Fatty Lump Discomfort and Pain Los AngelesHere at La Peer Health Systems’ Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence, we house a number of highly trained lipoma surgeons with the knowledge and expertise necessary to accurately diagnose and treat any lipoma. Our team of medical professionals understands that lipoma pain can affect self-esteem and interfere with day-to-day functioning. We have helped hundreds of patients just like you to safely and successfully treat their painful skin lumps.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 316-9905 to learn more. A member of our team of expert specialists is waiting to answer any and all of your questions.

Painful Lipomas

A lipoma is a small, doughy growth of benign fatty tissue that typically forms on the neck, shoulders, torso or armpits. Small, asymptomatic skin lumps are actually quite common in older adults and can be easily removed for cosmetic purposes. Larger, painful lipomas are far less typical and can have a number of adverse health implications. For this reason, painful ones should be examined by a specialist immediately. One possible concern is that the growth may in fact be malignant. Some alternative, and less serious, possibilities include that the skin lumps has developed a dense network of small blood vessels or is pushing on a nearby nerve. In either case, a surgeon can diagnose your condition and suggest the skin lump removal treatment plan that will be best for you.

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Lipoma Treatment Surgery for Painful Skin Lumps

Many individuals afflicted with one or more painful lipomas choose to undergo removal surgery at our Center of Excellence. Lipoma removal surgery is a routine procedure that can typically be performed in an outpatient setting. During the procedure, your specialist will inject a local anesthetic, make a small incision near the skin lumps, remove it, and stitch the incision. Lipoma removal surgery is considered minimally invasive and leaves little to no scarring. In fact, many patients report returning to daily activities almost immediately following their procedures.

Lipomas that are very large (tennis ball sized or larger), in a sensitive area, or in an area with a lot of muscle typically require surgery to remove. It’s important to remove the lipoma as soon as possible. A smaller fat lump results in a smaller surgical scar and its removal reduces the rare chance of the lipoma becoming malignant.


Q: How do fatty lumps cause pain?

A: Lipomas can sometimes grow excessively large and press on nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort. Lipoma-related pain may also occur if the growth develops a dense network of blood vessels or is cancerous.

Q: When should I visit a specialist?

A: Although skin lumps typically are not dangerous, painful, rapidly growing skin lumps may in fact be cancerous and should be examined by a specialist immediately. Also, patients seeking skin lumps removal for growths that become unsightly, tender, or interfere with functioning can visit a surgeon about their options.

Q: How are painful lipomas treated?

A: Most of these lumps do not require treatment, however, patients will often seek skin lump removal if the growth is painful, bothersome, or unsightly. Skin lump removal is a routine procedure, which can be performed in a doctor’s office or outpatient center using a local anesthetic. Here at La Peer’s Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence, our lipoma specialists are expertly trained to remove skin lumps with minimal scarring.

Q: What kinds of treatment options are available?

A: Lipomas are generally removed surgically or by using the squeeze technique in which a small incision is made and the skin lump is “squeezed” through. In some cases liposuction may be used. You can discuss which treatment option is appropriate for you during a one-on-one consultation with your lipoma specialist.

Contact the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence

Based in Beverly Hills, La Peer’s Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence strives to provide quality care and comprehensive treatment for all our patients seeking lipoma removal. To schedule a consultation with a lipoma specialist in the Los Angeles area, call us at (888) 316-9905 or schedule and appointment online.

Please read this article from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons about lipomas.

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