Michael E. Decherd, M.D. is a fat transfer surgeon in San Antonio, Texas. He is able to transform the bodies of men and women who desire a fuller shape by using this method. During this procedure, he takes fat from one area of the body, harvests and purifies it, and then transplants it to another area. Dr. Decherd uses fat transfers as an autologous approach to adding fullness to the breasts, buttock, and other areas of the body where fullness is desired. He prefers to use the “superwet” tumescent liposuction method for fat removal. During the fat transfer, he places the fat in the desired location and manipulates it until the right result has been attained. Fat transfers result in a natural, subtle outcome.
"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
"He did an excellent job on the bags under my eyes. Staff is very nice and helpful."- C.D. / Facebook / Nov 09, 2019
"My experience w/Dr. Dechard & his staff was amazing. He was recommended to me by a friend and my results are great! If you are undecided on which doctor to follow through with you should definitely consider him."- B.S. / Google / Nov 03, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Dechard. I had a "Mommy Makeover," Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift, and Lipo to my thighs. Recovery is hard, but totally worth the couple of weeks of pain. His staff was always kind and eager to answer my questions. Dr. Dechard has incredible bed side manner and really wanted to help me achieve the results that I wanted. Don't settle for less. Go to the best...Dr. Dechard!"- E.B. / Google / Oct 02, 2019
"Making the outside match the inside - I am 38 with three children ages 20, 5, and 4. I'm having my tummy tuck with muscle repair and breast lift/reduction tomorrow at 7 am. I am excited and nervous at the same time, but I am ready to get back to feeling like me inside and out, and comfortable in my own skin. I am tired of hiding behind baggy tee shirts because I look pregnant when I am not (I have been asked a couple of times). I have chosen Dr. Decherd as my ps. I chose him because he made me feel comfortable during my consultation, unlike some of the others. I will post before and after pics soon. Wish me luck!!!"- E. / RealSelf / Aug 27, 2019
During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss what donor sites will be most suitable and desirable for fat removal. During surgery, fat is removed from the donor site using a cannula. The fat will then be purified using a centrifuge, which is a device that spins the fat at a high speed in order to remove any impurities. The fat will be placed in a syringe and augmented into the transfer site. The surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where needed to create a satisfactory shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.
A fat transfer is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases, especially where larger injection areas are concerned, general anesthesia will be used. For smaller areas, such as the lips, the surgeon will use a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the fat removal areas, as well as the injection sites may be swollen and red. This will subside in a short time. This procedure continues to be popular among patients because it offers little risk and little downtime, while delivering great results.
A fat transfer procedure will vary greatly in terms of cost, but the surgery could run as low as $3,000-$5,000, or as high as $5,000-$11,000. The reason for the expansive price range is because there are two procedures that have to be accounted — liposuction and the actual fat grafting/transfer process. The price is subjective until it is known how much fat is going to be removed from how many body parts and where the transfers will take place.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $11,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Fat Transfer FAQs
When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a fat transfer can result in an enhanced appearance that can last for years. While some of the fat will be reabsorbed back into the body, a skilled fat transfer expert will understand the proper mechanism behind creating a result that will last. There are new modern techniques available to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Platelet Rich Plasma is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival. This is a therapy that is still being studied.
A fat transfer typically results in long-lasting fullness. However, because a portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed into the body over time, some of the results may diminish. The good news is that this is a procedure that can be performed again very easily, resulting in additional body contouring and enhancement.
While fat transfers produce great results for many patients, there are other alternatives that some may consider. Luckily, the market for injectables is wide and diverse. An injection, such as BOTOX®, may produce the results some patients desire — especially where wrinkle correction is concerned. For patients desiring volume, there are countless filler products that offer many different choices and options. Some fillers, including collagen and hyaluronic acid, offer temporary outcomes, while the heaviest of fillers, PMMA, offer lasting results.