San Diego Plastic Surgeon
9850 Genesee Ave, Suite 500
La Jolla, California 92037 US
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5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Droopy Bulbous Tip Reduction. San Diego, CA

Really the best experience I could have asked for! He and his team made me feel like family and even better, they gave me the nose of my dreams.

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

Thank You! La Jolla, CA

Dr Brucker was confident in my procedure and was able to make me feel right at ease with any questions or concerns that I had. I would never have picked anyone else to do my procedure after seeing his results!

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

Bra Line Back Lift - La Jolla, CA


5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

61 Year Old Breast Reduction

I did a ton of research over one year on the procedure, read everything on the web, read surgical texts, and read journal articles. I then researched the top boarded plastic surgeons in my area and chose the top five. I interviewed with each of them and ended up going with Dr. Michael Brucker because he is well spoken and professional but friendly, didn't rush me, answered every one of my 34 questions, had beautiful before and after pictures, and I liked his ideas for surgical method, post-op care, and his plan for me. His OR and offices were immaculate and not cluttered, staff is professional but funny and friendly. I always felt very comfortable there and never had to wait longer than 2 minutes for my appointment. You can reach staff by phone or email anytime you need something. I have already recommended this PS to my best friend and would recommend heartily to anyone. Compliments to nurse Jenn for her super bedside manner.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

53 and 3 Grown Kids - my Time to Spoil Me :) - La Jolla, CA

Dr Brucker is top class.

5 out of 5 stars SMAS Facelift

SMAS Face and Neck Lift with Fat Transfer - La Jolla, CA

Perfect! He seemed to be on the same page with me at all times. Was willing to discuss any issue I was worried about! Seemed very conservative and I felt he had a great eye for seeing what was needed and what wasnt!

I think 400cc for my frame. Breast Implants - San Diego, CA

first consultation with Michael Brucker, MD

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Full TT Fixed my Smart Lipo Disaster - sorry I waited so long for fear of a scar

I've met only a few doctors like Dr. Brucker. He is kind, patient, honest and genuinely interested in his patient's success. I would refer anyone to this doctor for any procedure.

5 out of 5 stars Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck and LIPO ALL OVER - La Jolla, CA

Please read my review above!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Most Comforting Experience -La Jolla, CA

I will forever be grateful for how great of a job Dr Brucker has done, he has a true gift. Thank you so much for giving me a beautiful body and for giving me my self confidence back!

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Brucker has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, Williamette University, Salem, Oregon
    Medical: MD, Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Brown University School of Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, 1997
    General Surgery, Brown University School of Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, 1999
    Plastic Surgery, Brown University School of Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, 2002

Treatments offered at Brucker Plastic Surgery Center

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My stomach has never looked good since I had lipo in 2005. What can be done to fix it? (Photo)

I think you are a very good candidate for a floating belly button tummy tuck. One of the main reasons for this is that you have a relatively high... READ MORE

Extended Tummy Tuck or Full Body lift ? What is best for me?

Thank you for your question. Without an in-person examination or photos it would not be possible to recommend one procedure over the other. Generally... READ MORE

I have a big mass in my left nostril which I feel is a scab. I've been picking at it a lot. Will this mess up my Rhinoplasty?

The worst case scenario would be that you could cause a septal perforation depending on where the scab is so please do not touch it. If it is really... READ MORE

Am I a good candidate for a reductive breast aug? I got two conflicting answers and now I'm unsure of what to do (Photo)

Great question. If shaped implants are chosen, submuscular placement would be mandatory because of the risk of rotation. Going from a D cup to a C cup... READ MORE

Do you guys recommend having lipo on the inner thigh? (Photo)

Thank you for your question. It is a little difficult to tell from your photo, but I would think that you have reasonable skin elasticity for inner... READ MORE

What Are the Risk of Having a Circumferential TT and Total Hysterectomy? Do You Recommend?

The number one bad risk you need to be aware of is pulmonary embolus. A combined intra-abdominal surgery/body lift will greatly increase your risk of... READ MORE

What are some tips on treating a minor cold a 3 days post op an anchor breast lift?

Definitely check in with your surgeon but generally speaking, it is safe to take any over-the-counter Tylenol product for colds/sinuses. Be sure to... READ MORE

After my tummy tuck, I notice a month later that I have huge mon pubis or huge like man private.

The problem you describe should be improved with liposuction. This procedure is minimally invasive with a quick recovery. Follow up with your surgeon... READ MORE

I am doing a mastopexy, breast augmentation, tummy tuck and abdominal muscle repair in 37 days. Is this too much?

This is commonly referred to as a mommy makeover and if you are in good health and a non-smoker, these procedures are done frequently together so that... READ MORE

How long does it typically take for a person to be able to stand upright after a Mommy Makeover?

If you have had a full abdominoplasty with muscle repair, in most cases it will be about 7 to 10 days before you can stand in a more upright position.... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Brucker

Michael Brucker, MD has shared 22 before and after pictures with 212 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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