Lipedema (lipoedema) is a chronic disease in which pathological fibrotic fat grows and accumulates in the hip, legs, and arms. Lipedema fat is different from normal fat in that it causes extreme pain, tenderness, and easy bruising. Often referred to as painful fat syndrome, lipedema mostly excusively affects women and usually manifests bilaterally, with both extremities involved. In the United States, lipedema is often misdiagnosed as obesity. Patients are told to diet and lose weight. This is frustrating for the lipedema patient because lipedema fat is resistant to dieting and exercise.
Although there is no known cure for lipedema, the current treatment option is lymph sparring liposuction surgery. Here at Harmony Lymphatics, we offered customized in-home manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) for those who have undergone liposuction surgery. We provide post surgical home visits in the Los Angeles, Ca area. Our certified therapist will travel to your home with all the necessary treatment supplies to provide a relaxing lymphatic massage at the comfort of your home.
Lymphedema is protein rich swelling due to a mechanical insufficiency of the lymphatic system. While primary lymphedema is due to malformation of the lymphatic vessels, secondary lymphedema is commonly due to surgery. In the United States, breast cancer treatment is the leading cause of secondary lymphedema of the arm. Swelling of the arm results from the removal of axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer treatments. Other causes of lymphedema can be filariasis infection, radiation treatment for cancer, or physical traumatic injury with over 3mm thickness of scar tissue. Unlike lipedema, lymphedema is usually unilateral with swelling of just the affected limb. The gold standard for lymphedema treatment is complete decongestive therapy (CDT) which involves the components of: manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), bandaging of the swollen limb, skin care, and therapeutic exercises. At Harmony Lymphatics, we offer in-home complete decongestive therapy (CDT) by a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT). We will travel to you and provide a gold standard lymphedema treatment at the comfort of your home.