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Can Liposuction Improve Your Triglycerides?

The answer is it depends on the patient’s triglyceride levels before liposuction. Triglycerides are a kind of fat found in the blood, and stored in one’s fat cells. Upon eating, some of the food consumed is used for immediate energy, and some is converted to triglycerides and stored in the body to be released when needed, such as between meals. A study presented last week at the 2011 conference of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests that following liposuction in patients with high triglycerides (> 150 mg/dl) had approximately a 43% reduction in levels, but patients with normal triglyceride levels experienced no reduction. While removal of excess fat through liposuction has significant impact on circulating triglyceride levels, liposuction does not impact overall lipoprotein cholesterol. Based on this provisional research it appears liposuction not only changes one’s physical appearance for the better by removing unwanted fat, but also has an affect on triglycerides in patients with high levels of blood triglycerides, which can be dangerous. At this time, there is not data about whether this reduction is permanent, how long it lasts, or if liposuction can lower one’s risk of heart disease. Liposuction is the most effective method of fat reduction and remains the gold standard for patients, despite promises made by “non-invasive” models. Following liposuction, patients can see and feel an immediate difference.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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