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.



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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.