Weight loss positively affects your overall health, but it is difficult for the skin to rebound after weight reduction surgery or dramatic weight loss. A loss in elasticity means you may have extra sagging skin that looks like rolls on your back.
A back lift in Parker County is a surgical body contouring treatment for the upper back, removing excess skin and minor fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It can be challenging to restore your body to its natural contour after significant weight loss. A back lift can give you a tighter and more toned physique after pregnancy, weight reduction surgery, or due to loss of elasticity with aging.
Several factors contribute to where the body stores fat. Some elements are adjustable, such as your diet and lifestyle. However, genetics also plays a role in where the body stores fat, and chronic stress increases the fat stored in your back.
Patients in Parker County can get an upper back lift, also known as a bra line back lift, which helps change the shape from the shoulder blades to the waist. Plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Steele will make an incision along the back near the shoulder blades, so that the final scar is along the bra line.
During a back lift liposuction is typically combined to help improve the contour. Back lift surgeries are outpatient procedures performed under general anesthesia. You will have dressings over the incision line and drain tubes underneath the skin to minimize the risk of fluid pockets.
A Parker County back lift is a good option if you have significant excess skin after weight loss. Others who have fat rolls or bulges along their back can also be good candidates. During the first consultation, Dr. Steele will ask about your medical history and aesthetic goals in order to make the proper recommendations to achieve the desired results.
The right candidates for a back lift procedure should be in good health. They should also have a body mass index (BMI) under 30 and should have stopped using all nicotine products for at least one month before the surgery and commit to stopping throughout recovery. Tobacco products make it more difficult for the body to heal, and smokers have a higher risk of complications, such as slow healing and poor scars.
Women and men can benefit from a back lift. In some cases, the surgery can be combined with abdominoplasty or breast augmentation to rejuvenate the entire body core.
While back lifts are outpatient procedures, you must take off about 5 to 7 days of work before being able to return. Patients can expect swelling, soreness, and numbness for several days. We will prescribe medication to help manage the pain.
It is vital that you keep the incision clean and avoid all activities that could pull at the skin to help reduce the risk of complications and postoperative infection. After back lift surgery, you will wear a compression garment for the prescribed period to support healing and improve the results.
The time for recovery depends on your overall health and whether you had additional procedures at the same time. Most patients must avoid strenuous activity for the first four to six weeks, and minor swelling can continue for up to several months.
When you are struggling with extra skin rolls along your back and would like to restore a more youthful contour, call our office today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Steele can answer your questions to help you decide whether a back lift in Parker County will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.