Vol. 2 No. 8 (2022)
Health Technology Reviews

Liposuction for Lipedema: 2022 Update

Published August 10, 2022

Key Messages

  • A 2022 UK guideline recommends that the liposuction procedure for treatment of lipedema should only be used in the context of research because of inadequate efficacy and safety data.
  • A 2021 US guideline recognizes that liposuction is currently the only available technique for removing abnormal lipedema tissue. The guideline has a series of consensus statements on patient selection, indications for liposuction, prevention of procedure-related adverse events, and pre- and post-surgical management.
  • There were no recent studies on the clinical effectiveness of liposuction compared with no treatment or to alternative treatments for the treatment of lipedema.