A back lift is performed on an outpatient basis and usually under general anesthesia. To remove the unwanted skin, Dr. Stall will make an incision across the back, remove the excess folds or bulges of skin and then connect the remaining skin back together. He will place the incision in the most inconspicuous location, along the bra line. Some scarring will always be visible. Once healed, patients can expect a scar that looks like a thin line.
In the days after your surgery, you will experience some tenderness, skin tightness, swelling, and bruising. Oral pain medication can be prescribed to manage your discomfort. Women can wear a bra or garment of their choice starting the second week after surgery. For the next few weeks most women prefer a comfortable bra with a wide transverse strap.You should be able to resume light activity and return to work within 7 – 10 days, though strenuous exercise or activities should be avoided for several weeks. Scars will usually fade in 6 to 12 months.
Deciding if a back lift is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Stall. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on a back lift or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
A back lift is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our billing specialists can help you make financial arrangements, including providing information on financing a back lift through Care Credit®.