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MYFOXNY.COM - Looking good may have never felt so good. New research suggests some cosmetic surgery may not only make you look better it might actually make you heart healthy, too. A nip here, a tuck there may have you looking your best, but could it actually be healthy for you too?

A recent study finds liposuction -- one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States -- may also be good for your heart.

"The study found that patients who had liposuction experienced a significant reduction in triglyceride levels and white blood cell counts," said Dr. Adam Schaffner, Director of Plastic Surgery at the JUVA Skin and Laser Center in New York, referring to a new study presented by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The study shows the affect of liposuction surgery on fat cells in the blood.

"In addition to improving the patient's appearance, liposuction can also help lower triglyceride levels and thus reduce a patient's risk of developing heart disease, diabetes or stroke," Dr. Schaffner said.

The new research would certainly be an added benefit for patients looking for a leaner, trimmer body.

Susan Gyrisko said she no idea about the study when she got her recent smart lipo procedure which removed fat from her waist. Susan was pleased with the results and then got some additional positive results from her doctor.

"He called me and said there was a study being done and my cholesterol numbers went down significantly following my procedure," Gyrisko said.

Prior to her surgery, Gyrisko didn't even know she had high cholesterol, yet after lipo her cholesterol dropped to a normal range.

But it was her triglyceride levels that really plummeted, before lipo her level was 128, after surgery her levels dropped to 68, a 46 percent reduction.

While the results of the study are interesting, further research needs to be done to confirm these findings and also look closer into the possible effect the removal of fat cells can have on cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Experts say it could take years to truly understand the potential health benefits of liposuction.

In the meantime there is no substitute for healthy eating and regular exercise.

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/study-liposuction-good-for-the-heart-20111114#ixzz1dmmcTSeK




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