The disease may be dismissed as obesity, but has specific symptoms. If you have these symptoms, it is advised that you find a physician familiar with lipedema to evaluate you:
- Abnormal swelling in legs and hips
- Fatty ring around ankles
- Fatty bulges on outside of thighs
- Fatty bulges on upper arms
- Feet are unaffected
- A “tree-like,” disproportionate appearance to legs
- Lumpiness and cellulite
- Pain, tenderness
- Decreased mobility
- Prone to bruising
At Scarpidis Aesthetics, we are sharing information about this under-diagnosed condition, and offer to help women who suffer from it to finally get relief.
There are several stages of the disease: mild, moderate, and advanced. If you have been diagnosed with lipedema, we have developed a treatment to help you live a happier, healthier life. The treatment involves the use of advanced tumescent liposuction. The area to be treated is numbed with local anesthetic so the experience is comfortable and without pain.
How the Procedure is Performed
Lipo-sculpture is a process that allows us to remove the accumulation of fat in the areas impacted by the condition via liposuction, while sparing the lymphatic tissue.
To perform the procedure, a large volume of very diluted local anesthetic is injected into the area being treated, as well as a drug that shrinks capillaries. The area being treated becomes swollen and firm (tumescent) after it is anesthetized, eliminating the need for general or intravenous sedation. This process is safer for the patient overall, and avoids the various risks of other forms of liposuction. The surgery takes about one to three hours to perform.
Creating a Balanced Body
If you have been diagnosed with lipedema, you may have already run the gamut of treatments for another condition, or had it written off as simply being a result of obesity. This unfortunate situation has afflicted many women throughout New York and the country, who have lived with an undiagnosed chronic condition that has treatment options that work.
The removal of the accumulated fat deposits requires an eye for creating a balanced body appearance, and at Scarpidis Aesthetics, Dr. Scarpidis is proud to be known for his artistry and skill in body sculpting and contouring.
Recovery After Treatment
After the procedure is complete, excess fluid is drained, and the points of incision are left to further drain and heal naturally. You will be wearing a compression garment for ten to fourteen days, at all times, and then part time for the next ten to fourteen days. You will be prescribed an antibiotic to take for five days following the procedure.
Exercise Following Lipedema Treatment
Every patient is able to walk within an hour or so after treatment, and is encouraged to make a one to two mile walk part of their daily routine thereafter.
Pain Levels and Treatment
Most people who have the treatment experience little to no pain afterwards, and only a few need any painkillers that night.
When Will Your Results Be Fully Realized?
You can resume your full activities within two weeks, and prior to that, mild exercise is advised. The results of the procedure continue to improve as the days pass and swelling reduces, with the final cosmetic improvement evident in six to twelve months. After years of dealing with undiagnosed lipedema, these few months can be some of the most exciting since you developed this painful condition.
Scarpidis Aesthetics: A Cut Above
Dr. Ulysses H. Scarpidis is a leading Board Certified plastic surgeon, a researcher, and a clinical investigator in the field of advanced body sculpting.
His practice is dedicated to mastering new advances in plastic surgery and non-invasive treatments for various physical conditions.
If you have been struggling with fat deposits that could mean you have lipedema, we urge you to get diagnosed by a qualified physician, and then schedule an appointment at our office in NYC to discuss treatment.