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A liposuction procedure at a plastic surgery hospital in China.

A liposuction procedure at a plastic surgery hospital in China.  

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Liposuction can actually be healthy for your body helping you to eliminate unhealthy fat that can eventually lead to heart diseases.

Millions of people around the world undergo liposuction every year, making it the number one cosmetic surgery in the world. Those who have undergone liposuction are well aware that removing excess fat makes them look better but the benefits go far beyond looks. Liposuction can actually be healthy for your body helping you to eliminate unhealthy fat that can eventually lead to heart diseases.

The body has two types of fat. Visceral, which surrounds the internal organs and subcutaneous, fat that sits just below the skin. Both of these types of fat contribute to triglyceride levels in the body which can clog the arteries.

Even though liposuction can only target subcutaneous fat, any elimination of adipose cells can significantly reduce the potential health risks.

People should also work on reducing their level of visceral fat. This can be accomplished through a healthy lifestyle.

Patients should not look to liposuction alone as a tool for weight loss or a healthier heart but instead view the procedure as a way to refine their figure and correct flaws after they have reached a healthy weight.

Liposuction should not be viewed as quick fix to counter weight problem as obese patients are not ideal candidates for liposuction. Many plastic surgeons won’t remove more than a few pounds of fat in a single liposuction procedure so they will recommend that patients who are significantly overweight first lose their excess pounds before considering the procedure.

Instead of being a weight loss tool, liposuction should be viewed as a tool to contour the body. A skilled plastic surgeon can strategically target areas which tend to hold onto fat even if a person has reached his ideal weight. The stomach, buttocks and thighs tend to hold onto fat and for some diet and exercise alone will not eliminate the unsightly fat.

Liposuction has long been considered a purely cosmetic procedure but the study has found that white blood cell counts decreases 11 per cent after liposuction. High white blood cell counts are associated with a raised level of inflammation within the body and have been linked to coronary heart disease, obesity and hypertension. This suggests that liposuction may translate into a procedure that has the ability to reduce a patient’s health risk.

Dr. Manoj Khanna, cosmetic and plastic surgeon and hair transplant surgeon, Enhance Clinics

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