What are the symptoms of lipedema?
The symptoms vary from individual to individual:
- It can present as disproportionate columnar legs
- Often it can be painful and hypersensitivity to touch is seen
- Presence of fat pads above the arms, knee or thighs is common
- Mobility impairment can arise
- Loss of skin elasticity is seen
How is lipedema diagnosed?
Your doctor will perform a physical exam to diagnose lipedema and determine the cause. Often, it can be mistaken for obesity or lymphoedema. The fluid build-up in the body can lead to lymphoedema, which has similar symptoms except for the fact that instead of fat, fluid accumulation occurs.
How is lipedema treated?
The treatment options include non-surgical approaches and liposuction. The non-surgical approaches include:
- Massage: It encourages fluid flow in the body.
- Compression therapy: Uses tight garments and bandages.
- Exercise: Swimming and other low-impact exercises are recommended.
Liposuction: The area is numbed, and the excess fat drained via a tube.
If you notice any unusual distribution of fat in your body, consult your doctor.
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