“Passion – skill – technique: these three pillars are the key to excellent results – of that I’m certain. But is it enough to be a good medical practitioner?
It was the Greek word plastikos, meaning to shape or form, that inspired me to offer medical body shaping (med-plast) for lipedema surgery of the highest standard: PLASTIC lipedema surgery. For me, this encompasses not only the surgery, but also a trusting, individualised and safe treatment for each and every patient, from the first consultation to the last check-up.
We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic!”
Dr. med. Frank Labschies
Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
Knowledge, experience and an enthusiasm for medical body shaping are not everything:
passion is the only true measure of the most important factor – our unconditional desire to achieve the best possible results for our patients. This means combining skill with safety and comfort. However, it also goes beyond that.
As lipedema specialists, we have a deep understanding of and great empathy for what our patients go through.
These are the factors that underpin our performance commitment to every med-plast patient, so that we can deliver the very best results possible.
From the very outset, Dr. Labschies has used WAL in his work as a specialised plastic anaesthetic surgeon. At the beginning of the 2000s, there was not yet sufficient evidence concerning the safety threshold for the volume of fat removed and the areas to be treated using WAL.
Together with lipedema expert Dr. Heck in Mühlheim, Dr. Labschies was able to establish new principles for mega-liposuction using WAL (>5 Litres).
Dr. Labschies’ goal was to combine lipedema surgery with the skill of a plastic surgeon – this is what we at med-plast today call
Plastic Lipedema Surgery:
- Holistic: defining the specific distribution of lipedema tissue based on the entire surface area of the body and not only the extremities is key to a lasting surgical result.
- Precise: the contradiction between the two surgical objectives involved demands the greatest precision. While, on the one hand, diseased tissue needs to be removed to alleviate pain, an optimum amount of residual fat must be left intact to maintain the natural functions of body fat.
- Optimal: Achieving an optimal appearance demands knowledge and skill on the part of the plastic surgeon. Supporting treatment options help ensure the best possible outcome in each individual case.
Waterjet-assisted liposuction (WAL) is the most innovative of the liposuction methods available today.
Preserving the tissue, saving time and the lack of the need for tissue infiltration are just some of the factors that make this method superior to traditional techniques.
Lipedema Surgery needs to be carried out comprehensively – i.e. three-dimensionally and circular around the extremities and the adjoining areas. This demands a controlled method. With WAL, manual control is guaranteed at all times, since the tissue is not flooded with fluid. This allows the surgeon to optimally assess the affected area through both sight and touch throughout the surgery.
Tips on how to find the right plastic surgeon for you:
Finding the right plastic surgeon is a matter of trust. In addition to professional qualifications and skills, personal impressions are hugely important.
While there are no general rules for initial online research, several criteria have proved helpful and should be considered:
Beware of false labelling! Only “Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery“ or the older title of “Specialist for Plastic Surgery’ are protected designations. Full membership of the German Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Deutsche Gesellschaft der Plastischen, Rekonstruktiven und Ästhetischen Chirurgen, DGPRÄC) or an equivalent national professional body is a reliable indication. This professional association admits only surgeons who hold the title of Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery or the older title of Specialist for Plastic Surgery. Patients looking to pursue the surgical route can use this as a point of orientation. Admission to the Association demands professional training of at least six years and a successful examination before the State Chamber of Physicians (Landesärztekammer). It sets the highest standards in professional qualification and is a guarantee of quality. This organisation has less than one thousand members.
A list of members is available here. Diplomas hanging on the wall can also be misleading – every physician holds various certificates of varying quality. Be sure to ask your doctor about their precise specialist title.
You alone can decide whether the surgeon in question spends enough time on a personalised consultation. They need to understand the background and your treatment goals. They should outline possible results and draw your attention to the limitations of what can be achieved. This demands a detailed examination based on the professional experience and specialised skills you can expect of a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery. Try not to be disappointed if your wishes cannot be achieved or the technology available would not provide a good outcome in your specific case. A “no” in the right place is of great value in preventing harm and is an expression of the greatest integrity and professionalism.
It’s a good idea to have a consultation with several plastic surgeons and to go with your gut feeling as to the best choice.
- If the surgeon is evasive when asked about their experience with the desired procedure
- If you are pressured to make an appointment for a surgical procedure and there “just happens” to be an opening the next day
- If there is insufficient infrastructure for optimal care and after-care
- If the procedure is described as easy and without risk
- If a deposit payment is requested during the initial consultation.
- Following an examination, the surgeon should provide a precise estimate that includes all ancillary costs. A deposit based on the estimated costs is usually required prior to surgery.