Dr. Michael K. Kim uses the most state-of-the-art implants and techniques to enhance and complement as each individual patient’s overall figure. He tailors his results to deliver as natural a result as possible.
There are many decisions to make when considering breast implant surgery. The type of look you desire, the type of implant to use, its size and shape as well as the location of your surgical incision, pocket location and placement. It is important that these choices are determined on a patient by patient basis and Dr. Kim can guide you and facilitate this so that your choice results in exactly the appearance you are looking for. There has been a trend towards smaller more natural implants over the years.
Breast augmentation takes about one hour and is performed as an outpatient under light general anesthesia. Dr. Kim prefers no paralysis during anesthesia to keep the operation short and safe. He performs the procedure in a AAAHC outpatient surgical center. Breast implants are made of a silicone shell and filled with a sterile saline solution after the implant is placed. Silicone- filled implants are most commonly used in Dr. Kim’s practice. They feel softer and more natural. Implants can be placed through incisions made either under the breast just above the crease, around the lower edge of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) or through an incision in the armpit (saline only). Once the incision is made, the Dr. Kim creates a pocket into which the implant will be inserted, usually under the muscle. The pocket is made directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the pectoral muscle which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall. The implants are inserted, centered and the incisions are closed.
Breast implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is usually a one hour or less outpatient procedure. There is minimal pain after the procedure and this is controlled with simple analgesia.
Most people can return to a level of daily duties the next day but this can vary on an individual basis so when planning for this surgery we would suggest you plan to have:
- ~ A few days off work for office-based jobs
- ~ Bruising and swelling will disappear gradually. Any discomfort can be controlled with medication prescribed by your surgeon.
- ~ Sutures are usually under the skin and do not have to be removed. Scars are minimal and fade gradually over time.
- A sports bra is generally worn post operatively for about a month. The implants gradually drop into position within 3 months.
- No Exercise or working out for 4 weeks.