Lipedema: How do the fat deposits develop and what can I do about them?

Lipedema is known as Pillar leg, breeches syndrome or breeches obesity. known. It is an unnatural deposition of body fat on certain parts of the body. The causes of this have not yet been adequately researched. Mostly women after hormonal changes such as after pregnancy, during menopause or after puberty, are affected by this. Particularly on the hips and buttocks, but also on the legs and arms, increased fat deposition can occur.

The word lipedema comes from ancient Greek and translates as fat accumulation or fat swelling. This fat accumulation is atypical and symmetrical fixed only in certain parts of the body. As a rule, the fat first accumulates on the hips and thighs, later the accumulation may spread to the forearms, neck and lower legs. In bad cases, the fat swelling goes from the ankle to the buttocks (Pillar leg).

Where does lipedema come from?

Incorrectly, patients with lipedema are often accused of eating the wrong foods or eating too much. But Overweight and improper diet are by no means the reason for the disease. – Quite the opposite. Even with diets and heavy weight loss, the fat deposits in the affected areas do not decrease.

The real causes could not be researched so far. But it is probable that it is due to a genetic predisposition is concerned, which at the same time hormonal is. Often, the disturbed fat distribution occurs after puberty, pregnancy or menopause. This makes the body appear shapeless.

However, lipedema is not an increased number of fat cells, as would be the case with weight gain. Rather, it is a matter of increased water retention in the fatty tissue, which increases the subcutaneous tissue.

Many affected women suffer not only from the unsightly appearance of the disease, but also have Pain. The affected areas usually hurt even under slight pressure. Characteristic are fast Formations of bruises.

Both the visual changes and the pain not infrequently lead to psychological problems of the female patients.

What can women do about lipedema?

First of all, the sad news: due to the fact that the exact causes of lipedema are still unexplored, there are no complete cures yet. But the symptoms and discomfort can be alleviated. Mostly a regular lymphatic drainage and compression stockings prescribed.

Lymphatic drainage is designed to gently decongest the legs and arms, loosen water retention and reduce swelling. For those looking for a longer, less involved option, a Liposuction well advised. The so-called Liposuction however, is not covered by health insurance and must be paid out of pocket.

Dr. Bernard is an experienced specialist whose main areas of expertise include liposuction. During a personal preliminary consultation, she can explain the risks and treatment procedures and why liposuction for lipedema is more costly than normal liposuction. However, even if liposuction has to be repeated, the long-term results are good. Liposuction can not only be used to get rid of deposits. It also brings more contour to the figure and shapes body proportions that look natural. The goal of lipedema liposuction is to reduce stored water and deposits and to decongest the fatty tissue.