BMI Calculator (Body Mass Index)

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to help determine if you are a good candidate for an elective plastic surgery procedure at Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics. Calculating your BMI can help you gauge areas of your health you may need to work on prior to pursuing cosmetic surgery. Most body sculpting procedures such as Brazilian Butt Lift, Tummy Tuck or Liposuction require a maximum BMI of 32 or below (with some exceptions). Most Breast, Facial Surgery, RhinoplastyVaginal Rejuvenation may allow for a higher BMI above 32.

Why is BMI Important for Plastic Surgery?

If your BMI is too high, surgical risks and complications may arise, including problems with wound healing, infections, or fluids settling. Maintaining a stable, healthy weight can dramatically decrease any potential problems that may arise during or after plastic surgery. The chart below can be used to compare your BMI to your ideal based on your height and weight.

  • Underweight 18.49: You should consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for a procedure.
  • Normal Range 18.5 to 24.9: If your BMI falls in the “normal” category, you may be a good candidate for most procedures.
  • Overweight Range 25 to 29.9:  You should consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for a procedure.
  • Obese BMI Above 30: If your BMI is calculated in the “obese” range, it is recommended that you bring your weight down and lower your BMI to a healthier category before pursuing a cosmetic procedure.
BMI Calculator

What is the best BMI for plastic surgery? 

The recommended BMI for surgery is 30 or below. We strongly recommend postponing cosmetic surgery until you are within 5-10 pounds of your ideal weight. Additionally, a comprehensive pre-surgery assessment is mandatory before undergoing any cosmetic procedure at our practice.

Our team of plastic surgeons places the highest priority on patient safety and achieving the best possible outcomes. A key aspect of ensuring safety is the evaluation of patients' BMI. Plastic surgery typically involves the use of general anesthesia and in cases where patients are classified as obese, these risks can be significantly increased. Moreover, individuals with significant excess weight are more prone to post-surgery complications and infections. These heightened risks are often a result of compromised immune systems and chronic inflammation, common consequences of obesity.

Voted Best of Plastic Surgery In Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Breast and Body Aesthetics is your premier destination for cosmetic procedures of the body, breast and face. Our team is comprised of accomplished and board-certified plastic surgeons, known for their exceptional skills and commitment to delivering outstanding results.

Dr. Truong is a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, including the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Truong is the founder and CEO of Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics and is considered one of the Best Skinny BBL, Breast, and Body surgeons in Illinois.

Dr. Pey-Yi Kevin Lin is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago who emphasizes tailored care and treatment to each individual patient. Dr. Lin is skilled in both Plastic and Reconstructive surgery trained under nationally renowned aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons, gaining valuable insight and an unparalleled experience with stunning results.

Dr. John D. Rachel, a distinguished figure in the realm of facial plastic surgery, holds four board certifications: Facial Plastic Surgery, and by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery). He is also esteemed as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, indicating his profound commitment to medical excellence.

What is a BMI Calculator?

A BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator is a tool that uses an individual's weight and height to calculate their body mass index, which helps assess if the person has a healthy body weight.

How is BMI calculated using the BMI Calculator in the context of Illinois?

The formula for calculating BMI, used universally, including Illinois, is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. If you're using pounds and inches, the formula is (weight in pounds * 703) divided by (height in inches^2).

Why does aesthetics play a significant role when discussing Body Mass Index?

Aesthetics plays a significant role as it relates to one's physical appearance. Many people use BMI to indicate whether they have an ideal body type based on societal standards. However, it's important to note that while aesthetics may impact personal satisfaction or societal acceptance, it doesn't necessarily correspond with health.

How reliable is a BMI calculator for assessing aesthetic appeal or attractiveness?

While a BMI calculator can provide general guidance about whether someone falls within a healthy weight range for their height, it does not consider muscle mass versus fat distribution, nor does it measure attractiveness. Aesthetics are subjective and vary greatly depending on cultural norms and personal preferences.

Can I rely solely on my BMI results for my overall health status in Illinois or elsewhere?

No, while the Body Mass Index provides useful insight into whether you're underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on your height and weight alone, it does not account for other important factors such as age, gender differences in fat distribution, muscle mass or overall fitness level. It also doesn't factor in other potential health issues like high cholesterol or blood pressure levels. Therefore, although it's helpful as part of an overall health status assessment, it should not be the sole indicator of your health.

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At Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics our team of cosmetic top plastic surgeons in Chicago, Illinois will prioritize your safety and comfort above all else. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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