Lipedema is a condition that causes an abnormal accumulation of fat in certain parts of the body such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks. It typically affects women, though men can also be affected. While lipedema is not a life-threatening disease, it can cause significant physical and psychological discomfort. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides treatment of lipedema to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
What is Lipedema?
Lipedema is a condition in which fat accumulates abnormally in certain areas of the body, such as the legs, hips, and buttocks. It is more common in women, although men can be affected as well. Typically, lipedema affects both sides of the body symmetrically. It can cause swelling, tenderness, and a feeling of heaviness in the affected areas.
The primary symptom of lipedema is an abnormal accumulation of fat in certain areas of the body. This fat is typically firm and can’t be reduced through diet and exercise. Lipedema is often misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphedema, a condition in which the lymphatic system is blocked and causes fluid to accumulate in the body.
Lipedema can lead to difficulty with mobility and an increased risk of other health conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, cellulitis, and lymphedema.
The exact cause of lipedema is unknown. However, it is thought to be linked to hormonal changes, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. It is also thought to be linked to certain genetic factors, such as a family history of lipedema.
Other possible causes of lipedema include lifestyle factors, such as lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and a sedentary lifestyle. It is also possible that lipedema could be caused by certain medications or medical conditions.
Lipedema Treatment Options
The primary goal of treatment for lipedema is to reduce pain and discomfort, improve mobility, and reduce the risk of other health conditions. Treatment typically includes lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and may also include medical treatments, such as compression garments, physical therapy, and liposuction.
Lifestyle changes are often the first line of treatment for lipedema. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight can all help reduce symptoms of lipedema.
Compression garments can also be helpful in decreasing swelling, pain, and discomfort associated with lipedema. Specialized bras, stockings, and other garments that provide compression can help reduce swelling in the affected areas.
Physical therapy can also be helpful in reducing the symptoms of lipedema. Physical therapists can teach you exercises that can help reduce swelling and improve mobility. They can also teach you ways to manage pain and discomfort.
Finally, liposuction for lipedema can be an effective treatment for reducing fat in the affected areas. This is typically done with a small incision and is done under local or general anesthesia.
If you or someone you know has lipedema, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are committed to providing the best care possible and helping you find the right treatment plan. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides treatment of lipedema to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
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