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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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