“Love the skin you’re in,” advised the old Nivea soap advertisement. But the appearance of unexplained lumps just below the surface of the skin often causes great anxiety and fear among patients.
The discovery of lipomas — benign tumors that develop in adipose tissue — will invariably raise a red flag for cancer, but the good news is that these relatively uncommon soft tissue growths are almost always harmless.
If you have a lump in your skin that may be a lipoma, it is important that you see a lipoma specialist right away, and have it examined. Our board-certified surgeons at the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence specialize in minimally invasive treatment options for lipomas, including lipoma removal surgery. If you are interested in learning more about lipoma treatment, or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact our outpatient surgery center.
Who Gets Lipomas?
Lipomas are most common in people ages 40 to 60, and are often rooted in genetics and passed between family members. However, they can also occur in patients living with certain medical conditions, including Madelung disease (or benign, systemic lipomatosis), Cowden syndrome, Gardner’s syndrome, and adiposis dolorosa (or Dercum’s disease).
Lipoma growth may also be triggered by traumatic injury, but patients can develop lipomas at any age and at any time. Early detection is always beneficial ,and patients with lipomas are advised to seek medical consultation, given that these noncancerous growths can resemble certain precancerous developments (such as liposarcomas, or cancer that develops in fatty tissue).
While the majority of lipomas may be left entirely untreated, if they prove bothersome, uncomfortable, or merely unattractive, they can be removed in a simple outpatient procedure that allows the patient to return to normal activities the very next day.
How Can I tell if My Lump Is a Lipoma?
Key characteristics in distinguishing a lipoma from precancerous or cancerous tumors are size. Lipomas are often small (measuring from .4 to 1.2 inches) and mobile; if the lump moves on palpation, chances are it is merely a fatty tumor. In fact, most physicians can make the diagnosis based on appearance alone.
Elective lipoma removal surgery is becoming more common, as people are choosing to eliminate the discomfort or unsightliness brought on by their lipomas. For this reason, minimally invasive lipoma treatment is a fast-growing and dynamic branch of the healthcare industry.
At dedicated treatment centers such as The Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, a complete diagnosis can be made and treatment outlined through biopsy, ultrasound, excision and, in some cases, liposuction.
Contact a Lipoma Removal Specialist Today
If your lipoma is painful or restricting movement, or if you are unhappy with the appearance of the lump in your skin, there are treatment options available to you. Please contact the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence by calling (888) 316-9905 or by filling out our online contact form, and schedule a consultation with one of our world-renowned lipoma surgeons.
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