What is an Upper Body Lift?
An upper body lift can consist of a selection of procedures, including an upper arm lift, a breast lift, or a male breast reduction. Many individuals who have undergone dramatic weight loss experience excess sagging skin. An upper body lift can remove this skin for a slimmer and smoother upper body contour.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who have recently experienced massive weight loss or have sagging skin due to pregnancy can often benefit from this procedure. Many patients also chose this procedure to help clothing fit better and feel more comfortable during physical activity. Ideal candidates will be at a stable weight and be non-smokers.
What to Expect
An upper body lift is performed under general anesthesia. The exact procedure steps will be determined on which procedures you elect to have done. A body lift can consist of the following procedures:
Upper Arm Lift
During an upper arm lift, fat may be removed from the upper arms with liposuction. Any excess skin will be removed through an incision underneath the arm.
During a breast lift, an incision will be created, and any excess skin will be removed. Underlying tissues will be tightened for a perkier breast appearance. Nipples will also be relocated to a higher position.
Male Breast Reduction
For men with excess breast tissue, male breast reduction can be done. During male breast reduction, excess skin, tissue, and fat will be removed to create a flatter chest contour. Liposuction, excision, or a combination of both techniques may be used.
For individuals who have fat rolls on their back, a back lift can help. Incisions will be created near the bra line, and excess skin and fat will be removed.
After upper body lift surgery, patients will need to wear compression garments to minimize swelling. Downtime will differ depending on the type of procedure(s) that you had done during your upper body lift. Most patients can resume normal activities after 4-6 weeks. Be sure to follow Dr. Howland’s post-op instructions to see optimal results.
If you are interested in upper body lift surgery in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas, contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule your consultation for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an upper body lift include?
An upper body lift can include multiple procedures based on your goals. This might include an arm lift, breast lift, or liposuction.
How long does a body lift last?
A body lift will last as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent weight fluctuations. Many patients enjoy life-long results from an upper-body lift.
Is a body lift painful?
A body lift is a surgical procedure like any other and will require downtime and recovery. Youll be given prescription medications to help manage discomfort and swelling.
What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a body lift?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that specifically targets the stomach while an upper body lift concerns areas like the arms, breasts, and upper back.
Who Is a Candidate for an upper body lift?
Patients who can benefit most from an upper-body lift are those who have lost significant weight and have sagging skin. You should be in overall good health and at a stable weight.
What is the recovery process after an upper body lift?
You can expect to take 1-2 weeks away from your normal schedule to recover after an upper body lift. During this time, you should rest and avoid extensive activities or heavy lifting.
Is an upper body lift covered by insurance?
An upper body lift is typically not covered by insurance since its considered a cosmetic procedure. We encourage every patient to check with their insurance provider ahead of their appointment so we can help maximize benefits.
How long does it take to recover from an upper body lift?
Your initial recovery can take 1-2 weeks - however, it can take 1-2 months to make a full recovery. You can typically return to your exercise regimen after 4-6 weeks.
How do you sleep after an upper body lift?
You should sleep on your back with your upper body elevated using 1-2 pillows. Its also good to keep your legs slightly elevated to prevent blood pooling.