Get to Know the Bra Line Back Lift
- 09 October 2016
- Dr. Mark Broudo
One of the lesser known cosmetic surgeries that is slowly gaining steam these days is the bra line back lift. Usually done as a part of a body lift procedure, the back lift is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the back, creating a slimmer and more defined back contour.
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Keep on reading to learn more about this treatment.
Benefits of a back lift
The bra line back lift can help create a tighter, smoother, and firmer contour in your back as it eliminates bulging of excess fat around your bra strap. Though it is not something that you will notice immediately, it does result in improved appearance, especially when you are wearing revealing clothing. You no longer have to worry about your bikini straps creating unsightly bulges when you go to the beach. With a back lift, you can wear any type of clothing with ease and confidence.
Candidates for a back lift
Anyone dealing with unwanted pockets of sagging back fat around the bra line that are resistant to diet and exercise can get a back lift. Most of the time, women are the ones who get a back lift, but men are also eligible for the procedure. The only difference is that women can hide the scar beneath their bra, while men have to deal with the scar or look into alternative scar removal procedures.
Those who are also getting an upper body lift may be qualified to include this procedure since back fat is often caused by weight fluctuations. The back is only one of the body areas that can get sagging skin, so an upper body lift may be recommended to enhance overall results.
Preparing for a back lift
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will review your medical history, discuss your goals for the procedure, and answer any questions that you may have. You will also get the chance to see before and after photos of patients who have undergone a back lift so that you have an idea of what your potential results may be.
Once you have committed to getting a back lift, your surgeon will give you instructions for preparing for your back lift. For one, he will ask you to quit smoking for at least six weeks before the procedure, as it can slow down healing during your recovery period. Certain medications, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs, might increase your risk of bleeding during the procedure, so these are discontinued before the surgery as well.
Just before the surgery, you will be asked to wear a bra or revealing swimsuit. Your surgeon will then mark the area that needs to be treated. These markings outline your brassiere and delineate the excess back tissue that needs to be removed.
How a back lift is performed
General anesthesia is the anesthesia of choice for a back lift surgery, especially if it is being done as part of an upper body lift. After the anesthesia, your surgeon creates an incision in the targeted area. Your surgeon will make sure that the incision can be hidden beneath a bra or a swimsuit to easily conceal the scar. Through this incision, excess fat deposits are removed. There are even some cases when liposuction is done to remove fat, especially when huge amounts of fat need to be removed.
Once the fat has been excised, the back skin is reconnected in a tighter fashion. Multiple back rolls are smoothed all the way to the buttocks. Incisions are closed with sutures.
The surgery often lasts for 60 to 90 minutes. It can be performed on an outpatient basis at fully accredited surgical facilities but is often done in a hospital when combined with other body lift procedures.
Results of a back lift
You should expect a significant difference in the appearance of your back since the excess tissue and skin laxity has been reduced. Upper back rolls are eliminated, resulting in a smoother back contour. You will also notice a decrease in the circumference of the back, making you appear slimmer.
On the downside, expect to see a horizontal scar caused by the incision made during your surgery. However, this scar is strategically placed by your surgeon to be easily concealed by your bra.
Though fatty tissue on your back can return, the amount should be considerably less than before. The best way to maintain the results of your back lift is by keeping your weight steady.
Aftercare and recovery
Initial recovery from a bra line back lift surgery takes about seven to 10 days, after which you can usually return to work. Exercise and vigorous activities are contraindicated during this period. Any sort of bra or supportshould also be avoided at this time.
It might take six weeks after surgery before you can go back to the same level of activity that you had before your operation, including strenuous tasks and workouts. A loose-fitting flex bra is recommended for a few weeks.
Right after your surgery, expect to experience some swelling and bruising on the surgical site. There is also some pain and discomfort after the anesthesia has worn off, but you can usually take prescribed pain medications for this. You may also apply an ice pack on the surgical site to decrease discomfort.
Your doctor will schedule follow-up checkups with you so that they can monitor your progress and watch out for complications while you heal.
In general, a bra line back lift is a safe cosmetic procedure, provided that you followed the pre-operative instructions that your surgeon has given you. Minimal risks include bleeding, infection, and scarring.
If you are not happy with the result of your back lift or upper body lift surgery, your surgeon might be able to offer you a revision procedure that makes use of the same incision point to limit any additional scarring.
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