Oh, you love liposuction for lipedema. The panacea, which is advertised almost morbidly on one side and strains the hope of so many.
In 2015, after years of desperation, I underwent three liposuctions, in which 12 liters of fat were removed. Both mine attending physician, as well as I are as neutral as possible and approached the topic with cautious optimism and I would not recommend it to you otherwise. It is Russian roulette, like many other surgeries that relieve symptoms but do not cure the cause.
From diagnosis to the operating table
The lipedema community is growing steadily and today you can find more information on all sorts of topics related to lipedema and especially liposuctions. Many open an Instagram account to be followed on the journey from the fresh diagnosis to the surgery appointment and to share their experiences.
But does this mean that knowledge is so much more accessible now than it was at the beginning of social media?
Yes and no, because they Information violence The newly diagnosed seems to run over and instead of making them smarter how to deal with the situation now, they don't see the forest for all the liposuctions.
Every Rölleken is anners
Before and after pictures are almost the order of the day, but what are they really good for? You see legs that are not your own of people who lead a different life than you. They eat differently, weigh more or less, maybe do sports or not, small, large, old, young, shortly after the diagnosis, 40 years after her, ...
Do you notice something? Every experience is different, every pain sensation and, above all, every result. Don't such pictures actually increase the pressure on you to want such a result? And if it doesn't happen now, what then? Is there an unnecessary disappointment spreading or are you strong enough to accept a random outcome?
I'm so cruelly honest on this subject because I have to be. For everyone who doesn't dare to be. Because they exist and they regularly say thank you for being heard in public. It is not at all easy to assert yourself against other people who have been operated on, who sometimes do not want to allow deviating experiences in addition to their own. You yourself are a new person, everything supi-dupi and now someone else is not feeling that way and you want to take away the flawless shine of the operative method? Pooh!
Oh, of course I'm exaggerating it here, but if I hadn't already experienced it and heard from other bloggers, I probably wouldn't have to write this here. It is by far not the majority, but frighteningly many, so that you can clearly feel the icy headwind.
Some people then tell you that you would deprive other affected people of the hope of a better life. Does that mean in translation that negative or mixed experiences are not desired? Especially with popular doctors? That they should be kept silent so that ... what exactly? The height of fall remains so uncomfortably high if everything doesn't go according to plan? We are all adults and should be fully informed about everything when we get involved. Or do you want to buy a house without knowing what's in the basement? Well, that would be exciting, but that's not the point now. Maybe, next time.
Do you know what I notice now? I got bogged down and with this article I haven't got where I actually wanted to go. But probably all of the previous was much more important than what is now.
My experiences and findings five years after liposuction for lipedema
- How did you feel about the liposuction?
In my opinion, these were very tough weeks. I was operated on in quick succession within half a year and I wouldn't do it anymore. It was very exhausting for me and in the recovery room shortly after the operations I had to struggle with my circulation. Everyone seems to be able to cope with this differently.
Here is the article on my liposuction.
- Are you symptom free?
No. I was pain-free for about three quarters of a year after I was out of the roughest healing phase. After that, very quietly and gradually a twinge came again. Today the pain is more noticeable again, but I haven't reached the state it was in before the operations. That’s something.
Here you can read an article about this and about my fears in this regard.
- Has the lipedema come back?
I do not think so. By exchanging information with those affected at all stages, it can be concluded that the severity of the pain is not necessarily associated with the severity of the lipedema. This means that a stage 1 can feel just as severe pain and symptoms as stage 3 patients. I cannot find any great lipedema changes in myself and it did not occur more often in other places or was “wandered”. I only had full operations on my legs and arms and not on my back and stomach. If you put on weight, however, it is of course clear that other fat cells will have to absorb the excess energy after the operations and may grow more as a result. However, I did not gain weight uncoordinated. I knew very well where the pounds were coming from and that was my own fault.
- Would you have another operation?
Never say “no”, do you? I think I would have another operation in the worst possible emergency, but as long as I can Nutrition and Sports manage to create a bearable situation, I see no reason to want to go through the whole thing again. Because yes, exercise and nutrition do not help against lipedema fat cells, but they do help against pain. Please free yourself from the thought that you could do nothing with it.
You don't get out of therapy that quickly
I hope this article will help you decide whether liposuction for lipedema is a welcome measure for you or you have not yet exhausted the conservative options. The liposuction leaves a debris field under the skin, do not underestimate it! As long as the lipedema itself cannot be cured, the outcome remains individual and, above all, uncertain for each affected person.
Nevertheless, we can be happy that we have this possibility at all and that the probability of a good result is getting a little better every year.
What are your experiences or thoughts on the subject? Write them in the comments below this article and help others with your honest impressions.