When it comes to cosmetic surgery, safety is a major factor to consider in addition to cost, service, and quality. But which cosmetic surgery is the most painful? And what procedures entail the longest recovery periods? To answer these questions, we spoke to board-certified plastic surgeons and patients who have undergone various cosmetic surgeries. V-line surgery is a very popular plastic surgery in South Korea. It aims to reshape the jaw from a “U” to “V” shape, which according to East Asian beauty standards is considered more aesthetically appealing.
V-line surgery is a fairly invasive procedure that involves ostectomy (bone shaving). The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so during the procedure, it is impossible to feel any pain. However, pain after the procedure is controlled with prescription pain medications. Most patients experience pain and discomfort in the jaw joints, but it is bearable.
Some patients complain of dryness and sore throat during the first week after surgery. Depending on the patient, due to the limited mobility of the jaw, 1 to 2 weeks they can only eat liquid or soft foods. In addition, after bone shaving, swelling is considered more severe than other facial plastic surgeries. The patient may also feel numbness in the lower jaw and lips. Tummy tuck surgery is another popular cosmetic procedure that aims to give you a flatter and tighter abdomen.
However, it has a long and painful recovery period. The incision area is larger than in other surgeries and, in addition, the recovery process involves regeneration of the skin and muscles, making it considerably long and demanding. Most patients experience discomfort for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery and can only eat liquid or soft foods. Dental implants are also known for their long and painful recovery period. According to BeTheMatch Foundation, 84 percent of donors experience back or hip pain.
Median recovery time is 20 days. However, you should be able to resume most activities within 1 to 7 days after the procedure. Full recovery can take 6 to 12 months. Liposuction is another popular cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of subcutaneous fat and body sculpting. The discomfort may last 4 to 6 weeks, but it should leave you with less pain than you had before surgery.
You should be able to resume most of your normal activities 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure. If you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance and maybe even increase your self-esteem in the process, you're sure to be in good company. These six surgeries and procedures are some of the most painful you may need at some point in your life, according to patients who have undergone them.