UK Experts Call for Liposuction Approval for Lipoedema


"Clinicians and healthcare professionals treating women disabled by the adipose tissue disorder lipoedema are calling for the NHS across the UK to allow them to provide liposuction treatment on the NHS for their patients' disproportionately large legs on medical, not cosmetic, grounds.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is holding a consultation starting in October 2021 to review the evidence for providing liposuction for patients with this under-diagnosed chronic condition. It’s characterised by an exaggerated increase in adipose tissue around the legs and hips, and pain, triggered at times of hormonal activity such as puberty and pregnancy. Resistant to dieting, limbs can become so large that some women require the use of a wheelchair..."