Lipedema is a condition in which fat is distributed in an irregular way beneath the skin, usually concentrated in the legs and buttocks. Lipedema, which affects about 11 percent of women, can be painful and lead to issues with mobility.
Lipedema can be inherited. It may develop gradually during puberty. The condition also may get worse due to a trauma, such as surgery or pregnancy. Lipedema mostly affects women, and doctors suspect that female hormones play a role.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, WebMD, Curelipedema.org, Cancer.org, CDC.gov
Living with Lymphedema and Lipedema