A study published in the October issue of the ASPS journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows a new back lift procedure that removes unsightly bumps and bulges while hiding the scar under the bra line.
"For many patients—even the very fit ones, such as an aerobics instructor—the upper to midline back where the rolls and bulges form was very frustrating," said senior author Joseph Hunstad, MD. "This redundancy of skin occurs generally from aging and cannot be exercised away. For those who desire to wear form-fitting outfits, this procedure eliminates the problem."
The study reviewed seven female patients who had the bra-line back lift between 2001 and 2007 with an average follow-up of 22 months. The procedure removed the redundant skin, sometimes up to 8 inches or 10 inches wide, and connected the remaining tissue together. According to the study, the procedure takes about an hour from start to finish. The authors have completed the bra-line back lift on 20 patients to date.
The study found minimal complications, and about 2 weeks after surgery, patients were allowed to increase their activity levels based on their discomfort. Feedback from all seven patients was uniformly positive, according to the study.
[Source: ASPS/The Daily News Transcript]