Though loose skin on your stomach may be most obvious, post-weight loss excess skin can also appear on your back. With a special technique called a back lift, Dr. Ellen can help correct these issues.
When to Choose Back Lift Surgery
As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ellen is at the forefront of body contouring procedures, including the back lift. This procedure is designed to correct issues such as:
Common Questions About a Back Lift
Why is a back lift necessary?
Though you may first notice loose skin on the front of your body after losing a large amount of weight, your back may exhibit similar issues. Just like your thighs and abdomen, your back has experienced weight loss and if gravity has also played a role, it may now appear loose. This can result in skin bunching around your bra area and above your waistline—the much-despised "back rolls."
How is a back lift performed?
The back lift is an outpatient procedure and is completed in a similar fashion to a tummy tuck. Most often, Dr. Ellen will make two careful incisions across the center of your back, near the bra line. The loose skin between these two incisions will be removed. When the intended result is achieved, Dr. Ellen will close the incisions with sutures and cover them with a surgical dressing. In some cases, Dr. Ellen may also use liposuction to remove fat from the area.
How will I care for my body after a back lift?
When you leave her practice, Dr. Ellen will ask you to wear a compression garment, which will work to maintain the new contours of your back. Your activity will need to be limited for a time, but you will be expected to walk. Any swelling you experience will subside and discomfort can be managed with medication.
Will I have scars from my back lift?
As with any surgery, some scarring will be present. The visibility of scarring will vary by patient, however. In the case of a back lift, Dr. Ellen will take care to hide the incisions within the natural contours of your body and under your bra strap area. Your scars will fade over time and you should be able to conceal them easily. After you heal from your back lift, you should be able to proudly show off your body in clothing you previously struggled with.
Are you looking for a board certified plastic surgeon in Detroit to perform a back lift? Birmingham plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen is one of the best Detroit plastic surgeons to help you tone and slenderize your physique. She and her staff are eager to meet with you to discuss body contouring options. We encourage you to email us or call our office in Birmingham at 248.258.5100.