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 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 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.


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.


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 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.


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