Breast Lift Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions

Breast Lift Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions Orange CountyDr. Farbod Esmailian is a board certified plastic surgeon providing a range of aesthetic procedures to patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, and other areas. One of the key cosmetic surgery procedures that Dr. Esmailian provides is breast lift. Here is a list of FAQ on breast lift that provides basic answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about breast lift surgery.

What is breast lift surgery?

Breast lift is the common name for a plastic surgery procedure called mastopexy. This surgery is designed to elevate the position of breasts to a more youthful level by reducing excess breast skin and tightening underlying weak muscles. The procedure also typically involves repositioning of nipples and areolas to a more appropriate and attractive position.

Who is a right candidate for breast lift?

Women who are unhappy with the drooping position of their breasts with nipples pointing downwards may be fantastic and motivated candidates for a breast list surgery. An experienced plastic surgeon will examine the patient’s health, breast anatomy, and aesthetic goals before recommending breast lift as a suitable procedure. Patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, and nearby areas may consult with Dr. Esmailian if they are considering a breast lift.

Will it also enhance the size of breasts?

Breast lift procedure is specifically meant to correct the condition of severely sagging breasts. It is not a surgery meant to increase the size of breasts. Breast augmentation is the appropriate cosmetic surgery to enhance the breast size. In some cases, breast lift and breast augmentation may be performed in conjunction to achieve more comprehensive outcomes.

What to expect during the breast lift procedure?

Breast lift procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation and local anesthesia, depending on the circumstances of a case. The procedure will usually take anywhere between one and three hours to complete. The surgeon will make a discreet incision to remove loose skin as well tighten the weak underlying muscles. Nipples and areolas are repositioned to a more youthful level. After the procedure is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or skin adhesive.

How long is the recovery period?

The recovery period may vary from one patient to another depending on the extent of surgery performed and the individual healing ability of a patient. An experienced plastic surgeon will perform the procedure in a way such that bruising and swelling is minimized and recovery is faster. Most patients will be able to resume their regular activities or go back to work within a week to 10 days after the surgery.

How painful is a breast lift surgery?

The patient will not feel any pain during the procedure due to anesthesia. Following the surgery, mild pain and soreness is experienced by most patients in the first week. The surgeon may prescribe pain relieving medications during this period. Numbness in the treated area as well as the nipples may be there for a few weeks, which go away on its own. Swelling may persist for several weeks, and will gradually fade away.

For more information on procedures and treatments Plastic Surgeon, Dr Farbod Esmailian performs in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA please visit:


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