Total Lipedema Care

Abdomen

Lipedema Reduction Surgery

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LYMPHATIC SPARING LIPOSUCTION AND MANUAL LIPEDEMA EXTRACTION​

A fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty is a tummy tuck designed to remove excess skin and tighten the abdomen both vertically and horizontally. To accomplish this, an incision is made horizontally at the level of the pubic bone then a vertical incision is made above and below the belly button. This technique allows us to remove as much skin and lipedematous fat as possible to create a contoured waist.⁣⁣ For this patient, her lipedema nodules progressively grew from her legs before migrating to her abdomen and eventually her arms. The oversized nodules caused excess weight and pain in her abdomen, which ultimately led her to seek treatment from Total Lipedema Care. Lipedema in the abdomen can cause added pressure on the legs leading to additional inflammation, which is why at Total Lipedema Care, we treat the stomach in one of the beginning phases of Lipedema Reduction Surgery. Throughout her series of treatments we will treat this patient’s legs, arms and abdomen. 

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LYMPHATIC SPARING LIPOSUCTION AND MANUAL LIPEDEMA EXTRACTION​

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. ⁣

LYMPHATIC SPARING LIPOSUCTION AND MANUAL LIPEDEMA EXTRACTION​

This patient came to us after losing more than 120 pounds following Gastric Bypass Surgery. Despite losing a significant amount of weight, the stubborn pockets of painful fat and feeling of “heaviness” in her lower body remained. ⁣

With a family history of lipedema, she said she always knew her appearance was different and can now look back at her childhood photos that justify this feeling. ⁣

“For years I have always known that my legs are different…and that just progressed throughout my whole life.” -Patient⁣

Lipedema typically begins in the lower extremities and can progress to the abdomen and arms if not treated when early symptoms are recognized. For this patient we treated the lipedema in her lower extremities with Lymphatic Sparing Liposuction and Manual Lipedema Extraction, and we removed the excess skin in her abdomen with a circumferential abdominoplasty.