Since before the dawn of history, humanity has been obsessed with the breast. Archaeologists have found limestone carvings of large-breasted women dating back to 28,000 BCE. Female breasts routinely represent love, sexual attraction, fertility, and beauty in our art and culture.
Dr. Mark Schusterman believes that every woman deserves to feel good about her body. While society may be obsessed with “perfect” breasts, he knows that true perfection is in the eye of the beholder - and that your vision of how you want your body to look is all that matters.
He will work with you to give you a better understanding of the role of plastic surgery in body modification, and how safe surgical options like breast augmentation can help bring you closer to the shape you want for your body.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the shape and size of the breasts using external filler. It is also known as augmentation mammaplasty or, more commonly, a “boob job.”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines breast augmentation surgery as a procedure that “involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.”
After performing hundreds of breast augmentation surgeries, Dr. Mark Schusterman knows that the reasons for breast augmentation differ for each patient. Some of the most common benefits of breast augmentation include:
No matter your personal reason for wanting to change the shape of your breasts, Dr. Schusterman will be able to safely and respectfully guide you through the augmentation process without any judgment or pressure.
Planning for breast augmentation surgery begins during the initial consultation. Putting your health and safety first, Dr. Schusterman will evaluate how your health and your personal cosmetic goals can best align. With his information and experience by your side, you can feel confident in selecting the techniques and options to ensure your surgery will be safe and produce the results you want.
Breast augmentation is just one option available to you. In some cases, breast augmentation may not be necessary. For example, if you like your breast size, but just wish they were “a little higher up”, we might recommend a breast lift. If you want more volume, a breast lift with augmentation might be a better recommendation. It really is based on what you want.
Before the Operation
Following your consultation for breast augmentation Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Schusterman will provide you with personalized instructions on what to do to prepare for your operation. You may be asked to change your behavior regarding eating, drinking, smoking, and vitamin/medication use before surgery.
You will also need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a few days to help during your recovery. Your safety is Dr. Schusterman’s top priority, and these recommendations help to ensure that your surgery and recovery are successful.
Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure. This means you will not be required to stay in the hospital overnight. Dr. Schusterman performs each surgery while the patient is under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep through the entire process and have no memory of the surgery. The surgery usually takes an hour or two, depending on the procedure.
Before your surgery, Dr. Schusterman will draw the incision lines on your body with a marker to show you what to expect, and to confirm the decisions you’ve made together based on your body and how you want to proceed.
Dr. Schusterman is a highly skilled and experienced surgeon and prides himself on making sure your procedure results in natural-looking breasts with minimal scarring. During this time, Dr. Schusterman will make sure that the incisions are in a place where you feel comfortable, and will answer any questions you have about the process.
Following this final pre-operation step, you will be put to sleep safely by a board-certified anesthesiologist and the surgery will begin. Dr. Schusterman will make a small incision at the desired location to insert the implant at the appropriate place. Next, Houston breast augmentation specialist, Dr. Schusterman will create a tissue pocket in each breast to place the implants. Once the implants are placed (and filled, in the case of saline implants), Dr. Schusterman will perform any other procedures you’ve requested, such as a breast lift.
Once the procedures are completed, Dr. Schusterman will use absorbable stitches to close the incisions, and may also use surgical tape for additional support. There may also be additional gauze bandages used to reduce tension on the wound. This helps aid the healing process and reduce scarring.
Leaving the Hospital After Breast Augmentation
Following your surgery, you will likely be discharged from the hospital the same day. You will need someone to drive you home following the surgery. Dr. Schusterman also recommends having someone at home to care for you if possible, as you will be sore and tired for a day or two following surgery.
After that, the recovery process is more manageable. Some patients experience a burning sensation in the nipples for about two weeks following surgery. The discomfort is usually manageable and does not prevent normal activities like showering, going out, and doing other safe post-op activities. Dr. Schusterman will prescribe you a surgical zip-front bra to minimize discomfort and promote healing, and pain medication if necessary.
Follow-up Appointments After Breast Augmentation
Dr. Schusterman will follow up with you after your surgery to evaluate your progress and address concerns or discomfort. During this appointment, he will perform an examination to make sure that you are healing well, and recommend additional follow up appointments as necessary to monitor your healing process. Dr. Schusterman believes maintaining a full continuum of care from surgery to recovery ensures you get the best results from your breast augmentation.
Dr. Schusterman strives to deliver the best breast augmentation Houston has to offer, however there are risks involved in any operation. The most common are scarring, infection, localized bleeding, and implant leakage or rupture. Breast implants are not always permanent, and there are certain circumstances where an implant must be removed and replaced.
These complications are rare, and the risk can be further reduced by selecting a double board-certified surgeon like Dr. Schusterman to perform your surgery. Dr. Schusterman can help you understand the risks of complications and show you ways to minimize those risks.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved saline implants for patients above the age of 18, and silicone implants for patients age 22 or older. In general, those who are above the age of 18 and generally in good health are eligible for breast augmentation in the United States.
There are some restrictions for women who are pregnant or have recently been pregnant.
We recommend women wait at least 3-6 months after pregnancy or six months after they stop breastfeeding to have breast augmentation surgery. For any other questions regarding your breast augmentation candidacy, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Schusterman.
Since they were reapproved by the FDA in 2006, following a 14-year ban over concerns of leakage and rupture. Since the ban was lifted, the number of women who choose silicone breast implants has steadily increased. Today, roughly half of all breast implants are silicone. It is important to note that the FDA minimum age for silicone implants is 22, compared to age 18 for other types of breast augmentation.
Silicone implants go into the body already filled. This means that the incision needs to be slightly larger to accommodate them. They are also rounder than other forms of implantation. Each implant is a thin shell filled with a thick gel, resulting in a feel that mirrors natural body tissue. The amount of filler in each implant determines the final size and shape of the breast.
“Gummy bear” implants are a type of silicone implant. They get their name from their unique internal filler, which resembles the interior of a gummy bear. This gelatinous filling maintains a more or less gel consistency, even if the silicone shell around it ruptures. This means that the risk of seepage and rupture is reduced compared to a traditional silicone implant. On the other hand, it also means ruptures are more difficult to detect if they do happen. It is important to have regular screenings every few years to check for potential implant ruptures.
Unlike other forms of implants, “gummy bear” implants are teardrop-shaped, resulting in a more natural look and feel. Because of this shape, they also have a textured exterior to make sure that the implant adheres to the surrounding tissue.
This prevents the implant from rotating in the body, which would look out of place due to the teardrop shape. Like traditional silicone, patients must be at least 22 years old to request “gummy bear” implants.
Saline implants feature a silicone shell but are filled with saline (salt water) instead of silicone gel. This means that in the off chance of a rupture, your body will simply absorb the saline, which is nontoxic.
Also, saline implants are placed into the tissue pocket empty and then filled inside the body. This allows them to be inserted into the body through a much smaller incision, resulting in less scarring.
The minimum age set by the FDA for saline implants is 18, versus 22 for saline implants. More information on saline implants is available on our saline implants page.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a relatively new technique that uses your own fat to increase your breast size and shape. Using liposuction, Dr. Schusterman removes fat from another part of your body and injects it into your breasts. The result is a completely natural feel that can double the size of your breasts. The age restriction for fat transfer breast augmentation is 18.
Because the augmentation is done through injections rather than a surgical implant, there is minimal downtime and less scarring. However, the results are not as permanent as an implant and may change over time with your weight. Ask Dr. Schusterman during your consultation if fat transfer breast augmentation is right for you.
For those interested in breast augmentation in Houston, Dr. Mark Schusterman will gladly consult with you to assess your needs and answer your questions. Dr. Schusterman is very highly recommended for his caring bedside manner and his listening skills, with over 200 five-star reviews.
His goals for the consultation are to learn what you want to achieve and guide you to the solution that best fits your needs. Each consultation comes with a financial quote based on your specific treatment plan, along with multiple financing options. The consultation fee is $100, with no obligation to undergo surgery. If you choose to undergo surgery, your consultation fee will be included in the final cost of surgery.
Consultations usually last about an hour and are typically scheduled on a Wednesday, though we can accommodate your schedule. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling (713) 794-0368.
Breast size is something you want to get right the first time to avoid unnecessary corrective surgeries.
Dr. Schusterman believes that the correct size of your breast implant is the one that makes you feel natural, comfortable, and confident. With more than 25 years of experience doing breast augmentations, he can help you determine the breast size that works naturally with your body type and daily activities. After all, breast augmentation should augment your life, not restrict it.
As a world-renowned plastic surgeon and 26-year inductee of the Best Doctors In America, Dr. Mark Schusterman maintains his place at the vanguard of plastic surgery with a deep understanding of the latest innovations in procedures like breast augmentation. He can help you navigate these choices to ensure your desired breast augmentation results, which include (but are not limited to) the following techniques:
In general, breast augmentation surgery costs between $5,000 and $7,000, depending on the procedures you choose (Ex: saline implants are cheaper than silicone, “gummy bear” implants cost a little more).
This price includes fees for the surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical facility, and follow-up appointments. Prescription medications are not included but may be covered by your insurance. The cost of the surgery is rarely covered by insurance, as breast augmentation is almost always an elective cosmetic procedure.
It is important not to go bargain hunting for your body. Dr. Schusterman offers pricing commensurate with his education, experience, and board-certification in plastic surgery. With so many factors involved in the procedure (both in terms of your physical appearance and your overall health), it is important to choose a skilled surgeon who you know will take care of you and put your safety first.
Your doctor will be your partner through the entire breast augmentation process - from determining what look you want to make sure you heal properly following your procedure. You want to feel confident that your surgeon shares your vision for your body and knows how to make it a reality. As you narrow your choices, ask the following questions:
Dr. Mark Schusterman, FACS has been practicing award-winning plastic surgery for more than 40 years. He is double board-certified and experienced in the latest breast augmentation techniques.
Dr. Schusterman performs hundreds of procedures each year. He has been named a “Top Doctor in America” every year for the past two-and-a-half decades and has more than 200 five-star reviews from satisfied customers in the Houston area.
Dr. Schusterman is a longtime member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and has been awarded many coveted awards throughout his distinguished career.
Dr. Schusterman pioneered multiple microsurgical restoration techniques for head, neck, and breast cancer patients that are still in use today - both in the restoration field and in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
Any respectable surgeon should be able to easily answer these questions. As you sit down with each surgeon for a consultation, don’t ignore your gut. You should feel confident that your surgeon is attentive, engaged, and has a good rapport with you. Plastic surgery is a big decision, and your surgeon should respect your health and your goals.
Yes. Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia, using a board-certified anesthesiologist. The one exception to this is fat transfer breast augmentation, which can be performed using local anesthesia in certain cases.
The size of the incisions depends on the type and location of the incisions. Dr. Schusterman will review your cosmetic goals and explain how the choices you make might affect the length and site of the incision during your consultation.
There will be some discomfort in the days and weeks following breast augmentation. Pain tends to peak within the first few days following the procedure then subsides. Tenderness will go away after a week or two. While surgery cannot be a completely pain-free experience, we can help you manage it with both prescription and over the counter medications. You will need to avoid NSAID drugs (Advil, Motrin, etc.) as they can increase the risk of bleeding following surgery.
For most patients, this temporary discomfort is well worth the improved confidence and physique that they will get to enjoy with their new look.
Breast implant procedures do leave small scars, but Dr. Schusterman does everything to minimize scarring by making the incision in a well-hidden area. Breast lift surgery leaves longer scars due to the nature of the surgery. Scars typically fade over time when cared for properly.
Dr. Schusterman has found that patients who go without a bra for the 8 weeks following surgery achieve the best results. Letting the breasts move unrestrained allows the implants to settle in the most natural position in the tissue pocket. A front-zip surgical bra will be given to patients as part of their post-op protocols, along with instructions on proper use.
You should start light walking soon after surgery to help prevent blood clots. More moderate walking (uphill or on a treadmill) usually begins 2 weeks after surgery. After the first month, you can do pretty much any exercise, other than heavy lifting or circuit training (i.e. Crossfit). After around six weeks, most patients are completely healed and can resume all types of exercise. Ask Dr. Schusterman about specific exercises during your consultation to make sure that the procedure you choose is compatible with your lifestyle.
Most patients experience a temporary change in nipple sensitivity due to post-surgical swelling. This returns to normal as the swelling reduces in nearly all cases.
Not only is it safe, but it is also highly encouraged to get mammograms (after you’ve completely healed from surgery). Always tell your mammogram technician you’ve had breast augmentation. This will help the technician evaluate the results more accurately and take precautions during the procedure. Your technician can also check for any complications associated with implants.
Silicone breast implants were taken off the market in 1992 after ruptured implants caused health problems in certain patients. However, they were reapproved by the FDA in 2006 after careful review. Repeated studies have shown silicone implants to be safe, and today, nearly half of all breast augmentations use silicone implants.
Dr. Schusterman recommends waiting at least four weeks after surgery before swimming or taking a bath. Submerging the breasts in water too soon after surgery can increase the risk of infection.
Yes, we work with several companies that specialize in cosmetic procedure financing.
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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