Upper body lift
A technique used to remove excess skin from the upper back
- General statement: An upper body lift addresses unwanted fat and skin of the upper back. This develops overtime and can be burdensome to patients, making it difficult to properly wear a brassiere. Incisions are made along the upper back and this tissue is removed through an upper body lift.
- Why? Extra skin folds of the upper back can be and aesthetic and functional concern. Whether you have had these your whole life or developed them over time their presence can be an issue. Surgery allows these to be removed in exchange for scars.
- Are you a candidate? If you have extra skin folds of the upper back that sag and are bothersome then you may be a candidate to have them surgically removed.
- The procedure and recovery: Incisions are made along your upper back, sometimes hidden within the bras line. The extra tissue is remove and the incisions are closed. You will likely have drains. You will be back to light duty in 1-2 weeks, but full recovery and can take 1-2 months.
- The results: The removal of this skin will lead to a smoother and flatter upper back region. The trade-off for the skin is longer scars, but these can often be hidden in the bras line.