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Choosing Between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery

Having excess fat may be giving you grief. If your diet and exercise efforts have failed to eliminate the extra cushion layers of fat on your body, you will be relieved to know that there are other options available to you. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are both viable choices that can improve the contour of your body.


With liposuction, excess fat is aspirated, or suctioned out, through a cannula. Recent technological developments have led to the formation of new liposuction techniques such as VASERlipo® and Smartlipo™. VASERlipo® uses ultrasound technology to break up the fat, which can then be preserved and reinjected into the breast, buttocks, or face. Smartlipo™ uses laser energy to liquefy fat and tighten the skin. Traditional liposuction does not tighten the skin and has a longer recovery period than VASERlipo® and Smartlipo™.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of the abdomen. This procedure includes tightening the stomach muscles and removing excess skin and fat. Options include the full tummy tuck or the mini tummy tuck, and both can dramatically enhance the contour of your waist.

Which Do I Need?  

Your goals and your health history are the most important factors in determining whether you should undergo liposuction or tummy tuck surgery. Consider the following:

Pregnancy: If you have been pregnant, you may have weak stomach muscles and excess abdominal skin. If so, you may need to undergo a tummy tuck, as liposuction cannot tighten the stomach muscles or skin. However, if you also have excess fat on your flanks or hips, you can undergo both a tummy tuck and liposuction for an even more transformative experience.

Major Weight Loss: If you have lost more than 20 percent of your body weight, you will need to undergo tummy tuck surgery to remove your excess skin. You can also combine a tummy tuck with other procedures to improve your overall body contour.

Excess Abdominal Fat but No Loose Skin: If you have a slight lower belly pooch but no loose skin, VASERlipo®, Smartlipo™, or liposuction can help to flatten and contour your lower belly.

Multiple Trouble Areas: If you are plagued by multiple trouble areas, liposuction procedures can target each area individually to eliminate fat deposits and improve the contour of your body.

Excess Fat in Places Other Than Your Abdomen: Tummy tuck surgery targets the abdomen only. If you have excess fat in other areas, consider liposuction, VASERlipo®, or Smartlipo™.

Too Much Here and Too Little There: For individuals with too much fat in some areas and not enough in others, VASERlipo® can transfer the fat from one area to the other for more complete body contouring.

Stretch Marks: Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate most stretch marks and soften the look of the remaining stretch marks.

Slight Skin Sagging and Excess Fat: If you have trouble areas with excess fat and slight skin sagging, Smartlipo™ can eliminate the fat and tighten the skin.

It is best to consider less-invasive body contouring procedures before surgery. However, depending on your case, a tummy tuck may be the best way to achieve your desired results, especially if you have loose abdominal skin. In many cases, both procedures work well to produce complementary results. Dr. Martin will help you decide what will give you the best body contouring experience and results.
To learn more about body contouring, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Martin. He will determine which procedure(s) will be best for you. Please call (303) 589-9420 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today. We look forward to helping you transform your body!

Facial Rejuvenation: How to Know What Treatment You Need

To be mature is to be sophisticated, cultured, and grown-up. Becoming more mature is something to be praised – that is, until it begins to show on your face. When your face shows its maturity, you know that you are beginning to look old. Wrinkles, tired eyes, and sagging jowls can all be corrected with the following facial rejuvenation procedures offered by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Jason Martin, M.D.

How Do I Get Rid of Wrinkles?

Everyone will develop wrinkles at some point, but not everyone knows how to get rid of them. BOTOX® Cosmetic can soften wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, and between the brows. Facial fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® can treat wrinkles that do not respond to BOTOX® Cosmetic. For volume loss and wrinkles in the lower face, RADIESSE® and Sculptra® Aesthetic are the preferred treatments. Fractionated ablative or non-ablative lasers can also treat facial wrinkles to restore softness, smoothness, and a wrinkle-free complexion. For individuals with more severe facial wrinkles, the best treatment may be a surgical procedure such as a brow lift, a facelift, or eyelid surgery.

How Do I Rejuvenate My Eyes?

Rejuvenation of the eyes improves the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and dark rings under the eyes. Effective facial fillers include JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® for filling in wrinkles and volume loss. BOTOX® Cosmetic and various laser treatments may also be used to treat wrinkles around the eyes. If these treatments are not sufficient, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the upper and/or lower eyelids to refresh your look.

How Do I Get Rid of Sagging Jowls?

Sagging jowls are caused by lost skin elasticity. JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, and fat transfer procedures can fill in cheek volume and redefine your jawline. Fractionated ablative or non-ablative lasers can treat wrinkles and tighten the skin, as can non-invasive treatments such as Thermage®. If surgery is needed to eliminate sagging jowls, the mini-facelift or Smartlipo™ for the neck and jowls are excellent options.

How Do I Know If I Need Surgery or Not?

Generally, Dr. Martin will first perform non-surgical treatments to correct signs of facial aging. If these treatments do not achieve desirable results, then it is time to consider surgery. In some cases, particularly if you have severe or very severe wrinkles or sagging facial skin, it may be appropriate to consider surgery up front. Dr. Martin will work with you to discuss all your options during your personal consultation for facial rejuvenation.
To retain a youthful appearance through your mature years, schedule your consultation for facial rejuvenation with Dr. Jason Martin. Call (303) 589-9420 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment with us today.

A Solution for Post-Pregnancy Breasts

Pregnancy is a remarkable experience that creates new life, and the so-called “pregnancy glow” can make a woman look positively radiant. However, pregnancy also tends to wreak havoc on a woman’s body and, in particular, her breasts. When a woman’s post-pregnancy breasts are sagging and deflated, breast augmentation or a Mommy Makeover can restore their appearance and bring back the mother’s pre-pregnancy curves.

How Pregnancy Affects the Breasts

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes on behalf of the child. One major change is that the breasts swell and grow in preparation for nursing. This occurs regardless of whether or not the woman will ultimately breastfeed her child. After pregnancy and after breastfeeding, the breasts stop producing milk and, consequently, lose volume. Some women’s breasts return to their former size while others remain slightly larger or even become smaller than they were before pregnancy. In many cases, the breast skin remains stretched out, and the volume loss causes the breasts to appear deflated and saggy. Even if a woman eats a healthy diet, exercises rigorously, and loses all the weight she gained during pregnancy, chances are her breasts will not look as full or perky as they once did. This unfortunate experience is all too common among post-pregnant women, but plastic surgery offers an effective solution.

Breast Augmentation as a Solution

One plastic surgery solution for deflated breasts is breast augmentation. Breast augmentation increases the volume of the breasts by means of inserting breast implants. Breast implants can alter the shape and appearance of the breasts, and, most importantly for post-pregnant women, they can improve breast volume. Deflated breasts that were once full and round before pregnancy can appear full and shapely once again after breast augmentation. Breast implants can also add a slight lift and perkiness to improve the appearance of sagging breasts after pregnancy.

A Mommy Makeover as a Solution

Some women will need more than breast augmentation on its own to improve their curves after pregnancy. A Mommy Makeover combines multiple procedures for more extensive improvements. The Mommy Makeover can not only augment the breasts to improve their volume, but it can also lift them with a breast lift for a more aesthetically pleasing breast shape and position. In addition, the Mommy Makeover can improve a woman’s body shape by toning the abdomen with a tummy tuck and eliminating stubborn fat deposits with liposuction. These treatments provide highly effective solutions for post-pregnant women by restoring post-pregnancy breasts and post-pregnancy bodies to their pre-pregnancy condition.
The changes that occur to your breasts during pregnancy don’t have to be permanent. With breast augmentation and/or the Mommy Makeover and the expertise of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. W. Jason Martin, your breasts can look full and youthful once again. Call our Denver office at (303) 321-1439 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Martin today.

Cellulaze™: A Breakthrough in Cellulite Removal

Over the past ten years, the field of plastic surgery has seen revolutionary technological developments. One of these developments is Cellulaze™, a breakthrough treatment that targets cellulite at the source. Once you understand how Cellulaze™ works, it should come as no surprise that Cellulaze™ is one of the most requested office-based procedures in our practice.

Successful Elimination of Cellulite

Cellulite is a common problem that affects 80 percent of all women between 18 and 55 years old. Previous treatment options have been limited at best and unavailable or ineffective at worst. Now, cellulite-prone areas such as the back of the thighs, buttocks, and other areas can be successfully treated with Cellulaze™. Cellulaze™ directly targets the cause of cellulite beneath the skin to smooth out and eliminate the lumpy bumpy appearance of cellulite with long-lasting results. Patients can see as much as a 60 percent improvement in the appearance of cellulite after Cellulaze™ treatment.

How Cellulaze™ Works

The root cause of cellulite lies under the skin in the strong fibrous bands that stretch from your skin to the underlying layers above the muscles. These bands create pockets of trapped fat in between deeper tethered grooves. Cellulaze™ uses a proprietary side-firing laser to release the fibrous bands that pull the skin down thus leveling out bumps and dimples while also liquefying fat and stimulating collagen production. Collagen production will increase over time, causing the skin to become stronger, thicker, more elastic, and smoother so that the appearance of cellulite is reduced. The best candidates for Cellulaze™ will have mild to moderate cellulite and good skin quality.

An In-Office Treatment

Cellulaze™ is an in-office procedure, negating the need for expensive hospital-based operating room and anesthesia fees. Cellulaze™ can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or can be combined with other body contouring procedures such as Smartlipo™, VASERlipo®, or traditional liposuction to diminish cellulite, remove fat, and tighten skin. When combined with other body contouring treatments, Cellulaze™ offers even greater aesthetic results.

An Easy Recovery With Long-Lasting Results

Recovery from Cellulaze™ includes minimal discomfort and some bruising and swelling that usually resolves within seven to 14 days. Compression garments help to minimize swelling and bruising for two to four weeks after the procedure. Scars are very small and will fade quickly over time. To speed healing and reduce your postoperative discomfort, we utilize additional therapies and technology such as SmoothShapes™, which combines a vacuum and rolling massage to improve circulation and reduce pain. Because collagen production continues to increase over the weeks and months after treatment, the final, remarkable results of significantly diminished cellulite will be visible after six months.

To take advantage of Cellulaze™ and other breakthrough body contouring treatments, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. W. Jason Martin. Call us at (303) 321-1439 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Loose skin and excess fat around the belly is a frustrating reality of life for many of our patients. Even though their stories differ, the findings are always the same: annoying, sagging belly skin from pregnancy and weight loss or too much belly fat from weight gain and hormone imbalances. Focusing on diet and exercise is necessary, but some of these issues are impossible to hide or change without surgery. For most patients, Tummy Tuck surgery offers a definitive option. By removing loose skin and stretch marks and by flattening a “poochy” belly, Tummy Tuck surgery returns your belly back to its more toned and youthful self.

Eliminate Loose Skin

If you have excessive loose and sagging skin around your belly, weight loss and core strengthening exercises will offer little improvement. A Tummy Tuck removes all of the excess skin, giving your belly a more flattened and youthful appearance while improving definition.

Correct a “Poochy” Belly

We see “poochy” bellies a lot in our clinic. The biggest culprits for “pooch” development are pregnancy and aging. Each can cause the abdominal muscles to loosen and, in some cases, split apart (rectus diastasis). With either loosening or splitting, the belly protrudes. Core exercises strengthen the abdominal muscles, but they offer little help in reducing a “poochy” appearance. Only a Tummy Tuck can tighten the muscles AND bring them together. This, in turn, will give the belly a much flatter and more toned appearance.

Slim Down, Lose the Fat

Men and women who are considering tummy tuck surgery often have excess fat around the belly and the hips (aka “the spare tire”). Liposuction combined with a tummy tuck will remove most of the excess fat, resulting in a much slimmer midsection.

Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are common, especially with large weight fluctuations and pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are very few non-invasive solutions to improve their appearance. A Tummy Tuck will address most of these unsightly stretch marks during the procedure, as a majority are removed along with the removal of the excess skin. The residual stretch marks will also have an improved appearance once the skin is tightened.

Relieve Back Pain

Your core muscles are essential in providing support to your lower back. When the core muscles are loose or split apart, as is often seen following pregnancy, the support for the lower back is decreased. By tightening the abdominal muscles during a Tummy Tuck, your core muscles can provide more support to the lower back, thus helping to relieve any pre-existing back pain.

Permanent, Long-Lasting Results

With only three to four hours of surgery time, a tummy tuck combined with liposculpting provides one of the most dramatic transformations I offer at my clinic. It will permanently remove stretch marks and excess skin, tighten loose muscles, and contour your bulging hips and belly. As long as you maintain a stable weight and choose a healthy lifestyle, you should feel confident that your results will last for many years.

If you are looking to enhance your abdominal appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Jason Martin today. Contact us by calling our Aspen office at (970) 544-0500, our Denver office at (303) 589-9420, or our Vail office at (970) 926-0324. You may also fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

Choose Yourself; Choose a Mommy Makeover

For most women, being a mom is a real blessing and one of the greatest joys of their lives. However, it’s perfectly reasonable to admit that being a mom is also hectic and time-consuming. A common theme for the moms that visit our clinic is that they feel that they need to make sacrifices to keep their family happy. Often, the first thing many women sacrifice for the greater good of motherhood is their appearance. We believe it doesn’t have to be this way and that it is important for all moms to choose themselves every now and then.

Putting Your Appearance First

It can be difficult to find time in your busy schedule to even do the simplest of things like brushing your hair or showering, let alone cooking a healthy meal and exercising. The net result of this hectic lifestyle is often the creation of the “frumpy mom” (a mom who disregards her appearance and makes no effort to address her soft, undefined body). The biggest contributing factor to a “frumpy mom” appearance is not taking the time to focus on shedding those post-pregnancy pounds. Talk to your partner, family, and friends about setting aside time for you to go to the gym while they watch the kids. See if a reliable sitter is available for a few hours each night. If push comes to shove, invest in a running stroller and bring your baby with you. While it’s easy to use your family as an excuse to not work out, you will be much happier when you break that cycle and get out and exercise. Exercise not only helps you lose weight, but the mental health benefits after pregnancy are often more profound.

Treating Yourself

Even though diet and exercise following pregnancy are important for restoring your pre-baby body, rarely will they magically cure the problem areas. Muscles and skin can become permanently stretched following pregnancy. You may have also noticed volume loss and sagging in your breasts after nursing. Diet and exercise provide little in the way of correcting these issues. If you feel that your appearance is flabby and aged after your pregnancy and exercise simply is no longer cutting it, it might be time to treat yourself to a mommy makeover.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover describes a set of plastic surgery procedures that specifically target the common problem areas following pregnancy. It is designed to restore volume and firmness to your breasts and helps you reclaim your lean pre-baby body. Common procedures included in a mommy makeover are:

– Breast augmentation to increase the size of breasts that have lost volume from nursing
– Breast lift to restore the perkiness of sagging breasts following breastfeeding
– Liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits
– Tummy tuck surgery to correct loose and sagging abdominal skin and rectus muscles

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

– Restores a leaner, more youthful body contour and silhouette
– Combines procedures so you only have one recovery period and you save money
– Allows clothing to fit better
– Provides an increase in comfort and confidence in your body
– May rekindle the lost spark in the bedroom
– Achieves a body that looks even better than before your children
– Allows you to feel pampered and cared for by putting yourself first

If you are looking to erase the effects of pregnancy on your body, schedule your consultation with Dr. Martin today. Contact us by calling our Aspen office at (970) 544-0500, our Denver office at (303) 589-9420, or our Vail office at (970) 926-0324. You may also fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

Precision Body Contouring With VASERlipo®

In our office, we use body contouring technologies like VASERlipo® and Smartlipo™ to improve the contours of your problem areas that do not respond to diet or exercise. VASERlipo® is unique as it offers the most precise option. It selectively removes unwanted fat in areas like the love handles, saddlebags, and bra lines, while preserving the surrounding structures. Due to this selectivity, VASERlipo® is one of the few in-office body contouring devices that preserves fat cells, allowing the removed fat to be transferred to other parts of your body.

How VASERlipo® Works

VASERlipo® utilizes controlled ultrasound energy waves to break apart the the building blocks of unwanted fat deposits. The energy is delivered through a small cannula that is inserted under your skin. Unwanted fat is emulsified and easily removed with minimal discomfort and recovery.

Double the results with no Extra Downtime

As VASERlipo® technology uniquely preserves the fat that is removed, other parts of your body like the breasts, buttocks, or face can be naturally enhanced with your own fat. You benefit as the removal and reinjection is completed during the same procedure. Furthermore, the results of fat grafting are long-lasting, natural, and avoid the down side of manufactured fillers like JUVÉDERM®. Fat grafting is a great alternative for breast enhancement without an implant and for facial rejuvenation of fine lines and wrinkles without the need for a facelift.

Benefits of VASERlipo® Over Other Body Contouring Procedures

Unlike most other body contouring procedures, we perform VASERlipo® exclusively in our office, not requiring a surgical center or hospital. There is no need to undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and there is no need to pay expensive operating room or anesthesia fees. Each procedure is completed with the assistance of local anesthesia for comfort and oral medication for relaxation. Postoperatively, discomfort is manageable with a short course of pain medication, and the recovery period is usually less than 14 days. By following Dr. Martin’s postoperative recommendations, which includes wearing a compression garment throughout the recovery period, your skin will naturally contract during the healing process and smoothly match the new contours of your body. Results with VASERlipo® are immediately visible and will continue to improve as your body heals.

VASERlipo® is an in-office treatment for precision body contouring. To find out if VASERlipo® is the right treatment for you, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Jason B. Martin. Call (303) 589-9420 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

Why Smartlipo™ Is a Smart Choice

Even with a strict regimen of diet and exercise, many areas of your body are resistant to change. Therefore, for those of you who are struggling with pesky areas of fat and looking for a long-lasting answer, in-office body contouring treatments are a great option. In our office, we offer the most advanced array of body contouring treatments, including Smarttipo™, VASERlipo®, Cellulaze™, and CoolSculpting®. By using a single or combination treatment, these technologies are able to banish cellulite, tighten skin, and remove fat in areas like the neck, belly, and love handles in ways that traditional liposuction could never duplicate. But, having this many choices can be confusing and leave you unsure of the best course of treatment. Therefore, for those of you interested in in-office body contouring treatments, this blog post is meant to offer some clarity. Even though all these technologies offer real solutions to improve your body contours, most often, Smartlipo™ is the smartest choice. Here is why:

Smartlipo™, the Gold Standard for In-Office Body Contouring

Dr. Jason Martin is a board-certified plastic surgeon and specialist in cosmetic body contouring procedures, and he performs Smartlipo™ in our offices. This procedure takes one to two hours to complete and has minimal discomfort and a short recovery. Since a surgery center or operating room is not required, there is no need for expensive hospital, operating room, and anesthesia fees.

It Is All About the Laser Technology

Smartlipo™’s proprietary laser technology works underneath the skin, liquefying unwanted pockets of fat while simultaneously tightening the skin. Once the fat is liquefied, it is more efficiently and painlessly removed. Furthermore, in contrast to standard liposuction, there is an extreme reduction in postoperative swelling, bruising, and discomfort. In general, recovery time and discomfort is reduced by 50 percent.

Any Problem Area Can Be Treated

The benefit of all the body contouring treatments is that they remove excess fat from your body’s problem areas. Unfortunately, depending on the technology, not all areas can be treated. The major advantage of Smartlipo™ is that it can treat difficult areas like the face, neck, chin, and knees that are not well suited for other technologies like CoolSculpting®.

Tighten the Loose Skin

CoolSculpting® and traditional liposuction offer a great way to remove fat, but they have little to no effect on skin tightness. Smartlipo™ is truly unique because it tightens sagging skin from the inside while simultaneously removing unwanted fat. This is important in areas like the belly and the neck, which tend to have loose skin, making it less likely that you will need other corrective surgeries like a tummy tuck or neck lift in the future.

The Benefits of an Awake Procedure

The problems associated with general anesthesia are numerous. From headaches, nausea, vomiting, and an increased recovery time, the intra-operative benefits of general anesthesia are many times outweighed by these postoperative issues. With Smartlipo™, no general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is required. The procedure is completed in our office, with local anesthesia and minimal discomfort. During the procedure, oral medications are also used to maintain comfort and to keep you relaxed.

Less Recovery Means a Better Experience

With Smartlipo™, there is a reduced amount of swelling, bruising, and overall recovery time in comparison to other invasive procedures. This allows you to return to your normal routine more quickly and easily. In general, our patients return to work duties within two to three days and are cleared for normal exercise activities at two weeks. Discomfort is manageable and easily treated postoperatively with pain medication.

When it comes to effective body contouring treatments, Smartlipo™ is the smart choice. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Jason Martin to find out if Smartlipo™ is right for you. Call us at (303) 589-9420 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

We got a lot of positive feedback from our “Wonder Woman” article. Although much of it was tongue-in-cheek, the topic of beauty and pop culture seems to resonate. So how does relate to my plastic surgery practice you may ask? Well, first and foremost, beauty is difficult to define for most people. A majority of my consultations are spent discussing one’s self-perception rather than actual procedures. Beauty is an “I’ll know it when I see it” kind of thing rather than a list that you can put down on paper. Next, I believe that pop culture images are a useful tool that provide a litmus about our perception of beauty and a narrative of our current cultural norms. As Wonder Woman is a quintessential pop culture image, she is a perfect representation of how we view the female form. Superheroes like Wonder Woman are designed from the ‘ideal,’ and they show us how that ‘ideal’ has evolved through each generation. Now, when you throw in some rebooted Greek mythology, you get a better understanding of why the comic book world has invaded the entertainment industry. It is no longer the world of young kids in comic book stores anymore. To this end, the announcement that actress Gal Gadot will play the part of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel has brought this topic front and center.

Here are a few of Gadot’s accomplishments:

– “Miss Israel” in 2004 and a participant in the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant
– International fashion model
– Transitioned into acting with a few small roles, including the lead in the Israeli drama Bubot (“Dolls”)
– Most recently has had recurring roles in the Fast and Furious movie franchise

Although Gal Gadot has many appealing qualities, casting her as Wonder Woman is a definite shift from the iconic images of the Amazon warrior princess we grew up with. Gone are the classic Wonder Woman features, including broad shoulders and hips, strong arms, large breasts, muscular legs, and an angular face. With the Gadot version of Wonder Woman, we have a Victoria’s Secret-like makeover defined by a slender trunk, narrow waist, soft facial features, and moderately sized breasts. It is a little hard to imagine an Amazon warrior princess that is a size 0 with model-like beauty who looks better in heels than fierce boots. I guess we will have to see what DC Entertainment cooks up for the movie.

There has been a definite shift in Hollywood and our culture over the past 15 years. Average-sized starlets (sizes 4 to 8) have disappeared and been replaced with women who have bodies like that of Megan Fox. Even Lynda Carter wouldn’t have a chance now. But is this true to how Wonder Woman was created? The real Wonder Woman would lift weights, not do pilates. She would drink coffee with cream, not low calorie vanilla-flavored almond milk, and she definitely wouldn’t be gluten free. I’m just sayin’…

I could discuss the cosmetic procedures that would make Gal Gadot look like the old school Wonder Woman, but that would be pointless. She is clearly beautiful in her own right and requires no “tweaking.” However, to be honest, a part of me misses the old days…that era when airbrushing was just for cars and an Amazon warrior princess actually looked like she came from the Amazon. The larger, stronger Wonder Woman will remain forever in our hearts but for now is a distant memory. The new and improved Amazon warrior princess has been officially glammed.

Is this going to hurt?

This question is likely going to cross your mind when you enter our office and it is one I answer many times every day. From the first time patient with a little fear and trepidation in their eyes, to the determined ‘nothing can hurt me’ regular, nobody really wants to be in pain. Just how much something is going to hurt is a challenging question to answer mainly because the perception of pain is subjective and individual to you. No matter what I tell you about how much something may or may not hurt, what you feel is real and unique to you.

Pain management really begins before your procedure even starts; the surgeon you choose plays a key role in your post operative pain and downtime. Excellent surgical skill combined with advanced techniques to minimize trauma to the surrounding areas will greatly decrease your discomfort and healing time. A great surgeon will also openly and honestly discuss how you’re feeling and make sure that any pain or discomfort you have is addressed quickly.

Prior to any procedure I will go over with you in detail what you can expect during recovery including how long you may have pain and discomfort. I will be with you every step of the way to make sure your recovery or treatment is as easy and pain free as possible. If that means holding your hand during a difficult injection or working with you to make sure that your prescription medications are adequately managing your pain, that’s what I’ll do. When I discuss pain and recovery expectations with patients in the weeks and months after their surgery, I generally hear that they had less pain than anticipated and 100% are happy and say they would do it again.

All that said, most medical procedures, elective or not, are not pain free but the outcomes are worth the temporary discomfort. I frequently tell patients that “nothing is free”, and by that I’m not referring to the financial cost of the treatment or procedure. The real ‘cost’ includes some pain and discomfort, lifestyle disruptions and the time it takes to recover and heal. Do elective procedures hurt? Yes. Is it the worst pain ever? No. I promise it is not the worst pain ever, it won’t hurt forever and any pain will absolutely be worth it in the end!

To summarize:
• Choose a great surgeon
• If you tell me something hurts I will believe you
• It’s probably going to hurt a little
• But it won’t hurt forever
• Your results will be worth it!

In future posts I will detail the many complimentary therapies and treatments that we recommend post operatively to decrease pain and speed recovery.