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There's nothing like trying on an awesome new shirt only to turn around in the mirror and see rolls of skin hanging over your bra, making your shirt bulge out in the back. This is commonly referred to as "back fat".
Surgeons have now developed a new back lift procedure that removes back fat while hiding the scar under the bra line.
"For many patients—even the very fit ones, such as an aerobics instructor—the upper to mid-line back where the rolls and bulges form was very frustrating," said senior author Joseph Hunstad, MD and ASPS Member Surgeon. "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."
Seven female patients that had the procedure done between 2001 and 2007 were reviewed. They had completed follow-ups after 22 months of receiving the surgery. During the procedure the redundant skin was removed, sometimes up to 8 or 10 inches wide, and the remaining tissues were connected together. The whole process takes about an hour and as of now, 20 patients have gotten the bra-line back lift done.
There were minimal complications after the surgery and shortly after the patients were allowed to increase their physical activity as they saw fit. Feedback from the seven women studied was positive.
This study, published in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, concluded that this procedure is a safe and effective method to contour the middle and upper back.
"This is an exciting new procedure that gives patients concerned about this area of their body a possible new option to discuss with their plastic surgeon," said James Wells, Chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee. "As with all new procedures that are not yet widely practiced, patients need to choose an ASPS Member Surgeon who has a comprehensive understanding of how bodies change over time, the impact of environment and lifestyle and the know-how to develop the best treatment plan for the best result."
Well, another surgery to get rid of something that seems to come naturally with the aging process. Would I get it done? Probably if I had all the money in the world. No word on what a procedure like this costs, but I bet it will become the next popular thing. What do you think?
Sources: Medical News Today and American Society of Plastic Surgeons .