Breast Lift FAQ

When considering a breast lift, Los Angeles women usually many questions about the procedure, results, and recovery. Although a consultation is the only way to get information that is specific for you, Dr. Stoker has provided answers to some breast lift FAQs.

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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.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation Case 192 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #192

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
Before & After Breast Lift Case 197 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #197

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
Before & After Breast Reduction (for Women) Case 212 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #212

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
Before & After Breast Lift Case 392 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #392

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
Before & After Breast Implant Correction Case 388 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #388

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
Before & After Breast Lift Case 201 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #201

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
Before & After Breast Asymmetry Correction Case 387 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #387

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
Before & After Breast Lift Case 200 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #200

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

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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.

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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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