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Lipoedema

Lipoedema is a condition that mostly affects women and is characterised by a symmetrical swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. It is rare in men.
Lipoedema can be extremely painful. The affected areas can be tender and there is a general tendency to bruise easily. Over time, lipoedema can result in fluid retention in the affected parts, resulting in a medical condition called lymphoedema. Although it has not been confirmed, it is thought that lipoedema may have a genetic basis, as in some cases there is a family history of the condition. Sometimes lipoedema is mistaken for excessive lymphoedema, weight gain, obesity or cellulite or is assumed to be due to a lack of exercise. Lipoedema can have a significant impact on quality of life. Lipoedema is a condition that mainly affects women and is characterised by a painful swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. Lipoedema occurs because of the abnormal accumulation of fat under the skin. If you have lipoedema your legs become swollen, bruise easily, are tender and feel painful and uncomfortable. Lipoedema may occur because of changes in female hormones. The most common time of onset is around puberty or when there are other hormonal shifts such as during pregnancy and menopause. You are at greater risk of developing lipoedema if other women in your family are affected. Treatment includes changes to the composition of your diet, use of compression stockings, bandaging affected areas, low-impact exercise, massage and water-based activities. Specialised liposuction for lipoedema can assist when other treatments have not been effective.
You can find out more about lipoedema on the Victoria Government - BetterHealth website
© Mandurah Oedema Clinic 2019

Lipoedema

Lipoedema can be extremely painful. The affected areas can be tender and there is a general tendency to bruise easily. Over time, lipoedema can result in fluid retention in the affected parts, resulting in a medical condition called lymphoedema. Although it has not been confirmed, it is thought that lipoedema may have a genetic basis, as in some cases there is a family history of the condition. Sometimes lipoedema is mistaken for excessive lymphoedema, weight gain, obesity or cellulite or is assumed to be due to a lack of exercise. Lipoedema can have a significant impact on quality of life. Lipoedema is a condition that mainly affects women and is characterised by a painful swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. Lipoedema occurs because of the abnormal accumulation of fat under the skin. If you have lipoedema your legs become swollen, bruise easily, are tender and feel painful and uncomfortable. Lipoedema may occur because of changes in female hormones. The most common time of onset is around puberty or when there are other hormonal shifts such as during pregnancy and menopause. You are at greater risk of developing lipoedema if other women in your family are affected. Treatment includes changes to the composition of your diet, use of compression stockings, bandaging affected areas, low-impact exercise, massage and water-based activities. Specialised liposuction for lipoedema can assist when other treatments have not been effective.
Lipoedema is a condition that mostly affects women and is characterised by a symmetrical swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. It is rare in men.
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