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5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

The BEST Decision I've Made in my Life - Layton, UT

I have been very aware of the unusual shape and unevenness in my breasts since I developed and I have spent many agonizing years doing everything I can to cover myself up and blend in. Even staying in bad relationships because I was too insecure and self loathing to believe I deserved better. I can now walk by a mirror and not want to cover up and cry. I owe my new outlook on myself and my...

very happy! - Layton, UT

I had this surgery performed because I was very insecure about how small my breasts were. I didn't feel like a woman. I felt like I grew up, but my body never did. I'm SO HAPPY I did this. I still tell everyone I know it's the best investment I have ever made! I am SO confident now!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

100% Satisfied - Layton, UT

Plastic Surgery was a big step for me. I recognized I wanted to go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon but how would I choose the right person. When I began my search, I was working outside of the USA. I emailed inquiries to many physicians throughout the USA and received mostly automated responses of "Please call our office at ..." That was until I discovered Dr. Y. He and his office staff responded immediately to my emails, answered all of my questions, set up appointment times, and kept in contact with me until I arrived for my appointment. It was simply amazing. He is personable and realistic in his approach. I never felt rushed during appointments. Preoperatively, we choose the appropriate size for my breast implants. He offered his expert advice but also took into consideration my thoughts. He patiently waited in the room until all of my questions/concerns were addressed. With each appointment, his patient approach never changed and I considered myself very fortunate to have discovered this talented professional. Four weeks from my surgical date, my breasts look natural and beautiful. Twenty four hours following the surgery, I used the prescription analgesics he prescribed to control the pain but after the first day, I was easily able to control the pain with Ibuprofen. My pencil thin scar is approximately 2 cm in length and even at this point it is barely noticeable. Without hesitation, I recommend Dr. Y and his wonderful office staff for all of your plastic surgery needs. I would go to no other and will return to his office for all of my future plastic surgical procedures.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Lost 80lb - Complete Overhaul of my Body (FTT, Breast Lift/reduction/implants)

After having let myself go, I finally lost the 80 pounds I had gained over 15 years. My body looked great with clothes on, but has soon as they came off, there was nothing to be excited about. It didn't matter what I did, I could not get rid of my 'apron', and sagging breasts.I decided to have a full tummy tuck, a breast lift combined with a reduction, and implants (both surgeries were...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

Amazing Doctor! - Layton, UT

I'm so happy with my new breasts and my flat stomach!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

I Feel 20 Years Younger! - Layton, UT

I had implants 10 years ago and it didn't turn out the way I wanted them. Dr Y was able to take them out and reshape my breasts so I feel normal and sexy again. All my clothes fit me now and I am excited for summer to come and wear a lot less clothes.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

High Recommendations!! - Layton, UT

I wasn't happy with my first doctor at all! I was just a number to him and his staff. I wanted to look better and feel better about myself.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Don't Be Embarassed - It's Worth EVERY Penny! - Layton, UT

I had a vertical C-section scar that was ugly, embarassing and surrounded by uneven pockets of fat.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Would Do It Again in a Heart Beat! - Layton, UT

There were no cons only pros. I did it because of the shoulder, neck and headache pain I was in and had been since a young adult. My insurance finally said they would pay for it and I went for it. Not even a second thought. I would do it again in a heart beat.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Feeling Fabulous - Layton, UT

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Personal Statement

I am a down to earth, honest, perfectionist with an artists eye for detail. I take great pride in my craft and truly care that every single patient is satisfied with their results.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

$100. Consult fee applies towards the procedure costs.

Awards & Recognition

Professional Recognition:
AOA national honor society
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Yates has hospital affiliations at Davis Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, University of Utah, 1993
    Medical: MD, University of Utah, 1997
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Missouri, 2003

Treatments offered at Dr York Yates

Blog Posts and Articles

Mini Tummy Tuck Video

Live mini tummy-tuck surgery. The procedure includes: Deep sedation with an anesthesiologist Local infiltration Redundant skin excision Muscle plication Closure This patient also had a breast augmentation which can also be seen on Youtube

Breast augmentation video

Demonstration of live breast augmentation video on Youtube. Procedure includes Deep sedation Local infiltration Small incisions Saline breast implants This patient also had a mini tummy-tuck which can be seen on another video.

Should Teens Be Getting Plastic Surgery?

Teenage women (those under 18 years old) account for about 2 to 3% of all patients presenting to plastic surgeons offices to discuss cosmetic surgery. Personally, I have seen an increase in inquiries as well as consultations from teenage patients. Some of the more common reasons young women come in for cosmetic surgery is for breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. This is controversial. The issues involved include maturity, decision-making ability, safety, and legal aspects...

Find Your Best Plastic Surgeon in Three Easy Steps

Start by looking in the right places. 1. First and foremost (did I mention this is important), narrow your search by only looking at board certified plastic surgeons. It is unfortunate, but there are individuals whom are misleading and you need to ask two

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost?

Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons. More than any other procedure, patients tend to shop by price when considering breast enlargement. Every plastic surgery receptionist answers the que

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Silicone Breast Implants Vs. Saline - How to Choose?

Advantages of saline Less expensive (about $1000 less) Adjustability Shorter scar (my scar is 1" long) No silent ruptures - if they deflate/... READ MORE

How Much Weight Can I Lose from Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The amount of weight lost with a tummy tuck varies depending on how much weight you are carrying in the tissue that is to be removed (specifically the... READ MORE

What is the Difference Between a Lifestyle Lift and a Mini Lift?

This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables. For one, each plastic surgeon has his own opinion of what a mini-lift... READ MORE

Alternative to General Anesthesia for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is most commonly performed under general anesthesia. That is the way that most of us were trained and comfortable with... READ MORE

Pubic Area Appears Bigger After Tummy Tuck

The pubic region is an area that needs to be specifically addressed with a tummy tuck. Done well, the pubic region should be tight and flat without... READ MORE

Will High Profile Implants Give "Natural-looking" Breasts?

I don't want to disappoint you but I would argue that at your relatively small frame you will not look natural with a 500 cc implant. My decision... READ MORE

Special Offers at Medical Spas?

I went to an informal lecture regarding a laser liposcution platform this evening. Not that I am in the market to buy laser liposuction until there... READ MORE

What is the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery?

Excellent question! To become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a plastic surgeon must first complete intensive training in an... READ MORE

How safe is TissuGlu for a tummy tuck?

Drainless tummy tuck is the direction the tummy tuck is going.   Why shouldn’t it be, patients really hate drains and if the complication rate is th... READ MORE

How Do You Massage Breasts After Breast Augmentation?

Massage, or implant displacement, after breast augmentation is controversial. I ask patients to do it for the first 6-8 weeks after surgery starting... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Yates

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What Does Breast Reduction Surgery Look Like? (GRAPHIC)

Dr. York Jay Yates walks us through a typical breast reduction surgery. WATCH VIDEO

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