Breast Augmentation: Achieving Your Ideal Balance & Proportion

Beautiful, well-proportioned breasts can have a dramatic impact on your appearance, helping you achieve a balanced figure. Each year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast augmentation to improve the size, shape, and symmetry of their breasts. Not only is it one of the most popular procedures Dr. Shuster performs for his Miami-area patients; it’s also consistently one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures nationwide.

What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

  • Improvement in the size and shape of the breasts
  • Restoration of lost breast volume following pregnancy or weight loss
  • Correction of breast asymmetry
  • More attractive cleavage
  • Improved breast projection
  • Improved appearance both in and out of clothing
  • Boosted self-image and confidence 

Breast Augmentation Just for You

Creating the most beautiful breasts not only means enhancing their size and/or shape, but also taking great care to avoid signs that a procedure has been done. 

During your breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Shuster will consider your physique, current breast size, and your own aesthetic goals to determine the best approach for you and the implants that will best fit your figure.

Depending on your preference, your outcome can be very subtle or more dramatic. Dr. Shuster’s main objective is to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results that accentuate your figure.

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Dr. Shuster is an artist! I went to him for a breast augmentation. I could not be happier with the results. If you are looking for a world-class appearance from a world-class surgeon, Dr. Shuster has the hands of an angel.

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Dr. Shuster’s Unique Background

Dr. Shuster has a long history of commitment and dedication to breast augmentation. He is proficient in the use of a variety of breast implant types and shapes.

Having served as a principal investigator with the FDA’s study for the use of silicone gel implants, Dr. Shuster has a unique insight and unrivaled experience with breast enhancement.

You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Shuster in person. He serves the Hollywood, FL, Weston, FL, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami areas in South Florida. 

Breast Implant Options

Dr. Shuster uses MENTOR® breast implants that are made in the United States, are proven safe, and have been approved by the FDA for breast enhancement. During your procedure, Dr. Shuster will use silicone breast implants or saline breast implants to increase the size, shape, or fullness of your breasts. The right implant for you will depend on your body type and aesthetic goals.

  • Silicone Breast Implants:

    Silicone breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel material. The implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer to the exact volume specified by Dr. Shuster. Silicone implants are typically the most popular option because they achieve a very natural look and feel. In addition, in the event of a rupture, a silicone implant will retain its shape, preventing an uneven breast appearance. Silicone implants are also less prone to rippling than saline breast implants.

  • Saline Breast Implants:

    This procedure treats patients who have a moderate amount of skin laxity over the lower abdomen. An incision is made across the lower abdomen which allows Dr. Shuster to remove excess skin and tighten abdominal muscles at the same time. While saline implants can achieve beautiful results, they are less popular than silicone implants for the following reasons:

    • The look and feel are less natural 
    • They are prone to rippling, especially for petite women with minimal natural breast tissue
    • If a rupture occurs, a deflated breast appearance is left behind that will require a revision procedure to correct

Breast Augmentation Incision Location Options

There are three different incision locations used for breast augmentation:

  • Transaxillary: Along the natural creases of the armpit
  • Periareolar incision: Around the nipple, which can lead to a crescent scar across the areola
  • Inframammary incision: Along the breast crease, which can lead to a visible scar on the lower part of the breast

Dr. Shuster specializes exclusively in the transaxillary (armpit) approach to breast augmentation, as it allows him to avoid any scarring in the breast region. It is also the most straightforward method of placing an implant under the muscle.

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Breast Implant Placement Options

There are two different breast implant placement options:

  • Subglandular placement: The breast implant is placed over the chest muscle
  • Submuscular placement: The breast implant is placed under the chest muscle

Dr. Shuster exclusively places breast implants under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular) for all primary breast augmentation patients. He chooses this location because it provides a more natural result by having more tissue cover the implant and a lower rate of complications. In addition, submuscular placement offers the following benefits:

  • Reduced risk of rippling
  • More effectively concealed borders of the breast implant 
  • A more gradual slope along the upper chest
  • Easier breast cancer screenings

A Note On CC’s

It’s good for patients to understand how breast implants are measured. They are not measured in cup sizes; rather, they’re measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s) for the following reasons:

  • Bra sizes vary by manufacturer, so a D-cup bra made by one company may fit very differently than a D-cup bra by a different manufacturer.
  • Using cc’s provides a standardized way to measure the size of an implant, allowing Dr. Shuster to achieve more precise results with your procedure.
  • Breast implant sizes range from 120 cc’s to 850 cc’s. In general, 200 cc’s will result in an increase of roughly one cup size for smaller bra sizes (32 and 34), while it will take a slightly larger breast implant to achieve a similar increase of one cup size if you currently wear a larger bra size (36 and above).

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Fat Transfer

Fat transfer can be used either to enhance breast implants, or by itself as an alternative to them. In fat transfer, Dr. Shuster will use liposuction to remove fat from one area of your body such as the stomach, thighs, or buttocks and then inject it into the breasts to add volume. 

When used instead of breast implants, fat transfer can provide a subtle enhancement of ½ cup to one cup size larger. The results look and feel very natural. When used in combination with implants, fat transfer can fine-tune the results by smoothing the implant edges and providing an organic-looking padding around the implants. 

Your Customized Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation can be performed by itself or in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure. If being performed alone, it takes approximately one hour. It is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. Dr. Shuster feels that the hospital setting is the most appropriate setting for surgery.

Dr. Shuster’s preferred method of breast augmentation is the transaxillary technique. He will create a two-inch incision high in the armpit.

Using this small incision, he can approach the pectoralis muscle from the side instead of having to cut through it. He will make a space under the muscle called a “pocket” where the implant sizers will be inserted. These sizers will help confirm the best size, shape, and position for the real implants. Once the best breast implants have been selected, Dr. Shuster will insert the breast implants with a “no touch” technique to ensure optimal safety. The incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures that are entirely under the skin and will not need to be removed.

The Breast Augmentation Recovery Process

Dr. Shuster will provide you with specific care guidelines to ensure optimal recovery. He and his staff will also keep a close eye on you during recovery, and you will have several follow-up appointments so that he can ensure that you’re healing correctly. 

You may experience some pain and discomfort for 2-3 days following your breast augmentation surgery. Pain medications will be prescribed to help with this. There may also be some sensory changes following your breast surgery. In most cases this will resolve over a few weeks as your body recovers, and we will also review this with you before surgery.

You should be able to return to work 4-5 days after surgery, depending on your occupation. After 1-2 weeks, you can resume light exercise of the lower body. However, you will need to wait 4-6 weeks before performing upper body exercise. Dr. Shuster will provide you with a precise timetable for resuming these activities as he monitors your healing.

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How Long Will My Results Last?

Breast implants are designed to provide long-lasting results; however, they are not quite permanent. Every patient is different. Many women will never change their implants, and some will.

Reasons to exchange breast implants include:

  • A desire to change the size or shape of the implant
  • Implant rupture or leak
  • Complications such as capsular contracture
  • Upgrades to the latest breast implant technology 
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Dr. Shuster: Achieving Beautiful Balance, Shape, and Proportion

Bernard A. Shuster, MD, PA is a board-certified, award-winning aesthetic plastic surgeon of the face, breast, and body in Hollywood, Florida who has been in practice for 25 years. Dr. Shuster places a high priority on achieving exceptionally natural-looking results and doesn’t deliver anything overdone or ostentatious, as many Miami surgeons do. Instead, he caters to discerning women who want a more subtle, elegant look. Named Best Plastic Surgeon by Newsweek for 2021, Dr. Shuster provides honesty, a warm personality, and consistently beautiful results. He and his team will take outstanding care of you before, during, and after your surgery. We are proud to serve the Hollywood, FL, Fort Lauderdale, and Weston, FL areas. If you think Dr. Shuster is the right surgeon for you, we urge you to research his techniques to discover if he will meet your needs.

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