La Jolla’s Mommy Makeover Surgeon

  • Achieve the body contour you desire while maintaining a natural-appearance.
  • Over 10,000 procedures performed over 19+ years of experience.
  • Unique incision placement for minimal scarring.
  • Breast & body surgeries can be combined into one surgery day with the advantage of one recovery period.
  • Monthly financing plans available with 0% or 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”
  • 10,000+ procedures performed over 19+ years of experience

The Purpose of Mommy Makeover

Many women voice their concern that they have lost their waistline after pregnancy and abdominoplasty can provide a firmer, trimmer abdomen by repairing the abdominal muscles which separate with pregnancy and contribute to a boxier shape. Ideally, abdominoplasty is postponed until childbearing is completed. However, recent studies suggest a positive outcome for women with unplanned pregnancies occurring after abdominoplasty.

The mommy makeover is one of Dr. Brucker’s favorite services to perform for patients because of its transformative impact. A thorough discussion of your options are reviewed including:

  • Selecting the areas of focus (breasts, abdomen, or both).
  • Defining the changes you’d like to make (lifting, tightening, fat reduction, and/or augmenting).
  • The final determination of procedures performed will be made after extensive consultation and the understanding of your goals and ability to take time off for recovery.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?

Breast Augmentation

This procedure can bring back the fullness you may have lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you desire larger breasts than you had before pregnancy and if your breasts are in a good position, a breast augmentation can accomplish this goal.

Breast Lift

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to droop and we often hear women state that they wish their breasts were more perky. The breast lift raises the nipples to a more youthful position, removes excess skin, and creates a shapelier appearance.

Abdominoplasty, Body Lift or Liposuction

For some women, the abdominal contour can be restored with liposuction if their skin elasticity is good, while others may need an abdominoplasty to tighten the abdominal muscles, remove excess loose skin, and/or repair an umbilical hernia.

After pregnancy, many are left with excess skin and fat around their midsection and abdominal muscles that have separated in the midline, causing a widened, square appearance to the torso. Dr. Brucker can perform either a tummy tuck or a body lift for those patients. With a tummy tuck, he removes loose skin around the belly and tightens the abdominal muscles. A body lift provides similar results, but for the entire midsection from front to back: belly, hips, lower back, and buttocks.

One other effect of pregnancy is deposits of fat that don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise. Dr. Brucker can perform liposuction to remove these deposits, creating a smoother and more streamlined body contour.

Your Experience with Mommy Makeover

All procedures take place in Dr. Brucker’s on-site AAAASF-certified operating room. Performing mommy makeover surgeries on-site offers patients more private and personal treatment. In addition to the high standards required for this certification, the advantage of this is that we can offer an effective approach that is more comfortable than a hospital setting with the same rigorous standards.

Here are some details about what you can expect:

  • Combining procedures – Dr. Brucker can combine several procedures into a single surgical session. Occasionally, one reason that patients may not combine procedures is if a lengthy surgery presents too much risk or if the patient cannot take adequate time off from work or childcare duties for recovery.
  • Unique incision-placement – Dr. Brucker emphasizes natural-looking and attractive outcomes. He places incisions in locations that are less noticeable or hidden and uses techniques such as careful, layered closure and support of incisions with medical-grade tape that help scars to fade well over time.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

The type of recovery you have will also depend on the procedures performed. Dr. Brucker understands that his patients have a lot of responsibilities in their daily lives. As a result, he can help you plan a mommy makeover that balances the improvements you want to see with the amount of time you can invest in recovery. His practice employs the latest in pain management technology, and he is easily accessible to respond to questions during your recuperation.


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 from Yelp
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 from Google
The best plastic surgeon! Actually takes the time to meet with you and go over everything and not rush anything (consultation or surgery). Very talented. Highly recommend and was actually recommended to me by another plastic surgeon which speaks volumes.
– Happy Patient from Google
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 from Google