Upper Body Lift

The expectations that come with major weight loss is that you will instantly look and feel great. This however is not always the case. A common cause for concern after major weight loss is the sagging skin. An upper body lift is a means to solve the problems of upper back rolls, upper arm excess and sagging breasts that occur after massive weight loss. Furthermore, this surgical procedure helps to lift and sculpt those areas.

It is essential to know what the normal shape is and the right position of the infra-mammary crease in order to form an appealing reconstruction of the deformities created by weight gain and massive weight loss.

Upper body lift preparations:

There are varied opinions as to the best time for plastic surgery after weight loss. It is always best to be ‘stable’ when you do decide to have plastic surgery after your weight loss journey. To give the body time to become stable, it is usually recommended that between 18 to 24 months after your weight loss is best. During this time, the patient may have already dropped most of their excess weight and have significant excess tissue and laxity. Furthermore, most patients during this time have minimal nutritional reserves after months of reduced food and calorie intake and continued malabsorption of fat, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and proteins.

The surgeon will first examine the body and the procedure will be tailored according to each individual’s condition. Depending on the consultation and outcomes required, it may be decided that a variety of plastic surgeries be undertaken. These can include brachioplasty, liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift and or breast reduction, and or breast implants.

Reasons why people undergo this procedure really vary, here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Gets rid of upper back rolls.
  • Takes away the upper arm excess.
  • Removes the breast/chest rolls.
  • Lifts the infra mammary crease to its proper position.
  • Correct positioning of the infra mammary crease will result in proper position proportion of the entire chest, and is helpful for breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation.
  • Results to smooth, tighten and sculpt body shape.
  • Eliminates chafing and rashes due to loose skin.
Risks and Complications
  • Infection (which is possible in all surgical procedures).
  • Long recovery time.
  • Large scars (which your surgeon may hide or minimize).

Note: These recovery instructions are simply an example. If undergoing an upper body lift always follow the steps directed by your surgeon.

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Men and Plastic Surgery – Which procedures and non-surgical treatments are most popular? June 13, 2018 - With Men’s Health Week from 11 – 17 June 2018 we thought it was appropriate to check out men and beauty – which male plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical treatments are popular. Beauty is no longer just a domain for women – more and more men are seeing the benefits of looking after themselves and getting a tweak here and there. We had a chat to Dr Jeremy Hunt, one of Australia’s most in demand plastic surgeons, about what men want when it comes to treatments and procedures. There are several reasons why there’s been a massive increase in the number of men undergoing plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments; these include: To look good – men aren’t the only ones who want to like what they’re looking at in the mirror, especially the younger generation where treatments and procedures are offered in every clinic and their girlfriends are likely having them; To be competitive in the job market – whilst it may not be fair, it has been proven that those who present well are going to have a better chance of getting a job than someone who doesn’t; Bodybuilders – having a sculpted, well defined body is definitely part […]
Body Contouring with Surgery – Removing Excess Skin May 30, 2018 - Australians are getting fatter. Approximately one third of us are obese which amounts to approximately 5.2 million Australians. As more of us become dangerously overweight, more Australians than ever are opting for surgery to help them lose it. Whether it’s lap band, gastric sleeve or just through sheer hard work, many do manage to lose the weight but that’s only half the battle. Patients often find themselves even more depressed than they were before they lost the weight because of the huge amounts of excess, sagging skin that leaves them feeling like a deflated balloon. They can also experience a whole new set of medical problems and emotional issues if this goes unmanaged. Dr Matthew Peters, Director of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and co-owner of Valley Plastic Surgery in Brisbane counts his body contouring procedures as some of the most rewarding and was happy to chat with us about why removing excess skin is such an important final step in the weight loss journey. The Excess Skin Issues When skin is stretched to the point of no return it won’t bounce back once the fat underneath it disappears. It will simply droop down, often giving […]
Jo’s Body Lift Patient Story with Dr Mark Hanikeri – Excess Skin Reduction after losing 50kg October 20, 2016 - For most of us, the idea of a 7 hour marathon on the operating table is a little (lot!) scary, this is Jo’s Body lift Patient story. However, in the hands of the right surgeon, and when you combine several different procedures to be performed in one go, it can absolutely be the best way to go. Jo, was brave enough to share her story with us. She had a circumferential body lift, brachioplasty, thigh lift, abdominoplasty and liposuction all in the one procedure. Jo is a 53 year old nurse whose story starts when she had a gastric sleeve in 2014 and lost 50kgs. Because of the massive weightloss Jo had heaps of excess skin. She says, “I had empty skin that exercise just didn’t get rid of. My arms bothered me the most – they were big and floppy. Also, my inner thighs were drooping down to my knees.” Making the Right Decision Jo says she initially tossed up going overseas for her surgery but never got around to organising it. One of the girls at her work had had surgery with Dr Mark Hanikeri, Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon based in Subiaco, WA, and so Jo decided […]
Body Lift - what's the Medicare story? Questions About Body Lift Surgery – Interview with Dr Tim Papadopoulos, Sydney NSW July 4, 2016 - Trish: I’m here today with Dr. Tim from Cosmetic Culture, and they’re based in Penrith, Pyrmont and Lane Cove, in Sydney. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today today. Dr. Tim: Thank you for having me. Trish: We’re going to talk about body lift. It’s one of the procedure I’m passionate about. Can you tell us a little bit about the body lift. What actually is the body lift procedure? Dr. Tim: In a nutshell, the body lift is really just taking out a tyre, if you like, of tissue, which is skin fat around the body. You can either take a tyre that’s very low on the body so that you’re lifting up more of the buttock or you can take a tyre a little bit higher up that’s giving you a better waistline. It’s really taking a tyre of tissue right off the body and then re-opposing the two edges of the skin and tissues. Trish: Like the tree rim. Dr. Tim: Yeah, it’s like a tree rim. Speaker 1: Who is this procedure good for? Who is the best candidate for it? Dr. Tim: It’s typically aimed for patients who have […]

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