During water assisted liposuction (WAL), unwanted fatty tissue is gently flushed out of the tissue using water, and is then suctioned out using a special cannula. This method has proven to be particularly effective for patients with lipoedema.
The goal of water assisted liposuction is to sustainably improve the contours of the body. This reduces the size of the affected areas, often reduces symptoms significantly and for the long-term.
Lipoedema is a painful disruption to how fat is distributed in the body, causing a buildup of fat, usually in the legs. Water retention and frequent bruising in these areas are also signs of the condition. Lipoedema almost exclusively affects women, and patients have often been suffering for a long time.
Plastic surgery using the WAL method can provide relief.
The EPPSTEIN Clinic in Stuttgart offers you the opportunity to be treated in a highly modern clinic in the heart of the Stuttgart inner city. It’s really important to us that you feel comfortable here. Which is why we are available for you round the clock during your stay, and are by your side if you have any questions or need anything.
And of course, the team here at EPPSTEIN Clinic Stuttgart will stick by your side during the entire aftercare process and any follow-up appointments.
We will be happy to advise you on the different liposuction procedures during your personal consultation. We will work with you to find the best treatment option tailored to you. Book an appointment:
Our expert team looks forward to your visit.
– Do I have to pay a fee for the consultation?
Yes, because the consultation is a medical service that has to be charged for in accordance with the German Scale of Fees for Physicians (GOÄ), we charge a one-off cost of €50 for your individual and in-depth consultation appointment.
– Which costs are associate with my treatment and are there financing options available?
We can provide you with precise details about treatment costs after an in-depth examination. We offer flexible financing models for your treatment. Please feel free to contact us at any time in case of any questions or for a non-binding financing offer.
– Will health insurance cover the costs?
In general, plastic surgery is not covered by health insurance, even in cases of psychological distress. However, you should seek advice from your health insurance company.
– Can the treatment be performed at the EPPSTEIN Clinic?
Yes, we have our own surgical theatre, so we are able to perform all treatments and surgeries on site.
– Why does EPPSTEIN Clinic not have any before and after photos?
According to Section 11 (1) of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Law, German doctors are not allowed to advertise plastic surgery using comparative pictures of how people look before and after surgery (before and after photos).
– I have a long journey, can the person accompanying me also spend the night in the clinic?
Yes, your companion can also stay overnight at the clinic.
– Can multiple treatments be performed during one appointment?
In general, multiple treatment can be performed during one appointment. However, we will discuss the possibility of combining various treatments during your personal consultation.
– What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery?
After completing their medical studies, a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery specialises in plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery during their 6-year residency. Since “plastic surgeon” is not a protected term, any doctor can describe themself as a plastic surgeon without having done this specialist training. Which is why we recommend placing your trust in a specialist, like Dr. Eppstein.
– Is the EPPSTEIN Clinic a member of any professional associations?
Dr. med. Ron Julius Eppstein is a regular member of DGPRÄC (the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons), the ISAPS (the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), the VDÄPC (Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and the GÄCD (Society for Aesthetic Surgery Germany e.V.).
– Will I be charged extra for staying overnight at the clinic?
No, overnight costs are included in your surgery price. You will not be charged any additional costs.
– How long does it normally take from consultation to surgery?
In general, your consultation and surgery appointment will be a few weeks apart. Legally, we have to adhere to a minimum period of 48 hours between the consultation and actually performing an elective procedure.
Legally, we have to adhere to a minimum period of 48 hours between the consultation and actually performing an elective procedure.
Certain secondary illnesses or taking anticoagulant medications may mean that it is not possible to perform plastic surgery. These things will be discussed in detail during your informed consent discussion.
– How can I best prepare for surgery?
During your consultation, Dr. Eppstein will explain everything you need to know before surgery. You should not take any medications like ASA (aspirin) that can affect blood clotting two weeks before the surgery. You should also avoid smoking cigarettes. Everything else is included in our “before and after” leaflet, which you will be given during your consultation.
– Which areas of the body can fat be removed from?
Fat can be removed from the thighs, calves, stomach, hips, upper alms, neck, and chin.
– Can multiple areas of the body be treated at the same time?
Yes, fat can be removed from multiple areas during surgery. If liposuction is going to be done on multiple areas, the surgery will be performed under general anaesthetic if necessary.
– How long does liposuction last, and will the removed fat cells regrow?
No, in general, the removed fat cells will not regrow. However, any residual fat cells may grow, for example if you eat a bad or unhealthy diet or don’t get enough exercise.
– Will I need to wear compression bandages afterwards?
You will need to wear compression bandages for 6 weeks after liposuction. These are included as part of your surgery price and are provided by us.
– When can I exercise again after liposuction?
Exercising after surgery depends on the area of the body that was treated, as well as the type of exercise itself. You can start with light exercise after 2-3 weeks as long as you don’t strain the treated area. Light activities such as walking can help prevent thrombosis. You can begin to exercise the treated area again after 4 weeks.
– What are the best techniques for liposuction?
Dr. Eppstein uses two liposuction techniques – water assisted liposuction (WAL) and the tumescent method. WAL uses an ultra thin jet of water to loosen and remove fat cells from the surrounding tissue. The fatty tissue is gently suctioned out, which considerably reduces post-operative symptoms in most cases.
The tumescent method, however, involves injecting a large amount of fluid into the affected area so that the fat swells. This makes it easier to suction out. This technique is also gentle on the body, meaning the patient does not require general anaesthetic.
– Will I have visible scars?
Scars from liposuction are minimal (approx. 3mm incision) and are hardly visible after a short while.
– How much fat can be removed in one treatment?
Depending on your height and weight, a maximum of 4-5 litres can be removed under general anaesthetic. It’s possible to remove around 2 litres under local anaesthetic.
After the procedure
– What should I do in case of complications?
You will be given an emergency number that you can use to reach Dr. Eppstein at any time. Please call right away in case of any complications.
– How can I ensure I recover well?
Getting enough physical rest and eating healthily are important factors for ensuring that your wounds heal quickly. Avoiding cigarettes and alcohol is equally important. Dr. Eppstein will discuss other individual factors with you during your consultation.
– Will I be in pain after surgery?
In general, the pain is quite tolerable. Dr. Eppstein will write you a prescription for pain medication depending on the type of surgery.
– How long do I need to wait before I can see the final result of my treatment?
A visible result is usually achieved after 3 months. The final result will then generally be visible after 6 months. Scars will settle into their final form around a year after surgery.
– Can my aftercare also be performed by a different doctor or in hospital, since I have a long journey?
This is possible under certain circumstances, but should be discussed with Dr. Eppstein individually.
– Do smoking and drinking alcohol have a direct effect on my recovery?
Smoking can cause blood vessels to constrict, which worsens blood flow to vessels and affects healing. So you should avoid cigarettes and alcohol to ensure a quicker healing process.