Diabetic Patients Benefit Dramatically From Liposuction

Dr. Don Revis, Jr.

by Dr. Don Revis, Jr. | August 10, 2010 @ 09:00AM

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Recent research indicates that liposuction may have some unexpected and far-reaching medical effects for those suffering from diabetes or prediabetic conditions. In a recent clinical study, liposuction was performed on 14 diabetic women, and their status was followed for one year. Eight of the women had insulin-resistant diabetes, as defined by their fasting insulin and glucose levels prior to surgery.

Following liposuction, the insulin levels for all of these patients reverted to normal, which is a remarkable finding that suggests the subcutaneous fat layer plays a critical role in insulin and glucose control that was not previously appreciated. Although the mechanism is not completely understood, the incorporation of liposuction with a healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise, may become the newest approach to the complex treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to sculpt the body, removing unwanted collections of fat. Areas where liposuction may be performed include the neck, arms, tummy, love handles, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. During the past decade, liposuction has gone through a revolution so that today it is a much safer procedure. Now the results are greatly improved with less discomfort, bruising, and swelling.

Liposuction is among the plastic surgery procedures with the highest patient satisfaction ratings and was performed on more than 350,000 patients in this country last year. In addition to the newly discovered health benefits, many patients experience an immediate improvement in their self-esteem and discover a greater self-confidence. In addition, many find greater access to different clothing styles and fashions and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.

Recent reports of deaths following liposuction have served to increase in the public awareness and practitioners to the importance of safety when considering any elective cosmetic procedure. If you have other medical problems, these must be fully discussed with your physician, including how these might affect your surgery or recovery. In addition, it is extremely important to make sure that your physician has the proper training and experience prior to entrusting your safety in their hands. Careful consideration must be given to making sure your surgeon is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only certifying board in plastic surgery recognized by The American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Don Revis, Jr. is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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