Back Lift Wonders: After Weight Loss of 260 pounds, a Back Lift Triumph*
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Initially morbidly obese at 495 pounds, the patient is a 36-year-old White female. A miraculous transformation ensued after she underwent RNY gastric bypass. She successfully shed 260 pounds following her enormous weight loss. Nevertheless, her dissatisfaction persisted regarding excess torso fat. She resolved to consult with Beverly Hills, California's Dr. J. Timothy Katzen for assistance. Both Dr. Katzen and the patient agreed that back liposuction alone would result in the patient developing folds of skin on the back. In addition to back liposuction, Dr. Katzen completed a horizontal torsoplasty. Under general anesthesia, horizontal torsoplasty required 4 hours to complete, while back liposuction required only 1 hour. Two drains were inserted into the back. Fourteen days after surgery, both back drains were extracted. Three weeks following surgery, the patient successfully resumed her sedentary occupation. The patient adhered to her compression garment for eight weeks, during which time she changed her dressing daily. One month after the horizontal torsoplasty, silicone strips and scar cream were administered twice daily. The patient applied the cream and strips for six months. This patient is very happy with her back lift results. The horizontal torsoplasty has restored her the ability to wear articles of clothing that she was previously unable to wear. She is no longer self-conscious regarding her back, as her back lift has restored her confidence.