Not much is known about Lipedema, an elusive, chronic disease that strikes women. Millions of women are plagued by this painful disorder that oftentimes gets overlooked as a weight problem. One of the most underdiagnosed disorders in this country, lipedema sufferers can find help and expert specialists like Dr. Jaime Schwartz to give them emotional and surgical support while living with this progressive disease.
Dr. Jaime Schwartz is the founder of Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and lipedema specialist. Dr. Schwartz is well-known throughout the medical community for his pursuit and determination to find out more answers and treatment solutions to help with this disease. With his surgical and medical background, Dr. Schwartz is an expert about what cosmetic surgeries can help women live a better quality of life with lipedema. Here is information on what surgical techniques can be utilized to help women suffering from lipedema and what specialists like Dr. Schwartz can do.
The facts on Lipedema
Lipedema roughly affects 17 million women. It is an irregular buildup of excess fat beneath the skin typically seen in the legs, hips or buttocks. For example, a woman may be a size 6 up top but a size 16 on her bottom half. Typical symptoms are larger, column-like legs or lower half where the skin appears lumpy. It usually begins as merely a cosmetic concern but eventually, the fat continues to build up, so the lower half grows heavier. As the lipedema condition worsens with each stage, the fat cells eventually cause circulation issues and affect healthy vessels of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is imperative for keeping body fluid levels balanced and protect against infection. Once women enter into later stages of lipedema their general overall health can become severely compromised.
The exact cause of this disease that solely affects women is unknown. The main factor according to research is a woman's hormones. It often begins or gets worse in hormone cycles of puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Research also indicates a woman's genetic history may be involved. Women with lipedema show a common thread of family history with other females suffering from this disease such as grandmothers, aunts, or sisters. Lipedema specialists, like Dr. Schwartz, are diligently working to find out the answers, give women emotional support as well as concrete treatment options that work.
Decongestive therapy options
Women in the early stages of lipedema can greatly benefit from certain medical therapies to relieve painful symptoms and lymphatic build-up. Consistently wearing compression garments can help reduce fluid buildup and reduce swelling in the legs. Manual lymphatic drainage is a specific form of massage therapy that uses a rhythmic movement to stimulate blocked areas of the lymph system which can help relieve pain and stimulate drainage. Regular exercise also helps with mobility, reduces fluid buildup, and improves inflammation in the legs. Medical supplements and a healthy diet are also beneficial to help lesson lymphatic symptoms with this progressive disease.
Surgical options for lipedema patients
Research is still heavily being conducted on this perplexing disease for women. Lipedema experts like Dr. Schwartz have perfected certain surgical techniques that give women, especially in the Beverly Hills area, surgical options to relieve certain lipedema issues.
A major player in regard to surgical options for lipedema patients is liposuction, specifically lymphatic sparing liposuction or water-assisted lipo. During a consultation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss your concerns and get a better understanding of what surgical approach would best suit your needs. Liposuction techniques are utilized to remove excess fat in target areas without jeopardizing the shape of lipedema affected areas. Dr. Schwartz can then contour the remaining tissue to help with circulation and better mobility. Liposuction can manage the physical impact lipedema symptoms have on a patient by reducing the amount of fatty tissue and excess fluid with helps with swelling. Overall, liposuction options can help women be more active or mobile which can also help their overall mental health when dealing with this disease.
Certain lipedema patients can also consider surgical help with the removal of excess, loose skin, particularly in the abdominal area. In some cases, lipedema can settle in the midsection for some women. A tummy tuck can be an excellent surgical option for women to experience life without loose skin in their abdominal area. For larger areas, a panniculectomy can also be performed by Dr. Schwartz which will remove heavy, larger (apron fat) amounts of excess skin in the lower abdominal area.
After a thorough examination and consultation, Dr. Schwartz will give his professional option on the best course of action for your lipedema symptoms. Since there are varying degrees and different stages to this perplexing disease, a lipedema expert like Dr. Schwartz will give his expert advice on what the best course of action may be for each patient. If a surgical procedure like liposuction is necessary, then Dr. Schwartz uses his patented Rapid Recovery option of a gentler form of general anesthesia to help with an easier recovery.
Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA is completely dedicated to women living with lipedema. If you are concerned you have lipedema and want to see a specialist to discuss possible surgical options, then we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.