A major step for boosting self-confidence, body image, and sexual satisfaction is choosing to get breast augmentation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2019, nearly 300,000 women in the United States received breast augmentation or a "boob job" making it one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Dr. Mark Schusterman is a world-renowned plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of breast augmentations in Houston. His research on breast augmentation innovations has been published and used to refine surgical techniques by plastic surgeons around the world. Dr. Schusterman listens to his patients and works with their ideas to create the ideal image of their breasts and overall form through breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery performed to increase breast size by placing silicone or saline breast implants under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to make the breasts fuller and rounder in appearance.
Another option for breast augmentation is fat transfer breast augmentation, which involves fat removal from another area of your body which is then injected into the breast tissue. This option utilizes your own tissue, so there is no need for breast implants. Dr. Schusterman always works to deliver the best breast augmentation Houston has to offer, and will help you determine the best technique based on your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Schusterman believes the key to successful surgeries begins with you. After all, it’s your body. You will ultimately decide whether or not the surgery fits your frame, your figure, and your lifestyle.
To help with this, Dr. Schusterman works with you each step of the way to create your personalized surgery plan. From the incision location to the placement to the types of implants, Dr. Schusterman makes sure you understand and have input on what will happen to your body and why. We use state-of-the-art technology to show you how these choices will impact your surgery, so you can help craft the procedure that delivers your ideal results.
You and Dr. Schusterman will collaborate on where to place your implants. There are two common options: submuscular/dual plane and subglandular. Each has its own advantages, so the choice really depends on what you want from your procedure.
Dr. Schusterman most commonly performs a dual plane/submuscular breast implant placement for his patients. With dual plane placement, Dr. Schusterman places half of the implant above the muscle and the other half beneath the muscle. In most cases, this preferred form of placement yields the most natural-looking results.
Subglandular implants are placed beneath the breast glands but above the muscle. This placement option works great for women who already have some volume in the breasts but want to go a little bigger. The existing volume helps obscure the implant to maintain a natural look and feel to the breasts. Dr. Schusterman will work with you to determine if you have enough volume to have subglandular implants with natural-looking results.
Dr. Schusterman exclusively uses inframammary incisions when performing breast augmentation. Inframammary incisions allow Dr. Schusterman flexibility to reshape the breast when adding the implant, which allows him the freedom to shape your results in a way that helps you meet your goals. He takes special care to hide his inframammary incisions in the breast crease, making them very difficult to see once they heal.
Because inframammary implants give Dr. Schusterman the freedom to reshape the breast during surgery, the incision functions as a good starting point for a combination breast augmentation and breast lift. It also allows for options in the choice of implants. Most importantly, Dr. Schusterman finds inframammary incisions provide the best, most direct path to place the implant in the correct position with the lowest risk of complications.
Your breast implant type is determined in consultation with Dr. Schusterman.
However, there are stipulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding a patient's age. Saline implants are approved for patients 18 and older, whereas silicone implants require a patient to be 22 or older. Other restrictions on breast implants exist for those who are pregnant or have recently been pregnant. It is recommended to wait 3-6 months after pregnancy or six months after breastfeeding to proceed with breast augmentation.
The cost for breast implants usually runs around $7500 total, but can vary due to the level of customization in the procedure.
Before you risk your body on a lower-priced implant, be sure to consider the potential cost of a revisional surgery. What happens if you try and save money, but have to go through a second surgery when you don’t like your results?
Dr. Schusterman performs these revisional surgeries and can tell you about the frustration his patients feel about having to go through a second surgery. They often tell him after these procedures how much they wish they had just come to him the first time.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to your body. Don’t assume that any plastic surgeon “must know what they’re doing.” Dr. Schusterman has decades of experience performing breast augmentations and can help you make sure you get the beautiful results you deserve. He happily provides consultations for women considering breast enhancement to make sure they get the information they need to find the right surgeon and procedure for them. This saves them thousands of dollars in the long run, as well as suffering and heartache of undergoing a procedure that doesn’t meet their needs.
When you choose Dr. Schusterman, you get the procedure you want the first time, which is vital when considering something as important as surgery.
A newer technique in breast augmentation is known as fat transfer breast augmentation. This procedure uses your own fat from another part of your body, such as your tummy, buttocks, or thighs.
Dr. Schusterman uses liposuction to remove the fat and then inject it into your breasts. The result is an entirely natural feel and look. Additionally, there is less downtime and scarring because you are using injectables instead of an implant. However, the results are not as permanent as silicone or saline implants and may change over time with age and weight fluctuations.
The reasons for breast augmentation differ with each patient. It is essential for you to have a positive and healthy outlook on how you want your breasts to look. It is important to discuss your goals with Dr. Schusterman to determine how breast augmentation can benefit you, and to ensure you recieve the best breast implants Houston has to offer.
The cosmetic procedure is an outpatient surgery, so there is no need to stay overnight in the hospital. You will be under general anesthesia, and the breast augmentation surgery will take one to two hours, depending on the breast size. During the breast augmentation procedure, there will be a single incision in up to three potential locations; under the breasts, under the arms, or around the nipples.
After the incisions are made, Dr. Schusterman will separate the breast and connective tissues from the chest to create a pocket for the implants. The implant will be placed in the pocket and centered behind the nipple. Saline implants are inserted empty and then filled once in place. Silicone implants are pre-filled with the amount of silicone gel that was predetermined in your pre-op discussion. Once the implants are in place, Dr. Schusterman will close the incisions and wrap the breasts to reduce inflammation.
You can expect to experience soreness, swelling, and bruising for a few weeks following your surgery. It is advised to wear a compression garment to give you extra support to help with the discomfort.
As your body continues to heal, you will experience a process known as 'drop and fluff.' Post-surgery, your breasts will seem higher than usual due to swelling. After the swelling has diminished, your breasts will drop into a natural placement. This process will happen over weeks or even months.
After an augmentation mammaplasty, some scarring is expected and will appear pink and firm for the next 6-8 weeks. Dr. Schusterman can recommend some topical ointments you can use to help reduce any scarring. There is a specific post-op regimen to follow to help you heal as quickly as possible. If your job is not physically active, you may be able to return sooner; however, you will need to avoid any heavy lifting and physical activity for at least two weeks. Your breasts will be sensitive, so you will want to make sure you avoid physically demanding or “high-impact” activities during your recovery.
Dr. Mark Schusterman is one of the top plastic surgeons in Houston. He has performed hundreds of breast augmentation surgeries and helped countless patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Here are some of the results you can expect to achieve from your breast augmentation with Dr. Schusterman:
Consultations typically last one hour and include a financial quote based on your treatment. The consultation is $100, with no obligation to undergo surgery. However, your consultation fee is applied to your final breast augmentation cost if you choose to move forward with your procedure.
Dr. Mark Schusterman is ready to listen and help you to achieve the perfect breast augmentation for your body. Together, you will discover the right technique for you that will provide the best results for your body frame and size. You may also consider other procedures to have done at the same time, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction to achieve the proportions you’re looking for. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how breast augmentation can help you look your best and achieve your lifestyle goals.
It is very unlikely people will be able to tell whether or not you had a procedure done. As one of Houston's best plastic surgeons, Dr. Schusterman is adamant about providing you with precisely what is right for your body shape and size, which is why having realistic expectations during the consultation is essential.
Breast implants are considered safe for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. However, there is always a slight risk they may leak. Saline implants, if ruptured, will be absorbed in the body without any health complications, but a new implant would be needed to maintain breast symmetry. Silicone implants would be less noticeable if a rupture would occur because the silicone gel is sealed in by the breast tissue. Leaking silicone gel is not known to cause health problems, but it's recommended to have the condition of your breast implants monitored by your doctor.
Schusterman Plastic Surgery in Houston offers the best financing options available for you. Cash, checks, and most major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, are accepted.
Recovery is different for each patient and procedure. It is advised to expect 2-3 weeks of recovery time and refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity. Dr. Schusterman will provide you with a tailored post-surgical recovery plan to optimize the healing process.
Breast augmentation is considered elective surgery and is not covered under medical insurance. However, we will work with you and your financial situation to offer reasonable payment options.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
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