La Jolla’s Breast Augmentation Surgeon

  • Achieve the breast size you desire while maintining a natural appearance.
  • Over 5,000 procedures performed over 19+ years of experience.
  • Unique incision placement for minimal scarring.
  • Multiple implant options & sizes available to porportionately fit your body-type.
  • Monthly financing plans available with 0% to low interest rates.

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Michael J. Brucker, MD, FACS

Dr. Brucker is a skilled La Jolla plastic surgeon with more than 19 years in practice. Combining both technical experience and an artist’s intuition of the human form, he provides patients with the natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing changes they seek.

  • Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Former President of the San Diego Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow of The Aesthetic Society & the American College of Surgeons
  • As seen on CBS’ Television Show “The Doctors”
  • 5,000+ procedures performed

Dr. Brucker’s Personalized Approach To Breast Augmentation

Patients seek breast augmentation surgery with different motivations. Some women have always wanted larger breasts, a more proportionate figure, and the ability to wear different styles of clothing without feeling self-conscious. For other patients, surgery is about rejuvenating their figure. Aging, pregnancy, and other factors can reduce the volume of the breasts, and breast augmentation can restore youthfulness to their appearance.

Dr. Brucker’s approach to breast augmentation is to provide an in-depth patient consultation because many factors including the type of implants selected, their placement and size are of utmost importance and the source of most concern for women.

Types Of Implant Options For Breast Augmentation

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants give Dr. Brucker’s breast augmentation patients a more natural look and a softer feel. They are less prone to rippling than their saline counterparts and move more realistically with the breast tissue. Today’s fifth-generation silicone breast implants have a longer life expectancy than earlier-generation silicone implants. The silicone inside these implants comes in various levels of cohesivity (“gummy bear” implants) and the best level of cohesivity or gumminess for each patient is determined during your personalized consultation with Dr. Brucker.

Saline Breast Implants

For women who desire a rounder, fuller look in the upper pole of the breasts, saline implants are the way to go. Saline implants are more cost-effective and remove the necessity of checkups for implant rupture with routine MRI screenings. On the flip side, saline implants have a higher rupture rate and are more prone to visible rippling under the skin and are better suited for patients with a fair amount of natural breast tissue.

IDEAL Structured Saline Breast Implants

This newest type of saline breast implant combines the benefits of both saline and silicone breast implants. IDEAL structured breast implants are filled with saline, but have an internal structure to make them behave as though they are filled with silicone gel. The innovative design of the IDEAL structured breast implants consists of a series of nested shells that provide support to the edges of the implant, and controls fluid movement in the center to prevent excessive uncomfortable bouncing.

On the outer sides of the implant, the edges have been lowered for better contouring to the chest wall. This is especially important in thin patients or patients with very little natural breast tissue who are worried about wrinkling or visibility of the implant.

Dr. Brucker Explains Various Implant Profiles

What To Expect During Your Consultation With Dr. Brucker

During your consultation, Dr. Brucker will talk with you about what you want to achieve with breast augmentation. Some of his patients have a clear idea of how they want to look. Other women have a general goal of increasing the size of their breasts. While you may initially base the changes you would like to see on cup size, Dr. Brucker may recommend that you also focus on shape, movement, and feel, as these are the aspects that add beauty and a natural appearance.

For all of his augmentations consultations, Dr. Brucker offers Vectra 3D imaging. This is a new technology that allows patients to see how they might look after surgery with various sizes and shapes of implants.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

When you are discharged to a friend or family member after your breast augmentation, Dr. Brucker will provide a detailed list of instructions to follow during your recovery. You can expect to take pain medication for 1-4 days after your breast augmentation. You should be able to return to your normal daily and social activities within a week and be back to your light exercise routine in 2-3 weeks, with upper body weight lifting, golfing, yoga, and pilates to be resumed within 6 weeks.


I seriously contemplated getting a breast augmentation for more than 10 years. Two kids and years of research later, I decided it was time. After consultations with 5 different surgeons, I knew Dr.Brucker was the perfect choice. He is extremely knowledgeable about his field and has an artist’s eye. His recommendations for size were spot on. He and his staff are personable, professional and caring. I was a 100% confident I’d get the results I wanted with Dr. Brucker and I did! I’m 3 months post-op and I LOVE my new boobies! Dr.Brucker and his staff are a gem!
– Happy Patient
After years of carefully looking for the right doctor, I finally came across Dr. Brucker. I was so insecure about my breasts before the surgery and was worried I wasn’t going to be happy with anyone fixing them.Dr. Brucker did a fantastic job!! He’s extremely experienced and confident in his work which was amazing, but what he fixed on me was very impressive. I’m so happy with his work and would highly recommend him to anyone I know or that is struggling with finding the right doctor.Thank you Dr. Brucker!
– Happy Patient
My implants ruptured during a mammogram. After consultations with three plastic surgeons, I choose Dr. Brucker. He was the only one who truly listened to me. He removed the old implants, scar tissue and then reconstructed my breasts with a lift and revision. He also put some fat in my face to soften the face due to aging as well as removed loose skin from my stomach area. He’s an artist. I am THRILLED with the results. His team of Jenn, Richard, Tricia and Daniella are fabulous. Look no farther. If you need body work done, Dr. Brucker is the BEST.
– Happy Patient
First and foremost Dr Brucker and his staff were truly welcoming and they remembered my very unique name. From the beginning to the end of the process his staff were very professional and easy to get ahold of for additional information. Dr Brucker, himself did a phenomenal on my breast augmentation/lift and I feel like the woman I’m suppose to be. He gave me my ideal look and suggested what was best for me and body. I trusted him and I got the results I wanted. Thank you again for everything!!!
– Happy Patient