Contrary to what many people believed, not everyone can lose the unwanted fats in the body through exercise and diet alone. There are some people who need more than just the conventional weight loss methods to get rid of excess fats. These include those who aresuffering from lipedema.
What is lipedema?
Lipedema is a condition on which fats are distributed irregularly beneath the skin.
Although it's initially considered as a cosmetic problem, it can eventually lead to other problems such as pain, bruising, infections, and formation of scar-like tissues (also known as fibrosis).
Its exact cause is unknown although it's believed that female hormones play a role in it. It usually begins or worsens during puberty, after pregnancy, or around the time of menopause.
Liposuction for Lipedema
Surgical intervention through liposuction is the only recognized treatment to remove the disproportionate storage of fats in the body. The most recommended procedure is the lymphatic-sparing tumescent liposuction.
After the procedure, patients are placed in a compression garment (2 weeks full time and another 2 weeks part time).
To prevent infection, doctors would usually prescribe antibiotics, to be taken for 5 days.
Light exercises such as walking are also recommended 2 days after the procedure.
Although the manual lymphatic drainage, which can be started days after the procedure, may speed up the healing process/recovery, it may take months to see results from the procedure. Most patients see significant results after a year.
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