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Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight are often left with problem areas around their mid or upper back. These problem areas may be stubborn fat deposits, loose skin, or both. Excess fat is treated with liposuction, and extra skin is treated with a procedure known as the bra line back lift. Although diet and exercise can do wonders for the body, they cannot tighten loose, hanging, stretched-out skin on the back. At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our plastic surgeons in Reston offer the bra line back lift, or upper back lift, to improve the contour around the bra line. This procedure removes excess skin on the upper back for a more attractive silhouette in both men and women. Call our state-of-the-art cosmetic practice in Reston, VA to set up a private consultation and find out if you are a candidate for upper back lift surgery.
A bra line back lift performed by the expert surgeons at Austin-Weston in Reston, VA is a great option for those who have significant excess fat and skin in the mid or upper back area, including those who recently lost large amounts of weight. Benefits of a bra line back lift include:
The best candidates for a bra line back lift are women and men who:
During a bra line back lift Reston patients will have an incision made across the back from one side to the other, usually where the bra line resides. Excess folds or bulges of skin will be trimmed away, and the remaining skin just above and below the bra line will be pulled tight and then sutured together.
The amount of skin that will be removed will be discussed during the initial consultation. For extreme weight loss patients, as much as 8 – 10 inches of skin can be removed during upper back lift surgery for a tighter appearance. In patients who also have drooping breasts, the procedure can be combined with a breast lift or breast reduction for a single incision that goes all the way around the mid chest and tightens both the front and back of the body.
At our practice in Reston bra line back lifts are performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about 1 – 2 hours to complete. After the procedure, you will wear compression garments to reduce swelling, promote proper healing, and protect the incision.
Some discomfort and tightness will be present initially, but this often dissipates after a couple of weeks. Although optimal results will take some time, you will see a more toned, tighter, flatter back and fitted clothing can be worn with a newfound confidence. Since an upper back incision is made across the back, some amount of visible scarring is unavoidable. However, most upper back lift scars can be easily concealed underneath clothing and, in some cases, beneath swimsuits. The majority of bra line back lift scars fade significantly over months to years.
If you have excess skin or unsightly back folds after weight loss that are preventing you from confidently showing off your new body, call our expert team today. Our award-winning plastic surgeons can work with you on how to best achieve the shape you desire. Schedule a private consultation with us to learn more about how a bra line back lift can improve your appearance.
Yes. A bra line back lift can be combined with other procedures at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Many patients get a bra line back lift as part of an after weight loss surgery treatment plan or a mommy makeover. Common surgeries paired with the bra line back lift include arm lift, breast lift, upper body lift, thigh lift, and tummy tuck. Whether or not your bra line back lift is paired with another or multiple procedures will depend on your aesthetic goals and what our surgeons advise during your consultation.
Liposuction is still the best surgical method for fat removal. However, Austin-Weston patients who are candidates for bra line back lift have an abundance of extra skin, not fat. Liposuction cannot remove loose skin. A bra line back lift is the optimal way to attain a shapelier back for those with bra line-area bulges.
Each person's recovery will vary and depend on how many procedures they have performed simultaneously or in one treatment plan. However, many patients who just get a bra line back lift can typically return to work in 1-2 weeks.
The surgeons at Austin-Weston recommend waiting a month before resuming light cardio and resistance exercises. Resumption of full-intensity exercising may occur after two months, provided your recovery is on track.
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