WHAT IS LIPEDEMA
Lipedema is a disease that has affected over 11% of women in the United States. It is usually confused or mixed with regular obesity or lymphedema. It is a condition that arises when excessive fat deposits in an irregular way underneath your skin, normally in legs, thighs, and buttocks. This condition becomes painful with time. As this is not obesity dieting and exercising may not be very helpful.
Sometimes women with Lipedema feel like they have two different bodies, it becomes difficult for them to find a suitable cloth to fit in as their upper body part is significantly different from the lower body part which is out of the proportion. Doctors first discovered this disease in 1940 and since then they are trying to find out the best way to cure the disorder.
WHAT ARE THE PROMINENT CAUSES OF LIPEDEMA?
This condition is found specifically in women. Doctors have not yet found the hard and core cause of this condition. But some believe that it happens because of the genes as many women who suffer from lipedema have family members who have this disorder.
Doctors also believe that lipedema can be due to female hormones, as this condition begins when a woman undergoes hormonal changes like pregnancy, puberty, after gynecologic surgery and around the period of menopause. The researchers are trying to identify the causes of lipedema but at present, we only know that genetics and hormones can be the two possible causes behind this condition.
WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR?
Lipedema is a rare disease and often confused with obesity and lymphedema. Women with lipedema do dieting and exercise as they think they are getting obese. They don’t consult a doctor until the condition gets worse and pain starts.
There are many symptoms that you can identify and get early treatment before the situation gets out of hand.
- Fat scattered haphazardly on the legs, thighs, and buttocks
- Painful legs
- Massive swelling
- Feet remain normal
- Hanging skin over ankles
- Swelling that endures throughout the day especially when standing
- The ankle cut-off sign, which appears as though somebody put a tourniquet around the lower legs.
- Little creepy crawly or varicose veins, particularly around the ankles.
With time the situation becomes more complicated and lipedema starts spreading in the arms also. If the treatment is not provided lipedema can cause scar-like tissue called fibrosis, hardened skin of the leg, delay in healing the wound, etc.
WHY CHOOSE US
We have a team of doctors experienced in treating patients with lipedema from all around the world. Our team specializes in -based therapies and tumescent liposuction and has successfully handled critical patients with lipedema. The team is also under one of the most renowned physicians of the United States Dr. Solt.
Dr. Solt is considered a pioneer in using -based therapies to improve the lives of various patients through this treatment. So if you are suffering from lipedema you should contact and schedule an appointment with us.