Lifestyle Changes

A heart-healthy diet may help slow the progression of lipedema, especially if you learn about your condition early on. Exercise, especially swimming, biking and walking, are helpful for mobility and to reduce swelling.

Decongestive Therapy and Compression Therapy

Your doctor may suggest noninvasive treatments, such as:

  • A gentle form of skin stretching/massage called manual lymphatic drainage therapy
  • Special wrapping techniques called complex decongestive therapy

Invasive Therapies

Liposuction may be used to reduce the size of fat deposits but standard liposuction is not recommended. Wet-jet assisted liposuction is less likely than total tumescent liposuction to cause damage to the lymph vessels and is recommended.If you have lipedema and are also obese, you doctor may recommend bariatric surgery.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/24/2019.

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