You are likely to feel tired and sore for a week or two after breast reconstruction. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy.
Depending on the extent of your surgery, you’ll probably be released from the hospital in two to five days. Many reconstruction options require a surgical drain to remove excess fluids from surgical sites immediately following the operation, but these are removed within the first week or two after surgery. Most stitches are removed in a week to 10 days.
Scars at the breast, nipple, and abdomen will fade substantially with time, but may never disappear entirely.