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.

Lawton Plastic Surgery

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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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