Lipedema - Salameh Plastic Surgery


Browse our Lipedema before and after images to see the incredible results you can achieve with Dr. Salameh, double board certified Plastic Surgeon who is an expert in Lipedema surgery. Due to the remarkable effects of customized liposuction treatments, many of our patients have gone on to enjoy reduced swelling and experience more function, less pain, and enhanced aesthetics in their affected limbs.



Lipedema refers to a common condition occurring in about 11% of women, which causes irregular accumulation of fat deposits mostly on the legs, thighs, hips, arms and forearms. It spares the feet and hands. Causes of Lipedema include hormonal and hereditary factors.


Very few surgeons are equipped with the knowledge, expertise, and experience to successfully treat lipedema with liposuction worldwide, so patients seeking a qualified provider often travel all the way to Europe to get the results they desire. We offer the exceptionally rare lipedema with lymph sparing liposuction–a special technique that preserves the lymphatics, veins, arteries, and nerves.

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The Complete Package

To make sure we meet the needs of all patients who desire this procedure, we have packages that include lodging and travel assistance to and from the airport for people coming from overseas and nationwide. Since we cannot come to you, we will make it as easy as possible for you to come to us in Bowling Green to receive the treatment in our on-site, AAAASF-certified surgical suite. 


Dr. Bernard Salameh is a Lipedema Specialist you can trust. Lipedema comes with its own challenges and concerns, so you’ll want a doctor that understands what you’re dealing with.

Procedure Benefits

The uneven fat distribution caused by this condition can cause a number of complications for its sufferers. Heaviness and pain in the limbs can be among the most uncomfortable. A customized course of liposuction by Dr. Salameh can alter the course of the disease and significantly reduce the discomfort associated with it, including mobility issues, bruising, and persistent pain. A pain-free life is priceless, and our previous patients can attest to that. Dr. Salameh’s patient-centered approach inspires confidence and ensures an outcome of reduced pain, discomfort, and swelling.  


Additionally, we include lymphatic drainage massage to drain fluids, performed at the conclusion of the procedure. We will also provide high compression stockings to minimize swelling and maximize results.  Browse our lipedema before and after images to see what you can achieve with Dr. Salameh. Due to the remarkable effects of customized liposuction treatments, many have gone on to experience more function and far less pain in their affected limbs.

Lipedema FAQ Section

It is a clinical diagnosis, based on genetic and hormonal factors. Generally, it runs in families and affects about 11% of the female population.

If the veins are large, then you need to treat them beforehand. If they are smaller spider veins then no need to treat them ahead of time.

At Salameh Plastic Surgery, we tailor our services to fit the needs of our patients. All lipedema procedures come with MLD and compression garments. For those traveling alone, all packages include a 2 night hotel stay and an assigned caregiver can be added for an additional charge. Your Patient Care Coordinator will help you decide which package is best for you.

Each patient has individual needs. To be able to provide the most excellent results and outstanding customized patient experience, costs will vary from patient to patient. However, our prices are competitive and include two pairs of compression and two sessions of MLD.

We provide all types of anesthesia, from general to local. Our AAAASF certified surgical suite and nurse anesthetist allow us to create the most comfortable experience possible.

Dr. Salameh’s favorite technique is TAL, PAL, SAFE. This allows him to take out as much fat as possible without damaging the lymphatics, with minimum irregularities and no skin damage while also providing skin retraction.

Yes, we perform skin retightening, thigh lifts, arm lifts, and tummy tucks.

The patient must be above the age of 18. 

Depending on the carrier. Most insurances do not cover Lipedema but we will be happy to provide you with a personalized treatment plan, chart notes, and procedure notes for you to submit to insurance.

We strongly recommend a low carb diet, minimal alcohol and salt intake, continuous MLD, and low impact exercises like water activity, yoga, etc.

Generally, the answer to this question is no. However, we do recommend MLD (lymphatic drainage massage) and compression.

If you are planning on getting pregnant in the next few months, you should wait. Otherwise, it’s best to remove as much as possible beforehand in case the disease flares post-pregnancy.

The more compression you wear, the less swelling you will have and potentially less fibrosis and scarring you will have. It is not a requirement, but it can potentially improve your outcome.

Yes we do, and at various times throughout the day to accommodate for different time zones.

When our patients require more than one procedure for proper removal, we typically schedule them 8 weeks apart to ensure proper healing.

We recommend taking iron, folate, and B12 supplements between procedures. You should also ensure that you are properly hydrated, exercising regularly, and are maintaining a healthy diet.