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Differentiation of the four stages and types of lip-edema

When you are finally diagnosed with lipedema, a great burden falls on you. Diagnosed patients have had a journey for years and are relieved to be able to do something about the disease. But before an adequate therapy can be initiated, the doctor must determine the stage and severity of lipedema. A total of four stages and four types can be distinguished. Depending on how pronounced your lipedema is, we will adapt the therapy exactly to your needs.

Four stages of lipedema

Lipedema is divided into four stages, which describe the structure of the tissue and the texture of the skin. In this common form of stage classification, a very important parameter of lipedema, pain, is not taken into account. Even in stage I, when the skin surface still seems very smooth, patients can suffer from massive pain in the extremities, which makes long walking and standing impossible. Findings such as this must be treated differently from a patient in stage I who has little or no pain. In principle, lipedema can be treated with compression at any stage and operated on at any time (liposuction).

Stage I: skin surface smooth, subcutaneous fat thickened, fat structure fine-knotted

Stage II: Skin surface uneven, fat structure coarsely knotted

Stage III: Tissue additionally coarser and harder, large lobed deforming fat lobes

Stage IV: Additional severe lipolymphedema

Differentiation of four types of lipedema

In contrast to the stage classification, which looks at the condition of the skin and tissue, the affected areas of the body are underlined when classifying by type.

Type 1: The subcutaneous fat is increased above all in the area of buttocks and hips, the so-called riding trousers are the result.

Type 2: Lipoedema has spread to the knees, resulting in increased formation of fat on the inside of the knees.

Type 3: The disease now extends from the hips to the ankles.

Type 4: Lipoedema now also affects the arms. The wrists are not affected.

Good to know: Lipolymphedema is a mixture of lipedema and lymphedema that can develop if a lipedema remains untreated for too long.

We are experts in the treatment of lipedema and recognize the disease at first glance. In addition, we can advise you in detail on all therapy measures and carry them out in our practice. Come to us – we will be happy to assist you and accompany you on your way.