Quality of life following liposuction for lipoedema: a prospective outcome study

Markus Klöppel, Diana Römich, Hans Günther Machens, Nikolaos A. Papadopulos

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Background: The study examines, for the first time, the impact on quality of life after liposuction for lipoedema. The influence of aesthetic plastic interventions and their effects on treatment outcomes has been a major focus of our research group over the past 20 years. Methods: A total of 35 patients were invited to participate in our prospective study, with 30 responding to both the pre- and postoperative questionnaires. The patients received the questionnaires pre-operatively, and 6 months after the liposuction. Our questionnaire set included a self-developed, indication-specific part, along with standardised and validated questionnaires such as the Questions on Life Satisfaction (FLZM), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-4), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) and the Freiburg personality inventory-revised (FPI-R). Results: Our self-developed questionnaire showed that our patients feel more balanced, more attractive and more self-confident after the treatment. The FLZM showed significant improvements in all three modules: the general satisfaction with life, the state of health and the outer appearance (body image). Using the PHQ-4, a significant improvement in the two subscales of anxiety and depression could be determined, as well as a reduction in overall mental stress. In addition, the RSES showed a significant improvement in self-esteem post-operatively. Furthermore, the FPI-R indicated a significant improvement in emotional stability. Conclusions: Liposuction improves the quality of life in lipoedema patients. Post-operatively, our patients reported less pain and were more satisfied with their bodies and appearance. The hypothesis that liposuction in lipoedema improves the quality of life as a multidimensional construct could be confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-78
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
StatePublished - Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Health satisfaction
  • Life satisfaction
  • Lipoedema
  • Liposuction
  • Quality of life


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