A review of the literature relating to liposuction in women with lipoedema and Dercum’s disease

The numbers studied were relatively small, particularly relating to Dercum’s disease. Findings were limited by retrospective evaluations, use of poorly validated tools and relatively short follow-up periods in some studies. There were no randomised clinical trials. Lack of standardisation made it challenging to analyse and compare outcomes across different studies. Liposuction appears to play a role as a treatment option for some women in managing symptoms. However, further research is required to better explore efficacy and cost-effectiveness, monitor adverse effects, inform decision making and identify key advice for women who undergo liposuction.


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