Back pain after liposuction

Back pain after liposuction

How long does back hurt after lipo?

Many abdominal or hip procedures can leave patients with back pain.  Sometimes it is a direct operative site such as liposuction that hurts because of swelling, bruising, or both.  Ice helps early on in the first few days.


lower back swelling after lipo


Back pain may also result from patient positioning after liposuction of the abdomen or hips or abdominoplasty.  Many patients can't stand up straight or cannot sleep in their usual positions leading to back pain.  Warm compresses or baths, massage and time are the best cures. But be careful, you probably have some skin numbness and too much heat could burn your skin.

Further, some of your pain may be from alteration in your sleeping position. Sometimes a bunch of pillows or a body pillow can help you find a more comfortable position for your back.

Certainly, there are rare causes of back pain not directly related to the surgery such as kidney problems that can occur during the perioperative period. If the pain persists, discuss the details with your surgeon.

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Pain after Liposuction

After liposuction, you will be given a series of post-operative instructions. The type of anesthesia and the amount used determine the level of pain experienced during the first few days after liposuction.

Liposuction performed with intravenous sedation (IV) will result in less post-operative pain and rarely requires medication other than acetaminophen. Liposuction performed under general anesthesia usually results in pain that is more intense that requires prescribed pain medication. Some general expectations for the management of pain after liposuction are listed below:

. The pain will be the most intense two to four days after the procedure then gradually lessens.

. Tenderness and soreness are typical but will eventually fade.

. Discuss pain medication with your doctor to ensure you will be given appropriate medication.

. Patients should avoid medication such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve for the first two weeks. They can increase drainage and bruising. Discuss all pain medication with your doctor to ensure it doesn't contain ingredients that will slow blood clotting or increase the chances of bleeding during surgery.


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. Over-the-counter supplements should also be avoided as they might slow blood clotting. This is especially a concern with vitamin E, but there are many herbal products that also have this effect. Be sure to discuss all of your supplements with your doctor before the surgery and don't try anything new while you are healing.

. You'll be given a compression garment to reduce swelling and provide support for the areas that have had liposuction. This helps to prevent or relieve pain and discomfort.

. The compression dressings should not be made so tight as to reduce blood flow to the area.

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10 common questions about Back pain after liposuction

1Does back liposuction hurt?
Liposuction requires going under anesthesia for the procedure. This means you won't feel any pain during the liposuction surgery. However, you'll feel pain after the procedure. Recovery can also be painful.
2How long after lipo does it stop hurting?
Bruising and ecchymosis also occur in all liposuction patients immediately after the procedure, peaks by the end of 7-10 days, but generally disappear by 2-4 weeks after surgery.
3What helps with pain after liposuction?
After liposuction, the area will be wrapped to help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. The wrap helps make the area a smooth shape and prevent blood from filling the area where fat was removed. Elastic bandages and tape, support hose, a special girdle, or another type of firm-fitting clothing may be used.
4What reduces swelling after liposuction?
You'll be given a compression garment to reduce swelling and provide support for the areas that have had liposuction. This helps to prevent or relieve pain and discomfort. The compression dressings should not be made so tight as to reduce blood flow to the area
5Does skin tighten after liposuction?
Liposuction does not treat excess skin. Only surgery to remove excess skin (tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, etc.) can do that. ... People with thin, sun-damaged skin or stretch marks may feel like their skin looks deflated after liposuction, as it is unlikely to tighten up completely once the fat is gone
6How do I know if I have a seroma after liposuction?
In many cases, a seroma will have the appearance of a swollen lump, like a large cyst. It may also be tender or sore when touched. A clear discharge from the surgical incision is common when a seroma is present. You may have an infection if the discharge becomes bloody, changes color, or develops an odor.
7How tight should a compression garment be after lipo?
How long do I need to wear compression garments after liposuction, tummy tuck or body lift surgery? Patients typically wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks following larger body contouring procedures on average. For minor procedures, two weeks may be enough
8How long do you wear a compression garment after liposuction?
I recommend that my patients wear their garments for a minimum of three weeks full time then fortwelve hours at a time (day or night). If there is not a lot of redundant skin, this continues to a maximum of six weeks
9How long will my stomach be swollen after liposuction?
After liposuction, swelling typically subsides within a few weeks. By this time, the treated area should look less bulky.
10How long does it take for scar tissue to heal after liposuction?
As the body heals, scar tissue forms, and some may be hard and be visible through the top layer of the skin. The good news is that it takes upwards of three months for scar tissue formation to fully develop


  1. Mona Sloan says:

    I had a tummy tuck and liposuction over 2 years ago and I still can’t sleep on my right side because it’s too painful after 5 minutes.
    Why am I still in pain?
    And is this normal?
    What can I do for healing?
    I went back to my dr after a year and he said because of my age it may take longer to heal.
    Please help.

    • Iranian Surgery Adviser says:

      hello Mona, In general, pain is mild to moderate after a tummy tuck. Rarely, pain or sensory abnormalities can persist for months or even years after the procedure. so the best way to know why you still suffer from pain is to consult your case with another doctor in your country.

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