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Upper Body Lift After Weight Loss Columbus

Get rid of loose skin of the back and chest after weight loss with an Upper Body Lift procedure!

Upper body skin excess correction after weight loss.

Why choose Dr. Shah & Dr. Centeno for Upper Body Lift procedures after weight loss?

At the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery, our board certified Plastic Surgeons specialize in all facets of body contouring.  They are also nationally recognized leaders in this unique sub-specialty of cosmetic surgery.  Their regular participation and attendance at conferences focused on thee unique needs of the weight loss patient ensures that you are getting the most up to date information about how to address your needs.  

What is an Upper Body Lift Procedure?

Most patients who experience significant weight loss after bariatric surgery or diet/exercise have significant skin laxity of many areas of the body.  Depending on whether you are apple or pear shaped, how much weight you gained and how much weight you lost, the laxity can affect you differently.  Some patients end up with skin folds and rolls of the upper back and side of the chest under the arms. These folds can be very concerning and negatively affect the way your bras and or clothing fit.  An Upper Body Lift can help with this problem!  An Upper Body Lift is a procedure where the excess skin is removed from either the upper back, side of the chest or side of the body to tighten the skin and remove skin excess.  The results are dramatic and make a huge difference in how your clothes fit.  Often times the scars can be hidden under the bra line and fade quite well with time.

What is the recovery like after an Upper Body Lift?

The recovery from an Upper Body Lift is no where near as long as that from an upper body lift or tummy tuck.  It is easier!  Because there is no muscle tightening and just skin removal most patients bounce back from this procedure much faster than they anticipated.  One to two weeks is the average recovery from this procedure.  While, you will not be released to full activities like exercise for some time, most patient return to light activities at home and at work within 7-10 days.

Can an Upper Body Lift be combined with other body contouring procedures after weight loss?

Body Contouring after weight loss procedures are often combined to save patients money, speed up their rehabilitation and to improve their results.  An Upper Body Lift is no different.  Upper Body Lifts are often combined with arm lits, breast lifts, tummy tucks and thigh lifts.  It is usually not combined with a lower body lift due to comfort and recovery issues.  Upper  Body Lifts can also be performed as a stand alone procedure if it is an isolated concern or was not corrected at an earlier stage of rehabilitation.

What makes you a good candidate for an Upper Body Lift?

A good candidate for an upper body lift is someone with one or more skin rolls of the upper back and side of the chest, very loose skin and minimal amounts of fat.  They must understand that they are going to get a much smoother and tighter appearance at the expense of a scar across the back or in the arm pit region that can be covered with a bra.  In men, this incision is more difficult to conceal.  If this trade-off is acceptable to you, then you may be a good candidate for an upper body lift.  Other aspects that make you a good candidate for an Upper Body LIft include stable weight, non-smokers, and good nutritional status.  These factors increase your chances of having a smooth recovery.

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