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11 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon for a Breast Lift

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Juli Albright
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.

11 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon for a Breast Lift

Are you looking for a breast lift in San Antonio? There are many reasons for a breast lift. It may be to feel better about yourself in and out of clothes. Whatever the case, women typically desire a breast lift for several reasons like physical sagging, flattening, or droopy breasts.

This may happen due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, or accumulation of weight after a delivery. You may have lost the breast shape, or the nipples and areolas are pointing down. All of these things warrant a breast lift.

To prepare yourself for a breast lift, it helps to know all that happens during pre-surgery and post-surgery period. We suggest you ask your plastic surgeon a few questions.

1.    How experienced you are in Breast Lift Surgery?

This is an important question you should ask your surgeon to know about his/her qualification, experience, and practical experience for breast lift surgery.

What is his expertise, how many times in a month or year he performs such surgeries?  Such information will give you a decent idea of how experienced the surgeon is.

2.    Are you Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery?

If a doctor says no to this question, find another doctor with this certification. This will prove they are certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery, which requires strict training, case reviews, and very tough written exams.

Don’t shy away from asking if someone has ever involved the surgeon in a malpractice suit. This will give you more ideas about his credibility.

3.    What procedure will you adopt for my breast lift?

This is a top-notch question to ask your surgeon to know what method he/she will use for your breast lift. Remember, this depends on your medical condition, history, age, weight, body shape, and breast size, etc.

The most recommended procedures are:

•              The Anchor Lift

•              The Donut Lift (these procedures leave minimum scars on skin)

•              The Crescent Lift

In case, the medical history and other conditions are normal, the surgeon may let you choose your preferred procedure.

4.    Can you advise if I can breastfeed after surgery?

It is typically recommended to wait until after done having children before breast-feeding as the surgery does affect the breast tissue. Typically you will still be able to breast feed but there is a chance it will be compromised.

5.    Where do you operate? Are there any hospital privileges in place for an emergency?

In certain cases, the plastic surgeon will perform surgery at the surgery center in their practice. Then you should ask the surgeon if they have the arrangement to move to a hospital in case of an emergency. This is hospital privilege. In case doctors says no, you should opt for another plastic surgeons, as lack of hospital privileges (required annual review of the plastic surgeon) is a warning sign.

6.    Can you advise me on pre-surgery precautions?

The breast lift technique depends on your breast shape, size, and the lift you may need depends on your age and skin.

Your plastic surgeon will ensure that you:

•              Stop medication which might interact with the anesthesia

•              Do not take drugs and aspirin, that thin your blood

•              Quit smoking six weeks before surgery. This is vital, as smoking can disrupt your post-surgery healing.

During surgery, the surgeon will mark you in a standing position to assess the new nipple position. You will get general aesthesia to stop pain during the procedure.

The plastic surgeon will incise around the areolas, cutting it down to the front of your breasts or across. There, the surgeon will mark and identify the area for lifting the breasts. This can sometimes result in a smaller size. So, the surgeon will remove extra skin to get your breast more firm and improve their appearance.

7.    How much time will I need for recovery?

Avoid heavy lifting, stretching, running, or exercise for 3 to 4 weeks. The initial 24 to50 hours are very crucial when medication is required to subside the effects of pain. In normal situations, patients can recover in a week’s time, give or take a day or two. In good health and fast recovery, a patient can drive in 2-4 days post-surgery.

Remember, your breast will remain swollen and heavy for a few weeks. Your doctor will give you medicine, injections and creams to treat swelling, soreness, and pain, etc. After surgery, you must wear a surgical strapless bra for 2 to 3 weeks and sleep on your back with two supporting cushions to keep your chest area raised. You need to be mindful as it will take 2 to 12 months for breasts to recover.

8.    Am I a good candidate for this surgery?

This can only be determined by your plastic surgeon. He or she will judge whether you are fit for such surgery by counting in several factors like your needs, lifestyle, medical history, and reasons for the surgery.

9.    What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?

Surgery risks for a breast lift are listed below:

These include:

•              Blood or fluid accumulation in the breasts, which need immediate drainage

•              Thick and painful scars

•              Slow healing of cuts

•              You may feel the loss of feeling in the breasts, nipples, etc.

•              Loss of areola or nipples (though rarely, but happens)

You must call your surgeon immediately, if:

•              Your breasts are reddish and feel warm to touch

•              Fever over 100°F

•              Continuous flow of blood or fluid through cuts

•              Trouble in breathing or chest pains

10.  What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery?

To avoid disappointment for a poor surgery, the best way is to ensure that you have a discussion with your plastic surgeon. This discussion will give a clear picture and image of what you will eventually get from this breast lift surgery.

Despite all precautions the results may not be what you wanted. In that case, you can consult with the plastic surgeon for another surgery.

11.  Who handles the post-operative care after my procedure?

Post-surgery care is of great importance. Consider consulting with your plastic surgeon about your post-surgery care during the consultation session(s).  

In most cases, breast lift surgery is an out patient surgery. Typically you will have a post-operative appointment the day after, one week after, two weeks after, one month after, two months after and six months after. These are usually included in the prices of the procedure.


If you have anything else to ask, just ask the surgeon right away. The more satisfied you get after a question-answer session with the surgeon, the more prepared you will be for the surgery. So prepare yourself with every bit of information for the surgery you deem necessary. In the post-surgery period, strictly follow the plastic surgeon’s instructions and recommendations.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Albright in San Antonio today!

Written by
Juli Albright

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