i was really happy with the tummy tuck. it made such a difference. i have two kids and they wreaked havoc on my abdomen. my surgeon said some people just don't have the elasticity to snap back into shape. i had a pretty wicked overhanging skin issue, that would have never gone away because it was all skin, not fat. i didn't lose any 'weight' but i lost SO many inches from my waist. they even sewed my muscles shut. that was seven years ago and my stomach is still flat. and the belly button looks great even though it's totally fake. it took about two weeks of wearing a tight girdle around my waist and alot of rest to be able to resume normal activities. everyone is different though. i have a scar from hip to hip. looks like someone tried to cut me in half. but its worth it, the only time it would show would be if i was completely bare.
whatever you do, get the horizontal scar tummy tuck, my friend had a scar vertically down her belly and they screwed it up royally. you could put an orange in her botched belly button. i felt really bad for her because i had raved about my job and really convinced her to go through with it, unfortunately she didn't have the same surgeon, so if you do choose to do it, make sure you see the surgeon's work first, my family doctor recommended mine, it was a woman, and she was really great about it. she said no one needs to have a mass of flesh in front of them to make them physically uncomfortable and feel icky.
i woke up from surgery with a flat stomach, which was SO weird. there were a couple of drainage tubes sticking out of me, which looked gross, but didn't hurt. of course i was on painkillers. it didn't really hurt except when i tried to sit up. i spent alot of time laying down. she did some lipo on my hips and i think that was alot more sore than the surgery incision.
after reading all these responses, when i see the surgeon i am gonna ask just for a really slight job, maybe just to thin the tip a bit. i have no idea how they do that. i wonder if there is a site where you could upload a picture of yourself and give yourself a new nose. i need some computer generated nosejobbing done! my nose seems to just get more bulbous all the time, it's weird. will that honker ever quit growing?