Lipedema

What is Lipedema

It is the pathological proliferation of fat cells (the adipocytes) in areas of the body such as the legs, hips and thighs. According to the World Health Organization definition it is a “fatty” edema. Lipedema was recognized by the WHO in 2018.

This chronic condition affects almost only women, with a tendency to manifest itself at puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Although it is more common than you might think, the appearance is often mistaken for obesity.

In Portugal, almost one million women are affected by the disease (Source: IPL).

What are the symptoms of Lipedema

Most studies state that Lipedema can be hereditary in nature, and the reason for finding a family history is because the disease can skip a generation or two.

Because it is a cyclical disease, at some times the patient has many symptoms, at other times the inflammatory symptoms are less active.

Check out some symptoms of the patient with Lipedema:

  • Hips, thighs, and legs (in some cases, arms) have more volume compared to the other areas of the body;
  • Presence of hematomas, cellulitis, and nodules;
  • Swelling;
  • The volume of the affected parts remains, even after diet and exercise;
  • Feeling of heavy legs;
  • Hypersensitivity;
  • Pain to touch and pressure in the affected regions;
  • Joint pain;
  • Difficulty walking in the most severe stages.

How to treat lipedema

Lipedema is a disease without cure; however, there is a set of actions that help reduce the symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life. Once the disease has been confirmed, an individual treatment plan is drawn up, which may include two modalities:

Treatment of Lipedema with Clinical Nutrition

Anti-inflammatory diet plan that will treat the disease.

Lipedema Treatment with Plastic Surgery

The surgical treatment for Lipedema is liposuction, but with different techniques and instruments from those used in traditional liposuction. Water-assisted liposuction is considered the best treatment for Lipedema.

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