Breast augmentation, clinically known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to increase the size, volume, and the fullness of breasts. Dr. Eugene Kim is an experienced surgeon for this procedure in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA and surrounding communities. He will first evaluate a patient’s health status, breast anatomy, and aesthetic goals before recommending breast augmentation procedure.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
If the patient experiences one or more of the following conditions, the cosmetic surgeon may consider her to be a good candidate for breast augmentation:
- Breast size is naturally small.
- Breast size is normal but the patient wants to enhance the size for aesthetic reasons.
- Loss of breast volume has occurred due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight fluctuations.
- Breasts are asymmetrical and the condition can be improved with breast implants.
- The patient has suffered breast tissue loss following a mastectomy or breast injury.
Dr. Kim will explain the procedure in detail to his patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA and nearby areas to help them form realistic expectations from breast augmentation. Best satisfactory results can be achieved when the patient has clear goals, positive outlook, and realistic expectations from this surgery.
Choice of Implants
An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to customize the breast augmentation procedure to suit the needs of each patient. It is important to choose the right breast implant type, shape, size, and texture in order to achieve the desired final outcome. Patients have an option between saline and silicone implants. The size range between 120cc and 960cc, and the shape of the implants can be round or teardrop-shaped. Surface of the implants can be smooth or textured.
The cosmetic surgeon will perform breast augmentation procedure under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The procedure begins with the surgeon making an incision in a pre-decided position that will conceal the scars in the best possible way later on. The choice of incisions usually includes underneath the breast curve, around the areola, the underarm area, or an incision encircling the belly button. The placement of the breast implants can be done under the chest muscle or between the chest muscle and breast tissue.
Breast augmentation surgery typically lasts between one and two hours, depending on the complexity of an individual case. Sometimes the surgeon may combine breast augmentation and breast lift procedures in consultation with the patient. This can help achieve more comprehensive outcomes in certain cases. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Kim makes sure that his patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, CA are able to achieve complete satisfaction with the results of breast implant surgery.
Recovery and Results
Recovery in case of breast augmentation may take about a week to 10 days before the patient can go back to work. Vigorous exercises and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month after the surgery. Results of breast augmentation are usually long lasting, as long as the patient maintains a balanced diet and active lifestyle.
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