How to Diagnose and Treat FML in Lipedema Patients

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Familial multiple lipomatosis (FML) is a genetic disorder characterized by numerous lipomas in the extremities or abdominal area. This rare condition is thought to be hereditary like lipedema, and is likely an autosomal dominant disorder, which means there is a pattern of inheritance. Lipomas are growths of fat cells intertwined within tissues and fibers beneath the skin and can be found throughout the body. Lipoma clusters are usually benign tumors, but they still require a professional examination and care to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment if necessary. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz, who is also a fat disorder specialist, can properly diagnose and treat conditions such as FML at Total Lipedema Care (TLC) in Beverly Hills, CA.


Lipedema is a progressive disorder that may involve patients developing lipomas. These noncancerous, soft-tissue tumors can develop in conjunction with lipedema and other fat disorder conditions. FML is a rare condition where multiple lipomas are clustered in certain areas. The lipomas associated with familial multiple lipomatosis are usually painless, but in some situations can become large and numerous, therefore impacting a person’s quality of life. Treatment and diagnosis are based on the symptoms and signs present in each patient, so consulting a specialist like Dr. Schwartz at Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills is a crucial step in your overall health.


What are lipomas?

Lipomas are an accumulation of fatty tissue or clusters beneath the skin’s surface. These growths can be associated with a rare disorder called Dercum’s disease (DD) and are generally left untreated unless they become painful or impede a patient’s mobility. This increase in subcutaneous adipose tissue can be present in the upper arms, shoulders, neck, thighs, or midsection. Lipomas are soft to the touch and doughy in texture, and they are generally small in size. Although lipomas are considered a noncancerous growth, they should be examined by a professional to ensure a proper diagnosis. Dr. Schwartz is skilled in diagnosing and treating patients with lipomas, along with other conditions that accompany these growths, such as lipedema.


What Is familial multiple lipomatosis?

Much like lipedema, familial multiple lipomatosis is a genetic disorder. FML is a rare defect characterized by lipomas present in the neck, arms, abdomen, or thighs. Familial multiple lipomatosis is hereditary and is the diagnosis given by a specialist like Dr. Schwartz when more than one family member is affected by this condition. Like lipedema, FML can span several generations, and it takes a specialist with knowledge and experience with such conditions to give patients a proper diagnosis. 


Properly diagnosing FML

The leading cause of lipomas with FML is genetics. This condition is generally seen only in adult women, and the underlying cause of lipomas seems to be an inheritance factor. A specialist like Dr. Schwartz has the experience to diagnose this condition, which is rarely serious but often confused with a possibly cancerous mass. Even if they have been diagnosed with lipedema, any patient who discovers a lump or growth should seek a professional opinion. Once the mass has been biopsied to rule out any other possibilities, Dr. Schwartz can address the condition and discuss possible treatment options.


Treating familial multiple lipomatosis

When multiple lipomatosis or growths occur, they are generally painless and small in size but can make a person feel self-conscious. Surgical removal or liposuction may be necessary primarily if the cluster of lipomas has grown in size or number, or is causing pain. In some instances, patients want lipomas removed for aesthetic reasons. Working closely with a specialist and plastic surgeon like Dr. Schwartz can ensure that patients get the right treatment. Surgical removal is possible through a small incision to extract the lipoma at the target site. Liposuction can also be an option to remove lipomas underneath the skin’s surface through an outpatient procedure at Total Lipedema Care.


Research is consistently being done to further the medical community’s knowledge about fat disorders like Dercum’s disease, lipedema, and FML. The similarities between these genetic disorders can make it challenging to get properly diagnosed or find the right treatment options. Scheduling a consultation with lipedema specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz can get you headed in the right direction. Total Lipedema Care was established by Dr. Schwartz to help patients with fat disorders like FML and lipedema, and the skilled staff can offer helpful resources and effective treatment options. 


With advanced medical technology and more knowledge about these diseases, patients today don’t have to suffer like past generations. Dr. Schwartz and the trained staff at Total Lipedema Care can help you get a proper diagnosis and get you started with the right support and treatment options. If you are concerned about lipedema, FML, or Dercum’s disease, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaime Schwartz at Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA, today. 


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