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What is Lipedema?

Lipedema is a type of disease that mainly affects women and that causes the proliferation and inflammation of fatty tissue cells. What it produces is excessive accumulation of fat in the arms and legs.

At the moment The origin of Lipedema is not known, but it is known that it has a genetic component and that is also related to hormonal imbalances.

The problem is that no matter how much you diet or exercise continuously, it is not possible to eliminate that localized fat. This produces a feeling of frustration in people who suffer from it because they do not see changes despite all the effort they are putting in.

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Lipedema affects the thighs and hips in a 70%. The 30% to the area between the calves and ankles. It is estimated that a 16% of the world population of women suffer from it.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Increase in volume.
  • Feeling of heaviness in the affected area.
  • The subcutaneous tissue feels hard to the touch.
  • Disproportion between the affected area of the body and the rest.
  • Intense pain when pinching the area.
  • Decreased skin elasticity.
  • Symptoms may worsen with menstruation, heat, and exercise.

Everything you need to know about Lipedema

Degrees of Lipedema

Lipedema can be classified into 3 different types, although there are some specialists who include a 4th type. Each phase corresponds to how advanced this disease is. This classification is made to adapt the therapy to your particular case.

Furthermore, there are 3 degrees of Lipedema:

In it first grade, the surface of the skin is still smooth, the subcutaneous fatty tissue is thickened and has fat with fine knots.

He second grade, already begins to show an irregular skin surface, with different lumps, dents and presents fat with thick knots.

In it third degree, the skin tissue feels hard to the touch and the fat accumulations in the affected area take on a bulging shape.

Types of Lipedema

Lipedema type I

The fatty tissue has spread especially in the area of the hips and buttocks. We popularly know it under the name of “cartucheras”.

Lipedema type II

The Lipedema has spread from the hips to the knees. Fat tends to accumulate in the hamstrings (opposite the knee).

Lipedema type III

The disease has spread from the hips, through the buttocks, the knees until reaching the ankles.

Lipedema IV

Lipedema affects the arms, without reaching the wrists.

How is the operation

One of the best methods to combat Lipedema is water assisted liposuction (WAL liposuction). This technique is used because of the safety it offers to patients and due to the Big results that it offers. It is performed with local tumescent anesthesia.

Then, a millimeter cannula is introduced, which at the same time pumps a saline solution that helps remove fat accumulations.

This surgery may have a duration from 2 hours to 3. Adipose tissue is removed through different incisions to achieve the best possible result. Normally patients do not need any type of income. It is a Ambulatory surgery In most cases.

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Before performing the operation, the patient and Dr. Weigand will agree on the results they expect after the operation, as well as the best method for each patient's individual case.

It should be noted that a prior analysis will be carried out to ensure that the health condition of the patient is good to receive the surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used?


It is advisable to rest for 24 hours after treatment. Also, the use of a compression belt that helps keep the tissues tense to achieve better results.

The inflammation usually goes away around the first and second week after surgery. Dr. Weigand will inform you about the entire postoperative process and the care that must be maintained to ensure that the result of the operation is optimal.

Treatment benefits

Frequent questions

We have carried out a 12-point test in which the appropriate questions will be asked to find out if you can suffer from Lipedema and you can do it through this link.

Remember that if you lead a healthy life and you cannot eliminate fat from the “carriers” or your legs are simply not in proportion with the rest of your body, you may suffer from Lipedema type I.

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No, leading a healthy life with daily exercise can help relieve the symptoms of Lipedema, but it does not treat the cause that causes it. The only option with a long-term view would be liposuction specialized in Lipedema.

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