Breast Lift

A breast lift helps Los Angeles patients restore a youthful shape to their breasts following pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Board-certified plastic surgeon and breast enhancement expert Dr. David Stoker rejuvenates a sagging bust with refined techniques honed over thousands of surgeries. 

To discuss your Los Angeles breast lift options, simply request a consultation online or call us at   (310) 300-1779

Why choose Dr. Stoker?

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He’s published a number of research papers on emerging concepts in breast lift techniques and safety.
He’s been featured throughout the media, including The New York Times and NBC’s “Today Show.”

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Breast Lift Options

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.

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Nipple & Areola

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.

Dr. David Stoker

Dr. David Stoker

Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.

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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.

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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.

Breast Lift FAQ
Does a breast lift require an implant?

Many of my Los Angeles breast lift patients do not require implants. I can use specialized techniques for making the most out of my patient’s existing breast tissue without using an implant. However, if the patient definitely wants a larger cup size, adding implants is usually the best option.

Does a breast lift make the breast smaller?

I do not typically remove breast tissue as part of the breast lift operation. Because the lifted breast is tighter and perkier, it actually appears larger even though its volume is similar to before surgery. Bras fit differently (and usually better) when the breast is reshaped into a more youthful form.

Will I be able to breastfeed following a breast lift?

Most patients are still able to breastfeed following my breast lift operation because I do not remove the nipple. By leaving the breast ducts intact, the breast maintains its functional structure. It’s important to note, however, that some women have difficulty breastfeeding whether or not they have had surgery.

Should I wait to have a breast lift until after having children?

For young adults who are bothered by particularly droopy breasts, it may be beneficial to have a breast lift before pregnancy. In more subtle cases of breast droopiness, it’s reasonable to wait until after children to have a breast lift.

How long is the recovery following a breast lift?

My patients usually return to work a few days after a breast lift in Los Angeles. The incisions heal over the course of a month, and patients may then resume exercise.

Are any other procedures commonly performed with a breast lift?

Most of my patients who have breast lifts are mothers. Most of these women will also benefit from a tummy tuck and liposuction to reclaim their pre-pregnancy figures. We call this combination of procedures the Mommy Makeover.

Will I ever need a breast lift again?

The breast lift is usually performed once in a lifetime. Just like all parts of our bodies, however, the breast will continue to age. The breast will always look better than if the lift were never performed at all. It is possible to perform the breast lift again in future years if the patient desires a perkier shape.

What types of complications may occur with a breast lift?

Complications tend to be minor and resolve over the course of a month or two with appropriate treatment. Possible complications include bleeding, infection or slow wound healing. I prefer to see my patients often following surgery in order to minimize the frequency and significance of complications.

Where are breast lift scars located?

Breast lift scars are usually around the areola and on the underside of the breast. For a more detailed explanation please review my page on breast lift techniques.

Will I maintain nipple sensation following a breast lift?

I leave the nipple attached to the deep structures of the breast, including nerves, so that nipple sensation is preserved for most patients.

Is it possible to make the areola smaller during a breast lift?

I routinely make the areola diameter smaller to maintain optimal proportions with the newly perky breast. It is possible for me to vary to the diameter of the areola depending on patient preference.

Is it possible during a breast lift to improve breast symmetry in size and shape?

Improved symmetry is a goal for many of my breast lift patients.

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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.

To learn more about breast lift surgery, request a consultation with me online or call my office at  (310) 300-1779 to schedule your personal consultation.

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Non-Surgical Enhancement

Our expertise extends beyond plastic surgery. We offer an extensive range of non-surgical treatments administered by our talented, experienced team of aesthetic providers under the guidance of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker.

If you have a treatment in mind, review our complete offering of non-surgical services. If you need a little help deciding, narrow down your options with our interactive treatment planner.

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