Following the procedure, the treated area is bandaged and a compression garment placed over it. The compression garment is worn for one to two weeks. Post-surgical issues can include:
- Pain, which may last as long as two weeks and is usually managed by a prescription or over-the-counter medicine.
- Bruising lasting up to two weeks.
- Swelling lasting up to two weeks.
- Numbness lasting several weeks.
- Possible drainage in the treatment area, depending on the surgical technique.
Most patients can go home the same day as the surgery, though they will need to have someone else to drive them home. Post-operative mobility may be limited. Patients can resume normal activity for several days to several weeks following surgery, depending on the procedure. Final results will be apparent one to six months.