Patients should expect some swelling, discomfort, and changes in sensation immediately after the surgery. For the first 1-2 weeks, it is necessary to wear a special support bra 24/7, avoid blood thinning medications, and shower carefully. Most patients are safe to return to work after a week, depending on how physical their occupation is.
After the 3rd week, it is safe to transition to wearing a sports bra. After 6 weeks, patients are safe to go to saunas again and to wear regular bras again. It can take up to 6 months before the results are final, once the breasts have settled into shape.