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Breast Implants Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery, & Risks

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Breast Implants Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery, & Risks
Breast implant cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to increase the size, fullness, and volume of breasts by surgical insertion of saline or silicone implants. At present, breast implant surgery ranks as the second most popular procedure in the US after liposuction. In some cases, breast implants may also be provided as a part of breast reconstruction surgery.

Very high rate of success and predictability of outcomes in breast implant surgery have encouraged many more women to seek this procedure. Dr. Eugene Kim is a double board certified plastic surgeon providing breast implants to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities.

Implant Types

Two primary types of breast implants include the following:

Saline-Filled Implants

The outer shell of these traditional implants is made of silicone, and the inner core is filled with a saline liquid. The benefit with these implants is that the saline solution is biocompatible, and will not harm the patient in the event of implant damage or leakage. The size of incision in this case will be smaller because the implant is usually inserted in a deflated state.

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone gel based implants are more popular today as compared to the traditional saline implants. These implants include an inner core made of silicone gel material, which provides a natural touch and feel and mimics the breast tissue quite closely. Advanced form stable implants made of highly cohesive silicone gel are available today, which are completely safe.

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photo Gallery


The average cost of breast implant cosmetic surgery in the US in 2014, according to the figures released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, was $3,708. However, this cost did not account for the anesthesia costs, operating room costs, and related expenses. The overall dollar amount of breast implant procedure may vary from $5,000 to $12,000, depending on several factors.


As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Kim provides breast implants to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas. The entire procedure can be completed in about two to three hours, and most patients may be able to go home the same day. The procedure can be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the circumstances of the case.
The surgeon will begin the procedure by making an incision beneath the breast crease, around the areola, or under the arm. Through this discreetly located incision, the surgeon will create a breast pocket. The implant will then be placed above or below the pectoral muscle, as per the treatment plan. Once the implant is placed, it will be adjusted into the appropriate position. The surgeon will then carefully close the incisions with sutures.

Recovery and Risks

Most women can expect to return to their regular activities to go to work in about one to two weeks. Initial pain and discomfort can be address with pain medications. As the swelling and bruising subsides over several weeks, the results will establish more clearly. Risks can be mitigated when the patient adheres to the surgeon’s instructions properly.

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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