I’m thinking about getting a tummy tuck. I have 3 kids and that awful hanging tummy flab that won’t go away. I’m 5’9″, 51, weighing about 190 lbs, and used to be in really great shape. Now it’s just coming off so slowly and I really want to look nice for myself. How much weight should I lose before the prcedure? Can I also have Liposuction at same time to underarms and just get rid of the flab that won’t go away?

A: Weight loss before tummy tuck

You should be at a stable weight prior to a tummy tuck. Whatever your goal weight may be, the number is not that important to the surgeon but it should be a realistic number for you. The more weight you lose prior to surgery, the better your result will be and fewer complications will occur; in general. If you are planning to lose weight, do this before your surgery and not after surgery. If you lose too much weight, too quickly after surgery, you may be left with loose skin which can compromise your result. Once you have lost the weight, have your arms examined by a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if you’re a candidate for lipousuction of that area.

You should have medical clearance from your primary care physician or internist prior to your surgery.