LOS ANGELES BREAST LIFT FAQ’S

What is breast lift surgery?

The effects of aging, weight loss, gravity, and pregnancy can profoundly affect the appearance of a woman’s breasts by causing them to stretch and lose their volume. Dr. Hoefflin performsbreast lift surgery, or mastopexy, to help improve both the shape of a woman’s sagging breasts, as well as reposition the nipple-areolar complex (pigmented areas around the nipple) to a more aesthetically pleasing level. The result is a more youthful, attractive, and shapelier breast.

Am I candidate for breast lift?

Women with small, sagging breasts are ideal candidates for breast lifts. The Los Angeles breast lift can surgically enhance your figure to give your breasts a more perky, natural appearance.

Can a breast augmentation and breast lift be performed at the same time?

Yes, Dr. Hoefflin frequently performs breast lifts and breast augmentations at the same time. Breast implants can increase the size of your breast, correct the breast volume that may have been lost after pregnancy or weight loss, correct an imbalance or asymmetry in breast size, restore better body proportions, or be performed for revision breast surgery or reconstructive purposes following breast cancer surgery.

What is a Mommy Makeover surgery?

Dr. Hoefflin frequently performs mommy makeover procedures, in which a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and breast lift are simultaneously performed. The pregnancy process often leaves mothers with unacceptable changes in body appearance or self-image. Included in these changes are smaller and deflated breasts, excess abdominal skin and stretched abdominal muscles. It should be noted that even without pregnancy, massive weight loss or aging can lead toward these same results. The mommy-makeover procedure in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills can restore your pre-pregnancy abdominal contours and youthful appearance to your breasts.

Why is important to chose a board-certified plastic surgeon?

Your selection of a surgeon is as important as your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery itself. Many patients do not know that in most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. This means someone not trained in Plastic Surgery could be performing your surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Selecting a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery provides that your physician has completed the necessary and extensive training to perform plastic surgery and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

What should I expect during my breast lift consultation?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Hoefflin is an opportunity for you to discuss your desired aesthetic goals. It is helpful to bring a list of questions and concerns that can be specifically addressed. Commonly discussed breast lift topics include the incision types and location, the possibility of breast implant placement, activity after surgery, and recovery after your procedure.

During your consultation, customized literature that discusses your specific procedure will be provided. Additionally, digital photographs of similar patients will be reviewed. Dr. Hoefflin believes digital photography can be a valuable tool in understanding the benefits and limitations of breast lift surgery.

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What are breast implants made of?

Breast implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and profiles. They are also available with either a textured or smooth surface shell. Breast implants can either be filled with saline (salt water) or silicone gel, depending upon the patient’s tissue characteristics and desired aesthetic goals.

During your consultation with Dr. Hoefflin, the various options and techniques for both implant selection and placement for breast augmentation and breast enhancement will be discussed at length.

What is the preferred location of breast implant placement?

Dr. Hoefflin performs a “dual-plane” technique for his breast augmentations. In this specialized approach, a portion of the implant is placed beneath the pectoralis muscle (submuscular), and another portion placed above the muscle (subglandular). The result is a more natural and youthful appearance. This advanced technique avoids the rippling appearance of other surgical approaches. In rare exceptions where patients demonstrate excessive loose and sagging tissue, subglandular (above the muscle) placement may be the preferred approach.

What are the incisions used for breast lift surgery?

Because of his expertise in breast surgery, Dr. Hoefflin performs all techniques in achieving beautiful breast lifts, including the periareolar (Benelli, donut), vertical, or keyhole (anchor, wise) pattern techniques. Dr. Hoefflin closes all incisions himself, and makes every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Breast lifts are complex operations that should be performed by properly qualified and board-certified plastic surgeons.

What types of anesthesia are used?

Dr. Hoefflin performs breast lifts in Beverly Hills as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, as administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure generally takes about one to three hours. All operations are performed in fully credentialed and state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

Should I expect pain after the procedure?

Our patients are surprisingly free of pain due to the tumescent local anesthesia that is used. Most patients describe the recovery process as a mild to moderate discomfort. Most patients tell us they feel much better than expected following their breast lift surgery and are able to return to work and social activities within several days to one week following surgery.

What is the recovery like after a breast lift?

Patients are discharged home with light dressings and a comfortable, form-fitting bra. Soft bra support (without underwires) is encouraged for 4 to 6 weeks. Meticulously placed self-absorbing sutures are placed. Slight to moderate bruising and swelling are common for several weeks. A self-massaging protocol is initiated after several weeks to maintain both breast and implant softness.

How long should I wait to resume exercise after breast implant surgery?

Patients can return back to light or non-strenuous workouts after several weeks, with a full return to all activities after four to six weeks. Any premature participation in strenuous activities can result in a prolonged recovery or unanticipated complications.

What are the risks associated with breast lift surgery?

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the risk of serious problems after a Los Angeles breast lift are rare. Most complications are minor, temporary, and can be easily resolved. Complications may include infection, bleeding, loss of nipple sensation, and wound healing complications. Breast implants can present with further complications, although these too are rare. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.

What can I do to best prepare for my upcoming Breast Lift?

Dr. Hoefflin and his staff will supply you with a list of pre-operative instructions, including medications to avoid, in the days and weeks leading up to your Los Angeles arm lift. Importantly, These instructions include quitting smoking as it can have deleterious effects on wound healing and your final result.

What can I do to minimize my risk of bruising?

Aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, and virtually all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents thin the blood and can promote bruising. In addition, anything herbal, red wine, and homeopathic medications can do the same. To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid these products for 10 days before a treatment.

Does Dr. Hoefflin offer financing?

Yes, we offer financing to make our Los Angeles breast lifts more affordable to our patients. To learn more about our financing programs, click here.

How can I get more information about breast lifts?

You can read more information about our breast lift procedures by clicking here. To learn if you are a candidate for the breast lift surgery in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, contact our offices for a href=”/contact”>complimentary consultation.