Kristin is extensively trained in assessing Lipoedema.
What is lipoedema?
Lipoedema is a condition of the fat and connective tissue. It mainly affects women, but can effect men and often develops around times of hormonal change, puberty, pregnancy & menopause.
Some signs of lipoedema:
• Fat tissue changes affecting the legs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, arms, breasts & under the chin
• Fat ‘bulges’ or 'fat pads' develop around the knees or at the hips
• Body may look out of proportion; the upper body is smaller than the lower body
• Waistline may be narrow in comparison to hips
• Feet and hands are usually not affected
• The area may bruise easily, with broken blood vessels, and/or varicose veins.
What lipoedema may feel like:
• The skin and tissue can feel very soft and may be cold to touch.
• Some people feel small lumps (called lipomas) in the enlarged tissues.
• There may be pain in the affected areas, especially when pressure is applied.
• Legs may feel heavy, tired, and aching.
Excess dieting does not change Lipoedema fat
Lipoedema connective tissue is different, it has gaps for fluid, gel & fibrosis to form.
Lipohypertrophy is enlarged lipids which is a pre-curser to early Stage 1 Lipoedema.
Sometimes Lipoedema is mistaken for Lymphoedema
(Lipoedema on left, Lymphoedema on right)
Early assessment & treatment will slow the progression.
Lipoedema comes in different shapes and diagnostics and is progressive
Lipoedema is sometimes mistaken for Obesity
Ultrasound image of Lipoedemic Fat