Lipedema in the United States
Lipedema is one of the most underdiagnosed fat disorders in the United States today, which is doing a great disservice to many men and women (mainly women) who have it. One in nine women have lipedema and do not realize it — often times being diagnosed as being overweight or morbidly obese. At Total Lipedema Care, we know there is more to the story.
The medical community is still researching why and how a patient develops lipedema — we do know that it runs in families and presents itself in times of hormonal change, such as during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or stress. The fat that develops (on the upper arms, abdomen, hips, upper buttocks, thighs, knees, and calves) is fluid-filled, has a thicker consistency (nodules), and has an abnormal growth pattern that can create folds and hanging flaps over the skin.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz, provides lymphatic-sparing surgeries and medical treatments for patients with this disorder to relieve the pain and pressure built up under the skin, to improve the movement and mobility, to decrease the chances and risks of skin infections, and much more. With his Schwartz Rapid Recuperation™ technique of using total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA), surgical patients can awaken from surgery with fewer complications. Since he will not use a general anesthetic, you will not have a breathing tube inserted or endure gases that cause severe side effects. Dr. Schwartz has a keen eye for detail and for recognizing lipedema for what it is — a medical condition that needs treatment with compassion and perseverance.
Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified plastic surgeon and an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery, specializing in advanced surgical techniques. His distinctive approach combines a "patient-first" practice with the safest and most unsurpassed, highly sought-after plastic surgical procedures available in the world. Known for his innovative procedures as much as his commitment to patient safety and education, Dr. Schwartz develops guidelines through committees in conjunction with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and has been honored for
his excellence in patient care with multiple "Physician Excellence Awards." He is a "Top 100 Core Plastic Surgeon" on RealSelf.com, a rising star in Southern California's "Top Doctors," and a featured doctor in the hit TV shows Botched and The Doctors.
Our goal at Total Lipedema Care is to help you look and feel more like yourself, only better. When it comes to improving your natural appearances, Dr. Schwartz offers innovative techniques and signature procedures with the highest standards of patient safety and results in mind.
Collaborative Lipedema Research
Total Lipedema Care works in collaboration with endocrinologist Dr. Karen L. Herbst, a leading lipedema and rare fat disorders researcher in the United States. She has dedicated her entire career to the study of congenital and genetic fat disorders in men and women. Her unyielding efforts in the research of lipedema, Dercum's disease, Madelung's disease, and familial multiple lipomatosis keeps her at the forefront of the rare fat disorder research and finding answers for people living with the disorders. Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Herbst would like not only to continue to research this disabling disorder but also to educate other doctors and nurses (when possible) on how to examine fat and to identify adipose disorders instead of diagnosing it as morbid obesity.
Meet Jaime S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Jaime Schwartz wants to raise awareness for fat disorders (like lipedema) that are highly underdiagnosed and usually misdiagnosed for morbid obesity. He is known for taking on the complex lipedema cases — giving patients more hope by alleviating some of the pain from this disorder. Patients from all over the country visit Dr. Schwartz in his Beverly Hills, CA Total Lipedema Care office for his expertise in the surgical treatment of lipedema. With his signature water-assisted, lymphatic-sparing liposuction and skin removal surgeries with his Schwartz Rapid Recuperation™ total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA), your lipedema can be safely and effectively improved by Dr. Schwartz.
He is identifying innovative ways to relieve the pain and pressure of lipedema for his patients and contributes to the ongoing research of the disorder. He is also the creator of the LipoLift® procedure, a safer and less invasive technique for breast reduction and lifts, that can also be used throughout the body.
Meet Dr. Schwartz
"Dr. Jaime Schwartz and his entire staff are truly amazing! From the very start both Dawn and Sasha were not only incredibly very kind and helpful and they both took the time to explain and answer all of my questions thoroughly before I had my first appointment. Dr. Schwartz truly cares about every aspect of patients well-being and takes the time to ensures that you are extremely comfortable, well informed, and understand everything. He is excellent at what he does and his dedication to his patients is unparallel! Thank you Dr. Schwartz and your entire team for your sincere committment to excellence in all you do, kindness, and professionalism! Excited for my upcoming procedures and know I'm in the best hands!!!"
"I found Dr. Schwartz after reviewing hundreds of surgeons in the Southern California area. He was the only one I liked on paper. Once I met him, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to work with. He is extremely generous with his time and even called me to discuss a study that I found that was relevant to my procedure. Not only was he gracious about answering my questions outside of his consults-but he told me he really appreciated my questions. I've been a pain in the butt to many doctors, but not once have I been told that he/she appreciated my extensive questions!!! Because of a preexisting heart condition, my cardiologist was involved in my medical clearance-- Dr. Schwartz worked with him seamlessly and showed compassion for my condition and advised me appropriately. I highly recommend Dr. Schwartz. He is a surgeon who not only cares about very good results but is incredibly concerned about safety."
"I’ve been seeing Dr. Schwartz for quite some time for filler and Botox. A few months back I decided to have another injector augment my lips. Bigggg mistake. They were totally uneven and it was extremely noticeable. How embarrassing, right? I was able to call Dr. Schwartz’s office. I spoke with Nicole who was so helpful and informative. She was able to book me with my crazy schedule. There’s parking in the building which is so convenient but the building doesn’t let them valet, however if you just go two blocks up it’s two hours free!! Dr. Schwartz was able to quickly assess my situation and fix my evenness. He’s extremely precise, gentle and professional. I refuse to see anyone else but him from here on out. If you’re looking for a master injector you found one! Thank you so much Dr. Schwartz, Dawn and Nicole! I love you all and I love my lips!"
"I've been seeing Dr. Schwartz for quite some time for filler and Botox. A few months back I decided to have another injector augment my lips. Bigggg mistake. They were totally uneven and it was extremely noticeable. How embarrassing, right? I was able to call Dr. Schwartz's office. I spoke with Nicole who was so helpful and informative. She was able to book me with my crazy schedule. There's parking in the building which is so convenient but the building doesn't let them valet, however if you just go two blocks up it's two hours free!! Dr. Schwartz was able to quickly assess my situation and fix my evenness. He's extremely precise, gentle and professional. I refuse to see anyone else but him from here on out. If you're looking for a master injector you found one! Thank you so much Dr. Schwartz, Dawn and Nicole! I love you all and I love my lips!"
"Today was my 6 week check up after having a fleur de lis tummy tuck..... can I just say that this whole experience has been incredible. Dr. Schwartz is an amazing surgeon and a kind hearted individual who always took his time to answer all of my questions or concerns. Although I felt 100% confident in Dr. Schwartz I have to admit I was scared of the recovery... I had read individual blogs and talked to friends about their experiences after surgery and everyone said I would be in alot of pain!! Well all I can say is "Wow" my surgery and recovery have been great my pain was very minimal and I only took tylenol and motrin. My friends who came to visit me were all astonished in how well I moved around and could not believe I was not complaining about being in pain. Dr. Schwartz and his team were very attentive after my surgery. They called me, they texted me, Dr. Schwartz reminded me each time we spoke to call him with any concerns. I am in awe of the aftercare I have received and continue to receive from Dr. Schwartz and his office. Dr. Schwartz and his team deserve more than 5 stars!!!"
At Total Lipedema Care, we offer nonsurgical treatments, surgery, and on-going lipedema management in the hope to improve the quality of our patients' lives and to reduce their risk of developing lymphedema.
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