BMI Implications and Cosmetic Surgery
BMI implications when having Cosmetic Surgery have the ability to impact your results. To obtain the best results for your cosmetic procedures with the lowest risk occur if your body mass index is under 30.
If someone is overweight or higher than a 30 BMI and planning to have surgery, it’s essential to be aware that excess weight can possibly put the body under more stress and at risk of certain side effects and complications. These can result from the surgery itself or the anaesthesia which may be needed.
Being overweight also increases the chances of sleep apnoea, which can be a complicating factor in the administration of general anaesthesia. Anyone prone to this already must tell their surgeon during a consultation, so they can tailor surgery to individual needs.
Improving your health before surgery can help make it as safe as possible, decrease the chances of complications and speed recovery.
Many studies have shown that elevated BMI is a predictor of possible complications that can occur from plastic surgery. A higher BMI is associated with an increased risk for wound complications, such as dehiscense (the wound opens up), infection, or tissue necrosis (tissues do not survive due to poor blood supply). The increases are typically small for patients who are overweight – a BMI 25-30, but they start increasing quickly as the BMI enters into the 30+ range. In general, it is a fair statement that the higher the BMI, the higher the risks of surgery. These complications can be significant, so our Phuket Plastic surgeons consider these risks with great thought. (Heart Foundation website). The heart foundation website has a calculator where you can input your height and weight to find out your BMI.
BMI compares your weight to your height and is calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by your height (in metres squared). It gives you an idea of whether you’re ‘underweight’, a ‘healthy’ weight, ‘overweight’, or ‘obese’ for your height. BMI is one type of tool to help health professionals assess the risk for chronic disease. (https://www.heartfoundation.org.au)
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