[A lipoma] might be readily removed at home with only a scalpel. A surgeon could also remove it. But there is no evidence that self-treatment works better than surgery for keeping the tumor from coming back.
Procedure for removal A lipoma may typically be surgically removed. Making a tiny slit in the skin and then squeezing out the lipoma is one way. During the surgery, the patient is normally sedated and should be able to go home the same day. There are different techniques that can be used for removal including simple excision or more extensive procedures such as liposuction or laser therapy.
Lipomas are usually found under the skin of the shoulder, upper arm, chest, or back. They are slow-growing tumors that consist primarily of fat cells. The cause of most lipomas is not known. However, some researchers believe they may be connected to mutations or changes in genes that control cell growth. Lipomas are more common in older people; men and women are affected about equally.
People often complain about the discomfort caused by lipomas. Although most are only slightly painful if at all, some patients report severe pain with movement or even during rest. Other symptoms include tightness or constriction around the neck, throat, or chest. This is usually due to muscle spasms caused by pressure from the tumor on surrounding nerves.
Lipomas can grow large enough to cause problems for their owners. These problems include cosmetic embarrassment and anxiety over possible health consequences such as cancer. Surgery is the best treatment for lipomas.
The only technique that can totally remove a lipoma is excision. Typically, the removal is done as an outpatient procedure. The procedure entails creating an incision in the skin to remove the tumor. Local anesthetic is usually adequate for this surgery. The surgeon may use a microscope or laser energy to see inside the body and locate the tumor more easily. Most patients require only one visit to an outpatient center to have their tumor removed.
Lipomas are very common tumors, especially among people who have been exposed to high levels of radiation. They often appear on top of the thigh or shoulder. Although they do not usually cause any pain, they may feel hard when pressed against the body. The size of a lipoma varies but most are small enough to be covered by a regular handkerchief. Some people with large tumors may experience pain or discomfort when moving their limbs. This may be due to pressure on certain nerves within the body wall where the tumor resides.
Lipomas can be dangerous if they press on vital organs such as the heart or lungs. This is called intrathoracic migration and it can be life-threatening if not treated properly. Intrathoracic migration occurs when a lipoma moves from its original location to within the chest cavity. This typically happens when there is increased pressure inside the chest cavity (such as when lying down).
Insurance companies cover lipomas. In most circumstances, this surgery may be performed easily under local anesthetic, with most patients returning to work the next day. I would recommend that you identify a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with substantial expertise in lipoma removal through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This person should have access to the latest techniques and equipment for this procedure.
In general, the best candidates for this procedure are people who have no other options left for treating their condition, such as those who have failed traditional treatments like medications or physical therapy. However, if you can afford to wait, there are alternative therapies that may be used in conjunction with plastic surgery to reduce the size of your lipoma or eliminate it entirely.
The benefits of surgical removal of lipomas outweigh the risks associated with this procedure. The risk of infection is extremely low, usually occurring at the site of old injuries or scars. There is a slight increase in the risk of developing cancer of the skin near lipomas, but this risk is very small compared to the risk of developing cancer elsewhere in the body.
Lipomas are common tumors that develop within fatty tissue. They are not cancerous and do not spread to other parts of the body. On average, one person in five has at least one large lipoma (greater than 2 centimeters).