back-lift.jpg Fashion often dictates that one wear sheer, body-hugging clothes once in a while. But this often means that unsightly bumps and lumps along the bra line are visible for all to see. North Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph P. Hunstad has emerged as the answer to the prayers of women who suffer from the unsightly bra line. He is the designer of a new procedure that lifts and smoothes the upper and middle back. The procedure along with the case studies of 7 women who had undergone it has been reported in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Highlights of the procedure
a. This is an invasive procedure.
b. It involves the use of general anesthesia.
c. The surgeon makes an incision is made across the back at the level of the bra line.
d. The excess skin, which can be 8 to 10 inches, is then removed.
e. The surgeon then stitches up the area of incision.
f. It takes just an hour.
g. This procedure leaves a very fine scar that is easily hidden by a bra or swimsuit.
h. It makes the contour of the body taut and smooth.
i. Patients should avoid vigorous activity, heavy lifting, raising their arms above their head or submerging the surgical site under water for 48 hours after the procedure.
j. Shower or bath is advised after 24 hours of the procedure.
k. Normal activity can be resumed in 3 to 4 days.
l. There are hardly any complications.

Cost
$7,500 to $10,000