Is plastic surgery painful?

Is plastic surgery painful?

13th May 2017

An aesthetic surgery can become an inherent necessity in certain cases (such as remodeling the abnormal structures of the body) which implies an easier decision to undergo surgery. But when the personal decision is based on aesthetic criteria, it is always a good idea to weight in against the benefits and the risks and pros and cons regarding its effects on your life quality.

Beneficial aspects of plastic surgery

Probably the best main advantage of plastic surgery is a psychological one: the idea to feel good in your own skin and to be happy with your appearance. Self-confidence can reach sky high levels after a successful plastic surgery and this is not something trivial or easy to achieve. Self-respect and self-image are essential aspects that lead our way to success and social recognition.

Plastic surgery can certainly help you get a youthful appearance and also reduce some of the aging effects on your body. Aesthetic surgery can also be used to reduce or erase the negative effects of some diseases, infections, scars, as well as remodel some congenital or acquired imperfections.

A satisfactory result achieved after plastic surgery can improve the relationships you have with people around you, even on a professional level. Your quality of life might increase, and the level of comfort and social and personal satisfaction can improve as well. Many patients who have undergone plastic surgery talk about being more carefree and willing to engage socially after the surgery.

The most obvious objective that can be accomplished with the help of plastic surgery is getting the desired result in the shortest amount of time possible, without extra efforts and pain and with a short recovery time.

Of course, pain is one of the biggest turn offs that concern patients looking to undergo plastic surgery. There has been a lot of talk over the years about an insupportable amount of pain to be experienced after plastic surgery and discourages people in continuing with the procedure. Pain can and will occur after plastic surgery, just like any type of surgical intervention. The more complex the procedure, the more the pain will be. For others, they experience little to no pain after the surgery.

Modern day techniques make plastic surgery more able to offer methods that reduce the pain and negative side effects after the procedure. There are patients who leave the medical facility after an abdominal liposuction to go shopping at the mall, but there are others who need more time to relax in the comfort of their own homes.

Disadvantages of plastic surgery

One of the disadvantages of plastic surgery is the recovery period that will put a hold on your career and regular activities. The recovery time estimated during the initial consultation by your plastic surgeon is just informative. The healing process is different from one person to the next. However, certain interventions have a much shorter recovery period compared to others. For example, for breast augmentation we have two methods: implant surgery and fat transfer. The second one is associated with a much shorter recovery period than the first one.

Most patients tend to see the recovery period as a time spent in bed doing nothing. In the case of normal surgery, this might be the reality. But after plastic surgery the patient is not sick or required to spend any amount of time in bed. You are not debilitated; you underwent plastic surgery for aesthetic purposes. This means that you should get back on your feet and resume daily activities in a few days or less, depending on the complexity of the surgery. For liposuction and fat transfer, the plastic surgeon will actually advise from sitting for too long doing nothing, but engaging in mild exercises and resuming your regular activities as soon as possible. After other interventions such as the tummy tuck, body lifts procedures or buttock and breast augmentations, the surgeon will advise cautiousness when performing certain regular activities.

Pain after plastic surgery can be experienced mainly on the first few days following the intervention. It can be easily controlled with medication prescribed by the plastic surgeon and in most cases it is not even pain, but simply tension or discomfort.

If the pain doesn’t subside within a few days, you should make it a priority to contact your surgeon as you might be experiencing complications such as infection. When infection occurs, the incision site can be painful to touch, swollen, and inflamed. If you notice these symptoms or if you have a high fever, contact your plastic surgeon immediately. If left untreated, the infection can have severe or life-threatening effects.

There is no standard answer to how painful plastic surgery can be. Each patient perceives pain differently and the complexity of the procedure plays an important role to the level of pain to be experienced afterwards.


Many people believe that beauty can’t be gained overnight, that beauty is something you are born with. But only after a rigorous information and an in-depth analysis of the benefits and risks associated with a plastic surgery intervention you can make a decision to undergo surgery. If you consider yourself unable to live with the potential consequences of this kind of decision, it would be recommended to look for other non-invasive methods to achieve your aesthetic objectives before resorting to a plastic surgery procedure that will change your life forever.

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