Background: Lipedema is a loose connective tissue disease predominantly in women identified by increased nodular and fibrotic adipose tissue on the buttocks, hips and limbs that develops at times of hormone, weight and shape change including puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Lipedema tissue may be very painful and can severely impair mobility. Non-lipedema obesity, lymphedema, venous disease, and hypermobile joints are comorbidities. Lipedema tissue is difficult to reduce by diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Cara Cruz was always told she was fat and never understood why she couldn’t lose weight, despite years of diet and exercise.
Cruz finally has answers, and she is sharing them with women going through the same struggles by documenting her journey on her Instagram page, which has more than 87,000 followers.
Cruz said she has been fat-shamed since she was just 10 years old. By the age of 37, her lower limbs grew so large, she could barely walk and was told she may never walk again.
Background: Lipedema is a loose connective tissue disease affecting the limbs of women, that is difficult to lose by diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery. Publications from Europe demonstrate that lipedema reduction surgery improves quality of life for women with lipedema. There are no comparable studies in the United States(USA). The aim of this study was to collect data from women with lipedema in the USA who have undergone lipedema reduction surgery in the USA to determine if quality of life, pain, and other measures improved after lipedema reduction surgery.
It’s not just liposuction. Dr. Jaime Schwartz has perfected a manual extraction process that offers women with lipedema a chance at life with much less pain. How he embarked on this specialty, what his current research with Dr. Karen Herbst looks like, the stigma of liposuction as a “cosmetic” procedure and the need for more education on this debilitating condition are all part of this fascinating discussion.
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June 2019 – Dr. Jaime Schwartz was listed as part of the faculty at the 2nd Annual USC Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Lymphedema and Related Disorders Symposium. He gave a lecture covering “Lipedema Surgery:Techniques and Outcomes” to those who attended. You can view the full conference brochure here.