Much too often, women who are suffering from lipedema are told that the swelling and adiposity in their legs is due to genetics or due to lifestyle. Treatment of lipedema varies, as some methods have been supported to be more effective than others. Treatment includes lymphatic support by surgery, particularly specialized lipectomy. It is important to find an experienced and highly knowledgeable surgeon that understands the anatomy and condition of lipedema. This is critical in surgical treatments because they will be able to successfully spare injury to lymphatic channels when removing the lipedema fat. The lipedema fat cannot shrink and does not respond to weight loss. Unfortunately, calorie restrictions and dieting will not prevent the development of the condition. However, it has shown to reduce the size and weight of the fats and hence reduces the likelihood that the disease can progress any further. Excess fats typically will remain in the lower extremities, even when strict diet control is controlled.
Is Surgery the right choice?
It is definitely an option to consider! Multiple surgical techniques have been developed nowadays to remove this type of stubborn fat. A surgical approach can successfully minimize the swelling and allow the involved limb(s) to be back to normal size. In selected cases, having surgery can minimize the disease burden, and allow the individual to regain complete mobility of the limbs where lipedema fat was affected. VASER liposuction in the hands of an experienced surgeon is a great technique that can address this problem. VASER technology allows Dr. Mowlavi to emulsify the targeted fat for fat reduction while avoiding any sensitive nerves and/or vessels throughout the surgery.
At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute, we value each individual and we are happy to provide the care and treatment lipedema patients need and deserve. Contact us for your free consultation today.
Please see this 54-year-old female patient who came to Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute to manage her body’s problem areas.