What are the symptoms of Lipoedema?
The fat in patients who have Lipoedema can often be sensitive to touch and bruise easily. Painful lumpy fat is a common complaint. If left untreated, over time Lipoedema can lead to fluid retention.
Symptoms to look out for include:
What are some of the causes of Lipoedema?
It is speculated that the cause of Lipoedema may be related to changes in female hormones. Sufferers often first notice the signs after a change in hormones such as pregnancy, starting a new oral contraceptive or gynaecological procedures. It may even occur after menopause. It is not due to obesity as people who are underweight or anorexic have also shown symptoms of Lipoedema.
Patients have a greater risk of developing the disease if there is a family history.
What is the difference between Lipoedema and Lymphoedema?
It is important to note that Lipoedema is a chronic and progressive condition. If untreated, it can develop into Lymphoedema over time.
Symptoms that may demonstrate the patient has Lymphoedema include:
- Asymmetrical Swelling of the legs
- Symptoms affecting the hands and/or feet
- Swelling cause by a fluid in the lymphatic system
- the swollen skin will pit or indent if you press it with your fingers
What are the treatments for Lipoedema?
Some patients with early stage disease may achieve some benefit with dietary modification, such as Keto dietHowever, patients with Liposuction is a common treatment for Lipoedema. It helps to remove the Lipoedemic fat from the effected areas. It is widely accepted that the ideal type of liposuction for lipoedema known as Water assisted liposuction, employs a fast spraying jet of water to break up the fat cells and minimise blood loss whilst helping to protect lymphatic and blood vessels. Lymphatics may be deficient or abnormal in these patients so their preservation with surgical treatment is essential.
Water assisted liposuction is a more gentle technique than conventional liposuction and it requires less pre-infiltration of fluid into areas being treated. Some patients may require up to 8L of fat removed in one operation and the technique therefore, is safer for the patient since it results in less significant fluid shifts an less risk of significant blood loss.
At Dr Mark Hanikeri’s office, we have a water assisted liposuction machine which is considered the treatment of choice for lipoedema. Dr Mark Hanikeri has successfully treated a number of patients with lipoedema and is happy to see patients with this condition.
To book a consult with Dr Mark Hanikeri Ph: 9380 0311
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