5 Ways to Deal with Pain from Lipedema

Lipedema is a condition that causes fat to distribute in an irregular pattern beneath your skin, usually in the legs and buttocks. It is usually considered a cosmetic issue; however, it can cause pain and other problems.

Symptoms of Lipedema

The general symptom of lipedema, fat buildup, typically causes larger legs that are column like and usually have larger lower halves. They often are tender and can bruise easily.

As lipedema progresses, the fat can build up and cause the lower body to grow heavier. Lipedema fat can also start to collect within the arms. The fat cells can, over time, start to block the vessels of the lymphatic system. These blockages can impede proper flow of lymph fluids, which can then lead to a more serious condition known as lymphedema.

Treating the Lipedema Pain and Swelling

Unfortunately, exercising and diet will not reduce lipedema fat. However, it is important to engage in a healthy diet and exercise plan, as it will help you lose non-lipedema fat along with reducing inflammation. Complete decongestive therapy can also help reduce the pain that is associated with lipedema. This therapy involves:

Compression – Wearing stretch/compression bandages and stockings, panties, or shorts can help lessen the fluid buildup. It can also reduce swelling in the legs by increasing tissue pressure.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage – Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage technique that uses rhythmic, pumping motions to stimulate lymphatic fluids around blocked areas and into healthy vessels. This fluid can then drain away into the venous system to help relieve pain and prevent fibrosis.

Exercises – Some exercises can help reduce the buildup of fluid. They can also help increase mobility and maintain/improve how well your legs work.

Nail and Skin Care – Proper and thorough nail and skin care can reduce the risks of wounds and lipedema swelling.

Liposuction – Liposuction, especially lymph sparing liposuction techniques such as water-assisted liposuction , can help remove lipedema fat. During this procedure, water jets are used to loosen the fat, which can then be gently suctioned away to provide relief from lipedema swelling and pain. There are other lymph sparing liposuction techniques that Dr Wright uses including PAL liposuction with care to avoid lymph structures.

St. Louis Lipo

The team at St. Louis Lipo can help alleviate the symptoms of lipedema. They are experienced in diagnosing and treating this often painful condition. You don’t have to live with the pain and symptoms of lipedema; Dr. Wright and his team are here to help alleviate this condition. Please give us a call today to set up a consultation so we can help!