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.
"In short Dr. Dechard gave me my life back. Before having my daughter I was a very busy promotional model. Pregnancy left my body unsightly. My self esteem plummeted and for the last 2 years I found myself deeply depressed. I lost interest in things I use to love and my marriage was strained. On 11/15 I received a full tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and liposuction. The next day I realized the pain i had felt the last few years was finally over and cried tears of joy. I just cant put into words how i feel and how much my life has changed for the better. Two months later I still find myself feeling my tummy and chest almost to check if its still there because part of me feels this to good to be true? Dr dechard and his staff were amazing. They made me feel so special and well taken care of. I highly recommend this doctor to everyone. He fixed not only my body, but my life, my mind, and my marriage."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jan 09, 2011
"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
"My New Guilty Pleasure! - San Antonio, TX - I had previously had lipsuction with him and really enjoyed the attention he gave to his patients. After checking around for botox prices there was really no way i would comprimise my body for a less qualitfied technician to perform the work for me. You cant be his great prices, skill, and personality! - - Gentietically I have foreheard rolls that just dont stop and after several friends from out of town had botox, I decided to try it myself! I love the results! I am not a fan of needles, but this was painless and the results are amazing! I have since been back to have the same procedure done, and walked away with the same amazing results."- H. / RealSelf / Feb 11, 2013
"5' 9" 40 Yo with Under Muscle Silicon (Empty 38C to Full 38DDD) + Thigh Liposuction - He, his facility, and staff were all great! Very friendly, I was always seen promptly, if I called with a question it was quickly answered. they let me try on different sizes. What also really helped in my decision making was the imaging system he has on site. Given the risk, expense, long term commitment to the whole process, I was having difficulty visualizing the breast aug and it was so hard to make a choice that way. His imaging system helped me get comfortable with the potential outcome and selecting the size to fit my frame. It was priceless to me. It was also pretty darn close ;) - - My breasts hung low and were empty. I looked fine in bras but there really wasn't any fullness left after nursing 2 children and then pretty dramatic weight loss. When shopping for bras, I was a 38C but not really... it just filled up the space in clothing. I went into this process certain that I wanted saline and above the muscle... For 'safety' reasons and for speed of healing. After meeting with 4 doctors with incredibly varied styles and recommendations I selected Dr. Decherd in San Antonio. Although he offered both saline and silicon, after seeing the demo of how it doesn't leak, doesn't slosh, doesn't ripple, feels more real... I opted for silicon. After visiting with so many and then researching again based on that for the over/under choice... I went with the recommendation of 3 out of the 4 for under muscle. His suggestion was the same. I didn't want the ball in tube sock affect. Dr. Decherd's facility is incredible and even had an imaging camera to help visualize the after. His staff was wonderful and I really liked his conversation style. He was clear, friendly, descriptive, listened thoroughly to my thoughts, and the outcome is incredible. I felt so comfortable that I also added liposuction of my inner and outer thighs. My outer thighs, regardless of I slim I got always had a noticeable pocket of excess. The hospital site was also very nice and right by his office.I am SO happy with my decision of selecting Dr. Decherd and of my results. I would do both again in a heartbeat and wouldn't trust anyone except for him. My request of him was to not look like barbie doll, to look natural and not see 'boob job' when someone was looking at me. Given my build and long torso, he recommended 775CC implants mid profile under muscle, went in under my breast and opted to try without a lift as it may be enough. The other 3 doctors had recommended 550/575. I chose to not actually register the numbers mentally or my mind would have been blown... and trusted him based on his reasoning. I have a wide chest and my natural cleavage was very far apart. This size was needed to fill in the space. What I have now is perfect and beautiful and can't imagine what the other doctors were thinking. The choice to not have a lift was a good one for now. The healing process, now into my 4 month, is a distant and vague memory. In the first couple of weeks I was distinctly uncomfortable though and underestimated how I would be affected. Sleeping uprightish, on my back, not being to turn, arms not able to comfortably reach past my breasts to get to the steering wheel, wearing the same type of sports bras 24/7 created a rash on my back, the lipo leggings were SO annoying. Wardrobe issues to cover the high high breasts and the lipo leggings were challenging as well. They had to stay on 24/7 except for showers and were crotchless. Panties didn't work over them. They were hot, black, uncomfortable, and I was SOSOSO ready to be done with them... a necessary evil. My surgery was on a Thursday and by Monday I could drive to my office job and no one really noticed my discomfort... but I honestly don't remember much of work the first week back. I would definitely plan to do it during down time with little pressure or major projects in the first 2 weeks back. Sitting was uncomfortable from the lipo and all of me was sore and distracted. Getting in and out of the car was a challenge for a spell too. I still have patches of numbness in my breasts and don't feel my nipples in an erotic sense just in a numb skin sense. It is still early and trust/hope that it all bounces back. I miss them...lol... It was funny to watch my breasts settle in. They started literally 1" below my collar bones. My natural breast tissue was also floppy at the end of the firm/full area of the implant and looked a little funny when I walked naked...lol... My skin was peeling/flaking from the stretch. Shaving my armpits was a challenge because the implants reshaped that entire area too. That has all worked itself out. Carrying them around for the first couple of months was like learning how to manage a new bag that was 3 times the size of my old ones. Once even chuckled that it would be nice to take them off just to get a break of dealing with them. They are heavy and I need to still work on my posture. I am slouching. Mentally they felt like an accessory but now they are a part of me. The only time I really notice that they don't 'look real' is when I am nude and bend over. The shape looks a little like a cone as my natural tissue hangs loosely but I really had to look for a visual fault and that is the only one I have been able to find. Texture and feel wise, they are spot on.Being healthy and fit, I went into the procedure planning to bounce back quickly and ready to hit my 5 day a week gym habit with guns blazing in the 5 to 6 week window. Nope-- 2 months and started slowly. Back at the gym, my breasts take more consideration then my legs now. I take group classes plus run so based on the class will decide with bra combination I will go with. It is never less than 2. I wear 38DD high impact structured bras (UnderArmour/Champion... find them mostly at Marshalls for a decent price as well as Academy) + another mini tank style in M over it. The incision was never an issue. I do have some kind of new sensation when at my max exertion.... I almost feel the sensation of what I would expect to feel if my lung was having a mucus issue and was panting. Hard to explain. It also moves from one breast to the other for the next occurrence. Dr. Decherd isn't concerned, it isn't audible, it goes away when I slow down, and hasn't noticed any long term issues yet from it.Bra shopping has been a challenge and would even say disappointing. Funny how for my new size (38DDD), there are few sexy, lacy, non full coverage styles. After trying several options and stores, I landed at Sona Intimates and have stocked up there for everyday bras. I have not found nice options yet for date nights. My thigh liposuction has been incredible. I had quite a few big things happen that were stressful just as my healing time was becoming manageable but I am a stress eater. I had been off of my diet and gym during the 2 month recovery and gained my expected 12 lb tolerance. Adding the other stressors (death in family and loss of employment), it has become 20 :(. I am getting a handle on it now but it has been an interesting experience to see how my body has placed the weight around. My now slim legs and butt have been largely unaffected and it has all focused on my hips and abdomen and was heading to my back next. The lipo is wonderful and look forward to seeing it all settled in a few more months. I still have slight bruising in the area that was most dense with fat. II also have a slight crease on one of my inner thighs that may or may not shift and even out. I am the only one to notice either of them. Funny how a rolling pin became my best friend for a couple of weeks when the leggings finally came off. It really did help move tissue and moisture around.I will update with pictures of before and after... I just realized they are all still on my phone and need to do the shuffle/save routine."- E. / RealSelf / Jan 03, 2015
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.
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.
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
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