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Plastic Surgery’s Did You Know? Liposuction and Triglyceride Levels


Apparently liposuction does more than get rid of those unsightly bulges, it may be good for your health as well. Studies have now shown that those people with elevated triglyceride levels (greater than 150mg/dl) prior to liposuction with or without a tummy tuck showed a significant drop (43%) after surgery. Those patients with normal triglyceride levels before surgery showed no change. There was not a concomitant drop in cholesterol levels in those patients who had lower triglyceride levels so its long-term cardiovascular benefits, if any, are not known. It is also unknown if this drop in triglyceride levels is maintained long-term. While liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss or has proven benefits for a healthier heart, it is an interesting finding that certainly doesn’t hurt that itĀ happens in some patients.

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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