Upper Body Lift NSW

Upper Body Lift Sydney & Newcastle – Back, Arms and Breast Surgery to reduce excess skin by Dr Turner

When you lose a large amount of weight, you may be left with excessively saggy and loose skin that impacts your body and lifestyle. If you are struggling with saggy and droopy skin on your back, arms, and breasts as a result of massive weight loss or after multiple pregnancies, then you may benefit from an upper-body lift surgical procedure.

Dr Scott Turner is a Post weight loss surgery expert and Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Newcastle & Sydney NSW.

NOTE: Dr Turner only performs upper body lift procedures on patients who are 18+ months post-bariatric surgery and have a stable weight for 6+ months. Patients should also not smoke and have a BMI less than 30.

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What is an Upper Body Lift Procedure?

An upper body lift is a combination of procedures performed together to target problem areas in the upper body such as the fat rolls and loose skin in the back, arms, and/or breasts. The three procedures that are performed as part of an upper-body lift are a breast lift or reduction, an upper arm lift, and a bra line back lift. 

The upper body lift procedure is performed to tighten up the skin in your upper body while enhancing the natural contours to give you a sculpted look. The procedure also removes loose saggy skin from your axillary or underarm region, to give your arm an extremely toned and defined appearance. 

It’s not only loose skin that is being excised but stubborn fat deposits that just won’t go away with workouts and diets. That can be done using additional body liposuction which can be performed during the procedure as well. 

Who is an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure ?

The upper body lift procedure is a major surgical procedure that can involve three different surgical procedures, all performed simultaneously to improve the aesthetics of the upper body.

The best candidate for the upper body lift procedure is someone who:

  • Is a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking at least six weeks before and after the surgery
  • Is physically and mentally healthy
  • Is at their stable weight with no plans to get pregnant in the future
  • Is realistic about the result of the procedure
  • Is struggling with back rolls, saggy skin around the breasts and upper arms that has become a cause of concern
  • Is aware of the potential risks and complications of the procedure meaning that they are making an informed decision regarding the procedure

If for some reason, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the upper body lift, it is best to avoid undergoing the procedure till you become a good candidate for the intervention. Undergoing the procedure despite not meeting the criteria can be detrimental to your health.

Benefits of the Upper Body Lift Procedure

The upper body lift procedure has several benefits as it has a positive effect on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

1. Improved Self Image and Social Benefits

Upper Body lift can also improve your social and interpersonal relationships as your loose skin may have been a deterrent for you when thinking of forming new relationships.

2. Improved Upper Body Aesthetics

Not just that, but the upper body lift procedure can significantly improve the aesthetics of your upper body, allowing you to enjoy your body in any outfit you want to wear.

3. Less Rashes and Skin Irritations

The upper body lift procedure has physical benefits such as reducing the incidence of rashes, skin irritation, chafing, and infections in the folds of excess, loose skin. When you have saggy loose skin, the skin begins to fold on itself and these folds can become the breeding ground for bacteria. The problem exaggerates itself with poor hygiene which often results in significant skin irritation and rashes that are not only uncomfortable to deal with but also an issue for the aesthetics of the body.

Benefits of Upper Body lift

After undergoing an upper body lift procedure, which is an umbrella procedure involving the removal of the excess loose skin from the upper body, the skin folds are no longer a problem.

While the procedure cannot treat the current infections or rashes, for which you should be talking to your primary care doctor, it can prevent them from reoccurring due to skin folds. This is a major physical benefit of the upper body lift procedure.

4. Reduced Skin Folds – making exercise and clothes shopping easier

Struggling with the loose skin folds, irritation, and rashes, and not finding clothes that fit right as a result of these, can be quite taxing. All these struggles are can negatively affect your emotional wellbeing causing you to avoid exercise and social occasions. Undergoing the procedure can help you look and feel better. 

All of the different benefits of the combination of procedures, along with the fact that the intervention is safe are responsible for the popularity of the procedure. 

Your Body Lift Journey

Your journey of getting an upper body lift procedure starts from your enquiry and first consultation with Dr Turner and ends with the recovery period. During this entire period, you should be taking excellent care of your health because poor health before the procedure could lead to complications during or after the surgery 

A Consultation for an Upper Body Lift

During the consultation phase is the time for you to ask about the concerns and questions you have about the procedure, recovery period and risks.

You should take this time to be as candid as possible about your expectations from the procedure. This helps Dr Turner understand exactly what you are looking for and either helps you achieve it or offer an alternative, in case the expectations aren’t realistic. 

You will also be assessed by Dr Turner to ensure that you are eligible for the procedure. This includes a physical examination and blood tests. The physical examination will also help Dr Turner assess the extent of loose skin and the best way to target it. 

If you are taking any prescription medications, herbal medications, or teas, you should inform Dr Turner as they can increase the risk of bleeding during and after the procedure. Your physician will most likely adjust the doses of your medications and ask you to stop herbals and OTC medications at least 3 weeks to 6 weeks before the procedure.  

Upper Body Lift Surgery Procedure

The upper body lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes around five hours, in total. Usually, the procedure is performed in under five hours as it is not recommended to stay under anaesthesia for too long. The procedure begins with incisions that Dr Turner will make sure to hide in the natural folds and contours of your body. This is to make sure that the scars from the procedure are not too visible after your body heals.

After the initial incisions, Dr Turner will remove the excess skin as discussed in the consultation phase and also remove the stubborn fat that won’t go away. The fat is usually removed with liposuction. 

Once the desired amount of fat and skin has been removed and excised, Dr Turner will place thin tubes near the surgical site and suture the incisions. These draining tubes are placed to reduce the risk of fluid collection at the surgical site. With that, your upper body lift surgery is complete and now begins the recovery period. 

Recovery after the Upper Body Lift Procedure

recovery after upper body lift

The recovery period after the combination of procedures takes about 4 to 8 weeks. The initial weeks are usually marked by quite a bit of swelling, bruising, and discomfort which can be easily managed with over-the-counter painkillers. You should also wear compression garments throughout the recovery period to avoid significant swelling and support the results of your procedure. 

Throughout the recovery period you should avoid drinking or smoking as it increases the risk of infections that could ruin the results of your procedure. You should especially refrain from drinking if you have been prescribed antibiotics as combining the two can be detrimental to your health. 

By weeks 2 to 3, you can resume your daily life activities and return to work. You should be able to move about and perform light exercises but no pressure should be put on the incisions as that could slow down the healing process. You should still be sleeping on your back and preferably by yourself, as to avoid any injuries during the night from a loved one or a pet. 

After 4 to 6 weeks, you should be able to resume your exercise routine, given that Dr Turner said it is ok to do this. The results of the procedure will be visible by this time but your body will continue to adjust over the next 6 months to 9 months and the final results will be visible after a year. 

Risks and Complications of the Upper Body Lift Procedure

The upper body lift procedure is a cosmetic surgery procedure and it has certain risks and complications associated with it. However, most of the side effects of the procedure do not require medical intervention as they resolve on their own. Some of the rare complications of the upper body lift procedure are:

  • Reactions to the anaesthesia
  • Bleeding 
  • Infection and pus at the site of the incision
  • Fluid collection or seroma
  • Asymmetry 
  • Thick, visible scars
  • Persistent swelling and bruising
  • Temporary numbness of the area
  • Damage to the surrounding structure

Body Lift Sydney Cost and Prices – How much is an Upper Body Lift in Sydney?

Cost of Upper Body Lift Sydney

Upper Body Lift surgery is customised for you and Dr Turner’s team will give you a package price for your surgery that will depend on the exact type of procedures you require, the hospital you choose and the length of your surgery & stay. It will include aftercare, follow-up and extra post-op services that you need.

After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and hospital fees.

For an estimate of your own upper body lift surgery price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone 1300 641199 –  contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Price Guide on the Pricing page.

Funding Your Body Lift Surgery in Sydney

Dr Turner’s team can also provide information on an Upper Body Lift Surgery Payment Plans and medical finance, different methods of payment and whether funding by Medicare, Private Health Insurance or by Super withdrawal will be a possibility for you. Many of the Body LIft procedures are eligible – please ask!

Why Choose Dr Scott Turner for Your Upper Body Lift Surgery?

Dr Scott Turner is a highly trusted and well-trained specialist plastic surgeon. He has trained in both plastic and cosmetic surgery, honing his skills in both with constant practice and staying up-to-date with the new technologies in the field of skin removal surgery.

Dr Turner keeps up with the international trends in plastic surgery by regularly attending conferences and meetings. This is what helps him safely provide all his patients with the results that they desire. Dr Turner’s utmost priority is his patients’ health and safety.

FAQs about Upper Body Lift

Medical References – Further Reading

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


  • To find out more information about surgery you can book a FREE 15 minute phone conversation with our Patient Care team – BOOK A CALENDLY CALL

Contact us or call on  1300 641 199  to arrange your surgeon consultation in Sydney or Newcastle.

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