Understanding the severity of lipedema starts by identify and understanding the symptoms of this lifelong condition. Many individuals without lipedema do not understand that the symptoms can greatly impact your day-to-day lifestyle. Here are the lipedema symptoms and how they can impact your way of life:
Lipedema Symptoms – Larger Lower Legs
One of the most prominent symptoms of lipedema is the disproportionate accumulation of fat, often in the legs, resulting in a column-like appearance. Unlike regular fat buildup that may be greater in certain parts of the leg, lipedema fat tends to build up all over the leg. This will cause your legs to have a trunk-like appearance. Individuals with lipedema can have a circumference that is much larger on their lower half of the body than on the upper half. Unfortunately, this fat buildup causes the skin to become more tender and bruise much easier. The appearance of more bruises can become very noticeable and impact your self-confidence. Finally, you may not be able to move your legs as easily as before, causing mobility issues.
While lipedema fat buildup occurs more often in the legs, it can also impact your arms. Individuals with lipedema can develop a fat buildup in the arms making them feel heavier. This buildup will reduce your arm’s mobility, making it harder to move.
Lymphatic System Blockage
Lipedema not only impacts our outward appearance, but also the internal functions of our body. Lipidemic fat tissue can interfere and block our lymphatic system. This bodily system is crucial to balance fluids and help your body fight against infections. When our lymph fluid becomes blocked, lymphedema can occur and lead to future health issues such as infections, fibrosis, and hardened skin if left untreated. Fortunately, you can reduce these symptoms through lymphatic drainage massages.
Subcutaneous Fat Tissue
Lipedema is marked by the buildup of subcutaneous fat tissue. Unlike regular fat tissue, subcutaneous fat tissue cannot be reduced with standard diet and exercise. Instead, treatments like liposuction are better able to reduce the symptoms of lipedema. Dr. Wright is a leading liposuction provider for lipedema and can help you reduce its appearance today. By visiting one of our local offices, you can understand your treatment plan through a free consultation and see how your lipedema symptoms can be reduced. While lipedema is a lifelong condition, you can live more easily through a custom treatment plan.