Patients with lipedema often find themselves a little lost when they first receive their diagnosis. Not only do they often lack information about their condition, they also know little about lipedema treatment. At The Dr Lanzer Clinic, we aim to inform our patients about conditions such as this, so lipedema patients can make an informed decision about their lipedema treatment going forward.
How Do You Know If You Have Lipedema?
Lipedema is a chronic condition that exists almost exclusively in women. The condition is characterised by an abnormal accumulation of fat tissue in certain area of the body. This fat disorder is also associated with symptoms such as pain and swelling caused by fluid accumulation. Patients can also bruise easily in the affected area. The condition occurs often in the legs but may occur in other parts of the body too.
Patients suffering from lipedema are likely to encounter problems with the lymphatic system as well, although both conditions cannot be confused with one another. However, as lipedema progresses, the lymphatic system will most likely become impacted. In some cases, it leads to an additional condition called secondary lymphedema.
Lipedema can cause additional conditions as the illness progresses. One common condition that may occur in patients with lipedema is chronic venous insufficiency. The condition is characterised by weakened or damaged valves of the veins, which in turn prevent the blood being pumped back to the heart. For most lipedema patients, this occurs in the legs.
Even though lipedema is characterised by an accumulation of excess fat in a certain area of the body, the condition is not caused by obesity. However, obesity can aggravate the condition and patients are therefore advised to maintain a healthy diet as a part of their permanent treatment.
As lipedema can influence the lymphatic system, it is not uncommon for the condition to be misdiagnosed as bilateral primary lymphedema. As such, it is important that patients are fully informed about the conditions and its symptoms. If you believe you have been misdiagnosed, it is vital to speak to your primary care physician about your diagnosis.
What Are The Treatments For Lipedema?
There are several treatments available for lipedema. The treatment that is suitable for you will depend on the stage of lipedema you suffer from and the symptoms that bother you the most. Some patients are looking for treatments that guarantee reduced pain, while others look at decongestive therapy or manual lymphatic drainage to keep the swelling under control.
Complete decongestive therapies are often used as lipedema treatment. A complete decongestive therapy will combine various therapies for lipedema into one. So, this lipedema treatment may include the use of compression garments, exercise, bandaging, massages and more.
Liposuction is a common treatment for lipedema. Evidently, the techniques may vary for your lipedema treatment. One common technique used for lipedema treatment is waterjet assisted liposuction. With this technique, the cosmetic surgery detaches the fat from the tissue in a very gentle manner. Once detached, the fat is removed from the body.
Do you wish to obtain more information about lipedema, so you can make an informed decision moving forward? Be sure to visit The Lipedema Project Australia for more detailed information about the condition and available treatments.
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Where To Get Treatments For Lipedema?
There are various ways patients can get a treatment for lipedema. Firstly, it is a good idea to contact your primary care physician, which can provide you with a referral to a nutritionist or a dietician to help you create a suitable diet. You may also require a physiotherapist for an exercise plan and to reduce pain symptoms.
Some patients suffer from a severe case of lipedema and may require liposuction to tackle the problem. These patients can contact a cosmetic surgery by referral from their primary care physician or they can contact the cosmetic surgery themselves.
The Dr Lanzer Clinic is one of the clinics in Australia that provides treatments for lipedema patients. You can count on The Dr Lanzer Clinic for conventional treatments such as manual lymphatic drainage massage, but also more advanced procedures such as liposuction.
What Makes Lipedema Worse?
Since the cause of lipedema is currently unknown, some patients may find they have different triggers that make the condition worse. However, most experts can agree on the fact that diet is extremely important for this condition. While obesity does not cause the condition, weight gain and the consumption of certain food products can cause an increase in symptoms.
To help patients to avoid their triggers that make the condition worse, it is important to speak to your primary care physician or your chosen specialist for the management of the condition.
Does Lipedema Come Back After Liposuction?
Lipedema is a chronic condition that needs to be managed over time. Even though fat cells are removed during liposuction, it does not mean that the condition cannot return in another area. If you are a lipedema sufferer, you will need to continue managing the condition after surgery to ensure the problem does not return.
The Dr Lanzer Clinic has its own nutritionist that can help you adjust to a new lifestyle and diet. If you have struggled with your lipedema diet in the past, then do not hesitate to contact our clinic in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, or Brisbane for more information.
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