Why a Plastic Surgeon’s Credentials Matter

The process of selecting a plastic surgeon may seem lengthy and is sometimes challenging. A great way to focus on only the best surgeons is to look carefully at their credentials. Certain credentials help distinguish trustworthy plastic surgeons from the rest.

Here, renowned San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Dennis Bucko reveals the credentials that matter most and should help guide your search. 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

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

Less Is More – Trends in Plastic Surgery

trending“Less is more” according to Dr. Dennis Bucko, who was recently named BEST Cosmetic Surgeon in the UT Readers poll. Dr Bucko is one of the most experienced board certified plastic surgeons in Southern California, and director of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center in San Diego, California.

Dr Bucko notes that facial rejuvenation concepts have come full circle over the last 30 years. Now, patients seeking the “fountain of youth” can achieve incredible results with safe and simple surgical and non-surgical procedures to turn back the clock on aging, with little downtime.

Decades ago surgical procedures consisted of simply removing loose skin and occasionally, some fat. If a patient was looking to improve their skin’s texture or reducing wrinkles, the only option was a  simple Phenol Chemical Peel which smoothed out wrinkles, but often left the skin with a lighter, unnatural look.

In the 80’s and 90’s surgeons became bolder in an attempt to get longer lasting results and started to do deeper face lifts, tightening muscles and deep connective tissue and even lifting muscle off bones to shift soft tissues. A  “Deep Facelift” can take 8 hours even when done by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Cheek and chin implants placed directly on the bones were also used freely to reshape the face. Although beneficial, these advanced procedures usually left patients swollen and bruised for weeks.  A “Facelift” was seen as a feared procedure even though the results might be more dramatic and longer lasting.

“Over the past 15 years we have developed safer and less traumatic techniques that younger patients, seeking less dramatic changes and safer, fast recovery, have demanded procedures designed for maintenance and simplicity. We now do simple surgical face and neck lifts, like our Belladerma Mini Facelift, in 90 minutes with a few days recovery. We also have scores of non-surgical and less expensive options for rejuvenation with almost no downtime. Filler and neurotoxin injections can smooth out wrinkles in just a few minutes. Lasers smooth skin and remove age spots, like ironing and dry cleaning a wrinkled and soiled dress.”

Modern, experienced plastic surgeons can now do “more with less”.

 

Article written for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Debunking the Top 4 Liposuction Myths

liposuction-mythsLiposuction is a high-demand surgery for many who, even with proper diet and exercise, still struggle with disproportionate contours of their body due to localized deposits of excess fat.

Although liposuction (also known as lipoplasty) is a popular cosmetic procedure – the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that over 325,000 individuals had it done in 2011 – there is still a lot of misinformation out there about this surgical procedure.  Here are the four top myths about liposuction:

1. Not a Real Surgery. One of the common myths about liposuction is that it is not a “real” surgery. While the incisions are small, and general anesthesia is not always necessary, and it may be performed on an out-patient basis, the procedure is indeed a surgery.

The process of breaking up and suctioning out fat requires significant disruption of the tissue involved. The body may have adverse reactions during the healing process. This is a serious surgery and should be treated as such.

2. Removes Cellulite. Liposuction won’t remove cellulite, contrary to many people’s beliefs. Sometimes by removing fat and smoothing an area, the appearance of cellulite decreases, but it is not always the case.

3. Removed Fat Can’t Come Back. Many people believe that once the fat is removed it can’t come back, which is only partly true. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells, but leaves some intact as well. Those that remain after the surgery can get bigger if a patient gains weight, which will affect the long-term outcome.

4. Good Weight Loss Tool. Many believe that liposuction is a good weight loss tool, which is not the case. While it does remove excess fat and improve the contour of the body, it may not impact weight significantly, as the number of pounds of fat that can be safely removed from the body is minimal.

And while liposuction can help remove the stubborn pockets of fat that are visible, the procedure does not directly reduce the risk of obesity-related problems such as high blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

“People are self-conscious about the fat they can see,” Heather Hausenblas, associate professor of exercise and health at Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance, said. “But it’s the hidden fat, in people of any size, [which] poses the bigger threat to health, and liposuction does not remove that type of visceral fat.”

Common areas treated with liposuction, which involves removing diet-resistant fat from various parts of the body through a cannula (hollow metal tube) inserted into a small incision, include the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms and neck.

Take a look at the Before/After photo below of one of Dr. Bucko’s patients. If you are considering liposuction, call for a consultation with Dr. Bucko, a board certified plastic surgeon who is highly qualified in this procedure.