What Causes Lipedema?
Doctors don’t yet know the exact cause of lipedema, but there is a hereditary component. Typically the women in a family may tend to carry their weight in their hips and thighs. Any major hormonal shift throughout different life stages can trigger or increase the effect of lipedema. Some examples of this would be puberty, which is a very common trigger and usually the first one. Another would be pregnancy, then menopause. All of these cause a change in hormonal balance, which is related to the onset of lipedema. It seems to occur in relation to estrogen levels, so this is why it affects women more than it does men.
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Surgical Treatment: The only treatment that appears to be effective in reducing the build-up of fatty tissue associated with lipedema is a procedure called Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction (WAL). This procedure can be an effective treatment with good results, but several separate operations may be necessary to remove the fat from the different parts of your body. Learn more+
Non-Surgical Treatment: can sometimes be helpful in improving pain and tenderness, preventing or reducing lipedema and improving the shape of affected limbs – although they often have little effect on the fatty tissue.
Several different treatments are designed to improve the flow and drainage of fluid in your tissues, such as:
- Compression therapy: Compression garments and wraps to increase pressure in the swollen legs and reduce fluid buildup.
- Exercise: Usually low-impact exercises, such as swimming to reduce fluid buildup and boost mobility.
- Massage: Manual drainage to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid around blocked areas to healthy vessels, where it can drain into the venous system.
- Elevating the legs
- Diuretics (tablets to flush out excess fluid)
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