Liposuction is a technique that is used in cosmetic surgery to remove surplus fat located below the human skin by sucking it out. By doing this, a person’s shape changes and he or she appears to be more appealing.

After Liposuction is performed, the degree of pain that a patient feels depends on the kind of anesthesia that is used. If local anesthesia is used, the patient does not sense soreness for twenty-four hours or more. However, if Liposuction is done using general anesthesia, the patient undergoes a lot of pain such that a narcotic analgesia becomes necessary to reduce the pain.

Local anesthesia is a medical technique of reducing sensation on a specific organ of the body before surgery is performed. General anesthesia, however, is different because it is an induced coma which leads to loss of reflexes.

Pain after Liposuction

The pain that a person experiences after Liposuction can be felt for a few days or several weeks depending on how well the patient is taken care of after the surgery. For the first four weeks, the patient experiences some soreness which reduces gradually over the next four to eight weeks.  Generally, Liposuction is performed when the patient is under anesthesia. This means that the patient does not experience pain during the operation. However, after the surgery, the patient feels numb and sore.

In some rare cases, patients experience nerve pain called neuropathic pain after undergoing Lipo. However, this pain can be managed using medication such as Lyrica and Neurontin. Sometimes patients also experience burning pain on the skin after surgery. This is a normal sensation which is felt as the nerves grow again after the surgery. A simple massage can alleviate this pain.  If Liposculpture is done using intravenous sedation, then the patient experiences a little amount of pain and this means he or she does not require pain relief medication except Acetaminophen.

However, if Liposuction is performed using general anesthesia, the patient experiences a lot of pain which requires pain relief medication.   Patients should avoid medicines such as Advil, Motrin, Aspirin, Ibuproven and Aleve for the initial two weeks after Liposuction. This is due to the fact that these drugs increase bruising after the operation.  It is also important for patients to avoid supplements because they may slow down the blood clotting process.  In addition to that, patients should wear compression clothing in order to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

In conclusion, although Liposuction is an aesthetic surgical procedure, it should be performed by competent professionals in order to reduce pain and avoid complications for individuals with a weak immune system or people who have suffered from a cardiovascular disease, seizures, diabetes or deep vein thrombosis.

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