Is the pain level of Liposuction based on the amount of fat taken off your specific areas?

I have saddle bags but they aren't huge. Thanks

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Pain after lipo

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Pain after liposuction is an interesting thing.  It does not likely have much to do with how much is taken off. Instead it is typically related to where the liposuction occurs and how thoroughly it is done.  A thorough liposuction is likely to cause some fairly significant discomfort, especially in the first few days.  Although it gets quickly better, some nagging sensitivity can stick around for weeks or months.
Dr. Pyle

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after liposuction is generally not related to the amount of fat.

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Liposuction over areas where the bonus prominent such as the ribs generally is slightly more painful than liposuction performed over fleshy areas such as the hips. In any event pain after liposuction generally is quite modest.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Pain During Liposuction

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Back and legs/thighs are more painful than abdomen, flanks, arms, or neck.  However, with a very wet tumescent technique, the majority of patients feel almost no pain (some discomfort) after 2-3 days and are back to work with compression and no pain meds after that time.  The techniques we use are less invasive than those in the past and the recovery period is much easier than it used to be.  I wish you the best of luck, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 204 reviews

Liposuction and Postoperative Comfort

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Thanks for your question.  It often depends on the area being treated.  Often the lower back and thighs are areas that are painful in the early postoperative period.  I find that using appropriate compression foam and good technique minimize pain.  Find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area with good experience in liposuction for a thorough consultation.

Steven M. Camp, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction pain

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You are correct. It also depends on the site.  Legs/thighs can be more uncomfortable than the abdomen.

Samer W. Cabbabe, MD, FACS
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon

Is the pain level of Liposuction based on the amount of fat taken off your specific areas?

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     That is probably a fair statement.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Pain and Volume in liposuction

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There is no direct correlation between amount removed and pain.  In general , however, the larger procedures do have more pain.   So the answer is possibly there will be more but possibly not.     My Best,  Dr C

Pain after liposuction

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As far as plastic surgery is concerned, liposuction can be one of the most uncomfortable procedures performed.  This is directly related to the amount of fat removed, how large of an area is covered and the type of technique that is used.  The reason for the discomfort is the overall size of the surgical area and that the fat resides close to the sensory nerves near the skin.  During surgery the sensory nerves may become irritated causing the discomfort during the healing phase.  However, it is important to realize that an experienced surgeon should know how to manage your pain properly after your liposuction.  Also, following your surgeon's directives with compression, post-operative care, medication and massage (if recommended) is imperative for an optimal outcome.  

Suzanne M. Quardt, MD
Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon

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