Upper Body Lift The Woodlands
What Is A Upper Body Lift?
An upper body lift (body contouring) involves one or all of the following individual procedures: back lift, arm lift (brachioplasty), and/or breast lift (mastopexy or gynecomastia surgery).
Who Benefits From A Upper Body Lift
Clients that can benefit from one or all of these procedures are those that have had massive weight loss (such as gastric bypass/gastric sleeve patients) and now have loose, excess sagging skin in either the upper arms, upper back (back rolls) or breast area. Other clients that have these physical findings may also benefit from this procedure.
Upper Body Lift Surgery
Smokers should stop at least two months prior to the upper body lift operation. Although still at an increased risk of complications, stopping will slightly decrease your risks. If available, a test will be done on the day of surgery to ensure that you have not been smoking. All blood thinning and anti-platelet medications should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the surgery once approved by the prescribing doctor.
For descriptions of the back lift, arm lift (brachioplasty), and breast lift (mastopexy or gynecomastia surgery), please see the links to the individual procedures.
The operation usually takes place in an outpatient surgery center. However, if multiple procedures are done at the same time, the client’s surgery may be done in a hospital and an overnight stay may be required for safety reasons.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery provide excellent care and service for upper body lift clients in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas area.
What Is A Back Lift?
A back lift is an operation that removes loose or excess skin in the upper back area.
Who Benefits From Back Lift Surgery
Clients that will benefit from a back lift are those that have loose or excess skin in the upper back area (back rolls). These patients typically have experienced a large amount of weight loss either from gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, or from massive weight loss secondary to diet and exercise.
Back Lift Surgery
Smoking should be stopped at least two months prior to the operation. Even then, you are still at an increased risk of complications from the surgery. A test may be done on the day of surgery to ensure that you have not been smoking. All blood thinning and anti-platelet medications should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the operation if approved by the prescribing physician.
During the operation, an incision is made across the upper back. Every effort is made so that, at least in female clients, the scar will be hidden by the bra strap or strap of a bikini. Excess skin and fat is then removed and the incisions are closed.
This operation can be done in conjunction with other upper body lift procedures such as the arm lift (brachioplasty) or breast lift (mastopexy or gynecomastia surgery). If done alone, the operation usually takes place in an outpatient surgery center. The operation normally takes about one and a half to two hours. Clients usually go home the same day.
Back Lift Post-Operative Care
Two surgical drains will probably be left in place. The drains are used to remove any post-operative bleeding or fluid accumulation that may occur. You will also have a compression garment that should be worn at all times. You should avoid lying on your back until healing has occurred. A prescription for narcotic pain medication will be given. The first follow-up appointment will be within five to seven days. The surgical drains may be removed at that time, depending on how much fluid is coming out of them. All of the sutures are buried and do not need to be removed. Clients can typically return to light duty/work in one to two weeks. You should be able to return to full activity and exercise in six weeks.
Potential Complications From Back Lift Surgery
Complications can include, but are not limited to, post-operative bleeding (hematoma), infection, wound healing problems, or the development of seromas (fluid collection).
Unfavorable results can include under-correcting the deformity and potentially needing revision surgeries. Widened scars can also occur.
It is important for massive weight loss clients to have a stable weight for at least a year prior to undergoing any type of upper body lift/body contouring procedure such as a back lift. The reason for this is that if, after the surgery, the client looses a significant amount of extra weight, excess skin can become a problem once again.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery are pleased to offer back lifts for clients in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas area.