The procedure itself was a walk in the park and I had minimal pain post-operatively. The tightening of the muscles under the jaw resulted in an uncomfortable, almost choking sensation for a few days, which I hadn't anticipated, and which wasn't serious or dangerous, just unanticipated.
As expected, it took 2 weeks or so for the bulk of the bruising to clear up. I had a common minor issue called chemosis, or swelling of the conjunctiva of the eye, which persisted a bit longer than usual, but resolved without incident. I went back to work 2 weeks after the procedure.
I think the final results now, 6 months post-op are incredible, but without looking like I had cosmetic surgery done. People who hadn't seen me since before the surgery frequently comment on how youthful I look, but no one yet has guessed that I had cosmetic surgery done, and are surprised when I tell them. I am a physician, and many of the nurses I work with have commented that it has taken 15-20 years off my apparent age.