Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck”

A protuberant abdomen can be the result of excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, or loose skin. Often these conditions do not respond to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is performed to correct the protuberant abdomen which is caused by skin excess and muscle weakness. The stretch marks, loose skin, and fatty deposits which are located between the umbilicus (belly button) and the pubic hairline are removed during abdominoplasty. The muscles of the abdominal wall are plicated, giving the body a tighter contour.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 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 abdominal wall 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.

Surgery

Abdominoplasty is performed in our own private AAAASF Certified Class-C Outpatient Surgical Center. The procedure takes about 2 hours. During surgery, excess skin and fat are removed. The muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. 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.

Recovery

Rest is recommended after surgery. At home, you will have medications to ease the pain and treat the abdominal muscle spasm. We also prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. 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 drain removal. By this time, you should be feeling well enough to be back to some of your normal activities. You should be back to work by the second 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, several times in the first 2 weeks, and then at 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.

Dr. Gary Lawton

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I had a very pleasant abdominoplasty experience. I never felt nervous and Dr. Lawton and the anesthesiologist made me feel completely confident that I was in good hands. Let's not forget to mention his beautiful nurse who was so kind and helpful! I havent seen my incision yet but I am very pleased with my care thus far. Dr. Lawton was recommended to me by a friend, and I will recommend him to others as well. Thank you!

- J B.

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I have had two procedures done by Dr. Lawton .

7/10/2006 - a Breast Augmentation , where he along with my husband helped me choose a size that went with my body and looked natural . and today almost 7 yrs later , looks great !

3/19/2013 - a full Abdominoplasty , I am now 6 wks out and doing well. all went great as Dr. Lawton explained what to expect . I had had two c-sections (lg vertical cut) , so this incision would not be that bad and it wasn't . He did say what would hurt the most was the tightening of the muscles in the upper stomach area . and this was so true .

If I were to have any other enhancements done in the future , I will definately go back to Dr. Lawton !!!

- P G.

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I wouldn't even dream of going to anyone else. You are the best!!

- V Y.

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Everyone has always taken such good care of me. I feel like I am your only patient when you are in the room with me. Thanks!!

- J Z.

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Dr. Lawton took a lot of time explaining to me what to expect. He is caring and professional. I loved the experience!!!!!!

- G T.

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This was my second procedure and it was as good an experience as the first one. Doctors and nurses were so kind and professional to me. The reception area welcome me with a big smile! Thanks to all staff, you had a great care as a patient to me

- A F.

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Dr Lawton and staff members were great. I would definately refer him to friends and family.
Thank you!
surgery 3/16/10

- M F.

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if I do another enhancement I will be back and I do refer to Dr. Lawton.

- p g.

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surgery 2/2013

- y c.

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thank you to everyone especial Dr. Gary Lawton. Thank You very much. I'm very happy just waiting on my recovery.

- s h.

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has been the best care I have ever received.

- z g.

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surgery 8/ 2012

- p m.

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I went to two other Doctors before chosen Dr. Lawton. I like the fact he took time to explain everything to me and informed me what was the best procedure for me his staff was "wonderful" very friendly and I felt they really cared about me!! It was also nice to see Julie his nurse before surgery and after surgery it was like a comfort factor to see a familiar face when waking up after surgery. I plan on more plastic surgery and I will definitely recommend Dr. Lawton to all my friends and family. Thank you so much.

- a c.

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as a first time plastic surgery, patient I was quite pleased with all aspects of the pre and post surgery. I had researched providers and centers for 3 years. I am quite thankful that i entrusted Dr. Lawton with my procedure. Thank You

- v g.

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will be back in fall for breast enhancements

- j p.

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Surgery 7/ 2011

- c e.

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As always i am very pleased and happy everytime i go to see Dr. Lawton. Everyone is so nice adn concerned about all your patients, I love being around a "happy staff". You can tell they all love their job.

- r h.

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Thank you! You all were wonderful
surgery 4/30/09

- W N.

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The staff has been great and answered every question and request!
surgery 12/11/09

- V W.

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Dr Lawton and his staff are exceptional. Dr Lawton took time to explain a possible complication and was very specific about it. Without that information I'm not sure I would have had such an awesome experience!

- A M.

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Everyone was extremely courteous and informative. My anxiety was quickly put at ease. I am very pleased w/my experience and will be back for further care. Thanks to all!!
surgery 12/2/08

- S T.

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Thank you Dr. Lawton for the fast accommodating you made for me. I was totally surprised you were able to perform my surgery the following day. You made every effort to make sure my wedding day I would look beautiful. Thank you!

- S S.

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I was very satisfied with the overall experience that I had. Everyone was friendly and caring. I would like to thank Dr. Lawton and his wonderful staff for everything that they have done.

- D W.

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Dr. Gary Lawton and his staff are the best!!!

- C F.

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I will recommend highly to my friends and family

- S L.

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I was worried aboput the procedure, but after talking to Dr. Lawton I felt more at ease. Everyone was very friendly and professional.

- J L.

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Thank you to all of the staff and Dr. lawton! I was extremely nervous and anxious about the procedure and results but my experience was wonderful. Results are amazing! Love you guys!

- M S.

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I received excellent care while I was there for just a visit or for the procedure. I hold the highest respect for each member of your staff and my surgeon is superior!

- C W.

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Would do it all over again! Highly recommended to my family and friends. Awesome job!

- L S.

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I really liked that Dr. lawton is caring and worries about my concerns and i would recommend him to others! Thank you Dr. Lawton!

- C F.

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I would recommend Dr. Lawton to anyone seeking cosmetic surgery. Before surgery I was a little nervous but relaxed due to the sweetness of the nurses. I will always choose him as my surgeon in the future because his expertise is obvious.

- C W.

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Your staff was always available for any concerns I had regarding post-op. Taren was always polite & worked me into the schedule when I had concerns. Dr Lawton has changed my life and given the boost my self esteem needed.
surgery 6/17/2008

- W D.

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I was impressed with the continuity of care. Everyone in the office was great. Would definitely recommend Dr. Lawton to all of my family and friends.

- C O.

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Dr. Lawton will be very highly recommended by me! He made me feel comfortable about the whole experience and did not try to push anything on me. His concern is safety first.

- D M.

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