lipedema surgery

While lipedema has been recognized for quite some time now, the idea behind lipedema liposuction is still considered to be a recent development. Treatment for lipedema using liposuction is the brainchild of German dermatologist and surgeon Dr. Gerhard Sattler. He began his studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University located in Frankfurt, where he received his degree in human medicine. Dr. Sattler completed his doctoral studies in 1988 and became a long-term physician with Darmstadt Hospital. Dr. Sattler’s studies started a journey that would eventually lead him to create liposuction for lipedema techniques that are still used to this day.

The Development of Liposuction

Dr. Sattler continued headstrong into his career in human medicine and founded the Rosenpark Clinic with his wife in 1996. His career highlights include the development of liposuction for medical aesthetics in 1989 which led to life-changing advancement in lipedema treatment. Since then, Dr. Sattler has performed over 10,000 different liposuction procedures over more than 25 years. His knowledge and coaching on how to effectively utilize liposuction continue to be invaluable to surgeons around the world to this day.

Two Methods for Lipedema Surgery

The work Dr. Sattler started in 1989 has led to the development of two major forms of lipedema surgery. The first, tumescent liposuction, involves injecting local anesthetics into subcutaneous fat tissue, causing it to swell. The targeted areas become so large that it becomes firm and easier to remove. The second treatment option is water jet assisted liposuction. This alternative form of liposuction uses pressured jets of water to dislodge the subcutaneous fat tissue, allowing it to loosen up and be removed through a cannula. A tumescent fluid is injected prior to the dislodging the fat tissue. This liquid is removed in the final steps, leaving your body with less subcutaneous fat tissue than before. Water jet assisted liposuction is gentler and leaves your body with less bruising than other methods.

Find Help with Your Lipedema

Dr. Sattler’s work has continued to inspire today’s surgeons, including Dr. Wright, to further enhance and make lipedema liposuction available to those in need. Most surgeons have used Dr. Sattler’s work to further train and evaluate their practice on treating lipedema. Contact our team today to see which lipedema treatments are available and right for you. The path to living with lipedema begins with reaching out to our trained team for help. Read about Waer Assisted Liposuction today!

While a variety of treatment options currently exist to help alleviate and reduce the symptoms of lipedema, it is often lymph sparing liposuction that provides the biggest change. Lymph sparing liposuction is often recommended for individuals diagnosed with lipedema who have not experienced significant results with initial treatment options. Lipedema left untreated, can cause significant damage to the body. When this is the case, we recommend lymph sparing liposuction.

What is Lymph Sparing Liposuction?

Lymph sparing liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment that uses high pressured water to loosen up lipedema fat tissue. Suction removes the fat tissue and does so in a way that makes sure no damage is made to any lymphatics or nerves. More severe cases of lipedema may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired level of symptom reduction.

Treatable Symptoms with Lymph Sparing Liposuction

Lymph sparing liposuction can treat a variety of symptoms that are commonly associated with lipedema.

Fat Buildup – Perhaps the most noticeable symptom of lipedema that lymph sparing liposuction can treat is the amount of lipedema fat content. Lipedema is associated with subcutaneous fat tissue that cannot be treated through diet and exercise alone. Lymph sparing liposuction is a fat reduction procedure that will reduce the appearance of this fat buildup. The goal for most individuals with lipedema is to appear as close as possible their appearance before the onset of lipedema.

Mobility – The more severe cases of lipedema are commonly associated with limited mobility, making it difficult for the patient to get around. The subcutaneous fat tissue restricts mobility in the legs and greatly impacts quality of life. By removing a significant amount of fat tissue in the legs, it will be easier for those with lipedema to get around.

Restricted Blood Flow – Not only will subcutaneous fat tissue make it difficult to move but also restrict the blood flow in our veins/arteries. Blood flow in your veins will be encouraged by reducing the amount of fat tissue around them.

Getting Your Lipedema Treatment

If you believe you are experiencing lipedema symptoms, make sure to seek the treatment you deserve. Dr. Wright leads a team of qualified individuals in St. Louis that can help you receive the highest quality lipedema treatment, including lymph sparing liposuction. The treatment you need starts with a simple phone call today!