Can you feel pain from a mini tummy tuck under local anesthesia?

I'm terrified of pain; even injections were too much for me. I avoided doctors as much as I could, but I started to feel a bit more confident lately, and I'm considering having a mini tummy tuck under local anesthesia. I've read that patients don't feel anything during the surgery, but I'd rather hear it from patients, not doctors. How was it for you?


F, 40, Utah

Tags:woman age 35-44 local anesthesia

My mini tummy tuck was completed with local anesthesia, so it was sort of like having my wisdom teeth taken out. Avoiding general anesthesia was a plus because this reduced my recovery time. I also had liposuction combined with my tummy tuck procedure. Immediately after the surgery, I was of course uncomfortable. But I scheduled my over-the-counter pain medication so that I didn't have any lapses in coverage during the first 48 hours. My doctor also provided prescription pain medication in case I needed it, which I did use the first night after the surgery. I had my husband stay home with me during the first 24 hours to help me get in and out of bed, and I had friends watch the kids for a couple of days.

I am so happy with my firm, flat and contoured lower abdomen. I can't say the entire process was pain-free, but I can say it was worth the time and effort that I invested. I couldn't get my abdominal muscles flat and firm with diet and exercise alone. This surgery has been life-changing for me, and my confidence level has soared.

I am a pain adverse person. However, I also didn't want to undergo procedures that require me to be completely asleep. At my initial consultation, I asked if I could be placed under a local anesthetic so i could still remain awake. I didn't feel any pain during the surgery. I did, however, notice the pulling and tugging. I was told that having a faster recovery time is a benefit of using a local anesthetic. I was also told that I wouldn't experience as much post-operative pain as I would with a general anesthetic. I'm glad I was able to have this type of tummy tuck. My fears were alleviated and the results were amazing.

I had a mini tummy tuck completed with local anesthesia, and I didn't experience any pain during the plastic surgery. My recovery after the surgery was completely normal, and I was happy to be able to do the operation without general anesthesia. My surgeon even did some muscle repairs because my muscles were lax and extended. The results that I achieved with my mini tummy tuck are outstanding! I no longer need to use undergarment that reduce the size of my stomach and try to hide unsightly bulges.

My abdominal wall is now contoured and firm instead of sagging and relaxed. My surgeon also gave me pre-op instructions that encouraged my healing by changing my diet and completing beneficial exercises before the tummy tuck surgery. I'm thrilled with my results, and I highly recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon to find out if this procedure will work for you.

I had my mini tummy tuck done with local anesthesia and a mild sedative. I didn't experience any pain during the surgery and I compare it to having my wisdom teeth taken out. I was released about two hours after the surgery and I used over-the-counter medication to treat the discomfort. I now experience a more lean, toned abdomen after having the mini tuck. You can meet with your surgeon during a pre-op consultation to find out what to expect and how to help your body heal after the surgery.