Lipedema is an often painful condition that affects an estimated 11% of women. This uneven distribution of fat – typically in the hips, buttocks and legs – can produce both cosmetic and functional issues, and may even exacerbate painful leg swelling in women who are required to stand for long periods at a time.
Lipedema is often marked by significant disproportions between the upper and lower body, but when left untreated, the condition can begin to spread into the arms as well. The causes of lipedema are unknown, but it is suspected that female hormones, particularly during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and following gynecologic surgery play a key role.
Unlike most fat accumulations, those caused by lipedema will not respond to diet and exercise. Compression garments can help control pain and reduce swelling, but these will also not offer a lasting solution for lipedema. Liposuction, however, has shown to both eliminate current lipedema fat cells and prevent them from returning.
The types of liposuction that have proven most effective in the treatment of lipedema are:
Both of these options utilize liquids to break up stubborn lipedema fat deposits, allowing for complete removal from the body. Depending on your specific case of lipedema, more than one treatment may be necessary for optimal results. Beverly Hills liposuction surgeon Dr. Andre Berger utilizes gentle liposuction techniques that minimize trauma to surrounding tissue while maximizing results. These techniques reduce liposuction recovery time, allowing for repeat treatments to occur more rapidly and helping to ensure the fastest and most pleasing results. If you will require more than one treatment to fully eliminate your lipedema, Dr. Berger will discuss options, time-tables, and expectations during your initial consultation.
If you are ready to restore physical comfort and improve the appearance of your lower body, please call Beverly Hills liposuction surgeon Dr. Andre Berger at 310.856.9173 to schedule your lipedema treatment consultation today.