Lipomas and liposarcomas are both tumors that form from fat cells. However, while lipomas are comprised of benign soft tissue, liposarcomas are malignant, cancerous tumors. Both lipomas and liposarcomas may be removed by surgery. Although lipomas are not life threatening, many patients choose to have lipoma surgery for cosmetic or other reasons.
At the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence, our board-certified surgeons specialize in diagnosing lipomas and providing minimally invasive options for treatment. If you suffer from lipomas and are interested in lipoma removal or other treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact our outpatient surgery center.
What Is a Lipoma?
Lipomas are small clusters of fat cells that can be found almost anywhere on the body. They are subcutaneous (located just under the skin) and can be felt, seen and even moved. Lipomas are soft to the touch and have a rubbery consistency. Unlike malignant tumors, they will generally grow very slowly or stay the same size.
Common locations for lipomas include the neck, head, upper thighs and upper arms. Although they generally do not cause pain or discomfort, they can be unsightly. If they are bothersome or noticeable, patients may choose to undergo one of several lipoma treatments such as lipoma removal surgery.
What Is a Liposarcoma?
A liposarcoma, unlike a lipoma, generally appears in deep fat tissue such as in the thigh or abdomen. Because they appear in deeper tissue, they have the potential to grow quite large before they are noticed. Liposarcomas are malignant tumors that can invade the tissue surrounding it. As with lipomas, the most common treatment is surgical removal.
Our Los Angeles outpatient center offers the least invasive removal of lipomas, with minimal scarring and expedient recovery time.
How Do I Know if I Have a Lipoma or a Liposarcoma?
Most lipomas can be diagnosed strictly by their appearance – they are small, subcutaneous, rubbery and slow growing. Patients may also have the lipoma removed and tested for cancer, especially if the lipoma has changed size, is causing pain or producing a foul-smelling discharge. Liposarcomas can be diagnosed using various imaging tests (such as X-rays) or by a biopsy of a small sample of tissue from the tumor.
Why Should I Have Lipoma Removal Surgery?
Although lipomas are benign, they can be removed for cosmetic reasons. Additionally, a patient may choose to have a lipoma removed if it is growing fast, causing pain or restricting movement. The most common form of lipoma treatment is lipoma removal surgery. Subcutaneous lipomas are easy to remove. Lipoma surgery can be performed using only local anesthesia and may take as little as 30 minutes.
Contact a Lipoma Surgeon in Los Angeles
If you have a lipoma, or suffer from a soft lump that you believe may be a lipoma, it is important to have your lump examined by an expert to rule out liposarcoma. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence and speak with a lipoma doctor about your condition.
You can schedule a consultation today by filling out our online contact form or by calling (888) 316-9905.
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