The procedure was 6 hours and another 3 before I was able to go home. At the 24 hour mark it was WTF was I thinking when I signed up for this! As 24 was nearing 36 hours, everything really started to turn around. I didn't have a morphine pump, but did have higher dose oxy- and hydroxycodone but only needed those for the first 3 days.
My first follow-up was yesterday (day 3) and going out in public wasn't great, but it showed me that I was really capable of doing so. Today I took a shower (mostly unassisted) and feel fine. Dr. Heck is going to send me pictures of the actual skin removal--there was a lot, plus my abdominal muscles looked like they were shredded so he had a tremendous amount of work to do there. There was also 1000 cc of liposuction. I'm still pretty swollen with 5 drains, but 3 of them should come out Monday. The other 2 may be with me a couple more weeks. My breasts are swollen but looking less so every day. I chose the 300 cc moderate plus gel implants and think I'm going to be really pleased.
My sister-in-laws and husband really came through the day of surgery. Its not easy for me to ask for help, but they could see how much I needed. My daughter is a nurse and stepped in when my husband went back to work today. Don't underestimate how much help you will need!! I had rotator cuff surgery and although it hurt for longer, the pain wasn't as fast or intense as this was those first couple days. Be prepared!