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Have you ever wondered, “how much does breast augmentation cost?” Many women want to have a breast augmentation, but they hesitate because they don’t know the amount they will be expected to pay. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, it’s important to consider all the factors of your decision, not just the financial ones. Every patient deserves a plastic surgeon who combines years of experience to deliver exceptional results. After 30 years in practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster is known as talented, compassionate, and accomplished. At his private practice in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Schuster specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, breast, and body.
Dr. Schuster keeps up with the latest advancements in the plastic surgery industry to help his patients achieve their personal goals. Dr. Schuster has performed hundreds of breast augmentations and is an Ideal Implant Preferred Surgeon due to his extensive expertise working with IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants, a new breast implant technology for women.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
On RealSelf.com, the average cost of a breast augmentation is listed as $6,525. That figure can fluctuate based on several different factors. Your total price tag may be more or less depending on:
- Your selected surgeon’s level of expertise
- How involved or complex your procedure is
- The implants you select
- The city in which your surgeon practices
- The type of anesthesia used and who administers it
- Cost of recovery garments (sometimes lumped in with the surgical cost, sometimes not)
- The time of year you choose to get your breast augmentation
Because cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure, it is not covered by health insurance plans. Dr. Schuster and his staff have a variety of financing options that will allow you to work out a payment plan that you’re comfortable with. You should ask questions like, “Does the overall cost cover pre-and post-op visits? Will the cost include any pain management?” to make sure you’re not surprised by anything.
During your personal consultation, Dr. Schuster will discuss all of the ins and outs of breast augmentation, including what goes on during the surgery and what you can expect to pay. He will also look at your unique anatomy—the width of your natural breasts, how soft your skin is, the amount of fat present, and any asymmetries and any other chest wall irregularities to determine what size and type of implant will help you meet your physical goals.
The IDEAL IMPLANT: A New Choice for Your Breast Augmentation
When contemplating, “how much does breast augmentation cost?” you’ll also need to look at the different implant types available on the market today: unstructured saline, silicone gel, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. While the IDEAL IMPLANT may have a slightly higher initial cost than some other implants, you also need to think about the longer-term implications of your investment.
Right now, if you choose silicone gel breast implants, the FDA recommends you obtain an MRI or ultrasound scan every two to three years to check for ruptures because a rupture in a silicone gel implant cannot be detected by looking at the breast, so it is called a “silent rupture.” “The average cost of an MRI in the U.S. is $2,000.” If you’re paying around $6,500 for your surgery, then $2,000 every 2-3 years after that, you’re spending a lot more in the future than you may want to.
The IDEAL IMPLANT looks and feels similar to a silicone gel implant, but you can detect a rupture just by a quick glance in the mirror. Dr. Schuster says, “With the new IDEAL IMPLANT, it behaves like a silicone gel implant, but when it does wear out the woman knows about it right away, so it gives her peace of mind. She knows what’s happening with the implant. She doesn’t have to worry about getting an MRI to find out about it.”
The IDEAL IMPLANT also has a lower rate of both rupture and capsular contracture when compared to silicone gel-filled implants, so you’re less likely to experience these issues in the first place. And, with only saline inside, a woman can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the saline can be safely absorbed into her body tissues.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
In these photos you’ll see a 33-year-old mother of two who disliked the sagging, uneven appearance of her breasts. She chose the IDEAL IMPLANT for her breast augmentation filled to 345 cc on the right, and 270 cc on the left. She was able to increase her cup size from a 34C to greater than a D cup.
These photos were taken nine months after breast augmentation, and the IDEAL IMPLANT allowed this patient to achieve the rounder, fuller look she was hoping for.
About Dr. Schuster
Dr. Schuster attended Emory University for his undergraduate, and then went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Schuster completed a five-year general surgery residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Upon completion of his five-year residency, he went on to finish a three-year residency and fellowship program in plastic surgery at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital. During his time there, Dr. Schuster developed professional ties with several world-renowned leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. His work with these figures has afforded him the ability to select and incorporate the most effective treatments in his practice. He serves as Chief of the Plastic Surgery Division at Northwest Hospital Center in Baltimore County, Maryland in addition to his practice.
Dr. Schuster is an active member of several distinguished cosmetic surgery organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Schuster continues to share the extensive knowledge of surgical techniques he’s developed as a cosmetic surgeon by teaching at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine and has been inducted into the RealSelf Hall of Fame.
Choose Dr. Schuster for Your Cosmetic Surgery
With all the facts in hand, you can stop stressing “how much does breast augmentation cost” and book your consultation with Dr. Schuster today! Dr. Schuster is proud to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT to his patients for increased options and peace of mind. His office is one of the exclusive practices available to offer this latest breast implant technology.
“I visited a couple surgeons for breast augmentation and felt comfortable with Dr. Schuster right away. . . . I was a 32A pre-surgery and decided to go with the IDEAL IMPLANT at 360 cc. I could not be happier with the results! My boobs look completely natural and still soft. I have not lost any sensation anywhere and the side effects were minimal compared to the result. The scar has faded a lot and it’s very hard to see. All my friends think my boobs look great now and a couple of them even said they want it done also. If you are looking for a great surgeon for breast augmentation, I’d highly suggest Dr. Schuster . . . I think that was the best decision I made all year.” –Realself Review from jane.elizabeth.chin
Considering breast implants in Baltimore, MD? Contact Dr. Schuster today to discuss your options. Simply call 717-798-2880 or visit cosmeticsurgerybaltimore.com. Dr. Schuster’s office is located at 10807 Falls Road #101, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.