Early diagnosis of Lipedema is vital to stop symptoms from getting any worse.

A number of factors are taken into consideration when making a formal diagnosis of Lipedema:

  • Disproportionately larger/fatter legs and hips compared to the upper body
  • Swelling is symmetrical (both sides of the body are affected equally)
  • Hands and feet are not affected
  • Loose, floppy connective tissues around the knee joints
  • Fat that looks like cellulite and feels soft
  • Tenderness/pain and easy or spontaneous bruising to affected areas
  • Skin of affected areas may be pale and cold
  • Upper arms may also be disproportionately fatter
  • Patients may report increased swelling in hot weather

 


 

 
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