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Lipoedema is an abnormal and uneven build up of painful fat deposits in the hips, buttocks, thighs and legs. It sometimes affects the arms as well. Lipoedema is nearly always diagnosed in women but can in rare occasions affect men. It is thought to be caused by hormonal imbalances and triggered at times of hormonal change and can often be hereditary. Lipoedema is different to normal weight gain. Of course diet and exercise are important parts of staying healthy and can help to control it but sometimes this is not sufficient to get rid of the condition which can progress over time. It is necessary to diagnose properly and not characterise as obesity and is often under diagnosed.It is incorrect to say that liposuction for lipedema is a cosmetic procedure as it is a treatment for this.
Surgery to treat Lipoedema include either liposuction and/ or bariatric surgery.
Liposuction in patients with lipoedema has been found to reduce tissue bulk, pain, brushing and improve mobility and quality of life. Patients must have realistic expectations of what they can achieve with this type of surgery. Liposuction when performed will show an immediate reduction in the size of the limb.