What are lipomas?
Lipomas are slow growing, fatty lumps situated between skin and muscle. Usually detected in middle age, some people have more than one lipoma. While lipomas aren’t cancer, they can be very bothersome and even painful. Some lipomas never stop growing, so they must be removed before their size becomes unmanageable.
Which areas of the body are most affected by lipomas?
What do lipomas look like?
- Soft, doughy lumps
- Move readily with slight finger pressure
- Usually less than 2 inches in diameter, but they can grow much larger
What treatments are available at Skin And Cancer Institute for lipomas?
Most lipomas are surgically removed by cutting them out. Recurrences after removal are uncommon. At Skin And Cancer Institute, we use a specialized technique called minimal excision extraction which results in less scarring.
This treatment shrinks lipomas, but it cannot eliminate them. Steroid injections are ideal for patients whose lipomas do not cause physical discomfort but are in highly visible areas.
Using a needle and syringe, fatty tissue is extracted in a simple nonsurgical procedure.