I am very happy with the results of my tummy tuck. Procedure done August 2003. Able to dress without tucking in the streched skin from 4 pregnancies. The first time in my life I have stomach muscles. Added benefit I wasn't planning on, no more back aches and pinched nerves in my back and shoulders. I feel like I have better posture too. I found my surgeon by asking my doctor for referrals. As far as pain, I have a high tolerance to pain so I can't really judge. I had it done outpatient at a surgery center and was driving 2 days later. I only used extra strength tylenol for the discomfort. the scars are better as time goes on. A mini-tuck wasn't an option for me, I was stretched from above my belly-button to the top of my thighs. My hip to hip tuck scar is much prettier than all that skin. The self-esteem boost alone from this surgery was well worth it.