Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need/want this service?
A person who has lost a significant amount of weight and is bothered by the presence of excess skin will be a good candidate for an upper body lift. It is important that your weight loss has stabilized before you undergo this procedure and that you are confident you can maintain your new weight going forward. Candidates should be physically healthy and not smoke.
What to expect if I get this done?
If you have had significant weight loss, your results from an upper body lift will be visible almost immediately. However, the healing process takes time, and it can take several months or more to see the final results. The results of this procedure are generally long-lasting, but you will likely see some subtle changes in firmness simply due to the natural aging process.
What should I expect before my procedure?
A consultation with one of our surgeons will be the best way to determine if you are a candidate for an upper body lift and what procedures will be needed to help obtain your desired results. You will get to review before and after pictures of other patients with similar body types to get an idea of what your result may look like. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and the time it takes will depend on the procedures in your custom package.
What should I expect after my surgery?
Your incisions will be covered in dressings or bandages, and a slim tube may be placed under the skin to provide drainage temporarily. You will receive instructions to follow at home and prescriptions for medication, and schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. You should expect to limit activity and avoid bending, straining or lifting soon after your surgery. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.
Can this be combined with other procedures?
Yes! An upper body lift can be performed in conjunction with other procedures often included in a mommy makeover, such as a neck lift, facelift, breast lift, tummy tuck, or scar revision. These procedures can be completed at the same time. Please consult with one of our surgeons to determine the best approach for you.
Additionally, these procedures can be done at the same time as medically indicated procedures so that you only need to have one procedure with less recovery time than if performed separately. We can work with your UTMB surgeon to ensure a streamlined process and you receive the best care possible.