A fatty tumor is a lump composed of adipose (fat) tissue, and is usually benign. Typically these tumors take the form of a fatty lipoma, a benign lump that forms just under the surface of the skin. However, there are some cases where a tumor appearing to be a fatty tumor may carry precancerous or cancerous cells, so it is important to see your doctor if you develop any sort of lump in your skin.
Fatty tumor removal is not always necessary, but in some cases it may be required. At the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board-certified surgeons specialize in minimally invasive treatment and removal of lipomas or skin lumps. If you are concerned about a fatty lump under your skin, or would like more information about skin lump removal, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our lipoma surgeons.
What Is a Fatty Tumor?
Fatty tumors are lipomas, or benign soft tissue tumors. While fatty tumor removal is not usually necessary, some patients need to have their lipomas or skin lumps removed by a lipoma surgeon. This could be for any of the following reasons:
- The skin lump is painful
- The tumor has grown significantly in a short period of time
- There is a discharge draining from the skin lumps
- The skin lump is unsightly or irritating
- There is an infection in the skin lumps that persists
If you suffer from any of the above circumstances, it is important to contact a lipoma specialist who can determine what type of treatment is best for you.
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How Do Adipose Lumps Form?
Fatty tumors or lipomas form as fatty deposits under the skin, and can occur for a number of reasons. While there is clear way to prevent fatty tumors from forming, there are certain people who are more at risk for developing a fatty tissue tumor or multiple tumors:
- Middle-aged people (typically between the ages of 40 and 60)
- People with family members who have or have had fatty tumors (they are often hereditary)
- Madelun disease patients
- Patients with Cowden syndrome
- Patients who have Gardner’s syndrome
- Patients with adiposis dolorosa
Fatty lumps under the skin are almost always benign, but it is important to have a doctor examine any lumps that form to make sure, and perform a biopsy (removal of a sample of the tumor) if necessary. A biopsy is performed to examine the tissue in the tumor and determine if it is benign, and rule out any possibilities of cancer.
Skin Lumps Removal
If your lipoma doctor determines that your adipose lump needs to be removed, there are a few options for removal, which all can be done on an outpatient basis.
- Steroid injections – This treatment option is a non-surgical method to treating fatty tumors, and work by shrinking the lipomas. These injections do not remove the fatty lumps, so they are ideal for small lipomas.
- Excision – This is the traditional method for removing lipomas, and can be done under local anesthesia.
- Liposuction – While generally not the treatment of choice, liposuction may be used in certain cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do adipose lumps hurt?
A: Adipose lumps are not usually painful, but if you do experience pain in your adipose lump, it is important to seek medical treatment. You may need to have the lipoma removed.
Q: When can I go back to work after skin lumps removal?
A: Fatty tumor removal is performed on an outpatient basis, which means patients are able to go home the same day as their procedure. Most patients can return to work and other daily activities the following day, although your doctor may require you to follow certain aftercare instructions to ensure you heal successfully.
Q: What is the difference between a fatty tumor and a lipoma?
A: A lipoma is a fatty tumor that is benign or not harmful, and these tumors are lumps that are made up of adipose (fat) tissue.
Q: How do I know if I have a benign fatty tumor or cancer?
A: In most cases, lumps beneath the surface of the skin are benign, but in rare cases it has the possibility of being malignant or having precancerous cells. Whenever you find a lump in your skin, it is important to see a lipoma specialist as soon as possible in order to rule out cancer.
Contact a Los Angeles Lipoma Doctor
If you have a skin lumps or fatty lipoma, and would like to find out if you need to have it removed, please don’t hesitate to contact the Los Angeles Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence. You can schedule a consultation by calling (888) 316-9905 , or by filling out our online contact form, and one of our board-certified lipoma specialists can discuss treatment options with you.
Please visit this article on WebMD regarding lipoma’s and fatty tumors.
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