Frank Agullo, MDCirujano Plástico Certificado

How to Prepare for a Facelift

How to Prepare for a Facelift

Female model touching her face with left handJust because there isn’t a way to halt the sands of time doesn’t mean you have let the signs of aging continually affect your facial appearance. With over 130,000 facelift procedures performed last year, more and more people are discovering just how easy it is to maintain long-lasting youth in their face.

After carefully researching the facelift procedure and deciding that it is right for you, next comes your very own personalized consultation at our Texas or New Mexico practice. In preparation for your facelift procedure, Dr. Agullo will ask you to do the following:

Avoid Smoking

You obviously know that smoking isn’t the best for your health, but did you know that it can interfere with the surgical process too? Smoking constricts the blood vessels, which causes increased inflammation to occur in the body. For this reason, it is best that you stop smoking at least a month before your facelift procedure.

Avoid Sun Exposure

A little daily sun is generally healthy, but it’s important that you stay away from the sun’s harmful rays as much as possible in the days leading up to your surgery. Tanning beds should be avoided altogether, and if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time, be sure to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15.


Many patients believe that they should avoid working out and simply rest in the weeks leading up to their facelift procedure. Contrary to this belief, you are actually encouraged to get as much exercise as you can to ensure that your body is functioning at its best for the procedure.

Go Shopping

No, we’re not talking about going to you’re favorite clothing store. Instead, be sure to stock up on over-the-counter medications, such as Motrin, Tylenol, and Advil. Also, don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce and lean protein to to give your body the proper nutrients it needs to recover as quickly as possible from facelift surgery.

Make Driving Arrangements

After your facelift procedure is complete, swelling and discomfort will be apparent. Although these symptoms are normal, you will need to make sure you have someone to drive you home from the facility.

If you have any questions about facial cosmetic 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 online contact form to get started. Dr. Agullo is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to helping you achieve total facial rejuvenation. We hope to see 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!