Why do so many women want breast augmentation? The answer is simple: Full, shapely breasts can enhance a woman’s feminine appeal and raise her self-esteem. Dr. Kahng performs breast augmentation procedures with precision and skill to produce beautiful, natural-looking breasts with a firm, rounded, youthful appeal. Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center proudly provides breast augmentation services to Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Gabriel Valley areas. As reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 290,000 procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2016 alone.
What is a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, as it can greatly improve a woman’s satisfaction with her appearance and give her the self-confidence she seeks. Breast augmentation is performed to enhance the bust, increasing the cup size to create a more youthful, feminine physique. The surgery can be performed together with a breast lift, or it can accompany a mommy makeover procedure to fully transform the figure after pregnancy.
While breast enhancement is sometimes performed using fat transfer from the patient’s own body, implant surgery will give the client the most dramatic results. Today there is a wide array of implant shapes and sizes to choose from, so your outcome can be carefully tailored to your unique wishes and aesthetic tastes. Dr. Kahng is a renowned, internationally respected plastic surgeon in Southern California who can create stunning, natural-looking results with minimized scarring.
Types of Breast Augmentation
Saline implants can be placed inside the body before they are filled with sterilized saltwater, giving them a unique advantage. They can be inserted using the smallest incisions possible, leading to minimized scarring. Another benefit of using saline implants is that each implant can be filled to a custom capacity, which can help to offset asymmetry. If they rupture, the harmless saline inside the implants is simply absorbed by the body. Saline implants are sometimes also chosen because they are more cost effective than silicone.
Filled with sterile salt water, these implants contain structure inside that allows them to hold their shape better than traditional saline-filled implants. In this respect, they are similar to silicone gel-filled implants. Structured saline implants were approved by the FDA in 2015.
Approved and updated for safety by the FDA in 2006, silicone implants are pre-filled with a soft gel that resembles human breast tissue. They are known for being highly authentic in terms of their look and feel. The drawback of silicone is that while the implants may maintain their overall shape, a woman may not know right away that an implant has ruptured. MRI’s are recommended every three years to make sure there hasn’t been a “silent rupture”.
Cohesive silicone gel-filled implants are also known as form stable implants and gummy bear implants. They are filled with a thicker, firmer, cohesive gel made of cross-linked molecules of silicone, and they hold their shape better than other implant types. Gummy bear implants were FDA approved in 2012.
Natural fat transfer
In this minimally-invasive procedure, gentle liposuction is used to remove fat from areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat cells are purified and refined and then injected into the breasts. This treatment may be appropriate for patients who are seeking a more natural way to achieve modest breast augmentation.
Since 2006, breast augmentation has been the most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the USA
Dr. Kahng provides breast augmentation for Kreayshawn
Breast Augmentation Procedure
There are several variables that will need to be determined prior to surgery, such as the shape and size of your implants (silicone or saline), the incision placement (inframammary, periareolar, transaxillary or transumbilical) and the implant position (submuscular or subglandular). An in depth physical evaluation will be performed, at which point Dr. Kahng can make his best recommendations and create a personalized surgical plan that will meet your needs. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and takes about 1-3 hours.
Steps in the
- Anesthesia – Our experienced, highly trained and credentialed anesthesiologist will prepare you for surgery.
- Incisions – Dr. Kahng will create incisions in your chosen area, taking care to minimize postoperative scarring.
- Implant position – Dr. Kahng will position your implants over or under the pec muscles, choosing the best option for your body type.
- Safety – Dr. Kahng uses a meticulous technique that minimizes complications and infections.
- Dr. Kahng will close your incisions with fine sutures. Scars will gradually fade over time, and you can use medical grade skincare products to improve your outcome.
Subglandular - Implants placed subglandularly will sit below the breast tissue but above the pec muscles. It is important that women choosing this placement have sufficient breast tissue to cover the implants. There is a shorter surgery time and recovery period with subglandular implant placement, and larger cup sizes can be well accommodated. The doctor will perform a physical evaluation prior to surgery to determine if this is the best approach in your individual case.
Submuscular - With submuscular placement, the implants rest below both the breast tissue and the pec muscles. For women with little breast tissue to provide coverage, this placement can lead to a more natural and authentic looking outcome. Submuscular placement may also help to prevent implant complications and imperfections later such as double bubble, capsular contracture or rippling, but it does necessitate a slightly longer recovery period. Dr. Kahng will help determine the best placement for your implants during your private consultation.
What can I expect after my treatment?
You will need to enlist the help of a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure, and assist you with day-to-day chores and childcare during your first week or two of recuperation. The better you prepare for your recovery, the less stressful it will be.
Dr. Kahng will send you home with ample pain medications and a detailed aftercare regimen to follow, with instructions for bathing, sleeping, exercising, returning to work, and caring for your incisions. Often small drains are placed to help escort excess blood and fluids out of the body, and you may be asked to wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling and preserve your new breast shape.
Why choose Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center?
Dr. Kahng is a trusted aesthetic surgeon who combines skill and precision with consummate artistry to deliver an outstanding patient experience from start to finish. Dr. Kahng received his doctorate from The Chicago Medical School, and went on to complete both a demanding 5-year residency in general surgery, as well as a prestigious 2-year fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Accredited by the AAAASF, the Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center is a cutting edge facility offering the very latest in advanced technology and equipment. From our professional, caring staff to our state-of-the-art surgical and recovery suites, a visit to our office is stress-free and rewarding, providing you with a sanctuary for well being and self-improvement.