Lipomas are benign, soft, and movable lumps that can develop under the skin. While they are typically harmless, some individuals may choose to have them removed for various reasons, including discomfort, appearance, or concerns about growth.
In this comprehensive guide, we will provide a comprehensive overview of lipomas, including what they are, how they are diagnosed, and the various treatment options available for their removal.
What Is a Lipoma?
A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that forms between the skin and the underlying muscle layer. They are typically painless and feel soft to the touch. Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the neck, shoulders, back, and arms. These benign tumours are composed of fat cells and are considered non-cancerous.
Causes of Lipomas
The exact cause of lipomas is not well understood. However, they are more common in some individuals due to genetic factors, and they can also be associated with other medical conditions, such as Gardner's syndrome. Hormonal imbalances, physical injuries, and certain medications may also contribute to lipoma development.
When to Consider Lipoma Removal?
Most lipomas do not require removal and can be left untreated. However, there are situations where removal may be considered:
- Discomfort: If a lipoma is causing pain or discomfort, especially when it presses on nerves or other tissues, removal may be necessary.
- Cosmetic Concerns: Lipomas in visible areas of the body can be unsightly and may affect self-esteem. Many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
- Rapid Growth: If a lipoma grows quickly, it can be a cause for concern. A healthcare provider may recommend removal to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
- Uncertainty: In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend removal to confirm the diagnosis through a biopsy, especially if there are doubts about the nature of the lump.
Will a lipoma disappear on its own?
A lipoma that has grown cannot disappear on its own. This is due to the fact that a lipoma is a collection of fat cells.
Lipoma Removal Methods
In your lipoma removal consultation, our dermatologist will assess whether additional examinations or a biopsy are necessary. The most suitable treatment method for your specific case will be determined during the initial consultation after a thorough examination of your lipoma(s).
Several methods can be employed to remove lipomas, depending on their size and location:
At EF Medispa, we employ a surgical technique known as Minimal Excision Extraction for lipoma removal. In this procedure, a small incision is made in the skin, and the lipoma is delicately excised. The incision is then meticulously closed using stitches, resulting in minimal scarring.
A less invasive option, liposuction can be used to remove the fatty lump by suctioning out the fatty tissue through a small incision.
What to Expect During Lipoma Removal?
Before the removal procedure, you will undergo a consultation with a dermatologist who will assess the lipoma's size, location, and your overall health.
During the procedure, you will receive local anaesthetic, and the removal method will be determined based on your specific case. The treatment typically lasts 30 minutes and you can go back to work immediately after.
Recovery time is relatively short, with some discomfort and mild scarring expected, depending on the method used.
Lipoma Removal at EF Medispa
Our specialised, award-winning clinics have a team of highly skilled clinical practitioners and dermatologists in a friendly, secure setting. Our skin specialists will examine your lipoma and recommend the best course of action for you.
Our customised treatment plans are tailored to your specific needs, with our friendly and knowledgeable Treatment Coordinators assessing your problems at the initial session. Book a consultation with us today to discuss your options.