Hi Georgia P! As far as the procedure itself, there was little to no pain. I was given a nice cocktail of meds which made me sleep through most of it. I can barely remember the initial injections of the numbing meds, which was similar to the pain you would feel at the dentist for numbing. After that the only other thing I remember is being told to turn on my side, and some bumping near my ribs which kinda hurt but was very brief. The worst part of the whole thing was when I got home and threw up from the meds. Once the meds wore off I felt much better. The soreness was bareable and the drainage was over by the third day. You definately need someone to help you the day and night after the procedure. Drink LOTS of water. I think that was a major help to my recovery and less swelling. I was out of work for one week, no one knew I had it done, not even friends or family, only hubby. I had no problem when I went back to work. I don't have a sit down job so that was a plus, sitting caused me to hurt and swell. It has been very worth it to me. I went in to it knowing there would be soreness and drainage so everything I experienced was expected, no pain no gain is what I told myself. I never took any prescription pain meds once I got home, Tylenol or Ibuprofen worked well if that kinda tells you the severity of the pain. The only thing I would have done differently is have a second compression garment for convenience. Make sure you have dark loose clothes, hides the compression garment in public, mine was black. Hope this was helpful! Good luck next month!