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Liposuction Used to Fight Obesity and Diabetes

Skin and Allergy News

By Anna Nidecker - Staff Writer

The following are article summaries that support this.

"New Study Investigates Benefit of Liposuction in Fighting Diabetes"

By Anna Nidecker - Staff Writer
From the Wall Street Journal, Friday, September 1st, 2000

"Early research shows liposuction may lower blood pressure and reduce insulin resistance, meaning it could benefit patients in the earliest stages of diabetes and possibly prevent full diabetes from developin." With large volume liposuction, fasting insulin levels declined and blood pressures decreased.

"Body Contouring in the Obese Patient"

Clin Plast Surg. 1996 Oct;23(4):647-70.
Hunstad JP, Department of Surgery (PlasticSurgery), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Obese patients have not been commonly considered as candidates for body contouring surgery. Using circumferential liposuction techniques, in association with the tumescent technique, and circumferential excisional procedures, this patient population can achieve significant body transformation with acceptably low morbidity. The concept of addressing obese patients in a circumferential fashion, whether using liposuction, excisional therapy, or commonly the combination of both, can more accurately address the significant deformities and achieve more consistent improvement for these patients. Aggressive body contouring procedures can be performed safely with a low morbidity rate and a very high degree of patient satisfaction.

Obesity can be Treated by Suction Lipoplasty when Combined with Other Procedures

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1991 Winter;15(1):67-71.
Ersek RA, PhilipsC, Schade K

The development of serial suction lipoplasty enables us to remove substantial amounts of subcutaneous fat safely and dependably on an outpatient basis, and free our patients of the worry of exogenous blood transfusion. Many practitioners and researchers do not advocate suction for the treatment of obesity, but rather regard it as a means of treating localized small deposits of fat or "figure faults." The reason for their caution is that the amounts of fat to be removed from the obese patient would require extensive hospitalization, transfusion, and increased risk of complications. Liposuction, when performed as a series, can make the treatment of obesity as safe as the treatment of smaller figure faults. We now use serial suction as an adjunct to other surgical and dietary methods for the control of obesity.

Large Volume Liposuction

Mont Carwright, MD

Large volume liposuction is loosely defined as the removal of greater than five to six liters of total aspirate. Classifying liposuction as small volume or large volume is arbitrary, indistinct and without scientific basis. Unfortunately, the use of such terms has prompted ill-formed state legislators promulgate liposuction regulations based on anecdotal reports of increased morbidity with large volume liposuction. To demonstrate that morbidity and mortality are not dependent upon this volume distinction, a retrospective study of 50 patients who underwent liposuction with total aspirates of greater than five liters was undertaken. The population was compared to an equivalent age, sex,weight and health matched population of patients who underwent liposuction with aspirates less than five liters in similar body areas. The comparative results of the two study populations will be discussed. The implications of the data reviewed and a more scientific method of maximum liposuction aspirate volume removal,based on body mass, is suggested.

Lipoplasty in Obesity

Julio Ferreria, MD (American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery)

In undertaking liposuction, the surgeon exerts a positive effect on the patient for the following reasons:

This study concludes that the elimination of localized fatty tissue deposits produces a significant improvement in the treatment of obesity.