Liposuction

Liposuction is ideal for people with areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. These contour deformities can be sculpted to match the surrounding body by suctioning unwanted fat cells. Liposuction results in permanent removal of fatty tissue. The most common areas treated by liposuction are the abdomen, hips, thighs, love handles, back, knees, upper arms, and chin.

Liposuction Initial Evaluation

At the initial consultation, your health history will be reviewed and the procedure you are interested in will be explained in great detail. Any alternative procedures, as well as the risks and benefits of surgery will be discussed. You will view before and after photographs of Dr. Lawton’s patients, and all of your questions will be answered.

During the examination, your body contours including skin excess, fatty deposits, and muscular tone will be evaluated. You will have the opportunity to point out particular characteristics of your anatomy that you would like to improve or change.

After an extensive discussion, you and Dr. Lawton will arrive at the surgical plan that will best achieve your goals. It is our commitment that you leave this initial visit with a clear understanding of your surgical options, so you may make an informed decision. We are happy to answer any questions you may think of later by telephone, email, or at another private consultation. There is never an additional charge for these subsequent visits.

Surgical Plan

It is common to perform liposuction of the abdomen, hips, and thighs together. This treats the body as one aesthetic unit, giving the best overall results. Of course this depends on your anatomy. It is possible that only parts of the body require treatment. If these areas are small, it may be possible to do arms, knees, or under the chin at the same time. If the contours are large, it may not be possible to do more than just one area. The surgery is personalized for your goals and anatomy.

Surgery (Tumescent technique)

Liposuction is performed in our own private AAAASF Certified Class-C Outpatient Surgical Center. The procedure takes about 1 hour per area to be treated. The tumescent technique is used for liposuction. The tumescent fluid contains epinephrine to decrease the risks of bleeding and bruising, and lidocaine to decrease the amount of anesthesia needed during surgery. The lidocaine also provides pain relief after surgery.

For this outpatient procedure, we utilize general intravenous anesthesia administered by an elite group of carefully selected, highly qualified, board certified anesthesiologists. The techniques employed are designed to provide a smooth, gentle anesthetic experience, and prevent postoperative nausea and eliminate postoperative pain. This type of anesthesia allows me to feather the areas that are being treated, creating a smooth transition into the surrounding contours, without causing you any pain.

The liposuction cannulae are 3.7 mm, 4 mm, 4.6 mm, and 5 mm in diameter. Which ones are used depends on the amount of fat, the condition of the skin, the area being suctioned, the character of the fat, and the amount of fibrous tissue. The wounds are just large enough to allow passage of the cannulae. The incisions are hidden in areas that are inconspicuous.

Recovery

Rest is recommended after surgery. At home, you will have medications to ease the pain. We also prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. A special compression garment, surgical vitamins, arnica, and bromelain are used to reduce the swelling and bruising, and to speed your recovery.

We will see you in the office the day after surgery. By the fourth or fifth day, the discomfort should be significantly reduced. At one week, you will return for suture removal. By this time, you should be feeling well enough to be back to most of your normal activities. You should be back to work within the first week. Because it takes 6 weeks before the wounds reach 50% of their full strength, you will be able to return to vigorous activities only after this healing period.

We will see you in follow-up at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and every year thereafter. We will see you more frequently if necessary. There are never charges for follow-up visits.

Outcome

The success of liposuction is measured by changes in contour. You may also lose some weight and get into smaller size clothing, although this varies based on your anatomy. The fat removal is permanent. You must have healthy eating and exercise habits to maintain your results. If you do gain weight after liposuction, the localized fat deposits that existed prior to surgery should not grow out of proportion to the surrounding areas.

 

Dr. Gary Lawton

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I am completely satisfied with my entire experience with Dr. Lawton's office. From the front desk, support staff to the nurses, everyone was courteous and professional. Even the guy that wheeled me out to the car after surgery was awesome.
Dr. Lawton was caring and considerate. I felt completely safe and comfortable in his presence.
It has been only one week since surgery and I am very happy with my results so far. I can only imagine the final product in a few months.
I am already looking forward to my next "enhancement". Thank you for the exquisite work.

- Melissa W.

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I went from a size 18 to a size 12 and am still getting smaller!

- L S.

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I have always been conscientious about my weight. Throughout my entire life I have taken great pains to watch what I eat and work out in order to maintain a healthy and attractive body. However, as I have gotten older I realized that it was becoming more and more difficult to maintain the same body even with dramatically increased effort. At some point I came to the realization that no matter how hard I tried I was not going to be able to have the same body that I have always had without getting professional help. After a great deal of research I decided that liposuction would be the procedure that could help me regain my looks and my self-confidence. I explored the possibility of getting the procedure done with several different doctors and decided that Dr. Gary Lawton would be able to provide the best results. The results after the procedure were even better than what I had expected. I am so happy with the work that Dr. Gary Lawton performed that I now recommend liposuction to all of my friends who are concerned about maintaining their appearance. I truly don't know what I would have done without it. CANNOT BE HAPPIER!!

- M D.

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I think Doctor Gary Lawton is a very skilled and professional doctor, my wife had a tummy tuck recently with him, and she looks amazing, I'm a very grateful husband, not that before was bad, cause i love my wife very much and I think she's the most beautiful and sexy woman in the world. But she wanted this for some time now, and I have seen changed the way she sees herself now, she's more confident with herself and that's all that matters to me, and this is all thanks to Dr. Lawton who did a great job. She had a couple of rough days, but we were expecting it. We thought it was going to be a lot more that it actually did.

- Jonah ..

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was referred to this doctor by a relative who went by his care. I saw the great results my cousin had that asked for a consultation with him, he explain and answered every question I had and I was really pleased with our conversation. I had my procedure done, rough couple of days as he told me and by now I'm really happy with the results.

- . ..

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I saw Dr. Lawton in January, after consulting with a couple of surgeons after the holidays, he was my choice the moment we had our first meeting. He told me everything I needed to know regarding my procedure and was very clear answering all of my concerns, and what to expect for the post-surgery days and recovery. I am very pleased with the results I had with this procedure, I felt really taken care of. The nurses and staff were always very nice, very professional and very understanding of my nervousness the day of the procedure. I'd say you'd be in very good hands with Dr. Lawton and his team if you ever in need of a plastic surgeon.

- L ..

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I saw Dr. Lawton in January, after consulting with a couple of surgeons after the holidays. I knew I was going to go with him the moment we had our first meeting. He told me everything I needed to know regarding my procedure and was very clear answering all of my concerns, and what to expect for the post-surgery days and recovery. I am very pleased with the results I had with this procedure, I felt really taken care of. The nurses and staff were always very nice, very professional and very understanding of my nervousness the day of the procedure. I'd say you'd be in very good hands with Dr. Lawton and his team if you're ever in need of a plastic surgeon.

- Alisha ..

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This Dr. Is a excellent I would recommend it to every one.......

- S H.

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When I first met him I thought he was rude,but as I got to no him I realized that he was not rude just a caring Dr.that was concerned about the well being of his patients.I would trust him with any future surgerys I may consider.

- L S.

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His bedside manner is a little odd but he is very good at what he does. The first time I saw him he told me he could not fix the problem I was having. Although it wasn't what I wanted to hear, I appreciated his honesty. After an unexpected pregnancy, I went to him for another issue. He has been incredibly professional...my surgery was complicated but he was able to fix my problem and I am incredibly happy.

- T T.

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Awesome surgeon! I love my new body! I feel confident and pretty again! Thank you Dr. Lawton for making a difference in my life! I also love the staff! The whole team made me feel very comfortable! Everyone I dealt with demonstrated compassion, knowledge, and expertise! I couldn't have asked for a better experience!

- M C.

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He was extremely knowledgable and he answered every question I had before I even asked it.

He did a fabulous job. Of course, I love the results and wouldn't change a thing.

Dr. Lawton is the best. I would considering going back to him if I wanted anything else done.

His office staff is just as awesome.

- Amilly G.

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Dr. Lawton has been my go to plastic surgeon for a while now, I've done a couple of procedures with him and my latest one was a Lipo, Yes, I'm not afraid to say it. I first did my nose, and a little after that I did breast augmentation, all have been great, he is a very good professional doctor and his staff is also really nice. If I'm ever in need of a tummy tuck, after kids and everything, I for sure will go to him.

- T M.

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I just wanted to put out there that I have been a patient of Dr. Lawtons for over 10 years now and refer people to him all the time. I started with breast augmentation and went back about 6 years later for a tummy tuck, which, he said I would be back for because I chickened out getting them at the same time because of the scar it leaves. ( I was still pretty young and not 100% sure i wasnt going to have another child) Sure enough, I was back at his door getting one! He said lipo would not work for me as it would not be the result that he or I wanted.

I read a previous review and hope that people reading these reviews remember that not everyone is a perfect fit for every doctor. I have ran into plenty of doctors that I dont care for, but that doesnt mean they dont know what they are doing! I have referred probably 20 patients to Lawton and everyone one of them thank me and love the results. They have in turn referred patients to him as well!

I've always liked Lawton's 'vision' of the body and after seeing the alterations he does on my friends, can only say great things about his surgical and 'engineering' skills he has to get his patients the end result they are trying to accomplish.

In a previous review a person that saw him complained because he wanted to do lipo instead of a tummy tuck that she wanted. If a doctor told me that he would do lipo instead of a tummy tuck, I would be more comfortable with him because he wasnt trying to make more money off of me by doing the tuck! But that's just it, Lawton does what it takes to get the end results that you are trying to acheive, even if he doesnt make as much money off of you. Each doctor knows what he is capable of accomplishing through their training and experience. Check his out! They are pretty impressive! As a patient, your personalities may not mesh or you may not have a laughing great time in the examining room, but I think what matters is the end results which he gets for his clients.

After 10 years I still strongly recommend my friends to Lawton for cosmetic procedures and will continue to do so.

I'm sorry that someone had a bad initial visit with him but it's great that she found a doctor that she meshed with and is happy with the end result. Afterall, that is what matters!. And for her, remember, tummy tuck pain is like birthing pain, you quickly forget it! :)

- T D.

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I received a referral for Dr. Lawton after expressing my nervousness about the whole concept of cosmetic surgery and my desire to have a confidential and personalized experience for my investment. When I walked into the office, I was immediately welcomed by the staff and given instructions on the paperwork to complete. Included in the folder was a biography of Dr. Lawton that summarized his background, experience, education, and highlighted prestigious medical recognitions he has received in his life. This was especially important and one of the things that I noted right from the beginning. My appointment was kept on schedule and again one of the things that I felt was important in this consultative experience.

In the consultation, I went through every single one of my concerns, fears, and asked a lot of questions regarding the procedure I had. Dr. Lawton was very kind, listened attentively, and then gave me a portfolio of pictures to review so that I could really allow him to visualize what I had in my mind. He was very professional and was able to show me the differences in some before and after pictures to allow me to see then that it was my option to continue with the services that he could provide. He explained the procedures thoroughly as well as the process leading up to the surgery. He addressed his services in a manner that was helpful for me to understand and then explained his recommendation. He did a visual evaluation and requested that I take the time to think about what option I preferred,

I scheduled my surgery for a couple of weeks later for the mastopexy and reduction. The surgery began early as it takes 2- 21/2 hours to complete. I was welcomed by the staff and made comfortable in a pre-op room where they again asked me if I wanted to address any concerns, fears, or questions before the procedure. I had one of the ladies with me the entire time in pre-op that was very helpful and comforting. I was assured during the process that my feelings were validated and completely normal. :)

After surgery, my husband was notified immediatly and as I woke up from the anesthesia, I felt very drowsy. I was bound with a compression bandage and my husband was given all of my after care instructions. I was wheeled in a wheelchair to my car by another doctor and taken home by my husband.

The next morning I had to return to make sure that I was feeling ok and didn't have any other concerns. This is when the compression bandadges were taken off and I was given instructions on the healing process again. I had 2 drains in and given pain killers that helped me to get through the first week post op. My pain at that point was normal considering I had major surgery. About 7 days later I returned to get the drains and stitches out and was amazed at that point how minimal the pain was and how awesome I felt with the results. The photo that I took to Dr. Lawton as "inspriation" was taken into account and I was given exactly what I had hoped for. I followed his instructions of taking my antibiotics, vitamin regimen and not lifing anything over 5 lbs. The lines that will be scars later were very thin at that point, and you couldn't even tell the nipples had been moved up. After just about 9 days or so, I didn't realize I would see the results that quickly.

Now, I am about 1 month post op, drains out, pain gone, scabbing gone, and feeling super sexy again! I am able to wear soft bras now and am so excited about the results.

Lastly, if you are in search of a cosmetic surgeon that is ethical, honest, kind, and professional, do yourself a favor and schedule your consult with Dr. Lawton. There are not enough words to say how much I have appreciated this experience and him and his welcoming staff taking the time to make sure that I had everything that I needed throughout the process. Five Stars *****

- S K.

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Dr. Lawton was blessed with amazing hands. His work is a piece of art.
- Rosy V.

- R V.

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I recently had liposuction with Dr. Lawton. I am very happy with my results. I love how he took his time with my consult and answering all of my questions and concerns. On the day of surgery as well as during my follow up visits he and his staff have been very nice and have made this experience a great one. I recommend Dr. Lawton to all of my friends and family.

- F T.

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I saw Dr. Lawton in January of this year, after consulting with a couple of surgeons after the holidays, he was my choice the moment we had our first meeting. He told me everything I needed to know regarding my procedure and was very clear answering all of my concerns, what to expect for the post-surgery days and recovery. I am very pleased with the results I had with this procedure, I felt really taken care of. The nurses and staff were always very nice, very professional and very understanding of my nervousness the day of the procedure. I'd say you'd be in very good hands with Dr. Lawton and his team if you ever in need of a plastic surgeon.

- L T.

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Dr. Lawton is an skilled plastic surgeon. I cannot say enough positive about the work he does. It is near miraculous the results I had with my 2 procedures with him. I'm in my 30's and had never had any surgery, more or less plastic surgery. However, I had become very concerned and unhappy with my body after two babies and way to many cheese enchiladas. I decided I'd consider lipo and something to make my breast look like they once did. I had 3 consultations with plastic surgeons that my friends had used, including Dr. Lawton. I opted for Dr. Lawton not because of how nice or friendly he seemed. I decided to put my trust in him to operate on me because he was and is the most knowledgeable and prudent. I am focused on results and so is he. I am SO HAPPY with my results! Lipo--By far and large a game changer in my life. Amazing results. Dr. Lawton is a sculptor of women. He made me my best looking me. Know this though, lipo recovery is painful. Plan on 2 weeks of wowser pain and 2 more of mild pain. After that, life is even more beautiful. Breast lift-I was droopy at best---I wasn't looking to look like a pole dancer, just a perky me. He did a great job and now I am high an tight. Who knew! Thank you, thank you, thank you to Dr. Lawton and his really nice staff. They treated me with respect and kindness.

- D F.

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It has been 10 years since I had my first surgery with Dr Gary Lawton and I am just as happy now as I was then. Dr Lawton is a highly skilled surgeon who practices in his own fully accredited operating room and amongst a very friendly and professional staff. I was very pleased with my results and so comfortable with Dr Lawton and staff that I had a different procedure subsequently to that. I am extremely pleased with those results as well. Since then, I have referred multiple family members and friends to Dr Lawton. Many of them have had procedures with him and are just as pleased. Dr Lawton has continued to follow me and my progress for 10 years now (I visit the office annually for follow up exams at no cost!) In addition, his nurses and staff have always been available to me whenever I've had any questions. If you are in need of any sort of cosmetic enhancements, without a doubt, visit Dr Lawton.

- M M.

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I have gone from a size 12 to a 6 in six months!!! What an awesome doctor

- D D.

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The experience was amazing. So much time was spent answering all of my questions. I felt safe from beginning to end

- D C.

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I was hesitant at first but after I talked with Dr. Lawton I knew he was the right fit for me. I am amazed by the results

- T H.

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I just love the entire staff and Dr. Lawton. He does great work

- A G.

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Dr. Lawton took care of me through thick and thin. I was never alone and I thank him for that. My surgery came out great

- S W.

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This is one ethical man. He told me what I could do and what I didn't need. No hard sell here

- C V.

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I went to more than a few consults before deciding to go with Lawton. He knows his stuff! I was impressed with his credentials, now I am impressed with my results!!! The BEST

- K W.

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I travelled 3 hours from my home to San Antonio just to have Dr. Lawton do my surgery! Everyone where I live has had Dr. Lawton for surgery. He is worth the drive and more!

- M M.

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Kind caring compassionate

- A G.

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I was so happy with my first surgery I had Dr. Lawton do a second! Highly recommended

- M S.

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If you are considering lipo you need to see Dr. Lawton! The results are phenomenal and I don't look "operated"

- S K.

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This guy rocks!

- T B.

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Great job Dr. Lawton! Special thanks to the entire staff

- F K.

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Very impressed with the professionalism of all staff members. Everyone was very courteous. I will strongly recommend your office to friends and peers.
surgery 5/11/10

- P T.

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The staff is excellent from the ladies at the front desk to the nurses. I am very pleased with how friendly and helpful my surgical team treated me. I am only one week post-op and am thrilled with my results. Thanks to all the staff!
surgery 8/17/10

- D M.

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I think a little "going home" or get well pac would be a nice touch(with essentials). Perhaps a card signed by the staff, a mug, of a small momento. I appreciated the follow up call.
surgery 2/4/10

- L G.

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This is my second procedure with Dr Lawton and Maria- I would not have come back if I wasn't COMPLETELY satisfied the 1st time(breast implants). I have recommended him to many of my friends because of his work.
Surgery 3/4/10

- V R.

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Thanks to all the staff and to the doctor. Willing to be back for boobies! Thanks once again...Excellent job.
surgery 3/11/10

- S V.

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All of the staff are very professional and caring. Specially Jennifer, Veronica, my favorite nurse Maria. Dr Lawton is wonderful.(previous procedure 6/09 tummy tuck)
Surgery 3/16/10

- E S.

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Thanks for everything!!

- g g.

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Doctor G. Lawton made me look beautiful!!! He is an amazing plastic surgeon!!!!!

- m s.

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This is my 3rd procedure with Dr. Lawton and have felt comfortable each time and knew I was in great hands. I have refurred 3 people here. Thank you Dr. Lawton!!

- v m.

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surgery 2/2012

- c c.

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all staff were very very courtoues and explained everything detail by detail.

- m r.

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surgery 12/ 2011

- m v.

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I have been more than pleased with my overall experience. I would highly recommend your facility to friends and family. Thank you for making me feel so comfortable.
surgery 2/26/09

- J J.

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All was good as usual!!! This was my 4th surgery with ya'll
surgery 3/3/09

- D R.

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Dr. Lawton and his staff are very professional. I am absolutely happy and extremely satisfied with my results. I will definitely recommend Dr. lawton to everyone who is interested.

- L S.

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I am very grateful for the way I was treated by the staff and Dr. Lawton.

- D L.

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Thanks to all of you! All the nurses were super sweet and Dr. Lawton was a great doctor. They made me feel very comfortable.

- H C.

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Thank you so much! I am very pleased with my outcome!

- L D.

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My experience was amazing and I would recommend Dr. lawton and staff to anyone wanting any procedures. Thanks again for making my dreams come true!

- C G.

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Had concerns that were rapidly addressed. All is well. Thanks!!!

- G S.

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The staff was very professional and courteous. Dr. Lawton was very caring and concerned. Thank you for making this procedure as painless as possible.

- A W.

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The staff was efficient and courteous and made my procedures and experience a great one. They simply did a great job!

- F S.

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