Lipedema Surgery in Charlotte

Water-jet liposuction can really make a life-changing difference for women suffering from Lipedema. Often mis-diagnosed or not recognized as a real disease, lipedema is characterized as abnormal, out-of-proportion fat deposits most commonly on the thighs and legs of women. The areas are usually painful to touch and often cause easy bruising of the overlying skin. Arms can also be affected, and the torso less commonly. Unlike lymphedema, which is an abnormal swelling of the lower extremities from lymphatic dysfunction, lipedema is very different.

Water-jet liposuction can really make a life-changing difference for women suffering from Lipedema. Often mis-diagnosed or not recognized as a real disease, lipedema is characterized as abnormal, out-of-proportion fat deposits most commonly on the thighs and legs of women. The areas are usually painful to touch and often cause easy bruising of the overlying skin. Arms can also be affected, and the torso less commonly. Unlike lymphedema, which is an abnormal swelling of the lower extremities from lymphatic dysfunction, lipedema is very different.

There are no medications or injections to treat lipedema. Fortunately, liposuction to remove the excess fatty tissue can be a very real solution. Liposuction permanently removes the lipedema fat, reducing pain, increasing mobility and daily function. Even better: water-jet liposuction, which works by dislodging and aspirating lipedema fat, is effective but gentle on the surrounding tissues. No heat is used, so there is no risk of skin loss. Studies from Germany (Dr. Stutz) have shown the unusual benefit of using water-jet liposuction as it removes fat and does not injure the lymphatics.

Before a lipedema surgery in Charlotte, the deep veins of the lower body are tested with Duplex technology to assure that the veins needed to manage swelling are intact. All other health concerns like diabetes or other medical conditions are assessed to prepare for a safe surgical experience.

Since lipedema could be accompanied by vein diseases, and this body sculpting operation considers an individuals’ unique proportions, the first step is to set up a consultation. Arrange a lipedema surgery assessment with Dr. Ditesheim to discuss the possible benefits and best approach for this procedure.

Arms with lipedema fat treated, before and after, back view

Causes and Symptoms of Lipedema

A condition affecting more women than men, lipedema is a disease resulting in inflamed fat cells on the lower body that may cause abnormal sensations and even pain. The most significant side effect of lipedema is excess fat accumulation on the lower body, typically affecting the calves, thighs, and buttocks, excluding the feet or hands. In fewer instances, lipedema could also cause swelling and excess fat accumulation in the upper arms.

Individuals with lipedema typically appear bottom-heavy with smaller upper bodies than lower bodies, making their figures appear disproportional. Subsequently, many individuals with lipedema discover that it has a negative impact on their emotional and mental well-being. For instance, the condition’s impact on a person’s figure and ability to walk may be a significant source of emotional distress.

Though the exact cause of lipedema is typically unknown, the condition could be due to genetics, as it often affects several women in a family. In addition, the condition could result from significant hormone fluctuations that occur during pregnancy, menopause, and puberty. This condition does not occur due to obesity although lipedema may be manageable with diet and exercise, and most patients are overweight due to the symptoms.

Surgery for Managing Lipedema Symptoms

Lipedema surgery in Charlotte primarily relies on liposuction to extract extra fat cells from the lower body, typically up to 11 pounds during one treatment session. Since liposuction entirely removes the inflamed fat cells from treatment areas, it is often the most effective treatment for managing extra lower body fat and other lipedema symptoms. However, for lipedema patients with more significant amounts of fat accumulation, several liposuction treatments may be necessary to relieve symptoms adequately.

During liposuction for lipedema surgery, Dr. Ditesheim makes small incisions in the affected areas to allow a cannula tube to go beneath the skin and target excess, inflamed fat cells. The cannula liquefies the fat cells and vacuums it away from the body without damaging nearby veins and lymphatic system structures. Typically, the incisions necessary for lipedema surgery are minor and will heal independently like standard liposuction incisions.

In some cases, lipedema surgery may include surgical excision of loose skin that may form due to fat removal and poor skin elasticity. However, patients will have a longer recovery and more noticeable scarring after surgery if this step is necessary to enhance the lower body contours.

Woman's legs before and after liposculpting thighs, back view

Discuss the Possibilities of Lipedema Surgery in Charlotte

Gaining weight on your thighs, calves, and buttocks is a common experience for many women, especially during periods of considerable hormone fluctuations. However, some women develop significantly abnormal fat accumulation in these areas, often accompanied by swelling, discomfort, and impaired mobility, diagnosed as lipedema. When the condition’s symptoms are too severe for at-home management, the next step is to schedule a lipedema surgery in Charlotte.

Lipedema surgery uses liposuction techniques to remove excess fat buildup from the lower body while surgically removing loose skin tissue if necessary. However, since the surgical approach is highly individualized and symptoms of lipedema can vary between patients, a consultation is required ahead of time. Schedule a consultation with the medical team at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and possible treatment approach with licensed plastic surgeon Dr. Ditesheim.

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