Compression therapy involves wearing specialized garments that apply pressure to the affected areas to improve fluid drainage and reduce swelling. This treatment option can help alleviate discomfort and prevent the progression of the condition.
Compression therapy for lipedema is the single most effective way to slow down or prevent worsening symptoms, even in the early stages of lipedema. There is no known cure for Lipedema. Diets, medication, and diuretics do not lessen the physical or psychological effects that patients encounter on a daily basis.
Marcia V. Byrd, M.D. is the Medical Director of The Lipedema Surgery Center and is a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of lipedema. She has dedicated her entire practice helping women achieve success in their lipedema journey.
How Does Compression Help?
Comprehension Therapy for Lipedema can help reduce pain and heaviness felt in the limbs from fat disorders such as lipedema by decreasing swelling in the fat and throughout the limb. Also, compression potentially reduces the rate at which the fat cells grow and help to prevent fat disorders from progressing to more serious stages.
- Encourages the flow of blood and lymph fluid to help prevent fluid retention and edema.
- Fluid within tissue is encouraged to move towards the root of the limb where it can be drained away more easily.
- Improves appearance of skin in the affected area.
- Reduces pain and discomfort in the limbs by supporting soft tissues and painful knee joints.
There is a wide selection of compression garments available to lipedema patients depending on coverage, compression class, appearance, custom-made vs. ready made, material, construction, suspension, and skin condition/sensitivity. Putting on and taking off a compression garment takes practice because some patients experience pain which can make it difficult. Most people find it easier to put on hosiery first thing in the morning, when the legs are at their smallest.
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. 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!