How can you identify lipedema?

In an initial test you can determine for yourself whether you might be affected by lipedema. If several of the described symptoms apply to you, we recommend that you consult a specialist (phlebologist / lymphologist) for a clear diagnosis.


We will be happy to advise you about your individual treatment options.


  • Your upper body is disproportionately slimmer than your lower bod.
  • Your hands and feet are not affected by swelling
  • Your thighs, legs and arms are sensible to touch.
  • When climbing stairs you have "heavy legs" and / or feel pain.
  • Your legs bruise easily.
  • Standing for a long period makes your legs swollen.
  • You are often tired and limp in the evening and your legs hurt at night.
  • You have pronounced cellulite on your thighs.
  • Your attempts to lose weight through dietary changes and / or sport have had little or no positive effect on the affected areas.
  • Your balanced diet and regular exercise does not prevent you from gaining weight.
  • Your complaints began or increased during puberty, after pregnancy or during menopause.
  • After being in cold conditions your legs do not warm up quickly.
  • Female relatives suffer from similar symptoms.

At the beginning of the 2000s, Dr. Falk-Christian Heck first came into contact with a previously unknown disease – lipedema. The clinical picture of the affected women was met with neither acceptance nor understanding by the doctors. Even today, in many cases lipedema is still misdiagnosed as overweight or obesity (adiposity). The disease often remains undetected for a long time. Those affected suffer from shame, self-reproach and frustration.

As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Heck developed a completely new and sustainably effective surgical method, the lipedema surgery (lipo-decompression), which

  • stops the lipedema
  • is a pain-free surgery
  • eliminates the need for compression garments
  • improves the quality of life

These are still our goals today at the LipoClinic Dr. Heck GmbH!

We are here for you! You can gladly call us at +49 208 44475981 or contact us by filling out our contact form.

If you decide to proceed with the treatment at the LipoClinic, we kindly ask you to consider the following:

  • You need a flat-knitted custom-made compression garment in compression class 2. This can be prescribed by your phlebologist or family doctor.
  • For treatment, a diagnosis for lipedema must be provided in a written form by an external specialist for lipedema (e.g. a phlebologist or lymphologist).
  • For reasons of anaesthesia eligibility, your body weight should be below 130kg. If your weight is higher, we will be happy to advise you on alternative approaches.

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