Upper body lift surgery may consist of one or several procedures, including an upper arm lift, breast lift (or gynaecomastia treatment) 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
• If you have recently undergone massive weight loss through natural means or bariatric surgery
• If you have excess, sagging skin following pregnancy
• If you are discouraged by loose skin around your arms, chest or waist.
• If you have rolls of fat around the edges of your lower back (“back rolls”)
• Liposuction of fat pockets in your upper body has resulted in loose skin that needs to be removed
Are you a good candidate for an upper body lift?
You must be in good physical health to undergo an upper body lift. 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 things that would make you a suitable candidate for an upper body lift:
• 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 stabilised and optimised, factors that will aid in your recovery.
• You are in overall good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Get clearance for plastic surgery from your primary care physician or from doctors treating you for medical conditions
Things to think about before an upper body lift
• 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 large scars that your surgeon will try to hide or minimise
• This is a demanding plastic surgery procedure with a somewhat lengthy recovery period
• You will probably need one to three days of hospitalisation or skilled nursing care at home
Dr Adnan will be happy to discuss whether this procedure is right for you and how it could transform your life in an initial consultation.