Nipple Sensitivity Breast Surgery Tips La Jolla, CA

Will I Lose Nipple Sensitivity after Breast Surgery?

If you are considering a breast surgery procedure like breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction, you might have some concerns about the possibility of losing nipple sensitivity.

This is a very valid fear and something that Dr. Brad Mozaffari and Dr. Dennis Bucko take great care to prevent. Read on as they share their insight on the issue. Read more

Breast Augmentation Candidate La Jolla

What Makes a Woman a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

In a recent post, Dr. Dennis Bucko and Dr. Brad Mozaffari revealed the 2018 plastic surgery trends and statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In the post, they explained that breast augmentation continues to be the most popular procedure nationwide.

Our team knows many women may be interested in breast augmentation – you might be one of them! To help educate you about the procedure, we thought it would be helpful to review requirements for candidacy. Read more

Decisions about breast augmentation

Making Major Decisions about Breast Augmentation

When it comes to planning your breast augmentation surgery, there are several important decisions you need to make. As the patient, you have the final say as to what looks best on your body and what makes you feel the most confident. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Dennis Bucko or Dr. Brad Mozaffari will work closely with you to help you make confident decisions in regards to your breast implant choices and other aspects of breast augmentation. Here, Dr. Bucko and Dr. Mozaffari explain some of the decisions you will need to make when planning your procedure. 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.

Breast Augmentation Secrets from Women Who’ve Had It

Breast augmentation is more popular than ever. A recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that 290,467 women opted to have breast implants placed in 2016.

If you’re facing your own breast augmentation surgery, who better to give you advice than women that have already had it? Here, San Diego cosmetic surgeon Dr. Dennis Bucko reveals secrets from some of his former breast augmentation patients. Read more

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

Dow Corning Settlement

“Why is Dow Corning giving money to women who have silicone breast implants?”

Dow Corning agreed to set up a multibillion dollar Trust Fund in 1992 to provide cash settlements for women implanted with Dow Corning breast implants in the mistaken belief that silicone implants might cause certain autoimmune diseases.

In response to multiple class action suits and 410,000 baseless claims that blamed silicone implants for triggering autoimmune diseases, the settlement was agreed to as a business decision by Dow Corning in bankruptcy proceedings. We now know that these claims were not substantiated by any of the credible scientific evidence that has been studied over the past 35 years.

Contrary to popular belief, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration never actually concluded that these implants were harmful and they even continued to allow use of the implants for cancer reconstruction while they were being studied. Recently, after their review of over 30 years of scientific studies showing no relationship between breast implants and autoimmune diseases and the assurance of safety by numerous unbiased prestigious scientific organizations, the FDA fully approved the sale and use of silicone breast implants for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes, formally, in 2006. Most other countries had already approved silicone breast implants years ago.

Initially, the Trust Fund awarded $2000 (“Expedited Settlement”) to women simply because they had Dow Corning Silicone breast implants. This offer expired in 2009. At this point, however, there still remains millions of dollars in the Dow Corning Trust Fund that was set up for women who have registered with the trust fund before 8/30/04 and can prove they have Dow Corning implants and now want them removed for any reason, even though we know the implants have not been shown to cause autoimmune diseases!

If you now wish to have your implants removed or replaced with saline implants, you must do so before June 1, 2014 to be eligible for a $5000 cash settlement when your implants are removed or replaced with saline implants. To be eligible you must 1) already be registered with the Dow Corning Settlement Trust, 2) have previously proven that you have Dow Corning implants or be able to prove that you had Dow Corning implants after they are removed, 3) have not accepted the $2000 Expedited Settlement offer before 6/1/09, and 4) and have not previously made a claim for explantation or replacement of your implants.

If you did not register with the Trust previously and wish to receive $5000 to have your implants removed, you are not eligible. You must have registered by 8/30/04 and offered proof that you have Dow Corning implants and then had them removed before 6/1/14. The criteria of “proof” is documented by the Dow Corning Trust Agreement and further clarification can be obtained by calling 1-866-875-6099 or by consulting the settlement website

Surprisingly, patients do not need to offer any medical proof that her implants are actually causing any problems with disease to be eligible for this settlement.

Some patients who coincidentally have Dow Corning silicone implants and also at least one of the nine conditions or autoimmune diseases listed (see list at the settlement website or by calling 1-866-875-6099 may be eligible for a higher cash settlement and have until 2019 to offer proof and file claims.

Patient should keep in mind that none of these settlements and payments indicates that silicone implants caused any medical diseases and, furthermore, patients are not required to prove that they have been harmed by the implants to be eligible for the cash settlements.

The FDA has fully approved the sale and use of silicone breast implants for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. There are well over two million satisfied patients in the USA who have had silicone breast implants for many years and silicone breast implants remain the most popular and trusted breast implants used throughout the world.

In general, silicone implants do not need to be removed or replaced unless they are causing some physical deformation of the breast such as scar contracture and firmness, or malposition.

If you feel your breast implants are causing a problem, you should consult with a knowledgeable physician.

New FDA approved “Gummy Bear” Implants

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Wanna Keep ‘Em Guessing?

Sure you do! When it comes to plastic surgery, we all want to look “enhanced” without looking like we had anything done; especially with breast augmentation surgery. A recent article* states “Although there are still some women who are interested in very large breast implants, most women today considering breast augmentation surgery are interested in a natural looking result with a breast profile in proportion with the rest of their frame.”

With Dr. Bucko’s Ideal Breast procedure, your goals are determined at the initial consultation. Understanding these goals allows Dr. Bucko to make the appropriate recommendations regarding surgical technique and implant style. Since having natural looking breasts is a common goal among his patients, Dr. Bucko researches the latest advancements on how to achieve this goal.

The most recent FDA approval of form stable shaped implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants, is of great benefit to patients who desire a natural result with breast augmentation surgery. The newly approved implants are designed to create a more natural breast shape as they are anatomically shaped and consist of a firmer, cohesive gel, allowing the implants to retain their form.


In addition to providing a more natural shape, the implants have several other benefits listed below:

  • Decreased risk of capsular contracture
  • Decreased risk of implant rupture
  • Decreased risk of rippling of the breast

You may be a candidate for “gummy bear” implants if:

  • You desire larger breasts with a natural result
  • You need a slight breast lift but don’t want the scars
  • You have capsular contracture and want to replace your implants
  • You are thin with small breasts or little breast tissue

Ultimately, Dr. Bucko strives to meet all your goals and expectations. He conducts a thorough consultation where he discusses all the available options that might fit your needs. Dr. Bucko recently conducted his Truly Natural breast study, where he used the new form stable implants to confirm their benefits and potentially meet patients’ goals.

To find out more about Dr. Bucko’s Ideal Breast procedure or gummy bear implants, please call 877-DRBUCKO.



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