Your Safety Matters.
Dr. Leonardi is a board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
We believe a safe experience extends beyond the operating room and work together as a team to:
Educate you about your procedure options
Provide thorough pre- and post-operative care instructions before you make a decision
Answer all questions honestly and to the best of our ability
Is your BMI safe for surgery?
According to the National Institutes of Health, the BMI is a way to measure your body fat. Based on your height and weight, the BMI calculator provides a reasonable assessment of your physical condition.
We use BMI as one factor to determine your candidacy for surgery. A stable, healthy weight prior to surgery is important both for your own safety and for the quality of your surgical results.
Normal: Your weight is unlikely to be a factor in whether or not you are a candidate for a procedure.
Underweight or Overweight: If you are either “Underweight” or “Overweight,” a more personal assessment by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will help us to determine if you are a candidate or not.
Obese: For people in this category, we generally recommend reducing weight before you come in for a consultation.
At West Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we use your BMI index to help us evaluate if you are a candidate for surgery. If your BMI is 35 or higher, anesthesia risks increase, as do the complications of surgery, including infections, seromas, and wound healing issues. You are also more likely to have co-morbid conditions that affect surgery, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and breathing problems, all of which increase your surgical risk. Maintaining a healthy weight helps lower your risk of developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.