For people who suffer from lipedema, the symptoms can be anywhere from uncomfortable to debilitating. Lipedema causes disproportionate fat buildup in the extremities, most significantly affecting the legs. Along with the fat buildup, the affected limb can also feel heavy, experience swelling, and even feel painful. At advanced stages of lipedema, the fat becomes hard, causing severe pain and limiting mobility.
The tumescent technique is one of the most popular liposuction treatments, gaining in popularity thanks to the many benefits it provides. Tumescent liposuction, unlike traditional liposuction, uses localized anesthetic instead of general anesthesia. The localized anesthetic is much safer to use for patients, causing little to no complications when compared to general anesthesia. Cosmetic surgeons use a tumescent fluid to surround the fat being removed, using a cannula to dislodge it from the connective tissue and then suctioning it away.
With lipedema, there is great concern of damage to the lymphatics. Dr. Wright has developed a technique to identify markers of the lymphatic system and take care to avoid injuring them during the tumescent liposuction procedure on patients with lipedema. The tumescent liposuction technique allows for relatively quick recovery times and is an outpatient procedure
Meet Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Dr. Wright is a board certified Phlebologist and cosmetic surgery specialist, with over 15 years of practicing experience. A graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia medical program, Dr. Wright was one of the first two hundred surgeons to become a diplomate in Phlebology. Dr. Wright is a leading expert in the field of Phlebology, presenting several scientific papers on new surgical techniques for treating venous...read more
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