If you have lost a large amount of weight, it is most likely that your skin will lose some of its elasticity, leaving you with excess redundant skin. An upper body lift (torsoplasty) may help address the excess skin on the upper part of the body (Breasts, back, arms).

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Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery After Weight Loss

This procedure is often performed after significant weight loss or as part of a body contouring plan. An upper body lift (torsoplasty) may change both body proportion and contour.

Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to determine if an upper body lift (torsoplasty) may be appropriate for you.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery?

People of any age with loose skin may consider getting an upper body lift (torsoplasty). However, you are most likely a suitable candidate for the procedure if you have:

  • Significant weight loss
    • Suitable candidates for upper body lift surgery have experienced significant weight loss, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, resulting in loose, excess skin in the upper body area.
  • Excess skin
    • Candidates tend to have noticeable excess skin in the upper body, including; the breasts, back, and arms
    • This excess skin can’t be removed by non-surgical methods.
  • Stable weight
    • It is important for candidates to have reached a stable weight and maintained it consistently before considering upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery.
  • Good overall health
    • Candidates should be in good overall health, free from any medical conditions that could interfere with the surgery or recovery process.
  • Non-smokers
    • Smoking can increase the risk of complications both during and after surgery.
    • Suitable candidates need to be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking for a specified period before and after the procedure.
  • Realistic expectations
    • Candidates should have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery and understand the limitations and potential risks involved.
  • Commitment to recovery
    • Upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery requires a lengthy recovery period, during which candidates must follow specific instructions.
    • This includes; post-operative instructions, follow-up appointments, and taking other necessary steps to ensure proper healing.

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you meet the specific criteria for upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery and to discuss your individual goals and expectations.

Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery Before and After Photos

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The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.

Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.

In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.

What are the Potential Outcomes of an Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty)?

The potential outcomes of an upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery can vary depending on each individual’s unique situation and the surgery they have. Some potential outcomes include:

  • Altered body contour: Upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery may alter the overall body contour by removing excess skin and fat from the upper body, including the breasts, back, and arms.
  • Functional improvement: In some cases, excess skin in the upper body can cause discomfort, skin irritation, and difficulty with daily activities.
    • Upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery may alleviate these issues and address overall comfort and mobility.
  • Improved hygiene: The surgery can indirectly benefit hygiene
    • Excess skin and folds in the upper body can create areas where moisture and bacteria can accumulate, leading to skin irritation, rashes, and hygiene challenges.
    • An upper body lift may help improve hygiene by reducing the areas where moisture and bacteria can collect.
  • Long-lasting results: While individual results may vary, the results of an upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery may be long-lasting with proper post-operative care and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific goals and expectations for an upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery and determine if it is the right procedure for you.

What To Expect During The Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Procedure?

During your initial medical consultation with Dr Patrick Briggs, you will discuss what you want to achieve. Dr Briggs will also discuss the different surgical options and techniques and what he believes may be suitable options for you.

Your surgeon may also draw lines on your body to demonstrate the possible changes.

Dr Briggs preforms this surgery while the patient is under general anesthesia. It is generally an inpatient procedure (you will stay in hospital for at least one night) and typically takes around 4 to 5 hours. 

If you are undergoing an upper arm lift (brachioplasty), your surgeon will make an incision at the back of the arm, or underneath the armpit.

For a breast lift (mastopexy), The surgeon will typically make three incisions; one around the areola, the other extending down from the areola to the breast crease, and the third underneath the breast crease.

To remove excess skin on the back (a back lift), the surgeon will make an incision near the bra line or on both sides of the mid-back.

The surgeon will tighten and reposition the remaining skin. They may also tighten underlying muscles, if necessary. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures, and dressings or compression garments are applied to support the healing process.

Risk and Complications Of Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Procedure

All surgery has potential risks and complications. You can minimize the risk associated with the surgery by carefully following the instructions given to you by Dr Briggs and his team, both before and after the surgery.

Some risks and complications associated with the procedure, include;

  • Complications associated with Anesthesia
  • Swelling and redness
  • Accumulation of blood in the wound (hematoma)
  • Accumulation of fluid in the wound (seroma)
  • Wound Infection
  • Bleeding from the wound
  • Change or loss of sensation around the areola and other sites of incision
  • Poor wound healing
  • Poor scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to the underlying structures

It’s essential to discuss these risks and complications with your plastic surgeon before the procedure. They will provide you with detailed information, guide you through the necessary precautions, and help minimize the occurrence of any potential complications.

Your Recovery Journey After Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery

After surgery you will likely stay in hospital for observation and monitoring for a day or two. As this is an extensive surgery, it is important to establish a support system at home for your recovery period.

Generally, you can expect the following in the recovery period:

Immediately after your surgery, you will likely have drains in place. These help remove fluid that may accumulate within the surgical area after surgery. Drains are usually removed a few days after surgery.

You will need to wear a compression garment at all times. This will help control swelling, and support the suspended tissues.

The first week of recovery is crucial. Aim at getting as much rest as possible. It is also important to move around slowly to prevent blood clots.

Swelling and bruising will continue till the second week following surgery. It will begin to dissipate during the 3rd and 4th week.

You can usually return to work after the 4th week, provided you do not have a physically demanding job.

Five to six weeks after the procedure you will begin to see the results of the body lift. Wounds will heal and swelling will reduce. It is usually around this time that patients are able to resume excercise and more strenuous activities, however, you should still get the all clear from your surgeon first. 

Managing Scars after Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery

Managing scars after upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery is an important consideration for many patients. Although scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, there are steps that you can take to help minimize their visibility and promote optimal healing, keeping in mind that scars will never fully disappear. Below are some strategies that may reduce scarring after an upper body lift (torsoplasty):

  • Surgical technique
    • Experienced plastic surgeons employ precise and careful techniques to minimize incision size and optimize scar placement.
    • They may use techniques like hidden incisions within natural skin folds (when possible) or along the borders of clothing to minimize scar visibility.
  • Proper wound care
    • Following your surgeon’s instructions for wound care is crucial.
    • This typically involves keeping the incisions clean and dry, applying recommended ointments or dressings, and avoiding activities that can strain the incisions during the initial healing phase.
  • Scar management
    • Your surgeon may recommend various scar management techniques, such as; silicone sheets or gels. These can be put on the incisions to help flatten and soften the scars.
    • Additionally, massaging the scars with recommended creams or oils may improve their appearance.
    • Your surgeon may also recommend other treatments, like Fraxel or Healite II to help reduce the appearance of scars.
  • Sun protection
    • Protecting the incision sites from sun exposure is essential during the healing process.
    • Ultraviolet (UV) rays can darken and worsen the appearance of scars.
    • It is advised to use sunscreen with a high SPF and cover the incisions with clothing or bandages when exposed to the sun.
  • Patience and time
    • Scar maturation takes time, and it is important to have realistic expectations.
    • Initially, scars may appear red, raised, or firm, but they typically fade and flatten over time.
    • It is important to be patient and allow your body sufficient time to heal.

Remember, each individual’s healing process is unique, and the appearance of scars can vary. It is essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attend regular follow-up appointments to monitor the healing progress and address any concerns.

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What is the Difference Between an Upper (Torsoplasty) and Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)?

An upper body lift (torsoplasty) primarily focuses on addressing excess skin on the upper body, including the back, chest, and arms.

On the other hand, a Lower Body Lift (belt lipectomy) targets the lower part of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs.

While both procedures aim to alter the body’s overall shape and contour, they focus on different areas and address specific concerns associated with each region.

The choice between an upper body lift (torsoplasty) and a lower body lift (belt lipectomy) depends on the individual’s unique needs, goals, and the areas of the body they wish to target.

How much does a Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) cost?

In Australia, the cost of upper body (torsoplasty) surgery typically ranges from $10,000 to $20,000 AUD or more. This cost usually includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and post-operative care. However, it’s important to note that this is just an estimate, and the actual cost may vary based on individual circumstances.

It is recommended to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon for a personalized evaluation and cost estimate. They can assess your specific needs and goals, discuss the potential risks and outcomes, and provide you with a more accurate cost estimate for your upper body surgery.

Additionally, some health insurance policies may provide coverage for upper body surgery if it is deemed medically necessary, so it’s worth checking with your insurance provider to see if any coverage is available.

Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

What does an upper body lift (torsoplasty) include?

  • An upper body lift (torsoplasty) is a customisable procedure that may include one or a combination of the following;
    • Breast lift (mastopexy)
    • Arm lift (brachioplasty)
    • Back lift (torsoplasty)
    • Upper body liposuction.

What is a Torsoplasty?

  • Torsoplasty, also known as a lower body lift or circumferential body lift, is a surgical procedure that aims to alter the appearance and contour of the lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs.

Does an upper body lift (torsoplasty) include arms?

  • Yes, an upper body lift can include removing excess skin, fat, and tissue from the arms.

How long is an upper-body lift (torsoplasty) surgery?

  • The upper body lift surgery depends on the extent and specifics of the procedure.
  • Generally, the procedure takes less than 5 hours to perform.

When can I exercise after an upper-body lift (torsoplasty)?

  • The swelling and bruising that occurs for several weeks after surgery can impact your ability to exercise.
  • It is recommended that you refrain from sporting activities and vigorous exercise, including lifting, pushing, or pulling anything, for at least six weeks following surgery. 

Upper Body Lift (Torsoplasty) Surgery – Medicare

Medicare coverage for an upper body lift (torsoplasty) can vary depending on several factors, including the specific circumstances and individual needs of the patient.

In general, Medicare coverage for cosmetic procedures is limited as they are typically considered elective and primarily performed for aesthetic purposes. However, in some cases, Medicare may provide coverage for upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery if it is deemed medically necessary.

If it is performed for functional or reconstructive reasons rather than purely cosmetic purposes. For example, if the excess skin or tissue in the upper body causes physical discomfort, interferes with daily activities, or contributes to certain medical conditions, Medicare may provide coverage.

It’s important to note that the criteria for Medicare coverage can vary, and each case is evaluated on an individual basis.

To determine if your upper body lift (torsoplasty) surgery is eligible for Medicare coverage, it is recommended to consult with your plastic surgeon and contact Medicare directly to understand the specific requirements, documentation, and the out-of-pocket expenses that apply.

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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