Lipoedema Treatment Kent

Mr Karri treats lipoedema sufferers from all over the UK

Lipoedema treatment has not been stopped by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE). Read Mr Karri’s response to the NICE guidance.


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Lipoedema Treatment Kent

Mr Karri is a lipoedema specialist in the UK and offers a variety of lipoedema treatments for Kent patients, including;

  • Lower limb lipoedema liposuction
  • Upper limb lipoedema liposuction
  • Ankle pantaloon (cankle) liposuction
  • Abdominal lipoedema liposuction
  • Lower back / Buttock lipoedema liposuction
  • Back lipoedema liposuction

If you live in Kent and have any questions about lipoedema treatment, feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to help.

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What is Lipoedema?

Lipoedema (also spelled lipedema) is a chronic and progressive medical condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of fat cells in specific areas of the body, primarily the legs and sometimes the arms. Unlike regular weight gain, lipoedema fat is distributed unevenly, creating a disproportionate appearance and a characteristic “column-like” or “pear-shaped” silhouette. This condition predominantly affects women, and it can have significant physical and emotional impacts on those affected.

How is Lipoedema Diagnosed?

Mr Karri will make the diagnosis of lipoedema based on your history and examination findings. Specific features he looks out for include;

  • Bilateral, symmetrical, enlargement of the lower limbs because of disproportionate excess fat
  • Sparing of the hands and feet (cuff phenomenon)
  • Involvement of the arms (affects approximately 30% of patients)
  • Negative Stemmer sign (a specific sign for lymphoedema where the skin at the base of the second toe cannot be lifted or pinched)
  • A feeling of heaviness and tension in the affected limbs
  • Pain on pressure and touch (pressure hypersensitivity)
  • Tendency to bruise easily
  • Stable limb circumference with weight reduction or calorie restriction
  • Worsening of symptoms over the course of the day
Different types and stages of lower limb lipoedema | Mr Vasu Karri | The Karri Clinic

Lipoedema Legs

If you are a lipoedema sufferer in Kent and looking to have treatment for your lipoedema, contact us and learn what Mr Karri can do for you.

What Happens If I Do Not Want Lipoedema Liposuction?

Liposuction is not the only treatment for lipoedema, and for some patients, non-surgical therapies such as deep oscillation therapy, manual lymphatic drainage and dry brushing may be more appropriate.

It is Mr Karri’s opinion that the majority of Stage 1 patients are best managed conservatively and he recommends a ‘wait and watch’ approach.

For some Stage 3 patients, Mr Karri may recommend weight-loss (bariatric) surgery before leg lipoedema liposuction.

During your consultation, Mr Karri will explain your options and their benefits.

Lipoedema Symptoms

The most common symptoms of lipoedema include:

  • Enlargement of the legs, hips, and sometimes the arms because of excess fat.
  • Tendency to bruise easily or suffer unexplained bruising
  • Ankle swelling with prolonged standing (otherwise known as orthostatic oedema)
  • Inability to reduce the size of the legs and/or arms with diet or exercise.
  • Pain and tenderness in affected areas
Lipoedema treatment (liposuction) before and after photos

What Causes Lipoedema?

The cause of lipoedema is not known but three factors have been implicated; hormonal change, genetics and diet. It is not known which one of these factors is dominant. However, it appears the disease is exacerbated by hormonal change, typically seen during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Some patients have a positive family history of lipoedema which suggests they inherited the disease from their family. These observations help differentiate lipoedema from obesity. However, it can be difficult to make the distinction as a number of lipoedema patients also have central obesity.

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Managing Lipoedema in the Arms

In approximately 30% of lipoedema sufferers, the arms are also involved. This can have a significant impact on their quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living.

Treatment for Arm Lipoedema

Arm lipoedema can be treated in the same way as leg lipoedema with lipoedema liposuction. The surgery serves to permanently remove the diet-resistant fat cells, improve shoulder range of motion, reduce size and weight of the arm, and reduce soft-tissue pain. Patients are also able to wear blouses more easily and report less shoulder fatigue. The surgery is typically performed as a day case procedure and the recovery is 1-2 weeks.

Lipoedema fat removal with with Bodyjet water assisted liposuction | Mr Vasu Karri | The Karri Clinic

What is Lipoedema Liposuction?

Lipoedema liposuction describes removal of the abnormal, painful fat from the affected parts of the body using liposuction technology, such as power-assisted liposuction (PAL) or water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL). Mr Karri performs the surgery under sedation anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. The majority of patients have the surgery as a daycase procedure but some patients remain in the hospital overnight for safety. Lipoedema liposuction is a well-recognised as a safe and effective treatment for lipoedema and is life-changing for many patients.

Does Mr Karri Have a Preference For a Particular Liposuction Method?

Mr Karri does not have a preference and chooses the most appropriate type of liposuction for you depending on your presentation.

Why Lipoedema Sufferers in Kent Should Choose Mr Karri

Mr Karri is a Plastic Surgeon on the GMC Specialist Register who is internationally recognised for diagnosing and treating lipoedema. He has developed a treatment protocol that allows large-volume liposuction to be performed safely and effectively. If you are suffering from lipoedema and seeking treatment, start your transformation with Mr Karri.

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Mr Karri Offers Lipoedema Surgery on Patients from Kent:

Ashford | Broadstairs | Canterbury | Chatham | Cranbrook | Dartford | Deal | Dover | Edenbridge | Faversham | Folkestone | Fordwich | Gillingham | Gravesend| Hawkinge | Herne Bay | Hythe | Lydd | Maidstone | Margate | Minster | New Romney | Northfleet | Paddock Wood | Queenborough | Rainham | Ramsgate | Rochester | Sandwich | Sevenoaks | Sheerness | Sittingbourne | Snodland | Southborough | Strood | Swanley | Swanscombe | Tenterden | Thanet | Tonbridge | Tunbridge Wells | West Malling | Westerham | Westgate-on-Sea | Whitstable

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Uk’s largest Lipoedema Charity that provides information and support to lipoedema sufferers.

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Mr Karri performing surgery at The Karri Clinic

Mr Vasu Karri Consultant Plastic Surgeon BSc(Hons), MBBS, MRCS, MSc, FRCS(Plast)

Last updated 2nd November 2023