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My legs look strange in the post operative photos : our answer to a patient’s question

My legs look strange in the post operative photos

After an operation it can happen that we are alarmed by the appearance of the legs: too great a contrast in thigh / lower leg sizes, not enough fat removed for your taste… don’t panic!

My legs look strange in the post operative photos : Here are some explanations.

In the case of significant lipoedema, present in several areas of the body, several surgical operations are sometimes necessary to target one or more areas in particular each time.

My legs look strange in the post operative photos : avoid a too long operation

It would be too dangerous and too painful for a patient to have to endure too long and too exhausting an operation if all the fat from her extensive lipedema were removed from all areas at once. By performing multiple operations, you reduce the risk of anemia and complications. A long operation is a very long period of fatigue, more risk of anemia, discomfort, hypotension and less risk with anesthesia.

The average duration of an intervention is between 1h30 and 2h and the surgeon never goes beyond 3h of intervention for the treatment of lipedema.

Example of a photo that may cause questions from our instagram

My legs look strange in the post operative photos : a multi-part operation

First of all, it is the most basic part of the body that is operated on, ie the lower legs. For the following operations, the surgeon will operate on the tops of the knees then the thighs, eventually ending with the arms if necessary.

During the operation for lipedema it is important to remove all the diseased fat from the lipedema which can give a very “sculpted” appearance to the calves.

Obviously between two operations the appearance of the legs can give a disharmonious impression. We therefore advise our patients to take their pain patiently, continue to wear their compression garments, drink plenty of water between 2 and 3 liters per day (see our articles on nutrition for more information) and stay mobile. and active and to wait at least 3 months before their next operation (see 6 months for more safety in the event of fatigue and / or anemic risk).

My legs look strange in the post-operative photos : a question of perspective

Last point that is important: the angle of view of some photos as well as the position of the members. A calf or thigh may appear larger when you are lying down. Likewise, a stretched leg with hypertension will highlight a particular area of a leg that is not normally as visible when the leg is at rest.

In short: to be sure of the result of an operation you should always wait a few months and always prefer photos of people standing and in a relaxed position.

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