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Upper body lift

After major weight loss following diets or bariatric surgery such as a gastric band or gastric bypass, the body silhouette is often no longer ideal. While your weight has changed, the skin remains saggy. An upper body lift provides a pleasing overall look.

Did you exercise intensively, follow strict diets or even opt for a gastric bypass to lose weight, resulting in the pounds falling off and reaching your desired weight?

Nevertheless, after significant weight loss, you may be unhappy because your body proportions are no longer right.

An upper body lift can have a positive impact on your overall appearance, especially after bariatric surgery. It increases self-esteem and happiness with weight loss achievements.

Tightening the chest and upper arms

An upper body lift tightens the chest and upper arms at the same time. In this relatively demanding operation, the silhouette of the entire upper body is redefined in a single operation. As a result, the entire upper body is reshaped. However, how perfect the result is in the end depends on various factors. This includes maintaining a steady weight, optimal wound healing, consistent adherence to aftercare measures and also genetic predisposition.

Treatment information


Approx. five to six hours

Hospital stay



Post-operative bleeding, hematomas, accumulation of fluid in the wound (seroma), swelling, wound healing disorders, infections


The cost of such an operation varies and is agreed upon in advance


General anesthesia

Ability to work

After approx. two to three weeks


Compression garments for approx. six weeks, during which time sports, sauna and intensive UV radiation are prohibited


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Frequently asked questions

Is the result permanent?

Generally, the more stable your body weight, the higher the chance of a lasting result. However, with only a slight weight increase, you can expect a permanent improvement in the body's silhouette.

Do the scars remain visible?

With a body lift after weight loss, a gentle “all-around correction” of the body's silhouette is possible. The surgical scars are placed in such a way that they can be covered with underwear or a bathing suit.

Is it advisable to donate your own blood?

Blood loss during a body lift is equivalent to that of a standard surgical procedure. A blood transfusion is usually not necessary.

How long will I be unable to work?

The inability to work depends on the physical requirements of your job. As a rule, however, expect to be unable to work for approximately two to three weeks.

When will I be able to exercise again?

Sport activities can be resumed after healing has finished (after approx. six to eight weeks).

Are there any risks associated with this procedure?

In principle, every operation involves certain risks (e.g. post-operative bleeding, drug intolerance, wound healing disorders, inflammation, scarring, sensory disorders). They also depend on the individual's state of health. The doctor will inform you and discuss possible risks with you during the consultation and preparatory meetings.

Does health insurance pay for this procedure?

A body lift is usually not paid for by health insurance.

Do I have to tell you if I am taking medication?

It is extremely important that you always inform the treating doctor about any illnesses and medications you are taking. You should cease taking any blood-thinning medications (aspirin, aspegic or omega-3 fatty acids) two weeks before the procedure. Such medications can cause increased bleeding during surgery and delay the subsequent healing process. The doctor may decide not to perform a planned operation at any time if the surgical risk is increased as a result of the prior use of medication.


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