Worldwide, more than 300 million women suffer from lipedema; however, most people do not know what it is. In addition, it is often misdiagnosed as extreme weight-gain or obesity. Diet and exercise do not help; they will rid the body of excess weight above the waistline but not below. In the early stages, it is disfiguring; in advanced stages it can be extremely debilitating and cause severe pain and extremely limited mobility.
To obtain the latest information on this debilitating condition, I consulted with dermatologic surgeon Dr. David Amron, who practices in Beverly Hills, California. He has performed more than 10,000 liposuction procedures and 500 specifically for lipedema. With his lipedema procedure, he has not only restored his patients to a high quality of life but also has achieved excellent cosmetic results. To date, no significant complications have occurred. There is no cure for lipedema, other than tumescent lymphatic sparing liposuction, a treatment most surgeons are reluctant to perform given the difficult areas to treat such as the ankles, calves and anterior thighs.The procedure uses a hollow tube that is placed under the skin to suction the fat tissue
Sadly, health insurers categorize liposuction as a cosmetic procedure; thus, it is not a covered benefit. He told me that a clear distinction between lipedema and other cosmetic-based procedures is not distinct. Adding to the problem is that if lipedema was classified as a covered benefit, the diagnosis could be made in patients with a cosmetic problem—creative diagnosing.
Dr. Amron is passionate about increasing the awareness of lipedema, as well as the fact that it is treatable. He performs the vast majority of the procedures under local anesthesia, which is well tolerated by his patients. He much prefers that type of anesthesia because of its safety and its ability to readily change to different positions during the procedure. The procedure is usually done in two session: first the calves and ankles, followed by the thighs a few days later. Further information about lipedema is available at this link.
Raised in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Amron attended both UCLA and University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He was awarded his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He then returned to Southern California to continue his residency at UCSD and research fellowship at UCLA.His office is located at 120 South Spalding Drive, Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1836; Telephone: (310) 275-2467.
Dr. Amron is associated with the following medical/surgical associations:
- Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
- American Society for Liposuction Surgery
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery