For women and men who have isolated areas of fat despite a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Decherd offers liposuction to help slim the body and improve one’s appearance and silhouette. Liposuction is not used for weight loss, nor should it be considered a part of any diet plan, but it can be helpful to reshape a specific body area. Common body parts where liposuction has proven to be successful include the tummy, the outer thighs, inner thighs, and flanks. In order for liposuction to be successful, one needs skin that will retract. After the fat is removed, the skin needs to shrink down to show the new shape. Therefore, San Antonio patients with loose and sagging skin may be better suited for a tummy tuck or other skin-tightening procedures.
There are good candidates for liposuction, and some patients who it simply will not work for. Patients considering lipo must have relatively good skin tone. For example, if someone has experienced a massive weight loss, liposuction is probably not a good option. A skin-tightening procedure will garner better results. In addition, women who have had children are usually not good candidates for tummy liposuction, although they might be good candidates for outer thigh lipo. The ideal candidate is someone who is in pretty good shape and has a healthy skin tone that has areas that need reshaping. For example, there are some women who are in great shape but who have some fat deposits in the "saddlebag" area of the outer thigh. Removing this fat helps bring this one spot into proportion with the rest of their legs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,500 - $9,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
A common approach for liposuction among experienced surgeons is the tumescent liposuction method. During this procedure, Dr. Decherd puts in tumescent solution, which includes lidocaine and other medicines to help the process and decrease blood loss. Using a small incision, a metal tube with holes in the end is inserted via a fanning motion; during this process, fat is removed from the affected areas. As the procedure continues, Dr. Decherd switches to progressively smaller tubes (cannulas) to prevent contour irregularities.
"Dr. Decherd is a very personable doctor! I visited with many other plastic surgeons before I decided to have liposuction and botox performed by him. All the others seemed to just be rushing people in a out. I have consulted with Dr. Decherd throughout all of my procedures, which is very comforting and great that I am getting the Drs time that I am paying for. I would highly recommend Dr. Decherd to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon. Do yourself a favor and look at the before and after pics and you can see that no one else compares to him!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 12, 2013
"I am very pleased to say that I had breast augmentation and liposuction done by Dr. Decherd and it is hands down the best thing that I have ever done! Dr. Decherd is very friendly and personable, and made me feel right at ease. He was highly recommended to me by other physicians in the area who have had procedures done, and when it came time for my surgery I knew exactly who the best was. Highly trained with the best in the business, I was very confident that I was in very skilled hands and would be well taken care of. The results are unbelievable! I only wish that I had known how happy I would be and would have done it years earlier. I never get tired of hearing how amazing I look, and am constantly referring Dr. Decherd to my friends and colleagues. There is nothing about my experience that I would do differently. In addition, the office staff, specifically his nurse, were so friendly and yet professional. I always felt like my business was handled discreetly, and I know that the staff is well trained and have their own sense of expertise about the products and services they offer. I felt comfortable asking them for their own opinions about the different options before me, and valued their advice in making my decisions. It was also comforting to know that when I went in, there was a registered nurse on staff to assist him, and take my after hours calls should I have any questions or concerns. My appointments have always been very quick, with no wait whatsoever, and I could not possibly be happier. Thank you, Dr. Decherd, for the total transformation!"- C.N. / Vitals / May 29, 2013
"I waited way too long to get my tummy tuck, boobs and lipo. I can't even begin to describe how happy I am. Six week out and I want all new clothes!! I went for the smallest implants they make...nothing too showy. Now I actually fit into my 34C bras. My husband thinks I am totally sexy and I just feel amazing. I wish I had done it three years ago when I turned 40. Oh well.Dr. Decherd was kind and very understanding (I hate blood and needles). His staff answered all my questions and made me feel totally comfortable. He did something called a Vectra on me...where they show you what you will look like after implants. I couldn't believe it. I now have my first bikini in 20 years. Yea!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 12, 2012
"Dr. Decherd did my "mommy make-over". I got implants, a tummy tuck, and lipo. I love the results! I wish I had done this 3 years ago when I turned 40! He was patient, kind and an amazing surgeon."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 30, 2013
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Once the patient is released to go home, they wear a tight compression garment to try and promote skin contraction and help obliterate the potential space where the fat once existed. After a short period of rest, patients are encouraged to move around as best they can in order to promote healthy circulation. Bruising will most likely occur. In most cases, the bruising is gone after a few weeks. Patients will also be swollen, which can last up to 1-2 months. It takes several months for the final results to appear.
Will I Lose Weight?@headingTag>
Liposuction is not a weight loss plan. It is a plan to reshape a specific body area. That being said, when it is all healed, there most likely will be a small drop-off at the scale, simply because fat is physically removed.
How Bad Is The Scarring?@headingTag>
During liposuction, small incisions are made. These incisions will lead to some scarring, but generally this is not a huge issue.
Will The Fat Reappear?@headingTag>
Patients that gain weight after completing a liposuction procedure will cause fat to distribute throughout the body. Because there will be less fat cells at the site of the liposuction, it may seem as though another area is gaining fat. For example, if a patient gains weight in the outer thighs, and then gets liposuction there, there are fewer fat cells there to accept new fat. So if this patient eases off a healthy diet and exercise program some, he or she may notice weight gain in other areas.
Can't I Just Exercise?@headingTag>
Exercise is always a good thing, but Dr. Decherd sees many women who are in great shape but still have pockets of fat that simply will not go away. These pockets are amenable to liposuction.
How Much Does This Cost?@headingTag>
Some patients will require more liposuction than others, and therefore the cost may vary from one person to another. The more body areas that are addressed, the higher the cost. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:
- Abdomen (upper/lower): $3,000-$7,000
- Arms: $1,500-$5,000
- Buttocks: $1,500-$4,000
- Chin: $2,000-$4,500
- Inner Thigh: $2,000-$5,000
- Outer Thigh: $2,000-$5,000
- Hips/Waist: $2,000-$5,000