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.
"Dr. Decherd is an incredible plastic surgeon and his results speak for themselves! He is extremely thorough and took the time to answer all my questions. I felt comfortable every step of the way. He truly cares about his patients to ensure they are 100% satisfied with their results. Love the entire staff and I will definitely be seeing Dr. Decherd again for all my future plastic surgery needs."- L.C. / Google / Jan 26, 2023
"I am 7 weeks post tummy tuck and muscle repair and am so in love with my results. Dr.Decherd and his staff are absolutely amazing!!!! They were always there to answer any questions or concerns I had and helped me feel at ease. He is hands down the best there is out there. After three kids I never thought I would get my pre baby body back and Dr Decherd made that happen. He has helped me feel at my best and confident in my own skin. I can’t thank him enough!!! He is the BEST 🤩"- K.D. / Google / Jan 04, 2023
"Let me just say that Dr. Michael Decherd and his staff are absolutely amazing! I had my Abdominoplasty and Brachioplasty/Liposuction of the arms done on November 3, 2022 and I am extremely happy with my results. I highly recommend him and will definitely be going back for any future plastic surgeries."- L.B. / Google / Jan 04, 2023
"I had a Tummy Tuck with muscle repair and the experience from start to finish exceeded all my expectations. Dr. Decherd was very knowledgeable and comforting throughout the entire process. His staff was so sweet and attentive at every visit. I am finally confident in my own skin for the very first time. I am thrilled with my results and cannot recommend Dr. Decherd enough!!"- S.B. / Google / Nov 16, 2022
"Dr. Decherd is a talented surgeon - Loving my results! First, let me established that Dr. Decherd is skilled and kind, with an amazing staff. After years of hating my small breast, I finally decided to take care of it. Dr. Decherd is highly recommended and after seeing his beautiful results, I made my consult for breast augmentation. Dr. Decherd was calmed, professional and listened to my request. He and his nurse walked me through the entire process from start to finish. He made me feel at home, at ease and well-taken care of. I knew I was in good hands. My surgery went smooth and painless. The recovery process was a breeze. I’m two month post-op and Dr. Decherd succeeded on giving me the most natural, beautiful results. A special thank you to the anesthesiologist and nurses for being so attentive and total sweethearts. If you are thinking about having a procedure, PLEASE go see Dr. Michael Decherd. Remember ladies, he is a professional. Take his advice! He will help you achieve a look that is natural and perfectly fits your unique body. He genuinely have your best interest at heart. I'm definitely happy with my decision!"- L.M. / Google / Oct 26, 2022
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.