BMI and cosmetic surgery go hand-in-hand when you want to undergo a procedure.
At Reflect Clinic, we take our patient safety very seriously and will not allow you to undergo cosmetic surgery unless all requirements are met.
This Reflect Clinic blog will explain everything you need to know about BMI and cosmetic surgery.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI (Body Mass Index) is a numerical value that helps determine an individual’s body fat.
It is calculated according to one’s height and weight and is a reliable indicator of whether a person is underweight, healthy, overweight or obese.
The BMI formula considers that taller individuals tend to have a higher weight, while short individuals have a lower weight.
Healthcare professionals widely use BMI to assess the risk of health problems related to body weight.
What is the ideal BMI for Cosmetic Surgery?
To determine your BMI score, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared.
The result falls into one of the following categories: underweight, average weight, overweight, or obesity (which is further divided into three classes – 1, 2, and 3).
For cosmetic surgery, it is generally recommended to have a BMI score within the normal weight range of 18.5 to 24.9.
This allows for better healing, less risk of complications such as blood clots and infections, and more predictable outcomes in terms of achieving desired aesthetic goals.
However, every individual is unique, and factors such as muscle mass and body composition can also play a role in determining the most appropriate BMI for cosmetic surgery.
That’s why it’s important to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon who can evaluate your overall health and assess your suitability for the procedure.
At Reflect Clinic, a BMI score of less than 30 is required for cosmetic surgery.
Why is BMI Important for Cosmetic Surgery?
BMI helps assess the patient’s overall health status, enabling doctors to identify individuals who may be at risk for several obesity-related conditions, such as heart diseases, diabetes, and certain types of cancers.
A high BMI is a significant concern for cosmetic surgery, as it can increase the risks associated with the procedure.
Patients with a higher BMI are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, a condition characterised by repeatedly stopping and restarting breathing during sleep.
This condition can lead to complications such as low oxygen levels, high blood pressure, and even cardiac arrest.
Administering anaesthesia and medications can be challenging for patients with a high BMI.
This is mainly because the fat cells in their body can trap the medication, making it difficult for the body to absorb. This can lead to complications such as numbness, tingling, and even paralysis.