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.
Upper Body Lift Reviews
"First and foremost, I must mention that I am a black woman, and was beyond nervous regarding my anticipated results being that there are no other people of color or darker skinned ethnic decent on the Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates website for me to potentially compare my end results with. Even still, I forged ahead with Dr Nuveen after reaching out to another patient of his that assured me & set my mind at ease. I had 2 necessary procedures at 1 time: brachioplasty & an upper back lift due to losing 100lbs. From my first experience with Dr Nuveen's front office staff for my initial consultation, to my 1 week post surgical follow up with Dr Jensen, my experiences have been nothing short of amazing. Not only was each and every staff member totally attentive to my every need, they answered each and every question, catered to each and every whim, and went out of their way to ensure that I felt like the only woman in the world with each encounter. From Stephanie, to Megan, to Lita, to Melissa, to Hannah, to Dr Jensen, to Dr Nuveen himself (if I missed any names, please forgive me..it's not intentional), I couldn't have been at more peace and ease if it were my own personal family caring for me. Dr Nuveen was very honest with me and offered me no guarantees except that he would do everything in his power to give me the results that I wanted. He was straight forward regarding everything from scarring to healing time to end results. He takes his time, and makes sure I understand everything thoroughly. The man truly cares, even my mother was impressed. What impressed me the most, of all of the consultations that I had been to with other doctors, Dr Nuveen was the ONLY doctor that did not try to force additional procedures on me. He made recommendations, and left it at that. The remainder was ensuring that I received exactly what I wanted. Not only are my results BETTER than I anticipated, but just 1 week after my surgery, I am healing better and scarring appears to be more minimal than even he & Dr Jensen anticipated. I have been recommending Dr Nuveen to everyone that I know. My confidence level has intensified given the results that I have achieved thus far. I am excited for my 1 month follow up and to see my continued progress. I am beyond confident that Dr Nuveen, Dr Jensen & staff will continue to make this an easy healing process for me, as well as my future procedures be handled in the same fashion. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, and put myself out there for their reputation. If anyone has any questions regarding Dr Nuveen, Dr Jensen or the staff, just ask them how to get in touch with the overly excited black woman that demanded to be a poster child for women of color on the website :)"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 19, 2014
"Absolutely amazing experience. Nothing short of amazing. Great welcoming staff that help you feel at ease. 10/10 recommended!!"- M.A. / Facebook / Jun 16, 2020
"Enjoy the awesome vibe from staff. They made me feel comfortable and relaxed. Highly recommend this place to family and friends!"- M.G. / Google / Jun 22, 2020
"Let me tell you about THIS place. I could not have asked for anything more! They were absolutely on top of everything. Made me feel so comfortable and Dr. Nuveen is so talented. You can feel that he cares about his work and that he wants nothing but for the patient to be happy in the end. He was so detailed and patient with me and answered every single question my husband was asking without acting annoyed or in a rush, I’m only day two on post op and I’m so extremely pleased with my experience, IF I ever plan to get anything else done he will be the only one for the job. I say all of this because whenever I was researching doctors over and over, a seriously insane amount, I found dr Nuveen I just knew he was the one and I’m so happy I went with my gut. ❤️ Loved my experience. I"- S.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
"Dr. Nuveen was amazing with explaining the entire process and how the recovery is expected to go and was not shy about giving the bad side of what could happen. I went in feeling completely informed. All of the nursing staff was amazing as well. Everyone was so nice and comforting during the whole appointment. I would definitely recommend Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates."- T.J. / Google / Mar 14, 2021
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 $15,550 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.
**Fee's that are posted are subject to change. No doctor/patient relationship is established until exam. Consent in perpetuity until canceled in writing.
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.
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