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Lipedema

You’re not overweight nor obese,
it might be Lipedema!

Lipedema is a condition by which fat gets unevenly distributed in an irregular manner under the skin, typically in the abdomen, hips, upper buttocks, thighs, knees, and calves.

Lipedema Nodules and Treatment

You probably didn’t know or were simply misdiagnosed

Here’s how to spot Lipedema Fat

In most cases, Lipedema usually goes misdiagnosed as morbid obesity or Lymphedema. Meanwhile, medical research suggests a strong causal relationship between the development of Lipedema and hereditary or hormonal factors such as puberty, pregnancy, and stress.

Don’t feel pressured! We’ve made available to you

a leading expert in treating Lipedema, Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz.

Dr. Schwartz is the founder of total Lipedema care and a board-certified plastic surgeon. He has dedicated part of his career to developing policies that promote safe practices among physicians and safety awareness among patients.

Before you come for a diagnosis with Dr. Jamie. Learn more about his medical career. 

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Learn more about your treatment options

Lymphatic Sparing liposuction is a “Game Changer”:

It has been agreed on by Lipedema medical experts that lymphatic sparing liposuction achieves the best results compared to other treatment techniques.

It is also thought preferable, as it can be performed without general anesthesia, reducing recovery time with no extra cost. 

Learn more about  Dr. Schwartz's own anesthesia protocol for his Schwartz Rapid Recuperation™. 

Manual Lipedema Extraction (MLE): Extracting the very last of “Lipedema Pearls”.

Lipedema patients notice the formation of nodules or Lipedema pearls that can grow to be as firm and as big as a golf ball! 

At this point, liposuction alone is not sufficient to remove the most of Lipedema fat, due to cannula size. Here MLE steps in to extract these fibrous fat nodules through incision sites without harming surrounding structures like the nerves, skin, and tissues. 

After the lymphatic sparing liposuction procedure, nodules will become more apparent, requiring massaging similar to a deep Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).

Don’t live in the dark! Here’s your guide to Lipedema.

Before and After Liposuction

How to spot Lipedema Fat? What are the symptoms?

Unlike regular fat cells, Lipedema adipose cells are usually fluid-filled and have abnormal growth patterns. This results in a thicker skin consistency - what is called nodules -  as well as changes in skin size, color, shape, and texture. The growth is eventually seen as folds and flaps hanging over the skin, medial knee fat pad, and swelling in the legs and feet.

It’s not just a matter of looks!

If you have Lipedema, you know that it’s really not just about those flaps and folds. In fact,  Lipedema patients suffer from far more severe symptoms of which are chronic pain and pressure, skin sensitivity, skin bruising, swelling, immobility, and chronic fatigue or malaise.

Signs and symptoms of lIPEDEMA

Buttocks, hips, and thighs

Accumulation of fat on the upper part of the buttock- upper shelf. 

Formation of a disproportionate pear-shaped figure. 

The midsection is noticeably bigger than the upper body. 

Difficulty sitting down. 

Hips, thighs, and calves

Development of fat pads around the knees and folds.

Development of fat around thighs, causing chafing of the inner thighs and skin infection. 

Enlargement of the entire lower body. 

Discomfort while walking

Arms - most common

Hanging skin at the upper arm - what is known as a batwing. 

Swelling of the lower arm with no skin hanging.

Calves

Impact visible on the lower body. 

Pressure on joints.