Study: Liposuction improves looks, not health

06/17/2004 | NYTimes.com

Liposuction may make a person look thinner, but the most common type of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. does not offer the health benefits of a proper diet and exercise, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found. Researchers studied 15 obese women who had roughly 20 pounds of fat removed from the abdomen, measured their cholesterol, blood pressure and other vital signs 10 to 12 weeks after the procedure, and found no improvements.

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