Upper Body Lift

Upper Body Lift Overview

After significant weight loss, loose, sagging and hanging skin can make it very difficult to maintain good hygiene, fit into clothing you like and perform day-to-day activities. Upper body lift surgery is a procedure for patients who struggle with these concerns. Upper body lift surgery deals with upper body areas and is performed to remove excess skin and to lift upper areas of the body, such as the arms and the breasts.

Upper body lift is typically performed on patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or lap banding surgery. Upper body lift is not an alternative to losing weight, rather it is a way to rescuplt and recontour the body to fit its new shape.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in upper body lift procedures, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Upper Body Lift

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having upper body lift will result in a contoured upper body. A contoured upper body may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you've made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you've had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Upper body lift involves different techniques. Sometimes it is performed by laser surgery. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve a successful upper body lift. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of upper body lift:

  • Is having upper body lift surgery right for me?
  • How long after gastric bypass surgery do I need to wait before having upper body lift?
  • How long does the procedure take to complete?
  • How much pain is involved?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • What techniques will be used?

If you're consulting with a surgeon from1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Upper Body Lift Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Upper Body Lift Recovery

Following the surgery, your body may be slightly bruised. Swelling can be expected for several weeks. Taking oral pain medications can reduce pain or infection. Adhering to the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon is the best thing to do. Your surgeon may recommend a specific dietary plan and give you full instructions for reducing the risk of complications.

Drainage tubes will be inserted, for up to two weeks. Your surgeon may also require you to wear a medical compression garment that could be removed two days after surgery. Normal activities may be restricted, such as lifting objects 5 pounds or more. Most patients take up to 6 weeks to recover before returning to normal activities such as exercising.

Upper Body Lift Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Upper body lift can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the most frequent risks involved in this procedure?
  • What are the chances of bleeding or minor infections?
  • How long can I expect the results to last?
  • What steps can I take if I am unhappy with the results?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with upper body lift nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Upper Body Lift

Upper body lift results are long term and fairly permanent. However, to keep the body contouring results for as long as possible, it is advised for patients to keep a regular dieting and exercising routine.

Surgeons encourage their patients to have periodic check-ups with them to discuss the long-term results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area , who specialize in upper body lift surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.