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.
For a 22-year-old, this woman's breasts drooped significantly, making them appear older. She wanted to find a Los Angeles breast implants specialist who could give her breasts a fuller and more youthful appearance. She came to Dr. David Stoker's practice to discuss her options with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.Because he... Read More
This 30-year-old nurse was unhappy with how her breasts had begun to sag. Interested in what plastic surgery could do to restore her breasts, she began looking for a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who could perform a breast lift. She decided to make an appointment with one of the surgeons at Dr. Stoker's practice.After examining her breas... Read More
After breastfeeding her children, this 38-year-old mother was disappointed that her nipples had begun to point downward. She also felt that the sagging and large size of her breasts made her look overweight in certain outfits since her breasts hung over her abdomen. Knowing that a skilled Los Angeles plastic surgeon could help her, she schedu... Read More
This 59-year-old mother complained of breasts that over the years had become larger, droopier and asymmetrical. Dr. Stoker performed a laser breast lift and small left laser breast reduction to improve her symmetry and shape without adding an implant. She is shown before and six months following her surgery. Read More
This 43-year-old mother desired smaller and perkier breasts. Years earlier she had breast augmentation, but over the last decade her breasts increased in size and droopiness. Dr. Stoker performed a laser breast lift after removing her existing implants. She is shown before and five weeks following her surgery. Read More
After she had finished breastfeeding, this 37-year-old mother wanted her breasts to look perkier and she wanted her areolas (the skin around the nipple) to be smaller and even. After some thought, she began looking for a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who specialized in breast procedures.When she met with her surgeon at Dr. Stoker's pract... Read More
This 23-year-old woman was bothered by the asymmetry and droopiness of her breasts. She found it particularly difficult that she did not fit into any bra well because of the difference in breast size. She desired to have larger and perkier breasts. Dr. Stoker performed a breast lift and augmentation with textured silicone gel implants of diff... Read More
Even though this 24-year-old woman had not yet had children, her breasts sagged dramatically, making them appear much older than they actually were. Wanting to have youthful and perky breasts, she made an appointment with Dr. Stoker's practice to discuss how undergoing plastic surgery could improve the look of her breasts dramatically.... Read More
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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