Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The youthful shape of your breasts may be lost following pregnancy, weight loss or aging. Over time, the skin and internal ligaments of your breasts lose elasticity, allowing your breast tissue to drop to a lower position. Instead of being round and perky, your breasts may become broad and flat, but supporting the breasts in a bra may only accentuate the skin wrinkles in the cleavage area. For these problems, a breast lift in Los Angeles is the optimal treatment.
Breast shapes vary greatly, and patients need individualized plans for optimal breast lift results. Operating on thousands of breasts has allowed me to refine my techniques for achieving consistently beautiful results and I apply my skills to each of my breast lift cases. Some of the key decisions we'll make together in your consultation for a breast lift include the following:
If you want to know more about these techniques, you can read a detailed discussion of my breast lift techniques.
The size and position of the areola (the area of colored skin around the nipple) are important considerations when I evaluate a patient for a breast lift. Because most candidates for breast lift surgery complain of nipples that point downward rather than forward, it is typically necessary during surgery to raise the nipple and areola to more youthful positions. I may also make the areola smaller to achieve optimal proportions with the newly tight, perky breast.
During this process, the nipple stays attached to its nerve structure within the breast, so any loss of sensation following surgery is usually temporary. As the incisions heal, full sensation is typically restored.
Recuperation after breast lift surgery is often easier than recuperation after other types of surgery. This is because breast lift doesn't affect the underlying muscles, bones, or organs. It's a relatively superficial procedure. However, breast lift is still surgery---and therefore requires a period of recuperation.
Typically, breast lift patients feel comfortable returning to work within 1 week---some after just a few days, depending on the specific details of their surgery. No drainage tubes are necessary after a breast lift. However, each patient will need to wear a special support bra to protect the breasts while they heal.
After about 1 week, I remove the sutures at a follow-up appointment. Although the incisions will be closed at this point, they won't yet be fully healed. It's important to closely follow your aftercare instructions to ensure your incisions heal to flat, subtle scars.
After about 1 month, the incisions are generally considered fully healed. At this point, patients can return to most of their more vigorous previous activities, including exercise and swimming. By protecting your incisions from the sun and caring for them based on your post-op instructions, you can do your part to ensure your scars are as discreet as possible.
The best way for patients to understand their options is in a thorough consultation with me. I will explain how the different procedures may apply to them and what I recommend for their particular case. I'll also demonstrate the result I'd expect with each of the procedure options. For some patients, I may recommend that breast lift be combined with a breast augmentation or breast reduction.
The breast lift surgery is an area of expertise for me. My patient population reflects a cross-section of Southern California, and I have a broad range of experience with different ages, ethnicities, and sizes of patients. I also have extensively published research on topics in breast cosmetic surgery, sharing my experience and techniques with surgeons all over the world.