I had four babies in 5 years; Daughter 1 8#1oz, Daughter 2 9#13oz, then twin Daughters at 7#12 oz and 7#14 oz. They took the twins c-section with a vertical incision from navel to hairline. In 1994 I had a total hysterectomy and other repairs and they went through the same incision. Needless to say, the result was what I referred to for 30 years as my "front butt". I love my daughters beyond anything, but I dreamed of having a tummy tuck for 30 years.
I finally had the surgery with local liposuction on August 23, 2011. I am very, very happy with the result. I prepared for it for a long time, reading about what to expect and possible poor outcomes or side effects. I would do it again in a heartbeat. My bruising is gone the 3rd week and I am back to work. Abdominal muscles are still very stiff. The muscles up the center of my abdomen are just a bit sore, but ibuprofen takes care of it. I get very strong spasms, mostly at night. I can't really say they're painful so muchs as they are strong enough to lift me out of my lying position.
The surgical binder helps tremendously. I wear a "unitard" type compression garment during work hours; it has a tank-type top portion so works OK. But, the minute I get home, I strip down and get my binder on with a towel under. Other than that, the numbness is subsiding; only some now in my very lower abdomen. It's only been 5 weeks, so I just need more time for the muscles to heal fully.