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Back Bra Lift

A back bra lift, also known as an upper back lift or bra lift, is a procedure that removes the excess skin and fat from the upper back. It is called a bra lift as the incisions and scars are typically located under and covered by the bra line.

This procedure can also reduce excess skin around the sides of the body, including the armpits and lower back. As a result, the contour of the skin on the upper part of the back is addressed.

Your initial Consultation

Dr Matthew Peters will discuss your desired outcome and expectations with you. Your medical history, current health and requirements will be considered to determine whether surgery is the right option for you. If required, Dr Peters will undertake a thorough examination, and he will suggest a plan that suits your goals and lifestyle. This is an excellent time to raise any concerns or questions you have with Dr Peters to ensure you are fully prepared for surgery. You will often see a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse to discuss the procedure and recovery in more detail. Clinical photographs are usually taken as well.

If you and Dr Peters decide surgery is a good option to manage your concerns, you can opt to receive an obligation-free surgical quote and proceed from there

Surgery preparation

The first step is to organise a consultation with Dr Peters in Brisbane, where you can discuss your concerns and expectations, ask questions, and learn more about what happens during the procedure. Then, you can begin to think about how you can prepare for your surgery to ensure a sufficient recovery afterwards. We suggest:

  • Preparing an area in your home designed for you to recover comfortably
  • Making sure that you will have access to pillows, ice packs, and entertainment to keep you comfortable and occupied while you are recovering
  • Pre-preparing some healthy meals
  • Ensuring that you have enough comfortable and loose-fitted clothing to wear
  • Filling any needed prescriptions before your procedure date
  • Organising for somebody to help you around the house for the period of time suggested by Dr Peters and/or a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse

You will be provided with information about how to best prepare for your specific procedure and post-surgery care requirements by Dr Peters and a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse.

Back Bra Lift Procedure

Back bra lift, or upper back lift is performed under general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility. First, Dr Peters will determine the best place to make the incisions. Excess skin will be removed, and excess fat may be removed with liposuction. Dr Peters will make vertical marks to line up where the skin will be pulled together after removing the excess skin and fat, without causing too much tension along the scar line. The incisions will then be closed and covered with bandages or dressings.

Other procedures that may be performed in conjunction with back bra lift surgery

While a back bra lift can be performed on its own, it is often combined with other procedures to produce the patient’s desired results. Additional procedures may include:

Dr Peters can assess whether this is a suitable option for you in your initial consultation. It is important to note that combining procedures will increase procedure time, recovery time, and costs.


Details of your recovery including symptoms that you may experience or specific postoperative care instructions that you need to follow will be provided by Dr Peters during your back bra lift surgery consultation.

You can discuss any concerns you may have about your recovery during your pre-operative consultation with Dr Peters and a VPS clinic nurse as well as your review appointments post-operatively.

Back bra lift surgery costs in Brisbane

The costs associated with surgery vary greatly with the type and complexity of the procedure. When you attend an initial consult, and decide you would like to consider surgery, you will receive a surgical quote which will also include estimates for any rebates you may be eligible for.

As a general rule, plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons is not covered by private health insurance funds or Medicare. Some operations, that have a significant functional aspect, may be considered medical rather than cosmetic and, as such, may attract a small rebate. These procedures have Medicare Item Numbers and if applicable, will be outlined in your quote.

Surgery Risks & Complications

Every surgery has general risks, in addition to procedure specific risks. The risks associated with abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Peters.

Adhering to recovery guidelines can help minimise certain risks and complications. Ensuring that you closely monitor how you are feeling and notifying your doctor of any concerns is the best way to mitigate your risk of adverse outcomes.

You can discuss any concerns that you may have about the possible risks and complications of undergoing back bra lift surgery in Brisbane with Dr Peters.

Your questions answered Frequently Asked Questions

During a back bra lift, an incision will be made along the back bra line.

Back bra lift procedures can be performed in conjunction with other body contour procedures. Dr Peters can assess whether this is a suitable option for you in your initial consultation.

An upper back or back bra lift surgery will produce permanent results. However, significant changes in weight after surgery can influence results, as tissue in the upper back region can return. The best way to ensure that you maintain your desired results from your back bra lift surgery is to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine to remain at a stable weight.

Procedures of this nature are not typically covered by Medicare, however, if your back bra lift procedure is considered to be medically necessary, you may be able to cover your costs with Medicare. Your surgery may be considered as medically necessary if the excess skin on the upper back area are causing skin rashes or infections, or significantly interfere with your ability to complete daily tasks. Dr Peters can provide you with more information on how to check your eligibility for Medicare during your initial consultation.

The time duration for a back bra lift, or upper body lift, will be dependent upon the details of the procedure and will vary from individual to individual. If your procedure will be performed in conjunction with additional body contouring procedures, the time will be extended. Generally, the procedure should take about one to two hours to complete.

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