A lipedema is characterized by pathological accumulation of fat in the entire lower body region. In this disease the fat cells are enlarged and the lymphatic circulation is impaired, which causes pain in the legs when being touched. With a therapy of lipedema by liposuction, best done with microcannulas, the wrongly distributed fat can be removed. When choosing a gentle approach, an improvement of lymphatic circulation and symptoms can be achieved.
In many patients at the same time the chest appears to be too small. In this case the extracted fat can be used for breast augmentation with autologous fat transfer. Liposuction as a treatment of lipedema, as well as breast augmentation with autologous fat are performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
DDr. Heinrich, MD