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It is recommended to get plenty of rest after surgery so your mind and body can fully recover. You may feel tired more easily, which is normal for many patients. It can take up to 6 weeks to get back to your full level of energy. You can also expect to have some bruising and swelling after surgery. Typically, bruising is better in about 2-3 weeks. Much of the swelling will improve by 6 weeks but it can take up to 3-6 months from surgery for the swelling to be 100% better.

  • You can shower 48 hours after surgery. Soap and water can run over the incisions and the surgical tape, but be careful not to scrub or rub directly on the incisions while washing or drying off. Be gentle.
  • You should avoid bathtubs, jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms, swimming in pools, lakes, or oceans, or submerging the incisions until after the incisions are fully healed. This is usually at least 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Tape will be applied over the incisions during surgery. Leave this intact for 4-6 weeks after surgery. The tape helps to create scars that are narrow and flat.
  • Arnica may be applied to the skin around the incisions where there is bruising. This can be done 3 times a day. Avoid getting the Arnica directly on the incision or the tape. Arnica can be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies.
  • If you have drains, you should strip the drain tubing 3 times a day and empty the bulb after stripping. Keep track of the drain output and bring these numbers with you to all appointments.
  • Please avoid lifting/pushing/pulling anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Activity Timeline:
    • Week 1: Walking around the house
    • Week 2: Light short walks around the neighborhood
    • Week 3: May begin cardio-based exercise like treadmill, bike, or elliptical. May also start lifting up to 10-pound weights.
    • Week 4-6: Increase weights by 5 pounds per week. Increase cardio exercise as tolerated.
    • Week 6: No restrictions, may resume all normal activities.

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