Lipedema is Often Diagnosed as Obesity
Lipedema is a chronic, progressive disease that leads to the abnormal buildup of fat under the skin. It is characterized by the disproportionate accumulation of fat in different areas of the body, and often leads to pain and bruising. It typically affects the legs and arms, but can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the trunk, neck, and face.
What is Lipedema?
The Most Common Symptoms of Lipedema:
Lipedema is often misdiagnosed as obesity, and vice versa. However, there are some key differences between the two conditions:
- First and foremost, Lipedema is a chronic, progressive disease, while obesity is not.
- Second, fat accumulation in Lipedema is typically symmetrical (affecting both sides of the body equally), while obesity is not.
- Finally, Lipedema typically affects the legs and arms, while obesity can affect any part of the body.
Lipedema is a condition that is seen more frequently in women than men. It is characterized by the disproportionate accumulation of fat in different areas of the body, and often leads to pain and bruising. Despite its prevalence, lipedema is still relatively unknown and often goes undiagnosed.
There is a strong link between obesity and lipedema. In fact, studies have shown that women who are obese are up to ten times more likely to develop the condition. While the exact cause of lipedema is unknown, it is thought to be linked to hormonal imbalances, genetics, and lymphatic system problems.
What is the Link Between Obesity and Lipedema?
How Can Lipedema Be Treated?
Though there is currently no cure for lipedema, there are a variety of treatments available to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Some of these treatments include exercise, massage, and compression garments. Exercise, in particular, can help improve circulation and reduce the feeling of tightness in the affected areas. For many women, these solutions are just not enough. They can do all of these treatments, lose weight, but the lipedema fat does not go away.
Dr. Marcia Byrd has helped thousands of women find relief through surgical liposuction which removes the excess fat and reduce swelling. To find out more, contact The Lipedema Surgery Center and set up an appointment in person or remotely with Dr. Byrd. She will help you determine if you are a candidate for the lipedema surgery.