What is an Upper Body Lift?
An upper body lift addresses areas such as the upper back, bra line, and breasts with a combination of procedures. These surgical procedures can lift underlying tissue that has become stretched and remove excess skin to improve the contour and balance of the upper body. The upper body lift procedure can be performed alone, or combined with other contouring procedures for full-body transformation.
Who is a Candidate for Upper Body Lift?
Good candidates have reached their goal weight and their weight has been stable for six months. Those who experience bulges of stubborn fat and excess tissue in the bra line and upper back area can benefit from an upper-body lift. Patients often decide to have an upper body lift after a dramatic weight loss to retighten the tissue. Like other surgical contouring procedures, the upper body lift is not meant to replace weight loss efforts and should only be performed once a healthy weight has been reached and maintained.
What Happens During an Upper Body Lift?
An upper body lift is generally performed with the use of local or general anesthesia. The appropriate incisions will be made based on the extent and location of excess skin and fat. Incisions are made in the bra area to address bulges and laxity in the upper back. In some cases, liposuction techniques alone can be used, using small incisions and a cannula device to break up and remove stubborn fat cells.
What will my Recovery be Like?
Recovery from an upper-body lift will involve some swelling and discomfort in the treated areas for two to three weeks. Patients should expect to take this time off work to properly recover at home. After this time, patients can return to regular activity but should still avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.