What Is Lipedema?
Lipedema is a condition characterized by the presence of fat deposits in unnatural areas that appear to be uneven or outsized. Those with lipedema develop fat deposits directly beneath the skin, which can appear unusually large or uneven. Individuals who live with lipedema may exhibit legs, hips, or arms that appear disproportionately large when compared to their feet, waist, or upper body. Additionally, those with lipedema may find that the affected areas bruise more easily and more sensitive to pain than the rest of their body.
Lipedema occurs in four stages, with the first stages producing relatively mild symptoms. If left untreated, lipedema can progress and increase in severity. This, in turn, can contribute to or exacerbate a range of other health problems. Pain can worsen, mobility can become more restricted, and other health complications can arise as time goes on.