At 6 days post-surgery I can already tell the fat pad is gone and I will be happy with the results in a couple months. The surgery was fast and painfree even with twilight sedation. There is minimal bruising, the swelling is starting to go down as of today (though my face still looks like a chipmunk), and the pain when re-wrapping the area is not as excruciating as it was the first day.
As I have slightly laxer neck/facial skin than is best for this procedure, I've been wearing the compression strap 24/7 as directed. That has been the hardest part! The constant pressure pinning my ears against my head is torture, it's very difficult to swallow and of course, you can't sleep in any position but propped up on your back. I've needed to take the pain med not for pain but just to be able to sleep at night with all the discomfort. It's been like wearing an over-tight hot annoying football helmet constantly for a week. It's impossible to talk on the phone with it and interferes with my concentration for getting work done. Also I have opted to not leave the house while wearing the dressing, so I'm going stir crazy too. Plan accordingly when you decide to have this procedure. Make sure you have someone to bring groceries and take out the trash for the whole first week.