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Bra-line Backlift Questions Answered by Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Question: Will an upper back lift address the fat pockets above the bra line where my back meets my armpit? Answer: The Bra-Line Back Lift is a plastic surgery procedure that corrects loose, sagging skin or fat rolls on the upper and middle back. Sometimes liposuction can correct larger fatty deposits, but any significant skin excess must be removed by skin excision. Frequently, multiple procedures can be performed at the same time including arm lift and certain mommy makeover procedures.

Question: What is bra-line back lift surgery recovery like? Answer: The recovery time varies from patient to patient given the complexity of the procedure. The main issue is to prevent the incisions from opening. Minimal stress on the incisions along with proper nutrition for 6 weeks after the procedure is necessary to reduce the risk for this complication.

Question: Is there a way to find a doctor who has been doing bra-line back lifts for a long time? Answer: Dr. Kenneth Hughes has been performing these surgeries for about a decade. More important than the number of years is the number of procedures performed and the quality of those procedures. Examine before and after photo galleries and videos to get a sense of who can deliver the results. Question: Do I need a bra-line back lift? I'm 34 years old and had upper back liposuction a year ago. Answer: Fat in the upper and mid back is frequently left behind with liposuction. You may need skin removal in this area, but sometimes another round of aggressive liposuction can avoid the scars.

Question: Excess skin on back - bra-line back lift or lower body lift? Answer: A belt lipectomy (also called a lower body lift) removes skin from the abdomen, flanks, and lower back in a 360 degree fashion. An upper back lift addresses loose skin or rolls on the upper back or the bra rolls.

Question: Could an upper back lift improve breast laxity? Answer: The incision can be extended to address bra roll laxity as it becomes the breast but the procedure does not really lift the breast. Kenneth Hughes, MD, ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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