New Study Shows Liposuction Can Improve Lymphatic Function in Lipedema

By November 10, 2023 No Comments
lipo for lymphatics

Study Finds That Tumescent SAL Can Improve Lymphatic Transport and Reduce Symptoms

Do you have lipedema? If so, you know that it can be a painful and debilitating condition. There is no cure for lipedema, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms. One treatment that is gaining popularity is liposuction.

A new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — Global Open, Lymphatic Improvement after Suction-assisted Lipectomy in a Lipedema Patient found that liposuction can actually improve lymphatic function in women with lipedema. The study, which was conducted by a group of surgeons in Sao Paulo, Brazil, looked at the results of liposuction in a single patient with lipedema.

The patient was a 34-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with lipedema. She had tried other treatments for lipedema, such as manual lymph drainage and compression garments, but had not found relief. She underwent liposuction on her arms and legs.

The researchers used a special type of liposuction called tumescent SAL. Tumescent SAL is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a local anesthetic and a dilute solution of saline to remove fat cells. This type of liposuction is thought to be less likely to damage the lymphatic system than other types of liposuction.

The researchers found that the patient’s lymphatic function improved after liposuction. The patient’s lymph transport time decreased, and her symptoms of pain and swelling improved.

The researchers believe that there are several reasons why liposuction may improve lymphatic function in women with lipedema. First, liposuction can remove excess fat cells, which can put pressure on the lymphatic system. Second, liposuction can improve blood flow, which can also help to improve lymphatic function. Third, liposuction can reduce inflammation, which can also damage the lymphatic system.

Tips for Women with Lipedema Who Are Considering Surgery

If you are considering liposuction for lipedema, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

1. It is important to find a surgeon who is experienced in performing liposuction on women with lipedema.

2. You should be aware that liposuction is not a cure for lipedema, but it can help to improve the symptoms.

3. You should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of liposuction before making a decision.


This study is the first to show that liposuction can improve lymphatic function in women with lipedema. This is a promising finding, as it suggests that liposuction may be a more effective treatment for lipedema than previously thought. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.


Join our newsletter here and be a part of our supportive and accepting community.