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Upper Body Lift: Getting Rid of Love Handles and Back Rolls

Upper Back LiftIn the world of body contouring, most of the focus over the years has been on the tummy and breasts. This makes sense since these areas tend to change the most as we age. But recently, people have been noticing the issues affecting the back of their bodies as well. I’m sure you’ve heard about lower body lifts and buttock enhancement, but are you aware of one of the most powerful and dramatic body contouring techniques available — the upper body lift?

What causes back rolls and bulges?

Due to age, weight fluctuations or genetics, many people develop laxity (sagging or loose skin) in their upper body. Sometimes the laxity occurs between the bottom of the breasts and the upper tummy, but it tends to be most obvious on the back. This laxity (and some associated fatty deposits) leads to those annoying back rolls near and under the shoulder blades. It also contributes to the “bra roll” that can be present in both men and women.

How can I get a sleek upper body?

Liposuction has been the primary strategy used to treat bulges, rolls and love handles. While liposuction makes a significant difference in the fullness of the rolls, it often does not fully address the underlying skin laxity. So, even after the rolls are improved, the skin may hang over or bulge out from under the bra. That’s where upper body lifts come in.

Upper body lifts make dramatic improvements in the back and side of the upper body. Over the past 20 years, plastic surgeons have become more aware and skilled at upper body lifts, primarily due to the growing numbers of people who’ve lost large amounts of weight either through bariatric surgery procedures or diet and exercise. People who’ve experienced massive weight loss can have profound laxity in their back, sides and breast area. However, upper body lifts are not just for patients with massive weight loss. There’s a growing number of people who are a healthy weight that have similar complaints.

How does an upper body lift work?

An incision is made across the back, connecting around the sides to go under the breasts. This allows a large amount of loose skin to be removed. Removing the excess skin gets rid of rolls on the mid-back and side “bra-roll” areas and can also lift rolls that may extend all the way to the love handles. Because the skin of the back is thick and strong, these incisions tend to heal well. In fact, it’s usually an easier recovery than a tummy tuck or lower body lift.

What about scarring?

If you’re worried about big, ugly scars, don’t be. Skilled plastic surgeons can usually position scars in the least noticeable places.

Women

Upper body lift scars can be positioned in the mid-back, where a bathing suit or bra strap will cover it.  Often, women combine upper body lifts with breast lifts or tummy tucks. For the breast lift, the scar from the upper body lift can extend underneath the breast.

Men

For men who are concerned about having a scar on their back, it’s possible to position the scar along the side of the chest, going down from the underarm. This produces significant improvement in both the bra roll and back areas, although perhaps not as much as with an upper body lift where the scar goes across the back.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’re frustrated with back rolls or love handles, schedule a complimentary upper body lift consultation with the expert physicians at the Emory Aesthetic Center.

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Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

Body contouring can remove excess skin after significant weight loss. Emory Aesthetic Center can help you look and feel your best.Whether from changes in diet and exercise or as a result of a bariatric surgery procedure, loosing a large amount of weight is an incredibly challenging and rewarding accomplishment to be celebrated. But what if you still aren’t happy with the way you look? Often, after losing a substantial amount of weight, you’re left with excess skin that hides your results and can leave you feeling self-conscious.

Some concerns we hear from men and women alike are:

  • “My stomach skin hangs down.”
  • “My arms flop around and hang. I don’t feel comfortable in a short-sleeve shirt.”
  • “My inner thighs are so loose and saggy, I don’t like to wear shorts.”
  • “What happened to my bottom? It just melted away!”

Complaints about the chest area are also common. Women can feel as if their breasts have melted away and hang low. Men can be uncomfortable if their chest hangs almost like they have breasts.

But you’ve worked too hard throughout your weight loss journey to stop now. If any of these concerns ring true for you, it’s time to talk with a plastic surgeon about body contouring .

Body contouring procedures

Since weight loss tends to follow certain patterns, there are common problem areas for sagging skin including:

Stomach

Loose skin in the front of the abdominal (stomach) area can hang down like an apron. Sometimes the looseness is only in the front of the tummy area, but it can also extend to the sides and back. In severe cases, there can also be a second roll of skin in the mid-abdomen, above the larger fold.

A tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) can tighten and smooth the abdomen by removing excess skin. It can also rejuvenate the pubic area. The scars for a tummy tuck are typically very low, where your undergarments or a bathing suit can hide them.

Arms

Loose, hanging skin, sometimes referred to by patients as “bat wings,” is another common complaint after weight loss. An arm lift (Brachioplasty) can tighten the skin between the shoulder and the elbow. And in extreme cases, it may need to extend past the elbow and into the forearm.

Breasts

Loss of volume in the breast area can lead to low-hanging tissue.

Women often think their breasts are too small after weight loss. A breast lift can restore size and shape so that breast implants  are not needed.

Men may need liposuction or a skin-removing procedure to tighten their chests.

Thighs

Outer thigh looseness can be treated along with the abdomen when a tummy tuck is extended to include lateral thigh or even buttock lifting — often referred to as a lower body lift.

The loose skin of the inner thigh is usually treated at a separate stage, and involves an incision that extends from the groin area toward the knee.

Back

An upper body lift can dramatically improve sagging in your back, including back rolls. The scar for an upper body lift extends from one side of the back to the other where a bra or bathing suit top can hide it. Or, it can run along the side of the trunk where your arms can hide it when they’re down at your sides.

Neck

A neck lift (or lower face and neck lift) can best address sagging in the neck area. Doctors can usually hide the scars around the back of your ear and under your chin.

Combining body contouring procedures

If you choose to treat several areas, a staged approach may be necessary for your safety and to get the best results. For example, you may choose to have a tummy tuck and arm lift in one stage. Then, after a few months, undergo a breast and thigh lift. An added advantage of a staged approach is that it provides the opportunity (at a later stage) to revise or “touch up” a previously treated area, if needed.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’ve experienced significant weight loss, the expert surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center can help you determine which procedures, or combination of procedures, can help you feel and look your best.

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The 5 Most Common Plastic Surgery Myths

A cosmetic surgeon debunks common plastic surgery myths heard from patients.Thanks to the internet, many patients are well educated about cosmetic surgery procedures when they schedule a consultation. But despite some good online resources, a few plastic surgery myths remain. Learn the truth from cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center.

Plastic Surgery Myth #1: Liposuction or a tummy tuck will jump-start weight loss.

You may hope that having liposuction or a tummy tuck will help you commit to losing weight for good but it is not the place to start your weight loss journey.

Both do a great job of changing your shape and may help you lose a couple of pounds, but remember, the results are insignificant compared to what you can achieve through diet and exercise.
Here are a few other truths about these procedures and weight loss:

  1. You’ll get the best possible results when you’re at a healthy weight for surgery.
  2. You’ll have less risk of complications if you’re at a healthy weight for surgery.
  3. You’ll likely be less motivated to make healthy lifestyle changes right after your surgery. You’ll be focused on healing and feeling better about how you look.
  4. You’ll be happier with the results from your body contouring surgery over time if stay at a healthy weight.

Plastic Surgery Myth #2: You must have breast implants to get a breast lift.

Many women who believe their breasts have become “droopy” can benefit from breast implants; but implants aren’t always necessary.

So how do you know which procedure is right for you? In front of a mirror, lift up your breasts or consider how they look in a bra:

  1. If you like the size overall, you may need a lift (mastopexy), but not an implant.
  2. If your breasts aren’t drooping, but you’d like to change their size or shape, you may need an implant, but not a lift.
  3. If you feel your breasts are just too small to match the rest of your body and you consider them droopy, then you may need both a lift and an implant.

Plastic Surgery Myth #3: Plastic surgery is only for women.

More men have cosmetic surgery these days. In fact, statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) show that plastic surgery procedures in men have increased by 325 percent since 1997.

Some common procedures in men are:

Plastic Surgery Myth #4: Liposuction will reduce cellulite and tighten skin.

Liposuction can provide excellent improvement in body contours, but it won’t improve significant cellulite or tighten loose skin. The best candidates for liposuction are at a healthy weight and have good skin quality.

If your skin is loose due to aging, weight fluctuations, or pregnancy, liposuction isn’t the best option for you. Procedures that both reduce fat and tighten skin include:

Plastic Surgery Myth #5: General anesthesia is too risky; local anesthesia is better.

One of the greatest accomplishments in medicine is the safety and consistency of modern anesthesia.

Depending on the extent of your surgery, general anesthesia is sometimes the safest and most comfortable option. It allows us to use different blends of medications, such as inhaled gases and IV medicines, to keep you comfortable and your vital signs normal.

At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our team of board-certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists will talk with you about your options and recommend the anesthesia care that’s best for you.

Do you want to learn more?

Emory Aesthetic Center has a skilled team of board-certified cosmetic surgeons who offer extensive experience in a variety of procedures.

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Takeaways from Dr. Anderson’s “Body Lifts – Everything from the Breasts, Buttock, Thighs and More” Live Chat

body-lifts260x200 (2)Thank you to everyone who joined us for the live web chat hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Erica Anderson. Dr. Anderson discussed body lifts and how they can improve your shape and tone, and raise sagging body contours. She answered questions about body lifting procedures—including the abdomen, waist, thighs, buttock, breasts and more.

Get more info and see more of Dr. Anderson’s answers by checking out the chat transcript!

Below are just a few of the questions and answers from the Emory Aesthetic Center’s live chat:

Question: What would be the benefit of getting a thigh lift vs just getting lipo in that area? Is the lift used to tighten the skin?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: The thigh lift tightens the skin and would be required if there is excess skin. Liposuction is appropriate for someone who has excess fat but not loose skin. Loose skin will not be resolved through liposuction.

 


Question: For loose skin on thighs & legs from weight loss, how much scarring is left, and where is the scarring? Would it be visible in swimwear, or other summer-type clothing?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: Great question. Typically, the scars appear on the inner thigh and the back of the hip. We design these scars so they aren’t visible in swimwear.

 


Question:
Is there such a thing as minimally invasive lifts? I could use a breast lift, but I am not too excited about the scars that may be left behind.

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: The short-scar breast lift is available. It results in a “lolipop” scar pattern as opposed to the traditional “anchor” scar. The lolipop scar is much smaller and more discreet than a normal breast lift scar. To see if you are a candidate for the short-scar technique, feel free to come in for an evaluation.

 

Question: How long is the recovery time after a breast lift procedure?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: Recovery from a breast lift is relatively short, pain is minimal, and there are few physical restrictions. You would likely need a week off from work, but would be able to care for yourself at home.

 

Question: How often do the results of a lift procedure not come out as expected?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: Rarely do results not meet our patients’ expectations. If that ever were the case, our team here at the Emory Aesthetic Center would work with you to achieve your desired result. One way to make sure your expectations are met is to have detailed conversations with your surgeon about YOUR expectations and desired outcomes.
 
 
 
 
If you missed this informative chat with Dr. Anderson, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the web transcript. Be sure to visit our website for more information about body lifting procedures.

If you have any questions for the doctor, do not hesitate to leave a comment in our comments area below.

Dr. Anderson to Host Live Chat on Body Lifts – Everything from the Breasts, Buttock, Thighs and More

body-liftsA body lift can improve your shape and tone, and raise sagging body contours. It can be applied to many different parts of your body based on your area of concern – the abdomen, waist, thighs, buttock, breasts and more. Join Dr. Erica Anderson of the Emory Aesthetic Center on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from Noon – 1 p.m. as she discusses the different types of lift procedures available to you. If you are considering a body lift to just one or more of your body parts, join our live chat to ensure you are confidently ready to take the next step.
Dr. Anderson will be available to answer all of your questions such as:

· What are the different types of body lifts offered to me?
· What can a body lift surgery do for my figure?
· How long is the recovery time after a body lift?
· Does the body lift leave scars?
· What types of results can I expect to see?
· What is the benefit of having my lift performed at a place like Emory Aesthetic Center?

Body Lifts Chat