Are there health benefits to Liposuction? Recent study found benefits beyond just looking great.

We recently found this important article on MedScape that we thought would be of interest to our pateints considering liposuction. We’ve provided some interesting highlights below, but you can read the full article at


Does Liposuction Offer More Than a Cosmetic Benefit?

Patients who receive liposuction or liposuction with abdominoplasty might emerge from those procedures with metabolic profiles less attuned to cardiovascular disease and other complications, a recent study of 322 individuals who presented with a range of body mass indices has found.

The study found that decreases in circulating triglyceride levels and leukocyte counts in both men and women after fat-reduction surgery have a beneficial impact on the reduction of systemic inflammatory status, and might illuminate the role of subcutaneous fat relative to visceral fat in disease mechanisms and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Swanson, who presented this data at Plastic Surgery 2011: American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting told Medscape Medical News that “Patients with normal triglyceride levels experienced no significant change after liposuction. However, patients with levels of greater than 150 mg/dL demonstrated a 43% reduction. In fact, 62% of these patients whose levels were at risk before liposuction had normal levels after liposuction.”

Triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL have been associated with an elevated risk for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease, and peripheral vascular disease.

“We do know that the drop in triglyceride levels we found in these patients actually exceeded what can be accomplished medically,” Dr. Swanson explained, “so it may be that there is a therapeutic benefit.”

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