If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with lipedema or experiencing any of its symptoms you probably know how difficult it can be to go through the facts. While lipedema may be a widely known condition, it still has plenty of questions that continue to get asked and result in false claims. Many of these false claims have developed into misguided myths of false information. Here are some of the most common myths regarding lipedema treatment and more:
Lipedema is commonly misidentified as just being obese and can be caused by lack of exercise or dieting. However, lipedema is often developed during a period of hormonal change such as puberty or menopause. While many people who do get diagnosed with lipedema may have been overweight prior to their diagnosis, individuals with typical weight have also been affected. One of the biggest frustrations in the medical field is the lack of knowledge regarding lipedema. Still, to this day, the primary cause for lipedema is unknown.
Lipedema is a difficult condition to treat and can require a variety of treatments to reduce its symptoms. The most effective treatments include complete decongestive therapy or CDT and manual lymphatic drainage massages. CDT combines several treatments such as wearing compression garments, exercising, dieting, and draining the lymph fluid with a manual lymphatic drainage massage. If CDT is unsuccessful, several surgical techniques are also available that can be more invasive on the body.
Another common myth regarding Lipedema is that it only impacts the legs and thighs on those diagnosed. However, Lipedema fat can be found across the breasts, upper arms, and upper chest. As the condition develops into its later stages, Lipedema fat can also be found on the abdomen, flanks, and pelvis. This bilateral condition impacts more than just the lower part of your body.
While it can be difficult to handle the symptoms of lipedema, you are not alone. Several advocacy groups are available to assist those who require help. Contact the Lipedema Foundation or Lymphedema People to find help in combating this life changing condition.
If you or someone you know is looking for help with lipedema treatment, look no further than the Laser Lipo & Vein Center. Our staff is trained in a variety of treatments to help alleviate your symptoms and better help you understand this condition. Contact us today for your no obligation consultation and see how Laser Lipo & Vein Center can help.
Karen L. Herbst, Liza Mirkovskaya, Aditi Bharhagava, Yamini Chava, Charisse Hanne T. Te, “Lipedema Fat and Signs and Symptoms of Illness, Increase with Advancing Stage”, 2015, iMed Pub Journals, Archives of Medicine