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Can I Have All of My Mommy Makeover Procedures in One Day?

Some people may have told you that, once you have kids, “it’s just not about you anymore.” Does being a mom bring with it a good deal of self-sacrifice for the welfare of your children? Of course it does. But does it also mean your social life ends and you have to deny yourself altogether? Absolutely not.

In truth, after a few months, West Hollywood Mommy Makeover patients like you are dying to get back a little pre-pregnancy normalcy and social interaction in their lives. With a multitude of possible procedures included in a Mommy Makeover, though, sometimes the question arises: “Can I have all of my procedures done in one day?”

Your Safety Is Our First Concern

The implication in this question isn’t whether you can come in the following day to have more done but if you can undergo all of your desired procedures without significant time between them. The only real limitation here is what can be completed safely, given your physical condition and health at the time of the Mommy Makeover. An extension of this is how many procedures you’re planning on having.

A Mommy Makeover can include any of the following, depending on your needs:

  • Liposuction (typically in the abdominal area, though other areas can be done as well)
  • Tummy Tuck (to remove excess skin that may have formed during pregnancy)
  • Breast Augmentation/Lift (to replace lost volume and/or restore youthful position)
  • Brazilian Butt Lift (waistline lipo and buttock augmentation to enhance shape and volume)
  • Facial Procedures (facelift, eyelid surgery, Botox, etc. to refresh facial appearance)

Depending on how many of the above you select for your Mommy Makeover, time can become a constraint. Beyond that, though, we hold your safety in highest regard so we will never recommend getting more than your body can handle at once. Discuss your goals with Dr. Bruno during your consultation, and together, you’ll arrive at a treatment plan that maximizes both results and safety.

Being a mom doesn’t mean having to neglect yourself. West Hollywood Mommy Makeover expert Dr. Bruno can help restore your appearance and confidence. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

What’s the Difference in Subglandular and Submuscular Implants?

implant-placementDeciding to get a breast augmentation can be one of the most life-changing choices you can make. When you feel more confident in your appearance, that confidence extends to every area of your life, from personal, to social, to professional. Beyond simply deciding, though, partnering with your surgeon during the process is important to maximizing your results. One of the most important decisions West Hollywood breast augmentation patients must make is where their implants should be placed.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Every person’s body is unique, possessing its own anatomical nuances. Because of this, although one implant location might be more frequently used than another doesn’t necessarily mean it’s best for you. Implants can be placed in either a submuscular (beneath the pectoral muscle) or subglandular (beneath existing breast tissue) position. Let’s examine the details of both:

Submuscular: Implants beneath the pectoral muscles

  • Ideal for patients without an abundance of natural breast tissue to cover the implants.
  • Lessens the potential for noticeable rippling in patients getting saline implants
  • Less chance for distortion and/or capsular contracture over time
  • Makes mammograms easier to perform

Subglandular: Implants beneath existing breast tissue

  • Works well for patients will a good amount of natural breast tissue to cover the implants
  • Better for patients who rely on their pectoral muscles often or wish to develop them
  • Tends to have less pain during recovery

In the end, the best way to determine which placement option is best for you is to partner with Dr. Bruno. Between his expertise and your honest communication of your goals, you’ll be sure to arrive at the ideal solution for you.

West Hollywood Breast Augmentation patients trust Dr. Bruno for his expertise, experience, and personal approach to care. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

How Can I Maintain the Results of My Butt Lift?

BBLWest Hollywood butt lift patients tend to share one thing in common: you care about looking your very best. Of course, that care doesn’t just include your posterior but extends to your overall health and fitness, so it’s natural for you to want to get back to your regular workout routine post procedure. Having a butt lift certainly doesn’t mean you can no longer exercise and stay toned, but there are some things you should do to maximize and maintain the results of your surgery.

Tips for West Hollywood Butt Lift Patients

Because a butt lift involves the harvesting and injection of fat cells into your buttocks, there are a number of physiological factors to consider in order to maximize your results:

  1. Sleeping: to avoid harming the delicate fat cells that have been transferred, it is ideal that you sleep on your side or stomach to further protect the newly transferred fat.
  2. Sitting: for the same two week period, it’s important to try to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for 2 weeks post-surgery with the assistance of a special pillow placed under the back of your thighs.
  3. Compression: you’ll be provided with a compression garment that extends from your waist to your knees after surgery – it’s important that you wear this for 4 weeks post-op to maintain ideal positioning.
  4. Exercise Timing: we recommend you avoid strenuous, fat burning exercises such as squats for 8 weeks to allow the fat cells to establish a proper blood supply. Light aerobic exercise or weight training is OK a few weeks post-op, and walking is highly recommended right after your surgery.
  5. Fat Burning and Weight Loss: because the new volume in your buttocks comes from fat, it is subject to being burned by exercise just like any other fat. Fat burning workouts, such as heavy weight training or intense circuit-style routines should be avoided.

If you’re looking for a fuller, sexier rear that lasts, look no further than West Hollywood butt lift expert Dr. William Bruno. Call 310.461.3855 and schedule your free consultation today.

Is It True that Silicone Implants Look More Natural?

silicone-implantsAsk a million women and you’ll probably get the same answer from all of them: no one wants to look like they’ve had a breast augmentation. Even though cosmetic surgery has become a widely accepted part of popular culture, there is something appealing about looking like those full, perfect breasts have always been and will always be yours. Thankfully, in West Hollywood, breast augmentation patients have options – the only question is, which one is right for you?

Saline vs Silicone: What Are the Differences?

While it is true that most plastic surgeons, Dr. Bruno among them, believe silicone implants provide a more natural look and feel, the decision is ultimately a personal preference. There are a number of differences between the two, not just including appearance, which can assist you in your choice:

  • Both implant types actually have a silicone outer shell, but the saline implants are filled with a water based solution rather than silicone gel
  • Because of their composition, you can sometimes feel and even see rippling in saline implants, whereas silicone implants do not have this issue
  • Silicone implants have a softer feel than saline implants, which many believe feels more like natural breast tissue
  • Saline implants are less expensive than silicone and much easier to detect ruptures in

Some surgeons contend that you cannot tell the difference in saline and silicone implants by sight alone but all acknowledge there is a difference in feel. The deciding factor is really your personal opinion after weighing the facts of each. Whatever your leaning, Dr. Bruno is happy to discuss all of your options during your consultation to find the right fit for you.

Take the first step toward fuller, natural looking breasts today. Call West Hollywood Breast Augmentation expert Dr. Bruno at 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

What Procedures are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

There’s no denying the joy that comes from being a mother. The ability to grow a new life inside you is a privilege granted to women alone…unfortunately, so is the aftermath of pregnancy. Creating a person is no small task and wreaks havoc on your body, potentially leaving you with extra skin and fat, lost breast volume, and lost confidence in your appearance.

Thankfully, you don’t have to simply don the “mom jeans” and accept your fate. Beverly Hills Mommy Makeover patients can experience restoration to pre-pregnancy form in short order, but what exactly is included in a Mommy Makeover?

Individualized Treatment Plans

The term Mommy Makeover is really just a moniker under which many different cosmetic procedures can be placed. The most common combination is a breast augmentation with a tummy tuck to address the typical post-pregnancy problem areas, but a Mommy Makeover can include any of the following:

  • Breast Augmentation (with or without a breast lift)
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Fat Transfer to Buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift)
  • Facial Procedures: Facelift, Eyelid Surgery, Botox, etc.

The only real limitation on what can be included is how much your body can safely endure in a single session, but you can, of course, schedule a secondary session if there are procedures you aren’t able to include in the first. During your consultation, Dr. Bruno with work with you on a plan specifically designed to meet your goals so you’re back to looking like yourself again in no time.

New mom in Beverly Hills? Mommy Makeover patients can get back to pre-pregnancy form in no time with expert help from Dr. Bruno. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

How Soon Can I Exercise After A Mommy Makeover?

mommy-makeoverSome women view a Mommy Makeover like it’s a genie that can magically wish away the effects of pregnancy without an ounce of effort. West Hollywood Mommy Makeover patients in the know understand that, while it is an amazing combination of procedures that can do wonders to restore pre-pregnancy form, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine afterwards is the best way to keep those stunning results from fading into the couch cushions.

Different Strokes For Different Folks

Once you make peace with the idea that you still need to exercise to maintain the results of your Mommy Makeover, you’ll probably be revving your proverbial workout engine and itching to hit the gas. Great! But don’t peel out of the gate before you see the green light. Because a Mommy Makeover can include a number of different procedures (tummy tuck, breast augmentation, butt lift, etc.), you need to allow yourself time to heal so you don’t undo your results.

How long you have to wait really depends on what you have done. Here’s a rundown of workout restrictions with the most commonly included procedures:

  • Breast Augmentation/Lift: You should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity with your upper body for 4-6 weeks
  • Liposuction: Lipo can be done on many areas of the body so this partly depends on which areas are being treated. Generally speaking, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 4 weeks
  • Brazilian Butt Lift: light aerobic and weight training can be resumed after about 4 weeks, but strenuous fat burning activities should be avoided for 8 weeks

The amount of time you should wait to start working out again isn’t cumulative based on all the procedures you have done, though having more procedures may slightly increase your recommended recovery time. The best thing to do is partner with Dr. Bruno. Both in your consultation and after your surgery, he’ll be able to assist in understanding the timing that’s ideal for you.

Are you itching to get your pre-pregnancy figure back and keep it? West Hollywood Mommy Makeover expert Dr. William Bruno can help. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

Does a Tummy Tuck Remove Excess Fat?

tummy-tuckFor women all over America, excess abdominal skin is a problem that’s downright maddening. Whether you work yourself senseless in the gym and eat extremely healthy, that extra skin you have left over from pregnancy or weight loss just won’t go away.

In Beverly Hills, tummy tucks have become a popular solution to this problem, and rightfully so – they remove that seemingly impervious extra skin on your tummy in no time. But there seems to be some confusion about what exactly a tummy tuck does. Let’s dig in to the specifics to provide some clarity on the issue.

Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Patients: Get the Facts

Though some physicians have different definitions of the procedure, where Dr. Bruno is concerned, here’s what’s involved:

  • A horizontal incision is made just above the pubic bone and across the abdomen from hip to hip
  • Excess skin and fatty deposits are removed from the abdominal area
  • Using a series of specialized sutures, the abdominal muscles are tightened, lending extra strength and support
  • The belly button may be repositioned to give it a natural appearance on the newly flattened abdomen
  • Plastic drains may be placed under the skin to prevent the collection of fluids in the area (these are typically removed within a week following surgery)

Technically speaking, the removal of excess fatty tissue in the love handle area is not part of the actual tummy tuck procedure, however, liposuction is commonly performed on this area during a tummy tuck to provide patients with the narrow waistline they desire. That said, women with stretch marks and excess skin are ideal candidates for a tummy tuck. Patients who still have good skin tone and merely want to address pockets of excess fat are more likely to benefit from liposuction alone.

Ready to say goodbye to excess skin in your abdomen? Beverly Hills tummy tuck expert Dr. William Bruno is here to help. Call 310.461.3855 and schedule your free consultation today.

How Noticeable Will My Breast Implant Scars Be?

breast-implant-scarSometimes it doesn’t seem fair. Overall, you’re very happy with your appearance. You have a fit, shapely physique and a pretty face, but your breasts just aren’t as full and present as you’d like them to be. You might even feel like the only one around you who doesn’t have a perfect shape. In truth, your feelings are shared by many women in Beverly Hills. Breast augmentation is a viable means to getting the size and shape you desire, but you want to be certain you won’t have noticeable scars to tell the tale.

Incision Location and Scarring

How noticeable your scars will be after a breast augmentation depends on two things: the location of your incisions and the size of your implants. Larger implants typically require a larger incision, although saline implants can be placed through a smaller incision regardless as they can be filled after placement. The location of your incision will be determined based on your specific anatomy and what you want to achieve. There are three incision locations used in breast augmentations:

  • Periareolar: this incision is made on the lower border of the areaola
  • Inframammary: this incision is made in the natural crease under the breast and is the most common type used
  • Transaxillary: this incision is hidden in the armpit but is used less frequently than the others

Each incision location offers its own benefits and drawbacks, but they can all heal quite well, especially with the use of silicone gels and silicone tape after your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Bruno will take time to understand your goals and the specifics of your body to find the approach that’s ideally suited to you.

Get the full beautiful breasts you’ve always wanted. Call Beverly Hills Breast Augmentation expert Dr. Bruno at 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

How Much Bigger Can My Butt Get With a Fat Transfer?

OK, so we understand this isn’t some sort of contest – the person with the biggest butt wins – but it’s hard to ignore all the buzz around getting a rounder rear. You see it on TV and in magazines, on the runway and the red carpet: the new standard of beauty comes with curves, and it has many women looking for ways to enhance their figures in Beverly Hills. Fat transfer to buttocks, or Brazilian Butt Lift as it has come to be known, is growing in popularity, due to its relative simplicity and happy side-effect of a slimmer waistline, but exactly how much bigger can a fat transfer make you?

Fat Transfer By The Numbers

Technically speaking, there is no predefined limit as to how much fat can be transferred to your buttocks. The main determining factor in this really comes down to how much quality excess fat your body has to give. That said, patients with an abundance of spare fat cells, particularly around the abdomen, love handles, and lower back, are ideally suited to this procedure. Depending on availability, the typical range of fat that can be injected into the buttocks is 200 – 1000 cc per side. Even more important than the volume transferred, though, is how much of the fat survives long term.

How Much of the Transferred Fat Can I Expect to Keep?

Though this can vary from person to person, most patients retain roughly 70% of the transferred fat. The amount of fat remaining 6 months post-procedure is generally felt to be “permanent”. There are, however, a number of things you can do to help maximize survival of the transferred cells:

  • Avoid Sitting: This is actually easier than it sounds – the use of special cushions, combined with sleeping on your side or stomach can help a great deal – and the longer you can avoid sitting after your procedure, the more fat cells will survive (the recommended “no-sitting” period is about 2 weeks).
  • Don’t Rush Back Into Exercise: It takes about 8 weeks for the fat cells to establish sufficient blood supply in their new location, so strenuous, fat burning exercise during this period should be avoided. You can, however, do light aerobic or weight training a few weeks after surgery.
  • Establish a Balanced Routine: The simple rule is if you expend more calories than you take in, you can burn fat, so beyond the 8 week period, getting into a balanced routine of proper diet and exercise will help you maintain your results.

If you’re looking to enhance the natural volume in your rear, look to Dr. Bruno in Beverly Hills – fat transfer to buttocks can give you beautiful results that last. Call us at 310.461.3855 for your consultation today.

Andrea’s Brazilian Butt Lift Journey

Andrea was looking for an improvement in her buttocks. After several cosmetic procedures, she reached out to Dr. Bruno to complete her whole body transformation with a Brazilian Butt Lift. Andrea felt that her body was out of proportion, and after seeing so many people with a round behind, she decided it was time to get the Brazilian Butt Lift. Andrea researched many surgeons to help her achieve her goal of having a more shapely figure.

Andrea says, “I wanted to go to a doctor who had done all kinds of things, who does the complete body, but also specialized in the Brazilian Butt Lift.” She found her surgeon in Dr. Bruno, who specializes in the Brazilian Butt Lift. After her initial consultation, she knew that Dr. Bruno was the surgeon for her.

After her surgery, Andrea’s buttocks were more round and shapely and was exactly what she was looking for. Says Andrea, “I feel just like a brand new woman.”

If you want results like Andrea’s, fill out the form or call Dr. Bruno at (310) 461-3855 to schedule your consultation.