As its name suggests, upper body lift surgery removes excess skin and fat in the arms, chest, and back for a more sculpted, lifted, and toned appearance. Post-weight loss patients, women who have had children, and people who experience age-related sagging choose this comprehensive procedure to enhance their bodies and their confidence. 

Upper body lift patients from Schererville, Crown Point, Munster, and throughout Northwest Indiana trust board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rebecca Garza for their surgeries. Her outstanding credentials and customized approach to body contouring produce remarkable results and a positive patient experience. 

What Is Upper Body Lift Surgery? 

Upper body lift surgery seeks to improve the appearance of the upper body by removing excess skin and residual fat. This comprehensive approach targets multiple areas on the torso and arms to create smoother, firmer, and more sculpted contours. 

Individuals who may benefit most from this procedure include those who have experienced significant weight loss, changes related to pregnancy and breastfeeding, age-related skin laxity, or others looking to achieve a more toned appearance in the upper body. 

Your Upper Body Lift Consultation With Dr. Garza 

During your consultation with Dr. Garza, you will have an opportunity to learn more about your surgical options, go over your medical history, and discuss how an upper body lift surgery can help you achieve your goals. Dr. Garza will perform a physical exam to ensure that you are a good candidate for surgery and will take the time to answer your questions and understand your unique needs. 

Dr. Garza

Meet Your Surgeon,
Rebecca Garza, M.D.

Dr. Garza is one of the most accomplished female board-certified plastic surgeons in Indiana and the Chicagoland area. She completed elite fellowship training and is active in several prestigious professional associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. She performs a full range of facial procedures, as well as breast enhancement and body contouring, all tailored to your personal needs.

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Credentials You Can Trust

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Upper Body Lift Before and After Photos 

Dr. Garza will also provide before and after photos of her upper body lift patients during your consultation. These photos offer a valuable visual representation of the potential results you can achieve and can guide you in discussing your aesthetic preferences and goals. 

Complementary Procedures

In some cases, patients choose to have their upper body lift surgery as the first in a planned series of procedures. Liposuction, for example, may be used during the upper body lift to refine the contours of the arms and torso or can be performed on other parts of the body later.

Some patients may also consider adding additional breast and body contouring (commonly called a “mommy makeover”) to address the breasts, waist, and abdomen, while others may benefit from a lower body lift, especially if skin laxity affects the entire body, which is common after significant weight loss.

During your consultation, Dr. Garza discusses the most appropriate options for your specific goals and creates a customized treatment plan to optimize your upper body lift results.

What To Expect From Your Upper Body Lift Surgery

Upper body lift surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home following your procedure. You will be placed under general anesthesia, and Dr. Garza will strategically place incisions to minimize visible scarring.

An upper body lift commonly involves an arm lift to address sagging skin in the upper arms. It also addresses skin laxity and excess fat in the armpit and chest area, the breasts, shoulders, and back, depending on your specific needs. Dr. Garza will meticulously tighten and sculpt the remaining tissue to achieve a natural-looking and harmonious result. The outcome is a more streamlined and balanced upper body appearance.

Upper Body Lift Recovery

Most patients will need to take 2 to 3 weeks off from work during their upper body lift recovery. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are expected in the first few days, but any pain is typically well-tolerated with the help of prescription medication.

Dr. Garza will provide detailed postoperative instructions to make your recovery as smooth and uneventful as possible. Surgical drains and compression garments may be necessary to prevent fluid buildup, manage swelling, and support healing. Your results will continue to improve over the following months as your body heals and the tissues settle into their new contours.

Upper Body Lift for Men

While the goals of upper body lift surgery are similar for both men and women, they may have different aesthetic needs and preferences. For men, Dr. Garza is careful to create masculine contours in the chest and torso. Her attention to detail and expertise make her a trusted choice for subtle, natural-looking results and personalized treatment plans, regardless of the patient’s gender.

A Reputation Built on Results

A Reputation
Built on Results

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Upper Body Lift FAQs

How long will the results of an upper body lift last?

The results of an upper body lift should be long-lasting, but your body continues to age. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a consistent weight can help ensure the longevity of your results.

Is upper body lift surgery only for those who have lost a significant amount of weight?

While weight loss patients often benefit from upper body lift surgery, it is also suitable for individuals experiencing sagging skin due to aging or other factors. Please note that this procedure is not intended as a weight loss surgery.

Trust a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
for Your Upper Body Lift

When considering upper body lift surgery, it’s crucial to trust your care to an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Garza’s expertise and dedication to achieving natural, beautiful results make her a top choice for patients seeking upper body contouring in Northwest Indiana.

If you’re ready to discover what upper body lift surgery can do for you, please request a consultation or call us at (219) 322-3131.