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
"I’m so glad that I went with Dr. Decherd for my tummy tuck! I had consultations with other doctors and I honestly left feeling bummed. I feel like all they wanted was to make everyone look “snatched” but that’s not what I was looking for. After 6 pregnancies and having 2 c sections I just wanted my hanging apron gone! Dr. Decherd understood what I was looking for and he delivered results I’m 100% happy with. His staff is amazing too! I’m definitely going back for other procedures in the future."- S.R. / Google / Sep 22, 2021
"Dr. Decherd and his team are the absolute best do not hesitate for a second! I did extensive research prior to getting my mommy makeover and I could not be happier with my results. My scars are so thin it’s truly unbelievable. I look better now than I did at 18. It is hard to believe I’m looking at the same body. Not only is Dr. Decherd’s work amazing, but Heather has been a rockstar pre and post surgery answering all my questions and responding to my needs even when it was after hours. Thank you for giving me my confidence back!"- B.B. / Google / Sep 21, 2021
"My visits with Julie (NurseInjectorJewels) have always been pleasant, comfortable and amazing!! She ensures her clients collect all the information needed for your procedure, makes herself available for additional questions and is a perfectionist at her work! She truly aims to please her clients, I am glad I made the decision of seeing her to treat me for my needs. I’ll never go anywhere else! I highly recommend her!"- S.W. / Google / Sep 15, 2021
"34 yr old mommy makeover- breast lift, 350cc low profile aug, tummy tuck, lipo of inner and outer thighs - After having my daughter, no matter how much time I spent in the gym, there were just some body parts that were not going back so I opted for a full mommy makeover. It included tummy tuck with limited lipo, lipo of inner and outer thighs, breast lift, and breast augmentation (natrelle silicon low profile 350 cc). My biggest fear was choosing the right breast size! I wanted upper pole volume but not a ton of projection. It's rather rare for women to opt for low profile but they were perfect for my needs. So ladies if you have a decent amount of breast issue that needs to be lifted and your not looking for a massive size increase but upper fullness and better shape don't be afraid of the low profile! My after picture is just 4 days post op so there is obviously some swelling and my breasts are high but I can already tell I'm going to love the results! Dr Decherd and his staff have been beyond amazing and my after picture speaks volumes about his amazing work. Some tips, rent yourself a recliner lift chair and walker! the lift chair is a game changer! It's comfortable to sleep in and made getting in and out of bed so much easier. Have HELP, I had my mom, dad and husband with me, believe me you will need help for everything the first 3-4 days. The first 4 days are no joke mainly due to the side affects of anesthesia, but by day 5 I felt like I made the turn and have been backing off the major pain meds and the nausea is gone. I go in for my first post op in 3 days. I can't wait to see my results over the coming months!"- B. / RealSelf / Aug 28, 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.