The Toughest Plastic Surgeries to Recover From: Exploring Recovery Challenges

What  is the hardest plastic surgery to recover from?

Determining the most painful cosmetic surgery recovery can be subjective and dependent on individual pain tolerance, surgical techniques, and the extent of the procedure. However, certain cosmetic surgeries are often associated with higher levels of discomfort during recovery due to the nature of the surgery and the areas of the body involved. 

From my practice experience, I’ve put together a list of the most demanding plastic surgeries in terms of recovery that I handle.

Multiple Procedures:

Undergoing multiple plastic surgery procedures simultaneously, such as a mommy makeover combining breast augmentation, tummy tuck,  liposuction and BBL, can result in a more challenging recovery due to the cumulative effects on the body. 

In my 16 years of assisting patients in their recovery from plastic or cosmetic surgery, I’ve found that certain procedures can yield less optimal outcomes than others. Specifically, procedures that combine two or more procedures simultaneously  like: 

  • breast  lifting or augmentation and Brazilian butt lift ,
  •  tummy tuck with muscle repair concurrently and breast lifting.

The union of different procedures can present significant challenges.

In my experience, it’s common to encounter complications when patients undergo 

multiple procedures, often resulting in the compromise of at least one surgery.

My advice is to approach multiple procedures in stages rather than all at once. It’s crucial to consider the extensive recovery process, which can span weeks to months. Factors such as sleeping positions and daily activities need to be taken into account when planning for a successful recovery.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck):

Abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and fat from your abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles if needed. Following the procedure, during the early stages of recovery, patients often experience (on the abdominal area):

  •  notable discomfort, 
  • tightness, 
  • and soreness. 

In addition, certain individuals may encounter sensations of pulling, restricted movement, and numbness that persist for years post-surgery. And, please keep in mind that the appearance of the scar can vary among individuals due to the unique characteristics of each patient.

Breast Augmentation with Implants:

Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of implants to improve breast size and shape. In the initial week following the procedure, patients commonly encounter sensations of:

discomfort, tightness, and pressure in the chest area as the tissues adapt to the implants. Additionally, heightened sensitivity in the upper back may occur as the muscles, including the middle and lower trapezius and rhomboids, work hard to compensate for the change in  shoulder posture due to the increase of weight  of the chest muscles, particularly the pectoralis major.


Liposuction is a procedure designed to eliminate excess fat from different parts of the body using suction. During the recovery period, patients often encounter soreness, swelling, and bruising in the treated areas, leading to discomfort. However, a primary challenge in recovery arises from excessive fibrosis, or the buildup of connective tissue, which can be painful and contribute to irregularities in the skin’s texture. Early intervention by a therapist skilled in managing fibrosis is crucial for addressing these irregularities effectively and minimizing potential complications.


surgery aims to rejuvenate the face by tightening facial muscles and removing excess skin. This procedure can lead to tightness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the face and neck during recovery. One notable challenge associated with this surgery is the persistent sensation of skin pulling and prolonged inflammation compared to other procedures.

Moreover, because facial features are prominently visible, any inflammation or irregularity becomes more apparent and can be particularly frustrating for patients.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery):

Rhinoplasty procedures focus on correcting  the nasal structure, often resulting in swelling, bruising, and nasal congestion. Patients commonly experience  discomfort, particularly in the nasal region, including sensations of blockages and sinus pressure, in the initial stages of recovery. Similarly to facelift procedures, rhinoplasty inflammation may persist for an extended period, and its visibility can be more pronounced due to its location on the face. Therefore, patience is essential during the recovery process, as “Good things takes time

Body Lift Surgery:

Body lift procedures, which address excess skin and fat in multiple areas of the body, often lead to discomfort, swelling, and restricted mobility throughout the recovery period. Patients frequently report sensations of tightness, numbness and soreness in the treated areas. A significant concern I encounter with my patients is their insufficient understanding of wound care, resulting in frequent infections.

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