The patient can return home with a dressing, which we will take off after 2 or 3 days, and can fend for themselves, perform daily activities whilst avoiding extensive arm movements for a week, avoid exertions and weights for 15-20 days. Discomfort varies according to the patient and the procedure performed, although we always provide medication to ease any discomfort. After taking off the dressing we fit a bra that is kept in place for about a month, and normally a mammary strap. The stitches are taken out 10-15 days after the operation. Light physical exercise can be started 15-20 days after the operation, and heavy physical exercise about 2 months later.