BMI—What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Dr. Fugo understands that when it comes to plastic surgery, there are many things to consider. One fact that often surprises his patients is that their weight, and more specifically, their Body Mass Index (BMI), must be accounted for before any procedure can be planned. Here, we explore just what your BMI is and why it matters when it comes to achieving your ideal figure and plastic surgery goals.

What Is Your BMI?

BMI is an easy way to generally express the relationship between your height and your weight. While the calculation is not perfect, it serves as a basic measurement for our patients when it comes to determining a healthy weight. The biggest fault we have with the BMI is that it doesn’t take into account muscle versus fat mass. This is why it is always important to seek out Dr. Fugo’s expert opinion as you go about your plastic surgery journey.

How to Calculate Your BMI?

Your BMI is a calculation based on your height and weight. To find your BMI, you simply complete the equation: BMI = kg/m2

In layman terms, you first divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m), and then divide the answer by your height again. You can also use a number of online tools to help you calculate it.

In general, a normal, healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight, and one that is over 30 is categorized as obese. In Dr. Fugo’s practice, a BMI above 33 is considered a prohibitive risk for elective plastic surgery.

Why Does Your BMI Matter?

It’s best to have a healthy BMI before you embark on achieving your body goals through plastic surgery. While this is important for both surgical and non-surgical procedures, it’s especially imperative if you’re considering CoolSculpting®, liposuction, a Tummy Tuck, an arm lift, or a thigh lift.

Your BMI is important for many reasons, including:

  • Some men and women are not candidates for plastic surgery because of their body weight.
  • The BMI is often a good predictor of potential surgical risks.
  • Typically, the higher the BMI, the higher the risk of complications.
  • When within a healthy range, you are more likely to get better and longer lasting results.

When it comes to your weight and reaching a healthy BMI, Dr. Fugo recommends that you first “achieve your goal weight (plus or minus 10 pounds) and maintain that for three months before undergoing surgery.”

Dr. Fugo Is Glad to Help

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about your ideal BMI here at Fugo Plastic Surgery & Laser Skin Care Center. We want to help you look and feel your best, and we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy weight. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Fugo to schedule a consultation at our New Windsor plastic surgery practice.


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