Lipoedema or Lipedema is a genuine medical condition that is often confused with lymphoedema. The individual with this condition may appear to be simply obese and/or to have extremely swollen legs and swollen abdomen. The condition is an uneven distribution of fat cells in the sub-cutaneous regions generally in the legs or abdomen. One major frustration of people with lipoedema is that they are accused of being simply “fat,” which is absolutely not the case; it is a relatively common disease with extremely common misconceptions.
Perhaps one of the most critical complications is the acquisition of secondary lymphoedema. The increased weight can crush the lymphatics causing blockages and hindrances to lymphatic flow.
Many lipoedema patients also experience a tremendous amount of pain due to the condition and the affects on the body’s systems.
Liposuction is a very successful technique which can permanently remove the excess fat cells and improve any associated lymphoedema.