Presented to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at the annual conference two weeks ago in Denver, a recent study concludes that liposuction may have significant cardiovascular health benefits. Since high levels of triglyceride are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, the study measured the triglyceride and cholesterol levels of 322 patients undergoing liposuction and/or tummy tucks.
Of the 71% that only received liposuction, those patients who had at-risk levels of triglyceride pre-op experienced significant effects. On average, these at-risk patients saw a 43% reduction in triglyceride levels and an 11% decrease, on average, in white blood cell counts after going through a liposuction procedure. Because high white blood cell counts cause inflammation within the body, it is associated with coronary heart disease, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
As liposuction continues to be the fourth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States, the ASPS continues to support studies and research such as this one as it remains the leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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