BMI guidelines for cosmetic surgery

BMI, or body mass index, is a surgical risk factor considered for candidates seeking a tummy tuck, a Brazilian butt lift, and several other plastic surgery procedures.

In this video, I talk about BMI and what is required to be cleared for plastic surgery.

Learn more about BMI as it pertains to tummy tucks and brazilian butt lifts in this blog post.

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Hi, I’m Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez from and I’m going to talk to you today about BMI.

Well, what is BMI?
BMI is Body Mass Index, and it’s a calculation of your total body weight over your height [squared]. It’s also an indicator of your surgical risk and of health in general.

So, for example, if you have a BMI of 25 to 29, you’re technically overweight, but most people really in that range are normal. A BMI of 30 to 35, you’re probably overweight, but if you’re otherwise active and healthy, you’re a good candidate for surgery.

With a BMI between 35 and 40, you probably already have other medical conditions like either diabetes or you’re not that active, and in that case your surgical risk is not that great. You really need to get together with your doctor and form a plan of health including diet, more exercise and control of any of your other conditions.

With a BMI of over 40, you really are not a surgical candidate. You should at this point focus on weight loss, improving your health in general, and taking control of those other things which are, potentially, going to harm your life.

In summary, if you have a BMI of up to 35, you’re great for surgery and as long as you’re healthy and have no other diseases, come on in, we’ll be happy to see you.

Anyways, I hope this helps. I thank you very much, and be sure to check out the BMI calculator.

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