upper arm lifts, breast lifts, excision of back folds, circumferential abdominoplasties, thigh lifts, and face lifts in one setting. This can only be achieved by an experienced team.

Some of the procedures are covered by insurance due to the morbidity caused by the occurrence of skin infections in the infra-abdominal folds.   The most often covered procedure is panniculectomy, which removes the excess skin and tissue below the lower abdominal fold.

In 2014 approximately 45,000 patients underwent body-contouring procedures after massive weight loss in the United States. Dr. Agullo has noticed an increasing number of patients seeking body contouring procedures after massive weight loss at Southwest Plastic Surgery as well.    By offering both CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit, many patients are able to finance their procedures, thus making it more feasible.

If you or a loved have experienced massive weight loss and wish to improve your body contour give us a call today.

Lose Those Unwanted Pounds

Weight-Loss Surgery in El Paso, TX

Weight-Loss Surgery El Paso, TXWeight-loss surgery can be a positive way to kick-start your weight-loss journey instead of using extreme diets or pills that purport to be a fat-burning miracle. Morbidly obese patients require bariatric procedures such as gastric stapling or gastric bypass. For people who do not qualify for bariatric surgery, moderate weight-loss surgery can help you reduce your size. Once the burden is off your shoulders (and your waistline), you may just find the confidence and encouragement to continue to lose weight after treatment.

What Is Weight-Loss Surgery?

Although plastic surgery procedures are not meant as weight loss procedures, they can significantly decrease your size and improve your contour. These techniques are a combination of procedures specifically designed to remove skin and fat that are adding extra bulk to your frame. One or more of these procedures may be combined to achieve the best body contour possible:

  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty – Also known as a lower body lift, this procedure smooths the skin and decreases the amount fat around the buttocks, thighs, and hips. Tissue is excised from discreetly placed incisions which are easily hidden under a bikini or underwear. The procedure includes a buttock lift with augmentation which improves your contour overall.
  • Tummy Tuck – Probably one of the most popular abdominal contouring procedures, tummy tuck surgery removes excess tissue from the abdomen and tightens the muscles. The remaining skin is pulled tight and smooth, creating a firmer stomach.
  • Liposuction – Liposuction is used to target specific fat deposits. It is usually combined with either of the above procedures to achieve ideal body contours. Liposuction is effective for diminishing fat accumulations in less invasive ways.

Who Is a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Candidates for weight-loss surgery are reasonably healthy without any chronic illness such as diabetes or a heart condition. Patients considering this surgical procedure are overweight but are not large enough to be considered for bariatric surgery. People seeking weight-loss surgery may identify with one or more of the following:

  • A medical professional has said you need to lose a significant amount of weight
  • You have tried diet and exercise before with minimal results
  • You are struggling to lose weight after pregnancy
  • The extra pounds are making you feel unattractive

Many of Dr. Agullo’s patients enter a chronic cycle of attempts at weight loss with diet and exercise, frustration and depression, followed by a bounce back in weight gain. These procedures may help break the vicious cycle.

What Are the Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery?

The improvement of your body’s aesthetics is the most noticeable benefit of weight-loss surgery. Having a slimmer, more toned body can help people feel attractive and more confident in themselves. Shedding some unnecessary pounds and decreasing in size inspires many people to begin living a healthier lifestyle and even makes it easier to launch a workout regimen.

Most of our overweight patients undergoing these procedures experience continued weight loss after a year, loose between 10-20 lbs, and decrease 2-6 dress sizes.

If you are ready to kick-start your weight-loss journey, contact Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery. You dream body is only a phone call away. Contact our office by calling (915) 590-7900, or fill out our online contact form here for more information!


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.

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.

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