FAQ

Upper Body Lift in New York

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my insurance company pay for my surgery?

Massive weight loss patients often consult for treatment of multiple body areas. Some insurance companies will pay for surgery when there are significant rashes that cannot be treated successfully with conservative management, or if the overhanging abdominal pannus affects personal hygiene. Proper documentation of these medical conditions is essential. Notes from your primary care doctor, dermatologist, or treating physician are helpful, and are submitted to your insurance company along with our office notes for pre-approval. You should check with your insurance company to find out their policy.

How much weight will I lose from the surgery?

It is difficult to determine exactly how much weight each given patient will lose after surgery. In general, it is difficult to predict. The abdominal, back, and flank procedures remove significant amounts of tissue and produce the greatest weight loss. In general, patients lose between 10 pounds to as much as 30 pounds. Other body contour procedures that are not as extensive such as arm lifts or breast lifts will result in less weight loss.

Will you perform a total body lift during one operative day?

In general, total body lifts (i.e. performing breast work, arm work, thigh work, abdominal, hip, and buttock work) in the same surgical setting are not recommended. For instance, a circumferential abdominoplasty that treats the abdomen, hips, and buttock region often takes four to six hours. It also can result in significant blood loss. Performing additional procedures during one surgical setting will take too many hours, and will probably cause significant blood loss that would most likely require blood transfusions and require an extended hospitalization. That is not to say that I will not combine some procedures to be performed in the same setting. However, it is safer to stage these procedures over several months to allow for adequate recuperation. My goal is to perform an operation that will provide the patient with a satisfying result and a safe outcome.

What is an upper body lift?

An upper body lift is often performed on massive weight loss patients who complain of loose skin around the side of the chest encompassing  bra rolls and back rolls. An excision pattern leading to a closure line along the bra line for women or in the upper back for men is usually performed. Drains are often placed and then removed once the drainage has diminished significantly. Patients need about a week to recover before going back to work. Patients can often start aerobic activity within three to four weeks and heavy lifting in six to eight weeks.

Can I have an upper body lift done at the same time as a lower lower body lift?

I prefer to stage an upper body lift and a lower body lift. This is safer and minimizes the risk of flap loss between the intervening flaps of tissue that would commonly be elevated during the two procedures.

Can I have an upper body lift at the same time as a breast lift/reduction?

It may be possible to perform an upper body lift at the same time as a breast procedure. The incisions used for the upper body lift often overlap those that are used for a either a breast lift or reduction procedure.

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