Can't I Just See A Plastic Surgeon to Treat My Lipedema?

Lipedema is a chronic disease that can change a patient's life. This disease mainly targets females, and without a diagnosis or treatment plan, can become an extremely debilitating condition. Lipedema is still heavily researched as it affects over 11% of women in the United States. Women needing medical help should seek out a lipedema specialist, like Dr. Jaime Schwartz, who is also a board-certified plastic surgeon. Board-certified, Dr. Schwartz has an extensive background in plastic surgery and is also a renown lipedema expert dedicated to providing women who are living with this disease the option of surgical body reshaping assistance.

Dr. Schwartz founded Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills as a resource dedicated to diagnosing and providing patients living with lipedema treatment options and emotional support. A well-renown Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Schwartz has committed part of his private practice to helping women with this genetic, progressive disorder.

Diagnosing lipedema

This complex condition frequently misleads medical professionals to diagnose women with having an excessive weight issue. However, lipedema is more than that for individuals who are living with this disorder. An increase in adipose tissue or "fluid-like fat" builds up generally in the lower extremities, but stops at the ankles, not affecting the feet. In some cases, this fat build-up can also be present in the arms, stopping just before the hands. Another characteristic of lipedema is the texture of subcutaneous fat that progressively gets worse with each stage. In earlier stages, it can feel like grains of rice. As it advances, the subcutaneous fat gets gradually worse and can feel like a frozen bag of peas while also increasing in size.

Treating lipedema

As this disease gets progressively worse, if left untreated, patients have more painful inflammation and circulation issues. Managing lipedema is a multi-challenging issue to improve lymphatic flow, reduce inflammation, eliminate pain, and help a woman's body live with this disease.

Besides the physical impact, women with lipedema also need emotional support. The dedicated team at Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA provide patients with support such as healthy diet recommendations, options for reducing pain with anti-inflammatory medicines, and tips to stay active with suggested regular exercise. Surgical options can also be considered, such as liposuction to reduce the pressure and swelling that can buildup in the lower extremities or upper arms. Since Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a lipedema specialist, he can provide assistance in all of these areas for women dealing with lipedema in Beverly Hills, so they receive the full spectrum of help they need.

Finding a lipedema specialist

Lipedema is a disease that is still being researched by medical professionals and specialists like Dr. Schwartz to find more answers. Millions of women are affected by lipedema, and if left untreated, can be an isolating, debilitating disease. Obtaining an early diagnosis and treatment invention plan from a lipedema specialist like Dr. Schwartz versus a traditional plastic surgeon who might not be as well-versed with this disease can help reduce symptoms and keep patients more mobile and active to fight this disorder. Dr. Schwartz and the dedicated team at Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills are on a mission to bring lipedema patients all the answers and treatment help they need in one place.

Lipedema specialist and plastic surgeon

A plastic surgeon who doesn't have a background or in-depth knowledge about lipedema may not understand the complexities this disease presents. Lipedema patients need help in dealing with the possible removal of excessive skin and liposuction treatment to eliminate excess fat. The intricate nature of the subcutaneous fat and how it manifests in patients with lipedema requires a specialist like Dr. Schwartz.

Besides being a lipedema specialist, Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified plastic surgeon, highly knowledgeable in regard to surgical and cosmetic options to relieve symptoms of the disease. For some patients, water-assisted liposuction (WAL) may be necessary to relieve painful inflammation and decrease the congestion of fatty tissue buildup. Dr. Schwartz utilizes the SAFE liposuction technique to extract the right amount of fatty tissue but not jeopardize the shape or look of the target area.

Another medical necessity for lipedema patients may be excess skin removal. With his extensive plastic surgery background, Dr. Schwartz has firsthand knowledge of how lax skin can impede the mobility of lipedema patients. Loose, sagging skin can impair mobility and cause potential dermatological issues like skin rashes or sores, which can become infected. Flaccid skin also can get in the way of wearing necessary compression garments to reduce inflammation.

Working closely with a lipedema specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jaime Schwartz gives patients the proper care necessary to fight this disease. Founded by Dr. Schwartz, Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA helps women with lipedema, giving them every facet of help they need. If you need a second opinion or are concerned you have lipedema, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.

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