Lipoedema is a progressive condition that if left untreated may progress, worsen, and give rise to secondary problems. Conservative therapy may decrease symptoms of swelling and heaviness and offer a lifestyle change. Those patients who can remain compliant with conservative therapies, maintain a normal weight, and who have fewer comorbidities have a better prognosis and usually a milder disease course than those who do not. 11 Complications of Lipoedema, most importantly the progression to lipo-lymphoedema, can be prevented or minimized by early diagnosis and treatment.
The goal of this program is to reduce pain, have aesthetically pleasing limbs and decrease lipoedema adipose tissue. This program must be strictly followed for the best possible results and any diversion will compromise those results. Results are not guaranteed and will vary for each patient. All modules of this program need to be completed prior to any "Liponix" treatments.
CUFF SIGN WITH ADIPOSE FOLDS CAN BE PRESENT IN DIFFERING STAGES OF LIPOEDEMA. WHILE THIS IS A COMMON SIGN, IT IS NOT PRESENT IN ALL TYPES OF LIPOEDEMA.
LIPOEDEMA (LEFT) IS OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED AS OBESITY. ON CLOSER EXAMINATION AND HISTORY, LIPOEDEMA'S DISTINCTIVE SIGN AND SYMPTOMS CAN BE DIFFERENIATED FROM GENERALIZED OBESITY (RIGHT)
LIPOEDEMA (LEFT) IS BILATERAL AND THE FEET ARE SPARED. LYMPHOEDEMA (RIGHT) GENERALLY AFFECTS ONE LIMB AND INCLUDES PITTING OEDEMA OF THE FOOT.
|Lower Lymphoedeam||Lipoedema |
|Pre-Lymphatic Channels||Usually Normal||Abnormal|
|Sex||Commonly Female||Always Female|
|Laterality||Uni- or Bilateral||Bilateral|
|Pain on Pressure||Varies||Yes|
|Fragility of Blood Vessels||Rare||Typical|
|Response to Bandaging||Tolerated||Not Tolerated|
Excessive Diet & Exercise won't work!
Lipoedema is often confused with obesity and patients are informed to diet and exercise which often leads to an increase in the problem.
If Lipoedema was diagnosed early, which currently is rare, it is possible to prevent a significant expansion of fat cells and alert patients to their heightened risk for obesity, if they become progressively less mobile, so they can take appropriate action.
These patients often sit in other categories of Obesity, Eating Disorders, and Depression due to lack of proper diagnosis. These patients come to me often confused about their condition; they develop low self esteem and are generally depressed as to the lack of answers they seek.
The true term Lipoedema is actually incorrect because in simple cases, true edema is absent. In advanced stages of development, Lipoedematous tissue may sometimes develop true edema. The resulting condition is called Lipo-Lymphoedema. The edema associated with Lipoedema has no pitting and there is no rise in temperature.
There is no cure for Lipoedema, so early diagnosis and education to pre-pubescent females and GP’s is crucial. Empowering these women with knowledge and understanding of their disease enables them to manage their problem more easily, gain self confidence and live a reasonably normal life.
Because I have this condition myself, I have developed a 7 Step Program of Treatment Combined with Education to help reduce and maintain sufferers symptoms so they can get on with their lives. Please use the contact page for any questions or to make an appointment.
The 1st 5 photos are courtesy of The Lipoedema Project.