One treatment for lipoedema is a form of liposuction known as tumescent liposuction — a specialised technique which must be carried out by surgeons who have specialist knowledge about the lymphatic system, so that it is not damaged during the procedure.

Liposuction is a permanent solution for lipoedema. Provided all the abnormal fat cells are removed, research shows that it recurs in only 2 per cent of cases.