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Lymph Sparing Liposuction – How Does It Work?

Liposuction continues to be one of the most effective ways to treat lipedema symptoms and provide long standing results. Lymph sparing liposuction is a special type of liposuction that is designed for patients looking for St Louis lipedema treatment. Our surgeon and nurses go through every precaution available to make sure our patient’s exposure to any associated risks are kept minimal. These precautions can include ensuring the lymphatic system is functioning at its best, avoiding general anesthesia, removing varicose veins, limiting the amount of fat removed, and using surgical techniques that minimize injury to the lymphatics.

How Lymph Sparing Liposuction Works

Lymph sparing liposuction works by removing lipedema fat tissue that the patient has developed. Since liposuction in general has many possible risks, we try to minimize the risk of complications with lymph sparing liposuction. Patients of lipedema already are at a higher risk for complications with liposuction that others without lipedema.

Prior to liposuction, we will decongest the lipedema tissue with a manual lymph massage, compression and other available options. This ensures the treated area for liposuction is in optimal shape and can relieve a variety of lipedema symptoms. Varicose veins larger than 4.0mm are removed since they can increase the risk of bleeding during your liposuction procedure and cause a fat embolism.

During the liposuction procedure, we avoid the use of general anesthesia to avoid any possible complications. Individuals with less than perfect health can have a high risk of 0.3% for complications when general anesthesia is used. Instead, we use tumescent anesthesia to enable greater movement and a faster recovery. When removing the lipedema fat tissue, the less that is removed the better. Your body can experience trauma if too much fat tissue is removed at once as well as additional complications. Typically, only up to five liters of fat tissue can be removed in one procedure to ensure the patient’s safety.

Results and Expectations

By following these important guidelines, our patients can experience the best results possible with lymph sparing liposuction. The combination of fat tissue removal and manual lymph drainage massages will alleviate symptoms of lipedema. Lymph sparing liposuction continues to be the only successful long-term treatment for lipedema.

While lymph sparing liposuction is effective at slowing the progression of lipedema and reducing related symptoms, it may not significantly change the appearance of your treated areas. Patients should consult with their cosmetic surgeon before their procedure on their aesthetic expectations and possible side effects such as swelling and bruising that can occur after the procedure.

Lymph Sparing Liposuction at the Laser Lipo & Vein Center

For the best in lipedema treatments, look no further than the Laser Lipo & Vein Center. Our highly trained staff fully understands the lymph sparing liposuction procedure to ensure patient safety and success. Call today for your no obligation consultation and see if you are a good candidate for lymph sparing liposuction.