What is 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 the 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.

Am I a good candidate for 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 the 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.

Are You Ready For A New You?

For more information about Liposuction or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawton, call our San Antonio TX office at
(210)-496-2639 or

Which body areas can be treated by liposuction surgery?

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.

What happens during the liposuction procedure (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.

What is the recovery like after liposuction surgery?

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.

What results should a patient expect after the procedure?

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.

What is the difference between Liposuction & Tummy Tuck?

Liposuction is for the patient who does not have issues with excess skin or loose muscles, but simply wants packets of fat removed in the abdomen, thighs, or hips. Tummy tucks are designed to remove excess skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles in the midsection. By contrast, Tummy tucks are designed to remove excess skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles in the midsection.

Choosing between a tummy tuck and liposuction ultimately depends on your body type and the results you are seeking. We may even recommend a combination of the two in order to get the look you truly want. If you need any more information about either of these procedures or would like help choosing which one is right for you, give us a call today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

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How much does Liposuction surgery cost in San Antonio TX?

The cost of a liposuction procedure depends on several factors and variables. Please contact Lawton Plastic Surgery office today at San Antonio Office Phone Number210-496-2639 with any questions about the costs involved with Liposuction surgery.

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This was my second time having a procedure with Dr. Lawton & once again he & his staff were absolutely phenomenal! The entire process ran very smooth & they left no questions unanswered. He is a true professional & dedicated to the art of plastic surgery. Dr Lawton treats your body like a work of art, giving you the results of true perfection. Most importantly he’s a man of integrity & always honest about the procedures you will need based on your body to give you the best results. Love him & his staff! To Dr Lawton and his staff, thank you for your dedication & professionalism while I was coming out of anesthesia. You’re simply the best! 🥰

- Deberah P

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With almost my year anniversary coming up, I wanted to take time to thank Dr. Lawton and his incredible staff for their amazing job in providing excellent customer service by going above and beyond to make me feel great inside my own skin. There was absolutely no doubt that Dr. Lawton is effectively capable of providing outstanding results. As a result, I am more confident, happier, and grateful to have had world class treatment from him. You will not be disappointed.

- Rafael R

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After Dr. Lawton corrected my herniated belly button and applied some liposuction to my abdomen and hips, I can wear clothing styles that have been avoided since early high school. I am no longer shaped like a box! And, it is easier to do yoga twists with the stubborn bulk removed. I have lost no weight, but I think adding muscle to my new form has created the best me. I was worth the wait to have a skilled surgeon do what I wish could have been achieved 40 years ago.

- Deborah O

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I am so happy with my results! I went from a size 12 to a size 6. I had liposuction in my hips, thighs, and stomach. I feel like I have my "before kids" body back. I was very impressed with Dr. Lawton, his staff, and the entire procedure. He was so professional and honest. I would recommend Dr. Lawton to any of my friends or family members.

- Andrea Z

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i had Liposuction on several spots done on Oct 27, 2015. The areas I had liposuction on were: inner and outer thighs; upper and lower abs; arms; hips, waist and back. This was a lot to have done at one time. Dr. Lawton and his staff were very helpful and kind during surgery and the follow-up visits. Dr. Lawton was upfront about what he could do and what I should or should not expect from the procedure. He was able to remove a little over 10 liters of fat during the surgery. it has been a little over 2 months and over half of the swelling is gone. I was listed as obese with a BMI of 38. I was a size 24 on top and a 22 Jeans. I am now a Large top (18-20) and Large bottom (jeans 16)> I was never concerned about the pounds but I went from 271 lbs, to 256 lbs at this point. This is without adding exercise. I expect more to come off after I begin working out again, however, I love the size proportions that I am now. I would recommend waiting for about 2 weeks before I would have returned to work due to the large areas that he worked on. Expect to be sore and the amount of soreness should be based on the amount of area the procedure is covering. The bruises looked worse than the pain was. I highly recommend wearing the compression body stocking and if you are getting your arms dome get either a compression top or compression sleeves to wear. You can buy more compression stocking called Flexes at Walmart for $13-$15 so you can get new ones as your size decreases. It helps remove the pain and is working on helping the skin reduce without as much sagging. I am looking forward to seeing what I look like when all the swelling is gone. The procedure is well worth the time and money in my opinion, I might still be heavy but I look great, have a figure and feel much better about myself. I am recommending Dr. Lawton to my friends.

- Sherrie B

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