Lipedema is a chronic condition that involves a build up of fatty tissues, usually on the legs, sometimes on the arms. Sometimes this condition is misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphedema. Although it can progress to be Lipo Lymphedema, which is swelling in the fatty build up areas. It is predominately in women and is seen after hormonal changes such as puberty, menopause, or pregnancy etc. Treatments vary, although the gold standard for this is Tumescent Liposculpture. Vaser Pro Tumescent Liposculpture is the ultimate treatment as it is very gentle and does interrupt the lymphatic drainage, on average.
There are four stages of Lipodema:
Stage 1 – Seems just like excessive fatty areas in the buttocks, thighs, and calves but not the ankles or feet. These areas are often painful when pressure is applied. The skin and tissue do not indent when a finger is pressed in these areas.
Stage 2 – Distinct nodules or deposits are noted under the skin and discolouration or bumpy appearance of the skin can start appearing also.
Stage 3 – The fat accumulation worsens on the lower body and mobility issues can occur. Large deposits are often noted around the knees, and in my experience the lower knee can get excessive deposits on the anterior surface. The legs are now looking somewhat deformed.
Stage 4 – also known as Lipo Lymphedema, the fat puts pressure on the lymphatic nodes, causing poor drainage of the lymph. Swelling can occur over the entire lower body, including the ankles and the feet. The fat and swelling can now be asymmetrical and lead to difficulty in moving. This can also spread to the arms.
Many patients are acutely aware, even in the early stages, something is not right with their legs. Often, they will note their mother’s legs being Stage 3 or 4 and they have a suspicion they may be heading in this direction. At this stage before stretching the skin, Vaser Liposculpture is wise. In the later stages Vaser Lipo is still effective, however there may be skin laxity which needs correction. Vaser Lipo does help tighten the skin to some degree, although a new treatment called Renuvion J Plasma is being used to tighten skin also. In very severe cases, skin removal by surgery is needed.
Many patients find that this treatment lasts for many years and is the only treatment they need, although some will get as little as five years out of the Vaser Surgery before they need to address some areas of recurrence.
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