An upper body lift is a treatment plan that combines several skin tightening procedures in the upper body, such as the underside of the arms, breasts, neck, and upper back. An upper body lift eliminates the excess skin that remains after a large weight loss, or exists from the natural aging process. Liposuction is usually incorporated during these specific treatments to enhance the effect of the lift. An upper body lift by Dr. Robert Najera, a plastic surgeon serving Frisco, Plano, Allen, McKinney and surrounding areas, will improve the tone and shape of your body and improve your overall appearance. According to the extent of the surgical case, some procedures may be performed in separate settings.
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"Breast Cancer/ Breast Reconstruction - I was referred by my breast surgeon to see Dr. Najera for the reconstruction. When I visited the office for the first time I immediately felt comfortable. Originally I was referred to another plastic surgeon and did not feel comfortable in that office. Thankfully I ended up with Dr. Najera. His staff are very courteous and professional. Needing a bilateral mastectomy was scary but they made me feel better about the whole procedure. Dr. Najera was very professional and explained everything clearly. He loves what he does and his work shows. I would absolutely refer Dr. Najera to anyone and everyone. I am very pleased with the results of my reconstruction. Thank you!"- P. / RealSelf / Jan 04, 2017
"Caring and supportive Staff - Frisco, TX - I knew I wanted the procedure but forgot to ask so many questions until after it was done. The staff and Dr. Najera were very responsive to my concerns and listened to me weeks after my surgery. It turns out to be a scary experience after the surgery but they help every step of the way."- J. / RealSelf / Dec 29, 2016
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"34, 2 C-sections and Lots of Damage from Big Ol' Babies - Frisco, TX - It has only been around 6 weeks since my tt, but I cannot say enough good things about not only Dr. Najera, but his amazing office staff. From my very first visit, I felt like everyone was genuinely interested in helping me feel better, physically and self-esteem wise. Any time I had a question, be it by e-mail or phone message, I received a response quickly, and never felt like I was silly for asking. They really want to make sure you are informed for your recovery. So far everything has healed perfectly, and while I am still swollen (totally to be expected at this stage) I could not be happier with my results. I feel so much more confident and cannot wait to be able to do all of the things with my kids that my diastasis was keeping me from before. If you are considering getting a tt or mommy makeover at all, it is totally worth it, and Dr. Najera is a wonderful choice for a surgeon. I would totally do it again."- L. / RealSelf / Aug 18, 2016
What To Expect@headingTag>
Each patient will start by discussing his or her goals for the upper body lift with Dr. Najera. Together, the patient and Dr. Najera will create an individual treatment plan for the upper body lift. Some upper body lifts can be done in one surgery, but based on the amount of procedures and the size of the area being treated, an upper body lift may be split into two or more surgeries. Although some liposuction may be used during the procedures, an upper body lift is not meant as a weight loss surgery. The best candidates will be at or near their goal weight before the upper body lift. The primary objective is to remove excess skin, and perform skin tightening.
The surgery for an upper body lift is usually done with general anesthesia. Most patients will require an overnight stay in the hospital after the procedure. Because an upper body lift involves multiple surgeries, most patients experience a slow recovery. Light activity can usually be resumed 7-10 days after the surgery, but patients should limit their activity as much as possible for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Najera will provide post-operative instructions for each patients based on which procedures are performed.
The average cost of an upper body lift is between $15,000 and $20,000, but each patient will receive an estimate during their initial consultation with Dr. Najera. Your cost will be based on how many and which procedures are included in your treatment plan. If you think your insurance may cover some of the cost because the skin removal is medically necessary, please let us know and our staff will be happy to call and find out.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $15,000 - $20,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Upper Body Lift FAQs@headingTag>
Upper And Lower Lift?@headingTag>
Both an upper and lower body lift are extensive and require long recovery, so it is recommended that patients do not have both lifts done at the same time. Dr. Najera will not perform another surgery until the patient is healthy and strong enough for the procedure, which can be 4-6 months.
How Bad Are The Scars?@headingTag>
After an upper body lift, the skin is sewn back together and the incisions will leave scars. However, Dr. Najera takes care to keep his incision lines as small as possible and in areas that are less visible or easily hidden by clothes. Each patient will receive instructions on post-surgical wound care that will encourage the wounds to heal properly and allow scars to fade over time.
Covered By Insurance?@headingTag>
Upper body lifts are usually considered elective cosmetic surgery and not covered by insurance. However, if loose skin is causing other medical problems your insurance may cover part of the cost. Najera Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery will call and talk to your insurance to determine your coverage.
An upper body lift will have the best results if the patient is at or near their healthy goal weight before the procedure. After the lift, any significant weight gain or loss will alter your results. If patients follow a healthy diet and exercise routine, the results of the upper body lift will be permanent.