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

Can Men Get Neck Lifts?

Neck lift with Dr. Dennis Bucko of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Center is a great option for anyone embarrassed by sagging skin or excess fat in the jawline and neck area. Though the majority of facial rejuvenation patients are female, neck lift is just as safe and effective for men as women. Here, Dr. Bucko discusses the details of neck lift for men. Read more

“When Do I Switch from Botox to Surgery for Droopy/Upper Eyelids?”

Dr. Dennis Bucko was recently asked to compare Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and other neurotoxins versus eyelid surgery to treat hooding or drooping upper eyelids. His patient wanted to know whether periodic Botox or other neurotoxin injections would provide sufficient rejuvenating results or if they should consider having eyelid surgery or brow lift. Since Dr. Bucko thinks other patients may have the same question, he decided to address the answer in its own blog post. Read more

Ditch Your Double Chin: CoolSculpting Event

For years patients have been looking for a non-surgical treatment to eliminate their double chin, and contour their neck area. Even through diet and exercise excess fat under the chin can still be a problem.

Join us for our Cool Event where Dr. Bucko will share the latest CoolSculpting applicator, the NEW CoolMini, which is designed to eliminate the unwanted fat under the chin. CoolSculpting is clinically proven to be the most successful form of non-surgical fat reduction.

Wednesday, February 3rd

3655 Nobel Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92122

Join us, to enjoy:

  • CoolMini Presentation
  • Special Offers
  • Raffle prizes
  • “Cool” appetizers & treats

PLUS, one of Dr. Bucko’s patients will share her CoolMini experience!

“Over the holidays I gained a few pounds, but because the CoolMini reduced my double chin, people actually thought I lost weight!”
– Lisa K.

RSVP today! Space is limited.

(858) 453-8484

ASPIRE Galderma Rewards

You’ve been asking for it, and it’s finally here.

With ASPIRE, you can now earn rewards for your Dysport®, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Sculptra® treatments. It’s easy to sign up and to manage your free account. You’ll even get a $20 treatment certificate, just for signing up! There’s no complicated paperwork to keep track of; just use your phone to easily redeem your certificates towards treatments and other experiences.

ASPIRE Galderma Rewards membership gives you instant access to great products, meaningful support, and valuable rewards, with a personalized site just for you.

Your personalized site:

  • Just by joining, you’ll receive a $20 treatment certificate to use toward your visit
  • Earn points when you refer friends or family to the program
  • Redeem points for mobile certificates to use for Galderma aesthetic treatments at our office
  • Log in to your member account to redeem rewards

As your membership level increases, so do your earning opportunities – in both savings and special experiences. The higher your membership level, the more certificates you can redeem in every calendar year, and the more you save.

How to earn points:

Dysport 200 points per visit
Restylane & Perlane 200 points per syringe (up to 400 points per visit)
Restylane Silk 200 points per syrine (up to 400 points per visit)
Sculptra Aesthetic 500 points per visit


  • Earn 100 points for each person you refer to the program
  • Earn 200 points if you receive Dysport at least four times in 2 years

Sign up for ASPIRE and get your $20 treatment certificate, today!