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5 Botox Myths

Since its FDA approval in 2000, Botox™ has become one of the the safest, effective, and well-known procedures in the world. Despite its popularity however, Botox™ has many misconceptions. Here are 5 myths about Botox™ —busted.

Myth #1: The best time to get Botox™ is when wrinkles and lines appear.

Fact: Actually, Botox™ is being used more and more frequently as a preventative treatment. It’s much more difficult to smooth lines that have been etched into the skin.

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Myth #2: If you stop getting Botox™, your wrinkles will get worse.

Fact: Actually, they’ll just go back to the way they were before. Botox can prevent your lines from worsening, and when you decide to stop Botox, you will just resume the normal development and deepening of wrinkles.

Myth #3: You are never too young for Botox™.

Fact: There is some truth to this.  Botox™ should definitely be used as a preventative method for people of most ages, starting in their 20s–but if you’re a teenager, you’re probably not quite ready for cosmetic procedures.

Myth #4:  Botox™ is only for wrinkles.

Fact: Actually, Botox™ has many other uses!  Botox™ injections can treat migraines by reducing muscle tension, can treat excessive sweating by temporarily blocking sweat glands, and even shrink swollen prostate glands!  Botox™ is not just cosmetic.

Myth #5: Botox is only for women.

Fact: Now that’s just plain wrong– Botox™ is for everyone! At any age, with any gender, you should be able to look the way you want to. Although Botox™ is traditionally seen as a product for women, more and more men are turning to Botox™ as a non-invasive, simple, and effective way to rejuvenate a youthful appearance.

BOTOX Cosmetic: “The Lunchtime Procedure”

BOTOX injection time is quick; most visits only require about 10 minutes. You can schedule it during your lunch hour.

The process of aging and repeated contractions from frowning and squinting causes changes in the face, smile and even muscle movement. Skin is also affected by the elements of weather and lifestyle and sun damage plays a major role in the aging process. These processes create unwanted lines and creases in the skin.

By temporarily blocking the nerve impulses to the muscle, BOTOX injections will relax the muscles. That reduces muscle activity, temporarily smoothing out those unwanted lines.

Where can BOTOX help?

  • Erase those pesky frown lines between your eyebrows with injections of BOTOX into the forehead; years will be removed off your appearance.
  • To correct crow’s feet, injections are placed in the muscle around the eye causing a reduction in activity and lessening the appearance of the fine lines.

Precisely placed injections by a physician with medical expertise in facial anatomy like Dr. Lawton will ensure full ability to smile normally and still show emotional expressions.

BOTOX before and after

What to expect after being treated with BOTOX injections:

  • Recovery is minimal and you can resume your day once treatment is finished.
  • Noticeable results may been seen within 24-48 hours after being treated on frown lines, even the moderate to severe cases of frown lines. In general, most results are apparent by the 5th day.
  • You will be able to wear sunscreen and makeup after your appointment.
  • It is recommended to stay out of the sun for a few days, allowing the treated areas to heal.
  • Results typically last 3-4 months and in some cases even up to 6 months, depending on area treated, physical characteristics and style of living.
  • If you discontinue treatment, the treated areas will ultimately return to the way they were before treatment was started.

Call Dr. Gary Lawton at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 to find out if BOTOX is right for you!

What to Consider: The S’s of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation has been in practiced in the US for over 50 years, and has remained one of the United States’ most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. As the number of procedures performed, and the demand for breast augmentations continues to grow, the technology and surgical techniques for breast augmentation continues to advance. For potential-patients considering breast augmentation, here are two ‘S’s’ to ponder.

Surgical Incisions

A large majority of patients prefer to keep their breast augmentation private. With this, it’s important to consider the size and location of incisions. With advancements in technique and produces, the appearance of scars has been significantly improved. Most incisions will be inframmamry (under the breast fold), peri-areolar (around the areolar), or transaxillary (under the armpit).

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Size & Selection

Everyone is different anatomically, that being said, it’s very important for patients to choose a size that fits them perfectly. Taking measurements and creating a method for visualization (i.e. filling stockings with rice to create a mock implant) are both great ways to understand what size implant is appropriate for the patient’s anatomy and desired results.

After pondering surgical incisions, and size and selection, patients should feel most importantly: supported, self-confident, and satisfied. Regardless of a patient’s breast augmentation decisions, the final goal is to make sure that the patient receives their desired results in the smoothest manner possible.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, call Lawton Plastic Surgery today at 210-496-2639 and schedule a consult.

A Look at Lawton Plastic Surgery

At Lawton Plastic Surgery, we are in pursuit of perfection. With a multifaceted perspective, our practice focuses on all aspects of the plastic surgery process, not only in the surgery itself, but also in the healing stages. We are here to support you in your surgery and recovery with nutrition tips, homeopathic methods, vitamins, wound gels, wound creams, scar treatments, compounded medications, and hyperbaric oxygen methods, just to name a few options.

Our surgery center, home to the most up to date and modern equipment, provides a comfortable atmosphere with all of the excellence and accreditation of a hospital, and none of the fuss or inconvenience.

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With competent, qualified, and helpful staff, including anesthesiologists and assistants (registered nurses and medical assistants), all of whom have been with Dr. Lawton for over 16 years, we can promise that your experience with Lawton Plastic Surgery will be a positive and satisfactory one.

Dr. Lawton, with over 25 years of experience, is dedicated to his patients and their desired results. Personally participating even in consultations, he strives to work with patients to develop an operative plan that suits their goals and anatomy. His goal is to see and create excellence in every patient experience. In his own words, “I see my patients every week if they need it.  I will see them on the weekends. I will see them every day. Whatever it takes.”

At Lawton Plastic Surgery, everything is critically evaluated and refined through process improvement meeting and patient feedback. We are constantly moving forward, advancing care, improving techniques, streamlining processes; ultimately, we want to provide the most comfortable, satisfactory, convenient, and excellent experience that we can.

Essentially, at Lawton Plastic Surgery, we never give up until our patients are satisfied, no matter what it takes. We genuinely care about every patient like they are a member of our own family, and we treat every member with respect and professionalism. In Dr. Lawton’s words, “I refuse to let a patient be unhappy with their outcome.” We are in pursuit of perfection, and in this pursuit, we achieve excellence.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Healing

The best thing to do post surgery is to focus on the healing process. For a quick recovery time, with less pain, less scars, and less infections, the best thing that can be done is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Plastic surgery recovery for a healthy individual can be up to 75% faster using HBOT before and after surgery. Plastic surgery patients can not only can return to work faster post-surgery, but can do so with less bruising and swelling.

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There are many benefits to taking advantage of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, as it can:
• Help resolve unexpected complications post-surgery
• Greatly speed up recovery time
• Dramatically reduce post-surgical bruising, swelling, and inflammation

Safe and Speedy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a truly safe way to alter the inflammatory process, helping in wound healing by decreasing pain and swelling, inflammation, and possible infection. Patients utilizing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy after cosmetic surgery not only have a shorter recuperation period, but also show less scarring.

Great Choice for Patients with Healing Hardships

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is also a great option for patients who could potentially have problems with the healing process. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is great for patients who may have had issues with smoking, weight, immune system, or even incision infections.

How it Works

Red blood cells are the body’s repair system, using oxygen to fuel cell reparative processes such as cell proliferation, bacterial defense, as well as collagen and angiogenesis synthesis. Inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, oxygen abides by Henry’s Universal Gas laws. This law makes oxygen soluble, saturating red blood cell plasma and cerebrospinal fluid. Depending on the treatment, a patient could potentially leave the chamber saturated with up to twenty times their normal oxygen levels. With your body’s red bloods saturated with oxygen twenty fold, cells have the ability to rapidly increase their reparative processes.

For more information on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Lawton Plastic Surgery, call us at 210-496-2639.

Modern Techniques in Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular form of plastic surgery. Often breast augmentation procedures have an extended recovery period, meaning a patient must limit strenuous activities and movements. New techniques have been developed to speed recovery time while also reducing postoperative pain and bruising.

Endoscopic Breast Augmentation:

The most sophisticated approach to breast augmentation is through a small incision in the armpit using an endoscope, or surgical camera. As the endoscope is inserted, a video of what is occurring is displayed on a screen. Due to this increased visual awareness, the implant can be strategically placed to create a more aesthetically-pleasing result.

The endoscope allows the surgeon to create symmetry, muscle division, and implant positioning under total visualization with great control and ease. The introduction of the endoscope in breast augmentation has greatly improved the accuracy and predictability of the surgery.


Endoscopic breast augmentation results in smaller scars due to minimal incisions, which means better breast shape and position, less bleeding, bruising and swelling. Together this promotes a faster, less painful, reduced recovery time.

Minimal incisions in breast surgery greatly benefits patients by limiting and camouflaging scars while maximizing the cosmetic benefits. This ensures high patient satisfaction, and if you are happy, so are we!

Endoscopic breast augmentation is a safe and effective procedure for breast enhancement, and requires great expertise. We promise the best results and ensure that you are always in good hands!

Equipment Update:
All of our equipment is serviced, inspected and certified on a regular basis so you will always receive the best treatment. Recently, we updated to brand new state-of-the-art light sources, cameras and high definition monitors. We are constantly improving the safety and effectiveness of our equipment to provide you with the most professional surgical experience!

Come on down and check us out! We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve your best-body goals!

The History of Liposuction

In 1974, Dr. Giorgio Fischer, an Italian gynecologist, used a curette attached to a section device to remove fat. A couple years later, Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz introduced the device called a cannula, which was much smaller and less intrusive. Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz also developed the technique of pumping fluids into the fatty tissue before removal. All of these advances resulted in higher liposuction success rates, and a decrease in negative side effects. Another surgeon, Pierre Fournier, introduced the use of lidocaine as a local anesthetic, and modifying the surgical incision method by utilizing compression techniques post-surgery. This eventually led to the elimination of general anesthesia for small liposuction procedures, and improved the surgery’s overall safety. Towards the end of the 1990s, doctors developed the use of ultrasound to liquefying fat, making the removal of the adipose tissue more effective.


Today’s liposuction procedure targets the removal of fat by using a tin metal tube to break it up, and then suck it out. Tiny incisions are made around the targeted area, and through these incisions fat is removed by a vacuum-like device. Liposuction, contrary to its early beginnings, is a safe, effective, and dependable. Liposuction remains the best way to quickly and effectively remove fat, leaving you with the sculpted body you desire.

For more questions surrounding liposuction, please call Lawton Plastic Surgery at 210-496-2639 today.

Heal faster: Eat well and supplement to support your body!

Your body is the most important vessel you have on this earth, so always be sure to look after it! A study published in The Spine medical journal in November 1996 explained that the rate of postoperative healing improves when the nutritional status of a patient is adequate. It all starts with what you put IN your body that counts, let us take care of the outside!

Protein is very important in body healing and recovery. Protein contains amino acids (found in both animal and plant proteins) that promote healing, strengthen the immune system and support vital organs. During healing, new cells are produced to repair damaged cells, and this activity requires proteins. As soon as you are cleared for eating by our office, be sure to include protein in your diet as you heal. Great sources that also feel good after surgery include yogurt, soy milk products, and lean poultry.

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Surgical Vitamins
The loss of vital nutrients during any surgical procedure is very common. That is why a very important part of your healing will be the use of surgical vitamins. We will help you coordinate your vitamins ahead of your surgery date.

Supplements may include:
• Bromelian – An enzyme found in pineapple juice with an anti-inflammatory formula. It is used most often after sports injuries and to help with post-surgical procedure swelling. In clinical trials, bromelian-based formations were more effective than an NSAID drug in relieving pain. Supplementing your diet with bromelian-based formulations greatly improves healing.
• Vitamin C – Essential for normal healing. Found in many citrus fruits as well as bell peppers, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower!
• Vitamin A – Essential to wound healing and your immune system, as well as creating great skin health! You can find vitamin A in sweet potatoes, carrots, lettuce, dried apricots and some tropical fruits.
• Arnica Montana – Is great as an ointment, gel, or cream. Arnica is believed to increase the flow of blood around bruised tissue, causing escaped fluids to be absorbed back into the body. This absorption makes the black and blue marks go away faster and reduces swelling by relieving the pressure on nerve endings.
• Arnika Forte – A supplement with a combination of arnica Montana, bromeliad, and grape seed extract. It helps speed healing time allowing for faster recovery from bruising, swelling, and pain associated with soft tissue injuries.

Important Note: Do NOT take any medicines containing Aspiring or Vitamin E for the first 2 weeks following surgery.

Here’s to your good health and prosperity!

Abs-olutley Fantastic with Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)

Sometimes that stubborn excess tummy fat just doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. This may be due to genetics, or the abdominal muscles being stretched from weight loss or pregnancy. An abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” surgery removes excess fat and skin while tightening the abdominal wall. It is not the same as liposuction, however it is possible to get liposuction along (see below for information on liposuction) with a tummy tuck to truly enhance the overall appearance of your abs!

A tummy tuck can also tighten abdominal muscles and skin after a pregnancy. This procedure is best done after a woman is finished having children, as pregnancy can re-stretch the abdominal muscles. It is best to have the procedure done once, and done right!

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Usually with a tummy tuck you will be under general anesthesia for the operation. It is very important that you have someone who is able to drive you home after the procedure, and we also recommend you have someone stay with you for at least the first night following your surgery. As with all procedures, try to do your best to stay away from strenuous activity while you can.

Tumescent Liposuction:

Tumescent techniques of liposuction have revolutionized recovery with less bruising, swelling, and post-surgical discomfort. The incisions are also hidden in areas that are inconspicuous.

Developed by Jeffrey A. Klein M.D. in 1985, it is so far the safest form of liposuction. This technique is less painful and minimizes postoperative recovery time while achieving optimal cosmetic results. There is dramatically less bruising due to the procedure being less invasive.

Liposuction using the tumescent technique takes about 1 hour to complete. The tumescent fluid contains epinephrine to decrease the risk of bleeding and bruising, and lidocaine to decrease the amount of anesthesia required during surgery. The lidocaine also provides pain relief after surgery.

The techniques employed in this procedure are designed to provide a smooth, gentle anesthesia experience, while preventing postoperative nausea and pain.

Feel abs-olutely fantastic inside and out! Come and see us or give Dr. Gary Lawton a call today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639!

Plastic Surgery Trends 2016

It’s 2016, and we are seeing a slight shift in the popular plastic procedures here in the United States.

Breast Augmentation: bigger isn’t always better.
The popularity of bigger breast implants is diminishing. At consults when women point to celebrity cleavage they admire, smaller chested-beauties Kate Hudson, Rihanna, and Gwen Stefani are becoming increasingly popular. Growing popularity in smaller breasts isn’t just among women drawn to implants. Doctors are reporting an increase in requests for breast reduction, even amongst teens. The highly publicized breast reduction of 17-year-old Modern Family star, Ariel Winter, is leading the way for teenage girls desiring a smaller bust size.

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Kissable lips for 2016.
Full, kissable lips are becoming more and more popular thanks to socialites like Kylie Jenner. Thirty percent of dermatologists, and 43% of plastic surgeons report they received more requests about lips in 2015 than 2014 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Plastic Surgery is for men, too!
2015 was the year for men! More and more men are seeking cosmetic procedures for their chest or eyelids. About 40% of plastic surgeons said they received a higher number of procedure requests from men related to one of those two body parts, compared to the previous year. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that more than 40 percent of breast reductions are now performed on males. “As plastic surgery is becoming more common and accepted in men, we’re seeing more of them undergo procedures to tighten and tone problem areas, like the breasts,” said ASPS president Dr. David Song

If you’re wanting to explore any of the 2016 forecasted trends for cosmetic procedures, give Lawton Plastic Surgery a call and schedule your consultation today!