Updated October 4, 2021

Bra-Line Back Lift in Fort Worth

No matter how much persistence you show in the gym, a smooth, proportional back can still be out of reach if you experience excess skin along the bra line, or middle back. Also called a “bra roll” or “bra bulge,” this excess skin will often persist despite your best efforts to maintain a trim figure and healthy weight.

For those with a significant bra roll, a bra-line back lift is a procedure that contours the area, removing excess skin and restoring a natural shape throughout the back and waist.

What kind of results will I get from a bra-line back lift procedure?

The bra-line back lift smooths bra rolls and folds in the back by removing excess skin and fatty tissue. The upper back, mid back, and waist will appear smoother, more shapely, and in better proportion with the rest of the body.

If you maintain a stable weight, the results will be long-lasting. As skin continues to lose elasticity with age, you may see some sagging develop over time, but your back will be smoother than it would have been without bra-line back lift surgery.

Am I a good candidate for a bra-line back lift?

A good candidate for a bra-line back lift is looking to smooth bra rolls in the mid- to upper back. Despite the name, both women and men can benefit from a bra-line back lift. To be a good candidate, you should be in good physical health and near your ideal weight for at least 3 months.

Can I combine a bra-line back lift with another procedure?

Many patients choose to have a bra-line back lift performed at the same time as other body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck, liposuction, or as part of a mommy makeover. Some patients may choose to combine a bra-line back lift with a tummy tuck to create complementary, 360-degree contours. If you have had another body lift procedure in the past, such as a tummy tuck or an arm lift, but retain excess skin in your upper back, a bra-line back lift can restore a more natural-looking back and waistline, leading to a proportional shape throughout the body.

Where will my incisions be placed for back lift surgery?

Incisions for bra-line back lift surgery are placed horizontally along the bra line, where scars are hidden beneath clothes or most bathing suits, once healed.

What kind of anesthesia will I have for back lift surgery?

During the bra-line back lift procedure, you will be under general anesthesia, meaning you will be comfortably asleep for the entire procedure.

How do I prepare for bra-line back lift surgery?

Dr. Kirby will review all supplements and medications you are taking, and she may advise that you adjust certain medications in the weeks before and after surgery. For 10 days prior to surgery, avoid aspirin products (Alka-Seltzer, Carisoprodol, Excedrin, Goody’s, Midol), anti-inflammatory medications (i.e., Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen), and herbal supplements, including green tea. You may also download our comprehensive list of medications to avoid, which is a helpful tool to bring along to your consultation with Dr. Kirby.

Dr. Kirby may also advise that you undergo a medical checkup or lab test to ensure you are ready for surgery. Those with certain pre-existing conditions should not undergo surgery, so be sure to disclose your full medical history to Dr. Kirby. If you smoke, you must quit at least 6 weeks before surgery, as smoking impairs the body’s ability to heal. If you need assistance with quitting, please talk with Dr. Kirby.

Finally, prepare for the day of surgery by asking a responsible adult to drive you to and from surgery, and to stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.

Rest assured that our office will provide you with specific instructions for your surgery day. We will also make ourselves available to answer any questions that may arise before or after your procedure.

What is the recovery like after a bra-line back lift?

After surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, or loss of sensation at the incision site. Dr. Kirby will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable during this time, and she will recommend gentle physical activity to prevent blood clots. Wait 48 hours before showering after surgery.

Most patients require 7 days off work after a bra-line back lift, or longer if your job requires upper body movement. For 6 weeks after surgery, you should avoid full exercise or strenuous movement of any kind. Gentle walking is encouraged starting right away, however. After six months, most swelling should have subsided, you will see your final results.

Is there a less invasive alternative to a bra-line back lift?

If you have good skin elasticity, meaning that your skin returns to position when stretched, then either liposuction or CoolSculpting for fat removal may address your bra bulge without bra-line back lift surgery. Liposuction is a minimally invasive fat removal procedure, while CoolSculpting freezes fat nonsurgically, addressing small, but persistent, pockets of fat.

A bra-line back lift, on the other hand, removes excess skin, where liposuction or CoolSculpting subtly tighten skin, and may leave sagging skin behind. After skin laxity has set in, you may need a bra-line back lift.

Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Emily J. Kirby

Dr. Emily Kirby is a board certified plastic surgeon in Fort Worth offering bra-line back lift as well as other body contouring procedures, including liposuction, arm lift, and tummy tuck, and many others. To schedule your consultation, call or TEXT (817)292-4200 or contact us online. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your goals.

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