The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery published a study in the July/August issue of its organ Aesthetic Surgery Journal that showed that the risk a patient incurs during body contouring procedures is strongly related to the patient’s body mass index (BMI).

In a retrospective review of 129 patients who underwent a single body contouring procedure between 1993 and 2004 researchers correlated actual complications experienced with BMIs.Complication rates were complicated for patients in five BMI categories: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).Both minor complications (such as infection, seroma, and hematoma) and major complications (including serious wounds, rehospitalization, and death) were studied.

Results indicated a significant difference between the ideal candidates and others, especially those in the higher BMI categories.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).This study highlight again that body contouring procedures (liposuction, tummy tucks, and other body lifts) are not weight loss procedures.Instead, they are procedures that help improve your appearance beyond what you can achieve with diet and exercise.You are encouraged to do your best to achieve your ideal weight before seeking out body contouring.In supporting this, Dr. Rai offers post-bariatric body contouring, in which he helps people get the ideal figure they desire after extreme weight loss as a result of bypass surgery or other highly effective methods of weight loss.

If your weight is finally ideal but you still don’t have the figure you hoped for, contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas today for a consultation.We can help you take the last step in shedding your overweight identity forever.