You will have swelling and a variable degree of discomfort afterwards. Pain medication is also prescribed. Post operative care will be taught by our recovery nurses. You should expect to feel tired and sore when you leave. On rare occasions (more frequent with body lifts) a hospital stay will be needed
While you may not be able to stand straight you should be walking some in the days following. Frequent post op visits will be required to check on your incisions and to remove your drains. Light activities may be allowed a few weeks after surgery but it may be six weeks before full activity is allowed. Return to work for desk type activities is usually in about two weeks although some recover faster and some slower. If your job requires lifting and straining, it will certainly be longer.
You can expect some swelling to last weeks to months and the scar can take a year or more to completely mature. You will be advised on how to improve the appearance of your scar. As with any cosmetic procedure touch ups may be needed.
You will be responsible to control your weight and exercise after fully healing. Your results will be long lasting as long as you take care of yourself.