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.
"Tummy tuck & muscle repair - waist has come in so much & I look curvy - I had a tummy tuck by Dr. Decherd last fall. Now that it's been 6 months and I see my final results I am even happier than I thought I would be. I waited for several months to see him for the initial consultation but it was worth it. He made me feel comfortable right away. I had been on two other consults before seeing him and I felt like he genuinely liked talking to me. Way different than the other doctors I had met with! The staff I met was super helpful and friendly. They were laid back and not stuffy which I liked. I liked that he told me confidently what he could do, but also listened to what I wanted. The day of surgery I brought my underwear that is the style I always wear and he marked me before surgery to make sure the scar stayed within the lines. So cool! I'm not an overweight person, just had two big babies, so I didn't know how dramatic my results would be but they are fantastic! My waist has come in so much and I look curvy in a good way! After care was exceptional. They were there any time I needed anything. I highly recommend Dr. Decherd. So happy I chose him!"- S. / RealSelf / Mar 17, 2023
"Went to him on a recommendation from my daughter in law. From the start I was super happy with the personal customer service from the staff and Dr. Decherd. He has a very no nonsense approach that was appreciated. 12 weeks post op and I can look at myself in the mirror and smile for the first time in a very long time."- S.W. / Facebook / Mar 08, 2023
"Dr. Dechard gave me my tummy tuck a year ago this month (+ liposuction), and it has been absolutely life changing! When I first wen to him I wasn’t sure he would do it since I was overweight at 215lbs. But he did and a year later I’m still in awe and so thankful to him and his amazing staff, especially Heather! I am going to be 50 years old on Tuesday, this is a great way to kick off the decade! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! DIRECT RESULTS: 1. Got rid of 10 lbs of fat 2. Got rid of my FUPA 3. Got rid of my hideous hysterectomy scar 4. Got rid of my side hip bags 5. Made me a new beautiful belly button 6. Repaired my stomach muscles and gave me abs 7. Gave me the motivation to change my over all health, and life INDIRECT RESULTS: 1. Motivated me to drop an additional 30 lbs 2. Eliminated my diabetes risk 3. Helped me lower my BMI from 34 to 28 4. Chronic back issues almost non existent 5. Knee issues are gone 6. I can wear clothes I have never been able to wear before, as you can see in my after pic"- D.L. / Google / Feb 19, 2023
"Loved my appointment with Julie!"- K.M. / Google / Feb 16, 2023
"Julie was the nurse who treated me, shes fantastic .., down to earth ..at first i was nervous but my experience was actually prettie good.. she put me at ease..just like a southsider ..she was able to get me to chill. Im so glad my niece Faith Morones referred me now they have a regular customer in me ... hopefully i see my niece soon . So definetly men out there who are looking for botox treatment dont feel discouraged or embarassed .. they will give u the best advice ..and will give u great results ., so come check them out, its not only for woman. So i will be planning my next appointment soon ..thank u staff!!"- G.P. / Google / Jan 31, 2023
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.