BACK LIFT / UPPER BODY LIFT
BRA ROLL SKIN REMOVAL
What is a bra roll skin removal?
Oftentimes after significant weight loss, the skin and tissues of the back sag and create unwanted skin folds or rolls of excess skin and fat. The tissues of the back often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size after weight loss and therefore the skin may sag or appear as “rolls”. A surgical procedure known as a back lift, or upper body lift, can address the issue of excess skin and fat on the back. A back lift is a surgical procedure that focuses on re-contouring and tightening up the back by removing excess skin and fat. This procedure also helps to address the bulging areas above and below the bra line that can be troublesome for some women.
A back lift is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Patients are positioned on their stomach for the procedure. A back lift procedure concentrates on the mid to upper back area and flanks (sides) beneath the arms. This is a particularly difficult spot for women as these rolls of skin tend to surface above and below the bra line. The goal is to conceal the incision as best as possible underneath the undergarments such as a bra which may be worn by women. An incision is made across the back and excess tissue is removed. Liposuction may also be used to remove any excess fat from the area. The remaining skin is then sutured closed in multiple layers, resulting in a smooth and toned appearance. Bandages are applied to the incisions following the procedure and small, thin tubes or drains are usually placed prior to closure under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Recovery and Results
There may be some swelling and discomfort after a back lift, but most discomfort can be managed with pain medication. Patients usually take 2 weeks off from work. Drains will be managed at home and are usually removed within the first 2 weeks. Excercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for the first 4-6 weeks. Patients are usually able to return to regular activities within 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
Back lift surgeries are an effective form of cosmetic treatment for both men and women, especially after a significant amount of weight loss, and are often combined with other procedures to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals all at once. The best way to make sure your results from the procedure are long lasting is to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain your weight. All post-op care instructions should be followed carefully to ensure successful results. As swelling continues to diminish, patients can enjoy their improved body contour around 3 months after surgery.