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high bmi surgery for plus size patients

A high BMI is not an obstacle towards achieving your best body.

Although a heavier body is a cause of concern for obesity and other risks associated with it, it’s not set in stone. Latest studies* show that tummy tuck, liposuction, and other plastic surgeries can be safely performed among obese patients, with similar complications compared to non-obese patients.


With Dr. Nick Masri, one of Miami’s top plastic surgeons, you can safely attain your body goals and enjoy the body you’ve always wanted despite having a high BMI – thanks to his over 20 years of experience operating on post-bariatric and massive weight loss patients.

Not using BMI as the sole criterion in determining one’s surgery fitness, Dr. Masri performs a thorough virtual and in-person evaluation in each of his patients to come up with a comprehensive medical history.

It allows him to address any potential medical issues that may arise and provide excellent patient outcomes among individuals with a high BMI without sacrificing the highest aesthetic standards.

So, if you have a BMI that’s considered too high for surgery, don’t press the panic button just yet.

"I do not use BMI as a sole criterion in determining one's candidacy for surgery. As all patients have individualized goals and surgical nuances, a high BMI should not prevent one from achieving their plastic surgery goals."​
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What the Price of Your Chosen Plastic Surgery Procedure Tells You

Who doesn’t want to have the face and body of their dreams without the steep price tag?

Lucky for you, Miami is the destination for people seeking affordable cosmetic surgery in the United States. The culture and climate of South Florida have always attracted patients all over the world. 

And in today’s “viral” cosmetic surgery culture, Miami has solidified its position as “The Mecca” for all things aesthetic-related.

But while this has undoubtedly attracted an abundance of prospective clients, it has also invited a number of unsavory businesses and unscrupulous practices among surgeons and clinics. 

Many of these businesses are feeding off the vulnerability of poorly informed consumers influenced by blog posts and social media outlets depicting the glamour (but rarely the reality) of surgery.

Not only did these businesses provide misleading and duplicitous information to exploit this overzealous market, but some surgeons have also started to engage in questionable business practices as if totally forgetting the Hippocratic oath they have sworn to abide by.

This article will try to separate the dubious business practices engaged in by these cosmetic surgery clinics from the surgeons who are actually rendering quality services for these facilities. 


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What is BMI?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index, a measure of body fat based on one’s height and weight.
Where did BMI come from?
The BMI formula was devised by Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, a Belgian mathematician, in the 1830s. It aims to provide a quick and easy way to determine one’s degree of obesity.
Why are insurance companies interested in BMI?
Insurance companies use BMI as part of their overall assessment in determining one’s health risk before any surgery. People with a BMI over 40 are considered morbidly obese, hence they pose significant health risks.
How do plastic surgeons interpret BMI?

For plastic surgeons, having a healthy BMI prior to surgery can produce optimal results and minimize risks. However, there is no hard and fast rule with regard to the right BMI to undergo plastic surgery.

Some plastic surgeons perform surgeries strictly for those with a normal BMI only, while others accept overweight and obese patients.

How is BMI calculated?

The formula for BMI is as follows:
BMI = weight (kg) / height (m)2
BMI = weight (lb) / height (in)2 x 703

You may also use our BMI calculator to calculate things easier.

Is there a BMI that's too high or too low?
You are considered to have a normal, healthy BMI if your result ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of under 18.5 is considered too low or underweight, while a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. You’re in obese territory if you have a BMI of over 30 – and this is often considered too high by most people.
Does it affect your candidacy for plastic surgery?

BMI is one of the criteria being used by plastic surgeons to determine one’s fitness for surgery. A BMI that’s too high can be a contraindication for surgery, as it increases your risks and produces subpar results.

However,  Dr. Nick Masri operates on patients with a BMI as high as 45, as long as that person’s in a good state of health based on other diagnostic procedures.

What are some considerations when performing surgery on patients with high BMI?

Although your BMI is an important criterion in determining your fitness for surgery, Dr. Masri considers other factors as well.

Dr. Masri performs a thorough virtual or in-person evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for a particular procedure based on a review of your past medical history and your current health status.

Some chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure MAY prevent you from qualifying for a particular procedure. Smokers are less likely to qualify for surgery if they are not committed to quitting.

Do patients with higher BMIs have more complications?

For a long time, it is believed that patients with higher BMI have a higher complication rate compared to those in the healthy BMI range.

But latest studies* show that there is no significant increase in the complication rates of obese patients who had a tummy tuck done.

After all, the BMI is not the sole consideration in surgery, as there might be underlying conditions and circumstances that might affect the results.


What surgeries can be performed on a high BMI patient?
Any plastic surgery can be performed on a high BMI patient as long as he or she has a clean bill of health.
What are the most common surgeries performed on high BMI patients?

The most common surgeries that Dr. Masri offers for high BMI patients are
Breast reduction,
Breast lift,
Breast lift w implants,
Abdominoplasty (extended),
Circumferential lipectomy,
Brazilian Butt Lift,
Direct Buttock lift,
Thigh lift,
Arm lift,
Bra Roll excision,
Lower body lift,
Upper body Lift.
Read more about all these high BMI procedures

Where are these surgeries performed?
Dr. Masri exclusively performs his high BMI surgeries in accredited hospitals to ensure patient comfort, mitigate risk, and address potential complications in a timely fashion.
What complications are associated with patients with higher BMIs?

Some of these risks include infection, wound healing issues, seromas, and less than ideal cosmetic outcomes. More serious but rare complications include bleeding, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism.