A conservative treatment option available to lipedema sufferers is manual lymphatic drainage massage (MLD). This type of massage is gentle and designed to help with the body’s drainage of lymph fluid, something that occurs naturally, but sometimes needs a little help—especially in the case of lipedema. Often used in conjunction with compression garments, the therapist will lightly massage your affected areas using a circular motion to drain away the excess fluid that builds up in lipedema patients.
Primarily used for lymphedema, lymph drainage therapy is a great first step in the battle against lipedema, although it is only useful in reducing the swelling that accompanies the disorder. The only thing that has proven to work with the excess fat is liposuction.
The answer to this question is an emphatic no. In fact, there are groups of people who should not even attempt lymphatic massage. If you fall under any of the categories we have listed here, it is suggested you find another procedure to help deal with your struggle against lipedema. People who are NOT good candidates for lymph drainage therapy include patients who have a lymphatic infection, those who have congestive heart failure, and anyone who is experiencing excessive pain.
Training guidelines for practitioners of lymphatic massage have been created by the Lymphology Association of North America. It is recommended that you see someone that has been trained in the MLD procedure. As MLD becomes more accepted as an alternative treatment for disorders like lipedema and lymphedema, you may find that the therapists are doctors and nurses, but massage, physical, and occupational therapists are still the main practitioners of manual lymphatic drainage massage.
As earlier discussed, there is no cure for lipedema, but the treatments listed here have shown some limited success for the symptoms associated with the disorder. Liposuction; however, has shown the greatest promise. Manual lymphatic drainage massage, compression garments, diet, and exercise work with the swelling, but none seem to have any effect on the excess fat. Liposuction, especially when performed by our skilled, experienced, and compassionate surgeon, Dr. Wright, at the Laser Lipo & Vein Center, is the most efficient way of eliminating fat in troubled areas. Schedule a consultation with us today and discover the improvement of lipedema through liposuction and MLD!