Liposuction Surgery for High BMI in Miami - Overweight & Obesity Liposuction

Liposuction for High BMI’s: Are you Overweight or Obese? Miami´s Best Option to Remove Excess Fat and Improve your Quality of Life in Just One Visit. Top-Rated, Board Certitied Plastic Surgeon


We offer liposuction for patients with high BMI’, a personalized consultation will determine what are your best options.

Liposuction is traditionally not done in patients with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) (obesity).  Despite losing weight is ideal for most overweight and obese people, and still the best recommendation, there are some patients that have not been able to lose enough weight to lower their BMI with diet, exercise or bariatric surgery, have not been able to do it despite their best efforts, or are not interested in doing it at the moment.

The cut off of most surgeons to do liposuction is a BMI of 32 due to increased risks of complications, such as anesthesia risks. Nevertheless, Dr. Rivera-Serrano and some other surgeons have found that doing these procedures under local anesthesia in patients with much higher BMI’s is safe and possible, with much less risks, so long the patient is otherwise healthy and does not have significant medical problems. People up to 40-42 BMI could be candidates for surgery. Nevertheless, patients interested in this procedure need to have realistic expectations and understand that surgery is not a replacement of weight loss, and cannot make them lean or have flat abdomens. Liposuction in people with high BMIs is mainly carried to decrease some sizes, similar to a debulking or volume reduction procedure. Given liposuction tends to create residual skin, some of this extra skin can be removed in some patients also under local anesthesia.

Given the procedures are done under local anesthesia, the recovery is much quicker and the risks decreased.

A personal consultation will determine what is best for you.

Use this tool to calculate your BMI.

Your BMI is a measurement of your body weight based on your height and weight. Although your BMI does not actually “measure” your percentage of body fat, it is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on your height. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic indicator to identify a person’s optimal weight depending on his height. Your BMI “number” will inform you if you are underweight, of normal weight, overweight, or obese. However, due to the wide variety of body types, the distribution of muscle and bone mass, etc., it is not appropriate to use this as the only or final indication for diagnosis.

BMI Categories:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

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