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.
Body Lift FAQs
Does a lower body lift include thighs?
A lower body lift can address areas of the lower body like the stomach, thighs, or buttocks.
Does insurance cover lower body lift?
In some cases, excess skin left over from massive weight loss can be considered a medical condition and is thus covered by your insurance. However, this is rare and a lower body lift is most often not covered by insurance. We encourage each patient to speak with their provider before their consultation.
How do they remove excess skin after weight loss?
After massive weight loss, a surgical lift procedure is necessary to remove excess, stretched skin. This can come with a number of cosmetic benefits as well as medical ones.
How much does a body lift cost?
Body lift procedures are often complex and customized to your unique needs. Youll receive a full estimate of your costs for a body lift procedure during your consultation with Dr. Kayastha.
What is a circumferential body lift?
A circumferential body lift is sometimes called a 360 body lift because it addresses areas all around the body. It can be beneficial in cases of extensive skin removal.
What does a lower body lift consist of?
A lower body lift generally targets areas like the stomach, butt, thighs, and hips. However, a lower body lift can be customized to your unique goals.
What is a 360 body lift?
A 360 body lift addresses the full circumference of the lower body - meaning the stomach, hips, lower back, and butt.
What is the recovery time for a body lift?
Its normal to require four to six weeks for full recovery from a body lift, although this can depend on how extensive your procedure is. Youll notice most swelling subsides within one to two months.
What is included in a body lift?
A body lift usually includes a combination of a tummy tuck, butt lift, and thigh lift. However, this can be customized to your cosmetic goals and needs.
What is a skin lift?
After extensive weight loss, its common to have sagging skin and tissues that dont retract. In this case, surgical body contouring is usually needed to remove it.