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Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher. Plastic surgeons are seeing more and more obese people in consultation. These people are looking for a way to improve their appearance, usually hoping to do so through liposuction.
Unfortunately, the disadvantages of obesity are not only conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Surgery in obese patients is linked to an increase in complications. Fluid collections known as seromas and hematomas, infection, as well as slow healing and/or the separation of incisions are problems that can arise with more frequency in people whose weight is too large for their height.
Additionally, because the procedures tend to be longer and the operation more labor-intensive due to the increased amount of tissue, obese individuals may end up paying more for certain procedures, e.g. liposuction, and abdominoplasty/panniculectomy.
As cosmetic plastic surgery is elective in nature, many plastic surgeons will ask their obese patients to lose weight to get to a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or less to decrease the risk of complications before proceeding with surgery. Furthermore, without a change in eating and exercise habits, any improvement provided by plastic surgery can be undone.