Whether you’ve had excision with a scalpel or liposuction, you will be likely to feel some discomfort for a few days after surgery. However, discomfort can easily be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy. In any case, you should arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery and to help you out for a day or two if needed.
You’ll be swollen and bruised for a while. To help reduce swelling, you’ll probably be instructed to wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for a week or two, and for a few weeks longer at night. Although the worst of your swelling will dissipate in the first few weeks, it may be three months or more before the final results of your surgery are apparent.
In the meantime, it is important to begin getting back to normal. Dr. Lesavoy will encourage you to begin walking around on the day of the surgery, and you can return to work when you feel well enough, sometimes as early as a day or two after surgery. Any stitches will generally be removed about 1 to 2 weeks following the procedure.
Dr. Lesavoy may advise you to avoid sexual activity for a week or two, and heavy exercise for about three weeks. You’ll be told to stay away from any sport or job that risks a blow to the chest area for at least four weeks. In general, it will take about a month before you’re back to all of your normal activities.You should also avoid exposing the resulting scars to the sun for at least six months. Sunlight can permanently affect the skin’s pigmentation, causing the scar to turn dark. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a strong sunblock.