Knowledge is critical when dealing with a life-altering condition such as lipedema. Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts can answer your questions and help you further understand the facts about lipedema as well as treatment options. Don’t wait – a consultation could change your like!
Q: What causes Lipedema?
A: The cause of lipedema is not known, but there is a family history of the condition in up to 50% of cases. The fact that it starts in puberty or pregnancy suggests that hormones have an influence. In rare cases of lipedema in men, the men have usually been taking hormone therapy or have cirrhosis of the liver.
Q: How do I know if I have Lipedema?
A: Lipedema is diagnosed by your doctor. There are no blood tests or scans for the diagnosis; it is diagnosed by touch and sight only. Considering how many suffer from it, lipedema is not a disease that is well-researched – there are only a handful of specialists on the subject. Sufferer’s main symptom is an abnormal build up of fat in the legs, thighs and buttocks which is symmetrical. Feet and hands are often unaffected, though lipedema in the arms is entirely possible in the advanced stages.
Q: Is there a cure for Lipedema?
A: Currently, there is no cure for lipedema. There are many ways in which lipedema can be managed, however. Diet, exercise and compression therapy all play a role. Many patients opt for liposuction in specific cases, though the long term effects of this treatment in the case of lipedema is still unknown.
Q: Is Lipedema hereditary?
A: Lipedema is a disorder that almost exclusively effects women and is hereditary. Women of any size can get it, and it is characterized by a surplus and expansion of fat cells in a particular pattern in the arms, buttocks, hips, and legs.
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and abroad. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you suspect that you suffer from Lipedema, call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!