A study published in the July/August issue of the peer-reviewed organ of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, showed that the risk a patient incurs during body contouring procedures is strongly related to the patient's body mass index (BMI).
Researchers conducted a retrospective review of 129 patients who underwent a single body contouring procedure between 1993 and 2004 and correlated complications experienced with BMIs. Patients were divided into the five descriptive categories commonly used along with BMI: ideal (BMI less than 25), overweight (BMI 25-30), obese (BMI 31-35), morbidly obese (BMI 36-40), and severely morbidly obese (BMI 41 and greater). Researchers distinguished between minor complications (such as infection, seroma, and hematoma) and major complications (including serious wounds, rehospitalization, and death).
Results indicated a significant difference between the ideal candidates and others. Whereas ideal candidates had relatively low risks (3.3 % for minor complications and 6.6 % for major complications) severely morbidly obese candidates had much higher risk (46.9 % for minor complications and 43.7 % for major complications). The study serves as a quantitative reminder that body contouring procedures like tummy tucks and liposuction are not weight loss procedures. Instead, they serve to help you improve your appearance beyond what you can accomplish on your own through diet and exercise.
If you have been working out and dieting, but are still unhappy with your appearance, Manhattan cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lefkovits can help. Contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.