When patients go into a plastic surgeon there are a few questions that always are asked, one of which is ’Does it hurt?/Will it hurt?’ This question is on everyone’s mind, and rightfully so, it makes sense to worry about oneself when considering to let a surgeon have control over your body and appearance. There is one thing that should be taken into consideration when asking this question and that is that every person tolerates pain in a different way. Medication is given to patients for post-op that are meant to help with pain and minimize discomfort.
If you are looking for a scale of pain as far as different surgeries go a broad description is that *most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post- operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation have discomfort equal to that of a C-section.*
You should expect different things from different surgeries and procedures and your doctor should be able to tell you the specifics about the procedure that you are thinking about having performed. By having a consultation with a surgeon you can find out the exact answers to most of your questions about that particular procedure.
*the information contained within the asterisks was taken from http://www.plasticsurgery.org/patients_consumers/ps_faqs/FAQ-What-is- recovery-from-plastic-surgery-like.cfm
Dr. Kim is a plastic surgeon providing his expertise to the Beverly Hills area. For more information please visit Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.