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J Cutan Med Surg. 2006 Jan-Feb;10(1):7-10.

Tumescent liposuction: a new and successful therapy for lipedema.

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Hanse-Clinic, Clinic for Liposuction, Esthetic Dermatology and Surgery, Luebeck, Germany. ws@hanseklinik.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Lipedema is a rare and painful disease in women. Until recently, it could be treated only by conservative methods (combined physical therapy).

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the efficacy and safety of surgery (liposuction) concerning appearance and associated complaints.

METHODS:

Twenty-eight patients, who had undergone conservative therapy over a period of years, were treated by liposuction under tumescent local anesthesia with vibrating microcannulas. Twenty-one could be reevaluated after an average of 12.2 (1-26) months.

RESULTS:

All showed great improvement, with normalization of body proportions. Additionally, spontaneous pain, sensitivity to pressure, and bruising either disappeared completely or improved markedly. Other than minor swelling for a few days, no complications could be observed following surgery. All patients reported a tremendous increase in their quality of life. Physical therapy had to be continued to a much lower degree.

CONCLUSION:

Tumescent liposuction has proved to be a safe and effective treatment for lipedema.

PMID:
17241565
DOI:
10.1007/7140.2006.00006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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