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.

Lipoedema comes in Stages and Types

 

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.

Daughter: Lipo-hypertrophy 
Mother: 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

Saddlebag Lipoedema

Lipoedema is sometimes mistaken for Obesity

Ultrasound image of Lipoedemic Fat