Overweight Individuals High-Risk Candidates for Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring procedures such as body lifts, fat removal and cellulite reduction treatments are often combined with obesity surgery, but can also be undertaken by those who just want to enhance their silhouette. However, if you're overweight with a BMI of 25 - 30, researchers say that body contouring procedures do present a number of risks and unwanted side effects.

The July/August 2008 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal features a study that confirms body mass index is closely related to several complications associated with body contouring surgery.

People who have a BMI over 25 can suffer from:

  • Fluid buildup around the wound
  • Blood buildup in and around the wound, that may also lead to infection
  • Complications linked to wound dressing
  • Higher need for hospital readmission or re-operation in some cases

(Source: medicalnewstoday.com)

Today's increased demand for body contouring surgery shows no signs of slowing down as more people turn to cosmetic and plastic surgery to enhance their figure. Individuals who are overweight may not be the best candidates for these procedures, and consulting with a body contouring specialist can bring to light potential side effects and challenges.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.