My recovery was about 3-4 weeks. My doctor gave instruction for me not to do anything for 3 weeks. After the first couple of weeks I felt better but I still had to take it easy. I removed both breast so I had 2 drains on each side. Your body has to heal enough to stop producing fluid in the drains so they can take them out. There are a lot of factors involved in healing. I don't work a regular job so I don't really know how much time ladies are off work for the procedure.