In a society in which beauty is often measured by slender bodies and youth, millions of people seek to attain the “ideal” look of celebrities by means of liposuction. Now it appears that there may be added health benefits of undergoing the procedure, according to a new study reported on LA Times.
Research findings presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests that liposuction may reduce harmful fat circulating in the bloodstream and lower the risk of cardiovascular problems.
The study – led by Dr Eric Swanson, a plastic surgeon in Kansas – measured triglyceride (blood fat) levels in 229 people who have undergone liposuction. Those who started out with high triglyceride levels had a 43% reduction in triglycerides in blood tests taken three months after their liposuction procedure – nearly twice the reduction one would usually experience by taking medication that lowers blood lipids. In people whose triglyceride levels were normal to begin with, liposuction made no difference. And there was no change in other types of cholesterol or glucose levels.
Subjects’ white blood cell counts fell by 11% after their liposuction. White blood cells are linked to inflammation within the body and are also connected with having a higher chance of cardiovascular disease.
These new findings also support other recent studies suggesting that subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin), which can be reduced by liposuction, may be just as metabolically important as visceral fat (organ fat). However, more longer term studies are clearly needed to confirm these possible health benefits of liposuction.
Even with proven health benefits, liposuction is by no means an instant path to a permanently head-turning figure or without risks. A sensible diet and regular exercise remains important in maintaining stunning physical results and whatever metabolic benefits it confers. An experienced and certified plastic surgeon to help you achieve a realistic goal safely is, without doubt, most crucial.