The procedure was not painful, more uncomfortable. The key was preparation (healthy eating and a healthy body) and to follow EVERY direction of the doctor, anaesthetist and physio. Follow the directions in relation to what you can do when, to ensure the scarring is minimised and the surgery is more worth it. Why jeopardise it all for reaching up for the tea?
The other key is strength of the MIND. Ask questions so you know what to expect when, and be ready for it. If you anticipate pain you will likely find it. Remember the end game, prepare for discomfort and you will be well prepared.
I am glad I had the surgery in Winter (the garments are quite warm to wear).
3 months on and I could NEVER have anticipated just how complete I would feel. I feel like a new woman and my outside matches my inside :-)
I did research into surgeons, find someone you feel comfortable with, ask around your friends and family and ensure they make you feel like their only patient. You will know once you find them.
If you are thinking about the surgery- DO IT.