Liposuction remains among most frequently performed cosmetic procedures performed in the world, and its popularity can largely be attributed to how body proportions and contours for both men and women can be significantly improved through with lipo. Yet, despite its popularity, there are still a lot of persistent myths surrounding liposuction, primarily that it’s a substitute for weight loss. In reality, your existing weight and BMI are major contributors to determining whether you’re even a candidate.
Understanding Your BMI
BMI stands for body mass index and is determined using the ratio of height compared to weight. Depending on your BMI, you can be categorized on a predetermined scale that ranges from underweight to obese. Although some doctors dispute the accuracy of the BMI scale because it doesn't account for the fact that muscle weighs more than fat, BMI is often used by medical professionals to determine whether or not a person is at a “normal” weight.
It's no secret that society, as a whole, is more overweight than ever before, which is one of the reasons more patients are asking for liposuction. However, liposuction may not be an option for everyone.
The Role of Lipo
Patients should understand that liposuction is a body contouring procedure designed to address specific problem areas. A BMI of 30 or greater indicates that a person falls into the category of medically obese and will not be a good candidate for liposuction. However, if you're at a healthy weight (defined as a BMI between 18.5–24.9 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), or even if you just have a little more weight to lose, you're more likely to be a good candidate for lipo and see better results.