Plastic Surgery Blog

Saline vs. Silicone: Which Is Better for Breast Augmentation?

Let’s face the facts: not all women are created equally. Some have been endowed with naturally full breasts while others have inexplicably been granted much less. That said, there’s no reason you have to just accept your lot and live in envy of those around you.

Beverly Hills breast augmentation patients have long been able to level the proverbial playing field, and today, it’s even safer than before. The question now is not whether or not to get implants but which kind yields better results.

A Matter of Preference

Over the years, stories have arisen about the safety of one implant type over another, particularly with regard to silicone implants and the potential for rupture. The truth is, both saline and silicone implants have been approved by the FDA for use in breast augmentation, and thousands of studies have been done, finding both types to be free of health risks. Because of this, the choice really comes down to a matter of personal preference. Nonetheless, here are some facts that may help sway your decision:

  • Most people say silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline implants
  • Silicone implants cost more than saline implants and can be more expensive to monitor for rupture
  • Because silicone implants are pre-filled, they require a larger incision to place than saline implants, which can be filled after insertion

In the end, the best type of implant for you depends on what you find most important. Despite studies to the contrary, some still believe that saline implants are safer and prefer them over silicone. On the other hand, many, including Dr. Bruno, believe silicone to be much better for recreating the look and feel of natural breasts. In any case, Dr. Bruno will review all of your options with you during your consultation and find the solution that works best for you.

Don’t settle for less than the full, natural looking breasts you’ve always wanted. Call Beverly Hills Breast Augmentation expert Dr. Bruno at 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

Are There Exercises That Can Help Maintain a Brazilian Butt Lift?

brazilian-butt-liftThe Brazilian Butt Lift is probably one of the single most transformational cosmetic procedures available, because it not only enhances the buttocks but also provides a slimmer, more attractive waistline. Once you’ve got the sexy behind you’ve desiring, of course you don’t want to go back to how you looked before, so your mind naturally turns to the question “How do I maintain this?” Thankfully, there are a number of things Beverly Hills Brazilian Butt Lift patients can do to keep that new rear in shape.

It’s All About Balance

Inherently, the body is performing a constant balancing act with the food you eat and the activities you do. If you expend more calories than your body takes in, your body burns stored fat proportionately throughout the body. Because the Brazilian Butt Lift uses your own fat to enhance the buttocks, it is possible to lose volume through fat loss. That said, starting up a high fat burning diet and exercise routine post procedure may not be the best way to go.

On the other hand, doing exercises that target and firm your legs and gluteal muscles can help maintain and even enhance your results if you do them properly. Some of the best exercises for this are:

  • Squats – Squats strengthen and tone the entire posterior chain. The most important thing to remember about squat form is to keep your heels flat and bend like you’re sitting down into a chair. Bending at the knees or placing too much weight on the fronts of your feet can lead to injury.
  • Deadlifts – Don’t let the name scare you. Deadlifts are an excellent way to specifically target the glutes and hamstring muscles they connect to. The important thing with deadlifts is keeping the weight as close to your legs as possible and not allowing your lower back to round. A variation on traditional deadlifts, the Romanian deadlift, is even more glute focused.
  • Box Jumps – OK, not everyone has a sturdy box handy to jump onto, but any sturdy flat surface that’s at least a foot off the ground will do. You can even jump in place if you like. These are great for women averse to weight lifting because they require similar force to lift your body off the ground without the need for weights.

The simple rule with exercise to help you maintain your results is this: keep a healthy diet but don’t starve yourself. Again, if you burn more than you take in, your body starts burning fat. Finding the balance between exercise and intake allows you to firm without losing volume.

Have questions about maintaining your results? Call the Beverly Hills Brazilian Butt Lift expert Dr. William Bruno at 310.461.3855 today. He’s here to help.

What’s the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

In a culture where we have just about everything at our fingertips, it’s no surprise that cosmetic surgery has become a normal part of our lives. It’s so readily discussed and accepted that the names of certain procedures are sometimes used interchangeably, though they are, in fact, very different. West Hollywood tummy tuck patients often find themselves confused as to what’s involved with a tummy tuck versus liposuction, so allow us to clear up common misunderstandings between the two.

West Hollywood Tummy Tuck Patient Facts

Aside from the obvious difference that a tummy tuck is performed on the abdomen, whereas liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body, here are the main defining points of a tummy tuck:

  • A horizontal incision is made above the pubic bone that extends from hip to hip
  • Excess skin left over from pregnancy, weight loss, or other issues is surgically removed from the abdominal area
  • Abdominal muscles are realigned and tightened using specialized sutures that lend additional strength and support to restore a flat abdominal wall
  • The belly button may be repositioned to give it a natural appearance on the new flatter abdomen
  • Patients typically return to normal activity between one to two weeks after surgery

Liposuction Facts

  • A tiny incision is made in the target area
  • The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia at the patient’s preference
  • Excess fat is suctioned through a small metal tube called a cannula from deep under the skin to avoid any contour irregularities
  • Most patients return to normal activity within about 3 days of the procedure

If you’re looking to restore a flatter, sexier abdominal contour, West Hollywood tummy tuck & liposuction expert Dr. William Bruno can determine which procedure is best for you. Call 310.461.3855 and schedule your free consultation today.

How Visible Will My Tummy Tuck Scar Be?

tummy-tuck-scarYou’re torn. You look in the mirror at that lower-belly bulge and already know working out isn’t going to help. On the other hand, you wonder if having surgery to correct it will leave you with a scar you’ll be even more embarrassed of. Many West Hollywood tummy tuck patients have struggled with the same decision, so you aren’t alone. The truth of the matter, though, is probably much easier to go along with than you may have heard.

Our Business Is Helping You Look Your Best

This may seem like it should go without saying, but Dr. Bruno cares about the way you look and feel after your procedure. Some cosmetic surgeons may treat you like you’re just a stranger paying for a service and happily take your money without being invested in the outcome, but for Dr. Bruno, it’s about understanding YOUR desires and helping YOU achieve them in a way you can be confident in for years to come.

Scar Location And Treatment

Because of his commitment to outstanding results, Dr. Bruno will perform your tummy tuck with a functional outcome in mind. Your incision is made in a low arc above the pelvic bone so you won’t have to worry about it showing when you wear your favorite swimsuit bottoms or underwear. Your scar will usually take from 6 months to a year to lighten to its final state, but there are also things you can do to help improve it along the way. The regular use of silicone tape and silicone gel after your procedure can significantly help in making your scar as inconspicuous as possible.

Don’t let worry keep you from having the sexy abdominal contour you’ve been dreaming of. West Hollywood tummy tuck expert Dr. William Bruno is committed to giving you results to be proud of. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

How Soon After Pregnancy Can I Have a Mommy Makeover?

mommy-makeoverYou did it! You delivered a happy, healthy baby, and now you have a lifetime of new experiences and joys to discover. But when you look in the mirror, you just don’t look like yourself anymore and it has nothing to do with post-pregnancy hormones or feelings.

Beverly Hills Mommy Makeover patients often come to this realization before deciding to go through with cosmetic surgery, so you’re not alone. The biggest question you may have is: “How soon after pregnancy can I have a Mommy Makeover?”

Timing is Different for Everyone

Every woman’s body is unique to begin with, but every woman’s experience with pregnancy is also unique. There are a number of factors that can influence how soon you’re able to safely undergo surgery after pregnancy including:

  • How long it takes your body to recover: Surgeons typically recommend patients wait until their bodies return to “normal” before having a Mommy Makeover, so that no further changes occur that could compromise your results. For some women, this could be 6 weeks, and for others it could be many months – it just depends on you.
  • Whether you plan on having more kids: If you want to have more children, it’s best to postpone a Mommy Makeover until after you’re sure you’re done. Otherwise all the benefits gained from surgery could be undone in your next pregnancy.
  • How long it’s been since you stopped breastfeeding: Surgeons suggest waiting at least 3 months after you stop breastfeeding before having a Mommy Makeover because your breasts may continue to change during that time.

Because of the wide range of procedures that can be included in a Mommy Makeover, the biggest determinant in timing is what all you want to have done. For example, if you don’t need a breast augmentation or lift, you don’t need to worry about waiting 3 months after breastfeeding stops. In your consultation, Dr. Bruno will discuss your goals and options with you to determine the ideal treatment plan and timing for you.

Beverly Hills Mommy Makeover patients get their pre-pregnancy bodies back in perfect timing with help from Dr. William Bruno. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

Can I Get a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Together?

tummy-tuck-lipoThe dreaded lower abdominal bulge – in your youth, it’s easy to shrug the idea off and say it won’t happen to you, but then it happens. Whether due to weight loss, pregnancy, or just genetics, you try to beat it with diet and exercise, but you just end up feeling frustrated and defeated.

The good news is you don’t have to simply accept it as an inevitable part of getting older! Beverly Hills tummy tuck patients just like you have gone through the very same struggle before admitting they need help. Once you do, all you really need is to understand your goals and which procedures that can help you achieve them.

A Common Misconception

Many people, surgeons included, have developed a bad habit of using the terms “tummy tuck” and liposuction somewhat interchangeably because they often address the same area of the body – the waistline. Though Liposuction is not, by definition, included in a tummy tuck, it is very frequently performed at the same time. Here’s an example of how this is typically done:

  • A tummy tuck procedure is begun with an incision from hip to hip just above the pubic bone
  • Excess skin is removed from the abdominal area
  • Special sutures are used to add strength and stability to the abdominal muscles
  • Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat from the abdomen and love handle areas
  • The belly button is repositioned to give it a natural appearance on the new, flatter abdomen

Often, patients with excess skin to remove in the abdomen also have excess fat in the same area, so it is very common for a tummy tuck and liposuction to be performed together. It is important to note, though, that, if you don’t have excess skin in the area and your skin tone is still good, simply getting liposuction is probably a better choice, as it won’t require the same size of incision. During your consultation, Dr. Bruno will discuss your goals and options and partner with you to craft the ideal treatment plan.

Tired of fighting against lower-belly bulge? Beverly Hills tummy tuck expert Dr. William Bruno can help. Call 310.461.3855 today to schedule your consultation.

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.