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What is a back lift?

A back lift describes treatment to contour the upper or lower back. A back lift removes excess skin and underlying fat, smoothing contours and lifting the skin to achieve a tighter, more toned aesthetic.

An upper back lift addresses folds and fatty collections of skin of the mid to upper back that may continue onto the sides or upper abdomen. Upper back lift surgery is often combined with breast or upper (reverse) abdominoplasty procedures. The resultant scar is a thin, inconspicuous line that falls within the bra line. Upper back lift results are also seen with Dr. Shermak’s extended arm lift, which includes removal of tissue along the side of the chest, secondarily reducing excess skin in the upper back.

A lower back lift is a powerful operation often performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty, a thigh lift, and/or outer thigh liposuction that not only removes excess lower back skin but also lifts the outer thigh and buttock area, reducing the torso. This scar is also a thin line that is inconspicuously hidden within the fabric of underwear and bathing suits.

Who is a good candidate for a back lift?

Good candidates for a back lift are men and women in good physical and psychological health who are non-smokers. A back lift is appropriate for patients who have undergone massive weight loss, and for individuals who suffer from loss of skin elasticity due to age, pregnancy or heredity.

A back lift may be combined with abdominoplasty, liposuction, a thigh lift or breast surgery to rejuvenate the entire physique. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve the desired results.

What is the recovery like for a back lift?

Surgery may be performed as an outpatient or in a hospital setting with an overnight stay. One may experience discomfort, swelling, and numbness. Patients are up and walking within hours of surgery, but require recuperation for several weeks, maybe longer depending upon the extent of the surgery performed. Most resume regular activities and return to work after 3-4 weeks. Drains may remain in place for that period of time. Swelling and numbness may take months to resolve. Typically those undergoing back lift surgery wear a bra or binder to protect their incisions.

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We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal, comprehensive consultation today. You may also enjoy browsing our online library of before and after success stories.

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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
  • I am continuing to schedule Virtual Consultations which is exciting and new! Check out my Resources section or header at drshermak.com to get started!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you!

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