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Living with Lipedema

There’s nothing more frustrating than sticking closely to an exercise routine and never deviating from a diet without any results to show for it. While some may attribute this scenario to a subpar attempt at fighting fat, for many, there is an underlying medical reason that weight isn’t being lost despite a concentrated effort. When diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick and in some cases, weight continues to accumulate over time, it’s time to look more closely at what could be causing this to happen.

Troubling Signs and Symptoms

Nearly 17-million women in the U.S. and nearly 370 million women across the globe suffer from a condition known as Lipedema. What is regularly associated with unruly weight gain in its initial stages can quickly spiral out of control if left undiagnosed. Often striking in a woman’s mid-20s, Lipedema is a disease that leads to the excessive build up of fat cells primarily in the arms and legs. Going far beyond the appearance of extra pounds, those who suffer with Lipedema often present with pockets of fat on the limbs that appear disproportionate in comparison to the rest of the body.

Woman suffering with Lipedema often report the disease in association with painful symptoms that trigger difficulties dealing with everyday life activities. Excessive swelling often comes with pain, numbness and bruising. In its advanced stages, Lipedema can impact mobility and provokes vascular and lymphatic swelling which can lead to further medical complications.

Finding a Solution

Lipedema is often misdiagnosed as standard obesity, leaving patients to deal with an endless cycle of disappointment and on-going pain as symptoms continue and weight refuses to fall off. Unfortunately, Lipedema does not respond to an altered diet or increased exercise and ultimately requires cosmetic intervention in order to alleviate the appearance and pain of symptoms. Liposuction performed on the affected limbs is generally the most effective form of treatment. Removing fat deposits that are diseased not only helps reduce swelling of the limbs but alleviates the pain that holds patients back from everyday activities.

Selecting Expert Care

When it comes to liposuction specific to treating Lipedema, an experienced physician is required to perform the procedure successfully. Advanced technique and precision planning are both required to remove diseased fat deposits and achieve long-term results. Women suffering with Lipedema should always take the time to ensure they are under the care of a physician who specializes in Lipedema treatment and is willing to work closely with their patients to create customized treatment options.

St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center

Dr. Wright and his team have extensive experience helping patients with Lipedema find a successful procedural solution to reducing painful symptoms. Contact the Laser Lipo and Vein Center to schedule an initial consultation.

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Dr. Wright

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.

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