What is an upper body lift?

Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon can remove excess skin on the upper back with a back lift procedure. Excess skin and fat in the upper back can create large folds, especially in patients with massive weight loss. Eliminating this excess skin can restore your confidence in everything you see.

Torsoplasty is most often performed mainly in patients who have achieved massive weight loss after bariatric surgery and who have such a large volume of excess skin that hangs forming folds difficult to hide. The procedure, however, can remove excess skin on the upper back at the level of the bra line. Ideal candidates must have reached their ideal weight and are able to maintain that weight in the long term.

Patients who want to further improve their results can combine their torsoplasty with a breast lift, extended breast lift, or an extended arm lift. Upper body lifts are rarely performed as an independent procedure. Most patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight need to address more than one area in the upper body. By combining these two or three procedures, patients can now enjoy a thinner body.

Before and During the Procedure

Before undergoing an upper body lift, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon in Mexico makes a detailed consultation and assessment. During this appointment, determine if you are a candidate, explain the procedure, discuss your expectations and take action. The doctor may require some preoperative studies and ask that you stop certain medications before treatment.

After the Procedure and Recovering

A Torsoplasty can take two hours and up to six hours or more to complete, if combined with other procedures. The incisions are created through the upper back at the level of the bra line. Once the procedure is complete, we will sell all the incisions and take it to a separate room to begin your recovery.

Patients who undergo a lift of the upper body without any other procedure may need about two weeks off work to recover. The total amount of time needed depends on the combination of procedures and the type of work a patient does. Patients that include an arm lift or breast lift may need two to three weeks of absence from work and may have more limits on their activity levels for longer periods of time.


Following your torsoplasty surgery, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo will recommend you to:

  • Must wear compression garment or elastic bandages after the surgery
  • Avoid straining, bending and lifting
  • Drains may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect
  • In case of any infection, wash the wound with soap and water. If discomfort persists, contact your Patient Care Coordinator