What is Lipedema?
Lipedema is a condition that causes excess fat to accumulate in the lower part of the body. Liposuction is an effective procedure to help remove excess fat deposits associated with lipedema. There are various types of liposuction, but water-assisted and tumescent liposuction are commonly used for lipedema Lipedema most often involves the buttocks, thighs and calves. The upper arms can also be affected. The condition does not affect the hands or feet. On occasion, Lipedema can be confused with Lymphedema. These two conditions are not the same, however Lipedema can lead to Lymphedema.
Lipedema is often inaccurately diagnosed or even misdiagnosed and mistaken for other conditions, particularly lymphedema, as well as obesity. This happens most frequently in the later stages of the disease when the fat obstructs the lymphatic drainage leading to a mixture of lipedema and lymphedema, sometimes called lipo-lymphedema. In this instance, patients may be offered treatment for lymphedema, but the underlying lipedema can often be missed.