The benefits of liposuction are often thought to be only aesthetic, but recent reports show, the benefits could in fact be much deeper than that. In 2011, MSNBC reported on a study that was presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting in Denver, where doctors measured triglyceride levels in patients 3 months after receiving liposuction. The results were astonishing.
The study showed that 3 months following liposuction, patients triglyceride levels fell an average of 43 percent. Triglycerides are the fats found in the blood which have been linked in other studies to high risks of cardiovascular disease. Typically the more over weight people are, the higher levels of triglycerides can be found in their blood, which could explain why doctors saw such large decreases in triglyceride levels. However, this is not the case, 78 percent of the patients were not obese and were either slightly overweight or average, being that liposuction is usually intended for those of normal weight to slightly overweight.
In addition to the drop in triglyceride levels, doctors found that liposuction led to a decrease in the number of white blood cells in the body. As the article states, “this suggests that the removal of fat is reducing infection, which is also thought to be involved in the development of cardiovascular disease.” The study was small, however, and although the finds are interesting and exciting, more research is being done on the subject.
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world, as stated by the International Society for Plastic Surgery. And with news of the added benefit that liposuction poses, we could possibly see the popularity of the procedure go up even more.
Regardless, cosmetic surgeons advise that liposuction is only for those who need small pockets of fat removed. Dr. Middleton claims that, “liposuction surgery is a great procedure for people that have already tried to diet and exercise and have had some degree of success but still have fatty deposits that are limited and cant get rid of them no matter how hard they try.”
Despite showing positive results in preventing cardiovascular disease, liposuction by no means should be used as a means of weight loss. Most cosmetic surgeons assert that liposuction is not a procedure for weight loss. Typically, the average patient has around 2 to 3 litters of fat removed.
The study does show promising results of an added benefit of liposuction. Patients should not approach liposuction in hopes of losing weight. Liposuction is more about the inches as oppose to the weight. Liposuction is very effective at creating better shape and proportion.