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.


Our experienced surgeons are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about breast augmentation cost, surgical details, and more in the Los Angeles area. Request a complimentary consultation online or call (760) 837-0364 to discuss your options.

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Breast augmentation typically involves the insertion of implants, chosen specifically to suit each unique patient. The size, shape, material, projection, 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.


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. We understand how important it is to for our breast augmentation patients to get back to daily life quickly and comfortably.

*Individual results may vary.

To view real results from some our breast augmentation patients, visit our photo gallery.


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 breast augmentation result.


Breast augmentation at Palm Desert’s Cosmetic Surgery Institute involves the insertion of implants via the most appropriate incision for the procedure and patient. A transaxillary incision is made under the arm, a peri-areolar incision is made in the border of the areola around the nipple, an inframammary incision is made in the crease beneath the breast, and a transumbilical incision is made in the belly button. Each placement offers unique benefits.


Our team will tell you more about what’s involved during your consultation, as well as help you to confirm whether breast augmentation is suitable for you. For some patients, another type of breast surgery—or even another form of plastic surgery—will be more effective. It’s important for breast augmentation candidates to be physically and mentally healthy, maintain realistic expectations, and choose the procedure strictly for themselves rather than to please someone else. Be upfront about any medical concerns you have that might put you at risk if you have breast augmentation surgery.

Our surgeons recommend that patients wait until their breasts are fully developed before having any type of breast surgery. Being pregnant or breastfeeding, having untreated breast cancer, receiving an abnormal mammogram, or having a severe illness or infection will preclude you from having a breast augmentation—at least for a while.

People who dislike the smallness of their breasts, who feel that their breasts have lost their shape due to aging or other causes, who want to enhance their cleavage, who feel that their breasts are asymmetrical, or who are dissatisfied with their elongated shape are usually good candidates for breast augmentation.


Patients who are considering breast augmentation for themselves are well served by learning about what’s involved in the surgical procedure. Preparing in advance helps to minimize stress before the breast augmentation, as well as during recovery.

Patients may need to get a medical evaluation and lab testing prior to their breast augmentation. They’ll also need to change how they’re taking some types of medications, such as blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain herbal supplements that can make complications more likely during surgery. Any such changes should be discussed with a primary care physician, since a patient’s long-term health is always of primary importance.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for several weeks in advance of your breast augmentation, since both habits can constrict blood vessels, reducing the body’s ability to get oxygen where it’s needed most.

Breast augmentation patients typically feel weak, tired, and disoriented during their recovery, so they won’t be able to get much done in the days after their surgery. It’s best to start preparing early by organizing your home so that you have a quiet area to rest and recuperate, doing any household chores that can’t wait, setting aside some pre-cooked meals, shopping for any clothes you may need after your procedure, lining up someone to assist you with taking care of small children or pets if necessary, and asking someone to drive you to the breast augmentation surgery and pick you up, as well as stay with you overnight.



Some patients worry that they will regret choosing implants that are too large or too small. Picking the “right” implant size is one of the most critical decisions involved in breast augmentation. 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 breast augmentation 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.

Meet the doctor

At Cosmetic Surgery Institute 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.

Meet Dr. Mo Zakhireh

Meet the doctor

At Cosmetic Surgery Institute 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.



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. They retain their shape more effectively than traditional types of fillings. Since they are made up of a thick gel, these gummy bear implants stay intact even if their shells are ruptured. 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 breast augmentation consultation.


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. This placement, which is called a submuscular placement, is thought to make implants look and feel more believable. Mammography screenings in women with implants placed beneath the muscle are easier to review as well.


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.


Our surgeons will give you post-operative instructions, including advice on how to care for the incisions, and may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics to take throughout your healing process. The timeline for recovery varies depending on the patient, as each person’s body is different. A patient’s overall state of health and age, the type of anesthesia used, the specific placement of the implants, and other factors will also have an effect on how quickly healing happens. That said, it normally takes about six weeks for most patients to fully recover, with gradual improvement throughout that time. Some swelling, bruising, tenderness, or soreness is typical after surgery, but these side effects will resolve on their own over the days and weeks after surgery.

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 your breast augmentation surgery in the Los Angeles area. If you have a sedentary job, you’re likely to be able to return to work by this time. More strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks.

The most uncomfortable and difficult time for patients is generally the first three to five days after their procedure. Once the first seven days have passed, patients can gradually return to their normal routine and incorporate more light exercises. Gentle walks will help to improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and eat well during recovery. Avoid intense or strenuous exercise—including cardio and heavy lifting—for at least the first two weeks. Patients will have to wear a recovery bra as a support garment while they recover to make them more comfortable and accelerate healing.


Implants are not the only breast 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 by adding more fullness to the upper pole area, creating a more ideal breast shape, or reducing the appearance of rippling. Aside from breast augmentation, we provide other types of breast surgery such as breast reduction for patients who want to attain a smaller breast size along with breast lift surgery to elevate the breasts to a higher position and improve sagging. Breast augmentation surgery can sometimes be combined with a breast lift to optimize results.

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.

To learn more about the techniques we use for this procedure and find the answers to common questions, please view our Breast Augmentation FAQ.


Contact Palm Desert′s Cosmetic Surgery Institute to arrange a consultation for breast augmentation in the Los Angeles area. Request a complimentary consultation online or call (760) 837-0364.

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