Marina Del Rey

Risks of Breast Lift (Including Recovery)

As with any surgery, there are risks when having a breast lift. A breast lift can be very helpful in restoring the youthful shape that your breasts you may have lost as a result of aging or pregnancy.  When considering having a breast lift, however, you should also be aware of the risks. Dr. David Stoker has extensive experience safely performing breast lift surgery for over a decade.

Dr. Stoker is happy to meet with you in person to review your desired goals and see if a breast lift is the right procedure for you. Request a consultation online, or contact the office of Dr. David Stoker at (310) 300-1779

Risks of Breast Lift – Risks associated with ANY surgery

No matter what type of surgery you have performed, cosmetic or non-elective, certain general risks may apply.

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Blood clots
  • Anesthetic risks
  • Hematoma (accumulation of blood under the skin)

Risks of Breast Lift – Risks specific to the breast lift operation

  • Scar abnormalities
  • Change in breast or nipple sensation
  • Irregularities in breast contour
  • Lasting pigmentation changes
  • Damage to deeper structures of the area – such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscles
  • Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue)
  • Seroma (accumulation of fluid)
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Possibility of difficulty breastfeeding

Side Effects during Recovery

Following the breast lift surgery you may experience tenderness that is easily managed with pain medication. Other side effects you may experience during your recovery include:


  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Changes in nipple sensitivity
  • Itching around the incision sites
  • Increased firmness or fullness in the breast tissue

These side effects should disappear over the next few weeks, although some may last a few months.

Recovery Time:

Most patients are able to return to work a few days after their breast lift. The incisions will heal over the course of the following month, after which you are able to return to a normal exercise routine.

Take the Next Step:

 Call the office of Dr. Stoker today at (310) 300-1779 or request a consultation online. Our friendly plastic surgery consultants are ready to help you.