Examination and Treatment of Lipoedema

Lipoedema is an abnormal deposition of subcutaneous fat with an enhanced oedema that particularly occurs in the legs. The defined fat cushion is the result of overweight and can be treated, even without home diets. The affected areas are the hips, thighs and the calves down to the ankles; the foot is not affected.  The sub-skin tissue is soft or pasty and the skin surface often shows these depressions.

Typical for lipoedema is that they are also tender, that is how a blue mark appears after a relatively small touch. Oedema is caused by the increase permeability of water within the blood capillaries. Lipoedema often appears during puberty or during pregnancy, and slowly become chronic during time. In the late stages, especially after the lack of proper treatment, it can lead to the hardening of the subcutaneous tissue with the obstruction of the lymph vessels, which can in addition cause a secondary lipoedema.

The examination at this clinical picture should be carried out by a Lymphologist or a phlebologist. With respect to the treatment, today fat deposits can be removed by Liposuction (fat removal). The oedema is treated by a manual lymphatic drainage and compression.