Plastic surgery isn’t a decision to undertake lightly, and there are many factors that need to be considered before making a decision. One of these factors is how much pain the procedure will cause, and how much recovery time is required following surgery.
Fortunately, technology has come a long way in recent years, and more effective, yet minimally invasive procedures are now available.
Liposuction, which used to be an invasive surgery, now exists in a number of different forms, including SmartLipo, a gentle laser liposuction technique best for treating stubborn problem areas and body contouring.
SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia and involves far less recovery time than traditional liposuction, but there is always some discomfort and downtime associated with surgery. Prospective patients should know what to expect, so let’s take a look at how painful laser lipo is.
Pain Levels & Recovery Time
Laser liposuction is specifically designed to be minimally-invasive, have minimum discomfort, and be easy to recover from. The local anesthesia used during the procedure will help ward off pain during and just after the surgery.
A compression garment is required in the days following surgery for support and healing. Many patients describe the pain as being similar to the achy soreness that lingers after a strenuous workout.
This pain can be lessened by the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. Many patients feel well enough to return to normal activities after just a few days, while others take longer.
Swelling is normal and any discomfort caused by the swelling will subside over the next few weeks after surgery as it disappears.
Individual factors that may influence discomfort levels following SmartLipo include the patient’s tolerance for pain, and the number/type of areas treated. Each patient responds differently to laser liposuction, but in general, discomfort is minimal and can be controlled with OTC painkillers.
Choose an Expert
Smartlipo results vary depending on a number of factors. While it is impossible to control some of these factors, one you can control is your choice of surgeon. Choosing an expert like our SmartLipo specialists in Long Island and NYC helps set you up for optimal results.
We offer laser liposuction at our AAAHC accredited facilities. Our experts offer appointments in Long Island and Manhattan. Call us to schedule your free consultation today!
*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc. This page does not communicate the full list of complete risks and potential complications from this surgery. To receive a list of post-op risks & complications, please contact our office.