If you are considering breast reduction, understanding your suitability for the cosmetic procedure is an important step in getting closer to your ideal breasts. Like with any cosmetic surgery, many patients want to know whether their weight will affect their ability to gain positive results from breast reduction.
Our head surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, specialises in breast reduction surgery. With extensive experience in the field, he has the skills and expertise to design a bespoke surgical approach, taking into account each patient’s unique anatomy and desired aesthetic.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) for breast reduction surgery, why BMI is so important, and the most effective ways of losing weight before your cosmetic surgery.
Can You Still Get Breast Reduction if You’re Overweight?
If you are only a few extra kilograms above your ideal body weight and within a safe BMI range, then breast reduction surgery remains a safe and worthwhile cosmetic procedure. However, if you are significantly overweight, with a BMI of over 30, breast reduction isn’t a safe or viable option.
As is the case with any excisional surgery, the likelihood of having a postoperative complication increases if you’re significantly overweight. While this is still relatively uncommon, complications like infection, wound healing problems, and damage to the blood supply of the nipples can all make the breast reduction recovery process more difficult.
Ideal BMI For Breast Reduction
The ideal BMI for a breast reduction procedure is 18.5 to 24.9. Women in this category are usually of a suitable weight for body contouring and less at risk of postoperative complications.
In general, the ideal candidate for any surgery should be within this range or at least be willing and able to reach and maintain a healthy weight prior to surgery.
How BMI Impacts Breast Reduction Results
Your BMI will play a significant role in how well your breast reduction surgery goes, your recovery, and the final results. If you have a BMI of around 30 or slightly higher, your surgeon will advise you on weight loss before cosmetic surgery to ensure safe and optimal results.
If you’re considering breast reduction with liposuction, you’ll need to have a BMI of below 35 to undergo the cosmetic procedure here at the CREO Clinic. This is due to the fact that patients above this cut-off point are prone to complications such as chest infections and clotting.
How to Calculate BMI for Breast Reduction
BMI is a measurement that derives from the height and weight of an individual. It is calculated by the body mass of an individual divided by the square of their height (kg/m²).
How to Lose Weight for Breast Reduction Surgery
Any weight loss plan before breast reduction surgery should consist of a healthier diet with plenty of regular exercise. This will help you to achieve your ideal weight for cosmetic surgery, ensuring that your new breasts will be proportional to your chest and the rest of your body.
To help you get closer to an ideal BMI before your breast reduction, we work in partnership with a team of qualified dieticians and nutritionists. Our dietician, Raquel Britzke (RD, BSc, PG, PT), and her team of experts employ their exclusive method, known as the ‘Brizke method,’ which provides patients with a personalised weight loss plan that can be sustained throughout their lifetime.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you’re interested in a breast reduction and feel confident that your BMI is in a suitable range for the cosmetic procedure, contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our double board-certified surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, specialises in all types of breast reduction surgery and will be able to design a bespoke treatment plan for you.