For patients with loose, sagging skin in the arms, breast, neck, or back, an upper body lift can combine several surgeries to effectively reshape the appearance above the waist.

With a combination of skin excision and liposuction, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin customize every upper body lift to address the specific needs of their patient at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City.

I had a lower body lift done in December of 2019. Dr. Nuveen and the staff took incredible care of me, especially Sonia and Ashley. They anticipated my needs before I knew what I even needed. The overnight suite was perfect, as well. Dr. Nuveen has a true gift for balancing professionalism and a comforting bedside manner. I am elated with my results. So thankful I made the decision to have the surgery done at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates


An upper body lift can help aging patients who have lost skin elasticity, as well as patients who have noticed loose skin after they have lost a significant amount of weight. By combining an upper arm lift, a breast lift, a neck lift, and/or an upper back tuck, patients can feel more confident in their body.

What to Expect

Cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Erik Nuveen or Dr. Courtney Caplin will perform an initial assessment of the upper body and recommend the procedures that can be performed to attain the desired results. It may be a combination of arms, breasts, or upper back surgeries. Depending on the size of the area, the treatment may be performed in a single session or staged in multiple sessions. There is no standard treatment plan as each individual’s circumstance varies and thus the surgical plan will be unique to each patient. It is also important to note that the candidate must be at or close to their goal weight before undergoing an upper body lift.

Dr. Nuveen and the staff at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates are amazing. I had a Lower body lift and could not have had a better experience. Everyone was so nice and able to answer any questions I had. I am one month post op and my results far exceeded my expectations. This surgery has given me confidence and changed my life. It is clear that Dr. Nuveen loves what he does and cares for his patients. I highly recommend Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates.


During/After Surgery

Due to the nature of this surgery, general anesthesia is used. The surgery is performed in an accredited surgical facility and in most cases, patients will be required to spend the night in the hospital. The recovery following this surgery is slow, but most patients can resume some form of light activity within the first 7-10 days. Activities must be limited for 4-6 weeks. The post-surgery care will greatly vary depending on the procedures performed.

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    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOVE the whole staff at Dr. Nuveen's office! Dr. Nuveen has called me from his personal cell to check on me, his nurses have called several times and emailed several times! I have NEVER been so excited about myself! I will NEVER use anyone else!/p>

    Sarah Carlton Clawson

    I love Dr. Nuveen, he is awesome!! Takes as much time with you as needed and very honest about results!!

    Lisa Rowe Pryor


    Breast Augmentation with Lift FAQs

    Upper and lower lift?

    Both surgeries are pretty invasive and each considered a major undertaking, which means that the risk of complication and infection increases if they are combined. The recommended approach is to stage upper and lower body lifts into separate sessions for safety reasons. The average recovery period takes up to 4-6 months for each surgery. The surgeon will ensure that an ample time period has passed between the two surgical sessions.

    How bad are the scars?

    Skin removal surgery and body lift procedures produce scarring. Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable circumstance with these surgeries. An experienced plastic surgeon that is skilled with skin removal techniques, will create incisions that will result in scars that can be concealed under clothing. The post-operative plan includes a detailed scar treatment plan so that each incision heals nicely. Over time, the scars will fade and become less noticeable.

    Covered by insurance?

    Cosmetic procedures are not typically covered by insurances. However, there are cases when the patient has complications or health-related issues because of the loose, sagging skin. In these situations, insurance may partly cover the costs.

    Long-term results?

    An upper body lift can sometimes be the final step towards completing the weight loss journey for a patient. Once the loose skin is removed, individuals feel an undeniable boost of self-confidence with their looks and their slimmer appearance. To maximize these results for a lifetime, it is important for patients to maintain a proper diet and exercise routine so that the results from the surgery are not compromised.


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