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. Sutures, unless they are absorbable, are removed five to 10 days after surgery. Post-surgical issues include:
- Pain, which may last as long as two weeks, is usually managed by a prescription or over-the-counter medicine.
- Bruising lasting up to two weeks.
- Swelling lasting two weeks to two months.
- Numbness lasting several weeks.
- Possible drainage in the treatment area, depending on the surgical technique.
Most patients can go home the day of the surgery, though they will need to have someone else to drive them home. Patients receiving general anesthesia are generally discharged at a later time. Post-operative mobility is limited, depending on the procedure. Patients can resume normal activity several days to several weeks following surgery, depending on the procedure.
Final results will be apparent one to six months following surgery, depending, in part, on how quickly swelling subsides.