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How Bad Does A Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Hurt?

  • mmamaof3
  • riverside ca
  • 1 year ago

I am getting a tummy tuck and lipo of the flanks and inner and outer thighs.  I am so nervous and just want to be prepared for what the pain will feel like.  I am kind of a big baby so I am really scared.

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Hi mmamaof3. I had a tummy tuck AND breast augmentation done at the same time several years ago. The bad news is, the tummy tuck pain was much worse than the breast augmentation pain. The good news is that I was in serious discomfort from the tummy tuck for only about a week. After that, I was able to start walking upright (the doctor will tell you to walk hunched over for a bit so as not to stretch out the incision area). During the second week I noticed a huge improvement in my pain level. During weeks 3 and 4 I had very little discomfort, but wearing the compression garment was a MUST or else I was in pretty moderate pain. My energy levels returned after about 4 weeks and I started doing mild workouts again (after the doctor said yes of course). After 6 weeks, the compression garment came off and I was pretty much back to normal again. I only needed the heavy pain meds for about 3 days post-op and then I switched to Tylenol which helped take the edge off the pain. If you don't do well with pain, take the meds for as long as the doctor recommends. They usually give enough pain meds to last 7-10 days after a tummy tuck. After all is said and done, I love my results and would gladly go through the pain again because the procedures helped my self-confidence so much :) Let us know when you get the procedure and how you're feeling post op!
A tummy tuck hurts a lot! The Tummy Tuck forum is way more active....I would head over there if you want more responses.
My first few weeks were not good. I would say the pain was worse than most, but I had a lot of areas done. I'm in week 5 ( and feeling much better!) and even with the pain, swelling and general discomfort in the first few weeks, I'm still glad I did it! Have a good system in place at home. Have someone help you for the first week and don't overdo it. Let me know how you are doing!

Hi there, welcome!

I think pain varies greatly based on the individual, the doctor and the medication. For me perosnally, I'm not great with pain, so I like to take pain killers, but some people really don't need them.

It might be a good idea for you to take a look through the reviews and see what people say.

It would be great to see your sharing your journey with us, through a review!