Liposuction for Lipedema IS Surgery

Liposuction for lipedema is surgery, never forget that.  As more and more of us find the money (or get insurance to pay) for the procedure, I think we get excited and forget that no matter what there are still risks.

Granted, in 2017 most of the world has moved to the tumescent method for even cosmetic liposuction.  Compared with the old dry lipo, tumescent liposuction is safer and much lower risk for cosmetic surgery.  However, we’re not normal ladies going for normal cosmetic surgery.  There’s so much more at risk when we get up on that table and I think in our quest for normalization and pain relief we often forget that.

I think the news that came out last week about a lippy lady almost dying because of Fat Embolism Syndrome hits home that this isn’t just a tiny nip or tuck.  This is SURGERY.  We are putting our bodies and lymph system at risk every single time we undergo a liposuction treatment.

Now, I have my suspicions on what surgeon performed this particular surgery.  I’m also pretty sure it was performed under General Anesthesia since 10-13 liters were removed (mine will remove over 5 if he thinks it’s safe for his patient, but I’ve never heard of him removing more than 8 under local anesthesia).  Almost all of the instances of so much blood loss that there had to be a blood transfusion has also been under general anesthesia.  The one case of Compartment Syndrome that I’ve heard of due to liposuction (that also resulted in a leg amputation), was done under general anesthesia.

Then of course the more common risks that are infection, seromas, and temporary (sometimes even permanent) numbness.

Once again, this is why it’s really important that each and every one of us that pursues liposuction understand it’s surgery and it’s a risk.  Our choice of surgeon, type of anesthesia, number of treatments we undergo, and even how our fitness and general health pre-surgery will determine the outcome of the surgery.  It’s also important to understand we can do everything right from the surgery to post op and something still goes wrong.

As long as we go in with eyes wide open and not desperation to try to remedy our situation, things should be fine.  Think about what you’re doing, ask extensive questions, and follow instructions to have the best outcome as possible.



PetraAnn was first diagnosed with Lipedema in fall 2015 after years of eating keto and exercising with no weight loss results.After diagnosis, she has gone through 8 tumescent liposuction procedures from 2016 until 2018 and on 17 December 2019 underwent an abdominoplasty to remove the remaining 3-4 liters of lippy fat and loose skin.

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