Torsoplasty is the surgery commonly referred to as a back or upper body lift. It is a procedure designed to remove excess skin after major weight loss or bariatric surgery in the upper body area as well as the back. It specifically targets the torso and the back, which changes the torso’s shape to a more skin tight look. The location of the torsoplasty may differ among patients, as some desire to target upper back, some mid-back, some lower-back, or some even a combination of all. This procedure is perfect to restore self-esteem and the appearance from the back after weight loss.
What is the necessary aftercare?
After the procedure, dressings or bandages are applied to the areas of incisions. Compression garments must be worn during recovery to minimize swelling and support the back as it heals. A drainage system is inserted near the incisions in order to drain excess blood or fluid that may collect. Dr. Campos-Leon will provide more details about aftercare following the procedure.
During the first days, the back may be swollen and some discomfort or pain may appear. This can be controlled with medication that the doctor indicates. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the patient is discharged after a few hours, or may remain in hospital for 1 to 2 days. At first it is necessary to avoid all kinds of physical efforts, however, walking is very important. The external skin points are removed between 7 and 21 days after the procedure, and the suction drainage one week later.
Some symptoms that may occur
Moderate pain, this may appear in the immediate postoperative period, and is relieved with analgesics.
Small bleeding and / or sero-bloody discharge from the incision in the first 48 hours.
Slight increase in temperature (up to 38º C) in the first 48 hours.
Swelling in the back and torso region. This gradually diminishes, disappearing around the third week.
Small areas with bruises in the torsal region, which will gradually disappear around the fourth week.
The sensitivity of the torso will be decreased in the postoperative period, progressively normalizing.
Are there risks?
There are countless cases of torsoplasty performed successfully. However, concern when undergoing this type of procedure is normal. When this is done by a qualified surgeon, the results are usually great, so it is important to always go to professionals. However, whenever surgery is performed, there are risks as well as complications related to this particular procedure. The complications that can occur with this surgery are infection or venous thrombi, however they are not frequent. The infection resolves with antibiotics and drainage; whereas venous thrombi can be prevented with leg movement as soon as recovery allows. Poor healing can produce a noticeable scar that may require surgical correction. However, all these risks can be reduced by carefully following the instructions provided by the surgeon before and after surgery, especially those that are necessary to resume physical activity.