What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a procedure that raises sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening tissues to create a more youthful breast contour.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Individuals who are experiencing breast ptosis (sagging) due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, aging, hereditary, or gravity can often benefit from a breast lift. Patients should also be physically healthy, non-smokers to benefit from this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Howland can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.

What to Expect

During the breast lift procedure, an incision will be made on the breast. There is a selection of incisions that can be used, including the areolar incision, the lollipop incision, and the anchor incision.

Areolar Incision-

This incision is created around the nipple areolar border. It is used for breasts with minimal sag.

Lollipop Incision-

This incision is created around the nipple areola and vertically down to the breast crease. It is used for breasts with mild to moderate sagging.

Anchor Incision –

This incision is created around the nipple areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the breast fold. It is used for breasts with severe sagging.

After creating the incision, Dr. Howland will lift and reshape the underlying tissue, reposition the nipple, and excise any excess skin for a more youthful breast appearance.


Following surgery, patients will need to wear a compression garment to control swelling. Bruising, numbness, or changes in nipple sensitivity may occur. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Depending on the type of job, patients may be able to return to work within a week, though physical activity should be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery.

If you are located in the Salt Lake City or Draper, UT area and are interested in learning more about breast lift surgery, contact our office today.