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The effect of BMI on plastic surgery results

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A healthy BMI helps to optimise the results of many cosmetic procedures.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or weight loss surgery, it’s important to understand that your BMI matters. While cosmetic and plastic surgery treatments are designed to enhance your overall appearance, it is possible to enjoy more effective results if you are at a healthy and stable body weight. Read on to find out what effect your BMI is likely to have on the results of your plastic surgery, and how you can lose weight prior to surgery.

What is BMI?

BMI refers to your body mass index, and is a calculation based on your weight and height in order to categorise you as underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. By knowing what your BMI is, it is possible to understand your potential health risks based on your body weight. In most cases, there is a correlation between one’s BMI and total body fat, which means that the higher one’s BMI, the more body fat one is likely to have.

How does BMI affect your surgical experience?    

Although plastic surgery is often a highly effective means of achieving an enhanced physical appearance, it is important to understand that being at a healthy weight before surgery actually helps to optimise the results of your procedure.

Being at a healthy weight prior to your treatment also minimises the risks associated with surgery and generally improves overall physical health. In fact, the health of your immune system is affected by your weight, which in turn impacts your body’s ability to heal from surgical wounds. Many people who carry excess weight experience reduced immunity, and as such, tend to be more susceptible to surgical complications and health issues. For this reason, the better your overall physical health (which includes your BMI), the better your surgical and recovery experiences are likely to be.

Why is a healthy BMI important when it comes to the results of your surgery?    

Your weight prior to surgery can have an important impact on the satisfaction of your surgical results. In fact, if you’re at your ideal BMI before undergoing your treatment, you are much more likely to enjoy an aesthetically pleasing result. It is also more likely that you will be able to sustain your results and enjoy a firmer, slimmer figure for longer.

It’s very important to understand that plastic surgery is not a weight loss solution. Rather, cosmetic procedures for the body aim to reduce excess skin and stubborn deposits of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise.

How can you lose weight before surgery?     

If you would like to undergo plastic surgery, but have a few kilograms to lose before the procedure, it is important that you take a healthy and balanced approach to the weight loss process.  We encourage you to book a consultation with Dr Hanikeri, so that you can discuss your weight loss goals and any concerns that you might have.

To lose weight in a healthy way, we recommend committing to a balanced, calorie-controlled diet, as well as regular physical activity. It’s important to set realistic goals and to understand the importance of sustainable and healthy lifestyle habits for long-term success.

If you would like to discuss your BMI or a procedure that you are considering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Dr Mark Hanikeri is available to address your questions and concerns.