Breast Augmentation


As the aesthetic medicine industry continues to develop, breast augmentation continues to be an incredibly popular option for patients looking for long-lasting results. Breast augmentation is an excellent option for patients who desire an increase in breast volume and an improved appearance of the breasts to promote a renewed sense of confidence. In consultation with Dr. Aya-ay, patients can determine whether breast augmentation is the procedure best suited to their needs.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which implants are placed to enhance breast size and shape. Women who have always had small-volume breasts as well as women who have experienced a loss of volume due to weight loss or nursing are candidates for breast augmentation. For patients who have significant breast asymmetry, augmentation can often help create more equal-volume breasts. If the patient has ptosis or sagging of the breasts, a mastopexy/breast lift may be needed alone or in conjunction with the augmentation mammoplasty.

Dr. Aya-ay is well known in Tampa Bay as being highly specialized in breast augmentation.  She is honored to have been chosen as faculty for Allergan’s Plastic and Regenerative Medicine division in which she trains her fellow colleagues from all over the U.S. on her surgical techniques.  Dr. Aya-ay was also one of the few physicians who acted as a primary investigator on the Mentor®  clinical trials for the cohesive gel “Gummy Bear” implants. Her involvement with these trials allowed Dr. Aya-ay access to these implants before they were made readily available to the majority of plastic surgeons.

Dr. Aya-ay performs breast augmentation utilizing a broad range of breast implants from Allergan® and Mentor®. These include 5th-generation cohesive gel and saline implants. The patient’s surgical procedure is tailored specifically to their desires and needs, helping to ensure the best outcome possible.

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Prior to the procedure, Dr. Aya-ay will complete a consultation with you to ensure that your specific needs can be met. This will include discussing your goals and desired outcomes to ensure that breast augmentation is the best procedure to achieve your goals. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history that pertains to the procedure as well as the results you are aiming to achieve. These consultations also serve to help answer any questions you may have.

The breast augmentation procedure involves the insertion of a saline or silicone implant into the breast via a small incision in the inframammary fold or around the areola. A pocket is created either on top of the pectoralis muscle and under the fascia or beneath the pectoralis muscle (dual plane). Measurements, intraoperative sizers, and your desired outcomes are used to help determine which implant volume is the most appropriate for your body. The surgery is performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility under general anesthesia. The procedure typically lasts no more than two hours. After the surgery is completed, you will be able to go home on the same day as the procedure.

Beautiful, Natural Results


Dr. Aya-Ay is dedicated to providing beautiful, natural-looking results for her patients. To view before and after photos of real patients, please visit our gallery.


Breast Augmentation Recovery and Aftercare

During the recovery period, you will have activity limitations in order to decrease the risk of postoperative complications. You will have a dressing in place and, in most cases, a surgical bra. Postoperative medications include an antibiotic, pain medication, and often a muscle relaxant and anti-nausea medication to be used as needed. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation, and again at your preoperative visit to ensure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about breast augmentation or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs. To schedule your consultation appointment, contact our Tampa office.

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