Breast Augmentations (2023)

Belcara Health
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If you’re looking to enhance the size of your breasts, our award-winning Baltimore breast augmentation surgeons, like Dr. Michael Cohen, have been providing patients with breast enlargement services for over 25 years. Our 5-star on-site surgical center is one of the few Maryland breast augmentation facilities to be accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and has been licensed by the state of Maryland as an ASC since 2005. All surgical procedures are performed with board-certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses.

Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

If you’re like many other women, your vision of your ideal breast size and shape may be different from your reality. Each year, thousands of women undergo breast augmentation procedures in Maryland alone. If you’re a woman with smaller or asymmetrical breasts or have breasts that have lost their shape from age, pregnancy, or weight loss, breast enlargement is a good option to explore.

Our Baltimore breast augmentation surgeons believe in creating natural, beautiful results that balance the proportions of your body. They listen carefully to your concerns, educate you on all your options, answer all your questions, and then work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will meet your goals.

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Breast Augmentation Cost and Recovery

The cost of a breast augmentation procedure in Maryland can vary greatly depending on your surgeon’s experience, the extent of work being done, and your location. At Belcara Health, the cost of a breast augmentation procedure starts at $3600. However, it is important to note that this starting price is a general estimate only; the actual cost of your breast augmentation procedure will differ depending on your body type and goals. Today, there are several breast augmentation options including, saline or silicone breast implants, round or anatomically shaped breast implants, breast augmentations with a lift, fat transfer augmentations, and more.

The best way to determine your breast augmentation cost is to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and assess your medical history, lifestyle, and anatomy. Together, you will review your treatment options and develop a personalized plan that meets all your needs. Only then are we able to provide an accurate price quote, which we include. We also offer financing for those that are interested.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation recovery varies depending on your age, the type of procedure performed, and your overall health. In most cases, patients can expect a breast augmentation recovery period of 4 to 6 weeks. Older patients and those who undergo more intensive procedures can expect a longer recovery period

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The Best Breast Implant Options

We offer a full range of FDA-approved breast implant options to meet your needs. Our trusted partner providers have a proven track record of creating high-quality, safe, and durable implants. During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your goals, assess your anatomy, and help you make informed choices about breast implant options including size, filling, projection, texture, and shape. Your final implant choice will depend on a variety of factors, including your age, natural anatomy, existing breast tissue, the elasticity of your skin, and your desired final appearance.

Breast Implant Filling, Profile, and Shape

You might already know that you will be choosing between silicone and saline implants for your breast augmentation filling, but do you know what the best breast profile and shape is for your body?

1) Filling: Saline or Silicone Gel

Breast Augmentations (2)Saline implants have an outer silicone rubber shell that is filled to the desired size with a sterile saline solution. Because saline implants are filled during the breast enlargement procedure, your surgeon can adjust the size as needed. A cost-effective choice, saline implants have been available since the early 1990s and provide nice-looking, fuller breasts for many patients.

Breast Augmentations (3)Silicone gel breast implants are composed of a gelatin-like substance that keeps form (like “gummy bears”) and feels more like natural breast tissue. These implants come in a large variety of shapes and sizes to achieve your wanted look. It is not uncommon to use different-sized implants for each breast to create symmetry. Because silicone implants look and feel so soft and natural, they are a very popular choice among breast augmentation patients.

2) Profile: Low, Moderate, Moderate-Plus, or High




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Your breast Implant profile is a measure of base width vs. forward projection of the implants. A higher implant profile projects more prominently from the breast than a lower profile of the same implant.

Each implant provider and implant type has varying ranges of profiles and uses different terminology. Depending on your chosen implants, you may have anywhere from one profile option to four options. The circumference of your chest wall will also help in selecting your profile. Generally, a narrow chest benefits from a higher implant profile to produce the desired size increase. This is due to needing a smaller base to achieve a natural look that fits your frame.

3) Shape: Round or Anatomically “Shaped”

Breast Augmentations (7)Breast shape refers to whether a smooth or textured shell is better for you. Smooth-shelled implants are a good choice with round implants, as they provide more natural movement and tend to result in less rippling than textured implants.

Breast Augmentations (8)Textured implants have a rough surface that is designed to stay in place within the breast pocket. If you pick silicone implants, they will have a textured shell to ensure the breast is full in the right places.

We can customize your breast implants to correct asymmetry

While many women have some size differences between the left and right breasts (the left breast is typically a little bigger), significant asymmetry can make it difficult to find bras & clothing that fit. Our surgeons correct breast asymmetry with customized breast implants or with a fat transfer procedure. By placing a larger implant or additional fat tissue on one side, your breasts will look naturally symmetrical, clothes will fit well, and you will feel more comfortable with your body.

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You can “try on” your breast implants ahead of time with VECTRA 3-D Imaging

Our patients say that “trying on” breast implants is the best part of the consultation! You will stand in front of a mirror, trying on various-sized implants to see how each one looks on your body. During your breast implant sizing, you have the chance to preview your new appearance with VECTRA® 3D Imaging — a state-of-the-art photo imaging technology that provides patients with a personalized, 3D image of the results they can expect from their chosen breast implant procedure. Belcara Health is one of just a few offices to offer VECTRA 3D Imaging.

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What is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

With a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure, fat is removed from one part of the body and carefully placed into the breasts to create the desired appearance. The fat is obtained by traditional liposuction, usually from the abdomen, thighs, flanks, or back. After the fat is purified, it is injected into the breasts to create a beautifully enhanced look. Fat transfer is also effective for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy or lumpectomy and for correcting genetic conditions such as tuberous (underdeveloped) or asymmetrical breasts.

Can You Combine a Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift?

While many patients seek either a breast lift or a breast augmentation, sometimes what they really need is a strategic combination of both.

What Is the Difference Between Breast Augmentation Surgery and a Breast Lift?

In some scenarios, patients may choose to undergo a breast augmentation with a lift, which can enhance the fullness, shape, and position of their breasts in a single procedure. A breast augmentation surgery involves implants or fat transfer to increase the fullness of breasts, while a breast lift procedure simply involves removing and lifting breast tissue to improve the placement and shape of breasts without adding any fullness.

Why Choose Belcara Health for Your Maryland Breast Augmentation?

If you are ready for a breast augmentation, the practice and surgeon you select are your most important decisions. To be confident with your results, you must have confidence in your medical team. With credentials from Stanford University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, our award-winning, board-certified breast surgeons Dr. Michael Cohen, Dr. Gary Vela, and Dr. Sarah McMillan are renowned for creating natural-looking, proportionate, beautiful results.

“In December, I had a breast augmentation with Dr. Cohen and ever since my surgery, my life has changed dramatically! As a 19 year old, friends and family always thought I had to be comfortable with my body due to the youth of it, but I was far from it. I always had to shop around my boobs, and buying only shirts that made me look fuller than I was. Since my surgery, I am probably the most comfortable person, I’m confident, and I’m how a teenager should feel about their body. Words can’t even express how happy I am now! Dr. Cohen and staff were so thoughtful and understanding; and helped make my process and decision making as simple as possible. You guys made me realize I’m not the only person who has felt this way about their body, and I thank you for that. I have recommended everyone to you, and have actually had friends get surgeries done with you guys. Thank you again!” – Lindsey W.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Breast Augmentations

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Dr. Sarah McMillan

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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What disqualifies you from breast augmentation? ›

Smoking: The most common reason why a woman is disqualified from having a breast augmentation is that she is a smoker. Smoking brings along with it a host of health concerns, and it is particularly dangerous in the context of having surgery.

Who shouldn't get breast implants? ›

Who is not a candidate for breast augmentation?
  • You're pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You have breast cancer or an abnormal mammogram.
  • You're ill or battling an infection.
  • You have unrealistic expectations for post-surgery results.
Apr 16, 2019

What is the perfect size for breast implants? ›

Typically, the most common breast implant size ranges between 300cc and 500cc. 400cc tends to be the single most common implant. 300cc to 360cc size implants are typically enough to give women a fuller shape without significantly altering their frame.

What is the most popular breast augmentation size? ›

After surgery, the most common size of breasts is a small to large C cup, with average implants measuring between 350 and 500cc.

Do plastic surgeons ever say no? ›

In fact, it's not unheard of for plastic surgeons to turn down patients altogether or refuse to perform certain surgeries on certain people.

What you Cannot do with breast implants? ›

Not only will you want to abstain from regular physical exercise during your recovery period, but you'll also want to avoid lifting your children or moving any heavy items around the house. Lifting heavy items can cause you pain, as well as potentially compromise your final results. DON'T go for a swim.

What is the divorce rate after breast implants? ›

As mentioned previously, Cook et al7 reported a divorce rate of 28.8% in breast augmentation patients, compared with 18.1% in comparison subjects.

What is the safest boob job? ›

Both saline and silicone implants are generally considered safe if your breast augmentation surgery is performed by a reputable, board certified surgeon. Some believe that saline implants are safer because if the implant ruptures, most of the salt water will reabsorb into the body.

What percentage of people have problems with breast implants? ›

The following complications occur in at least 1 percent of breast implant patients at any time. Some of these complications will require medical treatment or further surgery to correct them: asymmetry regarding shape, size, or level of the breasts. pain in the nipple or breast area.

Is C cup a good size? ›

Over six out of ten women (60.4%) said that their ideal bust size is a C cup, compared with just over one in two men (53.6%). Overall, this mid-sized cup is popular with both men and women, in both Europe and the US.

What state has the most breast implants? ›

States That Are the Most Interested in Breast Augmentation
  • Utah.
  • Nevada.
  • Kansas.
  • Arizona.
  • Florida.

How many cc is a double D? ›

How Does Implant Size Affect Cup Size?
Breast Implant VolumeEstimated Cup Size Increase
300 to 350ccCup size C to D
370 to 450ccCup size C to DD
450 to 550ccCup size C to E
300 to 400ccCup size D to DD
7 more rows
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What is the golden ratio for breast augmentation? ›

In particular, the line connecting the center of each clavicle and each nipple form a regular triangle is called the golden ratio. In addition, the position of the nipple is also important, the 6:4 ratio of the upper and lower breast around the nipple is said to be the most ideal form.

Do breast implants look bigger at first? ›

Your breast implants may appear to be bigger or fuller once they've dropped to a lower, more natural-looking position on your chest and "fluffed" into a rounder and softer shape. Changes in the size or shape of your new breasts after augmentation can also occur as swelling and tightness subside.

What is the most common breast size? ›

While it's really difficult to precisely determine the standard breast size in the U.S. (or anywhere in the world, for that matter), we do know that the average breast size in America is a 34DD.

What is the most painful plastic surgery? ›

Many patients suggest that the Brazilian butt lift is the most painful surgery. This is followed by the tummy tuck, breast implants, liposuction, breast lifts and reductions, and jaw surgery. Dental implants can also cause much pain, as you still need to eat in the healing process.

What would disqualify you from plastic surgery? ›

Finally, unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, using drugs or having a high body mass index may preclude you from having surgery. Before plastic surgery is performed, you should stop smoking or using drugs and be at or close to your ideal weight with a BMI of less than 30.

Does anyone regret plastic surgery? ›

Many people regret having had cosmetic surgery, either because the outcome does not match the hoped-for image or because of complications. Research by Medical Accident Group found that 65% of people they polled regretted their surgery, though 28% were very happy with its results.

Is it OK to go braless with implants? ›

Generally speaking, you shouldn't consider going braless for at least six weeks after breast augmentation. Your breasts need to be thoroughly supported during this time to ensure optimal healing. After six weeks, you may occasionally go braless, but try to keep this to special occasions, and don't make it a habit.

At what age should you not get breast implants? ›

It is not uncommon for women in their 40s and 50s to undergo breast augmentation with beautiful results. While there is technically no age limit for this procedure, there are some things to consider in terms of your age and how it may relate to successful outcomes and certain risk factors.

Should I wear a bra to bed with implants? ›

For the first 4 – 6 weeks following a breast augmentation, patients should be wearing a supportive medical bra around the clock, including while sleeping, to promote proper healing and provide added support. After this time, it may be safe and appropriate to begin wearing a soft, supportive bra of your own.

Do breasts sag after implants? ›

Breast Implants Will Settle into Place

Sagging will happen over time as the breast tissue begins aging. The larger the implants are, the quicker sagging will occur. However, breast augmentation surgery results will make breasts look great for many years, and sagging is not imminent until 10+ years later in most cases.

Do nipples still work after implants? ›

Changes in nipple sensation are very common after breast augmentation, but the good news is, they typically resolve. Feeling less sensation or more sensation than normal are common. Most women will return to normal nipple sensation within a few months of surgery. Very rarely, nipple sensation will not return.

How my life changed after breast implants? ›

An Improved Quality of Life

This means a woman can experience a marked boost in her own confidence levels, self-esteem, and self-worth. Many patients of breast augmentation report that they feel more feminine, more beautiful, and much more confident in every aspect of their lives, from the office to the dating scene.

What is the cheapest state to get breast implants? ›

The cheapest state to get breast augmentation

If you're looking to get a breast augmentation, then states such as South Carolina, Kansas, and Montana are some of the most affordable options. With average costs ranging from $2,500 to $11,000, you can get the breast size you want without breaking the bank.

What is the least risky breast augmentation? ›

Both saline and silicone breast implants are considered safe. Research on how safe both types of implants are and how well they work is ongoing.

What implants feel most natural? ›

Silicone implants require a larger incision and cannot be adjusted after placement. On the other hand, silicone implants look and feel more natural, even when placed above the muscles of the chest, and are unlikely to ripple, wrinkle, bisect, or otherwise become aesthetically impacted.

What is the new warning about breast implants? ›

Know the Long-Term Risks of Breast Implants

The FDA has identified an association between breast implants and the development of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Do breast implants ever feel normal? ›

Over time, your breast implants will gradually soften and settle, looking and feeling more like your natural breast tissue.

Do breast implants ever look normal? ›

"If the natural base of the breast is small, and the implants are very much larger, then they will tend to look fake. For example, if a woman wants to go from a B cup to a D cup, she will probably look fantastic and natural, as opposed to one who wants to go from an A cup to F cup who will see a more dramatic result."

What is the average size breast for a woman? ›

The average bra size in the United States is 34DD. That said, average breast size does not necessarily equate “normal” size. Average breast size can vary by country. In the U.K., for example, the average is 36DD.

What is the most attractive cup size? ›

It seems, then, that it is actually not the case that large breasts are necessarily better. When the respondents were asked about the exact body size they prefer, this result was consolidated. Most respondents in the study preferred C-cups, followed by B-cups.

Is 32C or 34C bigger? ›

A 32C is one cup size smaller than a 34C. That also means a 34 is two cup sizes bigger than a 30C, and so on.

Why do so many female bodybuilders have breast implants? ›

After spending many hours in the gym on a daily basis and finding that they have lost fatty breast tissue, some female bodybuilders find the addition of breast implants to be a perfect way to regain femininity.

How to get the most realistic breast implants? ›

Use the Right Silicone Implant Material

Women seeking a more natural appearance often opt for silicone since the material feels more like natural breast tissue. Silicone teardrop implants aren't round like standard implants. Instead, they have a sloped contour and texture that mimics the shape of natural breasts.

Will my shirt size change after breast augmentation? ›

Implants not only change the size and profile of the chest but the entire form of the body. Don't be afraid to show that by shopping for more form-fitting t-shirts, shirts, and dresses.

Do breast implants look smaller at first? ›

After surgery, the implants tend to ride hide and appear small due to the patient's skin tightness in the area. There is tightness because the implants increase dimension to breast tissue causing the skin to compress the implant's shape and size.

How many cc is an average breast? ›

One breast cup size is about 175cc, but the results may vary based on the implant chosen. For example, a 200cc implant may not look the same on two different women.

How many cc's are in a size C cup? ›

A: A much-generalized rule of thumb is that one cup size is about 175cc. Therefore, if you are an A-cup and desire to be a full C-cup you should expect to try implants around 350cc. Q: My girlfriend was a small B-cup and she is now a D-cup with 350cc implants.

What is the beautiful breast ratio? ›

In their recent study, Mallucci and Branford analyzed natural breasts of 100 models and identified 4 attributes of an ideal breast: an upper pole-to-lower pole ratio of 45:55 (the “45:55 breast”); a skyward-pointing nipple (20° mean angle); a straight/mildly concave upper pole slope; and a tight lower pole convexity.

Why do breast implants look high? ›

After your breast augmentation, your implants may appear to sit high on your chest during the early stages of healing. This is because when the implant is placed behind the muscle wall, it agitates the pectoralis muscle and causes it to put pressure on the implant.

Do breast implants look better under or over the muscle? ›

The under the muscle or submuscular approach involves placing the implants below the chest muscle. This is usually a good option for women with little native breast tissue, as the muscle offers greater coverage. The results tend to look more natural than breasts that are placed above the muscle.

Is it better to get breast implants under the muscle or over? ›

Over the Muscle Implants

The more tissue you have, the better. This is because breast tissue provides a foundation that won't allow your new look to appear too artificial. Placing implants above the chest muscle can make for an easier procedure with a shorter recovery time.

Will my breast implants look better if I lose weight? ›

Will losing weight make my breast implants smaller? Unlike the results of fat transfer to the breast, which can be significantly impacted by weight fluctuation, breast implants themselves will maintain their original shape and size regardless of changes in the patient's weight.

What nationality has largest breasts? ›

The largest breasts can be found in Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom and the USA, the smallest in Central Africa and Southeast Asia. There are also striking similarities with the BMI in terms of size distribution.

What is considered extremely large breasts? ›

Breasts that have an excess of at least 5 pounds of breast tissue. Extra breast tissue that equals more than 3% of your total body weight.

What ethnicity has the largest average breast size? ›

The women with the largest breasts are from Russia, Sweden, Norway and Finland, who, on average, have a cup size larger than a D. Women from Africa or living in Asian countries are on the opposite end of the spectrum - the majority with A or B cup sized breasts.

What are the restrictions for breast implants? ›

Don't shower or wet your bandage for the first 48 hours after surgery. Talk to your doctor about showering with your JP drain in place. Avoid baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools for at least 6 weeks after your surgery.

What makes you not a candidate for plastic surgery? ›

Finally, unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, using drugs or having a high body mass index may preclude you from having surgery. Before plastic surgery is performed, you should stop smoking or using drugs and be at or close to your ideal weight with a BMI of less than 30.

Who is not a good candidate for plastic surgery? ›

It is appropriate for patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 that have not had previous weight loss surgery. Patients diagnosed with bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating, high liquid calorie intake habits or similar eating related psychological disorders are not good candidates.

Is there a weight restriction for breast augmentation? ›

Losing Weight

According to experts, if you exceed the recommended BMI limit of 30, it is advisable to work on your weight first before undergoing breast augmentation. You can join a prolific fitness and weight loss program as recommended by your surgeon. After achieving a safer BMI, you may proceed with the surgery.

What is the best age to get breast implants? ›

Deciding On the Ideal Time For Breast Implants

The 20s and 30s are the most frequent time that women have breast implants. Women in that age bracket are usually in the best health of their lives, have an awareness of their body appearance, and they are mature enough mentally for breast implants.

At what age is it too late to get breast implants? ›

There is no age limit for breast surgery. People can get breast implant surgery or surgery to lift breasts at any age. You may choose breast implants to improve your appearance.

What makes a poor surgical candidate? ›

If a patient does not have the psychological reserve or ability to cope with a significant complication, he is a poor surgical candidate (30).

Why you should avoid plastic surgery? ›

Cosmetic surgical procedures can carry the risks of complications such as infections, scarring, and even life-threatening problems like blood clots or anesthesia complications. There may be dissatisfaction with the results, potentially leading to the need for additional cosmetic surgeries.

What are the chances of a failed plastic surgery? ›

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A 2018 retrospective published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery looked at over 26,000 outpatient plastic surgeries between 1995 and 2017, and found that complications occurred in less than 1 percent of cases.

Who gets plastic surgery the most? ›

There isn't really a typical person who gets plastic surgery. Women are more likely to get plastic surgery than men, and younger men are more likely to get plastic surgery than older men. In recent years, more men are getting plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can aid and improve self-perception and boost self-esteem.

At what age should you not have plastic surgery? ›

There is no maximum age for cosmetic surgery.

What happens if I lose 20 pounds after breast augmentation? ›

Many women in Houston, TX are worried that their implants will shrink as their bodies lose unwanted fat. Actually, this is a common misconception. Your breast implant size won't change if you lose or gain weight.

What is the minimum weight for a boob job? ›

So a BMIs at or under 28 is required for most patients.

Due to the risks of surgery, I do not operate on patients with a BMI of 30 or over. For breast augmentation surgery, a BMI at or below 25 is required for safety and a beautiful outcome that will last.

How big is too big for breast augmentation? ›

Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters or CCs. Implant sizes typically range from 80cc to 800 CCs. When a patient opts for larger than 400 CC, without the breast tissue to support the size, the implants can show through the skin, looking awkward.


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