What is Lipedema?
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.
Do you have Lipedema?
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:
- You bruise easily
- Your legs and feet swell after standing or walking
- You have developed disproportionate fat accumulations on the legs, hips, arms, or abdomen
- Your skin is very sensitive to touch
- You often feel extremely tired, lack energy, or feel generally unwell
- You have knee fat pads
- You have fat accumulations on your legs and ankles that exercise and diet do not resolve
- Your upper arms have accumulated a large amount of soft fat
- Your lower abdomen has developed an “apron” of hanging skin and fat
- The fatty areas are uneven and lumpy, like cellulite
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.
How is Lipedema treated?
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.
What is the recovery like?
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.
Live your life free of Lipedema!
Patients have achieved:
- Pain free mobility
- General quality of life improvement
- Optimized cosmetic body contour
- Self-confidence & positive outlook on life
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!