After the surgery, you will wake up with bandages as well as a compression bandage across your chest. Sometimes small tubes are in place to drain fluid and reduce swelling. You will be sent home with instructions on how to care for yourself. In the first few days, you’ll have a few lifestyle restrictions and will need a little extra help at home.
Depending on the type of procedure you have, the recovery can vary slightly, sometimes this procedure is performed with liposuction. Other times it’s necessary to remove more than just fat but also tissue. If your procedure is completed with just the liposuction technique, your recovery will likely be quick, and you’ll experience minimal discomfort. You will likely be instructed to wear a compression garment for a few weeks and need to avoid vigorous exercise. After a few weeks, you can return to your normal lifestyle.
If you have the tissue and excess skin removed, the recovery will take a bit longer. But you should still be able to return to work within about a week of your surgery. You will also need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks and avoid exercise until your doctor approves it. Swelling and discomfort is a normal part of the healing process and you will be given pain meds or directed to take anti-inflammatory medicine at home to manage your pain.
Most patients who undergo this procedure, state that the discomfort is minimal and notice results from the surgery immediately. Although swelling is a normal part of the healing process and will continue for several weeks after the procedure, most patients are surprised by how quickly they are able to return to their normal activities.