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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Dr Gary Lawton, A Miracle Worker And An Absolute Godsend

It has taken me so long to write this review because there is just sooo much I want to say and tell about this man, that I don't even know where to start.....or finish! So I'll just say, this man, Dr.Gary Lawton, has taken this sad, broken, self-hating woman who felt like a grotesque, disgusting freak of nature after what 4 pregnancies, weight gains and weight losses had done to her body and...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck - San Antonio, TX

My results speak for themselves because of Dr. Lawton. He's a perfectionist & takes pride in his work. His nurses & staff are wonderful as well. He's made me a very happy gal. I will always recommend him! See for yourself, take a look at my pictures.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

43 Yo 3 Kids and Bariatric Surgery (-100 Lbs) Deflated 32A... Inter-ax Under Muscle 550cc Left 560cc Right - San Antonio, TX

5 stars does't even cut it :-) this man is a genius

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

My Breast Agumentation Experience! San Antonio, TX

Dr. Lawton is Amazing!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Boobs! - San Antonio, TX

Dr. Lawton is a perfectionist. He took time with me and always made sure I was happy. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Painless Experience

I had my surgery December 6th and I kept hearing horror stories watching YouTube videos and was so scared of the pain I was going to feel afterwards. Well let me tell you pain is sooooooo very tolerable as long as you take all your vitamins, antibiotics and pain killers as directed. I have felt at ease with not a lot of pain and looking foward to my results. Thank you to Dr. Lawton and staff....

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

I'm so happy I chose Dr. Lawton! - San Antonio, TX

Dr. Lawton is an amazing surgeon! I'm really happy with the work he did. He fixed my abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), along with giving me a tummy tuck, breast lift and nipple reconstruction. He gave me back my pre-baby body! I feel like me again and I've been wanting this for a long time! He also has a charming personality and the ladies that work with him are warm and kind. After the...

5 out of 5 stars Liposculpture

Dr. Lawton really loves his work and it shows!!!

Dr Lawton is an absolute genius. He is very talented. My friend had liposcupture with him. I was worried at first that I wouldn't see the outcome I wanted because I'm already thin! It seems like it takes so long. I had surgery 6 weeks ago and I want it to be perfect already!! Dr Lawton keeps telling me to be patient but I don't understand. I see his excellent pictures I guess I'm going to...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Finally Taking Care of Those Post Partum Boobs - San Antonio, TX

Dr. Lawton does a LOT of breasts. This is his area of expertise, and after looking at thousands of before and after pictures online, I decided I liked the look of his "after" the best. He trained at outstanding medical institutions, and was highly recommended by other physicians. I am also a physician in the community - so this was a well researched decision. I was very happy with the choice for a number of reasons. He is highly knowledgeable and expert at this procedure which I needed. He gave me a clear sense of what was possible and answered all of my questions based on thousands of cases worth of experience. He was very careful to prevent complications - which is always something to worry about when having and elective procedure. He had a thorough and considerate aftercare plan. I did not have any complications, but I know that if I did, he would have the expertise and desire to help me through it.

5 out of 5 stars Liposuction


I am 69 years old male and had a double chin. Part from Heredity, getting older and gaining some weight. I had looked at other procedures and talked to other Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Lawton is FANTASTIC.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Personal Statement

Every person is an individual. Every individual deserves personalized attention. These are the principles behind my practice philosophy. The only way for me to fully understand what you desire out of plastic surgery is to really listen to your concerns.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Consultation Fee

Free. Because we know your time is valuable, consultations are always performed by Dr. Lawton. No need to meet the patient coordinator prior to seeing the doctor, like in some other practices. We consider it an honor that you have chosen us for a consultation.

Awards & Recognition

RealSelf TOP 100: 2015, 2016
American College of Surgeons Scholarship Study of Wound Healing
Ohse Foundation Research Fellowship, Yale U.
Scientific Presentation Award, Veterans Administration
Scientific Presentation Award, Connecticut Society of American Board Surgeons
Senior Scholar in Surgery, UMASS Medical School

Professional Recognitions:
Summa cum laude, Chemical Engineering
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Golden Key Honor Society
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Lawton has hospital affiliations at Baptist Health System, Methodist Healthcare.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, Chemical Engineering/Chemistry, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
    Medical: MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine
    Wound Healing Biology Research, Yale University School of Medicine
    Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine

Treatments offered at Lawton Plastic Surgery

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Swelling after a tummy tuck is normal

Swelling after a tummy tuck is normal.  Some patients have prolonged swelling.  I have seen it for 18 months, then just suddenly resolve.  What is clear, however, is that if you listen to your body, the swelling will resolve faster.  If there are activities that cause swelling, you must hold off on them until they no longer create an issue.  If you try to work through the swelling, it will prolong the process because you are never letting it heal.  Everyone is different.  People want to get...

Cigarettes and tummy tuck; severely risky proposition

Cigarette smoke contains 4000 toxic substances.  The effects of each of these substances on the outcome of tummy tuck has not been studied individually.  The most important issues with cigarette smoke is the carbon monoxide, which compromises the oxygen delivery to the healing tissues, and the nicotine, which causes spasm of the blood vessels delivering blood to the healing wound.  Anything that compromises healing can lead to an increase risk of infection, wound separation, or tissue ne...

Risk of compression in tummy tuck

I do not use compression or binders after tummy tuck until the wounds and flaps are stable at one month.  If the binder is tight before then, it will collapse the veins. If the veins are collapsed, then there is no outflow. If there is no outflow, there can be no inflow. No inflow from the arteries means no oxygen. No oxygen means no healing. No healing means wound dehiscence (opening) and failure.

Abdominoplasty vs. tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty treats the skin excess and muscle weakness of the abdomen, as well as any fat that is between the belly button and the pubic hairline.  Liposuction treats only fat.  It can be used to thin out the abdomen, but the skin must be in good condition with no excess, and there should not be muscle weakness.  I do not like to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction because of the added risks of fluid collection under the skin, and wound healing problems as well as a significant in...

Risk of blood clots with lipo/tummy tuck combination

A full tummy tuck with aggressive liposuction at the same time will certainly put you at an unacceptably high risk for a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE), venous thromboembolic event (VTE) as well as fluid under the tummy tuck skin (seroma), loss of the skin of the tummy tuck (necrosis) wound failure (dehiscence) and hematoma, among other things.  The literature is complete with this information.  The science is the science.   This is a risky combination.  Furthermore, you look lik...

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Tummy Tuck - Swelling After 4 Weeks

At 4 weeks, you are very early in the recovery period. The swelling typically is peaking at 6 weeks, and continue to be moderately pronounced until 2... READ MORE

Recommended Time Before Having Intercourse After Tummy Tuck?

It is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activity for 2 months after abdominoplasty. Activity before that time can result in hematoma, seroma,... READ MORE

Losing Weight After Lipo - Exercise and Proper Eating Not Working!

At 4 weeks after liposuction, you should not be concerned about the outcome yet. It is a contouring operation first and foremost. The contours will... READ MORE

How Long Does Recovery from Liposuction Take?

I prefer that the patients stay at home for one week, then they can return to work. At one month, I allow them to start low-impact cardio. I like the... READ MORE

Abdominal Crunches After Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair? (photo)

I like the patients to refrain from all exercise for 2 months after surgery, and not to exercise their core for 6 months. I just don't think there is... READ MORE

How Much Do 400 Cc Breast Implants Weigh?

Now that you have tried on sizers and chosen a volume that you like, you can calculate the weight of the implants. The density of water is 1 gm/cc, so... READ MORE

How Long Should I Wait to Buy New Bras After Breast Implants?

At one month you can buy a few bras, preferably without underwires. The breast shape and size will change over the next 3 to 6 months. I would not... READ MORE

Sleeping Position After Tummy Tuck

I actually prefer that patients sleep on their backs with pillows beneath their knees and behind their backs for at least a month after surgery. READ MORE

What Are the Effects if I Keep Wearing my Sports Bra After Breast Augmentation?

I prefer that the patients wear no bra for 1 month after surgery. This allows the implants to fall into position. If you wear a bra too much, it can... READ MORE

I would like to ask opinions. I want new implants. Mine have lost volume and rippled due to weight loss. (Photo)

You should have a capsulectomy with implant replacement, not a lift. Everything should be done internally.  You should use smooth round high profile ... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Lawton

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS has shared 847 before and after pictures with 181 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Options to Treat Lines and Wrinkles

Lines got you down? Dr. Gary Lawton explains the various dermal fillers available to make patients look younger and more refreshed without looking artificial. WATCH VIDEO

Is It Time For a Breast Implant Revision?

Tune in as Dr. Gary Lawton discusses what patients should expect after breast implant revision surgery. WATCH VIDEO

Remove Excess Skin With A Tummy Tuck

Watch as Dr. Gary Lawton discusses the healing process of an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck procedure can treat excess skin after pregnancy or weight loss. WATCH VIDEO

The Benefits of a Breast Lift

Reduce, lift, and reshape. Watch as Dr. Gary Lawton discusses the functional and aesthetic benefits of a breast lift. WATCH VIDEO

See The Results: Breast Lift

A breast lift operation can be used to reposition the breast with minimal scarring. WATCH VIDEO

Benefits of a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation

Dr. Gary Lawton discusses the pros and cons of a endoscopic transaxillary breast augmentation. WATCH VIDEO

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