I have been a part of ICLS for just over a year now, and I absolutely love it! Right away, I started in the Plastic Surgery Division as the Plastics Coordinator and have had the opportunity and the privilege of learning the ins and outs of Plastic Surgery. I have learned so much in the past 13 months and I have to say, that I continue to learn something new everyday (and I don’t think that will ever stop).
In today’s society and culture, Plastic Surgery is more popular than ever. These life changing procedures can bring many positive benefits and long-term results to a patient and I get the privilege of seeing these results often times firsthand. There is no feeling better than, seeing how happy patients are after having made the decision.
As the cold long winter turns into warm spring, it is common for women and men to take steps to enhance their physical appearance. Here at ICLS, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck are among the top four surgical procedures Dr. Khanna performs. When someone is considering surgery, health and weight play a HUGE factor! One very important detail that many must consider is their BMI. Here are two common questions that immediately come to mind…
What is BMI and why is it important?
- BMI stands for Body Mass Index and for those who don’t know, it is pretty darn important! Essentially, it is a simple mathematical formula that uses your height and your weight to estimate how much body fat you have.
- BMI is the measurement of choice for most health professionals and is useful clinically, because individuals can tell at a glance whether or not a person is at a healthy weight. By knowing an individuals height and weight, Doctors can better determine whether or not you are fit for surgery. The bottom line is… BMI is important, because your weight alone does not tell the whole story! Knowing a person’s BMI is a good first step to determining the overall health of a person.
There is a lot of buzz about Body Mass Index, but how does this measure relate to surgery?
- If you are trying to lose weight, surgery is not a substitute for exercise and a balanced diet. In fact, Dr. Khanna agrees the best candidates for surgery are healthy people who are at or close to a healthy weight, but who have stubborn fat deposits or lose skin that do not respond to exercise. In the interest of patient safety, Dr. Khanna requires her patients to be within 15% of their ideal body weight. Being over 15% of your ideal body weight increases the risks during and after a surgical procedure and she uses BMI to help determine this. Essentially, the higher you’re BMI, the higher your risk during a surgical procedure. Not only are you at a higher risk, but successful results depend on this too and patients with a higher BMI may not get the results they are looking for.
So, as you can see, BMI is pretty important when it comes to surgery. Dr. Khanna and her staff are firm believers in upholding patient’s safety at all times. When it comes to safety and surgical care of the patient, ICLS goes above and beyond! The decision to undergo surgery is a very personal and a very important one, we at ICLS know this and dedicate ourselves being there every step of our patient’s journey.