Lipedema is a condition characterised by the swelling of genetically abnormal fat collections, generally in the lower limbs. In severe cases, this can also affect the arms. Unfortunately, this is a condition that we frequently see in the cosmetic industry and is more common than even the medical profession realises. The cause of lipedema is unknown. However, it is likely to be related to hormones, as the condition occurs almost exclusively in women and starts (or worsens) at puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
There are generally four stages, from very mild fatty swelling up to having inflammation that almost inflates the limb and causes extreme discomfort. While it can be challenging to diagnose in the early stages, some of the hallmarks Dr Murray looks out for are fat on the feet or lower knees. Even something as simple as a patient saying, “my legs are a little bigger than my upper body.” This statement is not enough information for a diagnosis, but it is relevant information to keep in mind if other symptoms are showing. In our experience, you need to get in early to treat it.
One way to treat an early lipedema diagnosis is VASER Liposuction. VASER is a form of ultrasound-assisted liposuction. The ultrasound frequency tunes into the natural frequency of the fat, which liquefies it, turning it into a milk-like substance before suctioning them out. This process allows the removal of fat without disrupting the lymphatic system. If your condition has progressed, we would then suggest the addition of Renuvion. The Renuvion system is combined with Vaser Liposuction, providing excellent results in tightening the skin.
If you notice any changes in your body that you may be concerned with, come and see one of our nurses for a consultation. It is essential to catch this condition early, and more common than you may think. Contact us at (08) 9389 9099 to schedule your consultation today; our team of friendly nurses would love to discuss how we can assist you.
*It’s important to recognize that any cosmetic surgical or invasive procedure comes with inherent risks and the possibility of complications. Therefore, before moving forward, we strongly recommend that you allocate time for thorough research, self-education, and consider seeking a second opinion from a qualified practitioner to make an informed decision.