Will I lose nipple sensation?
Some sensation loss may occur during a breast lift because the nerves have been affected during the procedure.
Can I breastfeed after a breast lift?
Because the milk ducts must be disrupted during a breast lift, future breastfeeding may be affected. As such, we recommend waiting to undergo a breast lift until you are finished having children if you want to preserve your breastfeeding abilities.
Will I have scarring?
Yes, some scarring is inevitable following a breast lift. However, these scars will be very light and difficult to identify once you have fully healed.
How long is the procedure?
Although every breast lift procedure is unique, the surgery typically takes between one and three hours to complete.
Can insurance cover a breast lift?
Typically, your health insurance provider will only assist you with the cost of a breast lift if it’s being performed for medical reasons, such as alleviating severe back pain. If the surgery is purely cosmetic, insurance likely will not cover the cost.
How can I tell if I need a breast lift vs. breast augmentation?
Generally, a breast lift in Santa Monica is ideal for patients looking to correct sagging breasts or raise the position of their breasts, whereas breast augmentation is meant to enhance breast size and shape. During your consultation with Dr. Macias, he will evaluate your situation to help you decide which procedure makes the most sense for you.
Should I wait until I stop having children?
Although there’s nothing wrong with having children after a breast lift, going through pregnancy may impact the results of the procedure. If you want to have the best odds of maintaining your results, you may want to wait until you’re done having children.
How long do results last?
On average, the results of a breast lift will last for approximately 10 to 15 years. However, many factors will determine how long your results last, including your lifestyle and whether or not you maintain a stable weight.
Can a breast lift change the size of my breasts?
While a breast lift primarily addresses breast sagging, it may result in a slight reduction in breast size due to the removal of excess skin. However, if you desire a significant change in breast size, you may need to consider combining a breast lift with breast augmentation (for increased size) or breast reduction (for decreased size).
Are there any risks or complications associated with a breast lift?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including bleeding, infection, changes in nipple or breast sensation, asymmetry, poor wound healing, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It's essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon and follow all pre- and post-operative instructions carefully to minimize complications.