Lipedema can be a debilitating condition that involves excess fat and swelling in the legs. Not only does it cause excess fatty tissue in the legs that impacts body appearance, but it can reduce mobility and cause pain. Dr. John Anastasatos is a board certified plastic surgeon who offers lipedema treatment at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
Lipedema is a condition that impacts an estimated 17 million people in the U.S., yet many people do not know the disease exists. Affecting mostly women, lipedema causes excessive accumulation of fat on the thighs, calves and ankles of individuals. Many people assume it is just normal weight gain, but it is disproportionately placed on the legs. In some cases, it can also affect the arms. Those with lipedema may feel heaviness and numbness in the legs, combined with excessive fat from the ankles up to the thighs.
No amount of exercise or dieting can stop lipedema, as it is not normal weight gain but a disorder. Both thin and heavier women can experience lipedema, impacting their appearance and quality of life.
Liposuction for Lipedema
One treatment option for lipedema is the removal of excess fat from the legs with tumescent liposuction. This can safely remove large amounts of fat from the ankles, calves, knees and thighs to improve appearance and mobility. Tumescent liposuction permanently removes the fat cells that are used to store excess fat on the legs, which can derail the lipedema condition.
If you have been diagnosed with lipedema or have abnormally heavy legs in comparison to the rest of your body, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery today to schedule your appointment. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to determine if you may be a good candidate for lipedema treatment with liposuction.