Women who lose weight may find that while they love their new figure, they still have trouble spots on the body they simply cannot correct with diet and exercise alone. For many, this involves the upper and mid back. Referred to among women as “back rolls”, weight loss can leave droopy folds of excess fat and skin that bulge and hang just above or below the bra line. For this reason, many turn to Plano plastic surgeons, Dr. Natan Yaker and Board Eligible Dr. Jaime Haidenberg, for a back lift (also referred to as a “back tuck”). Not to be confused with lipo, a back lift trims away and removes the hanging skin that resides on the upper back and on the sides of the chest. The result is a toned, smooth back appearance.
"You will have missed an opportunity if you don’t schedule a consult with Dr. Haidenberg - I am very excited to provide my review for Dr. Haidenberg. From my first consultation, it was clear that Dr. Haidenberg puts his patients best interest first. When looking at patients pictures that had similar surgeries to mine, my first observation was that patient outcomes were natural, younger and fresher, but everyone looked like themselves. Aside from Dr. Haidenberg’s personal care for his patients, his technical expertise and ability to explain the procedure, set’s patients up for solid expectations. If you take the time to read his reviews, they each will testify to his skill as a surgeon and that his attention to detail are unmatched. He also collaborates well with Dr. Yaker his partner, which magnifies their assessment, surgical plan, and after care which further enhanced my confidence in Dr. Heidenberg. Beyond the excellence demonstrated by Dr. Haidenberg throughout the process, the competence, care, and personal interest offered by each member of his staff was also unsurpassed. From the moment I entered their office on my first visit and throughout follow ups, the welcoming relaxed environment and dedication to excellence makes recommending Dr. Haidenberg a pleasure and an honor. Regardless your interest in plastic surgery or desired outcome, you will have missed an opportunity if you don’t schedule a consult with Dr. Haidenberg. You’ll find my appraisal is not exceptional, and like others, just tries to express appreciation for a doctor that cares as much about your outcome as you do."- E. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2020
"Great doctor and staff. Couldn’t be more please with current and past procedures. Not only have they done major surgery but also minor procedures. Dr. Yaker has always been able to correct past mistakes easily. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Kristin the on call nurse is top notch. Wouldn’t think to go anywhere else."- D.B. / Google / Sep 30, 2019
"Amazing Experience - I had a tummy tuck, Breast lift, arm fat removal and lipo with Dr. Haidenberg - I had a tummy tuck, Breast lift, arm fat removal and lipo with Dr. Haidenberg on June 23rd of this year. I have never been happier in my life. Not only did I barely experience any pain, but I was up and out at dinner (against docs orders) within two weeks, drains and all. I love this doctor and his staff. They are all the best."- A. / RealSelf / Sep 17, 2020
"Went in for a consult and I loved the staff extremely friendly and professional and made me feel very comfortable."- K.D. / Google / Mar 02, 2023
"Great experience, warm, attentive and amazing bed side manner!"- K.S. / Google / Feb 22, 2023
During a back tuck procedure, an incision is generally made across the woman’s back from one side to the other, usually where the bra line resides. Excess skin and tissue is trimmed away, and the remaining skin just above and below the bra strap is pulled tight and then sutured. For massive weight loss patients, as much as 8-10 inches of skin can be removed for a tighter appearance.
A back tuck takes just about 1-2 hours to complete and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. It is considered an outpatient procedure. The patient will wear a compression bra with a large back strap to help compress the surgical area and keep the incision protected. Some discomfort and tightness will initially be felt, but this resides after a couple of weeks. Once the incisions heal, patients love how their back feels. For most, the result is a tighter, flatter, more toned back appearance, which allows patients to wear fitted clothing with confidence. The scars, one healed, are hidden under the bra strap.
A back tuck can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 depending on the surgical case. Some patients will require liposuction, which may add to the overall cost.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 - 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Back Tuck FAQs
This procedure has gained popularity over the years, especially as more and more individuals are losing weight thanks to the success of bariatric weight loss surgery. Today, almost any skilled and experienced plastic surgeon offers this body contouring procedure. The majority of patients love their results.
Weight loss patients who undergo skin removal or body contouring generally do not put emphasis on their backs—at first. They commonly go for the tummy tuck, thigh lift or breast lift to correct lose skin. In some cases, a back tuck can be the final stage in the skin removal process. It is very common for patients to consider combining several procedures and a back tuck can certainly be including in this mix. For example, patients undergoing a tummy tuck and butt lift may also address their back at the same time.
What About Scarring?
Scarring is definitely a part of this procedure, but the good news is that the scarring is hidden under the bra strap or a bathing suit top. Men who lose weight and wish to undergo a back tuck will have great results from the surgery, but unfortunately will have to understand that a visible scar will also be a part of the surgical outcome.
Can’t I Just Have Lipo?
Liposuction is still the best surgical method used for fat removal today. However, patients who are candidates for a back tuck are not dealing with excess fat, but instead, loose skin. Liposuction cannot remove loose skin, only a skin removal process will achieve this. A back tuck is the best way to attain a flat, toned back for patients with bra-line area bulges.