Finding New Treatments for Lipedema
Dr. Smith: Liposuction is an integral tool of what we do. We use it for cancer patients, for fat grafting. We use it to thin out tissues that we transfer for reconstructions. We do a lot of stuff with liposuction outside of just liposuction for cosmetic purposes. It’s a tool.
Obviously lipedema is also within that realm, patients who are having symptoms, patients who have lipodystrophies, or fat storage disorders, have changes secondary to certain drugs that they take. They all benefit from liposuction. It’s a useful tool.
Catherine: How did you go from baseball to plastic surgery?
Dr. Smith: I think baseball to medicine was sort of the initial step. Just two different aspects of me that I was equally interested in. One was sports, which I love. I’ve always been very active in sports, played baseball through college, and through my sports, had some injuries and interactions with doctors, and thinking about things that I liked to do with science. Medicine seemed like an initial attraction for me in terms of a pursuit outside of sports.
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