San Diego Cosmetic Surgery
Patient Reviews

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Patient Testimonials:

Extreme New You Makeover

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If you passed her by, you probably wouldn’t notice, but Eva Jenkins was beautiful. As a child, she was one of seven children; praised as the “good child,” she fulfilled her role not to stand out. As an adult working full-time, serving as a mother, wife, and support to her sisters, brothers, and co-workers, Eva always put everyone’s needs before her own.

After topping over 250 pounds following the birth of her second child, Eva made a life-transforming decision to start taking care of herself. With the support of her family and husband she began an aggressive diet and exercise regime and lost 75 pounds. Says Eva, “My life had revolved around my family for 23 years. When I was my heaviest, I was embarrassed to go out in public. I started to finally take care of myself by losing the weight. I wanted a complete makeover and knew I needed help.”

That’s when Eva went to see Dr. Dennis Bucko, past two-term Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla. In consultation, Dr. Bucko noted that following her weight loss and due to the forces of gravity, Eva had significant loose skin in the face, neck, and abdomen. Dr. Bucko gave Eva the honest answers she was seeking, reassuring her that a tummy tuck and liposculpture were the best and only options to turn back the clock and shed her weight loss “leftovers.” Dr. Bucko also noted that Eva had beautiful facial features. He suggested Eva consider a facelift, forehead lift, and nose reshaping to provide a natural-looking enhancement to Eva’s beautiful eyes and high cheekbones.

Following five hours of surgery and a few weeks of healing, Eva was amazed at her results. Says Eva, “Now I am the same me, just refreshed- I look so natural!” From a size 14 to a glamorous size 8, Eva says, “I now have more self-confidence, I am more outgoing and my relationships have gotten better. I just can’t stop smiling!”

Read Eva’s letter to Dr. Bucko below.


Dear Dr. Bucko & Staff,

I wanted to thank you all for the time and effort you took in the Extreme New You Makeover procedures.

I am very pleased with the results. It has made a difference in my life. I am truly more confident in myself (I find myself wearing clothes, I never thought I would ever wear again). I could have never achieved the results that you have given me without the cosmetic surgery (no matter how much I exercised). When I look in the mirror, I still can’t believe that it is me. I could not have asked for a better doctor or staff members. You made the experience wonderful and if asked, I would do it all over again. You all made me feel that I was your most important patient, and I appreciate that.

Thank you so much again, and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone.

Sincerely,
Eva Jenkins


Mommy Makeover
— Another Ultimate Comeback!

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After topping 200 pounds following the birth of her second child, and suffering from low self-esteem and post-partum depression, Hollie Hibbard committed to making her “Ultimate Comeback.” According to Hollie, “I owed it to my family to be happy and feel good about myself. I thought, ‘how will my children develop the healthy self-images that I wanted for them, if I didn’t model that to them?’”

So Hollie took one small step – she began running. After running two half-marathons and the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, Hollie lost 70 pounds and felt amazing! But when she looked in the mirror, she was still a stranger to herself. Her image didn’t reflect the fitness she’d worked so hard to achieve. “No matter how hard I exercised, my tummy still hung over my pants. It was so disappointing to work that hard and not feel good about the way I looked!”

Hollie met with Dr. Bucko to consult about cosmetic surgery options. In addition to her tummy, she consulted about breast and facial surgery. Dr. Bucko recommended and she underwent the Mommy Makeover procedure, which includes a tummy tuck, liposculpture, and a breast augmentation with a lift. She also had some facial rejuvenation procedures which included a chin augmentation with platysmaplasty, lower eyelid surgery, and buccal fat pad removal.

In just two months, Hollie was totally transformed! She lost 14 pounds, went from a size 10 to a size 6, and her leftovers are GONE! According to Hollie “I love the way I look! I now feel like the way I’ve always looked to myself and I am so happy!”

A year later, she said, “I am very happy with everything. Surgery has really changed my life in a dramatic way. I feel much better about myself, and I feel pretty.”


Mama Mia!
— Interview with Latest Mommy Makeover recipient, Kathy

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Describe the effects of pregnancy on your body and skin:

After my first pregnancy, I bounced back really well. But after the birth of my second child, everything seemed to change! I developed horrible acne during my pregnancy and my skin started to develop slightly darker patches as well. This did not seem to go away after my son was born. I was left with more acne and some scarring from it. As for my body, I felt like it did not snap back to shape either. I lost, the 30 pounds of pregnancy weight, and then gained back 10 pounds since I was ignoring myself and concentrating on my two kids. My stomach was stretched out of shape and looked nothing like before my kids. I was chubby all over and unhappy about it.

What made you decide to have Dr. Bucko’s mommy makeover?

I decided that when I was able to lose the weight and reach my goal that I would like to correct the few things left that were bothering me. After almost a year of consistent exercise, portion control and changing to a healthy way of eating, I lost 23 pounds. I was excited to reach my goal, but then was faced with the disappointment of my tummy still looking stretched and not even close to flat. My chest, which had been fine throughout my pregnancies, was somewhat smaller and shapeless. I also had a couple of problem areas around my waistline that were resistant to losing some fat retained from my pregnancy. I decided to have a consultation with Dr. Bucko to find out if there was something that could be done to help with these problem areas. He told me that my stomach would only be as flat as the stretched out muscle underneath, and my last pregnancy had stretched it out. I also had loose skin on my lower stomach that would not go away with more weight loss. But, he showed me how a modified tummy tuck could eliminate both these problems in combination with some liposuction. My chest could be revived with a breast lift and small silicone implants to bring the shape back. And my skin’s problems of acne spots/scars and pigment areas could be minimized and my overall skin rejuvenated with an Obaji Blue Peel on my face, neck and chest. After reading the materials Dr. Bucko’s office supplied to me, and doing some research online, I discussed it with my husband and decided that it was exactly what I needed to restore my self-confidence and feel like myself again.

How has the mommy makeover changed your life?

I am so excited about the results of my mommy makeover! My skin looks so great and feels great too. I rarely ever wear makeup anymore unless I am dressing up. I don’t feel like I have to cover up my spots on my face since my breakouts have lessened and I have been told my skin looks younger too! I think that I am the most excited about my stomach. It is so flat and little again! I had a friend tell me that I look smaller than when I got married 10 years ago, and it is the truth. I have lost another 6 pounds since my surgery and I feel great! Another great product of my surgery is that my chest looks like I never even had children. I love that I don’t need to wear an extra supportive bra anymore while I exercise or to give myself an attractive shape.

What do your kids and husband say about your mommy makeover?

My husband and children have been so supportive throughout this entire process. My husband had always told me that he thought I looked fine the way I was, but he would support me with having the surgery too. Now he says that I look great and he can tell that I am happier with the changes. My daughter says that I look “pretty” and “cute” which is flattering coming from a 6 year old.

How long did it take for you to get back to normal mommy activities?

I feel like I was able to get back to my normal or modified normal routine rather quickly. I was lucky to have wonderful grandparents who took my 2 children for the first week during the daytime and some nights so that I could rest and heal. By day 11 after my surgery I was driving my kids to camp and doing about 75% of my normal daily routine. By 4 weeks postoperative I was feeling like myself again and by 5 weeks, I was back to doing a modified slower exercise routine at the gym again.

What would you tell other women who are considering a mommy makeover?

I would tell them to do what feels right for them, not what others think is right. You deserve to be happy in your own body and if that means surgery, then do it. But be practical about what this involves. The hardest part of this for me was making sure my kids were taken care of while I recovered and the fact that I missed them so much. The recovery is a short amount of time in the scheme of things and having my kids home with me would have been too difficult and it would have prolonged my healing time. Also, do your homework on the procedures that you are interested in. Have questions ready for the nurses, staff and doctor so that there are no surprises waiting for you after the fact. The most important thing of all is to find a doctor who you trust and feel comfortable asking questions, no matter how small. I never once worried about my surgery because I knew I was in good hands. When I did have questions or concerns, the staff always made me feel good about calling them. My experience was so wonderful and I have been happy to tell my friends and family about my mommy makeover because I am proud of what I have done on my own, and with the help of Dr. Bucko!


Letter of Gratitude

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Dear Dr. Bucko,

I have lived with things I didn’t like about myself for most of my adult life. I didn’t like to look in the mirror anymore. When you gave me my facelift, it changed my whole life. It’s why I’m married to the love of my life. The facelift gave me a confidence I didn’t have before. Inside I felt young, but outside I felt my looks betrayed me. I never would have had the courage to look him up if not for you, and here I am, 78 years old and a newlywed of one year!!

Then I got my tummy tuck and breast lift. My husband kept telling me he loved me the way I was, and I know he truly loves me no matter how I look, but I’ve wanted to have this done for decades really, and I am beyond stunned at the results.

Oh my God, Dr. Bucko. Before, I never tried on clothes when I shopped. I didn’t want to look in those big mirrors. It was always so depressing. The other day, Michele took me shopping, and I bought things I never would have considered before. It was so much fun to put something on and look good, to turn sideways in the mirror and not see my stomach rolls, to try on a top and actually have it fit properly around my breasts. It was like I was looking at somebody else’s body. I’ll never forget it.

Now I’m having my eyes done and my lips augmented. My mouth reminds me of my mother’s mouth when she was displeased. It was a look I saw all too often, and something I would love to have changed. Other people see my lips and think they look fine, but it’s how it makes me feel inside. I can’t tell you how I’m looking forward to not seeing her face. I just want you to know how grateful I am for all the things you have done for me. You are such a kind and caring man, and I’m so very fortunate to have you as my doctor.

I am so happy with what you’ve done for me. So as little as it is, Thank You, Thank You.

— Laura F.

Mommy Makeover

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Having given the ultimate sacrifice, supporting her husband, an enlisted Marine for ten years, and caring for her three children, including a son suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Lori Brown has been given the gift to finally care for herself. As the winner of Dr. Dennis Bucko’s “Extreme Military Makeover,” she underwent cosmetic surgery including breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, and facial rejuvenation procedures.

Lori has dealt with the stresses of raising three children, supporting her husband through several deployments, coping with the financial hardships so familiar to military families, and caring for her son. All the while, she has taken it upon herself to become an advocate for other special needs families in the military. She often speaks to influential members of the military, government and healthcare communities in hopes of securing better care and support for military families with ill or challenged children.

Lori’s 4-year-old son, Hunter, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy after his traumatic birth. She calls him her miracle child because he has done everything doctors predicted he would never do, including surviving a near-fatal seizure while her husband was serving in Iraq. She credits Hunter with giving her the confidence to become an activist.

“He is my inspiration,” Lori said. “I am an outgoing person because of him, but I am aging so fast from all the stress in my life. I feel young, I just don’t look young. Cosmetic surgery is an incredible opportunity for me to feel better about myself – to look better and be more confident when meeting with politicians as I try to convince them to make the changes required by special needs families in the military.”
Lori met with Dr. Bucko and had a thorough consultation where he recommended his Mommy Makeover procedure, which included a breast augmentation and tummy tuck, along with liposuction to various areas. She also had some Botox and Restylane which helped to turn back the clock.

“I love that my results are so natural and so me,” said Lori. “The surgery has not only given me beauty, but also given me the strength to face the challenges of being a military wife and mother caring for a child with special needs.” According to Dr. Bucko, “It is amazing; Lori went from a size 12 to a size 4. She looks absolutely fabulous!”


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Dear Dr. Bucko,
I am extremely pleased with the results from the Belladerma Peel, Botox and filler! That being said, I wanted to express my appreciation for the thoughtfulness and caring Deb and Katy expressed during my treatment. I was extremely nervous and they both put me at ease every step of the way. Thank you for an excellent experience.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,
I would like to thank you for giving me the confidence I thought I would never experience.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Now that I have reached this point of motherhood, I find it necessary to tell you how much I appreciate the wonderful care I have received from you. I truly feel that if it was not for your medical and emotional care, I may not have been able to start my family.
I will never forget the year when I first met you. I was 25 and diagnosed with breast cancer. I was then a recent college graduate with no insurance and sought out the care of Dr. Callery. After having a Lumpectomy, I was in need of reconstruction, so Dr. Callery gave you a call to see if you could help out. To my extreme luck, you said “yes.” If it had not been for your generosity and kindness, the cancer may have had a different impact on my life. After the surgery I felt and looked as good as new.
I am forever in gratitude to you and your staff. I know I will always cherish your concern and care. The other thing I am certain of is that you have a patient for the rest of your life!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko and Staff,

The other day a woman I work with said to me “You are so pretty.” I’ve always been told I was cute but this was the first time I can remember someone, (other than a family member) saying I was pretty. I felt like a million bucks and I owe it all to you and your entire staff. A simple “thank you” doesn’t even begin to express my gratitude to you all!
Thanks for brightening my life!

— Marie P.

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I am genuinely touched by your kindness. My thanks to you and your staff for all that your office has done for me and my beautiful daughter.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thanks Dr. Bucko for your skill & your passion. You’d be quite impossible to replace. I am grateful & pleased—so glad that I came. There’s a fresh, new smile on my face!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

You are an incredible man and a gifted surgeon. I am blessed to have had you for my physician.
The results of the surgery are wonderful! The laser resurfacing erased those unwanted lines, the brow lift opened my eyes and my neck no longer looks unsightly.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Far and beyond “the result” on a cosmetic level, I am so impressed and quite touched, actually, by your kindness, compassion, and consummate professionalism at all levels. This has been a very fascinating experience for me. I guess initially everything about this seemed like kind of a great, artistic adventure.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I’m just glad I chose you as my surgeon! I am absolutely convinced that no one else could have done nearly as good a job.
This is the face I should have been born with!! It looks so natural, fits me so well, and is exactly what I wanted.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

For the first time in my life I am acquiring a little self esteem. I no longer feel like a freak. You have created one Happy Camper. Thank you again for your sensitivity.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr Bucko!
YOUR’RE AN ARTIST!
My results are beyond all EXPECTATION.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I made my decision to have you as my surgeon based on my initial consultation with you.
In my opinion, you are the best! (Especially considering that I have had approximately 16 surgical procedures, I have lost count).
Dr. Bucko, you showed me the most knowledge. You are a true professional yet also a doctor with caring and integrity. Thank you.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I am very fortunate to have had cosmetic surgery done by such an incredible surgeon and warm-hearted human being. It has changed my life in so many profound ways that I am always astounded by how great I look, but more importantly, how wonderful I feel. I have more confidence, poise, and joy in everything I’ve undertaken. I have you, Dr. Dennis Bucko, to thank for enhancing my life in such a delightful way.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

It wasn’t until I woke up from surgery that I really realized, “My God, I’ve had Real Surgery”! At that point I had to deal with a lot of issues and some physical discomfort that I didn’t really think about much, before I came in. You were all so remarkably kind and good to me. Every person on the team, the surgical staff, everyone, has helped make this a truly rewarding experience. Thank you all so much for your patience and fantastic work.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Since the surgery I feel great, I now have a terrific tummy and just yesterday I caught my husband looking at me at the ball game like he did sixteen years ago.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr. Bucko,
Just a little thank you for all of your great work, patience, and wonderful care! It’s been a fabulous experience for me. All of my Thanks,

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I resoundingly applaud you!!! Thank you for always treating me so well and taking such good care of me. You’re each a perfect part of an outstanding, excellent, and exquisite team. You’re all just as sweet as… Cake! Feel good. It’s all true. I’m smiling.

P.S. I may not have my implants right now, but I still have my sense of humor and you guys helped me keep it (well that and my sense of dignity).

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for my face! My husband loves my face! I love my face. I am very happy.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I’m so grateful to you, not only for the opportunity, but even more, for being in my life. So many of the things you’ve said to me in the past, just as part of your professionalism, have impacted me in many ways that are hard to articulate.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I have known Dr. Dennis Bucko for more than a decade. He has served on committees at our hospital as well as chief of staff and has done an admirable job. Professionally, I have sent patients to him, including my own family, and he has done a superb job. I think he would make an excellent candidate for inclusion into the “Best Doctors in America”.


Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for being such a source of inspiration. I can’t believe that in this fast-money world, there are still such true gems with the compassion and professional integrity that you radiate.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I would like to thank you, Dr. Bucko and all your staff for the excellent job you’ve done treating me before and after surgery. I’m very pleased and the results were much more than I expected.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I just wanted to thank you for the good work that you did on me. I am very happy with the results. I wish I had my surgery earlier. It is so nice to be able to fit into clothes and bathing suits. I know this is late in coming, but finally I am getting around to my note of appreciation. I would certainly refer my patients to you who are considering plastic surgery. You do good work! Hope you are well.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Lest you think I am a total ingrate, I wish to thank you for the skill, care, and kindness you have shown me during the past year. I may one day forget the name, but I could never forget the man, you.
You asked me if the surgery was worth it. Well, yes it was worth it! I have received lots of compliments, many from total strangers.
Your staff was wonderful! Following surgery, the phone calls I received from your staff meant a great deal to me.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thanks so much for taking care of my torn ear. The stitches came out easily and I am progressively healing. I hope San Diego is treating you well. Being back in Florida sure makes me miss the Southern California cool air. Thanks again for the special treatment.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for never making me feel rushed through your facility.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko and staff,

Both You and each staff member treated me with respect and were very friendly with a caring attitude. Thank you,

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I live in Oregon and I greatly appreciated your willingness to work with me on short notice, despite the distance. You were very flexible, adaptable, and helpful.
Thank you,

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I just wanted to drop a note and express my appreciation for your significant contributions to my training. In addition to your technical teaching, your advice with regard to personal and professional integrity will stay with me. Again, thanks for your accessibility and honesty.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I wanted to let you know that what we noticed, more than anything else, that you and the entire staff demonstrated a gentle and caring attitude and behavior. We loved it!!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

You are an inspiration of what a surgeon should be. You are consistently knowledgeable, caring, thorough, professional, and patient. Your staff said and did exactly the right things for me. I appreciate how courteous they’ve always been to my husband.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

You are a gifted surgeon who puts his patients’ best interest first.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thanks to you and your skills with the scalpel, I find myself each morning looking at my gorgeous face (which grows more gorgeous every day).

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I do appreciate your hard work! You are an excellent surgeon with true artistic talent.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I came in to have an eyebrow lift to look younger and you straightened my crooked face as well.
Now, not only do I have a terrifically flat stomach, I haven’t had a back ache since the tummy tuck in October. Thank you again, I’m delighted with the results of the two operations.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I can’t thank you enough for providing me with your excellent surgical skills last week. (Lips the hard way)! Thanks for taking the time out of your schedule for me.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I don’t think I ever really thanked you for both your caring attitude and for the services rendered to me when I visited the medical center. Thank you! In addition, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank your gracious staff! Thank you!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

…physicians have commented on your exceptional work. For example, both my gynecologist in San Diego and my new one (Dr. Gerancher) in San Francisco, asked who performed my surgery because it is of such high quality.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thanks for giving me the Tom Cruise / Sylvester Stallone look. I am on my way to Hollywood! No but seriously, I really, really, really appreciate your graciousness.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Just a little note to thank you all so very much for taking care of me prior to and after my surgery. Dr. Bucko my surgery turned out so well. They, (ha ha!) are perfect and the size, (well what can I say), is perfect also.
I received exceptional care and cooperation from your staff. I know this card in no way expresses my gratitude in full, but I would like you and them to know that I appreciate everything done for me. A special thanks to you for the wonderful job that you did.
I am so pleased.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I’m just writing a note to let you know how much I appreciated the special care you and your staff extended to me during my visits. You made me feel as comfortable as possible in what was for me an embarrassing situation. I took your advice and finally took a peek at your handiwork and was happy with the results.
I think you and your staff are wonderful people.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

We initially came to the office 10-12 years ago so that my husband could have liposuction done, because we had heard that the previous physician was president of the association involved with that procedure. When we called back 8 years later, that doctor was gone and we figured he had sold his practice to a reputable man. When we checked into your credentials we knew that you were that reputable man.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for listening to my questions and concerns and for responding in a forthright manner. I appreciate that you never made me feel rushed or pressured.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for operating on me. I am very proud to be one of your patients. It still seems like a dream to me, a wonderful and magical dream. Thank you again Dr. Bucko and also thank you to your wonderful surgery team.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I wanted to let you know why I chose you as my surgeon. Initially, I was very impressed by your credentials. I also liked your personality. You were honest, thorough, and available to answer all of my questions. And, you have a supportive and nice staff!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

As the months go by, I am more pleased with your work today than the month before. I’m truly enjoying my new eyes and face. My husband says I’m “drop dead gorgeous,” although he does have a way with words.
I’ve come away from your practice realizing that you are very talented in your field of medicine and you and your associates were very caring during the post-operative healing stages.
Thank you for the “New” me!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I am delighted with my result! Everyone thinks my outcome is terrific (even my mother who thought I was perfect before surgery).
I have run out of your business cards: (I tell everyone who “straightened me out,” and made me look 10 years younger). Please send me some more to give out. I thought you and your staff were great!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

You are one in a million. I appreciate you very much. Thank you.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I can’t say enough about you and your wonderful staff except, THANK YOU THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

How can I ever thank you for doing such a swell job in transforming my wrinkles and sags into exactly what I wanted and looked like in days gone by? You are a genius, a wizard, a great doctor, a true artist, a wonderful man, a mystical fellow, and a godsend!
You have been given such a divine gift and with the use of your hands and eyes; I am so grateful that I found you.
I think of you often on Wednesday evenings – sculpting away on dear Jesus’ feet. What a blessed task…
Everyone was so kind to me in your office. The enclosed quotation by Leo Buscaguia reminded me of the nice spirit you all give to your patients.
I thank you again and again,

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

How can I thank you and your wonderful staff for the care and concern you showed in trying to schedule my surgery while waiting for the scheduling of my mother’s unexpected heart surgery? I really appreciate your patience and openness of allowing me the opportunity to cancel or make last minute changes. Your flexibility eased my anxiety, which enabled me to forge ahead with plans on a weekly basis. (Not sure many doctors would be that accommodating)!
Thanks to all of you for making my surgery far more pleasurable than ever anticipated.
You’re a great team and do wonders. Thank you, thank you.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I can’t think of anything else you or your staff could implement to improve patient care. Thank you for your care and warmth. And, thank you for making this experience easy to endure!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I scheduled a consultation with you because you came highly recommended. Upon first meeting you and your staff, I knew I was in the right hands. I was impressed from the beginning and the prices were reasonable. No one tried to “sell” me anything more than was needed.
There is nothing more you could have done to make my experience better. Even during surgery, I appreciated that you explained what you were doing, what it would feel like, etc. Your explanations immediately put me at ease.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

The day of surgery, I was nervous but excited. Everyone was so nice and reassuring. You know, for people who haven’t been through this before, I’m not sure they can ever appreciate how different an experience this is. It isn’t just that everyone is so professional and knows what they are doing, I really felt like everybody cared.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! My body is starting to look so much nicer. Before the surgery, my body looked just plain ugly for so long. Diet and exercise just did nothing for me. After menopause, things just got worse. The only thing that could have and did fix me was your work!
I am so glad I picked you for my mom and myself.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for the outstanding care you have given me. You’ve been exceptional at every phase of treatment. You came highly recommended, but I still needed to muster up the courage for the initial consultation. I was sure I had completely lost my senses in asking for elective surgery under general anesthesia.
I appreciate that you listened to my concerns and explained which procedures would provide the results I was seeking. Thanks for maintaining a sense of humor while I pestered you with questions.
I’ve traveled to three different offices to keep up with you, but I couldn’t have found better care and skill. Thank you for being so attentive to my needs.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr. Bucko, you have been more to my husband and me than a doctor, you have been a friend. The caring and compassion you’ve shown has helped me through a very difficult time.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you so much for examining my leg for me. I almost feel silly to have you there when I removed the bandage and saw such a small mark. You were very comforting and made me feel important. Thank you for discussing the tummy tuck with me. I look forward to taking care of that after the first of the year.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Thank you for being the wonderful, supportive, and caring group you are. It is my pleasure to be your patient.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Just thought I’d drop a line to thank you and let you know that because of the wonderful surgery you performed, my life has changed for the better! As a result of my change in attitude towards myself, I’ve met a wonderful man, am engaged to be married in April, and have a great life ahead of me! Who would have thought that a small change in a persons’ appearance could have made that much of a difference. Well, I know!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I wanted you to know that I chose you as my surgeon because of your “bed-side manner.” It showed that you really cared about me and you even listened well, (when other doctors did not).

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I chose you to perform my surgery because you are wonderful! I feel great about the decision I made to have surgery and you played a major part in that. When and if I decide to have more cosmetic surgery, I will definitely return to see you.
I greatly appreciate that everyone was friendly and assuring.
After visiting several offices, I found yours to be more professional and informative than any of the other places I visited. Your staff helped me feel important (not like they only cared about making another buck).

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I just wanted to let you know that I felt very comfortable with you and your nurse as well as everyone at reception. Thank you for always being relaxed and informative, even with my 1000 questions.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

He (Dr. Bucko) is a caring, talented, and honest surgeon.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I first went to Dr Bucko’s La Jolla office for a breast augmentation consultation. To my surprise, I actually got to meet with Dr. Bucko.  He was so thorough and took his time answering all of my questions. He made me feel completely comfortable and confident in the procedure. I even got to take home a size kit to try different sizes on at home.  I could not be happier with the results! The pain management after the procedure was remarkable! I felt great and still could not be happier with the results. 
Since then I have been a very loyal fan of Dr Bucko and everyone in the La Jolla office. Katy provides amazing facials and doesn’t mind spending extra time with you to go over all the details. The office staff is always friendly and incredibly helpful. I highly recommend Dr Bucko.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

From start to finish Dr. Bucko and his staff were wonderful.  They were very pleasant and professional.  His office staff was very informative and his nurse was sweet and kind.  She answered all of my concerns and questions no matter how many or how silly they were.  Dr. Bucko put me at ease on my first visit.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or what procedure to request.  He took his time and explained what procedure(s) were best for me.  He made me feel very comfortable during the entire process.  I can’t get over the results. I am so happy!!  I get so many compliments from my friends and family.  If you are considering plastic surgery, I would definitely recommend Dr. Bucko.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I have renewed energy because the outside now matches the inside!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Katy at Dr. Bucko’s office is the person to thank for my beautiful skin.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr. Bucko is very straightforward and clear about what you can expect and how long the results will last.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I have been a patient of Dr. Bucko’s for several years and have had surgery twice (face lift, chin/neck lift and a tummy tuck).  Not only is Dr. Bucko the most compassionate and kind doctor I have ever been to, but I also ended up with a fabulous result!!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr Bucko is outstanding! I have never had such a great experience getting Botox. I get the injections every 6-8 month and never get any “funny expressions” on my forehead. 
Recently I’ve got my smile lines fixed as well.  The results are fantastic! He is like a magician mixed with an artist. He definitely has an eye for what he does. 
The staff is so nice, friendly and professional.  It is a true pleasure going there.  I cannot recommend him enough!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I had my consultation with Dr. Bucko and Patty, and knew right away this was the doctor for me! Not only does he tell it like it is, he also has some humor to him, which I enjoyed because you need some humor when going through such a surgery. Patty was amazing as well. I felt like she was with me through the whole surgery!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I trust and would recommend Dr. Bucko 100%, and have many times. He has changed my life!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr. Bucko’s nurse Deb gives the best face and lip injections of any doctor or nurse. She makes you look so great, she is a true artist. Thanks so much for all you and your staff have done.  You are the best Dr. Bucko ……You rock!!!!!

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I’m 48 years old and I’ve been seeing Dr. Bucko since I was 25 years old.  He has been my physician for more than 2 decades and I am truly thankful for him. I cannot thank him enough for his artistry, his professionalism, and his humanity.  I wish more surgeons had his ethics and his eye, because no one ever suspects that I’ve had any work done. If you see me you can ask me, I’ll tell you everything.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I heard about Dr. Bucko on the radio.  I had a bunch of red things on my body and met with Deb for a “Diolite” laser treatment.  She was so patient with me. The entire office was so nice and professional.  No one made me feel weird since I am a guy coming to a plastic surgeon’s office.
There are other things I want to do in the future like Botox and take better care of my skin; I know which office I’ll be going to!  Thanks Dr. Bucko for having such a great office and staff and for making me feel so comfortable.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

Dr. Bucko’s staff is truly fantastic. Not only are they extremely professional but there is a true sincerity to their care. I have never once felt like I was being overly encouraged to try new things simply to increase the amount of money I would be spending. I have been well informed about what the office has to offer in order to make my own decisions and any questions I have had were always addressed promptly and honestly. The staff has a unique ability to make you feel as if you are their only patient, not just another number, and that is very important to me.
I recommend Dr. Bucko’s office to anyone I come across who is considering surgery, Botox, etc. Your face and body are too important to let just anyone work on and I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Bucko and his staff.

— Actual Patient

Dear Dr. Bucko,

I was referred to Dr. Bucko’s office many years ago.  I have had a few surgeries with ideal outcomes. One of Dr. Bucko’s best traits is he gives a realistic portrayal of what to expect and does not over-promise.  Initially, I thought he was not very friendly, but due to his wonderful staff who made me feel like a princess, (particularly Patty who is, I believe, his assistant), I scheduled my first surgery of several.  Prior to the surgery, Dr. Bucko was kind and compassionate and the aftercare was more than I could have expected.
They also have a skin care department that is awesome.  I like all the girls but if a needle is involved I want Deb. She is a pro. I have had a few Retin-A peels with others and they did a good job as well. I would recommend Dr. Bucko and his entire staff to anyone.

— Actual Patient

Patient Comments:

“This is my second major surgery with Dr. Bucko. I am so thankful that I found a doctor that I feel so comfortable and safe with. Patty and Tyja, thank you for making me feel comfortable. I love my results. You’re like family to me.”

— Breast & Body Surgery Patient

“I knew from my research that Dr. Bucko was the best plastic surgeon in Southern California – The most artistic and meticulous; and I was right!”

— Face & Body Patient

Dr. Bucko & team!
Thank you all for making my dream come true! I am delighted with the results of my surgery. Dr. Bucko, you are FABULOUS and your team is wonderful. I appreciate all you have done for me. I will check in on future visits to San Diego!

— Surgical Patient

Love you guys

— Belladerma Patient

Everyone at the office is great and offers the best service. So far I had the best experience. Great Job!!

— Surgical Patient

It was a fabulous experience! Surgery & follow-up have been great!

— Surgical Patient

Everything has gone great! Thank you.

— Belladerma Patient

Everyone is friendly & courteous. Patients are not kept waiting. Very pleasant experience

— Belladerma Patient

Patty and the other staff are wonderful!

— Surgical Patient

At day 10 I am very pleased with the surgical procedure and support/nursing staff. Dr. Bucko was direct, honest and responsive to needs.

— Facelift Patient

Keep up the great work!

— Breast Augmentation Patient

I have had a good experience so far!

— Facelift Patient

I always enjoy my visit when I come to Dr. Bucko’s. My experience has always been wonderful. Happy Happy Happy.

— Surgical Patient

Love staff, always a pleasure.

— Breast Augmentation Patient

You all do a great job already.

— Belladerma Patient

You guys are the best! Thank you.

— Belladerma Patient

Love Katy. Wouldn’t go anywhere else.

— Belladerma Patient

Deb is great!

— Belladerma Patient

Dr. Bucko’s office is always an awesome experience.

— Belladerma Patient

I’m very happy any time I come.

— Belladerma Patient

☺ You are all wonderful!

— Breast Augmentation Patient

You are all great!

— Surgical Patient

Love you guys!

— Belladerma Patient

Dr. Bucko and staff . . . already the BEST! How do you improve perfection : )
Keep doing what you are already doing ~

— Surgical Patient

Everyone is great! Professional, courteous and friendly.

— Belladerma Patient

I recently had your Diamond Peel and am very happy with the results.

— Belladerma Patient

I really appreciate the staff at Dr Bucko’s office to. They are warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. They make your visit feel like you’re coming to visits friends.

— Belladerma Patient

The staff is amazing…coming to the office is like visiting friends. Just keep doing what you are doing!!!

— Surgical Patient

My experience so far has been great. The staff is very friendly, always greeting clients w/ a smile

— Belladerma Patient

Dr. Bucko is a good surgeon and has a caring staff.

— Surgical Patient

I love Dr. Bucko and his entire staff! I especially enjoy my appointments with Katy – she always looks out for my best interests and we have a ton of fun while I receive my treatments.

— Caroline L.

Everyone at Dr. Bucko’s office is so nice. My experiences have always been wonderful.

— Mary O.

The office is great…I have always suggested Dr. Bucko’s office to my friends and family.

— Marlene M.

I adore Katy and all of the time she gives to me to help me experience the best treatment for me. She listens to what I have to say about what I am willing to try and always listens to my economic questions or fears. Katy is the best.

— Linda B.

You guys are WONDERFUL! Just wish I could come in more often!

— Wendy M.

Katy and Deb are amazing!!! They are the reason I keep coming to your offices instead of going places that are cheaper or that friends recommend.

— Ruby R.

I have never been treated better by any Doctor. I have nothing I can say to better my experience. The staff and Dr Bucko have always gone out of their way with their professionalism, knowledge and expertise.

— Deborah O.

My experience is wonderful on each and every visit. Your staff is friendly and very customer service oriented. Katy is FANTASTIC!

— Cheryl H.

You guys are great to confirm appointments. Continue doing what you’re doing.

— Vicky M.

Just keep being as fabulous as you all are at Dr Bucko’s office!

— Sue L.

I have enjoyed meeting and working with the staff at Dr. Bucko’s office.

— Tana P.

I have had nothing but positive experiences with Dr. Bucko’s office.

— Dana K.

Everyone is awesome and very helpful. Love going to Dr. Bucko’s office. Thank you ladies.

— Rebecca I.

I have found your staff to always be nothing but gracious and accommodating. Can’t think of a thing that needs improvement.

— Seana W.

I especially like the follow up call after a service; it shows that you care. Thanks

— Marie N.

You guys are the best!

— Kristi M.

I think you do a great job! THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE.

— Karen D.

I can’t imagine anything better than what you have. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and informative. Dr Bucko if kind yet very professional and explains everything that can or cannot be done in your best interests and leaves no questions unanswered. I feel comfortable just walking in the office and looking forward to my procedures and the outcome which is always amazing.

— Laura F.

Thanks for being the BEST!

— Bettina H.

You are all wonderful!!

— Bea A.

Dr Bucko, I love you and your staff. Like family to me. Xo

— Dawn D.

My children and I have experienced excellent and timely service consistently!

— Kathy H.