I have to admit I was scared of the pain when I first decided to have my surgery. I have 3 kids - two of them are twins. My stomach looked horrible! Lots of loose skin below and above my belly button. After my surgery, I have a super flat stomach. I also had my stomach muscles reconstructed. After the twins, mine were torn and my doctor suggested we fix the tears to help the stomach look for defined. I looked great after my surgery! I had no feeling or was over sensative in some areas but today, 4 years later this July... I have feeling back and still love my stomach.
The pain pump was so worth the extra money! I was still in quite a bit of pain but by no means as bad as some people have stated. I expected to be in alot of pain though. I think my biggest issue was the back pain I had from sleeping in a somewhat sitting position. The pain was bearable in my back but I had some back issues before hand too. This surgery is not for those with a low pain tolerance!
As for the scar, it is big but mine has somewhat faded and I could care less! I feel good and I'm wearing my bikini which I had not worn since having kids!