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 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

In general, this is an out-patient procedure and a hospital stay is not required.

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

You will need to wait 2 weeks for light exercise and 4 weeks for regular exercise.  You doctor may advise you to wait longer for chest exercises.

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

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, Dr. Patterson

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