A lipoma is a round, moveable lump under the skin which ranges from pea to egg-size or larger. These non-cancerous tumours are made up of fat cells and grow slowly under the skin in the subcutaneous tissue
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 can be inherited. At Excellence Medical, you can easily have these Lipomas Removed.
- 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.
Lipomas are normally a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often situated between the skin and the underlying muscle layer.
A lipoma is benign and not a cancer and usually is harmless. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the lipoma bothers cosmetically, is painful or is growing, it may be removed.
Lipomas can occur anywhere in the body. They are typically:
1. Situated just under the skin. They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs.
2. Soft and doughy to the touch. They also move easily with slight finger pressure.
3. Generally small. Lipomas are typically less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, but they can grow.
4. Sometimes painful. Lipomas can be painful if they grow and press on nearby nerves or if they contain many blood vessels.
The cause of lipomas isn’t fully understood. They tend to run in families, so genetic factors likely play a role in their development.
No treatment is usually necessary for a lipoma. However, if the lipoma is bothersome cosmetically, is painful or is growing, it may be recommend that it be removed. Lipoma treatments include:
1. Surgical removal. Most lipomas are removed surgically under local anesthesia.
2. Liposuction. This treatment uses a surgical technique to suction out the lipoma as it is fatty tissue. The procedure is carried out under local anesthesia.
30 – 60min
Immediate – 24 hours