A lipoma is a growth of fat cells in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin. Lipomas aren’t cancer and don’t turn into cancer. They are found most often on the torso, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits, but they can occur almost anywhere in the body.
The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited.
- Are small and felt just under the skin.
- Are movable and have a soft, rubbery consistency.
- Usually do not cause pain.
- Remain the same size over years or grow very slowly.
Often the most bothersome symptom is the location or increased size that makes the lipoma noticeable by others.
30 – 60min
Immediate – 24 hours
Lipoma Removal under local anaesthesia
Most lipomas can be removed by minor surgery.
A local anesthetic is infiltrated around the lipoma, an incision in the skin is made, the lipoma is removed, and the skin incision is closed with stitches (sutures).