What areas of the body are the most painful for undergoing liposuction?
There are some minor variations in the amount of pain experienced from liposuction of different body parts. In general, liposuction of the extremities, arms and legs, is a little more painful than liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and back. This is at least in part due to more movement and weight bearing on the extremities and more manipulation of the treatment areas on these parts when removing and replacing garments. Liposuction, for example, of the lateral thighs, which is one of the more commonly treated areas, can be more painful than other areas due to the fact that pressure is frequently applied to these areas after surgery when sitting or lying down and when removing or replacing girdle-type garments. The location of treatment areas is probably a less important factor in determining the degree of pain after liposuction than the type of liposuction performed. Many modern liposuction techniques include the use of energy sources such as ultrasound or laser that first partially dissolves fat before it is evacuated by traditional liposuction techniques. These advanced procedures may allow more aggressive treatment and may result in more of a burning-type pain sensation after treatment.
In spite of these relatively minor variations, liposuction of any body part and with advanced techniques is usually very well tolerated by most patients. The use of narcotic pain medication is most often required only for a few days after surgery.