Is Liposuction Painful?

Perth Liposuction is a procedure where a cannula – tube – is inserted under the skin to such out fat. To get under the skin, a small incision is necessary.  It would certainly be painful if done without any form of anaesthetic. Luckily, doctors don’t expect you to suffer in this way. Each patient undergoes the procedure with the help of a numbing agent, either local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic – or both.

Which one you have depends on the type of liposuction you have and how much fat is to be removed.  For instance, if you are having a large area treated, the doctor may advise you to have a general anaesthetic. It is essential to discuss everything with your doctor and be guided by his professional opinion.

A small area of liposuction may only need a numbing agent for pain control.  This would be injected under the skin in the area to be treated. It is something similar to a numbing dental injection, only because there is more muscle and fat in the injection site than your gum, it won’t be nearly as painful as a dental injection.

What about after the procedure?

Swelling and bruising can be expected around the treatment site. In some cases there will be fluid draining from the incisions. You will need to wear elastic bandages or a compression garment to reduce the swelling. This will also help to ease any pain. Painkiller may be taken afterward, but make sure you follow the doctor’s advice as to which ones are best. Some painkillers thin the blood and may cause more bleeding, so you would need to avoid those.

Recovery time

It takes several weeks for your body to return to normal after treatment so that the effects can be seen. Much depends on how large an area was treated. In some cases only small areas are treated, in which case the recovery time is quicker.

Most people can get up and move around without much pain once the effects of the anaesthetic or sedative have worn off. However, it is important to care for your body properly and not return to work too soon, especially if your job requires you to be physically active. That said, most people can return to work within 24-72 hours, depending on the amount of liposuction done. If is important to follow your doctors after-care instructions carefully so that there is no infection and pain can be minimised.

If the surgery is done with local anaesthetic the pain directly afterwards is much less than if only a general anaesthetic is used. The local numbing agent usually stays in the body for up to 24 hours. Also, if stitches are not used, but the incisions are left open to help drainage, there is less inflammation and hence, less pain.