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Salameh Plastic Surgery/So you think you may have lipedema. What’s next? A 4-step diagnosis

So you think you may have lipedema. What’s next? A 4-step diagnosis

Early stage lipedema can be tricky to diagnose. It often looks like you just have thicker legs. Lipedema is a chronic disorder that can be if left untreated or ignored can be mistaken for common obesity. it can lead to pain and even immobility in the legs and arms. Learn the symptoms, how to identify it, and how to treat it.

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Lipedema Symptoms

Lipedema Symptoms

There are four progressive stages of lipedema. The most common symptom of Stage I lipedema is having disproportionately large, column-like, but symmetrical legs that are tender and bruise easily. It’s difficult to differentiate between this and normal weight gain. But if the fat spontaneously hurts, hurts with pressure, and does not pit when you press into it, then you are showing lipedema symptoms.

Stage II has the same symptoms as early stage lipedema, but you may now be forming fist-sized lumps of cellulite. You may also easily feel fatty nodes, and your skin may have become uneven, textured, and/or discolored.

By Stage III, your legs are no longer symmetrical and feature large lumps of fat. Your skin has become thick and hardened with discoloration, and lymphedema has also developed.

Stage IV is the most destructive phase of the disorder, and by now you may be suffering from the development of lipolymphedema. This is a condition in which both lipedema and lymphedema have taken over. Large overhangs of tissue have appeared on the extremities (arms & legs) and extreme discomfort has set in.

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Lipedema Legs

How to Diagnose It

Ultimately to get treatment, you need to have lipedema diagnosed by an expert. But if you’re looking for answers and want to go into your doctor’s appointment armed with knowledge, use this 4-step self-diagnosis:

  1. Find out if you have a family history of lipedema.
  2. Feel the fat in your legs and in other parts of your body, looking for textural differences and discomfort.
  3. Write down your symptoms, and note if they’ve changed over time.
  4. Compare your symptoms and timeline to the lipedema symptoms above.

None of this overrides a doctor’s opinion. But if you go through it and everything matches up, it’s worth searching for a lipedema expert to talk to.

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Lipedema Treatment

How to Treat It

There’s only one real treatment for lipedema, and that’s a lipedema with lymph sparing liposuction procedure. It’s a rare, complex procedure that preserves the lymphatics, veins, arteries, and nerves, and it has to be performed by a skilled specialist like Dr. Salameh. Qualified lipedema specialists can be exceptionally rare and difficult to locate, which is why Dr. Salameh is thrilled to offer it to prospective patients from around the world.

While liposuction is the only cure for this disease, you can manage some lipedema symptoms with lymphatic drainage massage and compression stockings.

If you think you have lipedema, schedule a consultation with Dr. Salameh today. Together, you will discuss your diagnosis, and the best course of treatment for your specific case so you feel comfortable and confident about tackling the condition.

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