Hard Questions: Pain after Plastic Surgery

Buttock and Breast Augmentation (NYC), Park Plaza Plastic Surgery New York (NY)

There are two hard questions everyone wants answered before they come in for a consultation: How much will it cost? and How much will it hurt? Unlike most plastic surgeons, we have answered the cost question, and will also do our best to answer the pain question. Of course, this question goes beyond just hard: it is in fact impossible for us to tell you how much postoperative discomfort you will experience after your plastic surgery, because pain is subjective. Nonetheless, our experience has given us a general idea of the relative discomfort involved in each of the major plastic surgery procedures. Of course, for all procedures you will be prescribed pain medication adequate to control your discomfort during your recovery.

Minor discomfort is typical of rhinoplasty, subglandular breast implant surgery, eyelid surgery, and breast lift procedures. Most of our patients report these procedures being less painful than they expected, but your expectations and experience may differ.

Moderate discomfort is typical of facelift, buttock augmentation, submuscular breast implant surgery, breast reduction, and liposuction.

Significant discomfort is typical of tummy tuck procedures.

In most cases, the level of discomfort is related to the level of improvement you see. For example, liposuction removes just fat, but a tummy tuck may remove not only fat, but also skin and involves tightening of the abdominal muscles. Another variable to consider in thinking about postoperative discomfort is not only the level of pain, but also its duration. Included in our fees chart are estimated times required for recovery, which can be used to estimate how long your discomfort may last.

For most of these procedures, discomfort is measured in days, but results are measured in years. If pain is a concern for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits, who can share with you the personal experiences of some of his previous patients and you can make an informed decision about whether the procedure is right for you.