What is a back bra lift?
A back bra lift, also known as an upper back lift or bra lift, is a procedure that removes the excess skin and fat from the upper back. It is called a bra lift as the incisions and scars are typically located under and covered by the bra line.
This procedure can also reduce excess skin around the sides of the body, including the armpits and lower back. As a result, the contour of the skin on the upper part of the back is improved.
This procedure is performed under a general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility by a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
How is a back bra lift procedure performed?
A back bra lift typically takes between one to two hours to complete and is performed under general anaesthesia. The first step to this procedure is to mark where the incision will be made. Typically, you will be marked whilst wearing your bra, to ensure that the incision is concealed.
During the procedure, liposuction will be performed on the upper and middle portion of the back. Next, incisions will be made and excess sagging skin and tissues are removed. The skin is then pulled tight and sutured up.
Who is a candidate for a back bra lift?
This procedure could be considered if you have cosmetic and/or functional concerns caused by bulging around your upper back region.
While this procedure is not only for women, men typically do not develop sagging skin or back fat rolls at the same rate as women do. Additionally, women do have the advantage of being able to hide the surgical scar under the bra line.
The ideal candidate for back bra lift surgery is someone who:
- Has sagging skin on the upper and middle back caused by massive weight loss, ageing or sun exposure
- Experiences chafing and/or rashes due to loose skin
- Has been at a stable weight for over a year
- Has realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can achieve
The first step is having a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, during which you can discuss expectations, ask questions and receive a detailed explanation of what happens during the procedure.
You must stop smoking at least 30 days prior to your procedure. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons may also advise that you stop taking certain medications or dietary supplements beforehand as well.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accredited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
Our clinical team will provide you with specific pre and post-operative instructions that will help to minimise risks.
After your procedure you will likely experience bruising, tenderness and swelling around the incision site. This will ease over the following weeks, and our clinic team will be able to offer you advice on effective pain management.
You will need to refrain from wearing a bra for the first week after surgery. In the weeks following, most women prefer a more comfortable sports bra, or a bra with wide strap.
After undergoing a back bra lift, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will also tell you to avoid:
- Vigorous exercise
- Heavy lifting
- Sleeping on your back
- Raising your arms above your head
- Showering and bathing for the first day after surgery
You should be able to increase your activity levels after two weeks. Most patients take one to two weeks off work and fully resume their normal activities within six weeks after surgery.
The cost of a back bra lift is dependent on a number of factors. This includes the complexity of the procedure, anaesthetic fees and hospital fees. Medicare and private health insurance may cover a portion of the costs of this procedure if deemed medically necessary.
To receive a more accurate cost for this procedure, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
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