Michael E. Decherd, M.D. is a San Antonio, TX lower body lift surgeon helping to transform the bodies of men and women following weight loss. While losing weight is an exciting event for many patients, it can also create new challenges as the body adjusts to the smaller size. Individuals struggling with loose and excess skin may consider a lower body lift to improve their contour and shape. Sometimes referred to as a body lift 360, this surgery removes excess skin from the lower abdomen, hips, lower back and buttocks. The lower body is then pulled up, and the underlying tissue tightened to create a smooth and toned effect, essentially redefining the lower body.
"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
"Dr. Decherd and his staff are absolutely outstanding. I did a ton of research before getting my surgery and decided on him. I made the right choice over and over! I would recommend to anybody and everybody. The care before, during, and after surgery is absolutely amazing. They make you feel like a friend and family. 10/10 stars!"- L.L. / Google / May 05, 2021
"Dr. Decherd and staff were absolutely amazing! Not only am I over pleased with my results and the entire process, but the care taken during and after has been outstanding. Would recommend over and over to any family or friend! 10/10 stars! "- L.L. / Healthgrades / May 05, 2021
"My son's ENT recommended Dr. Decherd for a septoplasty. Dr. Decherd answered all our questions and didn't charge us for the consult like some of the other offices did. Dr. Decherd also answered all my questions concerning all medical safety issues, which were big concerns for me. He also showed my son what his fixed nose would look like on a computer, which helped finalize the decision. The after care was also wonderful, and best of all my son's nose looks fabulous and he can breathe now! I highly recommend San Antonio Plastic Surgery Institute. So happy we went with them."- V.C. / Google / Apr 18, 2021
"Best decision ever!! Dr Decherd was amazing and caring! His staff is also amazing! I was lacking self confidence and Dr Decherd helped me gain that confidence. I no longer have to hide my love handles or wear oversized clothes to hide my stomach. Love my results!"- A.S. / Google / Apr 09, 2021
During a lower body lift, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, circling the body. Through these incisions, excess fat pockets will be removed using liposuction and the underlying tissue and muscle will be pulled tight. An experienced surgeon will make every attempt to trim away as much loose skin as possible, while protecting the incision area to minimize scarring.
During/After the Procedure
All lower body lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery depends on how many procedures are performed and to what extent. It is common for a surgery of this nature to take 3-4 hours or longer. The recovery can also be quite trying. Most patients will be required to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. It could take 2 weeks or longer before work and normal activities can resume. A lower body lift can create a natural shape and a leaner, more toned figure. Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle can enjoy their surgical results for years.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lower Body Lift FAQ’s
How Bad is the Scarring?
While this procedure produces great results, scarring is inevitable. However, every effort is made to create clean incisions and leave a thin scar line. These incisions are also created low to follow the natural bikini line and keep them hidden if a bathing suit is worn. The scars will continue to heal and fade over time. Most patients feel their sleeker, tighter body outweighs the scarring.
Is This Surgery Painful?
Because of the extent of this procedure, patients may feel discomfort during the recovery process. For this reason, patients are required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored and will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize pain and discomfort.
Will Insurance Apply?
Yes, insurance may cover some portion of a body lift procedure. For massive weight loss patients, there may be chronic skin infections or other issues caused by obesity. This varies by patient condition, insurance policy and procedure. Patient benefits will be discussed during the pre-op meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators.
Best Time for Surgery?
Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.