What is lipoedema?

Lipoedema is a disease of the adipose tissue that leads to a progressive, symmetrical and painful build-up of fat cells in the limbs, particularly the legs.

Lipoedema is a progressive disease that consists of the build-up of fat on the arms and legs, although it is most frequent on the lower limbs. It almost exclusively affects women, and it is calculated that one in every 10 women might suffer from it.

Lipoedema is a relatively unknown diseases that leads to increased volume of the limbs, pain, heaviness, increased sensitivity, itching, the sudden appearance of ecchymosis…

PAL or power-assisted liposculpture has become the most effective treatment for lipoedema, offering significant short and long-term improvements to the quality of life of patients.

Can lipoedema be treated?

There are two types of treatment: the conservative treatments that help alleviate discomfort and reduce pain thanks to a combination of multidisciplinary techniques such as nutrition, directed physical activity, physiotherapy, manual therapies, appliances, etc., and the use of lymphatic compression stockings. These treatments can improve the patient’s quality of life but do not significantly reduce the volume of fat.

Surgical treatments such as PAL Liposculpture are the only procedures offering immediate, long-term results, by removing part of the fat tissue.

The ideal candidate for PAL liposculpture for lipoedema

Lipoedema is a hormone disorder with a significant genetic component that affects between 6 and 15% of the female population.

Any woman suffering from lipoedema with a medical history advising as such can have PAL liposculpture to treat lipoedema.

What does lipoedema surgery involve?

PAL liposculpture as a treatment for lipoedema involves a power-assisted or PAL liposuction technique that removes fat and alleviates pressure from the areas where the lipoedema is located.

Incisions measuring only a few millimetres are made at very strategic points, through which the liposculpture is performed. This leaves almost invisible scars.

The results of PAL liposculpture for lipoedema

The results are almost immediate. After surgery, a significant change in the limbs, especially the legs, can be seen.

Once the swelling from the surgical procedure has gone down, the patient will also notice a significant reduction in symptoms, with a clear improvement in pain, heaviness, ecchymosis and other discomfort.

The results are extremely notable, both physically and in terms of appearance and the self-esteem and state of mind of the patient.


You should wait between 10 and 15 days before starting to drive again. This will depend on the patient’s mobility, however, depending on her progress.

You must sleep on your front for at least the first month after breast augmentation surgery. This, however, will depend on the recovery of each individual patient.

You will be wearing a special bra after breast augmentation surgery, which you must wear with a band during the first month after surgery. This will depend on your recovery.

The initial visit to check the drainage will take place 48 hours after breast augmentation surgery. The doctor will assess your case and decide whether to remove it or wait a few more days. Drainage can be left in place for up to 5 days after the operation.

If you smoke, you should try to stop before your breast augmentation surgery. This will improve your health and your healing capacity.

Does the surgery stop the disease?

PAL liposuction for lipoedema significantly improves quality of life, but does not make the disease disappear.

When will I be able to resume everyday life after surgery?

This will depend on each case, on the severity of the lipoedema, on the type of activity you carry out, etc. You can normally resume everyday life within 4 weeks.

When can I start sports again?

You can start sport a few weeks after surgery, following the indications of your surgeon.

When will I see the results?

The results are immediate. You will be able to see a notable change in the volume of your legs the day after surgery. After the first few days, when the swelling has gone down, you will notice a significant improvement in symptoms such as heaviness, ecchymosis, pain, etc.

Is more than one surgery necessary?

Depending on each case on the evolution of the disease, another surgery might be required over time.

Is postoperative recovery very long?

This will depend on each case and on the volume to be treated. Postoperative recovery is normally simple and involves no discomfort. However, in more serious cases, when a large amount of volume is removed, postoperative recovery might be somewhat slower but not painful.

Are the scars visible?

The scars from PAL liposuction for lipoedema are very small and are strategically hidden. They become almost invisible over time.

Will I have to wear some kind of special garment on my legs?

Compression stockings are often recommended for the first few weeks to speed up recovery and for patient wellbeing.

Do you know what IM Care is?

IM Care is the commitment of IM CLINIC to care for you for the first year after your breast reduction surgery. You will have a 24-hour hotline for your peace of mind, and our medical team will visit you regularly to ensure the results are as expected.