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 or may be excess sklin. Excess fat is treated with liposuction, and excess skin is treated with a surgery known as bra line back lift. Although diet and exercise can do wonders for the body, it can not tighten excess skin that has been previously stretched. At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons offer the bra line back lift, or upper back lift, to improve the contour around the bra line. This procedure removes excess skin of the upper back, leaving a surgical scar can be hidden beneath a bra. In men, the scar is sometimes designed to hide in an existing skin crease. Call our cosmetic practice in Reston, VA to set up a private consult and find out if you are a candidate.
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"Wow! This place is great. This was my first time ever going for a cosmetic procedure and let me start off by saying how friendly and kind the staff are here. Like, all of them were so nice. I am 23 and I went in for a consultation for sculpsure and also some injectable fillers for my mouth area. The doctor walked me through all of the options that would best fit my body type regarding the body contouring, though I ended up not going through with it for now until I have more money coming to me . HOWEVER I did get to address something that has been troubling me for a while, which was my asymmetrical lips (top one was a lot smaller than bottom) and the start of nasolabial folds (I hope I spelled that right). I am super into preventative skin care, and these were problem areas that simply could not be fixed with any at-home skincare tricks. I felt very embarrassed by them because even though I am 23, I felt like it was making me look older. So the doctor took the time to listen to all of my concerns and was INCREDIBLY SKILLED AND INTUITIVE when placing the injections. I actually have him a hug afterwards because I was so happy with the results immediately . So all-in-all I think this place is wonderful at what they do, making you look and feel your best and treating your unique problem areas in a safe and comfortable environment."- C.F. / Yelp / Sep 18, 2019
"Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Christopher Knotts As I approached 60, I started noticing a tired look about my face, especially my eyes. This started me thinking about cosmetic surgery and finding a way to get a 'refreshed" look. Wasn't sure what that was or what I needed, but I started searching for not just a good cosmetic surgeon, but the best cosmetic surgeon in the DMV that I could find. I googled, researched, requested recommendations from other physicians and had consultations with cosmetic surgeons who made my short list. Through my research, I stumbled across Dr. Christopher Knotts who was recommended as "someone worth checking out." Best advice I ever received. Although I had been to the Austin-Weston Center in the past for injections and fillers, I was not familiar with Dr. Knotts as he was fairly new to the practice. So I scheduled a consultation. I was immediately drawn to his warm demeanor and honesty. I wanted a doctor that I could trust and who was concerned about me as a person and what I wanted from my surgery. These are the qualities I found in Dr. Knotts. I did not make a knee-jerk reaction, but continued my research and consultations with other surgeons. None measured up to the qualities I found in Dr. Knotts. A year after my initial consultation with Dr. Knotts, I started to realize that he was the best. Dr. Knotts is an extremely skilled surgeon. He is very patient, listened to my concerns and made recommendations for the best possible results. Again, I cannot say enough about his honesty and integrity. Dr. Knotts and the entire staff at the Austin-Weston Center made me feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. The staff was very responsive and supportive of my needs and never failed to answer my questions or return phone calls. Cosmetic surgery is quite a journey, and I am so glad that I took this journey with the best cosmetic surgery center and doctor in the DMV. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, I strongly recommend that you take a very close look at Dr. Knotts and the Austin-Weston Center."- C.C. / Yelp / Sep 18, 2019
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During a bra line back lift procedure, an incision is typically 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 strap will be pulled tight and then sutured together. The amount of tissue that will be removed will be discussed during the initial consultation. For weight loss patients, as much as 8 – 10 inches of skin can be removed for a tighter appearance. In patients who also have breast droop, the procedure can be combined with a breast lift or reduction for a single incision that goes all the way around the mid chest and tightens both the front and back of the body.
A bra line back lift is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about 1 – 2 hours. After the procedure, you will wear compression to help compress the surgical area and keep the incision protected. Some discomfort and tightness will initially be felt 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 the incision is made across the back, scarring will be visible but can be strategically hidden by a bra or T-shirt. The scar fades over months to years.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
If you have excess skin or unsightly back folds that are preventing you from confidently showing off your new body, call our cosmetic practice today. Our team of 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.