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Lipedema Treatment

Lipedema is a build-up of fat in the legs or arms. Vaser Liposuction offers potential relief from its symptoms.

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What is Lipedema?

Lipedema is a medical condition characterised by the abnormal accumulation of excess fat primarily in the lower part of the body, including the buttocks, thighs, and calves. It can also affect the upper arms but typically does not involve the hands or feet. Vaser Pro Liposuction and Renuvion Skin Tightening are the gold standard treatments for early to moderate lipedema.

Lipedema is often confused with other conditions, particularly lymphedema and obesity. In some cases, lipedema can lead to a combination of lipedema and lymphedema, referred to as lipo-lymphedema, where fat accumulation obstructs lymphatic drainage.

The accurate diagnosis of lipedema can be challenging, and in some instances, it may be inaccurately diagnosed or mistaken for other conditions, especially in the later stages of the disease. It is essential for healthcare providers to differentiate between these conditions to provide appropriate treatment and care to patients dealing with lipedema. Misdiagnosis can lead to delayed or ineffective treatment and management of the condition.

Common names

Lipedema Treatment, Lipoedema, Liposuction for Lipedema.

Targeted areas

Lower Leg, Upper Leg, Buttocks, Arms.


Please be aware that you must have a GP referral before booking a consultation with Dr Murray.

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Vaser Pro Liposuction, Vaser Smooth and Renuvion Skin Tightening. Performed by Dr Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner.


During a liposuction procedure, the maximum amount of fat that can typically be safely removed in one session is around 5 liters. It’s essential for patients to have realistic expectations about this volume limitation. If a patient desires the removal of more fat than the maximum allowed in a single procedure, it is possible to perform multiple procedures with a few days between them, a technique known as staged mega liposuction. However, this approach must be approached cautiously and will be discussed with Dr Murray at the time of your consultation.

It’s important to note that the 5 liters of fat removed is not pure fat; it may also include tumescent fluid. Tumescent is an agent used to numb the area and disrupt fat cells for their removal during liposuction. Patients should discuss their goals and expectations with Dr Murray to determine the most appropriate and safe approach for their specific situation. Patient safety is a top priority in any liposuction procedure.

Procedure Information

Procedure Type


Treatable Area's

Lower Leg, Upper Leg, Buttocks, Arms.

Payment Plans

Absolute Cosmetic offers multiple payment options including, and not limited to; Cash, Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard etc), and AfterPay.

What happens before the Vaser Pro Lipo procedure?

In accordance with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) protocol, it is a prerequisite to obtain a GP referral for all cosmetic surgical procedures before scheduling a consultation with Dr. Glenn Murray. Additionally, a Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) questionnaire will need to be completed to assess your suitability for the procedure. To facilitate informed discussions and address any questions you may have, informational videos will be sent to your designated email prior to your meeting with Dr. Murray. Following a second consultation with a member of our clinical team, a mandatory 7-day cooling off period will commence. During this time, we strongly encourage you to seek further information and education regarding your desired procedure, as well as consider obtaining a second opinion. After the 7-day cooling off period, you are welcome to proceed with scheduling your procedure and embark on your Absolute Cosmetic journey.

It is imperative to strictly avoid smoking, vaping, and illicit drug use before, during, and after the procedure. Nicotine consumption during the surgical process heightens the risk of complications, infection, delayed healing, or an unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome. Please note that we maintain a stringent cancellation policy for those who continue to smoke or vape. We advise all patients to cease smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure and to abstain for 6 weeks following the procedure. Reducing nicotine intake does not diminish the risk of complications; the most substantial health benefit is derived from quitting smoking altogether. We highly recommend and encourage the use of nicotine cessation aids during this period. For more comprehensive information regarding potential complications and guidance on quitting smoking, please refer to this resource.

It is vital to note that if you have smoked within the last 2 weeks, the procedure will be canceled, and payment will not be refunded.

To ensure your readiness for the procedure, being in good health is essential. It’s crucial to avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, fish oil, green tea, and turmeric leading up to the procedure. Additionally, a blood test should be conducted at least 1 week before the scheduled procedure. A nurse will go through an extensive checklist to ensure that you are well prepared, via a pre-operative call before your procedure day.

On the day of the procedure, fasting is mandatory, meaning you should refrain from consuming food or water for 6 hours prior to your scheduled surgical start time. However, you may take a small sip of water in the morning to consume any pre-surgery medication if necessary. These precautions are taken to optimize your safety and the success of the procedure. All paperwork must be completed before the procedure and will be sighted and signed by your admitting surgical nurse.

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How much fat can be removed with Liposuction?

The maximum amount of fat that can typically be safely removed in one session is around 5 liters. It’s essential for patients to have realistic expectations about this volume limitation. If a patient desires the removal of more fat than the maximum allowed in a single procedure, it is possible to perform multiple procedures with a few days between them, a technique known as staged mega liposuction. However, this approach must be approached cautiously and will be discussed with Dr Murray at the time of your consultation.

Maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise are crucial components of post-operative care following liposuction. These practices help support overall well-being and can contribute to maintaining the results achieved through the procedure. It’s important for patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle to ensure the longevity of the improvement obtained from liposuction.

One of the advantages of liposuction is that it reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas. This means that the fat cells in those specific areas are permanently removed, and the fat does not shift to other areas of the body. However, it’s important to note that remaining fat cells in untreated areas can still expand with weight gain, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to prevent the accumulation of new fat in those areas. Liposuction results can be long-lasting when coupled with a commitment to a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Recovery Time

The amount of time off work that is recommended following a liposuction procedure can vary depending on the type of job and the physical demands it entails. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Sedentary Jobs: Individuals with sedentary jobs, which involve minimal physical activity or sitting for extended periods, may typically take between 4 and 7 days off work after liposuction.
  2. Physical Jobs: For individuals with physically demanding jobs that require strenuous physical activity, it is generally advisable to take 1 to 2 weeks off work following the procedure. This allows for proper recovery and minimizes the risk of complications.

We will provide patients with personalized guidance on the appropriate amount of time off work based on their specific job requirements and the extent of the liposuction procedure. Patient safety and recovery are top priorities during the post-operative period.

Recovery after liposuction can indeed be influenced by various factors, including age, genetics, and lifestyle. These individual characteristics can play a role in how quickly a patient heals and the overall outcome of the procedure. It’s important to recognize that recovery is a personalized experience, and patients should take into account their unique circumstances when planning for post-operative care and expectations.

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic for your Lipedema Treatment in Perth?

  • We were the first in Western Australia to offer VASER PRO Liposuction. We also have hi-def equipment and VASER Smooth (for cellulite reduction)
  • VASER liposculpture is one of the main surgeries completed in our clinic, and we have a low complication rate
  • Dr Murray has performed more than 8,000 Liposculpture procedures
  • He holds a Diploma in Liposuction from the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery and is one of the co-authors of Australian Liposuction Guidelines
  • We were the first clinic in Australia to offer the J Plasma Renuvion Skin Tightening which is a great add-on to Lipo for those who have loose skin from ageing, weight-loss or pregnancy
  • Dr Murray has also been trained by a leading plastic surgeon in Colorado and by one of the grandfathers of liposuction, Dr Pierre Fournier
  • Absolute Cosmetic is WA Health Department licensed, including for sedation
  • Our experienced nurses are specifically trained in caring for liposuction patients
  • We don’t perform cheap methods of liposuction. Quality and safety should always be the top priorities when undergoing any surgical procedure.

*It’s important to recognize that any cosmetic surgical or invasive procedure comes with inherent risks and the possibility of complications. Therefore, before moving forward, we strongly recommend that you allocate time for thorough research, self-education, and consider seeking a second opinion from a qualified practitioner to make an informed decision.

What results can I expect from Liposuction?

The recovery process following liposuction can involve various stages, and it’s important for patients to have realistic expectations about what to expect:

  1. Swelling: It’s common to experience swelling for up to 6 weeks after the procedure, which can lead to some initial disappointment in the appearance. Patience is key during this period.
  2. Visible Results: While some results may be noticeable as quickly as 1 month post-procedure, the full and optimal results are typically seen between 6 to 12 months after liposuction.
  3. Lumps: Feeling but not necessarily seeing hard lumps at around 2 weeks post-surgery is normal. These lumps can persist for up to 6 months but generally shrink over time, contributing to skin tightening.
  4. Fluid Lumps: Fluid lumps with a wave-like appearance should be reported to the clinical team. While complications like seromas are rare, they should be addressed promptly. Any signs of infection, such as pus, redness, heat, or swelling, should also be reported immediately.
  5. Excess Skin: Liposuction is designed to remove excess fat deposits, and it will not significantly reduce or remove excess skin. However, procedures like Vaser Pro Lipo and J Plasma Renuvion Skin Tightening can offer some skin tightening and may be considered in combination with liposuction to achieve desired results.

Overall, patients should communicate openly with their nursing team, closely follow post-operative care instructions, and be patient during the recovery process to achieve the best possible outcome.

The risks

Liposuction surgery for lipedema can offer significant relief for those suffering from this condition, but like any surgical procedure, it does carry risks. Some of the associated risks include but not limited to: Infection, bruising and swelling, fluid imbalance, numbness or sensation changes, blood clots, skin irregularities, scarring or even the reoccurrence of Lipedema in the surgical area.

It’s crucial for individuals considering liposuction for lipedema to thoroughly discuss the risks and benefits with our team and we encourage you to obtain a second opinion. Additionally, following all pre-operative and post-operative instructions can help reduce the likelihood of complications.

Cosmetic surgery medical requirements

From 1 July 2023, new regulations around cosmetic surgery were implemented by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia. Please make sure you have read and understood these new reforms when considering your cosmetic surgery


What happens on the day of the Vaser Pro Lipo procedure?

Procedure Preparation

Preparing for a liposuction procedure involves several important steps, and it’s essential to follow them carefully to ensure a smooth and safe experience. Here are some key points to keep in mind when preparing for liposuction:

  1. Arrive on Time: Being punctual for your scheduled procedure is crucial. Arriving on time ensures that the necessary preparations can be completed efficiently.
  2. Extensive Checklist: A nurse will guide you through an extensive checklist to ensure that you are well-prepared for the procedure. This may include reviewing medical history, confirming blood tests and medications, and addressing any concerns.
  3. Paperwork Completion: Ensure that all required paperwork is completed before the procedure, including consent forms and medical history information.
  4. Blood Tests and Medications: Blood tests and necessary medications should be organized and completed as instructed before the procedure to ensure your safety.
  5. Pre-Procedure Preparation: Before the procedure, you will be asked to shower with an antiseptic solution, refrain from using creams, perfumes, or deodorants, and fast for at least 6 hours.
  6. Monitoring: In the operating room, you will be connected to a heart and oxygen monitor, and a small drip will be inserted into the back of your hand to provide necessary fluids.
  7. Sedation: Sedation drugs will be administered to induce sleep and ensure comfort during the procedure.
  8. Identifying Questions: You may be asked identifying questions to verify important details before the procedure begins.

Following these preparations and instructions is essential for a safe and successful liposuction procedure. It’s also important to maintain open communication with your Absolute clinical team and address any questions or concerns you may have before the surgery.

The Procedure

During a liposuction procedure performed under sedation, patients are typically completely asleep and should not remember the procedure itself or the immediate hours afterward. The duration of the procedure can vary depending on the number of areas being treated but generally takes around 2 hours. Afterward, patients require an additional 2 to 3 hours to fully wake up and recover from the sedation.

It is crucial to have a responsible adult to pick you up after the liposuction procedure and provide care and supervision during the first night, for your safety and well-being. Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and while it is typically performed on an outpatient basis, having someone to assist you and ensure your comfort and recovery at home is essential. Your carer can also be a valuable source of support as you begin your recovery journey. Overall, their presence helps ensure a safe transition from the surgical facility to your home, contributing to a positive recovery process.

Patients can expect to wake up feeling numb and without any significant pain. However, if there is any discomfort or pain, it should be promptly communicated to your recovery nurse.

It’s important to note that menstrual pads may be placed under the garment during recovery to absorb any tumescent fluid that may ooze from the wounds. Patients should refrain from removing or disturbing these pads until their day one, post-operative review at the Nedlands clinic, where they will receive further guidance on post-operative recovery and instructions for aftercare. Open communication with the healthcare team and following their guidance are essential for a successful recovery process.

What happens after the Vaser Pro Lipo procedure?

The day after your liposuction procedure, you will need to arrange transportation to your review appointment with the nurses and the doctor. During this appointment, several important steps will occur:

  1. Compression Garment Removal: The compression garment applied after the procedure will be taken off.
  2. Wound Treatment: All wounds will be treated and assessed for proper healing.

It’s important to note that during the night following the procedure, it’s advisable to lie on an old towel, as the wounds may seep with a fluid that resembles raspberry cordial in consistency.

If the fluid becomes thicker and more like tomato sauce (red and thick), it is essential to immediately contact the doctor. Doctors are available 24 hours a day and will be able to provide guidance and assistance.

After your day one review, the nurse will provide instructions regarding whether you may shower or not. This will depend on how much you continue to experience fluid leakage at the time of the review. While it’s encouraged to be up and walking around the house as often as possible, strenuous exercise should be avoided during the first 4 to 7 days (but may vary from patient to patient), and rest is essential for a smooth recovery.

After a liposuction procedure, it’s important to follow certain guidelines for a safe recovery:

  1. Intercourse: Avoid sexual intercourse for the first week following the procedure to allow for proper healing.
  2. Swimming and Spa: Stay away from swimming and sitting in spas until the wounds are completely healed, typically after 2 weeks.
  3. Improvement and Swelling: Some patients may notice a distinct improvement as early as the first month, but it’s common for swelling to persist for up to 6 weeks. The final results are usually seen, on average, between six to nine months, but it may take up to 12 months for some patients.
  4. Recovery Time: Recovery time can vary from patient to patient. Light exercise may be resumed at 1 week, followed by moderate exercise at 2 weeks, and full exercise at 3 weeks. However, it’s advisable to avoid extreme exercise for 6 to 12 weeks.

It’s essential to follow these recommendations and any additional instructions provided by your healthcare provider to ensure a successful recovery and achieve the best possible results from your liposuction procedure.

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Glenn Murray

Medical Director and Owner

Dr. Murray (MED0001196978) leads the team of doctors and health professionals at Absolute Cosmetic, bringing over two decades of full-time experience in cosmetic medicine to his role as Medical Director and Owner of Absolute Cosmetic Perth.

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*Before and After Disclaimer. All before and after photographs show actual patients of Absolute Cosmetic and are published with written consent. Images have not been digitally enhanced or altered. Outcomes shown are only relevant for each patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience. Results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. Please be advised that surgical outcomes vary, from patient to patient, and comprehensive research is crucial before making any decisions. Please read the associated treatment page for information regarding risks and recovery. All surgical before and after photographs are taken before and one year after the procedure unless otherwise specified. All surgical procedures have been performed by Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner, Perth.

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Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner. General disclaimer: Patient outcomes can vary due to factors such as... genetics, diet, age, exercise, lifestyle, weight, and overall health. It’s essential to understand that all invasive surgeries come with inherent risks and require a recovery period and specific care regimen. Detailed information regarding surgical risks and complications is available here, but it is advisable to conduct thorough research and obtain a second opinion to ensure you are able to make an informed decision. Please note that the information provided is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice or establish a doctor-patient relationship. For real patient images, please visit our Before and After page. Please be advised that surgical outcomes vary, from patient to patient, and comprehensive research is crucial before making any decisions. This website contains imagery which is only suitable for audiences 18+.

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