After Your Operation

Swelling around the incision.


“Hey guys, I have some swelling around and under my incision. Is this normal? When will that go away?” Yes, it will always go away! It is very normal to have swelling around the incision, often for a few weeks. The incision also may feel lumpy or and the skin may feel hard – this is all normal and will go away as everything heals.

Should I massage the scar?

No, you do not need to “massage” the scar—that won’t do anything. It is also important to understand that there are a lot of stitches inside that are holding the tissues together and these stitches typically take about 4-5 weeks to dissolve. Relax and give it time—our incisions almost always look great in a few months. We have more on this topic in the Post Op Instructions section.

This “golf ball” swelling happens sometimes and is harmless. It will go away on its own. Don’t fret about it, and don’t let your doctor freak out about it. It will go away!