I am 42 years old and have four beautiful children. Two are grown 22 and 19 and the other two are 14 and 7. I have wanted a tummy tuck for a long time and have researched it to death! I finally made the decision to go ahead and do something for me that will make me feel better about myself. I am happy with everything else on my body except for my tummy and I am ready to get a flat tummy again. I must admit I am very nervous but excited just the same. Just like a few I am also not too happy with going under. I have quit smoking as of January 7th and being nervous about the surgery isn't helping but I have done good so far and haven't touched one since then. Is there any advice anyone can help with to get rid of the fear. I don't want to smoke a cigarette on the way to surgery because of my nerves! Also any advice on what to buy to make my recovery easier would be helpful.....It seems the constipation is the worst other than the pain of course. Oh and what bout recovery time....I was just ready that you can go back to work as early as 5 days? really? My job can require some "physical" activity so when do you think it will be safe to go back to work?