Research points to health benefits of liposuction surgery

23 September 2011

overweight women stomachLiposuction operations, designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body, may actually help reduce the amount of harmful fat circulating in the blood, according to new research. The US study, which was led by Kansas-based plastic surgeon Dr Eric Swanson, took 229 liposuction patients and measured their triglyceride levels – a mechanism used by the body to store excess calories.It found that people who had normal triglyceride levels before undergoing an operation had similar levels three months later. However, those with high pre-operative triglyceride levels saw a 43 per cent reduction after three months. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the reduction is around double what doctors would expect to see if a person was prescribed medication to specifically lower their cholesterol. Dr Swanson said the findings have led experts to question whether subcutaneous fat, which lies under the skin and is removed by liposuction surgery, may be more closely linked to cardiovascular disease than previously thought. The data is due to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver this weekend.