Learn The 5 Major Things You Need To Know Before Your Lipo 360!
Author: Bernett “Nurse BeBe” Boykin, MLD Clinical Wellness Practitioner, Aesthetic Nurse & CEO of Body Sculpt Studio
1. What’s your BMI?
Need to lose weight to have cosmetic surgery? If your answer is yes, looks like you’re going to need some help! Are you having Liposuction, Lipo 360, Tummy Tuck, Fat Transfer or Brazilian Butt Lift? Before your surgery date, most surgeons or surgical centers require that your BMI is lower than 30 kg/m2 (kilograms per square meter).
So What’s A BMI?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. This measures the amount of fat the body contains, based on calculating the height and weight for an adult man or woman.
A BMI, or body mass index, result of 30, falls in the category for overweight. (See example below) A High BMI result above 30 is considered obese. This means the body fat content is extremely over the ideal BMI measurement for height and weight, according to the National Institute of Health. For more information click here.
What Difference Does BMI Make?
Your surgeon evaluates your medical history through a physical exam or by the medical clearance provided by your primary care physician. The BMI is used as a diagnostic measure to determine whether or not you are healthy enough to withstand surgery. Your medical clearance with your primary care physician should include an EKG to show of any heart conditions prior to having your liposuction procedure. Patients with a BMI higher than 30, may have medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart problems, and may not be the right candidate for liposuction.
|5 feet 5 inches||BMI 25 kilograms square meter (kg/m2)||BMI 30||BMI 32|
For example, someone who is 5 feet 5 inches, who weighs 190 pounds has a BMI of 32. This reveals a very high level of body fat. However, this diagnostic measurement never actually manipulates the body fat. It just lets the surgeon know that the patient is at a higher risk for surgical complications such as:
- poor healing outcomes for surgical wounds
- infections such as an urinary tract infection or in the wound,
- blood clots
- and maybe even a heart attack.
2. BMI & COSMETIC SURGERY
BMI 30 +, also means that the patient has a larger amount and density of body fat. During a liposuction procedure, the surgeon has to evaluate the fatty layers in the targeted area. The higher the body fat content, the harder to remove the fat to achieve the desired results. The surgeon explains the Tumescent Liposuction procedure and what to expect during and after the surgery. Then, the surgeon liquefies the fat with the Tumescent Fluid.
This is a mixture of:
- local anesthetic, Lidocaine, to numb the area,
- Vasoconstrictor, Epinephrine, to reduce inflammation and bleeding,
- along with Saline Solution, sodium chloride in water normally used in IV solution.
This fluid is injected into the targeted area prior to liposuction surgery to liquify the fat. It safely removes unwanted fat from the abdomen, back, love handles, thighs, buttocks, knees and even male breasts (Gynecomastia). Also the face, neck, double chins and treats excessive sweating in the underarms.
Tumescent Fluid provides local anesthesia and better postoperative recovery outcomes:
- Safer than general anesthesia
- Faster healing process and recovery time
- Less side effects such as nausea, bruising and skin hyperpigmentation (discoloration)
- Cost effective – no hospital stay required
Then, the surgeon uses a micro cannula attached to a suction device to remove out the fat. BMIs over 30 indicates that the fat can only be removed a little at a time during a two hour procedure. This also means that the fluid may not liquify as much fat as it could for someone with a BMI lower then 30. There are also higher risks in complications involved when the surgeon has to remove more than the nationally required amount of fat removed in one liposuction procedure. Typically, this amount is 8 to 10 pounds of fat per procedure. Which is equal to approximately 5000 cc or 5 liters of adipocyte cells.
Your surgeon may also decide to split the procedure into two parts, several weeks or months apart due to the high BMI and safety concerns. Be sure to have a lymphatic drainage massage to break up dense pockets of fat at least for 2 to 4 weeks before your liposuction surgery.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Cosmetic Surgery?
Most cosmetic surgeons, or surgical centers, have strict guidelines regarding eligibility and qualifications for liposuction surgery. Other than age requirements such as being 18 and over, the perfect candidate is already at their ideal body weight and in good physical health to minimize surgical complications. He or she, most likely, has healthy living habits already in place, such as a diet and exercise regimen. These patients have better surgical outcomes, less postoperative complications and have proven to maintain or improve upon their surgical results.
3. Commitment to a healthier lifestyle before and after surgery is the key for maintaining the best results.
My BMI Is Above 30 And I Want To Have Liposuction Surgery, What Do I Do Now?
With a BMI is above 30, you have several options to reduce your weight before your surgery!
NUTRITION SUSTAINS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. It’s best to be as close to a BMI of 30 to 32, depending on the advice of your plastic surgeon. If you have to lose 15 to 20 pounds it’s best to get started at least 3 months before your surgery date. Follow a healthy eating plan of nutrients to be sure that you’re not starving your body dieting before your surgery. You can speak with a nutritionist to discuss a diet plan that’s right for you. This will most likely be covered by your health insurance plan.
Eating healthier is the key to building up your immune system:
- Lower calories intake depending on how much weight you need to lose. Multiply your goal body weight by 10. Using BMI chart above, if your BMI is 32, you’re 5‘5“ and you want reach BMI 30 before surgery in a 1 – 3 months, caloric intake should be 1,750 (175 x 10 = 1,750). Monitor your weight loss and adjust dietary foods and exercise accordingly to your goal. Remember, to consult your before making any changes in your diet.
- Meal replacement shakes help tremendously
- High Protein bars keeps the body from using muscles for energy
- More vegetables, but not the starchy ones
- Include vitamin and mineral supplements,
- Lowering fats and dairy products, eat leaner meats, fish and poultry
- Reduce sugar, salt, carbohydrates like bread, pasta and rice. (If it expands when you put it in water then don’t eat it!)
- Drink 100 mL of water daily to aid in weight loss.
- 6 small meals to avoid overeating
- Eat on a smaller plate
Our DNA diet is a great way to jumpstart a weight loss program for both women and men. We know how important your cosmetic surgery journey is to you. We examine your DNA through hair and nails samples, to determine your Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies, PH Level Issues, Blood Sugar and Hormonal Imbalances to design a diet plan tailored to you needs. It is a completely non-invasive method for gaining valuable information about your body’s vital functions. Be sure to schedule your consultation to start the DNA Diet by calling 914-433-4316 today.
SET A REACHABLE GOAL. Decide on how much weight you need to lose by your surgery date. Next, put a REALISTIC plan together on how you’re going to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine in order to achieve your goal. By planning to start living a healthier lifestyle today, you’ll have better results from your liposuction surgery. Besides, this is a financial investment as well as a beauty boost that you intend to reap the benefits from for your future body image.
BE CONSISTENT WITH EXERCISE. Regardless of how hard it is, you’re going to have to maintain an exercise routine even after your surgery! Let’s just do this! You can start exercising before surgery. No need to join a gym! Save that money for your lymphatic drainage massages after surgery. Just commit to a 30 to 45 minute walk or exercise, four or more days a week and you’ll notice the difference. In order to maintain that beautiful body you’ve dreamed of after surgery, you must learn and commit to increasing your heart rate, strengthening your muscles, and expanding your endurance and stamina. This way you’ll be able to withstand weeks of recovery that you’ll have to achieve after surgery. So, whether you have a Liposuction, Lipo 360, a Tummy Tuck, or Brazilian Butt Lift, you’re BMI is over 30! So, decide today to go into your surgical journey healthier than you’ve ever been!
4. POST OP & RECOVERY CARE AFTER LIPOSUCTION
Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage and post op care are just as important as your surgery. Cosmetic surgery has several side effects, besides pain and discomfort, just to name a few:
- Seroma (serum fluid pools under skin)
- Hematoma (Black and blue bruises)
- Fibrosis (hardening of the tissues as a result of the injury caused by the cannula and the suction from the liposuction surgery)
- Nerve Damage ( Nerves at surgical site may take months to years for normal feeling to return)
This specialized massage helps the Lymphatic System drain the fluids and toxins used during the surgery, including anesthesia. It reduces swelling, inflammation, bruising and water retention. Also, prevents fluid building up in the connective tissues from hardening and forming scar tissue. Its a miracle technique with so many benefits developed by Dr. Vodder in France 1932. The recovery stage can be well managed by lymphatic drainage massage to give you the contoured body you’ve dreamed of. For more information contact Nurse BeBe 914-433-4316.
5. Maintaining your new shape boosts self-esteem and helps promote self-care
Liposuction is one of the most sought after cosmetic surgical procedures because it successfully targets and removes excess fat. So, if you’re having problems with stubborn fatty areas on your stomach, thighs, buttocks or arms, or just about anywhere, liposuction is perfect for you.
Most of us choose to have cosmetic surgery to reach a desired body goal. You may want to have cosmetic surgery to restore an area on your body or to lift or tuck it for a more contoured body image. Often we choose cosmetic surgery to improve our appearance and boost our self esteem. Remember, liposuction surgery should not replace a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise, but it should enhance it. We are here for you! Feel free to contact us we’d love to see you your cosmetic surgery journey with you. ~ Nurse BeBe💋
Bernett Boykin-Evans, is an Aesthetic Nurse, Clinical Wellness Practitioner & Owner of Body Sculpt Studio in New York City. Helping patients look and feel fabulous while providing caring, compassionate and competent nursing care for over 25 years.. Nurse BeBe specializes in Post Operative Nursing Care and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage for patients who had Liposuction, Tummy tuck, and Brazilian Butt Lift surgeries. As well as, anti-aging non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures and non-surgical body contouring treatments; CAVI- Lipo and Laser Lipolysis and Cryotherapy. For more information, call 914-433-4316 to schedule a consultation or book an appointment. Visit Instagram @SculptMyBodyNow for more before and after photos. www.BodySculptStudio.com
BODY MASS INDEX; BMI The National Institute of Health & The National Lung, Heart & Blood Institute
Manual lymphatic drainage by Dr. Vodder. https://www.vodderschool.com/manual_lymph_drainage_overview
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