I have mild/moderate lipedema. What procedures are involved in the liposuction process to improve my condition?
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Lipedema and Liposuction
Treatment for lipedema
However, avoiding obesity tends to be partially protective.
Treatment options are liposuction and possible direct excision of skin and fat or a combination of both. Any type of liposuction can be used, though I would personally avoid the use of VASER or any form of laser liposuction in this particular condition. Liposuction can easily be done avoiding general anesthesia.
If this is a procedure you are interested in, then I suggest you consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
At times, it is helpful to get more than one opinion, especially in cases that are somewhat unusual or if the person does not have a great experience with lipedema.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
Treating lipidema with liposuction
- Lipidema is a poorly understood rare condition, usually found in women and usually appearing by puberty.
- Fat and fluid collect in the body, usually the legs.
- It typically extends as unsightly fullness ankles to hips.
- It worsens with obesity but is not caused by it and does not vanish with weight loss.
- Liposuction - often in several stages - removes the fat, giving over-all improvement.
- The liposuction can be done as an outpatient - with general anesthesia.
- A supportive garment is worn for weeks afterwards to control swelling.
- Most 'lipidema' liposuction photos are of people who may just be overweight, no suffering from lipidema.
- In a way - it makes no difference. Liposuction improves contour for both groups.
- One must be sure before liposuction that the problem is not from lymphatic obstruction or poor circulation - since liposuction may worsen these conditions.
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.
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