Recently, Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center, was a featured speaker at the Fat Disorders Research Society Conference. This important conference was held in Salt Lake City April 28th – 29th. During his presentation, he spoke about lipedema disease and why this condition often goes untreated, as well as his leading treatment and the symptoms of lipedema that patients need to be aware of.
The Fat Disorders Research Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for those affected by adipose tissue disorders such as lipedema. During the organization’s annual conference, experts from around the world gather to discuss these fat disorders.
Lipedema is an often painful and chronic fat disorder that generally affects women. In many cases, lipedema is incorrectly diagnosed as obesity. However, this condition can affect people of any size or shape.
Lipedema disease usually affects the legs, but can also occur in the abdomen and arms. People suffering from lipedema often have a top half that is normal sized, while the bottom half is much larger.
If this fat disorder is left untreated, it can lead to serious conditions, and this is one of the main reasons that Dr. Wright emphasized in his speech that proper diagnosis is so important. There are several treatments that can help reduce the symptoms of lipedema, including:
• Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine
• Manual lymph draining
• Wearing compression garments
• In more serious cases, lymph sparing liposuction
In more severe cases of lipedema disease, lymph sparing liposuction can help reduce lipedema. This type of liposuction uses a water-assisted technique to reduce the fat deposits. This type of liposuction is generally not considered a cosmetic procedure, rather a medical one to help stop the progression of the lipedema disease.
Dr. Wright understands this painful disease, as well as its treatment options. He is also one of the few specialists who can skillfully diagnose and treat lipedema. Please call us today at the Laser Lipo and Vein Center if you have any symptoms of lipedema or if you would like to schedule a consultation concerning lipedema.