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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 lipoma or lipomas and feel you may need treatment or removal, please don’t hesitate to call the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence and speak with a board-certified lipoma doctor in Los Angeles. Because our surgeons specialize in the removal of lipomas, they can determine the best course of treatment for your unique case.

Lipoma Treatment

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 lipoma causes you pain, you should consider seeking lipoma treatment. Additionally, if your lipoma 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 lipoma by shrinking it, but does not completely remove the growth.
  • Liposuction – A doctor may use liposuction to remove the lipoma through a needle and large syringe.
  • Lipoma removal surgery - Surgery to remove a lipoma 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.

Lipoma Removal Surgery

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 (or excision of a lipoma), the surgeon will make an incision where the lipoma is located beneath the skin, remove the lipoma completely, and then stitch the skin back up. The procedure is quick, and patients can go home the same day as their lipoma surgeries.

If you are unsure whether or not you need to have your lipoma removed, it is important to speak with a lipoma specialist who can determine the right option for you.

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FAQ About Lipoma Removal

Q: How much does lipoma removal cost?

A: Lipoma removal cost varies, depending on each specific case. If you need to undergo lipoma removal 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 lipoma removed for cosmetic reasons, at the Lipoma Removal Center of Excellence we can work with you on financing options.

Q: Is there a lipoma cure? 

A:  While there is no clear way to prevent lipomas from returning, having your lipoma surgically removed is the best treatment option, as it will completely eliminate your fatty tumor.

Q: What can I expect during lipoma surgery recovery?

A: Recovery time from lipoma removal 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 lipoma that was removed.

Best Lipoma Surgeon in Los Angeles

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.

Next, learn about lipoma scarring, and how our surgeons take the most minimally invasive approach in order to reduce or eliminate scarring.