Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster has been helping women achieve elegant, natural looking breasts for nearly 30 years. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, breast augmentation may be the ideal solution to attain your aesthetic goals.
To discuss breast augmentation and your candidacy for this popular procedure, please call 410-902-9800 today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Schuster. In addition to serving the Baltimore, Owings Mills and Towson areas of Maryland, we frequently help women from throughout the country look and feel their best. Virtual consultations are available for out-of-town patients.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “boob job” by patients, is a surgical breast procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breasts with artificial implants or the patient’s own fat. Breast augmentation appeals to women from all walks of life that have naturally small, asymmetrical or disproportionate breasts as well as women who have lost breast volume or symmetry because of pregnancy, breastfeeding or the effects of the aging process.
Many women feel an innate connection between their breasts and their sense of femininity and confidence. Are you one of them? Perhaps you’ve always had small breasts, or you noticed your breasts lost volume after nursing your babies. You might feel less feminine or less self-confident because of the appearance of your flat chest. Breast augmentation can help.
Top 5 Reasons Women Get Breast Implants
- To improve confidence
- To feel sexier and younger
- To increase their wardrobe options
- To improve the symmetry of the breasts
- To restore their breast size and shape after pregnancy/breastfeeding
Different Types of Breast Implants
Implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes (round and teardrop) and profiles (moderate, moderate-high, high, etc.). The type, size, and shape used depends on the woman’s breasts, skin, chest size, and breast enlargement goals.
- Saline Breast Implants: A saline breast implant is filled with a sterile saltwater solution encased in a silicone shell. To place saline implants, Dr. Schuster normally inserts the empty saline implant shell into the breast and then fills it to the desired volume with the saline solution. One of the advantages to saline implants is that in the rare event of a leak or rupture, the body safely absorbs the saltwater solution and the breast is noticeably flattering almost immediately.
- Silicone Breast Implants: Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. They are usually shipped from the manufacturer pre- filled and require a slightly larger incision to place than saline implants. Although every woman is different, most believe that silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline implants. However, one drawback to silicone implants is that in the rare event of a leak or rupture, the silicone tends to stay in or around the breast pocket and it may not be noticeable that a complication has occurred.
- “Gummy Bear” Breast Implants: Gummy bear implants are form-stable silicone breast implants. Like their namesake, gummy bear implants retain their shape even when cut in half.
- The Ideal Implant®: Widely considered the most advanced saline implant, the Ideal Implant® is a “structured” saline implant that combines the benefits of saline and silicone implants. The Ideal Implant looks and feels more like a silicone implant than a traditional saline implant; however, in case of rupture it provides the peace of mind that only a saline implant can offer, because saline is naturally absorbed by the body.
With the use of any implant, there are many issues to be discussed. These include issues about how implants are made, how long they last, what happens when they wear out and how they might affect the body. The breast implant selection process also has to take into consideration the patient’s goals as well as her anatomy — the width of her natural breast, softness of the skin, amount of subcutaneous fat, asymmetries and any other chest wall irregularities.
Discussion of these important issues, as well as many others, is beyond the scope of this website. A full hour is dedicated to discussing these options during your breast augmentation consultation. Call our Baltimore, Maryland-area office to book an appointment or to get more information from our breast augmentation surgeon.
Breast Implant Shapes
You probably already know that breast implants come in different sizes. You also probably know by now that breast implants come with different fillings. But what you may not have realized is that breast implants come in different shapes as well. It’s true. Our Baltimore cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Ronald Schuster, has helped many patients enhance their body contours through breast augmentation surgery. To help keep prospective patients informed, we figured it would be a good idea to go over the different shapes of breast implants: round and teardrop-shaped.
- Round Breast Implants: Round breast implants are the most common breast implants used in terms of shape. These kinds of breast implants are shaped like a ball that has been partially flattened. (It might be best to think of them as being slightly domed.) These round breast implants tend to provide a good amount of lift and projection for the breasts, and are ideal for enhancing fullness and enhancing cleavage.
- Teardrop-Shaped Breast Implants: Teardrop-shaped breast implants are the other type of breast implant shape used in Baltimore breast augmentation surgery. Teardrop-shaped breast implants have a gradual slope to them, and because of this, they tend to look more like natural breasts than round breast implants. One concern with teardrop-shaped breast implants, however, is implant rotation can cause a distorted appearance of the breast.
The shape of the breast implants that are best for you will be determined by your needs as a patient and your goals for the breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Schuster will help you make the best decision based on your needs and your body type.
Breast Implant Sizing
The breast implant size that is most appropriate for your case depends on factors like your desired outcomes, your body type and the amount of natural breast tissue you have. The implant size that works best for a tall, broad-shouldered patient doesn’t look the same on a petite woman, and vice versa.
Breast Implant Textures
Breast implants come in two different textures:
- Smooth implants have a smooth and sleek surface and can move around in the breast pocket.
- Textured implants have a slightly rough surface to adhere to the surrounding tissue in the breast pocket, making them less likely to move around in the pocket.
Breast Implant Profiles
The profile of a breast implant refers to how much of the implant projects forward from the chest wall when a woman is standing. High-profile implants project furthest from the chest to create the fullest and most rounded results, as compared to a low- or moderate-profile implant that offers less projection.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure. Recovery is relatively easy; you can expect moderate swelling and discomfort for a few days after breast enlargement.
Plan to take at least one week off from work. While every patient heals at their own pace, most are able to return to full activity and sports about three weeks after breast augmentation surgery.
To view results from Dr. Schuster’s previous patients, visit our breast augmentation before and after photo gallery.
Dr. Schuster will provide you with detailed pre and post-operative instructions to minimize the risk of complications and ensure a rewarding experience.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
During your one-hour private consultation at our Maryland office, Dr. Schuster will evaluate your breasts and overall anatomy and inquire about your goals of treatment. He will help you determine whether breast augmentation is a suitable solution.
If so, Dr. Schuster will help you select the size and shape of breast implants that are most likely to give you the results you want. He will also describe the various incision and placement techniques that can be used during surgery and discuss the pros and cons of each.
Breast Implant Scars
Breast implants are placed inside the chest through an incision created either around the edge of the areola (darkly pigmented skin surrounding the nipple), or in the crease of the breast where it meets the torso or in the armpit. The incisions create scars that fade nicely over time.
Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift
Dr. Schuster can recommend whether you would benefit from a breast lift at the time of breast augmentation. In general, you may need a lift if your breasts sit low on your chest and/or your nipples point downward.
Will I Be Able to Breastfeed If I Get Breast Implants?
Studies show that breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding. Many women are able to successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation. If you plan to have children in the future, be sure to mention this to your breast augmentation surgeon during the consultation so he takes it into consideration when planning your surgery.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Breast implants are among the most studied medical devices of all time. They are considered very safe when placed by an experienced, qualified breast augmentation surgeon like Dr. Schuster.
This is a very rare type of lymphoma that has been described to be possibly associated with breast implants. It generally presents itself late after surgery and behaves favorably. For more information, please review the following documents: BIA-ALCL Info, BIA-ALCL by the Numbers, BIA-ALCL FAQs, and BIA-ALCL Advisory Update.
Why Choose Dr. Ronald Schuster for Your Breast Augmentation?
Dr. Schuster is a board-certified plastic surgeon that hundreds of women have entrusted with their breast augmentations. Thanks to his world-class education, advanced training (including a prestigious fellowship program in plastic surgery) and many years of clinical experience in private practice, the breast augmentation surgeon is renowned for achieving natural-looking results that are perfectly suited to each individual patient’s treatment needs and goals.
As chief of the plastic surgery division at Northwest Hospital Center, Dr. Schuster is a highly sought-after authority on all types of breast surgery. His affiliations with distinguished professional organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery help keep him at the forefront of cosmetic medicine. In addition to his personal practice, Dr. Schuster is helping shape the minds of the next generation of plastic surgeons through a teaching position at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Breast Augmentation Patient Video Testimonials
Personal Trainer, Former Fitness Competitor
Former breast augmentation and tummy tuck patient talks about “getting her body back” after having triplets.*
Ruby, Former Patient
Former breast augmentation patient talks about her great experience with Dr. Schuster.*
Kara, Former Patient
Former patient shares how comfortable her office visit was and how well informed she was before breast surgery.*
“Dr. Schuster was amazing! He gave me exactly what I wanted and didn’t try to push me in any direction with size. However, I was comfortable with knowing that he would not give me anything that didn’t fit my body. Dr. Schuster was thorough with his explanation of my options and took the time to answer all of my questions. I feel as though he genuinely invested in me and wanted me to feel better about my image.” – RealSelf
To see more testimonials from Dr. Schuster’s previous patients, take a look at our Baltimore breast augmentation reviews.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The average cost of breast augmentation can range between $4,800 and $9,000. The exact cost of breast augmentation will depend on several factors, including:
- Type, shape and size of implant chosen
- Technique used to perform breast augmentation
- Whether the procedure is combined with breast lift surgery
- Necessary post-operative care
Dr. Schuster does not want breast augmentation cost at his cosmetic surgery practice to stand between you and the elegant, beautiful figure you desire. As one of our valued patients, you can be assured that we will work with you to make the cost of your breast augmentation as affordable as possible and explain all of your payment and financing options. Dr. Schuster and his team believe that breast enhancement of the highest standard should be available to anyone who wishes to refine and rejuvenate her appearance, regardless of her budget.
Will Insurance Pay for my Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is considered elective and therefore not covered by insurance.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today
To book your confidential breast augmentation consultation, please contact our office online or call 410-902-9800 today. We serve Baltimore, Owings Mills and Towson, Maryland, and offer virtual consultations for out-of-town patients.