Liposuction May Play a Role in Treating Metabolic Syndrome

Liposuction is among the most sought-after procedures for cosmetic makeovers and improving one’s physical appearance, but Cosmetic Surgery Times reports that they may be a positive link between abdominal liposuction and the treatment of metablic syndrome as well. Abdominal obesity, a condition where an excess amount of fat is stored around the abdomen, has been associated with metabolic syndrome that causes high blood pressure, decreased levels of high-density lipoporteins and other health problems.

Dr. Douglas S. Streinbrech, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Manhattan, is currently working on a review of the link between abdominal liposuction and metabolic syndrome. He suggests that abdominal liposuction may help reduce the impact of metabolic syndrome because the body will no longer be producing the chemicals linked to the disorder once the excess fat has been removed.

There is still a lot of controversy surrounding the connection between abdominal liposuction and metabolic syndrome, but numerous studies have been brought forward to indicate that there may be a relationship, a connection that doctors could control.

Individuals who are morbidly obese or are storing a significant amount of body fat around their abdomen typically experience the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, and this may not be corrected with diet and exercise alone. People who are prone to storing abdominal fat may not be able to lose the excess weight on their own, and liposuction could help to improve not only their physical appearance, but possibly also reduce the symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

Still, some researchers believe that there is no relationship at all. Dr. Weber, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore Medical Center states that “Because liposuction in humans is a tool for sculpturing problem areas, not all of the fat is removed. I don't think you can correlate directly this animal study to human application.”


Further Reading

  • Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

  • From liposuction surgery to ultrasound and infrared fat-zapping treatments, Americans are always looking for new ways to blast away a few extra pounds and achieve their ideal figure.

  • Heidi Montag is no stranger to plastic surgery, having undergone 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day back in 2010. The star has had breast augmentation, liposuction, multiple nose jobs, and several other procedures to become what US Magazine describes as, “an over-the-top version of her”. Montag reportedly won’t be going under the knife again and recently told Celebuzz that, “It was a lot more than I could have expected. I really hate talking about it now because it was so long ago.”