While there is no cure for lipedema, this fat disorder can be treated and managed so that you get your life back. Below you can view photos and videos of some of the complications that lipedema can pose, options for treatment as well as a few before and after photos.

If you think you may be dealing with lipedema – if you’re tired of the pain, “fat shaming,” the frustration, and the depressing roller coaster of emotions – contact us today and let’s have a conversation.

Water-jet Assisted Liposuction

Water-jet Assisted Liposuction (WAL) Procedure

Unlike conventional liposuction methods, during the WAL procedure, the surrounding lymphatics, connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels remain much less traumatized. To optimize results and minimize the risk of complications, this is extremely important in the treatment of your lipedema.

Before and After WAL

Patient Photos: Before and After WAL

Research shows that lymph-sparing liposuction yields favorable long-term results in the reduction of lipedema pain and in stopping the progression of this chronic fat disorder.


Complications of Lipedema: Lymphedema, Obesity & Body Deformities


Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. The lymph system is a network of lymph vessels, tissues, and organs that carry lymph throughout the body. Lymphedema occurs when lymph is not able to flow through the body the way that it should.



Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person’s weight is greater than what’s considered healthy for his or her height.

Body Deformities

Body Deformities

Stage 3 of lipedema involves large growths of nodular fat which causes severe contour deformity of the thighs and around the knee.

Complications of Lipedema: Progression of Abnormal Ambulation

Abnormal gait and ambulation is one complication and probably the most significant. The brief videos below demonstrate the abnormal gait and ambulation ranging from early complications (stage 1) to the most severe complications (stage 6). This article by Dr. Stutz explains the complication: Liposuction of Lipedema to Prevent Later Joint Complications, Josef Stutz, Schwarzenbach am Wald Vasomed Volume 23 January 2011
This video demonstrates the least advanced abnormal gait and ambulation complications (stage 1). Note the chafing between the thighs and how the knees are pushed aside.

This video demonstrates stage 3 abnormal gait and ambulation complications.

This video demonstrates the progression to stage 4 abnormal gait and ambulation complications.

This video demonstrates stage 5 complications including knocked knees, severe mal-alignment of the right knee joint, severe arthritis of the knees, and limping. These complications cause immobility and consequently, weight gain.

This video demonstrates stage 6 which is the most advanced gait and mobility complications secondary to lipedema.