The condition is often difficult to live with due to the physical discomfort it causes and the effects it can have on daily life. Lipodermatosclerosis is relatively rare, affecting only a small percentage of the population. However, for those who do have the condition, it is a source of significant hardship. 

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Dr. Ahn is experienced in the most advanced treatments, new techniques, and products to treat vein conditions, including lipodermatosclerosis, and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment. All procedures are performed in-office and can be completed over a lunch hour. Even if you have been told, “nothing can be done,” meet with Dr. Ahn, to discover the most advanced treatments with next-generation technology.

Who is affected by lipo­derma­toscler­osis?

Lipodermatosclerosis is a condition that is most seen in middle-aged or older people and is more common in women than in men. The condition is often associated with immobility and obesity, as well as with conditions that cause venous insufficiency, such as varicose veins. 

What are the symptoms of lipo­derma­toscler­osis?

Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Burning sensations in the affected area
  • Swelling and redness
  • In severe cases, ulcers may form on the skin
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How is lipo­derma­toscler­osis treated?

Lipodermatosclerosis is a condition that results in the hardening and inflammation of the skin on the legs. It is often associated with venous insufficiency, obesity, and immobility. Treatment for lipodermatosclerosis typically focuses on relieving symptoms and improving circulation. 

  • Walking and physical activity can have a beneficial effect on the functionality of the calf muscle pump for some individuals. 
  • Weight reduction can be effective if it is a factor. 
  • Mechanical compression therapy can be used for symptom control; however, this therapy will not be effective for every case. 
  • Elevation of the legs can help some to reduce symptoms but may not be effective enough to relieve them.
  • Certain medications can assist with relief and have been shown to reduce dermal thickness. 
  • Ultrasound therapy offers some relief from erythema, hardness, and pain. 
  • Ultraviolet radiation (UVA1) is another therapy that has been effective in some cases. 
  • Finally, emollients and topical steroids are useful in the management of dryness and inflammation.

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Types of lipo­derma­toscler­osis

Lipodermatosclerosis can affect one or both of your legs, and it can be acute or chronic.

  • Acute lipodermatosclerosis develops suddenly.
  • Chronic lipodermatosclerosis develops slowly over time. 

Both types of lipodermatosclerosis can be painful and can limit your ability to move your legs. Treatment for both acute and chronic lipodermatosclerosis is typically the same and includes wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs, and taking pain medication. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the hard, thickened skin.

How is lipo­derma­toscler­osis diagnosed?

Lipodermatosclerosis typically affects the lower legs and can cause pain, swelling, and ulceration. The exact cause of Lipodermatosclerosis is usually diagnosed based on a physical examination and history. Ultrasound may also be used to evaluate the veins. If you feel you may have lipodermatosclerosis, NYBG veins can help you get to the bottom of your condition.

What causes lipo­derma­toscler­osis?

Lipo­derma­toscler­osis is caused by chronic venous insufficiency, which occurs when the valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart are damaged. This damage causes blood to pool in the veins, and over time, this can lead to inflammation and the formation of scar tissue.

Lipo­derma­toscler­osis typically develops slowly and can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, itching, and ulceration. While there is no cure for the condition, early diagnosis and treatment can help to minimize its symptoms and improve quality of life.

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