You may be wondering what your ideal weight should be and if lipo can help get you there. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool, but it can help lower your BMI. For many people, undergoing an abdominoplasty in conjunction with liposuction has lowered their BMI significantly because the relationship between the removal of excess fat and body mass index is strong.
What does BMI mean?
The amount you weigh alone is not a good indicator to let you know if you're at the ideal weight for your body. This is why you need to calculate your BMI. BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a measure used to determine the amount of body fat adults have based on their height. It is usually expressed as a percentage and anything under 18.50 is considered underweight while anything over 24.99 is construed as overweight. The higher your BMI, the greater risk you have of getting diseases like coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, certain cancers, strokes, and high blood pressure.
What is abdominoplasty with liposuction?
Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens the muscles in the abdominal wall. The result is a taut stomach with more pleasing contours. Tummy tucks are coupled with liposuction to ensure that all the unnecessary fat from the abdomen is excised. Liposuction uses a small device to literally suck the fat out of the body.
The relationship between abdominoplasty and BMI
Because your BMI is supposed to be in the 18.50–24.99 range, undergoing an abdominoplasty can help lower your number and put you into what is considered a normal weight category. For instance, if you have tried everything from diet to exercise and continue to notice that you are still soft around your middle and have a BMI over 24.99, abdominoplasty will help. Furthermore, a tummy tuck and lipo are great for people who have lost a significant amount of weight but still have too much excess skin around their midsection, which makes their BMI appear higher than it should be.
Your surgeon will likely advise you to try to lose weight on your own first, since, as we mentioned above, liposuction and abdominoplasty are not weight loss tools. However, your BMI will improve after undergoing these procedures.