Have you recently received a lipedema diagnosis? If you have, your doctor may have advised you to consider lipedema surgery. This takes the form of liposuction. This procedure permanently removes the fat cells from the affected areas. Although there is usually an association between lipo and cosmetic surgery procedures, it also has medical benefits. In the case of lipedema patients, it can reduce the pain and mobility issues associated with the condition. When compared with the conservative treatment options, having surgery can feel quite worrying. Some sufferers think they would only go for this option if it’s a permanent cure. So, is surgery for lipedema a way of permanently resolving the problem?
There Are No Permanent Cures Yet
Unfortunately, no one has yet discovered a permanent cure for lipedema. Sadly, the condition is still poorly understood, even by medical professionals. There is still much to do to understand the causes of the condition and the best way to resolve it. However, although surgery cannot eradicate the problem forever, it produces long-lasting effects. This is why it’s becoming a popular choice among sufferers who want to restore their quality of life.
What Is the Difference Between Surgery and Conservative Treatments?
Conservative treatments can only treat the symptoms of lipedema and not the cause. The goal of these treatments is to slow down the progress of the condition. Manual lymphatic drainage therapies and compression garments are the main ways of treating this condition without surgery. While these are effective treatments, their positive effects are very short term. This means treatments must be ongoing over extended periods.
Surgery for lipedema involves the patient undergoing liposuction under a local anesthetic. This means that if you choose this option, you will be awake and alert throughout the procedure. Thanks to the anesthetic injected into the treated areas, you will feel no pain, though. A surgeon will make tiny incisions in the affected areas and pass narrow tubes inside. He or she will then suck out the excess fat through those tubes. This permanently removes the fat cells. Liposuction reduces the bulk in the lower body associated with lipedema. Those who have undergone surgery can, therefore, move around more freely and experience less pain. As an added benefit, it restores a more proportionate appearance to the body. This can improve the mental well-being of sufferers.
Arranging Surgery As A Lipedema Sufferer
If you suffer from lipedema and are ready to explore surgical options, it’s important to contact a specialist. Here at Artlipo, Dr. Su is a liposuction expert and has treated countless patients with lipedema. He can offer you the advice you need to make a well-informed decision about whether surgery is right for you. If you check our before and after gallery, you will see the results Dr. Su can achieve. He has improved the appearance of many lipedema sufferers and has also reduced their pain and mobility issues. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our lipedema surgery and how we can help you.
Dr. Hamwi is an aesthetic plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgical and non-invasive procedures. After completing residencies in both plastic surgery and general surgery as well as a fellowship at Harvard University, Dr. Hamwi then went on to pursue an aesthetic surgery fellowship at one of the country’s most competitive programs in Manhattan, New York. Less than one percent of plastic surgeons have completed such specialized training.