Cause and SymptomsLipodermatosclerosis is related to elevated pressure in leg veins (called venous hypertension), the result of leaky valves in those veins. Inflammation occurs as pressure backs up into capillaries, the small vessels. The slowing of the blood flow through the capillaries results in sludging and a buildup of toxins, which damage the skin. The condition occurs most frequently at middle age or later, in individuals who have excess weight.
Lipodermatosclerosis may appear on the lower, inner portion of one or both legs. Symptoms include:
- Tender, warm inflammation above the ankle
- Scaling skin
- Hardening of skin (induration)
- Thickened skin
- Changes in pigmentation – an area of red, tan, or brown skin, sometimes with small flecks of white scarring
- Swelling from edema – increased fluid in the leg
- Change in leg shape, sometimes compared to an inverted champagne bottle or bowling pin
Lipodermatosclerosis may be accompanied by varicose veins and venous ulcers.
Customized CareOnce it becomes established, lipodermatosclerosis is a chronic condition. However, it can be effectively managed by Dr. Amanda Lloyd working with you to reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and improve comfort and appearance. She begins with conservative compression therapy to increase blood flow. Then, treatment progresses to advanced techniques such as sclerotherapy, ultrasound therapy, endovenous laser ablation, and oral medications, as necessary.
At Skin & Vein Institute, patients with lipodermatosclerosis get the benefit of expertise in vein treatment and dermatology under one roof. In addition to treating the root cause of lipodermatosclerosis – the venous insufficiency, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Amanda Lloyd, provides dermatological care to heal and refine affected skin.
Your legs deserve this level of specialized attention. Call Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas at (760) 642-6674 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amanda Lloyd a Board-Certified dermatologist and diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
Meet Dr. Amanda LloydDR. AMANDA LLOYD HAS BEEN SERVING HER PATIENTS MORE THAN 15 YEARS.
She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.Meet the Doctor