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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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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