F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions

Your most frequently asked questions

What are the symptoms of lipoedema?
The symptoms described by patients vary: a feeling of heavy limbs, swelling, tightness, continuous pain or pain aggravated by extended sitting or standing.

The symptoms are always bilateral, affecting both sides of the body.


What tests are necessary before the operation?
1/ Pre-operative blood test, which will tell you before the operation where you stand in terms of hemoglobin
2/ Doppler ultrasound of the lower limbs which shows the state of the deep veins (circulation and signs of insufficiency or not)


How is the procedure performed?
The surgery is preferably performed under spinal anesthesia in a clinic, but it is sometimes necessary to operate under general anesthesia.
You will arrive in the morning, fasting, at least one hour before the operation (with your pre-purchased girdle).
The surgeon will draw with a felt-tip pen on the areas of lipoedema to be treated.
The operation takes place while you are sleeping and you will wake up with the girdle on you.
You go home at the end of the day.


How long does the procedure last?
WAL liposuction procedures last for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours.


How long does it take for the results to become visible?
The results will appear gradually over several weeks; after two months, there will already be a real physical change.
Final results are seen after 6 months to 1 year.
The results are both visible and invisible because the disappearance or reduction of lipoedema symptoms accompanies the aesthetic changes.


How long does the procedure last?
WAL liposuction procedures last for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours.


How long do patients stay in the hospital after the operation?
Today, it is no longer necessary to stay in the clinic overnight, the procedure has entered the modern era of ambulatory surgery!


Do I have to stay still for a few days after the operation?
No, immobility is not a good idea; instead, you should try to walk a little more every day.


Which surgeons can operate on lipoedema?
Only certain plastic surgeons can treat it because it is a very special disease and difficult to understand.
It requires a plastic surgeon who is familiar with liposuction techniques for the limbs, with a solid experience in plastic surgery and who knows the WAL liposuction technique perfectly.
This technique requires a great deal of concentration, effort and attention to detail on the part of the plastic surgeon.


Can all my lipoedema be treated in one surgery?
This will depend on the stage of your lipoedema. It will depend on the extent of the lipoedema in your limbs. Most of the time, two procedures will be required (legs and thighs, or thighs and arms), or even more. In some exceptional cases, a single procedure can be considered.


Which surgeons can operate on lipoedema?
Only certain plastic surgeons can treat it because it is a very special disease and difficult to understand.
It requires a plastic surgeon who is familiar with liposuction techniques for the limbs, with a solid experience in plastic surgery and who knows the WAL liposuction technique perfectly.
This technique requires a great deal of concentration, effort and attention to detail on the part of the plastic surgeon.


Is lipoedema covered by social security?
Lipoedema is not covered by health insurance.


Can I undergo surgery if I have already undergone liposuction by another surgeon with unfavorable results?
Yes, the case will be studied with the surgeon and if the damage is repairable, then treatments will be suggested.
It is also important to know that an old liposuction that was not sufficient to treat lipoedema or that was performed with inappropriate techniques can be skillfully completed by a true WAL liposuction.


Can I fly soon after the operation?
It is not advisable to fly (trips of more than 2 hours) before at least 8 days and after having performed a control Doppler ultrasound.


Can I do sports after the operation?
Yes, but you must wait at least 4 weeks before doing so.


Do I have to watch my diet?
Yes, because you must not forget the dietary rules specific to lipoedema.
A balanced diet should always be sought in all patients with lipoedema.


What are the stages of lipoedema?
There are 4 main stages or physical forms of lipoedema:

1 – Beginning or minor – with moderate limb deformities
2 – Moderate – with cellulite-type deformities and fat nodules
3 – Major – with fatty deformities on several areas of the limbs
4 – Lipo-lymphoedema


What parts of the body are affected by lipoedema?
Lipoedema affects the limbs but does not affect the feet, hands or torso.


Lymphoedema and Lipoedema, what are the differences?
Lymphoedema is improved when the affected limb is elevated, it can be asymmetric.
Lymphoedema does not usually have a fatty overload.


Lymphatic drainage for lipoedema?
Lymphatic drainage is good for lipoedema at all stages, before and after the surgery. It is preferably performed manually by a physiotherapist, osteopath or naturopath.


What are the advantages of a WAL liposuction?
WAL liposuction has the advantage over traditional liposuction of respecting the lymphatic network of the aspirated limbs; it also allows for the removal of larger quantities of fat in one session.