Liposuction could reduce the risk of heart disease, says study

CardiologyLiposuction could not only remove excess fat from the body but it could also reduce the risk of heart disease. This is according to a new study presented by researchers at The American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) annual conference, held in Denver, USA.  Research also found that in 2010, more than 200,000 Americans opted for liposuction surgery, making it the fourth-most popular cosmetic surgery procedure.Dr Anthony Youn, part of the research group, said: “This is the first study we've ever had that has shown there are more beneficial effects to liposuction than just to someone's self-image. “And who wouldn't mind looking better and being healthier at the same time?” Studies were conducted on more than 300 liposuction patients and it was found that of those who had high levels of “bad” fats, triglycerides, before they had the surgery, 43 per cent had reduced levels of these fats after the procedure. But experts admit that this was a small study, and some believe that linking this to a lowering of heart disease is a bit of a stretch. Dr Christopher Cannon, cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA, said: “What is shown is a lowering of triglycerides, and I think we have to stick with that. The link to a lower risk of heart disease is a longer stretch.”