Depending on the surgical technique used, recuperation after top surgery may take up to 2 weeks. However, some patients feel comfortable returning to work and more sedentary daily activities after just 1 week. Localized bruising and swelling are common within the first week or so after the procedure, and Dr. DuPéré uses surgical drains to minimize fluid buildup. Each top surgery patient receives a compression garment to support the chest and further reduce swelling as the area heals. Patients must wear the garment for about 6 weeks after surgery. The garment is quite discreet and not easily seen through clothing.