Skin laxity in the upper body is common among men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight, but an upper body lift can eliminate those extra skin rolls. The upper body lift gets rid of excess skin in the upper back, and along the outside of the chest. At Bandak Plastic Surgery, we have seen many weight loss patients regain their confidence after undergoing upper body lift surgery.
The procedure eliminates excess tissue, and tightens the skin of the upper back at the level of the bra line, creating a noticeable improvement in back rolls. These rolls tend to hang off both sides of the spinal column after significant weight loss.
Upper body lift surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. However, when combined with other operations such as an arm lift, or breast lift/breast augmentation, a hospital stay will be required.
Operating time ranges from 2 to 5 hours, but may vary according to the number of procedures patients elect to have done.
The incision for the upper body lift is typically made across the upper back. Excess skin is removed from the upper back, as well as along the sides of the chest.
During the first few days of recovery, patients will experience some pain, accompanied by swelling and bruising. Most patients are able to resume work within 2 to 3 weeks. Walking and light exercising is allowed early on, but strenuous exercise should not be resumed for at least 6 weeks.
Risks associated with this type of major surgery include bleeding and infection. Patients are advised to comply with their surgeon’s post-op instructions, so that there will be minimal or no complications.
Call us today at (304) 925-4665 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Abdalla Bandak. Dr. Bandak will do a comprehensive evaluation of your upper body, and determine if you would be a good candidate for this procedure.