*Note: For the investigational use of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells (ADSC’s) for clinical research and deployment.
Affecting predominantly women, lipedema is a disorder impacting how your body stores fat. Lipedema patients can be genetically predisposed to the disorder and typically have larger hips and column-like legs, often disproportionate to the top half of their body. This is the result of localized excess fat deposits that prove resistant to diet and exercise. Lipedema can be a progressive disorder, leading to a condition called lymphedema whereby the lymphatic system is blocked and swelling begins to occur. Both lipedema and resulting lymphedema can be painful, disrupting mobility and affecting patients both physically and emotionally.
Recognizing the Signs of Lipedema
Lipedema is highly underdiagnosed, often being mistaken for obesity- although people of all sizes can develop the disorder. It can cause embarrassment and frustration in patients trying to change their appearance through dieting and exercise. Although both are recommended and can help to limit the effects of lipedema on overall physical health, intervention is often necessary to reduce or remove fat deposits. Common physical signs of lipedema can be:
- Increased swelling of the legs, especially during the day when standing.
- Skin has a spongy feel and may develop lipomas (lumps palpable beneath the surface of the skin).
- Skin may hang or sag over the knees as the disorder progresses.
There are no specifically identified causes of lipedema, which is also considered a metabolic disorder, but there is strong evidence of both a genetic component and a connection to hormonal changes in women’s bodies. Lipedema can begin to develop after puberty or may appear after pregnancy or menopause. The key for patients with lipedema is to seek treatment as early as possible to manage symptoms and slow or impede the progression of the disorder.
Treatment for Lipedema: The Power of Stem Cells
Traditional liposuction is the typical treatment for lipedema, but there are side effects that can impact the health of your lymphatic system, possibly leading to damaged tissue and a return of fat deposits. Dr. Todd Malan offers an alternative treatment protocol using Water-Assisted Liposuction (WAL) and Stem Cell Therapy, for minimizing tissue damage and improving long-term results. A stem cell paste is delivered during the WAL procedure that will help to stimulate the regrowth of healthy tissue in the lymphatic system, improving the body’s ability to reduce swelling and build resistance to a return of fat deposits.
*Results may vary.
Dr. Malan has been helping patients improve their appearance and quality of life with this combined treatment alternative for lipedema. If you have been diagnosed with lipedema, lymphedema or are concerned you may have the disorder, contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Malan will evaluate your medical and family history and work with you to determine if WAL and Stem Cell Therapy will meet your needs.