Liposuction for Lipedema: A 2022 Update


( Last Updated : August 12, 2022)
Project Line:
Health Technology Review
Project Sub Line:
Rapid Review
Project Number:
RC1447-000
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Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of liposuction compared to no treatment for the treatment of lipedema?
  2. What is the clinical effectiveness of liposuction compared to alternative treatments for the treatment of lipedema?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of liposuction for the treatment of lipedema?


Key Message

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.