Lipoedema, is a painful hereditary disorder, typically it leads to a pattern of adipose tissue (fat) accumulation from the hips to the ankles, arms and often other parts of the body. Lipoedema may be found in women of all shapes and sizes.
Symptoms of Lipoedema
The legs are enlarged bilaterally - arms too can be affected
The waist is small in proportion to thighs, buttocks and legs
Feet and hands are exempt and a 'bracelet' effect can appear just above the ankles and wrists
Legs/arms can be extremely painful, even to touch
Affected limbs bruise easily
The fat is soft to touch and wobbly, while skin can be cold to touch
Lipoedema can become worse in hot weather
Diet and exercise, while important, can have minimal effect
Increase in Lipoedema is often noticed when significant hormonal changes happen
Skin can have a cellulite or ‘mattress’ like appearance
Skin on the legs and buttocks can be cold to touch.
Jen reveals her battle with 'painful fat syndrome' - an incurable condition that makes it impossible to lose weight despite exercise or dieting.
The 4th Lipoedema Australia Conference will take place 14-16 August 2020 in Sydney and will provide a great opportunity for those affected by Lipoedema to come together and share experiences, hear the latest research from experts and presentations from our international keynote speakers. We will provide more information about this conference in the coming weeks! Register your interest.
Dr Tara Karnezis, Head of Lipoedema Research & Dr Ramin Shayan, Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon work closely together at St Vincent's Hospital. Dr Karnezis and Dr Shayan specialise in working with patients suffering from lipoedema, a progressive condition of abnormal fatty distribution. Watch Carla Daly's lipoedema surgery story Season 2, Episode 5.
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