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Liposuction Helps Heart Health

January 25, 2012

by Christine G. Adamo

Is Liposuction Good for Your Overall Health?

Is liposuction good for your overall health? The answer to that question may be “Yes.”

In the late fall of 2011, the ABC News medical investigations unit reported that liposuction – cited by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as the 4th most popular cosmetic procedure in 2010 – might offer benefits which “go beyond the waistline”.

ABC pointed to an ASPS study of 300 patients which concluded that after liposuction treatment they had not only shed pounds. The unhealthy fat, or triglyceride, levels in their bloodstreams had also been reduced by 43%, on average.

Post-op patients’ white blood cell counts were also found to be lower after surgery. According to the ASPS, elevated white blood cell counts have been associated with heart attacks, obesity, strokes and high blood pressure.

While some cardiologists seemed skeptical about the impact those findings might have on heart health, plastic surgeons like Dr. Anthony Youn were pleased and expressed the belief that any potential, added benefits of liposuction are worth knowing about.

"Who wouldn't mind looking better and being healthier at the same time?" Youn asked.

Our response to that question is…? “No one we know!”

Liposuction: Weighing Your Options

In a nutshell, liposuction (or lipoplasty) picks up where diet and exercise leave off. But, it’s important to weigh your options carefully before undergoing any form of surgery. Read on to get a realistic idea of what liposuction can and can’t do for you.

Liposuction is typically used to treat problem areas which don’t or have not responded to traditional diet and exercise routines. Using various liposuction techniques, plastic surgeons are able to target pockets of fat trapped beneath the skin and remove them.

As a result, your skin looks smoother in texture and your body adopts a more slender silhouette. Problem areas prone to bulging which are treated with liposuction include:
  • Buttocks or Backside
  • Chin, Cheeks & Jowls
  • Upper &/or Lower Arms
  • Waist, Hips & Surround Area
  • Abdomen, Stomach or Tummy
  • Inner, Outer &/or Backside of Thighs
  • Breasts (Male or Female Breast Reduction)
Liposuction is a procedure that adds contour to the body while removing excess fat so that your body appears slimmer. It corrects imbalanced proportions and helps rid the body of stubborn fat deposits which persist despite adequate diet and exercise.

Liposuction is not, by itself, a weight loss strategy. It is used to compliment you own weight loss attempts and efforts. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if liposuction is right for you.

Ideally, you’ll have good dietary and exercise habits and your goals will be realistic. Your plastic surgeon should evaluate your current habits, lifestyle and expectations. He or she may even suggest a more appropriate procedure, such as a tummy tuck.

Liposuction: Benefits

Liposuction is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which can help improve your body’s appearance. As a pleasant side effect, it can also greatly increase your level of self confidence. Many patients even report feeling freer to engage in a wide range of activities, post-liposuction, without feeling stigmatized or self conscious.

The variety of liposuction techniques which can be used today makes it a safe, effective form of treatment which can also be performed in combination with other procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, body lift and others.
Benefits of Liposuction Include:
  • Safe & Effective Fat Removal
  • Improved Health Related to Fat Loss
  • Increased Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Diminished Appearance & Incidence of Cellulite
  • Improved Self-Perception & Outward Appearance
  • A More Sculpted Physique than with Diet & Exercise Alone
Ask your plastic surgeon to outline a list of risks and benefits of liposuction as it relates to your unique situation.

Liposuction: Risks & Limitations

Liposuction is a procedure which is designed to help you look and feel your best. Yet, any form of surgery poses risks, has limitations and can cause unpleasant side effects. While those associated with liposuction are uncommon, we’ve outlined them here.

One of the riskiest things you can do, especially if liposuction cost is an issue for you, is schedule surgery with an unqualified “professional”. If the person you’re consulting with promises big results at rock-bottom prices, continue your search as outlined below.

Look for training, experience and positive results from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your doctor should be able to explain the entire process – answering questions related to prep, surgery and recovery. Ask to see liposuction before and after photos, too.

Next on your list of potential risks is that of infection. Qualified plastic surgeons are skilled at minimizing risk. Signs of post-op infection to be aware of and call your doctor about include: Severe tenderness, redness, vomiting or fever (>101 deg.) and chills.

As for limitations, your skin’s elasticity should be taken into consideration. This will determine the degree to which it can “bounce back” from liposuction. Your health and medical history should also be reviewed to ensure that you’re not at risk during surgery.

Risks & Limitations of Liposuction Include:
  • Possibility of Infection
  • Side Effects from Anesthesia
  • Slow Healing Times Among Certain Patients *
  • Obtaining Treatment from an Unqualified Surgeon
  • Uncommon Side Effects (occurring in a relatively low number of cases) – Burns, embolisms, irregular heartbeat, fluid accumulation, seroma &/or pain, tingling and numbness related to nerve compression
* Those who suffer with diabetes, circulation problems and heart or lung disease

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Liposuction: Other Considerations

Whether or not the benefits of liposuction will ultimately extend beyond your waistline, it pays to be informed. Your individual habits, health history and personal goals should play the biggest role in determining if this procedure is right for you.

You can learn more about liposuction – and its risk and benefits – by consulting with a qualified professional. Use our FREE Surgeon Finder to locate a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation today.

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