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 Lawton Plastic Surgery 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 Remington Oaks Medical Building 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 NumberRemington Oaks Medical Building Phone Number 210-496-2639 with any questions about the costs involved with Liposuction surgery.

Lawton Plastic Surgery

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Having surgery to correct my body shape from other surgeries had me very nervous. Dr Lawton was very straight forward and transparent before and during my surgery. The anesthesiologist was also phenomenal. I did not get sick and did not have any post surgery side effects which was a pleasant surprise. I was also surprised at how little pain I was in during the first week and stopped taking the pain medication day 4 except to help go to sleep since sleeping on a wedge was not the most comfortable for me since I had my back and abdomen done. The only prescription I used completely and used a refill on was the anti nausea as the first few days and occasionally in the morning I need help settling my stomach. I am very excited about coming back in a year to have corrective surgery in my legs as I am already seeing symmetry in my upper body where work was done. I will say, you should plan to wait for a while in the waiting room, but it is worth the wait.

- Allison M

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Hace 7 años me decidi x cambiar mi cuerpo con un tummy tuck buske y lo primero k me salio en gogle fue dr Lawton y fui con el a platicar lo k yo keria y poco despues tuve mi cirujia y me encanto!! Asi k el 1 de septiembre de 2022 regrese x unos arreglitos mas k fue una lipo 360 y kitarme los “dogs ears” k le llaman en la cadera igual kede fascinada y aunke todavia es muy pronto para ver resultados se ven!! Son 21 dias apenas .Dr Lawton es lo maximo te da congianza te trata bien y lo k me gusta de el es k es muy serio el dia de la cirujia esta concentrado en lo el procedimiento k hara, y sus enfermeras woooww super lindas y atentas lo recomiendo al 100% yo ya estoy feliz con mi cuerpo tengo 47 años y kede como una niña de 20 años , pero sin dudarlo si volviera a realizarme algo mas seria con el nuevamente y algo k tambien me encanto k te da las vitaminas k necesitas para tu recuperacion , la faja y las consultas sin cobro extra!! Tiene una experiencia increible para tratarte y dejarte con el cuerpo de tus sueños!! Animense a una transformacion de sus cuerpos y no busquen cirujanos aki en san antonio tx esta el mejor y es el DR GARY LAWTON el mejor!! Gracias infinitas. Maria Nieto….

- Maria N

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Six months ago I had liposuction and breast augmentation surgery and I am extremely satisfied. I had a consultation with Dr. Lawton and after talking to him and seeing what a perfectionist he is, I was very impressed and I booked my surgery with no hesitation. He and his staff are the best, they answered any questions throughout the entire journey. The surgery which was painless as well as my quick recovery. I have recommended Dr. Lawton to many of my friends and I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a successful experience.

- Alejandra

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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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