Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck”

Photo of a woman's bare tummy

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A protuberant abdomen can be the result of excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, or loose skin. Often these conditions do not respond to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is performed to correct the protuberant abdomen which is caused by skin excess and muscle weakness. The stretch marks, loose skin, and fatty deposits which are located between the umbilicus (belly button) and the pubic hairline are removed during abdominoplasty. The muscles of the abdominal wall are plicated, giving the body a tighter contour.

What happens at my Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 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 abdominal wall 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.

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

What happens during a Tummy Tuck procedure?

Abdominoplasty is performed in our own private AAAASF Certified Class-C Outpatient Surgical Center. The procedure takes about 2 hours. During surgery, excess skin and fat are removed. The muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. 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.

What is the recovery like after Tummy Tuck surgery?

Rest is recommended after surgery. At home, you will have medications to ease the pain and treat the abdominal muscle spasm. We also prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. 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. In one week, you will return for drain removal. By this time, you should be feeling well enough to be back to some of your normal activities. You should be back to work by the second 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, several times in the first 2 weeks, and then at 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 is the difference between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Tummy tucks are designed to remove excess skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles in the midsection. By contrast, 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.

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 a Tummy Tuck cost in San Antonio TX?

The cost of a tummy tuck procedure depends on the type of tummy tuck and the complexity of the procedure. Please contact the Lawton Plastic Surgery office today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 with any questions about the costs involved with a tummy tuck procedure.


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This is my second visit and I ALWAYS love the results. The nurses are very caring, and the doc listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions. Highly recommend Dr. Lawton and his staff. I don't need anything else surgery wise, but if I do, you guessed it - seeing Dr Lawton! Thank you guys! 🙂

- Rosy M

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Felt in very good hands with everyone. Very through, in pre-opp, opp. and post opp. Just wish I had been told about the drainage bags! I felt safe with Dr. Lawton. Would go back to him, if I ever decide on another procedure.

- Marilyn Paliani I

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Dr.Lawton is amazing, patient, very honest and forward.

- Tabitha Ortega

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I had a very pleasant abdominoplasty experience. I never felt nervous and Dr. Lawton and the anesthesiologist made me feel completely confident that I was in good hands. Let's not forget to mention his beautiful nurse who was so kind and helpful! I havent seen my incision yet but I am very pleased with my care thus far. Dr. Lawton was recommended to me by a friend, and I will recommend him to others as well. Thank you!

- J B.

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I have had two procedures done by Dr. Lawton . 7/10/2006 - a Breast Augmentation , where he along with my husband helped me choose a size that went with my body and looked natural . and today almost 7 yrs later , looks great ! 3/19/2013 - a full Abdominoplasty , I am now 6 wks out and doing well. all went great as Dr. Lawton explained what to expect . I had had two c-sections (lg vertical cut) , so this incision would not be that bad and it wasn't . He did say what would hurt the most was the tightening of the muscles in the upper stomach area . and this was so true . If I were to have any other enhancements done in the future , I will definately go back to Dr. Lawton !!!

- P G.

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