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What is a Bra-Line Back Lift?

A Bra-Line Back Lift is a surgical procedure designed to address unwanted excess skin and fat in the upper back area. This procedure can help improve the overall contour and appearance of the back, creating a smoother, more toned look. During the procedure, excess skin and fat is removed from the upper back region, often focusing on the area around the bra line. Liposuction may also be utilized in conjunction with the bra-line back lift to achieve optimal results.

Who can benefit from Bra-Line Back Lift?

A Bra-Line Back Lift is an excellent procedure for women who find they have extra skin and fat in their upper back area. Bra-Line Back Lift surgery is particularly helpful for individuals who experience sagging or bulging around the bra line, which can be difficult to conceal with clothing. It is important to note that surgery is not a weight-loss substitute. The ideal candidate for a Bra-Line Back Lift is at or near their goal weight before undergoing surgery. If you are bothered by excess skin and fat in the upper back area and would like to achieve a more toned and defined appearance, a Bra-Line Back Lift may be right for you.

Bra-Line Back Lift vs. Liposuction

Liposuction is best for removing unwanted fat, especially in troublesome areas that are not responding to diet and exercise. However, it cannot remove excess skin. A Bra-Line Back Lift will remove the extra and stretched skin from the upper back. This results in a scar across the back. The goal is to conceal the scar within the bra-line, so that it is minimally visible.

What to Expect at your Consultation

When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams, you can expect a thorough discussion about your goals and expectations for the surgery. Dr. Elkins-Williams will also review your overall health, medical history, prior surgeries, medications, and drug allergies. Dr. Elkins-Williams will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical technique for your individual circumstances. His goal is to help you achieve your desired outcome while ensuring natural-looking and long-lasting results.

Deciding to Schedule

During your consultation, you will receive a detailed surgical quote and any required clearance forms. If you choose to proceed with surgery, our dedicated Patient Coordinator, Julia, will guide you through the process of selecting a procedure date. To finalize your preferred surgical date, a non-refundable, non-transferrable booking fee will be required upon scheduling. A pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At the time of booking surgery, we will also schedule your first follow-up visit. 


During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with Dr. Elkins-Williams to revisit your goals, and your surgical quote balance will be due at the end of this appointment. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.

What to avoid before Surgery

To minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising, it’s important to avoid blood thinning medications and supplements for two weeks prior to your procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse.


After Bra-Line Back Lift surgery, which usually takes about 3 hours under IV sedation, all sutures are placed beneath the skin and are absorbable. You’ll wear a compression garment, and there will be no dressings to change or drains to worry about. You will have some pain and swelling immediately after surgery. Most patients will require pain medication for a few days. You will need to hold off on aerobic exercise for at least 2 weeks after surgery; Dr Elkins-Williams will advise you when strenuous activity can be resumed. Swelling will gradually improve over a period of around 3 months. Though results are visible immediately, the final outcome will reveal itself over several months as the swelling resolves. Look forward to better-fitting, more comfortable clothing and enjoy improved confidence in your new body!


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