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114-13311 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3L6
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You Don’t Need to Live with Lipedema

Each year, I see a number of patients with disproportionately enlarged lower extremities. These patients commonly say the tendency to accumulate fat on the legs and hips “runs in the family.” Often, these patients are people who live healthy lifestyles include proper nutrition and regular exercise. These patients likely suffer from a condition called lipedema.

I personally do not consider lipedema to be a disease. One can find several websites that discuss it at length as a variation of normal. As discussed above, lipedema often involves the lower portion of the body such as the outer and inner thighs, knees, and lower areas. Occasionally it can involve the upper extremities. Typically, the trunk is thin and athletic.

My approach to treading lipedema here in Toronto is with liposuction. Typically, a series of 1 to 3 liposuction procedures are required. I say “series” for 2 main reasons. The first one is safety. We can safely remove up to 5 litres of fat in one surgical session. The risk of complications increases beyond this volume.

It is not rare, over time, to remove 5 to 15 litres of fat in a single patient suffering from lipedema over several surgical procedures.

Recover is similar to any large-volume liposuction. I recommend a compression garment for 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. I also recommend taking iron supplements for 3 to 6 weeks before surgery and then 4 weeks after—300 milligrams 3 times daily, if possible. Cost will also vary with the type of procedure required.

There are some recommendations I make to all body contouring patients: maintaining a healthy diet and good exercise protocol are paradigms of positive long-term results.

Dr. Marc DuPéré

6 Responses to You Don’t Need to Live with Lipedema

  • Lisa Chiarenza says:

    I would like to know what I would be looking at for Liposuction. My target areas are the thighs and knees area. Thank you.

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      HI Lisa, it is hard to give you a real number without seeing you. Are you in Toronto or around? If not, we do offer SKYPE and Facetime. Feel free to send us some pictures too. I perform several types of liposuction, including the S.A.F.E. technique to minimize chances of dimpling post-op. Dr. D.

  • Samia El-Roz says:

    Hello Dr Marc,
    I weigh 105 kilogram and I am 5.4”. Have recurring kidney stones and PFO (whole in the heart ), pre-diabetic and high bad cholesterol but with no meds for them. I am only taking Synthroid at .147 mg daily and 10 mg of Paxil daily. Can I start do the the liposuction or is it too risky?

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      Hi Samia, we are dedicated to safety and I would need to see you first in office. Your BMI is 39, and we do surgery if under 40. As for your PFO, my anesthesiologist would need some reports from your cardiologist: old ECGs, echocardiogram results, etc. It would be important to control your cholesterol and sugars. We will also test for those in the pre-op preparation. My assistants will email you shortly. Dr. D.

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      I do. Thank you for your enquiry. I look forward to meeting you. 416-929-9800 – Dr. D.

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