Posted on October 7, 2020 in Body Sculpting
You eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, yet there are bulging rolls of loose skin above or below your bra line that stubbornly refuse to go away. This issue is usually associated with extreme weight loss or age-related depletion of collagen and elastin. Gravity may also be the culprit.
This problem can be corrected via a unique cosmetic surgery procedure called a bra-line back lift. Here’s what a bra-line back lift is and how it can benefit you.
What is a Bra-Line Back Lift?
A bra-line back lift, also known as a torsoplasty, targets excess, slack skin around your bra strap. This is why it’s called a bra-line back lift. It’s an outpatient procedure that contours the area for a taut, youthful appearance.
How is a Bra-Line Back Lift Done?
Prior to surgery, you’ll wear your bra as a guideline to where incisions will be placed. The line will extend from the bottom of your left breast to the bottom of your right breast.
During bra-line back lift surgery, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately two hours, but this may vary depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Dr. Ellen Janetzke will make horizontal incisions and eliminate the slack, sagging skin. The remaining skin is tightened and sutured together.
Will I Have Scarring?
You’ll probably have a scar that will gradually fade, usually within a year. Incisions are strategically positioned so that they can be concealed by your bra strap. As the name of the procedure suggests, the incision is aligned with your bra.
How Should I Prepare for a Bra-Line Back Lift?
Dr. Janetzke will instruct you as to what you can and can’t do in the days prior to surgery. This includes dietary modifications, changes in activities, and a review of medications that could cause complications. If you smoke, she’ll urge you to quit at least 30 days prior to the operation, as smoking can ramp up surgery risks.
What Happens After a Bra-Line Back Lift?
Immediately after surgery, you may experience bruising, numbness, pain, and swelling. This is normal and temporary. Dr. Janetzke may prescribe pain medication to help you feel better.
The recovery period for a bra-line back lift is approximately two weeks. During that time, you should refrain from any intense exertion. You’ll also have to go braless and steer clear of any type of upper body support garment so that you don’t aggravate the scar. Dr. Janetzke will also advise you as to how you should recline or sleep.
After two weeks, you’ll need to wear a loose-fitting bra for about one month. This bra should be made of soft, breathable, loose fabric, no underwire, and have a wide horizontal strap.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re frustrated because the skin folds around your bra line have resisted exercise and dietary changes, don’t give up. A bra-line back lift can restore its sleek, sexy appearance, as well as giving your confidence a generous boost.
If you’re excited to find out if a bra-line back lift is right for you, please call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen A. Janetzke, and book your consultation today.
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