What does your Body Mass Index (BMI) have to do with liposuction? Often, the doctor you see prior to having liposuction done will want to measure your body mass index. This is a means of working out how much fat is in your body. It compares your height with your weight. While you may think that the more fat you have the more likely a candidate you are for liposuction, this is simply not true.

BMI and liposuction

Doctors usually consider anyone with a BMI of more than 34 to be obese and not suitable for liposuction. It would be better for them to choose another procedure such as gastric banding or stomach reduction surgery, but even before this is done, they would have to lose weight through dieting and exercise. This is because an obese person is at more risk of complications during and after major surgery.

Love handles and liposuction

In spite of what you may have heard, the main reason for liposuction is not weight loss, even though that does happen. Rather, liposuction removes fatty deposits that are causing the body to be misshapen. The so-called love handles are a prime example of this. Often, the fatty deposits removed by liposuction are very resistant to diet and exercise, so liposuction is used to remove them surgically to enhance body shape.

Before qualifying for liposuction your BMI needs to be under 30, so you may need to continue dieting and exercising before you can have this procedure at all.

Loose skin and liposuction

Unfortunately many people end up with loose skin when they diet so again, they are not suitable candidates for this procedure. Liposuction does not tighten the skin, it merely removes fatty deposits, which may even cause your skin to become looser.

Loose skin is better dealt with by having a tummy tuck, which will remove the loose skin and make your body smooth and even. You may not need to have liposuction, but it is possible that you may need to have both done.

BMI is not the only criterion taken into consideration by the doctor when appraising a candidate for liposuction. A lot depends on your actual weight and your height as well as your build. Some people have less fat on their body for the same BMI count than others. If this seems a bit complicated, don’t worry. Your doctor will be able to work it out and let you know what he considers to be the best procedure for you.

It could be that diet and exercise should be the first step, after which a further appraisal will be in order.  While liposuction is one of the most common procedures and is considered very safe, not everyone wants to undergo surgery if they don’t have to.