Lipedema is a health condition that causes fat to excessively accumulate in the lower half of the body, most commonly the buttocks, thighs, and calves. Lipedema can sometimes also affect the upper arms. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides treatment of lipedema to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
The exact cause of lipedema is unknown, but is more common in females and is hereditary. This condition commonly occurs or becomes worse with hormonal changes, such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Lipedema is not caused by obesity and is often resistant to diet.
Stages of Lipedema
As lipedema progresses, fat will build up in the lower half of the body and sometimes the upper arms. As the condition worsens, pain may begin to occur and the patient may slowly lose mobility. If too much fat accumulated, lymph fluid may build up and block the lymphatic pathway, causing lymphedema. The hands and feet will not swell or accumulate fat unless lymphedema occurs.
If left untreated, lipedema can cause immobility of the legs and arms. Excessive fat build-up can also cause blood circulation issues, joint damage, vein conditions, and more. Treatment options include:
- Liposuction: The most effective treatment, offers immediate results and relief
- Lymphatic drainage: a specialized massage that helps absorb fat
- Nutrition therapy
- Hormone evaluation and therapy
Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides treatment of lipedema to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
Contact Marietta, Georgia Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta for a Consultation
Serving patients in and around Marietta, Atlanta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Morningside/Lenox Park, Virginia-Highland, Candler Park, Midtown, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Ormewood Park, Georgia and other surrounding areas.