You can expect to be back to usual, light activities by one week and resume your normal life by 6 weeks. There are some helpful tips most people can use to speed up the process of recovery and have a more pleasant experience. One way to reduce swelling faster is keeping the head and shoulders elevated throughout the first 1 to 2 weeks. Minimize use of your arms as well to minimize discomfort and agitation of chest muscles. Patients should walk immediately after surgery, but activities that increase heart rate and blood pressure can prolong inflammation. Arm movements, such as reaching, pulling and pushing, should be avoided for 1-2 weeks. If you have small children, pets or a physically demanding job, the best way to heal smoothly will be to get lots of help so you can take it easy.