Which Areas Are Improved During an Upper Body Lift?

Loose, sagging skin often occurs due to aging, pregnancy, liposuction, or massive weight loss. It sometimes appears on the lateral chest, upper arms, middle part of the back, and the breasts after you’ve shed lots of pounds (usually 100 lbs or more). Unfortunately, skin that has lost its elasticity won’t firm up on its own; the only real way to eliminate it is with an upper body lift. Our Vancouver area team at the office of Dr. Owen Reid can use an upper body lift to give you smoother skin, helping you feel more confident and fit better in clothes.

When you lose a large amount of weight quickly it’s common to have a lot of loose skin because the skin doesn’t have enough time to gradually retract and spring back into place. Adding to that, gaining weight often causes the skin to stretch permanently so that even after weight loss, it can’t snap back. Many patients find this skin unflattering or don’t like how it gets in the way of their everyday activities.

Others might feel like their physical appearance doesn’t match the way the feel inwardly or that they don’t look like someone who works out even after all the efforts and commitments they’ve made. As well as making you feel self-conscious, this unwanted skin may often lead to rashes, chafing, and infections.

A complete upper body lift usually involves combining an upper body lift for back rolls with an arm lift or breast lift, depending on what your goals are. The following are some of the most common areas targeted:

  • Back
  • Upper Arms
  • Breasts
  • Lateral Chest

Liposuction is used to suction away excess fat from the back and arms that contributes to the problem while loose skin is removed, and the area is tightened up with sutures. When you have a breast lift as part of the procedure, some skin will be removed, and the tissues will be tightened and reshaped to raise the breasts.

If sagging rolls of extra skin have been dragging you down after weight loss and you have been thinking about having an upper body lift in the Vancouver area, be sure to discuss your goals with Dr. Owen Reid. Contact our practice by calling 604-343-9309 to request a consultation or fill out a contact form to get started.