Breast Augmentation Secrets from Women Who’ve Had It

Breast augmentation is more popular than ever. A recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that 290,467 women opted to have breast implants placed in 2016.

If you’re facing your own breast augmentation surgery, who better to give you advice than women that have already had it? Here, San Diego cosmetic surgeon Dr. Dennis Bucko reveals secrets from some of his former breast augmentation patients. Read more

Common Questions about Breast Surgery and Nipples

Nipples are an important consideration in any breast surgery. Dr. Dennis Bucko, a trusted breast surgeon in San Diego, is often asked how breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift will change the nipples (if at all!). Here, Dr. Bucko has compiled the most common questions he receives about breast surgery and nipples. Read more

Will a Breast Implant Lift My Breast?

As a trusted San Diego breast surgeon, Dr. Dennis Bucko fields a variety of questions and inquiries from potential candidates. A common concern among many is noticeable breast sagging and what can be done to correct it. Some women believe that placing breast implants can help to lift sagging breasts. Unfortunately, that is not entirely true in all cases. Dr. Bucko explains more here. Read more

Dow Corning Settlement

“Why is Dow Corning giving money to women who have silicone breast implants?”

Dow Corning agreed to set up a multibillion dollar Trust Fund in 1992 to provide cash settlements for women implanted with Dow Corning breast implants in the mistaken belief that silicone implants might cause certain autoimmune diseases.

In response to multiple class action suits and 410,000 baseless claims that blamed silicone implants for triggering autoimmune diseases, the settlement was agreed to as a business decision by Dow Corning in bankruptcy proceedings. We now know that these claims were not substantiated by any of the credible scientific evidence that has been studied over the past 35 years.

Contrary to popular belief, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration never actually concluded that these implants were harmful and they even continued to allow use of the implants for cancer reconstruction while they were being studied. Recently, after their review of over 30 years of scientific studies showing no relationship between breast implants and autoimmune diseases and the assurance of safety by numerous unbiased prestigious scientific organizations, the FDA fully approved the sale and use of silicone breast implants for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes, formally, in 2006. Most other countries had already approved silicone breast implants years ago.

Initially, the Trust Fund awarded $2000 (“Expedited Settlement”) to women simply because they had Dow Corning Silicone breast implants. This offer expired in 2009. At this point, however, there still remains millions of dollars in the Dow Corning Trust Fund that was set up for women who have registered with the trust fund before 8/30/04 and can prove they have Dow Corning implants and now want them removed for any reason, even though we know the implants have not been shown to cause autoimmune diseases!

If you now wish to have your implants removed or replaced with saline implants, you must do so before June 1, 2014 to be eligible for a $5000 cash settlement when your implants are removed or replaced with saline implants. To be eligible you must 1) already be registered with the Dow Corning Settlement Trust, 2) have previously proven that you have Dow Corning implants or be able to prove that you had Dow Corning implants after they are removed, 3) have not accepted the $2000 Expedited Settlement offer before 6/1/09, and 4) and have not previously made a claim for explantation or replacement of your implants.

If you did not register with the Trust previously and wish to receive $5000 to have your implants removed, you are not eligible. You must have registered by 8/30/04 and offered proof that you have Dow Corning implants and then had them removed before 6/1/14. The criteria of “proof” is documented by the Dow Corning Trust Agreement and further clarification can be obtained by calling 1-866-875-6099 or by consulting the settlement website

Surprisingly, patients do not need to offer any medical proof that her implants are actually causing any problems with disease to be eligible for this settlement.

Some patients who coincidentally have Dow Corning silicone implants and also at least one of the nine conditions or autoimmune diseases listed (see list at the settlement website or by calling 1-866-875-6099 may be eligible for a higher cash settlement and have until 2019 to offer proof and file claims.

Patient should keep in mind that none of these settlements and payments indicates that silicone implants caused any medical diseases and, furthermore, patients are not required to prove that they have been harmed by the implants to be eligible for the cash settlements.

The FDA has fully approved the sale and use of silicone breast implants for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. There are well over two million satisfied patients in the USA who have had silicone breast implants for many years and silicone breast implants remain the most popular and trusted breast implants used throughout the world.

In general, silicone implants do not need to be removed or replaced unless they are causing some physical deformation of the breast such as scar contracture and firmness, or malposition.

If you feel your breast implants are causing a problem, you should consult with a knowledgeable physician.

New FDA approved “Gummy Bear” Implants

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Wanna Keep ‘Em Guessing?

Sure you do! When it comes to plastic surgery, we all want to look “enhanced” without looking like we had anything done; especially with breast augmentation surgery. A recent article* states “Although there are still some women who are interested in very large breast implants, most women today considering breast augmentation surgery are interested in a natural looking result with a breast profile in proportion with the rest of their frame.”

With Dr. Bucko’s Ideal Breast procedure, your goals are determined at the initial consultation. Understanding these goals allows Dr. Bucko to make the appropriate recommendations regarding surgical technique and implant style. Since having natural looking breasts is a common goal among his patients, Dr. Bucko researches the latest advancements on how to achieve this goal.

The most recent FDA approval of form stable shaped implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants, is of great benefit to patients who desire a natural result with breast augmentation surgery. The newly approved implants are designed to create a more natural breast shape as they are anatomically shaped and consist of a firmer, cohesive gel, allowing the implants to retain their form.


In addition to providing a more natural shape, the implants have several other benefits listed below:

  • Decreased risk of capsular contracture
  • Decreased risk of implant rupture
  • Decreased risk of rippling of the breast

You may be a candidate for “gummy bear” implants if:

  • You desire larger breasts with a natural result
  • You need a slight breast lift but don’t want the scars
  • You have capsular contracture and want to replace your implants
  • You are thin with small breasts or little breast tissue

Ultimately, Dr. Bucko strives to meet all your goals and expectations. He conducts a thorough consultation where he discusses all the available options that might fit your needs. Dr. Bucko recently conducted his Truly Natural breast study, where he used the new form stable implants to confirm their benefits and potentially meet patients’ goals.

To find out more about Dr. Bucko’s Ideal Breast procedure or gummy bear implants, please call 877-DRBUCKO.



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