Lipedema is a condition that is characterized by excess fat distributed, usually in the buttocks, thighs, calves and ankles, and upper arms which can worsen through female hormonal changes. Although it begins as a cosmetic concern, Lipedema can cause pain and other problems over time. Lipedema is not caused by obesity but more than half of patients with this condition are overweight or obese. As the condition gets worse, lipedema can affect your ability to walk.
Lipedema is sometimes confused with lymphedema, but these are different conditions. However, lipedema can lead to lymphedema.
Over time, as more fat accumulates, it can block the lymphatic pathway. This causes a build-up of fluid called lymph. The condition is known as secondary lymphedema or lipo-lymphedema.
Treatment involves the debulking and removal of excess fat under the skin with refined tumescent liposuction and liposculpture to provide relief and a more shapely body.