Can Fat Reduction Procedures Lower Overall Triglyceride Levels
Date: October 24th, 2011
Sections reprinted from Cosmetic Surgery Times
Mounting evidence suggests that traditional Liposuction procedures can have overall positive health benefits, beyond the aesthetic improvements, including a reduction in serum triglyceride levels.
"Yes, it is true. Finally, the evidence for the beneficial health effects of liposuction is mounting and starting to come together. Plastic surgeons have long suspected and hoped that in addition to the tremendous body reshaping possibilities offered by liposuction there might also be some extra fringe benefits. After all, why wouldn't there be just as significant rewards to the body as a whole in having those extra pounds of fat removed? Until now, the data was somewhat contradictory and not all that supportive of such concepts. But a recent study is providing some concrete proof for those who believe liposuction may offer some true health benefits. Over 200 patients having liposuction had their pre-operative triglyceride (TG) levels measured. In those with normal pre-op TG levels, there were no significant long-term post-operative changes seen. But for those patients with higher than desirable pre-op TG levels, there was a 43% reduction on average in their post-op TG levels when measured some 3 months later. That degree of reduction in TG levels is twice the degree of TG level reduction patients who are on medications to control such levels are likely to see! Unfortunately, this study was unable to show similar beneficial post-op effects on cholesterol levels."
But more studies are on their way and the odds seem to be in favor of even more positive post-op health effects being demonstrable. Further studies are warranted to see what potential may occur with non invasive treatments such as the YOLO Curve but affirmations from these studies in these early stages are promising. As practitioners that encourage and affect Change, this is merely one more positive aspect of treatments to convey to their patients. Many clinicians are finding that when their patients have finished treatment and re-discovered their Curves, it is much easier for them to take overall better care of themselves to protect their "investment" and maintain their new look.
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