For patients with loose, sagging skin in the arms, breast, neck, or back, an upper body lift can combine several surgeries to effectively reshape the appearance above the waist. With a combination of skin excision and liposuction, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin customize every upper body lift to address the specific needs of their patient at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City. An upper body lift can help aging patients who have lost skin elasticity, as well as patients who have noticed loose skin after they have lost a significant amount of weight. By combining an upper arm lift, a breast lift, a neck lift, and/or an upper back tuck, patients can feel more confident in their body.
"Would give more stars if I could! Amazing group of people working here and very considerate, helpful, encouraging, and overall I had a even better experience than I could have ever expected. I'm very grateful for their opinions, timeliness, care, and most importantly my surgery outcome! Could not recommend a better plastic surgeon and staff!"- Anonymous / UCompareHealthcare / Nov 20, 2016
"After other consultations I made the choice to use Dr. Caplin for my procedure. Absolutely a great experience from consultation to follow up care. Dr. Caplin and her staff are wonderful. Having the surgery there at the clinic made things much easier and much more comfortable. I would highly recommend CSA and will go there again no doubt."- S.B. / Google / Jan 11, 2019
"After my second procedure at CSA with Nuveen we will never go anywhere else. We are thrilled with Dr. Nuveen, his facility, and his staff! Best of the best!"- C.C. / Google / Nov 29, 2018
"Absolutely love this place! Dr Nuveen and Kaylee & staff were amazing and went above and beyond to make it all a great experience! They were very helpful and friendly. I had breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, and also had lip injections. It’s been almost two weeks now and I love my results for all of them!! I drove from Kansas City Missouri and it was well worth the drive. Will definitely be a returning customer. I would highly recommend CSA!!"- B.E. / Google / Nov 27, 2018
"Dr. Nuveen and his staff are amazing. They are all very sweet and make you feel at ease before your procedure. When the time is right, I’ll be coming back to CSA for my next procedure!"- K.B. / Google / Nov 17, 2018
What to Expect
Cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Erik Nuveen or Dr. Courtney Caplin will perform an initial assessment of the upper body and recommend the procedures that can be performed to attain the desired results. It may be a combination of arms, breasts, or upper back surgeries. Depending on the size of the area, the treatment may be performed in a single session or staged in multiple sessions. There is no standard treatment plan as each individual’s circumstance varies and thus the surgical plan will be unique to each patient. It is also important to note that the candidate must be at or close to their goal weight before undergoing an upper body lift.
An upper body lift can encompass many techniques and procedures, thus the cost will vary greatly depending on the surgical plan designed for the patient. On average, the cost can run between $15,000 to $20,000. Insurance may cover some of this cost if the skin removal was medically related. This varies by case and will be thoroughly checked by our billing coordinator.
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Due to the nature of this surgery, general anesthesia is used. The surgery is performed in an accredited surgical facility and in most cases, patients will be required to spend the night in the hospital. The recovery following this surgery is slow, but most patients can resume some form of light activity within the first 7-10 days. Activities must be limited for 4-6 weeks. The post-surgery care will greatly vary depending on the procedures performed.
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Upper Body Lift FAQs
Upper and Lower Lift?
Both surgeries are pretty invasive and each considered a major undertaking, which means that the risk of complication and infection increases if they are combined. The recommended approach is to stage upper and lower body lifts into separate sessions for safety reasons. The average recovery period takes up to 4-6 months for each surgery. The surgeon will ensure that an ample time period has passed between the two surgical sessions.
How Bad Are The Scars?
Skin removal surgery and body lift procedures produce scarring. Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable circumstance with these surgeries. An experienced plastic surgeon that is skilled with skin removal techniques, will create incisions that will result in scars that can be concealed under clothing. The post-operative plan includes a detailed scar treatment plan so that each incision heals nicely. Over time, the scars will fade and become less noticeable.
Covered By Insurance?
Cosmetic procedures are not typically covered by insurances. However, there are cases when the patient has complications or health-related issues because of the loose, sagging skin. In these situations, insurance may partly cover the costs.
An upper body lift can sometimes be the final step towards completing the weight loss journey for a patient. Once the loose skin is removed, individuals feel an undeniable boost of self-confidence with their looks and their slimmer appearance. To maximize these results for a lifetime, it is important for patients to maintain a proper diet and exercise routine so that the results from the surgery are not compromised.