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Upper Body Lift in Jacksonville, FL

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For individuals with sagging, loose tissue throughout the arms, back, or breasts, an upper body lift serves to combine multiple cosmetic surgeries to reshape and improve the appearance of the body above the waist. By performing skin excision and liposuction procedures, board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin customize each upper body lift treatment plan to meet the unique needs of their patients at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Jacksonville, FL. An upper body lift can help older patients who have reduced skin elasticity and individuals who have experienced sagging skin after losing a tremendous amount of weight. When the effects of an upper arm lift, a breast lift, a neck lift, and/or an upper back tuck are combined, women and men can feel more comfortable and confident in their bodies.


Those who get an upper body lift at our Jacksonville, FL facility might experience a handful of benefits associated with this procedure, like:

  • Reducing extra skin following weight loss
  • Enhancing and tightening wrinkly, hanging skin tissue
  • Toning the upper half of the body above the waist (like the neck, arms, breast, and upper back)
  • Improving your total self-confidence
  • Feeling better while wearing tight-fitting clothing

Who Is A Candidate for An Upper Body Lift?

Candidates for an upper body lift are individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or lifestyle changes, resulting in excess skin and tissue in the upper body region. This procedure is suitable for those who have loose or sagging skin on the arms, chest, and back, which may cause discomfort, hygiene issues, or self-consciousness. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, at a stable weight, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. Upper body lift surgery at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates can address these concerns by removing excess skin and tissue, resulting in a more contoured and proportionate upper body appearance. Candidates should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess their candidacy and discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.


During your initial consultation, you will meet with one of our cosmetic surgeons who will assess your needs and goals. From there, a personalized treatment plan will be designed. Since an upper body lift comprises procedures that are unique to you and your situation, the process will be different for everyone. Some of the procedures that could be included in your treatment program include:

  • Neck lift
  • Neck liposuction
  • Arm lift
  • Breast lift
  • Skin tightening
  • Body contouring

What Can I Expect After an Upper Body Lift?

The details of upper body lift recovery will vary somewhat from patient to patient based on the specific approach used in the procedure, which body contouring techniques are performed, and other individual factors. In general, patients should expect some amount of discomfort and swelling for a few days to several weeks after surgery, though these side effects should continue to resolve as the body heals. Compression garments may be recommend to help further reduce swelling and ensure a smooth outcome. On average, patients typically take about 1-3 weeks off of work after upper body lift surgery depending on the demands of their job. Light desk work may be possible after 1-2 weeks, with more strenuous physical activities - including exercise - remaining off limits for up to 6-8 weeks or until cleared by your surgeon. Throughout your upper body lift recovery, it's important to get plenty of rest, avoid heavy lifting, eat a balanced diet, and follow all of your postoperative guidelines closely. As your swelling continues to resolve and your incisions heal, you'll start to notice your smoother, slimmer new contours taking shape.

Upper Body Lift FAQ

How much does an upper body lift cost?

The total cost for an upper body lift will depend on several factors, mainly how many body areas are being addressed. Before Dr. Nuveen or Dr. Caplin can estimate your costs, they will perform a consultation to understand your needs and goals. Following this, they can develop your surgical plan and estimate your costs. To make it easier to afford experienced plastic surgeons like Dr. Caplin and Dr. Nuveen and get your best results, Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates takes several payment methods. We will also give you information on low-interest medical financing.

Should I get a neck lift or neck liposuction?

Dr. Nuveen or Dr. Caplin can help you decide if you need neck liposuction, a lift, or both during your initial consultation. In general, a lift helps remove loose skin compared to neck liposuction, which reduces stubborn fat. In many cases, a combination of liposuction and a lift can yield beautiful outcomes for a smooth, even profile. Tell them about all of your goals in your initial consultation so they can develop your unique surgical plan.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?

Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your special goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts without implants. Dr. Caplin or Dr. Nuveen will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or a breast augmentation plus a lift.

Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?

While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening treatments, most will only give you small improvements. To remove moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, arm lift surgery is your best option. In addition to removing excess skin, Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin also use liposuction on small pockets of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue. If you are interested in learning about nonsurgical procedures, they can talk about all possible treatments in your consultation and then help you choose which fits your goals.

How long do the results of body contouring last?

With proper care, your body contouring results will last for many years. To help maintain your results, you should maintain a steady weight. Dramatic weight changes or pregnancy after your body contouring surgery may affect your results. Natural aging will continue, so you may eventually see loose skin develop as you get older. Talk to Dr. Caplin or Dr. Nuveen about recommendations that may help your results last.


If you have lost a tremendous amount of weight or have excess skin in multiple areas throughout your upper body, an upper body lift can address numerous regions above the waist, including the breasts, back, arms, and neck. Women and men alike have received wonderful outcomes from a personalized upper body lift treatment plan. Reach out to our team in Jacksonville, FL to learn about your options and schedule your private consultation.

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