In Lipoedema, the hips, buttocks, legs and sometimes upper arms, are out of proportion with the rest of the body. Many women describe their legs as being heavy, big, swollen and like ‘tree trunks’.
Unlike weight gain caused by over-eating or lack of exercise, Lipoedema fat can often be painful and hurt when banged or scraped and can bruise easily. There doesn’t appear to be any correlation between size of areas effected and how painful it is.
Lipoedema looks and feels different to normal body fat or lymphoedema, feeling soft and dimpled, like cellulite.
Common symptoms include:
Treatments for Lipoedema include:
There's currently no cure, but there are things that can improve your symptoms and stop it getting worse.
The main treatments are:
Lipoedema and MLD
MLD is a specific type of gentle massage that is used to stimulate lymphatic flow and helping to reduce fluid build up, pain and discomfort.
It is most effective when combined with other treatments such as compression and is performed by specially trained therapists.