Can You Have Plastic Surgery With a High BMI?

Posted on Apr 12,2022 By Dr. Y Anthony Nakamura

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Many in-shape, fit people have cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures done to improve their appearance and overall health. However, if you’re overweight and considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure, you may want to know whether it’s appropriate based on your body mass index (BMI). Dr. Nakamura at Accent On You in Arlington, TX will take your BMI into account during a consultation about certain surgical procedures. It’s important to know why and what you can do to prepare for surgery.

How Does Your BMI Affect Your Ability to Have Surgery?

Cosmetic or plastic surgery is just like any other type of surgery and carries certain risks. Although the risks are generally low for the average person, having a higher BMI can increase those risks. If your BMI is high, Dr. Nakamura may first want you to lower it before doing the surgery. This is done to ensure that you are in the best health so that you can get the best results from your procedure.

Can You Still Have Surgery With High BMI?

The answer in many cases is yes, you can still qualify for certain cosmetic surgery procedures with a high BMI. However, due to the possible complications that a high BMI increases the risk for, Dr. Nakamura may not recommend surgery, but rather a less-invasive procedure or recommend a way to attain a better BMI prior to surgery.

Risk factors like smoking, having underlying health conditions, and a high BMI all play into Dr. Nakamura’s final diagnosis and recommendation for treatment, as surgery is not something to be taken lightly, but that can be performed on a wide variety of individuals who may have some degree of increased risk.

What You Need to Remember About Your BMI and Cosmetic Surgery

At the end of the day, if your BMI is on the higher side and you plan on having cosmetic or plastic surgery, you need to take all of these factors into consideration. If your BMI is high, you may have to work on lowering it to a healthier level before you can undergo the surgery you desire. Whether you are having liposuction, breast augmentation, or any other breast or body sculpting surgery, a lower BMI can help you heal faster and more effectively and have fewer complications.

However, you also need to take into account that the reach of these surgical procedures is limited. Coupling a healthy BMI with realistic expectations will provide a faster recovery and more successful procedure.

Schedule a Consultation in Arlington, TX

If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area and are interested in getting plastic or cosmetic surgery, contact Accent on You to schedule an initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura. He can explain how your weight may affect the outcome of any requested procedure as well as the best way to address your concern or desired goals. Schedule your consultation by calling our office or contacting us online today.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Accent on You

Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura is a recognized expert in plastic surgery and body contouring, providing excellent care while taking a personal approach with each and every patient.

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