Frank Agullo, MDCirujano Plástico Certificado

The Vampire Facelift

The Vampire Facelift

With the season of ghosts and goblins looming, we at Southwest Plastic Surgery thought it would be the perfect time to expand on a treatment that is becoming quite popular here in El Paso, the Vampire Facelift.

The Vampire Facelift, also known as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, received this name because it utilizes the patient’s own blood to treat facial wrinkles. Although blood is mainly a liquid (plasma), some of the more solid components within the blood (platelets) contain hundreds of proteins that stimulate cell growth and repair damaged cells. In fact, PRP treatments are regularly used to repair injured or degenerated tissue that is common among athletes. When PRP is injected into the face, the growth factors activate the cells in the skin to produce new collagen and fatty tissue and repair any cellular damage. The result is a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance that will continue to improve for up to three months and last for up to two years.

Dr. Agullo begins this procedure by drawing blood from the patient’s arm. The blood is then taken to a centrifuge where its components (serum, platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells) are separated. A combination of white blood cells and platelets form the concentrated PRP that is known to minimize wrinkles, restore facial volume, and even reduce acne scars. After a numbing agent is applied, Dr. Agullo injects the solution into the desired areas of the patient’s face.

Platelet Rich Plasma vs. Facelift Surgery

Since the procedure only takes 45 minutes to complete and requires little to no downtime, those with busy schedules will likely prefer the Vampire Facelift over a surgical facelift. This procedure will also meet the needs of patients whose main concern is facial wrinkles and diminished facial volume. For those with sagging skin or skin that has poor elasticity, a surgical facelift is likely a better option.

Platelet Rich Plasma vs. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

PRP treatment is sometimes more effective than hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®, in more delicate areas of the face where the skin is very thin. PRP is also known to improve skin texture more effectively than hyaluronic acid fillers.

Dr. Agullo also uses PRP treatment to restore hair loss and aid with wound healing. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer advanced treatments such as these that meet the diverse needs of our patients. If you are interested in the Vampire Facelift in the El Paso or Las Cruces areas, contact Dr. Agullo at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation.

Can You Get Superior Posteriors Through Gluteal Implants?

The quest for the perfect butt predates the invention of the bicycle, and for those who don’t want to put in hours of sweat on a bicycle seat, there are other, less sweat-inducing ways to achieve a superior posterior.

Buttock augmentation, also known as butt or gluteal implants, are performed by a relatively small group of plastic and cosmetic surgeons who have plenty of experience in the form of thousands of these procedures to their credit. The reason the procedure is not more widely practiced is the complicated nature of the procedure and the requirement that those doing it have extensive experience in forming or sculpting solid, silicone implants that cannot shift from their original positions or develop infections, either of which would result in serious, post-surgery medical problems.

Whether it‘s a “Jennifer Lopez” or “Beyoncé  Booty” for women, or the maximum gluteus Maximus a man can get, it can be attained via gluteal implants.

Simply put, surgical implants add curvature and definition where there previously was none of either. Implants vary in size, shape, style and surgical procedure. If necessary or desired, buttock lifts can be performed in addition to implants.

Gluteal Implants are most often used for enlargement of the buttock region, but also for treatment or correction of asymmetry. The implants are usually placed within the buttocks muscles, so that the implant does not shift and is less palpable. Although some surgeons place the implant in the subfascial plane, this results in increased complications, palpability of implant or displacement.

Butt implants are generally available in four basic styles: round, non-directional, directional, and custom, but there are many other more specific styles and types skilled doctors like Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery.

Round, the most common type of implants used, can be used in both medically acceptable insertion planes.

Gluteal implants, like all aspects and procedures connected to plastic surgery, have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Advances in materials and techniques have made augmentation safer, affordable, and common. With so many options and choices available, anyone interested in gluteal implants should consult an experienced physician to find the best options.

Dr. Frank Agullo, board-certified plastic surgeon at Southwest Plastic Surgery can answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have about gluteal implants, as well as present you the options on the best way to go about achieving your physical enhancement or augmentation preferences.