Add Volume with Implants in the Los Angeles Area
Many women who visit Cosmetic Surgery Institute for breast augmentation in the Los Angeles area—including Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and other surrounding cities—choose the surgery for results that help them to feel more feminine, beautiful, and proportional. Whether your goal is to restore lost volume after pregnancy, correct asymmetries, or simply feel more confident in clothing or swimwear, our surgeons are committed to providing you with natural results that flatter your body.
Breast augmentation typically involves the insertion of implants, chosen specifically to suit each unique patient. The size, shape, material, and placement of the breast implants will be customized, as will several other details. The goal is to provide results that are natural and beautiful.
Our Approach to Breast Augmentation
The surgeons and staff at Cosmetic Surgery Institute believe the best breast augmentation procedures are comfortable, safe, and rewarding from start to finish. To do this, we make ourselves available to you throughout the entire process to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We offer a progressive approach to pain management, providing our patients with pain medication and anti-inflammatories the day before surgery to minimize discomfort.
Our surgeons use very gentle surgical techniques during tissue dissection to reduce muscle spasms, minimize blood loss, and facilitate more rapid healing. Only 4 percent of our patients require post-operative narcotic pain medication, and many of our patients go out to dinner the night of their breast augmentation procedure. Our surgeons use similar techniques when approaching breast reconstruction after mastectomy. We understand how important it is to for our patients to get back to daily life quickly and comfortably.
To view real results from some our breast augmentation patients, visit our photo gallery.
What to Expect from the Breast Augmentation Procedure
Most breast augmentation procedures are performed with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Your surgeon will make an incision in the breast crease and then place the implant beneath the muscle. A long-acting pain medication is applied to the pectoralis muscle during surgery, which allows the muscle to heal in a more relaxed manner and provides a softer result.
Some swelling, bruising, or soreness is typical after surgery, but will decline on its own over the next several days. Because of the gentle surgical techniques used at Cosmetic Surgery Institute, you should be able to resume your normal daily activities about a week after breast augmentation surgery in the Los Angeles area. More strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks.
Your Breast Augmentation Choices
How do I determine the right size?
At Cosmetic Surgery Institute, our philosophy is to ensure that the body is well balanced. When helping you choose the right implant size, we take the time to educate you about your anatomy and physique and make suggestions regarding how to aesthetically balance your body and accentuate your shape. We offer bras with special sizing cups for a more accurate representation of your results. During your consultation, implant sizers are placed inside the bra to show the different levels of enhancement that can be achieved with surgical breast augmentation. We encourage you to bring several outfits to try on during the sizing process. Additionally, friends or loved ones are also welcome during this time to provide multiple perspectives.
Cosmetic Surgery Institute
At Cosmetic Surgery Insitute of Palm Desert, we approach each patient with imagination and artistry in mind.
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and health care professionals offer the latest treatments for beauty and aesthetic enhancements in a safe, welcoming atmosphere.
What implant options are available?
Cosmetic Surgery Institute offers the latest generation of leak-resistant silicone implants. Also known as "gummy bear" implants for their cohesive texture, these breast implants provide a soft feel and natural look and have a strong history of safety. Saline implants are not usually recommended for breast augmentation surgery because they are more prone to complications such as "rippling" later on. You will be able to discuss what breast implants cost and other details during your consultation
How will my implants be placed?
Typically, for the most natural result, our surgeons suggest placing the breast implants beneath the pectoralis muscle. This way, the muscle acts as a protective cover over the implant while also massaging the implant to keep it soft—potentially preventing capsular contracture, which is hardening of the scar tissue. Mammography screenings in women with implants placed beneath the muscle are easier to review as well.
Where will my breast augmentation scars be located?
Our breast augmentation surgeons prefer to place the breast implants through the shortest, most direct route to optimize outcomes. Typically, this is through the breast crease, technically known as the inframammary fold. Unlike incisions made through the nipple or areola, an incision made in the inframammary fold avoids damage to major blood vessels and nerves, preserves sensation and functionality of the nipple, and uses a natural body crease to hide the incision.
Enhancing Your Look with More Than Breast Augmentation
Implants are not the only augmentation option. Patients who want a modest increase in size may choose fat transfer, which moves fat cells from the abdomen, thighs, or a similar area to the breasts. This technique can also be used to further enhance and refine the results of breast augmentation with implants.
After breast augmentation, many of our patients also choose a tummy tuck or liposuction to provide further improvements to their body contours. All of these and more may be part of a package of procedures known as a Mommy Makeover. We also suggest nonsurgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing to reduce scarring and smooth the skin.