Upper-body-lift surgery may consist of one or several procedures, including an upper arm lift, breast lift (or gynecomastia) or surgery to remove fat rolls along the back. Loose, sagging skin resulting from dramatic weight loss or after liposuction is removed to create a tighter and smoother contour, improving your profile and leading to renewed self-confidence.
When to Consider an Upper Body Lift
You recently underwent massive weight loss through natural means or bariatric surgery.
You have excess, sagging skin following pregnancy.
You are discouraged by loose skin around your arms, chest or waist.
You have “back rolls” or rolls of fat around the edges of your lower back.
Your clothes will fit better and your body will appear slimmer.
Loose skin that causes chafing and rashes will be removed.
Surgery will smooth the bulges and rolls that make you self-conscious.
There are fairly large scars that your surgeon will try to hide or minimize.
This is a demanding plastic surgery procedure with a somewhat lengthy recovery period.
You will probably need one to three days of hospitalization.
Am I a good candidate for a upper body lift?
In order to undergo an upper body lift, you must be in good physical health. If you have lost a considerable amount of weight, have loose, sagging skin or want to improve the contours of your body, you might benefit from this procedure. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider an upper body lift:
You have undergone bariatric surgery or significant weight loss through dieting.
Liposuction of fat pockets in your upper body has resulted in loose skin that needs to be removed.
You have loose skin under your arms, by your armpits, on your breasts and rolls on your back.
The layers of fat below your loose skin are relatively thin.
You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit six weeks before surgery.
Your weight has been stable for at least six months, with no further weight loss expected. For optimal results, body contouring should not be done for about two years following the start of any massive-weight-loss program. This time allows your skin to shrink as much as possible and your nutrition to be stabilized and optimized, factors that will aid in your recovery.
You are in overall good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. People in poor health are not good candidates for body contouring procedures. Get clearance for plastic surgery from your primary care physician or from doctors treating you for medical conditions.