Upper Body Lift Pensacola

Typical Timing/Age

19-64 years old

Problem

Excess upper back and chest skin & fat. This is usually caused by obesity and subsequent weight loss.

Procedure

Through a horizontal incision on your upper back excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed. The resultant scar is a horizontal scar across your upper back that continues around to your breasts/chest. Drains will most likely be used. The total operating room time varies depending on the number of different body contouring procedures performed and the number of intra-operative position changes. The procedure is often combined with liposuction, brachioplasty and/or mastopexy.

Goal

To improve upper body contour.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia

Recovery

Hospital stay

Some patients go home after surgery others choose to spend the first night after surgery in the hospital. Dr. Butler or Dr. Leveque will help decide what is best for you.

Positioning

After an upper body lift you will need to avoid putting your hands above your head for 1 week.

Assistance

You will need someone to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.

Exercise

2 weeks for light exercise. 4 weeks for regular exercise.

Sex

Wait 2 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.

Work

>1-2 weeks depending on your type of work

Swelling

Can persist for 3-6 months

Bruising

Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks

Follow-up Appointments

1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.

Risks & Complications

Hematoma, Seroma, Infection, Poor scarring, Dehiscence, Delayed wound healing, Skin necrosis, Asymmetry, Numbness, Thromboembolism, Contour irregularities, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque

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