The Private Clinic offers safe and reliable treatments for Lipoedema symptoms.
It is estimated that 11% of the female population suffer from lipoedema. Although it was first diagnosed in the 1940s, little progress has been made with the condition with many medical professionals having no knowledge of the condition and often misdiagnosing patients.
What is lipoedema?
Lipoedema also spelt Lipedema in the USA, is a condition that causes an abnormal build-up of fat in the legs. It is more likely to affect women, can be painful and in severe cases can affect daily life. The majority of cases of lipoedema go undiagnosed with many patients being advised to lose weight but lipoedema does not respond to weight loss or exercise which can leave many patients feeling frustrated.
What are the symptoms of lipoedema?
The most common symptoms of lipoedema include:
- The lower body is out of proportion to the upper body
- Weight gain predominately in the hips, thighs and knees which is usually symmetrical.
- Excess weight not seen on hands or feet.
- Unexplained bruising.
- Ability to lose weight from upper body but not lower body.
- Affected areas may be sensitive to touch and pressure.
- Pain and heaviness felt in the affected areas.
- Skin of the affected areas can appear dimpled like orange peel.
There are 3 different stages of lipoedema severity, patients can remain in one stage or progress from stage 1-3 over time.
What causes lipoedema?
The causes of lipoedema are not known however it is believed that hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause and taking the contraceptive pill have been considered as potential factors that can bring on lipoedema symptoms. It is also believed that lipoedema can be hereditary however it can miss a generation.
What is the treatment for lipoedema?
It is important to note that there is no cure for lipoedema and any treatments should be seen more as management of lipoedema symptoms.
At The Private Clinic, we are able to offer liposuction treatment to lipoedema patients which can help to reduce the build-up of fatty tissue in the affected area whilst improving mobility, discomfort, and quality of life.
What to Expect
Liposuction for Lipoedema
There is a huge variety of different liposuction treatments and techniques. What is important when treating Lipoedema with Liposuction is not causing any damage to the lymphatic system which could then cause lymphodema, often referred to as Lymph sparing liposuction
Our surgeons at The Private Clinic use tumescent Vaser liposuction or tumescent micro lipo liposuction procedures to help reduce the symptoms of lipoedema.
Tumescent liposuction is a technique where the areas being treated with liposuction are injected with anaesthetic fluid. This helps to enlarge the fatty tissue making it easier to remove whilst also constricting small blood vessels which reduces the risk of bleeding and bruising. The anaesthetic in the fluid also causes the area to become numb which makes it more comfortable to perform under local anaesthetic.
Liposuction for lipoedema can be performed on all the areas affected by lipoedema including the following:
- Thighs – Reducing fatty tissue from the front, inner and outer thighs can help to make a difference to the overall size of the leg whilst also allowing movement without both thighs rubbing together causing discomfort.
- Calves – Removing fatty tissue from above the ankle bones can give more definition to the leg.
- Knees – The inner side of the knee is most commonly treated and often combined with front of thigh and ankle treatment to give more shape to the entire leg.
- Arms – Fat is often distributed between the elbow and armpit on the upper portion of the arm, reducing bulk in this area can bring your arm more in proportion to the rest of your body.
Liposuction for Lipoedema Aftercare
What is the recovery like after liposuction for lipoedema?
You will leave our liposuction clinic wearing a post-surgery compression garment on the area/s treated. It is important that this garment is worn at all times (apart from when bathing) for two weeks and then at night only for another two weeks but ideally up to 3 months post-procedure to ensure the best results.
Fluid leakage is common following liposuction treatment from the incision sites, this usually subsides after 48 hours. The fluid leakage in most cases is just excess tumescent fluid left over from the procedure. We will provide you with aftercare to help you manage this in a comfortable way.
Bruising and Swelling may occur a couple of days post-procedure. Bruising should reduce after 2 weeks but swelling is likely to remain for around 1-3 months. It will gradually reduce, we recommend exercise, an anti-inflammatory diet and drinking lots of fluids to help encourage this.
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