I am so thankful I decided to have my tummy tuck after having 2 children 18 months apart. Now the youngest is 5. I spent over a year working out with a personal trainer and lost inches off of my thighs and hips, but still my stomach never budged after instense work outs.
I finally went for a consult with a plastic surgeon in Orlando, FL. He recommended a full tummy tuck with lipo on my love handles. I am now 6 weeks post-op and very pleased with the results. I was in very good shape and have been on Juice Plus vitamins for 6 months prior to my surgery. Fortunately I also have a high pain tolerance, so I would describe it as "uncomfortable".
As long as you keep up with your pain meds for at least the first week and don't fall behind in taking it you should be fine. I weaned myself off Vicodin after the first week and a half and started taking Tylenol. You really need someone to take care of you for the first week, you do not realize how much you use your abs until you've had them stitched back together. Just lifting your legs hurts and sneezing is the worst.
Also, see if your Dr. can prescribe Phenagran or some type of anti-nausea meds that you have with you after your surgery. I was very nausiated from the anitesia and threw up, that was the most pain I have ever felt -- to me worse than childbirth. Luckily I had the meds so started taking it immediately.
Also, I had the typical regrets and depression immediately after the surgery due to the pain, the drains, and the scarring. But now 6 weeks later, I am happy as a clam and already shopping for new bikinis!.