Body sculpture of back and abdomen 9 Days Post op. Abdomen still burning with sharp pains. Is this normal?

I had a series of sessions of body scuIpture -The first procedure consisted of a fat transfer of 1000 cc of fat to my buttocks. The next procedure was 1 week later to finishing removing fat from my back. 1 week later I returned to remove fat from my abdomen &they were unable to finish so I returned the following week to complete& remove the rest of fat from my upper abdomen. It has now been 9 days post op& I still have very painful burning & sharp pains. No meds left. Is this normal?

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Body sculpture of back and abdomen 9 Days Post op. Abdomen still burning with sharp pains. Is this normal?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift….

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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In my practice, most patients have pain for a couple of days. It's typically described as a sensation similar to overdoing it in the gym. Patients may have some tenderness lasting for two to three weeks, but it's usually mild and does not require prescription medication. 

Still, recovery from surgery varies a lot. Some people go back to work the next day. Some may need a month off work. 

I am perplexed why you needed so many procedures.

Are you being treated by a plastic surgeon?

There are times when I split liposuction or body sculpting into two procedures. I have never heard of someone needing four sessions. 

Please follow up with your treating doctor. If your doctor is not a plastic surgeon, consider finding one who is willing to help you, especially if things don't get better soon.

Best of luck,

Mats Hagstrom, M.D.

Mats Hagstrom, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Discomfort After Procedure

Thank you for your question. Discomfort at this time is normal, and will dissapate over 14-21 days, You might ask your Surgeon if any NSAID drugs can be implemented like Advil, or Aleve. I hope this helps!

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Extremely unusual sequence of events

It is very unusual to have a series of surgeries like this.  I am very concerned about the legitimacy of the surgeon.  You need to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon to have these questions addressed in person.

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