Lipedema is a misunderstood condition that affects 17 million women in the United States, and more than 370 million women worldwide. It is a condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of fat, primarily in the legs and later the arms with progressive enlargement.
Lipedema is a serious medical condition with many critical complications. The increased bulk and fibrosis cause blockages and hindrances to lymphatic flow. Other complications include deterioration of the joints, varicose veins, overall body pain and "pins and needles" type of discomfort. Additionally, patients report psychological problems ranging from lack of self-confidence to depression.
Lipedema affects one in every eleven women. The cause of the condition is the subject of research and is still unknown. Some evidence points to a hormonal or genetic origin. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have lipedema - and you may have been misdiagnosed:
Many patients with Lipedema have been told by a doctor they are obese and need to lose weight. In fact, one of the hallmarks of Lipedema is that Lipedema fat is resistant to diet and exercise. If your body has a disproportionate quantity of fat on the lower half, you may have Lipedema. The condition almost exclusively affects women, with fat accumulation at the waist, on the upper arms, and on the legs, appearing on both sides of the body. If, based on these symptoms, you suspect you have Lipedema, a consultation with Dr. Robert Miles at Tampa Bay Body Sculpting is your next step.
Dr. Robert Miles with Tampa Bay Body Sculpting has developed a highly specialized and technical procedure using power-assisted liposuction under local anesthetic, customized for each of his patients. Dr. Miles' years of experience, skill and dedication, combined with the use of highly advanced liposuction techniques, ensure his patients achieve the absolute best possible results.
Dr. Miles has devised a specific post-operative care plan for his Lipedema patients. After surgery, patients are placed in custom-made compression garments, which they are advised to wear 23 hours a day for four weeks after their surgery, followed by an additional four weeks wearing the garments, but for 12 hours a day.
Most patients are surprised to see they are up and walking almost immediately after their liposuction procedures. In fact, Dr. Miles recommends his patients to move around the following day as tolerated. Most patients report mild bruising and pain during the initial recovery period.
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Lipedema affects every aspect of life: social, professional, and emotional. The condition is progressive, a vicious cycle that is often debilitating. The pain and discomfort of Lipedema, along with feelings of embarrassment about body image has an extremely negative impact on quality of life.
Dr. Robert Miles has dedicated his professional life as a board-certified doctor caring for those suffering from Lipedema in order to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Schedule your free consultation now at Tampa Bay Body Sculpting!