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
"San Antonio look no further - Omg... This man is amazing... I moved to san antonio texas from california. I had a awesome plastic surgeon there, and I thought I wouldn't get that lucky again. Forget luck, this man is a true blessing. And his staff is wonderful, great patient care and bedside manners. And I don't want to leave dr. Womack out the anesthesiologist. He was too cool. I really appreciate you dr. Decherd your..."- T. / RealSelf / Oct 12, 2018
"I had an amazing experience from the beginning to the end with Dr. Decherd and his staff. Dr. Decherd is very professional and knowledgeable, he advised me about the procedure that would give me the best results and I love the results. I am beyond satisfied. It's been nine months since my surgery, and I am feeling great. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I highly recommend Dr. Decherd to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Antonio."- M.F. / Google / Oct 05, 2018
"The only thing better than Dr. Dechard's skill level is his bedside manner and staff. I had my procedure done back in March and from my 1st consultation, throughout my last follow up, I have experienced nothing but joy every time I go. I felt more comfortable and at ease than I had ever felt with any other doctor or surgeon. His staff is beyond professional and kind. And their office is prompt and never delayed or behind schedule. They always make you feel welcome and valued. Dr. Dechard is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring in his overall approach. I experienced very little pain due to his deft hand. All of the staff that assisted in the surgery were top knotch. My ABS are flawless and flat as a board. My pubic region is where it should be after 2 kids. And my thighs are streamline and no longer rubbing when I jog. Yeah!!! I cannot say enough about how much I love this office and Dr. DECHARD. Go for your consultation and you will know the difference. Thank you Dr. DECHARD"- M. / Google / Sep 19, 2018
"Thrilled with my new tummy! - After having 6 children I was in desperate need of a tummy tuck. I had a lot of loose skin and a hernia. Dr. Decherd did an amazing job fixing it. I’m 17 days out and even though I have a lot of healing ahead of me I’m already thrilled with my new belly. The scar is nice and low and he got rid of my hernia. He's very straightforward and to the point. He’s not going to coddle you, but he’s ..."- B. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 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.