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Upper Body Lift at UCI Plastic Surgery

Many people who lose significant amounts of weight find they still don’t feel comfortable with their chest and upper back regions. The area from just below the neck to the bottom of the ribs is called the “upper trunk” or “thorax”.

The doctors at UCI Plastic Surgery are leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. Through their teaching and lecturing roles at UCI, they stay current with state-of-the-art techniques and technology. With their advanced technical skills, they consistently produce better, more natural-looking results for their patients.

To learn more about how a breast lift can improve your profile, contact UCI Plastic Surgery to schedule a free consultation at one of our five locations in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Yorba Linda and Newport Beach, CA.

woman stretching showing upper body contours

Who is a Candidate for an Upper Body Lift?

The best candidates for an upper body lift are those who have developed a series of problems due to the process of massive weight gain and subsequent massive weight loss deflation in the area of the upper trunk. This process can be easily understood by using a “lampshade” analogy.

upper body lampshade example
upper body zone of adherence example

The top of the lampshade is equivalent to the bottom of the neck and the bottom of the lampshade is located at the crease that runs underneath the breasts, female or male. This crease is called the “infra-mammary crease”. As can be seen in the lampshade analogy and the real figures below, the expansion and subsequent deflation of the upper truncal skin and fat lead to these tissues falling down to a much lower level. The cause of the lampshade shape is that real human anatomy has two areas that restrict the skin and fat from falling,  located over the sternum (or breast bone) in the front, and the spine in the back. These areas are called zones of adherence, which act like hooks, preventing tissues from free falling. The overall descent of the skin and fat, in combination with the action of these zones of adherence, lead to the observed deformities seen in the human upper trunk.

As can be seen above, the problems include an improperly positioned infra-mammary crease, which leads to the development of “breast rolls” in the front and “upper back rolls” in the back. This descent or dropping out of the infra-mammary crease occurs in both male and female patients.

What Does an Upper Body Lift Accomplish?

To understand Upper Body Lift surgery it is important to understand what the shape of “normal” is. The key to understanding the upper trunk is determining the position of the infra-mammary crease. The normal shape of the infra-mammary crease is an upward sweep, whether in the male or female, as seen by the yellow arrows below.

To create an appealing reconstruction of the deformities created by weight gain and massive weight loss, it is important to place the infra-mammary crease, a very important landmark, in its normal anatomic position. Once it is lifted to the proper position, the entire chest is put in proper proportions.

Whether it is a male or female an Upper Body Lift accomplishes the following:

  • Lifts the infra-mammary crease to its proper position
  • Eliminates upper back rolls/excess
  • Eliminates breast rolls
  • Eliminates upper arm excess (in those who need it)
  • Allows us to build a breast upon a properly placed infra-mammary crease, which may be:
    • Breast Reduction (Male or Female)
    • Breast Lift with or without implants (Female)
    • Breast Augmentation (Female)

Schedule a Consultation

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out whether an Upper Body Lift is right for you. We’ll answer your questions and explain what you can expect from the procedure. We have offices in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Newport, and Yorba Linda, CA.

Upper Body Lift FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions about upper body lift at UCI Plastic Surgery in Orange County. If you have questions that are still unanswered, please call or email our offices to reach our friendly staff.

If the problem is caused by excess fat, and not loose skin, you may be a candidate for liposuction. Especially if your skin elasticity is good, a plastic surgeon at UCI Plastic Surgery may be able to perform liposuction to achieve your goals.

Your surgeon will examine your body and upper trunk. They will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your body, the amount of fat and the quality of your skin. It is always advisable that you are in good health and that you are at a stable weight. Exercise will always be good for your general health, but, unfortunately, fat and skin do not have muscle within them, so they are not improved by exercise. Smokers should quit smoking prior to pursuing surgical therapy.

You will most likely stay overnight in the hospital after an Upper Body Lift.  Once you go home, you will be expected to keep your arms elevated for two to three weeks if the Upper Body Lift contains an arm reduction or brachioplasty.  Otherwise, you are to reduce your activities to limit tension on the incisions.  Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication, as you will feel some pain for first few days.

As with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications, including bleeding, infection, fluid collection, fat necrosis, blood clots, wound separations, or reaction to anesthesia. The procedure will leave noticeable, permanent scars, and, in some patients, especially those with a tendency for poor healing, may end up with wide or raised scars. Numbness and sensory changes may also occur around the area of the scars.

The plastic surgeons of UCI Plastic Surgery bring a wealth of experience from Southern California in the arena of Upper Body Lift surgery.

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UCI Plastic Surgery is a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery. Each of our specialists is highly knowledgeable, trained, and committed to bringing our patients the latest advancements in the field. Learn how our experts can help you obtain industry-leading results by scheduling a consultation today.