A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed and the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface.
Upper-body-lift surgery may consist of several procedures, including an upper arm lift, breast lift (or gynecomastia) 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 the profile and leading to renewed self-confidence.
Patients with massive weight loss, it’s likely this incision will run from the elbow to the armpit and perhaps extend along part of the upper chest wall and toward the back. Excess skin will then be removed through this incision.
In breast lift, plastic surgeon will likely make three incisions: one around the areola, one extending from the bottom edge of the areola down to the breast crease (the inframammary fold) and the final incision underneath the breast, following its natural crease and curve. The surgeon will then remove any excess skin and relocate the nipple and areola to a higher position on the breast. This is the most common way to perform a breast lift; however, your surgeon may forego one or more of these incisions, depending on the shape and contours of your chest. In males this surgery is called as gynecomastia surgery.
Those who want fat rolls removed from around their middle or lower back will have incisions on both sides of their midback (where their folds used to be) or near the bra line for women. The excess skin will be removed from the area and the incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, glue or tape. The incision goes across the midback and will be strategically located to be hidden by your bra strap or bathing suit strap.
Depending on the areas of your body you wish to target, you may opt for an upper arm lift, a breast lift, and surgery to remove fat rolls along the back or a combination of these procedures. Your plastic surgeon will help you determine which procedures are best for you.