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Do all plastic surgeries have a painful recovery?

I plan to have plastic surgery, specifically a tummy tuck, and I heard that the recovery is rather painful. Does every plastic surgery have a painful recovery?

7 Answers

Some plastic surgical procedures are more painful while others are relatively painless. The most painful procedures are a breast augmentation under the muscle, followed by a tummy tuck. The least painful procedures include most of the facial procedures such as Eyelid plastic rhinoplasty and facialplasty.
Not pain that is not tolerable or can be adequately controlled with mild analgesics. Excessive pain after surgery means that there might be a problem that requires evaluation by your surgeon.
Inserting a pain pump during the procedure or a long acting local anesthetic will significantly decrease the pain after a tummy tuck. The inside of the wound can be sprayed with a long acting local anesthetic which provides for several days of pain relief without the use of narcotics.
Abdominoplasty is generally known as a surgical procedure with a painful recovery period. I mostly find that a thing of the past with the advent of newer and longer acting (4-5 days) local anesthetic meds injected to most painful places.
Every patient having surgery will have some discomfort. Patients also have different pain tolerances compared to other patients. Usually, the pain pills prescribed control the pain very well
Tummy tuck is our most painful procedure, approximately 2-4 weeks.

William A. Stefani, MD
Surgery is surgery -- there is always some cutting and sewing -- there will be some pain. Medication is prescribed to take care of it, but different people experience the same pain differently. If you get a cold and go to bed for a week as opposed to working through it -- then you might experience more pain. Most of my patients take their medication and after
a day or two are fine. I have never been told, "If I knew it would hurt so much, I would not have done the surgery." Most people are delighted with the results.

William B. Rosenblatt, M.D.