What should your BMI be in order to be considered a candidate for liposuction?
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BMI generally means nothing when considering liposuction.
BMI and liposuction
Typically a BMI should be at a 32 or below to avoid and complications during and after surgery
BMI and Liposuction
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Liposuction and BMI
- BMI is used to assess obesity -
- But it only is a ratio of height and weight, so very muscular people and those with large bones can have a high BMI and not be overweight.
- Liposuction is done to alter body contour -
- So even if you are overweight but have excess fat in certain areas, liposuction may be reasonable.
- Ideally, your BMI should be < 30 before cosmetic surgery but 2/3 of Americans now have higher BMIs.
- So a good guide is to have a BMI no higher than 35 if possible -
- And consult a plastic surgeon if you aren't sure.
- Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
The ideal BMI for liposuction
Fat distribution is much more important.
The two are not the same.
Someone can be slim but have thick layers of subcutaneous fat in only a few areas.
On the other side of the spectrum some people are morbidly obese's but carry their fat in areas that are not amenable to liposuction.
The ideal candidate for liposuction has thick layers of subcutaneous fat, tight skin and no underlying other issues such as muscle separation from previous pregnancies or excessive amounts of intra-abdominal fat.
there is certainly a point with obesity where liposuction is simply not a realistic option.
I personally find very high patient satisfaction from people undergoing high-volume liposuction.
Most people who have liposuction are typically slightly overweight
Mats Hagstrom M.D.
BMI and liposuction
Ideal BMI before Liposuction
The thinner you are, the nicer the liposuction results will turn out.
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