Men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight lose elasticity in their skin, and can’t conform their skin to their reduced size. This leaves wrinkling and loose skin on the body, which is sometimes hard to hide. Dr. Decherd performs upper body lifts in the San Antonio area to remove saggy skin, and contour the upper body. This procedure can correct hanging rolls, sagging skin, drooping, deflated breasts, excess fat pockets and upper abdomen bulges. The best candidates for an upper body lift are patients that can’t loose hanging skin and pockets of tissue with diet and exercise alone.
"First Class! I highly recommend Dr. Decherd and his staff! I was referred to Dr. Decherd by a friend who had a breast augmentation. She was very pleased with the results, I am three weeks out from a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, and I feel great. Everything went very smoothly. He was very upfront and informative about the procedure and I knew exactly what to expect. He and His staff are very 'down to earth' and I felt very comfortable. All of the ladies at the front desk are very nice and welcoming. His nurse is also top notch. She has been very helpful! I am so excited about my results! It looks great! He did an awesome job!"- T.S. / Google / Oct 16, 2015
"I had my procedure the end of May. My whole experience was amazing. The staff is very sweet and attentive anything I needed, they were ready and available to help me with or accommodate to. The surgery went well and I was very pleased with my results. ?? I am 41 and I must say I feel and look like I’ve erased years off myself. ?? Did I mention that the office is super luxurious with amazing decor and very high tech, but the absolute best part is the snacks; ??candy and chips! Sorry I always get distracted with SNACKS ??. Moving on to the POINT. Dr. Dechard ????? was out of this ?? world. He made me feel comfortable and that is super important to me. I visited 2 other doctors before him but his rapport with me is why I made my decision to chose him. I guess it also helped that when I looked up best plastic surgeons, his name popped up and he had a ton of stars ?? ???????? and GRRRRRRRREAT ?? comments on Google. His nurses ?????????? are so friendly, so pretty and if I emailed them they were right on it. I never felt neglected. Oh by the way everyone working there is super HOT! It’s like they all walked out of a magazine. Not to be superficial or anything but everyone there is not sore on the eyes at all. I must say I was very impressed. I know in the future I’m going to need a couple more procedures just for minor matinance issues Due to future aging, and I honestly feel as if I found my forever Doctor to perform them all!"- L.S. / Google / Aug 10, 2018
"LOVE Dr Decherd!!! If I could give him and his staff a billion stars i would. He did my BA and I could not be more happy than I am right now. I would recommend him to anyone."- M.J. / Google / Aug 03, 2018
"AMAZING!!! Just about sums it all up. I love my new look and Dr. Decherd. Him and his staff are so wonderful and I would recommend him to anyone."- M.J. / Yellowpages / Aug 02, 2018
"I want to say first off I have thought about getting a breast augmentation for years. I saw another highly rated Dr and was so disappointed I left and put it off for another year. I read Dr. Decherds reviews and went to see him. I was immediately comforted by his staff. I saw him one time I must have asked 24 questions but he stayed so patient and kept a smile the whole time. I left knowing this was the doctor for me! I even went back for another consultation bc i had so many questions about size,surgery, and postop. Again Dr. Deckerd and his staff assured me it was common for my concerns and answered them and I was put at ease. I booked my surgery on July 5th .Surgery day came ,I had never had surgery before it went smooth as butter . I couldn't be happier I have recommended him to so many ppl. My friends from Louisiana are planning on coming to see him for their surgeries as well. I also want to note I had a lift with my augmentation I chose 450cc hp silicone."- M.D. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
What To Expect
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will assess your arms, breasts, upper back, abdomen and torso to discuss the body contouring techniques that will be used to create a tailored upper body lift that meets your aesthetic goals. Before surgery, the surgeon will refer to this plan and work one-on-one with the patient to mark the areas of the body that will be surgically corrected. This procedure will differ from patient to patient and will occur in stages during one setting. Liposuction is almost always used to remove excess pockets of fat and tissue. An upper body lift may include a combination of an arm lift, a breast lift and liposuction on the upper back.
After the Surgery
The recovery following an upper body lift can be lengthy due to the nature of the surgery. It is common for most patients to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. Multiple drains may be used to help drain excess fluid and blood. Patients may need to take a week or two off from work as they recuperate. By 6 weeks after the operation, most patients begin to look and feel normal. At this time, exercise can gradually be resumed. Patients who adhere to a consistent exercise and a healthy diet will be able to maintain results from the surgery for a long time.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Upper Body Lift FAQs
Combined Upper and Lower?
Both of these surgeries are fairly extensive. Because an upper body lift and a lower body lift are such huge surgical undertakings, most surgeons will opt to separate the procedures into two separate surgeries. This is to minimize as many risks as possible and to allow proper and healthy healing. On average, the recovery for each is about 6 weeks.
What About Scars?
The location of the scars varies by patient. We make every effort to place the incisions in areas that can be covered with clothing and hidden as much as possible. For example, incisions on the breast usually run from the nipple down to the fold, and then under the breast where the natural fold exists. Incisions on the arm are made from the underarm to the elbow. It is placed on the inner side of the upper arm. On the upper back and torso, the incisions are made so that the scarring will not reach the midline.
Can I Use Insurance?
For massive weight loss patients, insurance may cover a part of the surgery. This is usually the case of a medical problem or infection exists because of the loose and hanging skin. However, in most cases insurance will not cover cosmetic surgery. Your benefits will be discussed during your meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators.
Yes. Patients who have sagging and loose skin following a massive weight loss will see a dramatic difference in their shape and physique. Many patients say that they feel like they have a brand new body following this procedure and that they can’t wait to wear form-fitting clothes. This surgery allows them to feel confident in their own skin.