What are Lipomas?

Lipomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of fatty tissue that usually grow under the skin. They are the most common type of soft tissue tumor, and are generally asymptomatic, though in certain cases they might be tender or painful. Lipomas tend to be small and grow very slowly, although large lipomas measuring up to 10 inches may occur rarely. They feel soft and doughy, and can be moved around with your fingers -- a firmer growth may be a cyst. Lipomas can occur at any age or anywhere on the body, although they most often occur in individuals between 40 and 60 years of age.

Treating Lipomas

Because lipomas are rarely a serious medical condition, treatment is only necessary if they are growing rapidly, if they become painful or restrict movement, or if you are concerned that they affect your appearance. Lipomas can be removed via a simple excision, following an injection of local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is painless. Once the growth is removed, the incision is closed with internal sutures in order to avoid scarring (hash marks, railroad tracking). The most important concern for a lipoma removal involves meticulous technique to ensure that the entire lipoma is removed, thus minimizing risk of reoccurrence.


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