Lipedema Can Affect Upper Arms
Lipedema is a fat disorder that mostly affects women’s bodies from the waist down. Lipedema is characterized by symmetric enlargement of the lower limbs, hips, thighs, stomach, and develops column like legs. Usually there is a disproportionate fat distribution with normal size upper body and greatly larger lower body. As the disease progresses, fat increases and the fat cells block the vessels of the lymphatic system preventing the lymphatic fluid from processing through the body. This buildup of lymphatic fluid creates a blockage, and prevents the lymph fluid from draining properly. Not only do patients have to endure heavy bodies’, the fat they carry around is very painful. This is one of the telltale signs of lipedema that makes it different from just being overweight – It’s also the pain, bruising and swelling in the affected areas.
Dr. Marcia Byrd is one of the few surgeons in the United States that safely treats lipedema. She has patients that come to her Lipedema Liposuction office in Roswell, GA from all over the United States. Dr.Byrd performs as many as 30 or more lipedema liposuction procedures a month using the WAL (Water Jet Assisted Liposuction) that is lymphatic sparing while removing the lipedema fat.
While the majority of her patients suffer from lipedema mostly in their lower extremities, she is also seeing many patients who have developed the disease in their upper arms as well. Again, the difference in this fat is the extreme pain, bruising and swelling the patient feels in their arms from the diseased fat.
The Treatment for Lipedema in Arms
Dr. Byrd uses the same water jet assisted liposuction for treating the arms as she does the lower body. Water jet assisted liposuction actually uses a slightly pressurized stream of saline to dislodge fat and simultaneously remove the cells. Instead of destroying fat cells, this type of liposuction loosens the fat cells to facilitate more gentle removal. Fatty deposits are removed from beneath the skin achieving a more contoured look. The other benefit is helping to alleviate or minimize the pain the lipedema fat causes.
Lipedema is not generally covered by health insurance and this liposuction method does not require general anesthetic, which reduces risks to the patient and reduces costs.