Semin Plast Surg 2002; 16(2): 183-186
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-32258
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Changes in Diet, Exercise, Weight, and Serum Lipids Following Liposuction

Henry A. Mentz
  • Department of Plastic Surgery, Baylor Plastic Surgery, Houston, TX
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Publication Date:
17 June 2002 (online)


Nineteen consecutive hospital-based patients had liposuction and were evaluated for pre- and postoperative changes in exercise habits, dietary habits, weight, and serum lipids. All patients received preoperative nutritional counseling. The average liposuction aspirate was 4.3 L of supranatant fat and the average postoperative interval was 27 weeks. Of the 19 liposuctions performed, 8 improved their exercise habits and 7 improved their dietary habits. The average long-term weight loss was 3.43 kg. Lipid changes following liposuction showed slight increases of serum cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and cholesterol/HDL ratios.