How Your BMI Impacts Your Plastic Surgery Results


Are you wanting to have a Plastic Surgery procedure, but carrying a few extra kilos? Or perhaps you’re carrying more than quite a few? Your Body Mass Index (BMI) and your plastic surgery results are likely to be intricately linked. Find out how your BMI impacts your plastic surgery results and how you can lose those extra kilos before your surgery date.

Remember, however, that Cosmetic Surgery – such as a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction – is NO substitute for living a healthy lifestyle. With or without surgery, you’ll still need good nutritional habits, quality sleep, regular exercise AND a positive social support system to feel fit and healthy.  Yet for SOME men and women, there’s no better alternative to reducing fat-prone areas – or for healing damaged abdominal muscles after pregnancy – than via a Plastic Surgery procedure such as an Abdominoplasty with Liposuction, or a Belt Lipectomy or Body Lift.

So if you are currently planning to have surgery, it’s important to understand how your Body Mass Index (your BMI) can impact your Plastic Surgery experience, your risks and surgery results. Read on to find out more.

Your weight and Body Mass Index are often discussed at a Plastic Surgery Consultation, because your BMI impacts your Plastic Surgery results.

  • It’s helpful to understand how your body fat percentage (or BMI) can impact both your surgery results and complication risks.
  • It’s also wise to prepare for the potentially emotional aspects of having your height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) measured during a first-time Cosmetic Plastic Surgery consultation.
  • Discussing sensitive weight issues might feel confronting if you’re struggling with weight management; but it’s an important discussion point to have to help ensure a positive experience for you over the longer term – and to aim for a result you’ll be happy with.


At Cosmetic Surgery for Women & Men in Hawthorn East, we have a high tech scale that measures your height and weight – and calculates your BMI – for you.

  • We understand that weight management struggles and body shape concerns can be emotional.
  • When it comes to discussing body shapes, BMI or weight, you’ll be treated with dignity, empathy and respect at each and every point of contact with our Plastic Surgery teams.
  • Book a consult now by phoning 1300 264 811 today.
  • You can also visit our GUIDES pages to download helpful information.


Body Mass Index and Plastic Surgery Results: Why it matters

It IS important to adopt a healthy lifestyle – and to reach and maintain a “happy weight” – BEFORE you have your Plastic Surgery procedure, whenever possible.

  • When it comes to getting a good plastic surgery result, your health habits – and your body mass index (your BMI) – do MATTER – a lot.
  • Having a healthy weight BEFORE surgery helps to increase your chances of getting a good result.
  • Reaching a healthy BMI ALSO helps to minimise the risks involved with having anaesthetic and plastic surgery.

Many people aim to lose weight BEFORE surgery, and to get fit, to optimise their chances of getting a good plastic surgery result.

  • During a consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon, your weight and height – and your BMI (a calculation of how much body fat you’re carrying on your body frame) – will be discussed in terms of HOW it might impact your results.
  • If you’re BMI is very elevated, you may be requested to reach a stable, lower BMI before proceeding – this is important for both your well-being and for your results.
  • We have resources that may help you lose weight. Visit New Body Specialists especially if you’re contemplating weight loss surgery.
  • Your Surgeon can also direct you to some helpful weight loss resources, such as the New Body Specialists website and some helpful Nutritional Consultants (Helen Bauzon).

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Want to avoid problems associated with a high BMI to reduce your chances of getting a “bad result” or complications? Get fit and healthy BEFORE your surgery.

Here’s how your BMI impacts your Plastic Surgery Results and why you should lower your BMI in advance of a procedure.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of how much body fat you have.
  • It involves a calculation involving your height/weight but there are more sophisticated measuring tools for body mass index measurements – including high tech scales to measure BMI.
  • It’s expressed as a percentage.
  • A BMI over 24.9 % is considered overweight for most individuals, and a BMI of 30% or above meets the criteria for obesity.

Why is BMI crucial to surgery results?

Your BMI impacts surgery in a number of ways. The primary ways your BMI impacts your plastic surgery results are listed below.

But first, more about what BMI actually means.

  • BMI stands for “body mass index” – essentially, the definition of BMI is a measurement of your body’s fat content.
  • Your BMI is also indicative of how healthy you are with regards to body fat percentage and lean muscle tissues.
  • Leaner individuals, to a certain point, tend to be healthier or to have fewer health risks.
  • However, this is quite individual, and being lean doesn’t guarantee good health; plus, no two individuals have identical risks.
  • But overall, being in the healthy BMI ranges has been shown to have reduced risks of cancer, illness and other diseases.

Your health isn’t typically OPTIMAL if you are either underweight OR overweight.

  • In terms of surgery, your BMI helps your Plastic Surgeon calculate WHERE you are on the BMI scale (underweight to overweight).
  • They know that your height/weight ratios, hence your body fat percentage, WILL impact your results after having Plastic Surgery.
  • Even Insurance companies use BMI as a good indication of how long your life will be; because overweight or obese individuals have a higher risk of experiencing degenerative diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease.
  • So it makes sense that your weight, and overall healthy, WILL impact your plastic surgery results, whether that’s a breast surgery, an abdominoplasty, an arm reduction (brachioplasty) or liposuction.

BMI statistics: What is considered a healthy BMI reading?

Below is a BMI chart so you can determine where you are in the BMI percentage range:

            BMI                          Rating

            Less than 18.5           Underweight

            18.5 to 25                    Normal weight

            More than 25         Overweight

            More than 30             Obese

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How do you calculate your BMI?

Our Clinic uses a high tech scale and gives you a reading in a matter of seconds! If you’re nearby, call us and schedule a free BMI reading!

  • There are also calculators online so you don’t have to do the math yourself.
  • Again, BMI is a measure based on your height and your weight; and there are a few online resources where you can calculate your own BMI.

Calculations Based on Kilograms and Centimeters:

Calculations Based on Inches and Kilos:


Visit our Downloadable Guides pages

For more information about Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery options and research in Australia.

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Download our free guides or phone 1300 264 811 today – and ask for a no-obligation consultation.


How BMI impacts Plastic Surgery results – primary factors to consider.

#1: Your BMI Can Impact your Wound Healing after Surgery

  • When you schedule a cosmetic or plastic surgery, it’s important to go into the surgery with the healthiest BMI you can achieve.
  • The word “healthy” of course means that your BMI is in, or near, the healthy or normal (vs overweight or obese) range.
  • A healthy BMI doesn’t mean in the overweight or obesity category.

The bottom line about BMI impacting your plastic surgery results is that being overweight, or obese, affects a lot of things about your health; and your health impacts your plastic surgery outcomes.

It affects your immunity, your liver functions, the amount of inflammation in your body, your mental stability and your ability to heal. Hence, it effects your entire experience through surgery, as well as your ultimate plastic surgery results.


#2: High BMI Suppresses your Immune System and compromises your healing capacity

  • For example, extra fat deposits in your body suppress your immune systems and interfere with optimal functions of your organs.
  • This means that if you get an infection of any kind during the surgery or develop it afterwards, then it’s going to take longer to heal from the infection.
  • That potentially means more downtime from work, and most likely, more discomfort and pain.
  • It also means the potential of developing sepsis, which is when an infection becomes blood-borne, which is a potentially fatal illness for some patients.

#3: Excess Fat Means More Inflammation

  • Fat is not an inactive part of your body – it doesn’t just sit there, it impacts a lot of other functions, organs and capacities to heal.
  • Fat cells also contribute to the creation of compounds that cause inflammation in the body.
  • If you have cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, inflammation can interfere with your healing processes and surgical incision line/wound repair.

Inflammation certainly has a place in the healing process, as it brings additional nutrients to the impacted area, to enable healing to occur.

  • But you don’t want excess or pre-existing inflammation because this condition increases your risks.
  • If your body already carries chronic inflammation, it can deter your recovery and increase your healing times.
  • If you’re very overweight before surgery, your risk of developing a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is also typically elevated.
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Chronic Inflammation also makes you look puffier than you normally are – and interferes with circulation.

  • In other words, if you have chronic inflammation, you will also tend to have puffy under eye areas and a puffy looking face.
  • You’ll likely have extra swelling around your middle (your waistline).
  • The puffiness often tends to reduce in appearance, when you are at a healthier weight and making good nutritional decisions.

Inflammation has to subside for better health. But if you are very overweight, it often doesn’t.

  • Fat cells continue causing inflammation throughout your entire body as long as they are exist.
  • Your goal is to keep the level of the fat cells down to an minimum, and maintain a healthy BMI, so that the inflammation lessens.

#$: Excess Fat Also Means A Fatty Liver

  • Having a high BMI is also associated with having a fatty liver.
  • This means your healthy liver tissue cells become “replaced” or interspersed with fat cells, which impedes your liver function.

As you can imagine, fat cells can’t do the job of the liver cells they have replaced.

They don’t have the right “goods”.

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Being overweight, often means your liver functions less than optimally.

  • The liver is important to help detoxify your body and if it’s compromised, it means you’ll have less ability to heal from the anaesthesia and other parts of the surgical experience.
  • You will also tend to feel more sluggish and will find healing difficult and more uncomfortable – yet another reason to reach for an optimal BMI before proceeding with surgery (but scheduling surgery can be the impetus to take lowering your BMI, more seriously).

When your liver isn’t working optimally as it should, it’s common to have skin outbreaks, headaches, menstrual pain, pain over your liver, fatigue, allergies or sensitivities to certain foods and chemicals, and even greater amounts of pain.

It’s also not uncommon to have difficulty with wound healing, or to develop diabetes and other weight-related health conditions.

Do I need to lose weight before having surgery such as a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

  • Typically the answer is YES, most of us DO need to get our weight in check before we have body contouring surgery.
  • That’s because losing weight BEFORE plastic surgery – and reaching a healthier, sustainable “happy” weight – goes a long way to getting a good abdominoplasty or liposuction result.
  • Contact us for more details about resources to lose weight – phone 1300 264 811 and ask about Melbourne based nutritionists or Weight Loss Surgeons.
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We can offer you helpful RESOURCES to help you reach a more ideal – “happy body weight” before your plastic surgery procedure.

  • There are excellent nutritional plans that can work well to help you kick start the process of getting your body to reduce it’s BMI.
  • You’ll also feel amazed at how much better you feel with an ideal body weight.

Need some support to lose those extra kilos?

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It’s NOT impossible to lose weight anymore.  Most nutritional plans these days are scientifically based (but beware the fad eating plans).

  • Gone are the days when nutritional weight loss measures didn’t work.
  • A great deal of weight loss research has already paved the weight for your potential success at weight loss.
  • So don’t feel embarrassed to ask us for the best weight loss resources, or to consult with us about your desired body contouring procedure – or skin reduction after weight loss – even if you’re not at your ideal weight or a healthy BMI yet.
  • Sometimes attending a consultation about having surgery is JUST the kick start you require to get motivated to lose the weight.
  • Plus, surgery to reduce body fat also decreased your hunger hormones and improves your overall metabolism – so surgery has other benefits as well (but be sure you understand each patient is unique, results can vary from patient to patient, there are risks of surgery, and there are no guarantees you’ll get a fantastic result).
  • That noted, it’s helpful to understand what you CAN do to increase your changes of getting a good surgery result.

Let us help you find out how to get your BMI to a healthy percentage, BEFORE your Plastic Surgery procedure.

Give us a call to schedule your consultation today on 1300 264 811 or send an enquiry form, below.

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Last updated: 18/05/2022
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Michelle Staughton
Michelle Staughton - Patient Liaison Manager at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As a past patient, Michelle has insider knowledge of the journey our patients embark on. A busy mother of 3, and independent business owner, Michelle appreciates the organisation required to get things done in today’s hectic life. Her role as Patient Experience Manager Michelle is a great guide for your plastic surgery journey.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.