About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic treatment that reshapes the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the leftover tissue to create a firmer, younger appearance. This body contouring surgery is often reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume and those who have breast sag due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Huge advancements in breast lift surgery have made this treatment so successful that new stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Kirk Moore, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Midvale, UT, offers this surgery at his practice, Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah. By employing advanced, state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Moore can select and perform the correct technique according to your level of sag present and desired outcome.
You may visit Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah believing that you are a candidate for breast augmentation using implants. However, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is what you require to meet your needs. This is dependent on the level of sag that is present on your breasts. Breasts that point downward most often need a lift to correct skin irregularities and raise the breasts to a higher position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts appear stretched, a lift surgery can improve their appearance. Women considering a breast lift should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Absolute best plastic surgeon! - I searched for many years to find the right surgeon for what I wanted and needed done badly which was a re-augmentation and a breast lift. I worked professionally as a model traveling the country for over 15 years and saw and heard many good and bad plastic surgery stories. Dr. Nassif from the hit show Dr. 90210 was even an option for me as he has worked on a few of my friends. After many..."- S.H. / RealSelf / Mar 14, 2017
"40 Years Old , 8 Children, Much Needed Breast Lift & Augmentation - Salt Lake City, UT - I have been wanting a breast lift and augmentation for 15 years but decided to wait until I had completed my family. I saw an ad for Club Image which offers payment plans and knew immediately I wanted a consultation. The consultation was amazing! Jodie spend hours with me trying on breast impant sizes and measuring /taking pictures. I immediately scheduled surgery for 2 weeks later. They offer..."- B. / RealSelf / Aug 22, 2017
"Breast lift / implants - I am so happy I chose Dr. Moore! I just had a lollipop lift with breast implants 3 weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. I’m still recovering and have a few weeks left but I’m very happy with my results and absolutely adore everyone in that office. Dr Moore knows what he’s doing and did a beautiful job! I can’t wait to see what they look like when I’m fully healed."- B. / RealSelf / Nov 21, 2018
"I have been wanting a breast lift and augmentation for 15 years but decided to wait until I had completed my family. I saw an ad for Club Image which offers payment plans and knew immediately I wanted a consultation. The consultation was amazing! Jodie spend hours with me trying on breast impant sizes and measuring /taking pictures. I immediately scheduled surgery for 2 weeks later. They offer a rapid recovery technique which was very appealing to me as they don't prescribe pain meds as a norm and recovery is supposed to be 48 hrs. I generally have a high pain tolerance but found this procedure to be ALOT more painful then I had anticipated. I had to break down and ask for pain killers . It felt like I had been kicked in the chest by a horse. The incisions aren't painful but the pressure and built up air/fluid in the chest is as well as the tighness. I wish that I had done a little more research as to what recovery entails so I could have been a little better prepared. I am currently 5 days post op and am feeling a little less pressure and heaviness in my chest today. The days prior were extremely difficult to even get out of bed. I will continue to update and share pictures throughout my recovery process.Updated on 29 Aug 2017:I'm feeling better than I was last week. I've started doing my log rolls and that seems to help the skin tightness. The swelling has decreased some what and I am having less soreness in the morning when I wake up. Sleeping is still a little uncomfortable and I hope that subsides soon. I went and bought a better supportive sports bra and that seems to help as well. I'm also hoping I start seeing some improvement in the stitch puckering.Updated on 4 Sep 2017:I am feeling MUCH better. My skin doesn't feel tight , the zingers are lessening. When I wake up in the morning I am not as stiff. I do however feel alot of movement in my left breast when I move still and my right breast still seems significantly more swollen and the nipple is lower than the left. I am very happy with my results so far. I can't wait until my breast soften up. Also wondering when the puckering if the stitches will go away.Updated on 18 Sep 2017:I am feeling tons better. I went to my 3 week appointment and they where amazing at how nicely I am healing. So yay for that! I was just advised to start massaging. I hope that helps them to become softer because at this point they are still quite form. So very happy this far!"- B. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2018
"I searched for many years to find the right surgeon for what I wanted and needed done badly which was a re-augmentation and a breast lift. I worked professionally as a model traveling the country for over 15 years and saw and heard many good and bad plastic surgery stories. Dr. Nassif from the hit show Dr. 90210 was even an option for me as he has worked on a few of my friends. After many consults with doctors in different states I ended up choosing Dr. Moore as my plastic surgeon. I couldn't have made a better choice. I don't understand the negative comments about him "not caring" or "negative attitude". He is focused, professional, and wants the best for his clients. I chose a surgeon based on the results I wanted, not by how "friendly" or how his personality was at my consult. Dr. Moore was the most honest of all the doctors I had talked to. Dr. Moore specifically told me that he could not remove my stretch marks (which I had a ton), and I do not have 1 stretch mark now. He overdelivers to his patients and his "pain free" technique is ah-mazing! I had no pain after my surgery. However, I have had many questions and have never had a problem getting a hold of anyone at his office, in fact, I have text a member of his staff on a late night weekend with a question and have gotten a response. I was also told by Dr. Moore's staff to always feel free to call with any questions I have at all. If you a looking for a board certified plastic surgeon who delivers perfection I highly recommend Dr. Moore."- S.H. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2017
Breast lift surgery takes approximately 2 – 4 hours to complete. The procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this procedure depends on the complexity of breast ptosis. The method used for cosmetic breast lift surgery generally falls under two categories, which are based on the nature of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most commonly performed types. After making the incision, any loose and excess skin is removed along with breast tissue and fat that is not needed. The remaining skin is then pulled tight and the breasts are lifted so they look healthy and perky. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are decreased to match the new breast. If a breast lift is the only surgery being performed and your breast size is a concern, you could have breast augmentation (silicone or saline implants) added to your treatment plan following your lift.
What To Expect
The recovery for breast lift surgery is more lengthy than a breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to reduce swelling. A small tube will also be placed near the incision site to assist with excess draining that can sometimes occur after a surgical procedure. The post-surgical swelling will diminish within the first week. Dr. Moore or a member of his team will provide detailed, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results following a surgical breast lift become evident after several months as your newly shaped breasts take to their new position on your chest wall. Your breasts will look and feel natural, and your silhouette will be more defined.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Moore will listen to your needs and aesthetic goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, he can better estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your appearance. It's important to prioritize securing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Moore, to perform your procedure. To help make cosmetic surgery easier to afford, Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, augmentation with implants, or both will depend on your unique concerns and goals. For many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Moore will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals during your consultation. From there, he will decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Moore can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This will be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you may begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Moore recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve the symmetry of your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Moore will assess the physical condition and appearance of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift can help you. During your surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and positioned for better symmetry.
Plan Your Procedure
Mastopexy has changed the lives of thousands of Dr. Moore's Midvale, UT patients. If you experience sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothes, a breast lift at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah may be the right surgery for you. During your first consult, a thorough examination will be administered by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Moore, and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. Our skilled team will customize a tailored treatment plan to help transform your breasts. Please contact our plastic surgery office, Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah, and learn more about how to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.