Lipedema Vs. Cellulite – Are They Different?

January 30, 2024

Your skin is more than just a superficial layer meant to protect the parts within; it is the largest organ and holds much more importance. Just like any other, there are medical conditions that can affect the skin and deviate its appearance. Two of the most common conditions seen among masses are lipedema and cellulite. Both make skin bumpy, filled with pits, uneven, and swollen. Although these conditions look similar physically and are often used interchangeably, they are completely different from one another. Let’s clear out the key differences between the two: lipedema vs. cellulite.

Lipedema Vs. Cellulite

Both conditions – lipedema and cellulite are very similar since they present with signs like a dimple on the skin. However, the main difference between them is that cellulite is a cosmetic issue, while lipedema is a medical condition that needs medical intervention.


In this condition, deposits of fat collect in the lower part of your body. It mostly shows its presence in the buttocks, thighs, and calves; however, upper arms may be affected, too, with no difference in hands and feet. Usually, patients with this condition have to bear pain and swelling that is more susceptible to bruising. Leaving it untreated can cause debilitating pain and sensitivity to the touch.


Researchers have yet to find the exact cause; however, evidence shows that lipedema occurs after periods of hormonal change such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. However, more research is needed to support this claim.


  • Unusual fat deposition in the legs makes them disproportionate.
  • Skin is more prone to bruising.
  • Pain in the affected skin area.
  • Loss of skin elasticity.
  • Uneven skin.
  • Swelling
  • Loss of mobility and/or range of motion


The main focus is on preventing its progression into later stages. Some of the changes recommended include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Mental health support
  • Complete decongestive therapy
  • Liposuction


Cellulite vs lipedema affects 80 to 90% of postpubertal women. It is a condition in which the fat grows under the skin in the form of pockets, creating dimpled skin that resembles an orange peel.

Usually, cellulite is seen around the pelvic region, like buttocks, hips, and thighs. The main difference between cellulite and lipedema is that the former is purely a cosmetic issue and does not pose any health risks, while the latter needs medical attention.


Some potential causes include:

  • Unhealthy diet
  • Gene factor
  • Weight fluctuations during pregnancy
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Hormones

Cellulite is a natural response of your skin and does not cause any adverse health conditions.


The symptoms of cellulite are fairly similar to lipedema. However, cellulite doesn’t cause any pain or excessive swelling. Some common symptoms of cellulite include:

  • Dimpled skin
  • Uneven skin
  • Bumpy skin
  • Orange peel or cottage cheese texture

Cellulite appears commonly on the thighs and butt; however, it can be found in other regions like the abdomen, breasts, and arms too.


You can minimize the appearance of cellulite by choosing any of the following methods:

  • Laser treatment
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Topical creams
  • Lifestyle changes

Closing Note

In a nutshell, lipedema needs medical attention, while cellulite is a cosmetic issue, and we can help reduce its appearance. Visit Reserve Salon and Spa to learn more about ways we can help you achieve irresistibly smooth skin.

Get in touch with our magicians for more details on this. We are located in the following areas:

  • Creekside Park Village in Tomball, TX, dial (281) 255-0102 to connect with us.
  • Towne Lake in Cypress, TX, dial (281) 256-8357 to connect with us.



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