Can Liposuction Help with Lipodema

i have lipodema as well as lympodema can liposuction be of any help as i am very fit and active but am very aware of how i look

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Can Liposuction Help with Lipodema

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As Dr Thoren states are you asking about just a fat collection or lymphatic swelling??? Please be more specific in asking your questions so we can advise. 

Lipodema (lipedema) and Lympodema (lymphedema) not helped by liposuction.

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Lipedema and lymphedema are two different and distinct diagnoses. Lipedema was first described in 1940 at the Mayo Clinic, and is localized diet-unresponsive fat, usually genetically-inherited, almost always in women (not always obese), and occurring from the waist to some point above the ankles. Surgery is not generally helpful or recommended.

Lymphedema is retained lymphatic fluid, usually occurring in the setting of lymphatic vessel insufficiency or injury, such as from trauma, surgery, or disease. More injury (in the form of surgical liposuction) is not generally helpful or recommended. Elevation and compression therapy is recommended for most patients.

Special circumstances may dictate other recommendations, but if the above advice is what you have been given, follow it. I am sorry I did not have better news for you.

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and lymphedema

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Liposuction should not be used for lymphedema. The subtle scarring that occurs from liposuction will make matters worse which may ultimately increase your deformity. Addressing the cause of your lymphedema should be pursued.

Ricardo Izquierdo, MD
Oak Brook Plastic Surgeon

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