The 3 Essential Components of an Upper Body Lift
- 07 October 2016
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
The great thing about an upper body lift is that you are able to address multiple body parts in just one surgery. Though there are several options with regard to the surgeries that consist an upper body lift, by far the three most commonly included are the brachioplasty Miami, breast lift, and back lift.
An upper body lift starts with the administration of general anesthesia, which is the usual type of anesthesia recommended for this procedure. Afterward, your surgeon performs the following three essential components of an upper body lift.
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Also known as brachioplasty, the arm lift is a procedure that is used to remove excess skin and fat in the upper arm. During a brachioplasty Miami, your surgeon creates an incision under the arms, trims away excess, hanging skin, and removes stubborn pockets of fat. Liposuction is sometimes used in combination with the arm lift to achieve the best results. He will then pull your skin taut so that it conforms to the new contours of your arm.
There are various types of arm lifts that can be used as part of an upper body lift. The upper arm lift is by far the most common type, and it involves an incision extending from the armpit down to the elbow. Another popular type is the mini arm lift, which is a great option for people who only need a minor revision to the skin on their upper arms. Its procedure is pretty similar to the upper arm lift, but the main difference is that the incision is much smaller.
The extended brachioplasty is the arm lift of choice for people who developed excess loose skin due to massive weight loss. Your surgeon creates an incision between the inner surface and back of the arm, extending from the armpit down along the side of your chest. With this longer incision, your surgeon will be able to remove the maximum amount of skin and tissue on the inner and lower arm.
Clinically known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgical procedure that elevates sagging breasts and gives them a perkier and more youthful appearance. It addresses breast sagging, unevenness, breast volume decrease, drooping nipples, stretched areolas, and other similar aesthetic concerns. It is a staple inclusion in an upper body lift since this procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of the chest area.
During a breast lift, your surgeon creates an incision on your breasts based on the technique that you have agreed upon prior to the surgery. There are various techniques used in a breast lift, the most popular of which is the standard lift that makes use of traditional anchor-shaped incisions. Another technique is the doughnut mastopexy, which involves circumferential incisions around the nipple and areola that serve as access points for the removal of a limited amount of tissue. The lollipop lift serves as a middle ground for the two aforementioned techniques.
Though a breast lift leaves some scars, the incisions are placed in the natural folds of the breasts to minimize scarring. Through the incisions, your doctor trims away excess tissue and reshapes the underlying ones to create a natural and proportionate breast shape.
The areola may also be reshaped if it becomes stretched during the surgery. Typically, the nipples and areola are placed higher on the breasts to complement the new breast contours. Your doctor will then re-drape your skin, bringing some tissues above your areolas down to the lower portion of your breasts for support. Sutures are placed not just on the skin, but also into the deeper breast tissues to hold your new breast shape in place.
If you want to remove fat rolls located around your middle or lower back, then a back lift is also added to the mix of procedures done in an upper body lift. It is a procedure that targets the soft tissue laxity of the posterior upper body, hence eliminating the presence of upper back rolls. It also results in a decrease in the circumference of the upper back, making you look and feel a lot slimmer.
During a back lift, an incision is made across your back, usually in an area that can be easily hidden by a bra or swimsuit. Through this incision, your doctor removes excess skin and fat, especially the ones found in the posterior upper back that remain resistant to proper diet and exercise. These back rolls are smoothed all the way to the middle of the back or near the bra line, creating a smooth contour.
The closure of the wound is performed layer by layer to avoid tension along the incision lines and unwanted widening of the scar. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures, glue, or tape.
A similar procedure can also be performed in the lower back, but this is often a part of the lower body lift. If you have rolls of fat on both the upper and lower parts of your back, you may instead want to get a full body lift.
Most of the time, the three aforementioned upper body lift procedures are combined with a liposuction, especially if there is a huge amount of fat that needs to be removed. In a liposuction, a small cannula is inserted into the incisions and straight into the deep fat layer. Your surgeon will move the cannula back and forth to break up the fat cells, which will then be suctioned out with the help of an attached vacuum pump or syringe.
Once all the components of the upper body lift have been accomplished, deep support sutures are placed within the underlying tissues to hold your newly shaped contours. Skin incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips.
If you are interested in getting all these three procedures in one go, then do not hesitate to give us a call and Schedule a Free Consultation with one of our Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery board-certified plastic surgeons. We will try our best to answer all your concerns regarding the upper body lift.