Lipedema surgery – liposuction for lipedema

Lipedema turns the lives of many women upside down. They are often very insecure and suffer both from the discomfort and the accompanying psychological stress. Often dismissed by those around them as being overweight, the disease is diagnosed late in many cases. By then, many of the women have already suffered for a long time, and a lack of trust in doctors is not uncommon.

Conservative treatments such as exercise therapy, special nutrition and compression usually bring only temporary relief of the symptoms. Only one thing can then bring lasting success: surgical liposuction. In this procedure, fat cells can be suctioned out in a way that is gentle on the lymphatic system, thorough and, above all, lasting.

We want you to feel that you are in good hands with us. Because we take you and your condition seriously and do everything we can to provide you with holistic treatment. Our team is here for you: from the initial consultation to the planning and support of conservative therapies to liposuction and all follow-up treatments.


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Was ist eine Liposuktion

What is liposuction?

Liposuction – or liposuction – is a well-known and long-tested treatment in the field of plastic and aesthetic surgery. While in the context of cosmetic surgery it is used purely to shape a beautiful body silhouette, for lipedema patients it means much more than that. As diseased fat cells are removed, many existing complaints can be eliminated. But of course, aesthetics also play a role here.

  • conservative therapies no longer bring sufficient relief
  • the psychological suffering is very high
  • the progression of the disease and secondary diseases such as axial deformity with knee and hip joint arthrosis are to be prevented
  • Lipedema is diagnosed with certainty (also in early stages I and II)
  • an advanced stage has already been reached (from stage III onwards, the costs may be covered by the health insurance company under certain conditions)


What is the goal of liposuction?

Liposuction for lipedema has the effect that by removing the abnormal fat deposits, the symptoms can be treated very well and sustainably. The fat cells, once removed, will not reappear. However, lipedema can spread to other areas that were not operated on, a so-called redistribution to areas that are prone to lipedema can take place.

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • heaviness of the legs
  • Inflammation due to layers of skin rubbing against each other
  • Hematoma tendency (bruises)
  • psychological stress

We also focus on restoring the shape of the body and thus increasing the self-confidence of our female patients. In short: it is very important to us to put an end to the long suffering of affected women and to improve their quality of life so that you can feel comfortable in your skin again.


Painful fat deposits in the face can be very distressing for lipedema patients. Symptoms involving facial expressions and limitations, for example, when moving the neck, are well-known side effects. Many of the women affected feel uncomfortable in their own bodies and find the uneven distribution of fat extremely unattractive. Liposuction – or facial lipo – can achieve lasting success in removing the diseased fat cells and alleviating the symptoms.

Liposuction of the face


Full and firm breasts are one of the most important feminine attributes of a woman. They represent youth, vitality and health. Unfortunately, however, disproportionate fat distribution can also occur here as a result of lipedema. Affected women not only feel diminished in their aesthetic appearance and femininity; they also suffer from symptoms such as severe pain, itching and sensitivity to pressure.

Liposuction of the breast


Lipedema of the abdomen is particularly stressful for women affected by it. In addition to occasional severe pain, itching and sensitivity to pressure – to name just a few of the lipedema symptoms – the focus here is also on the aesthetic appearance. The disproportionate distribution of fat disrupts the natural silhouette of the body. Often wrongly diagnosed as obesity, many patients suffer from the progressive disease for years.

Liposuction of the abdomen

Genital area

Lipedema can occur almost anywhere on the body, even in the genital area. It causes pain while walking or during sexual intercourse. Patients often suffer from strong feelings of shame towards their surroundings and especially towards their partner. Conservative treatment options provide only minor relief, but liposuction can be very effective.


Our experience has shown that patients complain of lipedema symptoms in a wide variety of areas. Some lipedema patients also have painful fat deposits on their back, for example, on the shoulder blades, the bra line or in the area of the neck (‘buffalo hump’). Conservative treatment options can temporarily alleviate the symptoms, but only liposuction can achieve lasting improvements.

Liposuction of the back


Lipedema of the arms can lead to functional problems: an unpleasant feeling of coldness and heaviness, sensitivity to pressure and even severe pain when touched. Although the disease is not yet considered curable, as there is still no complete investigation of causes, the existing complaints can be significantly alleviated or even completely eliminated with liposuction.

Liposuction of the arms


Many women desire a shapely bottom – especially lipedema patients. This is because the pathological fat distribution disorder not only makes the buttocks misshapen and excessively voluminous, but also causes significant discomfort. Depending on the stage, lipedema causes severe pain, sensitivity to pressure (especially while sitting) and restrictions in mobility.

Liposuction of the buttocks


Even and slender legs – the wish of many women. But for people with lipedema, this seems to be especially unattainable at first. Painful limbs, pressure-sensitive, swollen areas and a feeling of heaviness are frequent accompanying symptoms. Patients who suffer from the painful and unsightly fat distribution disorder often endure years of suffering before they seek treatment.

Liposuction of the legs

Which areas of the body do we treat with liposuction?

Liposuction for lipedema (liposuction) can basically be performed anywhere where excessive fat accumulation has occurred due to the lipedema condition. We will clarify with you in a personal consultation whether and in what form we can perform treatment.

We perform liposuction in these areas:









What liposuction methods are available?

Liposuction for lipedema is performed by us at LIPOCURA® at our locations using the tumescent technique and the PAL method (power assisted liposuction or vibration assisted liposuction).

The special tumescent solution is injected into the treatment area prior to liposuction in order to achieve a flotation of the fat cells. With the help of a blunt suction cannula equipped with a rapidly vibrating tip, a particularly gentle and at the same time efficient removal is achieved. This is because both the flotation and the vibration cause the tissue to loosen and the fat cells to be suctioned to break up. This method is extremely gentle on the lymphatic vessels and veins. Another advantage of this technique is the possibility to suction the fatty tissue in a very targeted and uniform way in order to achieve the best possible aesthetic result.

We perform lipedema surgery as safely as possible under general anesthesia and inpatient monitoring until the following day. This is because we can remove significantly larger amounts of fatty tissue than would be possible under local anesthesia and outpatient conditions. This saves unnecessarily many treatments.

What is the process of liposuction?

In the course of liposuction, we accompany our patients through several stages: the initial consultation and diagnosis, preparation and execution of the surgery, and a detailed aftercare.

Before the treatment

During the obligatory consultation, we take a detailed medical history, determine your symptoms as well as the degree of the disease and go into detail about your ideas and wishes. Do you have questions, are you nervous? Don’t worry, we will clarify everything you need to know about the preparation for surgery. We will provide you with a concrete price offer. Learn more about the costs of our treatments.



  • OP duration: 2-3 hours
  • Anesthesia: General anesthesia
  • Clinic stay: 1 overnight stay
  • Suture removal: we do not use sutures
  • Aftercare: 6 weeks day and night compression girdle,
  • 6 more weeks during the day
  • Fit for social life: after about 1-2 weeks
  • Sports: from the 6th week
  • Risks: swelling, bruising, small scars

First, the areas to be suctioned are precisely marked on the skin. As soon as the anesthesia takes effect, we make tiny incisions, which we place so that they are as inconspicuous as possible. Then we inject the tumescent solution into the deep and superficial fat tissue under the skin. After the fat has been sloughed up and detached from the surrounding tissue, it can now be gently suctioned out with the special vibrating cannula. Putting on a well-fitting compression before waking up from anesthesia completes the procedure.



For the weeks after surgery, good compression therapy with appropriate compression garments is important for a good surgical result. Allow yourself a few days of rest and recuperation after the operation so that you and your body can get used to the new situation and freedom of movement. Through the follow-up examination at our consultation site, we can monitor the healing process and the results of the procedure and, if necessary, inform you about subsequent treatments.

After the removal of the fat cells and the associated volume reduction, the skin usually visibly smoothes out. The special PAL procedure using the tumescent technique also spares the lymphatic vessels and veins. Thanks to the experience of our specialists, the risks of side effects such as wound healing or circulatory problems, infections, thromboses or circulatory problems are very low. As a rule, only small, inconspicuous scars remain due to the very fine punctures.

If it is necessary to tighten the skin somewhat after liposuction, this can be done with the help of surgical skin tightening, cool plasma skin tightening, surgical needling and special laser treatment.


MyLIPOAvatar – 3D scan for accurate surgical planning.

At our LIPOCURA® specialty centers, we always use the latest technologies to optimize treatment planning and execution. Our 3D scan, MyLIPOAvatar, provides a comprehensive body analysis that allows us to precisely measure body fat percentage before and after surgery. By creating a 3D avatar of each patient, we gain a detailed insight into the ACTUAL condition, which in turn enables precise surgical planning.

It’s easy to use: within 30 seconds on a rotating platform, we get an accurate representation of your body. In addition to circumference measurement, this “virtual twin” also enables precise posture analysis and determination of body fat percentage. This is not only important for our LIPODOCS, but also provides you with a transparent overview of the course of treatment and the success achieved.

As a premium provider, we always strive for transparency and optimal results. With our MyLIPOAvatar, you have a tool at hand that impressively documents and makes visible your progress.

How painful is liposuction?

One of the most common questions from our patients is whether liposuction is painful.

Each person has a different perception of pain, but the majority of our patients describe the postoperative pain as tolerable (often described as severe muscle soreness), especially compared to the discomfort they had previously from lipedema. They are also easy to control with the prescribed pain medications.

Subsequent recovery plays a critical role in helping the healing process and minimizing any discomfort. With proper aftercare, swelling and pain can subside more quickly.

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Our locations

LIPOCURA® Frankfurt - Eterno Health


Eterno, Bockenheimer Landstr. 33-35/5. OG

60325 Frankfurt am Main


+49 69 2475309-0

Opening hours

  • Monday: 12:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm