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.
"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
"Very professional staff!! Highly recommended."- A.M. / Google / Jul 14, 2021
"Dr. Decherd did an amazing job! I had been feeling miserable about my stomach. In 2013, I had my 9 1/2 pound baby via c section. I was left with a lot of loose skin. I only dreamt about having a tummy tuck until I actually started researching. I chose Dr. Decherd because he had amazing reviews and I loved all his results on his website. He explained everything to me so I understood the procedure. His staff was also very nice and helpful. I had a fantastic recovery! And I feel so confident and absolutely love my new body! Thank you Dr. Decherd! This was me at only 7 weeks post op!"- M.M. / Google / Jul 01, 2021
"Almost a year later, without a doubt, Dr. Decherd changed my life. After a 50 lb weight lost, and 30 lbs a couple years before that, my body was a wreck, an unrecoverable wreck. Dr. Decherd was recommended by my GP, and I can't thank her enough. With Dr. Decherd, you will find all the qualities you are looking for when considering plastic surgery. First, he is an ethical and decent human being. He is not there to upsale you, and get you to have surgery that really doesn't deliver the bang for the buck. Dr. Decherd is very careful to manage your expectations. I'm an older woman. He was honest about what my results would look like. I was not going to walk out of surgery looking like I was 24. But my results were better than I had hoped for. I looked the best I could imagine. Better than expected. Years of obesity were wiped away. I don't care what anyone says, I know, you cannot exercise away loose and saggy skin. I tried. I had a lot of procedures done. Dr. Decherd took time to evaluate me based on my age, general health, and giving me recovery information so we could come to a safe and mutual plan. His surgery center is in the same building as his office. It is immaculate, the staff well trained and caring, and I was well attended to. I had all the information I needed to know; what to expect during recovery. Before the surgery, I had all the meds I would need. The office and staff are very well run. They have their processes down. That makes a huge difference. You don't want to deal with people who don't care when you're having surgery. Everyone you talk to will care. I had the following surgeries, spread out over 3 surgeries, in 3 consecutive months. They were: tummy tuck and breast lift. Then lower face lift, neck lift, eyes, and skin reduction on my arms (you know, the wings?) Last surgery was skin reduction on my inner thighs. On the last surgery, I had a bit of revision to my eyes. It was no problem. What I loved, and had a hard time believing is, he cares that you are satisfied, really. The revision to my eyes was no problem, no extra cost. You also have lots of follow up visits to check your progress, and ask all the questions you will have about how your recovery is going. We all want instant results, and here is another instance of Dr. Decherd being very good at managing expectations. So it's been 9-1/2 months since the first surgery. I am having the time of my life with my new body. The most profound changes are my super flat stomach and the chin lift. Holy smokes, I wore a two piece bathing suit all this summer. (And I looked hot.) Honestly, it all came together. I feel confident wearing shorts, bathing suits, and clothes that accentuate, not hide, my body. My arms fit in blouses and my legs in pants. I can even go without a bra should I choose too. I don't have to try and adjust my chin and neck position trying to hid the layers of loose skin, when taking pictures. This is the first time in my life, since I was 15 y/o, that my body is not stopping me from joining in whatever activities and social situations I come into. This is freedom. Look at Dr. Decherd's before and after. That should convince you of his skills. Read the comments on this page. He is a talented and kind doctor."- R.L. / Google / Jun 26, 2021
"Almost a year later, without a doubt, Dr. Decherd changed my life. After a 50 lb weight lost, and 30 lbs a couple years before that, my body was a wreck, an unrecoverable wreck. Dr. Decherd was..."- K.B. / Yahoo / Jun 25, 2021
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.