I wanted a flat stomach. Even my cheap friends said it was well worth the cost.
I had my surgery on a Thursday morning and took all the following week off of work. I went back to work basically ten days later. I would say that I only experienced three days of, not pain, but discomfort getting up and getting down because of the stitches on my sides. I had a pain pump for the abdomen. I was tired going back to work but not in pain.