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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.

Can Doing Squats Give Me the Same Results as a Butt Augmentation?

buttock_augWith celebrities like Kim Kardashian constantly in the pop culture limelight, it’s no surprise that having a full-figured behind has become so highly sought after. But what about those of us who aren’t naturally endowed with a round rear? While it’s true that doing squats and other exercises can increase the size of your buttocks, Beverly Hills butt augmentation patients often find themselves wondering how the results compare to those achieved with surgery.


The Dynamics of Squats and Gluteal Muscles

Done properly, squats, deadlifts, and other exercises can yield an increase in size in your buttocks; however, there are a number of things to consider before swearing off surgery:

  • Form: to see true impact from these exercises, they must be done with proper form. Squats and deadlifts are highly technical Olympic style lifts that require good form to avoid injury and ensure symmetrical muscle growth.
  • Fat Loss and Muscle Gain: doing squats alone is actually more likely to decrease the volume in your buttocks because they are excellent for burning fat. To see an increase in size, you must lift enough weight while squatting to promote muscle growth and take in an excess of good calories to provide your body with fuel to add mass.
  • Time: A proper recovery period after an intense workout is generally considered to be about 48 hours. This rest allows your muscles to rebuild and grow, but it can take months of consistent workouts to see a noticeable increase in volume.


Beverly Hills Butt Augmentation: The Facts

The beauty of a butt augmentation done by Dr. Bruno is he uses your own body’s fat stores to enhance what you already have. With squats, because most people tend to favor one side over the other, it’s normal to experience muscle growth that is somewhat asymmetrical. With a butt augmentation, because fat is injected in precise amounts, you will see equally symmetrical results.

Though some may be averse to surgery, when you compare the two-week recovery of a butt augmentation with the months of grueling workouts and soreness associated with the alternative, for many, the choice becomes clear.

Are you ready to take the first step toward the full figure you’ve always wanted? Beverly Hills butt augmentation expert Dr. Bruno is here to help. Call 310.461.3855 and schedule your free consultation today.

What Are The Signs Of A Ruptured Silicone Breast Implant?

A ruptured silicone breast implant is difficult to diagnose. It typically is not something you or your surgeon can feel on physical exam. The implants also generally look the same size as well.  The only accurate way to diagnose a ruptured silicone implant is by way of an MRI.  Regular mammograms and ultrasounds are not sensitive enough to detect a ruptured silicone breast implant. If you have any symptoms such as pain/burning sensation and you have MRI evidence of a ruptured breast implant, than you should have the implant replaced.  It is very unlikely for a cohesive silicone breast implant to rupture, but if you feel or see anything unusual with your implants, consult a board certified plastic surgeon for a thorough evaluation.

What is Breast Implant Revision Surgery?


Some patients in Beverly Hills who undergo breast augmentation surgery may need a revision in the future. The most common reason for a revision or a second breast surgery is to change the size of the breast implant-usually to go larger. Other than size changes, some patients my develop capsular contracture (hard scar tissue) which is another common reason to have a revision. Revisions can often be performed through the same incision that was used to place the implant, however, sometimes you may require additional incisions. About 20% of all patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery will require a second surgery within the first decade.

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Most patients in Los Angeles will take one to two weeks off from work to recover from a Brazilian buttock lift surgery.  This procedure involves liposuction of several areas followed by re-injection of the fat into the gluteal/buttock region. About one-third of the fat will not survive the transfer- it shrinks and dies. However, the other two-thirds of the fat that survives is permanent. It’s important in the early recovery period to avoid direct pressure on the buttock as this can affect the survival of the fat cells. Most patients will sleep on their stomach and sit with the assistance of pillows/cushions during the first few weeks after surgery. Patients are instructed to wear a compression garment for about one month after a Brazilian buttock lift procedure as this helps control the swelling and the contour. I like to see patients the day after surgery and one week later to be sure the garments are fitting properly. After about three months, the fat is fairly stable and you will have a fairly good idea of what your final outcome will look like.

What Is Tissue Expansion?

Patients who have had a mastectomy for breast cancer may require tissue expansion prior to breast implants. Tissue expansion refers to a process where a plastic device filled with saline is inserted partially under the chest (pectoral) muscle at the time of a mastectomy or breast cancer removal surgery. Then, in the office over a  few months, the device is gradually filled with saline fluid to increase the size of the breast thereby stretching the skin. Once the skin has been stretched to the desired size, at a separate surgery the tissue expander is removed and replaced with a breast implant (either saline or silicone). This is a good way to help restore breast symmetry in women who have had a complete or partial mastectomy due to breast cancer or trauma.