Patient Resources

CareCredit for Cosmetic Surgery

We’re pleased to offer our patients the CareCredit® card, North America’s leading patient payment program. The CareCredit card is just as easy to use as a regular credit card, but it’s designed specifically for your health and beauty needs. Best of all, CareCredit offers convenient payment plans and no hidden costs. You can even use your CareCredit card over and over for follow-up appointments. Apply now or to learn more about CareCredit, click click here.

Out of Town Patients

Coming from out of town for surgical procedures? Rest assured. We have a great plan for you, even you are coming alone. The recovery retreat, PEARL, at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, provides excellent postoperative nursing care. Their nursing staff provide transportation from the surgery center to the hotel, and follow up visits. Nuses are on duty 24/7 and Dr Kim can be reached if any assistance is needed. Also, Dr Kim makes outcall visits to PEARL to make sure your recovery is uneventful.

Tokyo Office Available

Dr Kim has been working with plastic surgeons in Japan to develop a hospital-based plastic and cosmetic surgery practice in the Tokyo Area. The office is now open in Ebina, Kanagawa, 45 min from Shinjuku by train. The Ebina Medical Support Center, is a part of Ebina General Hospital, a referral center in the area. There, Dr. Kim teaches plastic and cosmetic surgery to the staff surgeons, provides consultations and performs procedures. Since Dr. Kim has Japanese Medical License and is fluent in Japanese, this unique arrangement provides Japanese people with an opportunity to receive the same level of cosmetic procedures as in the US.Dr Kim is available for consultation while in Japan. Please refer to our office staff for availability.

Strattice for the repair of bottoming out and rippling

Breast augmentation is a very satisfying procedure and it is one of the most common procedures Dr Alex Kim performs. Even though the procedure is quite safe, there are a few known complications/side effect of the procedure. One of the most difficult problems after breast augmentation is “bottoming out” and “rippling”. Regardless of the type of the implants (saline vs silicone), a small percentage of the patients will develop such problems —typically in a thin patient with small breast. The rippling along the lower outer side of the breast is more common than the rippling seen in the inside or upper portion of the breast. Because the skin over the implant is very thin in this part, there aren’t good options to treat this condition, often patients just have to accept the rippling.

Stratttice is a new product developed by LifeCell Corporation with promising results to treat these conditions. Strattice is “acellular dermal matrix made from swine skin”—translation—a layer of pig skin processed to make into a sheet of tissue. Using this extra layer of soft tissue over the implant (under the skin), we can increase the thickness of the skin and soft tissue and firmness thus, diminishing the rippling. The same procedure can be applied to the bottom of the breast to reinforce the strength of the tissue to correct “bottoming out”.

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