Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growths. While lipomas do not typically require surgery, ones that are particularly painful or unsightly can be treated through conservative methods, or can be surgically removed using minimally invasive procedures.
If you have a fatty lump and feel you may need treatment or removal, please don’t hesitate to call the Center of Excellence and speak with a board-certified doctor in Los Angeles. Because our surgeons specialize in the removal of these fatty tumors, they can determine the best course of treatment for your unique case.
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Lipomas usually do not cause pain, as they are soft growths of fat cells beneath the skin. However, in some cases they can become larger and start to hurt. If your fatty lump causes you pain, you should consider seeking lipoma treatment. Additionally, if your fatty lump is in a place on your body that is often visible, and you are unhappy with the way it looks, you may also be a good candidate for treatment.
There are several different options available for treating these fatty tumors, including:
- Steroid injections – This method is used to treat the skin lump by shrinking it, but does not completely remove the growth.
- Liposuction – A doctor may use liposuction to remove the skin lump through a needle and large syringe.
- Traditional Removal surgery – Surgery to remove a skin lump is the most common method of treatment, as it is the most effective and can be done on an outpatient basis.
Typically, lipomas only require surgery if they are very large, in a sensitive area, or located in an area with a lot of muscle. These areas of the body include the neck, back, and spinal areas. If a lipoma is the size of a tennis ball or larger, surgeons recommend surgery as soon as possible to prevent the chance, however rare, of the lipoma becoming malignant.
Most lipomas are treated through lipoma removal surgery (also known as a lipoma excision), which is a short, outpatient procedure performed by a board-certified plastic or general surgeon. Typically, the procedure can be done under local anesthesia, which removes sensation in the affected part of the body while leaving the patient conscious. However, in certain cases general anesthesia may be required.
During the surgical removal of a lipoma, the surgeon will make an incision where the skin lump is located beneath the skin, remove the lump completely, and then stitch the skin back up. The procedure is quick, and patients can go home the same day as their surgeries.
If you are unsure whether or not you need to have your skin lump removed, it is important to speak with a specialist who can determine the right option for you.
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Q: How much does lipoma treamentcost?
A: Lipoma removal cost varies, depending on each specific case. If you need to undergo lipoma treatment because of pain or because your doctor determines that removal is necessary for your health, you may qualify to have your procedure covered by insurance. However, if you choose to have your skin lump removed for cosmetic reasons, at the Center of Excellence we can work with you on financing options.
Q: Is there a cure?
A: While there is no clear way to prevent skin lump from returning, having your skin lump surgically removed is the best treatment option, as it will completely eliminate your fatty tumor.
Q: What can I expect during surgery recovery?
A: Recovery time from surgery is usually only a couple of days. After your procedure, you will be able to go home the same day, and most patients are able to return to their daily activities the following day, or within a few days, depending on the location and size of the skin lump that was removed.
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Lipomas can be embarrassing and unappealing to the eye, and in some cases, even painful. If you suffer from these fatty tumors and would like to learn more about lipoma removal in Los Angeles, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence.
You can schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons by calling (888) 316-9905, or by filling out our online contact form.
Please visit this WedMD article on lipomas.
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