You may not have heard of Lipoedema before and that is no surprise, since first being diagnosed to a patient in the 1940s it is still a relatively unknown and often misdiagnosed condition with reports of only 10% of medical professionals having any knowledge of it.
It can often be confused with Lymphoedema which although similar in symptoms there are a number of differences;
|Both legs often including the buttocks too||Often only one leg|
|Feet not affected||Feet affected|
|No pitting||Pitting edema|
|Stemmer Sign test negative||Stemmer Sign test positive|
|Skin tissue feels rubbery||Skin tissue feels firm|
|Painful when touched||Not painful to touch|
|Bruises easily||No difference to normal bruising|
|Hormonal Imbalances||No hormonal imbalances|
So what is Lipoedema?
Lipoedema is a chronic condition that involves a build-up of fat cells in the thighs, buttocks and legs. There have been rare cases where men have been diagnosed but it usually only occurs in women.
How do I know if I have it?
You may notice that your lower limbs are larger and not in proportion with the rest of your body. Despite weight loss efforts there will be no change in your lower body and you’ll find that if you do gain weight it will generally be in this area.
Symptoms can include:
Large legs that are column like in appearance
Heaviness & discomfort
Upper body being smaller than lower body
Fat pads below the knee
Fat pads on the side of the thigh
Feet are unaffected
Skin may look pale and feel cold
The Lipoedema UK Big Survey in 2014 discovered that 78% of Lipoedema sufferers questioned developed symptoms between the ages of 18-25 but only 7% received a diagnosis at that time.
It is believed that 11% of the female population may suffer from some degree of Lipoedema so if you do feel that any of the symptoms described are familiar then we highly recommend visiting your GP for a proper diagnosis.
What can The Private Clinic to do help?
We are proud to be one of very few clinics able to offer specialist treatment for female Lipoedema sufferers. MicroLipo is a form of minimally-invasive liposuction which can be used to help manage the condition and ease the strain on day-to-day activities.
MicroLipo has been recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a way to reduce the symptoms of the condition and it has proven to be incredibly effective in many cases.
The treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic so you will be awake during the procedure and there will be no need for an overnight stay. There will be no stitches used and a minimal risk of scarring as only very small incisions are made meaning the downtime and recovery is still apparent but reduced significantly compared to surgical liposuction.
Lymphoedema sufferer, Judith Broadbent has spent years struggling with the condition which left one of her legs twice the size as the other. She has since had the MicroLipo procedure to remove the excess fat in the legs.
Judith said: “To say the MicroLipo procedure has been life changing is an understatement. I had suffered for years with Lymphoedema and was at the end of my tether when I decided to go ahead with the procedure. I had tried everything else on offer to me, and was ready to try anything. I can honestly say that it was the best thing I have ever done. The treatment was straightforward – it was carried out under local anaesthetic and I was in and out the same day – and my leg more than halved in size following the procedure. My doctor, Dr Gupta, made it clear to me that this was not a cure; however, there is no sign of my leg returning to the size it was pre-treatment. I know I will be on a lifelong management programme, but I can happily deal with that! I am just so happy that I can wear and buy trousers and that I don’t feel disfigured anymore.” *
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.
The Private Clinic
Our MicroLipo Specialist, Dr Puneet Gupta, is one of very few doctors in Europe specialised in the delivery of MicroLipo (Microcannular Tumescent Liposuction), and was extensively trained by the inventor himself – Dr Jeffrey Klein. Dr Gupta has performed around 2,000 MicroLipo procedures to date and is supported by a team of nurses specifically trained to deliver this unique form of treatment and aftercare.