Upper Body Lift

What should you know about an upper body surgery? What happens during the first consultation?

After slimming or gaining weight the frame of the skin’s connective tissue, the muscles of the breast, and body weakens; the skin of the breast, the back and the armpit slackens. Upper body lift surgery is recommended to correct sagging breast skin. In the course of this surgery a spectacular improvement of the body contour can be achieved by removing the skin and the remaining adipose tissue, and by tightening the tissue. Two people are not alike in the world; so we can state that body lift surgeries are never the same.

Because of the complexity of body surgery the first consultation is really important. During the consultation you get a personalized expert opinion from our plastic surgeon regarding the upper body lift surgery. After the examination he discusses the necessary procedures with you. He explains to you the course of the body lift surgery and he shows you where scars will be located after the operation. At the consultation you have the chance to see the reference photos of the plastic surgeon.

Preparing for the upper body lift surgery

Before the upper body surgery you must go for a complete medical check-up. The reason for this is to find out whether you have any health problems that could have an influence on the body lift surgery. All preliminary examinations are made at our Plastic Surgery Institute, so you do not need to queue up and wait in another health centers. In the course of the medical check-up laboratory tests and as occasion requires, other examinations (ECG, X-rays, etc.) are performed according to the surgeon’s suggestion.

In certain cases we advise our patients to change their lifestyle in the days preceding the body surgery. To facilitate proper recovering it is important that you do not smoke because nicotine slows down the process of regeneration and harmfully influences the healing of the wound. In the days before the body lift surgery you should eat light foods, drink lots of fluids and take some vitamins (vitamin C, selenium, zinc). Two weeks before the body lift surgery you should avoid the use of aspirin, ginkgo biloba and other naturopathic products.

Upper body surgery

Upper body surgery belongs to the combined plastic surgeries. It is performed in every case under general anesthesia. Depending on the type of the body lift surgery, the procedure takes 4-6 hours. In the course of the upper body surgery the plastic surgeon removes the superfluous skin and breast tissue. If the volume of gland stock is sufficient, the breast correction is carried out without the insertion of an implant. However, in 80% of the cases breast lifting needs to be supplemented by the insertion of an implant.

Techniques of upper body surgery

The technique of the operation means the choice and localization of the necessary incisions. Upper body surgery is started on the back part of the body wall by removing the superfluous skin and adipose tissue. The plastic surgeon makes an incision in the line of the bra, which follows all along the body line. The second step is to excise the superfluous skin and tissue from the both sides of the armpit. The correction of the skin of the breast is the third phase of the surgery. If the volume of the gland stock is insufficient, the breast correction is carried out with the insertion of an implant. In the case of a small-scale breast correction, a vertical, also known as short, technique is applied which consists of a circular and a short vertical incision. In the case of a more significant correction we apply the so-called reverse T incision, where besides the circular and short incision a crosswise incision is also made underneath the breast in the breast fold. For men, in the course of the body lift surgery the plastic surgeon forms the shape of the chest, and the trunk with the removal of the adipose tissue and gland stocks, excision of the superfluous skin. At the end of the body surgery drain tubes are inserted drain the excretion. The peripheries of the wound on all areas of the body are unified by self-absorbing stitches in several layers.

Recovering and risks of an upper body lift surgery

In our Plastic Surgery Institute we aim to make the period after the body surgery as convenient as possible for you. In order to do this, a waterproof bandage is placed by our plastic surgeon on the wounds on the day after the body lift surgery, so you can even have a shower at home. After the upper body surgery you must spend 2 nights in our Plastic Surgery Institute. To achieve the perfect result and look we work with self-absorbing stitches, this way the scars heal much more aesthetically and we save you the possible inconveniences of stitch removal. The drain tubes are inserted on the abdominal wall for 48 hours, on the upper part of the buttock for 5 days. The pain after surgery, the insensitivity of the skin, swelling and bruising will disappear in 3 weeks. In the first week (1st - 8th day) you will need help with your everyday activities. After the body lift surgery you must wear special compression garment for 8 weeks. Our institute provides you with these items of clothing.

During the first 2 weeks of the recovery all demanding physical activities must be avoided. After 2 weeks you can return gradually to your previous life-style. After the 3rd week you can start to do light exercises. Sunbathing, the use of solarium and sauna must be avoided for 2 months. After the body surgery you have to attend control examinations on the 7th and 14th day, and the 6th and 12th week. The recovery time of the outer scars is 6 months, while the inner scars heal completely in 2 years. To facilitate the healing of the wound it is advisable to use scar creams.

Before the body lift surgery we aim to filter out the possible risk factors with preliminary examinations but even so unpredictable complications may occur. Body lift surgeries count as routine plastic procedures and the incidence of complications after body surgery is extremely slight but cannot be excluded. These complications can be the following: infection, oedema and serous oedema, formation of the keloid scar.

Results of the upper body surgery

Body lift surgery is really body sculpturing, so after the plastic surgery you will feel the rebirth of your upper trunk. After body surgery your trunk will be tight and toned. Your new body shape will resist the passage of the time.

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