This patient originally came to us exclusively for a skin removal procedure after Massive Weight Loss and left with a Lipedema diagnosis and treatment plan.
Before she consulted with Dr. Jaime Schwartz, this patient was unable to lose weight with a diet and exercise regimen, so she resorted to Gastric Bypass Surgery in and effort to shed the excess weight she was carrying. After losing 170 pounds, following surgery she was left with excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat.
During her initial skin removal consultation with Dr. Jaime Schwartz, she spoke about the tenderness and stubborn pockets of fat in her legs, and after reviewing her symptoms, Dr. Schwartz diagnosed her with Lipedema. Her treatment plan included Lymphatic Sparing Liposuction and Manual Lipedema Extraction on her legs, in addition to a Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck to remove the excess skin in her abdomen.
The onset of Lipedema typically happens in the lower extremities and can eventually migrate to the arms as well as abdomen. This condition can be reversed and symptoms diminished with surgical intervention, but it is vital for patients to seek treatment or a diagnosis as soon as they begin to experience symptoms.