PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
IN CHICAGO WITH DR. JOHN KIM
Plastic surgery Dr. Kim is a firm believer in achieving a natural aesthetic that is customized to the patient’s specific needs and desires. His artistic and technical philosophy entails avoiding an unnatural “operated on” look. Working at Northwestern Medicine and Prentice Women’s Hospital, he is able to deliver beautiful results in the context of world-class facilities with a heightened focus on patient safety.
JOHN KIM, MD, FACSEXPERIENCE
CHOOSING AUGMENTATION MAMMOPLASTY
The decision to undergo augmentation mammoplasty is a very important and personal one. You should choose to have this procedure for you, and not to meet someone else’s expectations. Ideal candidates are in good physical health and have realistic expectations and goals. You should have fully developed breasts and be unhappy with their size, shape, and volume. During your consultation with Dr. John Kim, the two of you will discuss your expectations and the different options you have to achieve your augmentation goals. Namely, he will review the various implant shapes, types, fills, and projections, as well as incision locations.During your consult visit, Dr. Kim will carefully examine your breast size, shape, skin quality, and nipple location. He will also explain the risks associated with this particular surgery. As with any surgery, there a
re risks associated with infection, bleeding, and anesthesia. Dr. Kim will help you to understand the risks so you can make a fully informed decision. It is important to note that the scientific literate has found no proven link between breast prostheses and autoimmune or other diseases.
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE
Dr. Kim creates incisions that are small and hidden to minimize visible scarring. During your consultation, he will discuss which incision type is appropriate for your augmentation goals. Options include:
- Periareolar → located at the lower border of the areola (colored part surrounding the nipple)
- Inframammary → located directly underneath the breast, in the fold between breast and chest wall
- Transaxillary → located in a crease in the armpit
SALINE OR SILICONE BREAST IMPLANT CHOICEChoosing your new breast size and shape is the most important decision you will make as you plan your breast augmentation. Several manufacturers create many different types of implants with variations in shape, profile, size, fill, and surface texture. Dr. Kim will assist in choosing the correct implant to match your desires for you new and improved breasts. You should be open and honest with Dr. Kim about your expectations. He will then explain how your personal anatomy and skin elasticity will impact your implant selection.