Common Facelift Questions

Questions to Ask Your Facelift Surgeon

Your facelift consultation is the ideal time to have all of your pressing questions about the procedure and your plastic surgeon answered. Asking certain questions can help you get the most out of your appointment. To guide you through this conversation, plastic surgeon Dennis Bucko suggests a few questions to ask. Read more

Monique’s Story | Breast Augmentation

For years, Monique considered having a breast augmentation to enhance the size of her breasts, but it wasn’t until she started working for Dr. Bucko that she finally decided to take the next step. In this interview, you will learn why Monique’s experience with Dr. Bucko as her surgeon made the wait worthwhile.

You mentioned you had been considering breast surgery for ten years; what held you back?

When I first started to consider breast surgery, I had a consultation with a doctor who wasn’t very professional or thorough. The consultation was short- he had me try on implants, told me what size he thought I should choose, and that was basically it. I didn’t feel comfortable with his recommendation and lack of information he gave. After that, I thought may it’d be best to leave my breasts alone.


What made you finally decide to have surgery after all those years?

When I started working for Dr. Bucko, I had a first-hand experience with watching his patients go through the procedure. Dr. Bucko consultation style was much more appealing to me. He really takes the time to understand what you want and don’t want, and thoroughly explains what to expect. In addition to letting me try on implants at my appointment, he let me take them home so I could get really comfortable with how much larger I wanted to be. I felt empowered that he gave me the tools and resources necessary to choose and feel comfortable with my size.


How/why did you choose your size?

Sizing was the hardest part for me so I literally tried them on and wore them around several times before I chose a size. I went back and forth between two sizes so I finally ended up choosing the size right in the middle. I took many things into consideration such as, how active I am, that I didn’t really want to have to change shirt sizes, or look top-heavy. I made sure that all my dresses and tops would still fit with the implants that I was considering.


So, are you happy with the size?

I’m SO happy with my size. They fit my body perfectly and my clothes still fit.


Did having breast sx make you feel any different about your body/ yourself?

Yes, having surgery made me much more confident, with and without clothes. I actually used to cover my breasts quite a bit in front of my finacé.


How did you feel the first time you wore a bathing suit or the outfit you’ve always been wanting to fill out?

I went to Cabo exactly 2 weeks after surgery and I have to admit, I felt a little self-conscious because I wasn’t used to anyone ever looking at them and they were extra perky since I had just had surgery, and I also just wasn’t used to them yet. But now, I absolutely LOVE wearing a bikini and I definitely wear tops and dresses that I would never have worn before.


What was your significant other’s reaction?

My finacé loves them. He was skeptical at first but once he saw them he was very pleased.


How was your recovery during the first week?

My recovery during the first week was a lot better than I thought it would be. I expected to be sore, but the pain was bearable with the help of the pain medication and muscle relaxers prescribed by Dr. Bucko. The most significant adjustment was how tired I felt; I slept a lot during that first week. After a couple of days, I thought I would feel okay shopping, but afterward, I was more tired than I expected. During the first few weeks of my recovery, I was cautious when around other people because I was nervous someone would bump into me, so I was protective of my chest. Other than that, my recovery was very easy.


Who took care of you?

My finacé took care of me mostly. My mom came down for a couple of days but it wasn’t even necessary. I bathed myself and washed my own hair very carefully two days post-op.


Any regrets?

I totally thought that I would miss my small breasts because I didn’t ever really hate my breasts. But I have NO regrets and have not missed them once!


Any advice for anyone else seeking breast augmentation?

Try on the implants, wear them around, and definitely experiment with trying on LARGER implants than you think you want. Most importantly, choose a great doctor, like Dr. Bucko.



Learn More About Breast Augmentation

To learn more about breast augmentation with Dr. Bucko, please make an appointment at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Plastic Surgery for Men

Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

No matter how old you are or whether you spend your days in the boardroom or staying at home with your children, you deserve to look and feel your best. And if you’re considering plastic surgery to enhance your natural appearance, you’re not alone. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported that more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2017.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dennis Bucko welcomes men and women of all ages and walks of life at his practice. Depending on your specific aesthetic needs and goals, you could benefit from one of the following popular plastic surgery procedures for men. Read more

Avoiding the “Pulled Look” with Facial Plastic Surgery

With today’s surgical techniques and technology, there’s no reason why you should develop a “pulled” or “stretched” expression after facial plastic surgery. Facial rejuvenation procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery are designed to help turn back the clock and make you look like a younger, natural and more attractive version of yourself. Unfortunately, we have all seen celebrities who take on a perpetually surprised or windswept look after overdone plastic surgery. As long as you have the right information you need to make good choices, and an understanding, experienced surgeon you are not doomed to the same fate.

Here, Dr. Dennis Bucko, the board-certified plastic surgeon director of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center, shares what you can do to avoid the unnatural pulled look after plastic surgery. Read more

Does Facelift Leave Scars?

If you are considering your facelift options, chances are you have thought about the possibility of scarring. Scars after plastic surgery are unavoidable; anytime a surgeon cuts into the skin, it creates a scar. However, facelift scars can vary widely in their visibility and quality. Some scars are wider, longer, thicker and more noticeable than others.

Below, Dr. Dennis Bucko of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center. explains the factors that affect how visible your facelift scars will be: Read more

Do You Need Fillers or Facelift?

Dermal fillers and facelift are two ways San Diego plastic surgeon Dennis Bucko can turn back the clock on facial aging and help you enjoy a younger-looking expression. Though they are both anti-aging treatment options, each is designed to satisfy different needs and expectations and comes with its own unique set of limitations. Read more

Marionette Lines: No Laughing Matter

Smiling and laughing are signs of a life well-lived, but lines and wrinkles around your mouth are no laughing matter! If you are starting to notice creases and folds at the edges of your mouth, Dr. Dennis Bucko, our Registered Nurse, Hilary Black, and the team at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center can help. Read more

Why Skin Elasticity Is Important to Great Liposculpture or CoolSculpting Results

Liposculpture is a fantastic procedure if you are bothered or embarrassed by excess subcutaneous body fat. By removing fat cells, liposculpture shapes the treated area, giving you a slimmer and sexier contour.  CoolSculpting is a non-surgical alternative to removal of smaller volumes of fat.

You may not realize that skin elasticity, or the ability of your skin to stretch and then return to its normal state, is critical to attaining good outcomes. Below, San Diego liposculpture surgeon Dennis Bucko explains why: Read more

Are the Results of Facelift Permanent?

The term “face lift” has many meanings and choosing the best options for facial rejuvenation is a complicated and confusing process. An experienced board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Dennis Bucko can explain and demonstrate all the options available to patients seeking facial rejuvenation.

Here, Dr. Bucko of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center discusses how to keep expectations realistic when opting for facelift surgery.   Read more

What Is VISIA Skin Analysis?

The VISIA skin analysis at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center system takes the guesswork out of developing the skin care regimen and treatment plan that is best for you. It is a painless, simple and quick in-office procedure that uses imaging techniques to help you create an effective plan for your skin type. Best of all, it is completely safe for all ages. Below, Dr. Dennis Bucko describes how the VISIA system works:  Read more