Dr. Kim believes in and recommends natural appearing breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is the procedure where artificial implants are placed beneath the breasts to enhance the volume and shape of the natural breasts. Dr. Kim prefers to place implants under the pectoralis muscle through areolar or axillary incision. Since November 2006, FDA has approved the use of silicone gel implants for cosmetic breast augmentation. Now every patient has options of implants, including saline vs. silicone, as well as moderate or high profile.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) with or without Augmentation
Breast lift is typically performed to lift the lower level of nipples, and also, elevate the saggy breast tissue. Often, patients refer themselves to request a “breast lift”, but often, these patients do not require “lifting” but are well served with breast augmentation.
This procedure flattens the loose, protruding lower abdomen by removing skin and fat tissue and tightening the abdominal muscles. Depending upon the amount of excess tissue, the extent of surgery varies, from mini-abdominoplasty (mini-tuck) to full abdominoplasty. This procedure may be combined with liposuction of the specific areas. This procedure creates a dramatic change in abdominal contour.
This procedure is best suited for reducing localized fat excess. Common areas of liposuction include abdomen, hip, thighs, back, buttocks, calf and upper arms.
This procedure corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffiness below the eyes by removing skin and excess fat above and below the eyes. Upper eyelid surgery may be a covered benefit of insurance if there are visual field defects. Some Asian patients who want to have more defined, rounder upper eyelids may benefit from upper blepharoplasty.
Facial deformity caused by injury, congenital anomaly, or cancer can be successfully reconstructed by various methods. The type of procedure used depends upon the location and size of the defect.
Shaping one’s nose is one of the most sophisticated procedures. Even minor changes of one’s nose result in significant changes of the facial impression. Common changes include: removing humps, increasing or decreasing the width, decreasing/increasing the size of nasal tip, reducing nostril widths, and changing the height of tip.
Buttock Augmentation procedure is designed to enhance the size and the shape of the buttocks. Buttock augmentation can be done by using silicone implants or injecting fat from the patient’s own body, known as fat transfer.
After pregnancy, the combination of breast augmentation with or without breast lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and liposuction will result in the significant improvement in body contour. These procedures can be done together or separately safely in our beautiful surgery center. Expected recovery varies on the extent of procedures, ranging 2 weeks to 4 weeks.
Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy
Breast reconstruction should be offered to every patient who is undergoing a mastectomy. The reconstructive options, including no reconstruction, should be discussed with the plastic surgeon prior to the mastectomy surgery.
Patients who has lost a large amount of body weight, by diet and exercising or by a bariatric surgery, present with a large amount of excess skin of the stomach, hips, back, buttocks, as well as arms and thighs. These patients often require multiple procedures to remove the excess skin and soft tissue, and contour the body in more natural, and aesthetic shape. Depending upon the severity of the excess skin, we offer a wide range of the procedures.
Transgender patients present significant challenges for plastic surgeons. In our office, we provide the following procedures.
Augmentation – Even though on female hormones, breast do not develop as much, and often patients request augmentation.