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Back Tuck in Plano, TX

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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.

Surgical Technique

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.

During/After Surgery

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.

Expected Cost

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. 

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Recovery Time  
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Back Tuck FAQs

How Common?

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.

Combination Surgery?

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.

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