Extreme weight loss cases can factor into loose and sagging skin collecting on your back. This loose skin can affect your confidence long after the weight loss work has already been done. A back lift can restore your back to a firmer and tighter appearance.
Back Lifts are a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin from your back after extreme weight loss cases. Back Lifts can be performed complementary to liposuction and other body contouring procedures.
What is a Back Lift?
A back lift is a permanent solution for removing excess skin on the back. People traditionally seek a back lift after experiencing significant weight loss, leaving them with sagging and loose skin.
In some cases, liposuction and other body sculpting can be done simultaneously with a back lift, taking away excess fat and loose skin simultaneously. Dr. Richardson or Dr. Pavlov can determine what the best option for you is.
A bra line back lift alters the shape of your upper back, midback, and waist. This surgery is available to men and women. The incision is made under your shoulder blades, similar to where a bra would sit on the back.
A vertical back lift removes excess fat and skin from the back and stomach. This is done with incisions running from the hip bones to the arm bones.
Deciding between a bra line back lift and a vertical back lift can depend on your goals for the procedure. With a bra line back lift, you can notice more of a lift and tightening of the back. With a vertical bra lift, the surgeon removes less loose skin. However, the scars are less visible.
Who Should Consider a Back Lift?
Candidates for a back lift are those at their ideal healthy weight who struggle with saggy, loose skin that is unable to be fixed through diet and exercise.
What is a Back Lift Procedure like?
Back lifts can be done either outpatient or inpatient. On the day of the surgery, your surgeon will examine your back, leaving markups at incision sites. During the procedure, you will be put under anesthesia and will be unable to feel any pain. Your surgeon will then make incisions on the markups they made, removing your excess skin. Your remaining skin will be stretched to create a toned, smooth appearance and reattached to the incision line.
If liposuction or any body contouring is done, it will happen before the incision is closed. When the skin is smoothed, and fat has been removed, your skin will be sewn back together. Bandages are then applied. Total surgery time ranges between two and five hours.
Results and Recovery
Immediately after the procedure, swelling, numbness, and pain can occur. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to ease any pain you experience after the surgery. Keeping your incisions clean and appropriately bandaged is essential. Avoiding anything that pulls on the skin is vital to minimize unwanted pain. Your doctor will have you wear a compression garment for a prescribed period to protect the area. Between one week to six weeks of recovery time can follow your back lift procedure. Once you are fully healed, you can notice the slimming effects of your back lift.
If you are ready to feel confident in your back, contact us today at Aesthetic Surgery Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, to schedule a consultation for a life-changing back lift procedure with Dr. Richardson or Dr. Pavlov.