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Breast Lift Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah

Plastic surgery to lift sagging breasts is called mastopexy, or a breast lift.

Over time breasts can droop and lose fullness.   The heavier the breasts and the poorer the skin support, the more rapidly breast droop will occur.  A breast lift is a procedure designed to lift droopy breasts with breast tissue and skin reshaping. 


Breast Lift FAQs

What is a breast lift?

The overall goal of Dr. Yates’ breast lift procedures is to return the breasts to a higher position on the chest. You can think of it as a younger position. The breasts sag for different reasons. As we age, weakening support tissues put more stress on the ligaments that attach the breasts to the pectoral muscles, and these ligaments stretch. The breasts grow by at least one cup size and then lose size (sometimes beyond their original size) during pregnancy and through breastfeeding. The gain and subsequent loss of a good deal of weight cause the skin to stretch. To reverse these changes, Dr. Yates removes excess skin and repositions tissue to raise and firm the breasts. In most of these procedures, the nipples and areolae are repositioned to match the higher position.

How is a breast lift performed?

As with each of his surgeries, Dr. Yates views every breast lift as unique to that patient. Excess skin, sagging, support tissues, even fatty areas in the breasts vary between each patient. Because of that, Dr. Yates adapts these procedures to fit the unique needs of the patient. With a breast lift, the incision locations and the extent of the incisions vary depending on the degree of sagging and how much excess skin needs to be removed. There are three options for your incisions

 

    • Areolar incision – A donut-shaped incision is made around the areola. This is also known as a donut mastopexy. This method can be used with women who have minimal sagging and minimal excess skin. It creates minimal visible scarring, as the incision is hidden by the areola.  If larger degrees of lift are treated with this approach it can stretch the areola and flatten the breast.   Nipple lift of approximately 2 cm is possible
    • Lollipop incision – This starts with the donut-shaped incision, but it then extends downward, ending at the breast crease. This is the procedure of choice for most breast lifts.  The nipple can be lifted significantly and the breast reshaped
    • Anchor incision – This follows the lollipop incision but then extends in both directions along the breast crease. When there is significant skin excess this scar pattern is often required.

Once the incision has been made, Dr. Yates lifts and reshapes the breast tissue to counteract the way in which breast volume has bottomed out. If he uses the lollipop or anchor incisions, the nipples and areolae will be relocated to a higher position on the breasts to match the new profile. In most cases, Dr. Yates will also make the areolae smaller if the skin has stretched. 

Who is an ideal candidate for a breast lift?

Breast lifts are great procedures if you’re unhappy that your breasts have flattened and seem to have lost volume. If these characteristics sound like your situation, this could be a good procedure for you

 

  • Your breasts have lost their shape or volume
  • Your breasts sag
  • The skin on your breasts is stretched
  • Your breasts are flat, elongated, or pendulous
  • Your nipples point downward
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical

There are a couple of things to note, however. Breast lifts with Dr. Yates don’t change the size of your breasts; they simply bring more breast mass back up to a higher position on the chest. A lift doesn’t change the fullness or roundness in the upper portion of the breasts a lot. If you want to add fullness or size, adding implants to the breast lift procedure will accomplish that.

Also, if you plan on having additional children, you are not a perfect candidate for a breast lift. That isn’t an arbitrary thing — pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect your results.

Where are the scars for a breast lift?

One of three basic breast lift scar patterns is chose

Circumareolar (scar around the areola of the nipple)

lollipop (scar around the areola and vertically beneath the nipple)



Anchor scar (lollipop scar plus a horizontal scar beneath the breast)



The technique used is tailored to the individual patient depending upon the degree of breast droop and skin excess.  Other factors such as the size of the areola and whether or not an implant is added affect the decision as to which scar pattern would be best.

The breast scars associated with a Utah breast lift can be significant and must be completely understood by the patient prior to proceeding with surgery. Successful, aesthetically pleasing results depend largely upon the artistry and skill of the surgeon. An artist himself, Dr. Yates prides himself on obtaining excellent results, serving the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Dr. Yates will discuss the most pleasing scar pattern at the time of your consultation.
What will my recovery be like after breast lift surgery?

Breast lift is a complicated procedure but the pain is often minimal.   When an implant is added, there is more pain and recovery.   Plan to take 1 week off office work, 3 weeks off physical jobs and moderate exercise.  The full, unrestricted activity starts at 6 weeks.

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What are the risks with a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery entails all the risks that come with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, infection, reaction to general anesthesia, and the like. Risks specific to breast lift include loss of nipple sensation, asymmetry, and inability to breast freed. 

Does insurance cover a breast lift?

These are deemed elective procedures and they are not covered by insurance. Dr. Yates does offer a variety of payment options, however.

How much does a breast lift cost?

The average cost of surgeons fees for a breast lift is $4,377, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2014 statistics.   This does not include implants, anesthesia fees or operating room fees and the patient can expect a higher total cost.    For a list of the costs of common procedures performed by Dr. Yates click here.

Can I do breast implants with a lift?

Breast implants can be used in addition to a breast lift to help achieve more breast fullness. Breast implants are necessary if you would like to increase the size of your breasts.

There is a myth that the only way to achieve fullness of the upper breasts is to add an implant. That is true with “skin only” lift procedures. Deep breast tissue rearrangement and reshaping can result in some addition of fullness for some patients using the patients own breast tissue.  However, if significant increase in upper breast fullness is desired, an implant is necessary.

There is some degree of breast lifting with an implant alone from the effect of filling the skin envelope.  

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Can I do fat transfer with a lift?

Breast implants can be used in addition to breast lift to help achieve more breast fullness. Breast implants are necessary if you would like increase the size of your breasts.

There is a myth that the only way to achieve fullness of the upper breasts is to add an implant. That is true with “skin only” lift procedures. Deep breast tissue rearrangement and reshaping can result in some addition of fullness for some patients using the patients own breast tissue.  However, if significant increase in upper breast fullness is desired, an implant is necessary.

There is some degree of breast lifting with an implant alone from the effect of filling the skin envelope.  For some patients a shaped or anatomic implant is better than a round implant in achieving this effect.

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I am planning on having breast augmentation, how do I know if I need a breast lift?

Three categories of patients

  • Patients who need a lift.   The amount of droop will require it
  • Patients who will benefit from a lift but we have to determine whether the scars are worth it for that individual patient’s goals
  • Patients who don’t need a lift

Dr. Yates will help the patient determine whether a lift is worth it to them or not.  3D imaging is often a helpful tool in this decision.  Since 2010, 3D imaging has been available in our office in Layton, UT.

How long does a breast lift last?

A variety of factors determine the degree of long term breast droop improvement.  The patients tissue characteristics, elasticity, support, and breast weight will determine how well the lift procedure lasts.  Generally, patients with heavier breasts and poor skin elasticity will not maintain the results as well but this is impossible to absolutely predict.  An implant can contribute longer lasting upper fullness.  For some patients a reduction of lower, droopy breast tissue with addition of an implant can improve the longevity of the procedure.  So called – addition/ subtraction surgery.

Breast reduction with a lift and implants.   Why remove breast tissue if you are adding an implant?

Women with heavy breasts who want less droop and more upper fullness often benefit from reduction of the heavy lower tissue at the time of breast implants. This helps to achieve a fuller upper breasts and the results last much longer. There are also often times where one breast is larger than the other and by removing more from the larger breast we are able to use the same implant on each side which helps to achieve improved symmetry.

Can a breast uplift improve asymmetric breasts?

Breast lift can be designed to treat asymmetric breasts. Breast lift is a very artistic procedure and each breast is treated separately.

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Where does Dr. Yates perform breast lifts?

Breast lifts can be performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient operating suite or local anesthesia with deep sedation in Dr. Yates AAAASF certified clinic operating room. Dr. Yates is proud of our in-office operating experience and patients love it as well

 

How do I schedule a consultation or schedule surgery?

We would be honored to have you as our next breast augmentation patient.  To schedule a consultation, call the office at (801) 525-8741 or if you would prefer an online visit fill out a virtual consultation form.   Dr. Yates will respond in a timely fashion to your inquiry.

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