Women with lipoedema often see liposuction as the last resort to end their suffering. Maybe they should visit a HYPOXI-Studio instead!
When Andrea Stiller first walked into the HYPOXI-Studio in Reiskirchen in Hessen, Germany she had completed a veritable marathon from doctor to doctor. The reason: The 47-year old suffers from bilateral lipoedema. “After my two pregnancies, the condition became even worse”, she recalls. “My buttocks and legs had become unrecognisable, and my old figure only existed in my memory. I tried countless diets. If I had known that I have lipoedema, I could have saved myself all that trouble.”
Lipoedema is an abnormal build-up of fat cells, mostly in the legs and thighs, which can lead to swelling. The additional adipose tissue that appears with lipoedema is not obesity as such. Fat cells accumulate in the affected areas (lipohyperplasia), and the stored fat is not released due to poor circulation and impaired lymph flow. Specialists rank lipoedema amongst the top three most common conditions in women. The problem: A diagnosis can only be made by a specialist. Many women have no idea that they have lipoedema.
Andrea Stiller began her new life on the HYPOXI-Trainer L250.
The only solution: Liposuction?
When Andrea Stiller was certain of her diagnosis, all of the doctors recommended liposuction – except her GP. He saw the risks associated with liposuction, which adversely affects the lymphatic system. “I was totally devastated,” says Andrea Stiller. “I had resigned myself to having the procedure, even though I was very scared, and surgery would have been a huge financial burden for me. But the concerns of my GP made me doubtful.” Andrea’s quality of life had hit rock bottom at that point. Equally, her friends and family had started to suffer because of the worries of the normally fun-loving woman. In the end, one of her girl-friends gave her the tip to try the HYPOXI-Method at the studio in Reiskirchen. This is when everything changed. Her HYPOXI-Coach Heike Dietrich recalls: “At first Ms. Stiller was very doubtful whether HYPOXI would be able to help her. We took our time answering her questions and managed to alleviate her doubts.” Andrea Stiller started her twelve-week program with the figure shaping method.
After only 14 days with HYPOXI, the mother of two had lost three kilograms, and had reduced her circumference by a total of 35 centimetres. And all that without starving herself! She strictly followed the dietary advice of HYPOXI. “In the beginning, I was a bit unsure if I would be able to give up carbohydrates with dinner. But thanks to the generous portions at lunch I wasn’t as hungry in the evenings as I had been in the past. I have now completely turned around my diet, and I’m not afraid of the yo-yo effect anymore. What is hard to believe: By the end of the day, I actually eat more now than I did before.”
Andrea’s initial scepticism had disappeared at that stage. Not surprisingly – the successes continued. Over time, her thighs became less painful to pressure, and eventually the pain disappeared completely. Her pants became looser and more comfortable, and thanks to the HYPOXI-Dermology, the appearance of her skin improved significantly.
After twelve weeks, Andrea had changed completely. She had lost 12.6 kilograms and a total of 99.5 centimetres in circumference. And all this specifically at the problem areas – each thigh alone had lost almost 10 centimetres! “My favourite pants had become too big”, she says, laughing. “But it doesn’t matter. As HYPOXI cost me only a fraction of the price of liposuction, I can indulge in a few new clothes with the money that I saved.” But Andrea regrets one thing: “That I didn’t go to the HYPOXI-Studio earlier. It would have saved me a lot of grief.”
Good to know
The facts about lipoedema
Occurrence: almost exclusively in women following puberty
Causes: unclear, thought to be genetic and hormonal
Secondary and accompanying conditions: Arthrosis, knock-knees, varicose veins, spider veins, bruises, inflammation due to rubbing of the skin, depression