If your doctor says you’re overweight or that you’re suffering from obesity, you may want to get a second opinion. Many women struggling with their weight are unaware that a condition known as lipedema exists. This medical problem mimics obesity and affects around 11 percent of the female population.
Despite the prevalence of this condition, doctors still misdiagnose many women. This is because there’s limited awareness of the problem among doctors. If a doctor has told you to change your lifestyle, but diet and exercise aren’t working, you could be a sufferer.
Living with the “Painful Fat” Disease
Eighty-seven percent of women suffering from this problem agree that it hurts their quality of life. One of the biggest problems is that doctors have frequently misdiagnosed them for years. As the condition is progressive, the sooner a woman obtains treatment, the better the outcome. Sadly, many sufferers go for years before finally getting the correct diagnosis. This means they have lost valuable time when it comes to getting help. If you think you could be a sufferer, you need to be aware of the symptoms to look for.
What Are the Symptoms to Be Aware of?
Those suffering from this condition and overweight women both share one common issue. They are both struggling to shed the pounds. Both conditions cause excess fatty tissue to accumulate. However, where and how it forms is different. In lipedema sufferers, fat begins to develop on the thighs and legs, but the midsection remains relatively slim. Lipedema also affects the hips and buttocks, and, sometimes, the upper arms. Not only that, but the fat is different. Fat in obese women is smooth and has a rubbery texture. When you’re suffering from this condition, your fat will be knotty, or pearl-like to touch.
How Can I Treat This Condition?
If your doctor has advised dietary and exercise changes, these won’t work for you. This will usually lead to frustration and worry, as well as a lack of self-esteem. When the advice fails to achieve results, depression can arise.
There are conservative treatments available to help reduce the symptoms. These include lymphatic massage and wearing compression garments. However, the best solution is liposuction. This surgery will remove the fat cells permanently. As a result, sufferers can feel better about themselves and will experience less discomfort and pain.
When this condition remains untreated, it will only progress. There are four stages, each one causing the symptoms to worsen exponentially. By the time you reach Stage 4, you will endure consistent, painful swelling and serious inflammation. The excess fat will increase, and your lower body will become more cumbersome. This can cause mobility problems, as well as lymphatic and circulation issues. The possible mental health consequences are severe. Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem can be debilitating in sufferers.
Arranging Surgical Treatment
If you have received a diagnosis of obesity but recognize the symptoms mentioned above, you should seek professional advice. Dr. Su at Artlipo is an expert in the field of liposuction and offers surgical options for this condition. If you believe you could be a sufferer, you should contact our team today.
Liposuction reduces the fatty buildup so it can be manageable at whatever stage of the condition. This means you can remain active and fight the unpleasant symptoms of this disease. If you’re experiencing abnormal fat in your lower extremities, call Artlipo now. We can answer your questions and arrange a consultation with Dr. Su. Once you have a confirmed lipedema diagnosis, we can arrange liposuction surgery and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.