copland16, I had my tissue expander replaced with a silicone implant, reduction mammoplasty and port removed on April 5. Surgery was 2 1/2 hours. Drain removed and bandages changed on the 8th. Follow up on the 18th to have the external stitches removed.
When I "came to", I was in severe pain. They gave me Fentanyl to get it controlled. That was tough. I was pretty miserable till the drain came out and tender for probably three weeks (the same amount of time I wore the compression garment).
I work for a Judge as a paralegal and worked 20 hours the first week (Judge was on vacation so I didn't have the same fast-paced intensity), and was back to 40 hours the second. Not saying that was the best decision. Two weeks off would have been great, but that wasn't in my deck of cards.
Compared to other invasions on my body in the last 9 months, this was much easier. The implant feels MUCH better than the expander.
Best of luck to you.