FYI - the $15,000 included a breast lift with implants and lipo of the flanks and inner and outer thighs. It was a lot at once but that's the way to go for sure. I had the surgery in November 2005.
I had lost 100 pounds and had quite a bit of sagging skin, including the breasts. My stomach would not go down any further despite the fact that I was a size 6/8. The surgery was hard and the recovery was painful but it was worth every penny and every pain. I think my breasts hurt worse than my stomach.
I had to wear a girdle of sorts for a long time and I continued to have swelling problems a full year after the surgery. I still have areas of my stomach that are numb, which is a bit unpleasant. But I don't think my stomach has ever been this flat before. It is my favorite part of my body now.
My one piece of advice is to be sure to talk with your surgeon in detail about pain management. Because I had so many procedures at once, I opted to stay overnight in the hospital. I was on a pain pump that I could push a button and receive IV pain meds once every ten minutes as needed. What I didn't realize is that if I didn't push the button, I didn't receive any pain meds. After dozing off just once and waking up half hour later in agony, the nurse explained that to me and I spent the rest of the night laying awake to push the button every ten minutes. Frankly, I'd have been better off at home with just the pain pills. Discuss your pain management up front.
Also, make sure to have someone with you for several days at least to help you get around and generally take care of you. This is pretty major surgery and you can't straighten up or lift anything as heavy as a gallon of milk for a week or two (see how easy it is to forget the details?)
I still can't say enough, however, that this is some of the best money I have ever spent. I only wish I could take care of the baggy upper arms and upper legs as easily.
The picture below is an after photo.