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Breast Augmentation

Are you unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of your breasts?

Saline or silicone breast implants can restore the bustline you used to have or create the bustline you've always dreamed of.

At his practice in Toledo, OH, John F. Zavell, MD, FACS, offers world-class breast augmentation surgery.

A Breast Implant Expert Choose Dr. Zavell

Dr. Zavell has been performing breast augmentation for patients from Toledo, Sandusky, Findlay, and beyond since 1993, giving women the bodies of their dreams. In fact, his experience with breast implants is so impressive that the FDA has trusted him to help in their research of emerging breast implant technologies.

Dr. Zavell is a standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

To discuss a potential breast procedure with Dr. Zavell, request a consultation. We offer both in-person and virtual consultations. You can get in touch with us online or call: 

(740) 628-0185

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John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Real 5-Star Reviews "The absolute best."


Rachel Ewbank

Toledo, OH


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Dr. Zavell and his team are the absolute best! The entire team is so professional and personable, and I could not love my results anymore than I do! I truly feel as though I couldn’t have been in better hands! 100% satisfied!

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Wendy Martin

Toledo, OH


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Dr. Zavell and his team, from day one, took great care of me. They answered all my questions, were clear about what to expect or not expect, and were transparent about associated costs. I had confidence in them because it was quickly apparent they work like well oiled machine , always keeping client service and care at the forefront of their work. I highly recommend Dr. Zavell and his team.

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A Compassionate Team Dedicated to Helping You

"My surgery went so well, very little pain and no bruising either, and my scars look great! I am thrilled. Also I’ve had zero complications with the procedures I’ve had and amazing results! Also, the environment is extremely clean and peaceful. This place ROCKS! Wouldn’t go anywhere else." Ema Fish, 5-Star Google Review

Dramatic Results Breast Augmentation: Before & After

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After breast augmentation.
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What Makes Dr. Zavell an Excellent Choice of Surgeon?

Breast augmentation is the single most popular plastic surgery procedure, and it is widely available. However, it's important to remember that not all surgeons have the same credentials or level of skill. Here are just a few reasons why so many women choose Dr. Zavell to perform their breast augmentation procedure:

Board Certification

Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery denotes that your surgeon has voluntarily undergone education and training beyond the minimum requirements for licensure, and has passed extensive testing of his knowledge, skills, and ethics. Dr. Zavell is committed to providing the very best results, and board certification is a testament to his capabilities as a surgeon.

Leadership in His Field

In addition to being a renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Zavell is a lead researcher for the Food and Drug Administration, playing a primary role in advancing breast implants. When you choose him to perform your breast augmentation surgery, you are choosing someone who is considered an authority in breast implants, and is playing a key role in the future of the procedure.

30+ Years of Experience

Dr. Zavell has been in practice since 1993. Over the span of more than three decades, he has continued to refine his skills and abilities for the benefit of both his patients and the field of plastic surgery. The combination of his exceptional training with more than 30 years in practice can give you results that will help you look and feel your absolute best for many years to come.

Request a Consultation With Dr. Zavell

During a private consultation with Dr. Zavell in Toledo, he will take careful note of your goals and take time to answer all of your questions. If you are interested in breast augmentation, you owe it to yourself to find out first-hand why Dr. Zavell is the surgeon of choice for so many throughout Ohio. Request your consultation online or call today.

"I’m very satisfied."

"Dr. Zavell performed a secondary breast augmentation on me with use of silicone implants and I’m very satisfied with the outcome! He and his staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable from start to finish. I absolutely recommend Dr. Zavell to anyone in the area looking for plastic surgery or any other related cosmetic need!" Rebekah P, 5-Star Google Review

Silicone vs. Saline The Difference Between Types of Breast Implants

Our plastic surgeon explains the differences between saline and silicone breast implants. There are pros and cons to each implant type. Dr. Zavell in Toledo can help you decide which option is right for you.

A Closer Look at Your Options Saline or Silicone

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​Saline Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a saline (saltwater) solution. These breast implants only require a small incision since they are often filled after insertion, and they can be adjusted over time. While the result of a saline implant is typically rounder and less subtle, some patients prefer their aesthetic. Saline breast implants are very safe since the body can absorb and expel the solution should they leak. Furthermore, saline options tend to be more affordable than alternative silicone gel implants. 

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​Silicone Implants

Compared to saline breast implants, silicone implants more closely mimic the look and feel of breast tissue. They consist of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. While they do require a slightly larger incision to place, they sit higher on the chest, feel lighter, and generally appear more natural-looking. In the small chance that your implant leaks, the silicone gel tends to remain within the pocket of breast tissue, so you do not experience complete collapse.

What Breast Size Is Right for You? 

It can be difficult to know exactly what size you want to achieve through breast augmentation surgery. Our external sizing system allows you to try on different breast sizes and make an informed decision about your cosmetic goals.
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​Visualize Your Results With Our Helpful Tools

It can be difficult for patients to know what breast size will look and feel just right. We offer an external sizing system so patients can physically try on potential breast sizes before their surgery.

These imitations of breast tissue help patients understand the feel of different cup sizes and make an informed decision. Many of our Ohio patients find they prefer a size larger or smaller than they had originally thought. 

Ensuring the Best Results With the Mentor Sizing System

Dr. Zavell has his breast augmentation patients try on breast sizers before scheduling surgery so our patients from Toledo, Sandusky, and Findlay can visualize the results and make an educated decision about the procedure.

Placement Options

You and Dr. Zavell will also review the different placement options for your breast implant and determine which method is best for you. Depending on your body type, breast implant size, and personal preference, we can perform a submuscular or subglandular augmentation at our Toledo, Ohio, practice.


In a submuscular augmentation, we place the breast implant under the pectoral muscle. Many patients find the submuscular technique to look more natural, as it better hides the contours of the saline or silicone implant.


During a subglandular augmentation, our plastic surgeon places the breast implant over the pectoral muscle. This method better preserves the integrity and function of the chest muscles. Additionally, recovery for subglandular augmentation is often faster and less painful. 

"Top-notch surgeon."

"Dr Zavell's staff is truly amazing, they were very accommodating and understanding. They truly made this experience a positive one. Dr Zavell is very kind and really puts you at ease, top notch surgeon in my book!" Tam Mettler, 5-Star Google Review

Committed to You Contact Us Today

At Dr. Zavell's practice, we take a comprehensive approach to your cosmetic surgery, planning your personalized breast augmentation in relation to your body type and natural proportions. We strive not only to enhance your body but also to ensure that your results are sustainable and look completely natural. 

Peace of mind is paramount during your cosmetic surgery, and we are here to calm any fears, answer your questions, and make you feel as comfortable as possible. Patients from Toledo, Sandusky, Findlay, and all of Ohio know that they are in good hands with Dr. Zavell and our team. 

If you are ready to meet with Dr. Zavell and start planning your unique breast procedure, request a consultation online or give us a call at: 

(740) 628-0185

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Come find out why patients rave about our professional, compassionate team in Toledo.

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We are here to calm any fears, answer your questions, and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
We are here to calm any fears, answer your questions, and make you feel as comfortable as possible.


Dr. Zavell prefers to meet with you for two consultation appointments so that you have plenty of time to decide what form of breast surgery is right for you. During these appointments at his Toledo office, you will try on breast sizers to explore the possible results so you can confidently choose the breast implant type and surgical method you prefer.


When it is time for your surgery, we will administer anesthesia so that you are unconscious during the procedure. 


Dr. Zavell will then make an incision to insert the breast implant. The size and location of the incision will depend on what material you choose for your implant. 


Through the incisions, we will place your breast implants either above or below your pectoral muscle. Once they are in the proper position, Dr. Zavell will close the incisions with layered sutures.

Finishing Touches

In addition to sutures, we may seal the skin with tape or surgical adhesive. Breast augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home to recover the same day as your surgery. We will provide detailed instructions for your recovery and schedule follow-up appointments at our Toledo office to monitor your progress. 

Breast Augmentation Recovery 

Rest and Downtime

Plan to have a friend or family member drive you home and assist with your needs in the 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Get plenty of rest during this time and change your bandages according to the surgeon's instructions.

Physical Activity

Recovery times vary, with most patients returning to work within one to three weeks and vigorous exercise within six to eight weeks. While you will not be able to immediately return to your daily routine, a few minutes of walking is encouraged on the day of your breast surgery. You may return to light exercise — such as using an elliptical trainer — in one to two weeks. Many patients can resume running, jogging, or moderate group exercises after four weeks.

Managing Side Effects

Expect to feel some discomfort and soreness in the days after your surgery. You can mitigate these side effects by taking over-the-counter pain medications or a prescription from Dr. Zavell as directed. 

Compression Garment

We will provide you with a surgical bra to wear after your procedure. This will help with blood circulation and provide support as your body and muscles adjust to the weight of your breast implants. We recommend wearing the garment on a daily basis for several weeks after the surgery.


The results of the augmentation will be immediately noticeable. However, the final outcome will take a few months to appear as swelling and bruising recede and breast shape and position settle.

Take the First Step Contact Us Today

Women from Toledo, Sandusky, Findlay, and all of Ohio can start their journey towards full, attractive breasts by contacting us online or calling our office at (740) 628-0185.

Toledo Recommends Dr. Zavell

"Dr. Zavell and his nurse, Sarah, we’re so great to work with. They both were very knowledgeable and caring which helped me feel comfortable and trust that I was in good hands. I loved the results and the care I received and plan to recommend them to any friends or family that may want plastic surgery." Tessa Larimer, 5-Star Google Review
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John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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