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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Dr. Lawton was blessed with amazing hands. His work is a piece of art. - Rosy V.

- R V.

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I recently had liposuction with Dr. Lawton. I am very happy with my results. I love how he took his time with my consult and answering all of my questions and concerns. On the day of surgery as well as during my follow up visits he and his staff have been very nice and have made this experience a great one. I recommend Dr. Lawton to all of my friends and family.

- F T.

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I saw Dr. Lawton in January of this year, after consulting with a couple of surgeons after the holidays, he was my choice the moment we had our first meeting. He told me everything I needed to know regarding my procedure and was very clear answering all of my concerns, what to expect for the post-surgery days and recovery. I am very pleased with the results I had with this procedure, I felt really taken care of. The nurses and staff were always very nice, very professional and very understanding of my nervousness the day of the procedure. I'd say you'd be in very good hands with Dr. Lawton and his team if you ever in need of a plastic surgeon.

- L T.

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Dr. Lawton is an skilled plastic surgeon. I cannot say enough positive about the work he does. It is near miraculous the results I had with my 2 procedures with him. I'm in my 30's and had never had any surgery, more or less plastic surgery. However, I had become very concerned and unhappy with my body after two babies and way to many cheese enchiladas. I decided I'd consider lipo and something to make my breast look like they once did. I had 3 consultations with plastic surgeons that my friends had used, including Dr. Lawton. I opted for Dr. Lawton not because of how nice or friendly he seemed. I decided to put my trust in him to operate on me because he was and is the most knowledgeable and prudent. I am focused on results and so is he. I am SO HAPPY with my results! Lipo--By far and large a game changer in my life. Amazing results. Dr. Lawton is a sculptor of women. He made me my best looking me. Know this though, lipo recovery is painful. Plan on 2 weeks of wowser pain and 2 more of mild pain. After that, life is even more beautiful. Breast lift-I was droopy at best---I wasn't looking to look like a pole dancer, just a perky me. He did a great job and now I am high an tight. Who knew! Thank you, thank you, thank you to Dr. Lawton and his really nice staff. They treated me with respect and kindness.

- D F.

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It has been 10 years since I had my first surgery with Dr Gary Lawton and I am just as happy now as I was then. Dr Lawton is a highly skilled surgeon who practices in his own fully accredited operating room and amongst a very friendly and professional staff. I was very pleased with my results and so comfortable with Dr Lawton and staff that I had a different procedure subsequently to that. I am extremely pleased with those results as well. Since then, I have referred multiple family members and friends to Dr Lawton. Many of them have had procedures with him and are just as pleased. Dr Lawton has continued to follow me and my progress for 10 years now (I visit the office annually for follow up exams at no cost!) In addition, his nurses and staff have always been available to me whenever I've had any questions. If you are in need of any sort of cosmetic enhancements, without a doubt, visit Dr Lawton.

- M M.

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