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

Can I Breastfeed after Breast Lift Surgery?

Contrary to what some may believe, not all breast lift patients are past their childbearing years and finished having babies. Some of Dr. Dennis Bucko’s breast lift patients are in their late 20s or 30s and plan to have children in the future. Questions involving how a breast lift might affect nursing are common. Dr. Bucko thought his blog would be the perfect place to answer these questions for women that may have concerns. Read more

When Can I Resume Exercise after Plastic Surgery?

Are you an active person that enjoys exercise and finds yourself frequently on-the-go? Do you anticipate having a hard time sitting still while you recover from your planned plastic surgery procedure? You’re not alone. Resuming exercise after plastic surgery is a topic frequently discussed with San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Dennis Bucko. Here, he shares his general guidelines and timeline for gradually getting back up to speed after surgery. Read more

Working Out to Tighten Loose Skin – Fact or Fiction?

One of the most common cosmetic concerns that San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Dennis Bucko hears from patients at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center is loose skin. He has encountered numerous men and women that have stretched-out, saggy skin as the result of losing excess weight or simply because of the effects of the aging process with loss of skin elasticity. For many of them, the loose skin is just as embarrassing as being overweight.

Some people have been told a lie: that if they exercise enough and build muscle, the loose skin will shrink. The truth is that no lifestyle change — exercise or otherwise — can improve the elasticity of the skin and help it return to its pre-stretched state. Especially in cases of massive weight loss, the skin cannot retract over a significantly smaller body shape — either naturally or with the right amount of exercise and muscle. Read more

What to Wear after Tummy Tuck Surgery

Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic body contouring procedure designed to reduce accumulated belly fat, repair weakened abdominal muscles and remove excess sagging skin. While not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, healthy eating, and appropriate medical advice, tummy tuck can address fat deposits and loose skin that do not respond to healthy lifestyle choices.

Anyone considering tummy tuck should be aware of the post-operative side effects, including swelling. Swelling can be uncomfortable and make wearing regular clothes challenging. Fortunately, things like compression garments and loose-fitting clothing may provide relief following surgery.

In this blog post, Dr. Dennis Bucko goes into more detail about what happens after tummy tuck surgery and what to wear during that period of time to stay comfortable. Read more

The Truth about Sun Exposure

When you lie out in the sun because you want a little bit of color on your skin, have you ever thought about what is occurring in your skin as you are lying there? Read more

Can Botox Fix a Gummy Smile?

Are you self-conscious of a “gummy smile” — meaning that too much gum tissue is revealed when you smile? Many people are bothered by what they feel is an excessive amount of gum tissue when the upper lip curls upward. Experts have found that any more than two millimeters of gum tissue showing is noticeable to the average eye, and three to four millimeters is considered “gummy.”

While a dental professional is the more traditional authority on these concerns, some people approach plastic surgeons about their worries. Over the past few years, Botox and Dysport have been introduced as a possible (off-label) option for the correction of a gummy smile. Here, Dr. Dennis Bucko of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center shares his thoughts about using Botox or Dysport to fix a gummy smile. Read more

Comparing Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma

When used properly, Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma are both safe and effective dermal and sub-dermal fillers. Dr. Dennis Bucko of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center offers both options as part of his non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. Here, he breaks down the similarities and differences between the products. Read more

How to Prevent Bruising After Injectable Treatment

Many of Dr. Dennis Bucko’s patients want to know how they can prevent bruising from injectable treatment with Botox, Dysport and dermal fillers. The truth is, we cannot guarantee that our patients won’t bruise — anytime a needle penetrates the skin, there is a small chance of bruising. However, there are a few things that patients can do to reduce their chances of bruising. Here’s what Dr. Bucko suggests: Read more