What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty,  is a popular surgical procedure that enhances breast volume, improves symmetry, and increases self-confidence. Dr. Markelov places FDA-approved silicone or saline-filled implants above or below the chest muscles to achieve the patient’s desired look. Often breast augmentation is for those who wish to enhance naturally small breasts or to restore volume lost as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Breast augmentation in Tampa does the following:

  • Increases breast size
  • Creates aesthetically pleasing breasts
  • Corrects sagging due to pregnancy, aging, or genetics
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Why choose Dr. Markelov for Breast Augmentation in Tampa?

Tampa Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Markelov, has a meticulous eye for detail and years of experience, and his primary concern is making sure his patients feel safe and excited about their procedures. These qualities coupled with his high-level training have helped many patients love their bodies again.

An abbreviated list of Dr. Markelov’s credentials include:

  • Double board-certification
  • Plastic surgery training at the competitive University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Teaching awards from Drexel University College of Medicine at Easton Hospital, where he completed his general surgery training
  • A Patients’ Choice Award
  • Published in multiple medical journals across the globe

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What To Expect During Your Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Markelov, you can expect a warm and welcoming environment where your concerns and goals are our top priority. We'll discuss your medical history, perform a physical examination, and explore all available options to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. You will choose what type of implant you want and where the incisions will be made, and ask any questions you’d like about the procedure.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation can enhance your confidence and restore balance to your figure, helping you feel more comfortable and empowered in your own skin. Dr. Markelov is dedicated to delivering beautiful, natural-looking results that exceed your expectations and enhance your overall well-being.

Choosing Your Implant

We offer both saline and silicone breast implants, each with its unique advantages. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater and can be adjusted in size during the surgery, while silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel that closely mimics the feel of natural breast tissue. Dr. Markelov will guide you through the pros and cons of each type and help you choose the option that best aligns with your goals.

Preparing for Surgery

Before your breast augmentation procedure, you'll receive detailed instructions on how to prepare. This may include avoiding certain medications, adjusting your diet, and arranging for transportation to and from the surgical facility. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so it's essential to follow these guidelines closely. Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure that you're comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Dr. Markelov works with experienced anesthesiologists who will monitor you closely to ensure your safety and well-being.

Incision And Implant Placement

There are several incision options for breast augmentation, including inframammary (under the breast crease), periareolar (around the edge of the areola), and transaxillary (in the underarm area). Dr. Markelov will discuss these options with you during your consultation and recommend the most appropriate incision placement based on your anatomy and preferences. Once the incision is made, Dr. Markelov will create a pocket for the breast implant. The implant can be placed either beneath the chest muscle (submuscular) or directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular). The placement decision depends on factors such as your natural breast tissue, body type, and desired outcome.

Determining your candidacy for a Breast Augmentation in Tampa

Dr. Markelov has a detailed discussion with each patient to determine whether a breast augmentation can match their expectations, always educating them on the size they can expect. He only moves forward if he feels the procedure will achieve a patient’s aesthetic goals. You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:

  • You are unsatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts 
  • You have sagging breasts
  • You want your breasts restored to how they were in younger days or pre-pregnancy 
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical or have a tuberous shape
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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

After the procedure in Tampa, Dr. Markelov loves seeing patients visit the office wearing clothes they would never have dared to wear before. Some benefits of the procedure include:

  • Fuller, balanced breasts
  • Increased self-confidence, wear the clothes you’ve always wanted to
  • Breasts sit higher, giving an overall more youthful appearance
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Quick recovery, minimal scarring 

With AM Plastic Surgery’s quick recovery protocol, patients are able to resume low-impact daily activities on the subsequent day. Dr. Markelov injects patients with a long-acting local anesthetic that acts as a nerve blocker; this eliminates pain during recuperation. Recovery for many looks like this:

  • Patients can move about the next day
  • Patients can continue normal activity in two weeks
  • Patients should avoid intense physical activity for 4-6 weeks
  • Non-narcotic pain relievers are utilized as much as possible

Dr. Markelov avoids the use of permanent sutures, electing instead to use dissolvable ones. The incisions are then covered with skin glue. These practices make aftercare much smoother and reduce scarring. Some swelling and soreness is to be expected in the days after the procedure, and you may be advised to avoid some types of physical exertion for several weeks after the surgery.

Transform the way you look

A custom breast augmentation with Dr. Markelov enhances a patient’s look and overall self-esteem. Dr. Markelov listens carefully to a patient’s goals and studies their body closely. The result is a more feminine, sculpted physique that achieves their ideal look. Call AM Plastic Surgery for a consultation for a breast augmentation in Tampa with Dr. Markelov today.

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Breast Augmentation FAQs

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

What's the difference between breast augmentation and a breast lift?

What’s the difference between saline and silicone implants?

How will pregnancy affect my breast implants?

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

Like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, changes in nipple sensation, implant rupture or leakage, and capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the implant). Dr. Markelov will thoroughly discuss these risks with you during your consultation and take steps to minimize them.

What's the difference between breast augmentation and a breast lift?

While breast augmentation focuses on increasing breast size and volume using implants, a breast lift, or mastopexy, is designed to address sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue. Sometimes, these procedures may be combined to achieve the desired outcome.

What’s the difference between saline and silicone implants?

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and are inserted empty before being filled to the desired size, offering flexibility in adjustment during surgery. Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel that closely resembles the feel of natural breast tissue and tends to have a softer, more natural appearance.

How will pregnancy affect my breast implants?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes in breast size, shape, and position, which may affect the appearance of breast implants. While some women experience minimal changes, others may notice more significant alterations. Dr. Markelov will discuss the potential impact of pregnancy on your breast implants during your consultation and provide guidance on how to maintain optimal results.

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