Before we can perform a surgical procedure like liposuction or body lift, we have to ensure that your body mass is higher than it should be. By getting rid of excess fat, liposuction and a body lift are only safe if a patient has the right amount of fat to get rid of. If we determine that you don’t have excess fat or if you have too much fat, we won’t be able to perform one of these procedures. So, how can you measure your body mass and what are the numbers telling you? Use the guide below for a little help. Read on.
What Is Your BMI?
Your body mass index or BMI is a measurement conducted to analyze how your body fat based on your weight measure your height. Typically only done on individuals over the age of 20, your BMI is one of the measurements we will conduct here at Kenneth Dembny’s office.
How Is It Determined?
Luckily, your body mass index is easily measured— in fact; you can do it from the comforts of your own home. To get the correct measurements, start out by taking your weight in pounds and divide it by your height in inches squared. For your reference, the body mass index is based on the following:
- Underweight < 18.5
- Normal 18.5 – 24.9
- Overweight 25 – 29.9
- Obese 30 – 39.9
- Morbid Obesity 40 – 49.9 (or 100 pounds over ideal body weight)
- Super Morbid Obesity > 50
Understanding your current weight and how it compares to your height, is a good indicator of your overall body mass index. Depending on the type of weight loss procedure you want to be done, your BMI will help us determine if you are a suitable surgical candidate. If you would like to learn more about your weight or how you can lose extra weight, contact Dr. Kenneth Dembny today to schedule an appointment with our staff.