BMI Calculator for Plastic Surgery
Many plastic surgeons recommend patients undergoing plastic surgery have a certain BMI or body mass index. Your BMI is a way to measure your body fat based on height and weight. BMI calculation can play a vital role in determining whether you’re an ideal candidate for many plastic surgery procedures, including abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast reduction, and many others.
Learn what your BMI means and how it can affect plastic surgery procedures. Plus, use our simple BMI calculator tool to figure out your current BMI.
Why is BMI Important?
Most Plastic Surgeons recommend patients undergoing plastic surgery have a BMI as close to the normal range as possible (18.5-24.9). BMI applies to both women and men seeking cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, BMI is a good gauge of your overall health, including risks for certain diseases that can emerge with more body fat.
People with a higher BMI are at an elevated risk for diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties, and some cancers. Conversely, when you’re at a safer BMI, the risk of these and other conditions decreases. Similarly, elevated BMI is associated with a higher risk of complications with aesthetic surgery. . One way we minimize the risk of complications in our practice is by ensuring a healthy BMI prior to surgery l. Among other things, Dr. Smith uses BMI calculator tools to help determine if you’re in ideal shape for surgery.
For the best results from a cosmetic procedure, you should be at or close to your ideal weight according to your BMI. While BMI is a good guide, it is not a definitive measure of risk and is always interpreted in the context of the patient’s global health picture.
BMI Chart for BBL Surgery
The best candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift have a BMI between 25 and 30. If you’re underweight, you may not have enough fat to transfer and have a good result with a BBL. On the other hand, patients with a BMI over 30 may need to lose weight due to an increased risk of complications.
You can determine your BMI for BBL surgery by looking up your BMI online.
Breast Reduction BMI Requirement
We get a lot of questions regarding breast reduction requirements for health insurance coverage. While it can vary, there is generally some minimum amount of breast tissue that must be removed from each breast for the reduction to be covered. But what about BMI? Things can get a little tricky here. Different insurance companies may have different BMI requirements for coverage of a breast reduction. It may be possible that you will meet the minimum tissue rmeoval requirement for coverage but exceed the maximum BMI or vice versa.
Every company is different. If you think you qualify for coverage for breast reduction surgery from your insurance company, we’ll help you determine your eligibility at your initial consultation.
How Do We Use Your BMI?
Dr. Smith looks at your BMI to help determine if you’re a good candidate for plastic surgery. You want to have a consistent weight at the time of your surgery, meaning you should be at your surgery weight for some time before undergoing the procedure. As a general rule of thumb, people should be within around 10-15 pounds of their “healthy” weight before plastic surgery.
You can use a BMI calculator to determine which category you fall into. The potential classes are Underweight, Normal, Overweight, and Obese. Learn what these categories mean regarding plastic surgery.
Underweight: A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight. If you fall into this category, it’s best to come in for a consultation to explore your surgery options further. An underweight BMI may indicate potential health issues that should be addressed not only for your plastic surgery but also for your general health.For example, malnourishment could lead to difficulties healing from a plastic surgery procedure but it could also predispose you to other health problems.
Normal: A BMI of 18.5 – 25.9 is normal. You may be a good candidate for plastic surgery from a bodyweight standpoint.
Overweight: A BMI of 25.0 – 29.9 is overweight. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t qualify for your procedure, but during your consultation, Dr. Smith will address the possible implications of your BMI for the success of your surgery.
Obese: A BMI of 30.0 and above is obese. If you’re BMI categorizes you as obese, it may be best to make healthy lifestyle changes to lower your BMI before considering plastic surgery. Obesity predisposes you to an increased risk of complications from plastic surgery, such as wound healing problems and infection. Dr. Smith will evaluate your individual situation to help you plot the best course of action.
Liposuction Weight Loss Calculator
Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool. But what is the weight requirement for lipo? Patients close to their normal body weight are ideal liposuction candidates. In our experience, people with a BMI of 19 to 24 are the best candidates for liposuction. However, if your BMI is 25 to 30, depending on your individual body type and overall health, liposuction may still be a reasonable tool to help you reach your body contour goals. In some cases, Dr. Smith may advise you to lose weight before undergoing liposuction for the best results with the lowest risk of complications.
Patients with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. Patients with obesity are at higher risk for complications and may not see liposuction results that are as satisfying. Dr. Smith will help you choose a safe course of action to help you reach your goals at your consultation.
Plastic Surgery For BMI of 30 or Higher
Patients who have a BMI of 30 or above may not be the best surgical candidates. This is because there are higher risks of complications and potentially less rewarding results. Risks that increase with high BMI include infections, wound healing issues, and anesthesia complications.
If you cannot have surgery because of your weight, keep in mind that you can change your BMI. Eating healthy and exercising can help get you down to a healthier body weight for surgery. Always achieve your weight loss goals in a healthy way for the best results.
Calculate Your BMI
If you’re considering plastic surgery to enhance your appearance, your BMI can help determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. Please keep in mind that Dr. Smith uses several criteria to determine if surgery is right for you, not just your BMI.
Schedule a consultation with our NYC office today to learn more about a personalized strategy for great results with plastic surgery.