Is the Body Lift Procedure Painful? - Cosmetic Surgery Guide

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The Body Lift surgery is performed whilst you are under anaesthesia. This means that you will not experience any pain during the treatment. Anybody that does experience pain does so after they wake up from the surgery. The amount of pain that you feel personally in the aftermath of your surgery is completely dependent on you as a person. Different people have different pain thresholds, and there are several factors that can induce a more painful recovering process than others.

Factors influencing the amount of pain experienced after Body Lift surgery

If you feel any pain at all in the whole of the Body Lift surgery process, it will usually be in the initial few days or weeks after the surgery. This is because your body has undergone an intense change, and any surgical procedure can often produce painful or uncomfortable effects. Most people suffer from slight discomfort for a few days to a week following the surgery. How you deal with this is completely dependent on you, and some patients have complained of pain, rather than discomfort. This level of pain is dependent on a few factors, including:

  • Individual pain threshold – it is a natural phenomenon that many people have a much higher pain threshold than others. This means that what one person would describe as a slight discomfort, a more sensitive person could describe as quite a severe pain. It is all relative to the individual, however, if you experiencing high levels of pain, it is important that you contact your surgeon as soon as you can, as a high level or unbearable amount of pain can often indicate a problem.
  • The amount of surgery you had – the more loose or saggy skin you wanted removed in your surgery, combined with how big you are personally will have influenced how intense your surgery was. As a rule, the more intense the surgery, the longer the procedure lasts, and the more amount of pain or discomfort you are likely to feel directly after the surgery.
  • How well you look after your wounds – it is vital that you follow the guidelines and advice given to you by the medical professionals and your surgeon. If you follow this advice explicitly on keeping your wounds clean and limiting the amount of strain you put on yourself, then the healing process should be sped up, thus resulting in you experiencing less pain. Complications such as infection and the splitting open of your stitches will only exaggerate the pain that you may experience. The risks of these things happening can be greatly reduced by simply following the recommendations you have been given.

Medication recommended for reducing pain after Body Lift surgery

The medication that you will be recommended for the reduction of pain will vary from person to person. It is always best to go with the medication that your surgeon or the medical professionals looking after you when in the hospital have advised will be best for you.

The medication you will be giving for pain relief will not completely eliminate the pain, but will make any very bad pain bearable. If the medication you have been given isn't working, then you should discuss alternatives with your surgeon within your post-op consultations. This way you can ensure that you will be getting the most appropriate medication for you, and avoid the risk of wasting your time and money on something that will not work.

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