I am currently 9 days post-op. Drains come out in a couple of days (my PS requires 2 weeks). I was awake, walking and had no pain and took no medication for the first 20 hours or so, then it was excruciating and I was taking them every time allowed. Take it before you hurt- if you wait, it will do nothing! The incision doesn't hurt, but my back is killing me! I have to stop every few feet when I walk, especially if I've been up a few times already. I am back to work but limited on mobility.
I had a ton of bruising on my back from day 3 on and it is almost all cleared up. My incision is very low, actually touching the top of my pubic hairline. I had tattoos on my stomach pre-op. Two were completely removed. The pair on my ribcage look fine even after being stretched out. I could not find a single person who had shared their experience with abdominal tattoos, and I want to say don't be discouraged if you have them! It was so worth it.
Day 2 I looked amazing, now I am swollen but took pics so I know what I will look like once I'm healed up, and I'm very happy although I am still quite hunched over. DO NOT LAUGH. Seriously. THAT is painful. It's finally starting to hurt less now.