Question about liposuction. Is it as painful as going through labor for the first time?
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Jon A Perlman M.D., FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Beverly Hills, California
Liposuction pain is nothing close to labor pain.
If done under general anesthesia you will not feel anything. You will wake up and its all done. You will sore for a few days (everyones pain tolerance is different). You need to be prepared for wearing compression garments afterwards..that is what most patients complain about!
Relatively speaking, liposuction under local anesthesia will be more uncomfortable but not to that extent.
Would schedule a consultation to go over areas of interest and get more detains regrading the best type of liposuction for your particular body and goals.
Best would be to meet with a surgeon certified by the "American Board of Plastic Surgery" and who is preferably a member of "The American Society Plastic Surgery " and The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery". She/he would give details not only on the procedure but also recovery.
Would check the surgeons credentials, track record, reviews, before and afters, expertise, artistic vision, and experience in this procedure.
All the best,All the best,
I've never heard in 17 years anyone comparing liposuction pain to labor pain. Take solace that it is much milder!
Best of luck!
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if liposuction done using general anesthesia or deep sedation patient should have minimal discomfort or no discomfort during the procedure.
if full body liposuction is done with patients fully awake relying only on local anesthesia it can be an uncomfortable procedure.
I personally do most liposuction without a general anesthesia and giving my own sedation.
The ability to get patients comfortable is very technique dependent.
If someone is not experienced treating patients with local anesthesia the procedure can become much more painful.
Depending on the area treated most patients will require some sedation to get through the procedure comfortably.
If only small amounts of fat are removed there is generally minimal discomfort.
Aggressive liposuction, which is sometimes appropriate, can be more uncomfortable.
Some patients are more sensitive than others.
Recovery after the local anesthesia wears off isn't too bad. Many people say it feels like they over did it at the gym and their muscles burn a bit when moving. This usually lasts 2-3days. There is some soreness for a few weeks after that.
I prefer to do liposuction without general anesthesia for multiple reasons.
These se include better results, increased safety, faster recovery and lower costs.
When liposuction is done with general anesthesia patients do not feel any pain during the the procedure but May have side effects from the general anesthesia and be more sore afterwards.
make sure you see a board-certified plastic surgeon who has ample experience with liposuction.
Overall this is a fairly easy procedure to undergo and to recover from.
In comparison to an abdominoplasty it's a walk in the park.
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