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Is cosmetic surgery painful?

35 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Garramone
Surgery - Plastics
12 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

All surgery is painful after the procedure.
Some surgeries more than others. Don't believe any physician who claims the procedure is painless. If they do, search for a different doctor who is honest with you about what to expect.

In brief: Yes

All surgery is painful after the procedure.
Some surgeries more than others. Don't believe any physician who claims the procedure is painless. If they do, search for a different doctor who is honest with you about what to expect.
Dr. Charles Garramone
Dr. Charles Garramone
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Dr. Jeffrey Lagrasso
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pain after surgery

All surgery, regardless of whether it is cosmetic or not, has some level of discomfort involved with it.
Pain is well controlled with a variety of pain medications and there are a variety of alternative therapies as well. Most pain after surgery is well tolerated by the patient using these methods.

In brief: Pain after surgery

All surgery, regardless of whether it is cosmetic or not, has some level of discomfort involved with it.
Pain is well controlled with a variety of pain medications and there are a variety of alternative therapies as well. Most pain after surgery is well tolerated by the patient using these methods.
Dr. Jeffrey Lagrasso
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Dr. Robert Brueck
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain in cosmetic sur

Pain is very subjective.
Also the pain will depend on what procedure is being performed.Usually body contouring will be more uncomfortable than say a facelift.www.beautybybrueck.com.

In brief: Pain in cosmetic sur

Pain is very subjective.
Also the pain will depend on what procedure is being performed.Usually body contouring will be more uncomfortable than say a facelift.www.beautybybrueck.com.
Dr. Robert Brueck
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Dr. Gustavo Diaz
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: To some extent.

There are many factors that have to be included when considering how painful a procedure is.
There is a level of discomfort with every surgical procedure. Medication to decrease this pain can be prescribed. Also, the level of pain threshold of every person is different. If you have a high pain tolerance, then you will not experience a lot of disconfort as compared with a person that has a low one.

In brief: To some extent.

There are many factors that have to be included when considering how painful a procedure is.
There is a level of discomfort with every surgical procedure. Medication to decrease this pain can be prescribed. Also, the level of pain threshold of every person is different. If you have a high pain tolerance, then you will not experience a lot of disconfort as compared with a person that has a low one.
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Certain things help

1. Having a surgeon that treats tissue gently results in less post-op pain & swelling.
2. Having a surgeon that uses local anesthetic in the incisions, or does nerve blocks helps alot. 3. Post-op pain is highly variable - not much with a blepharoplasty, much more with a large volume liposuction. 4. We'll do as much as we can to keep you safe and comfortable...

In brief: Certain things help

1. Having a surgeon that treats tissue gently results in less post-op pain & swelling.
2. Having a surgeon that uses local anesthetic in the incisions, or does nerve blocks helps alot. 3. Post-op pain is highly variable - not much with a blepharoplasty, much more with a large volume liposuction. 4. We'll do as much as we can to keep you safe and comfortable...
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and no

Pain tolerance is extremely variable in a normal population.
Some procedures will incur more post-procedure discomfort than others. As a rule of thumb the more aggressive and invasive the procedure, the post procedure discomfort will be greater and last longer. However, for procedures that are likely to cause discomfort in recovery, proper post procedure pain management kills the pain.

In brief: Yes and no

Pain tolerance is extremely variable in a normal population.
Some procedures will incur more post-procedure discomfort than others. As a rule of thumb the more aggressive and invasive the procedure, the post procedure discomfort will be greater and last longer. However, for procedures that are likely to cause discomfort in recovery, proper post procedure pain management kills the pain.
Dr. Andre Berger
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and no

That all depends on what you have done.
Some things are relatively painless and others have moderate discomfort. It also depends on your pain tolerance.

In brief: Yes and no

That all depends on what you have done.
Some things are relatively painless and others have moderate discomfort. It also depends on your pain tolerance.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

Breast augmentation with implants placed under the muscle is one of the more painful cosmetic surgeries.
However, this pain can be greatly reduced with a pain pump. The pain pump is inserted during surgery and dispenses a local anesthetic for the first few days after the procedure. I highly recommend the pain pump for all of my breast aug patients.

In brief: Varies

Breast augmentation with implants placed under the muscle is one of the more painful cosmetic surgeries.
However, this pain can be greatly reduced with a pain pump. The pain pump is inserted during surgery and dispenses a local anesthetic for the first few days after the procedure. I highly recommend the pain pump for all of my breast aug patients.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on surgery

Depending what kind of cosmetic surgery.
Eyelid surgery should not be painful at all. Face lift has very little to no pain. Other surgeries are out of my field.

In brief: Depends on surgery

Depending what kind of cosmetic surgery.
Eyelid surgery should not be painful at all. Face lift has very little to no pain. Other surgeries are out of my field.
Dr. Darab Hormozi
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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology

In brief: Again it depends

on what surgery you are having.

In brief: Again it depends

on what surgery you are having.
Dr. Glynis Ablon
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery

In brief: No pain, no gain!

For most procedures, the less that is done corelates proportionatey with the results which are either less or not as long lasting.
And unfortunately, patients who fall for the painless procedure line are being duped. So mostly no pain, no gain.Having said that, your plastic surgeon will treat the anticipated pain with medication during and after the operation to make you as comfortable as possible.

In brief: No pain, no gain!

For most procedures, the less that is done corelates proportionatey with the results which are either less or not as long lasting.
And unfortunately, patients who fall for the painless procedure line are being duped. So mostly no pain, no gain.Having said that, your plastic surgeon will treat the anticipated pain with medication during and after the operation to make you as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Dr. Andres Sarraga
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It should not

Good anesthesia is an essential part of good plastic surgery.
If a procedure is too painful, this may be a bad sign. However this being said, the recovery can vary, some procedures are more painful and always expect some soreness. Always do your homework and make sure your plastic surgeon is board certified by the american board of plastic surgery.

In brief: It should not

Good anesthesia is an essential part of good plastic surgery.
If a procedure is too painful, this may be a bad sign. However this being said, the recovery can vary, some procedures are more painful and always expect some soreness. Always do your homework and make sure your plastic surgeon is board certified by the american board of plastic surgery.
Dr. Andres Sarraga
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It's surgery

With surgery one still makes an incision.
Also you may have pain secondary to what goes on under the skin. Talk with your plastic surgeon about pain control. Sometimes at time of surgery they can put in a pain pump. This device runs in numbing medicine so that there is less pain. Please don't expect to be pain free, but is it usually well controlled.

In brief: It's surgery

With surgery one still makes an incision.
Also you may have pain secondary to what goes on under the skin. Talk with your plastic surgeon about pain control. Sometimes at time of surgery they can put in a pain pump. This device runs in numbing medicine so that there is less pain. Please don't expect to be pain free, but is it usually well controlled.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It can be

Any surgery has the potential to be painful but we can often alleviate, diminish, or relieve pain with medications, blocks, pumps, or surgical approaches/techniques.

In brief: It can be

Any surgery has the potential to be painful but we can often alleviate, diminish, or relieve pain with medications, blocks, pumps, or surgical approaches/techniques.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: It depends...

Ask your surgeon, he/she should be able to give you honest explanations of what to expect.
In general facial plastic procedures do not have much discomfort. In fact, be sure to report it to your surgeon if you have substantial pain postoperatively that is not controlled with any medications reocmmended or prescribed by your md.

In brief: It depends...

Ask your surgeon, he/she should be able to give you honest explanations of what to expect.
In general facial plastic procedures do not have much discomfort. In fact, be sure to report it to your surgeon if you have substantial pain postoperatively that is not controlled with any medications reocmmended or prescribed by your md.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery

In brief: Yes

Sometimes.

In brief: Yes

Sometimes.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No

The vast majority of cosmetic procedures have little or no discomfort.
There are some procedures which may be more uncomfortable than others (such a deep chemical peels, co2 laser resurfacing, muscle wall reconstruction of abdomen, etc.). Varies with procedure and patient's threshold.

In brief: No

The vast majority of cosmetic procedures have little or no discomfort.
There are some procedures which may be more uncomfortable than others (such a deep chemical peels, co2 laser resurfacing, muscle wall reconstruction of abdomen, etc.). Varies with procedure and patient's threshold.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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