Treatment for Lipoma

Usually, treatment of a lipoma is not necessary, unless the tumor becomes painful or restricts movement. They are usually removed for cosmetic reasons

Diagnosing Lipoma

To make a diagnosis your doctor will feel and look at your lump.

But sometimes doctors can’t tell for certain whether the lump is a lipoma or not. Lipomas can be confused with malignant (cancerous) tumours, called liposarcoma.Although liposarcomas do not start from having a lipoma, your doctor may feel it is best to remove your lipoma, or take a biopsy from it. It is only by looking at the cells under the microscope that a doctor can be certain it is a lipoma, and not something more serious.

What are the Symptoms of Lipoma ?

Lipomas are non-cancerous, slow-growing tumors composed of fat tissue.
Lipomas are usually found just under the skin, and feel soft to touch. They are usually shaped like a dome. Most lipomas don’t cause any pain or other symptoms. But this depends on where in the body it is. If a lipoma is deeper inside your body, you won’t be able to see or feel it. But it might press on other organs or nerves, and cause symptoms. For example, a lipoma might affect the bowel can cause a blockage. If this happens you may become constipated and feel sick.
You can get lipoma anywhere on the body where you have fat cells.

What is a Lipoma

A lipoma is a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue. They are the most common form of soft tissue tumor. Lipomas are soft to the touch, usually movable, and are generally painless. Many lipomas are small (under one centimeter diameter) but can enlarge to sizes greater than six centimeters. Lipomas are commonly found in adults from 40 to 60 years of age, but can also be found in children. Some sources claim that malignant transformation can occur, while others say that this has yet to be convincingly documented.

Lipomas are fairly common. About 1 in 100 people (1%) will develop a lipoma. We don’t know what causes them, but some people develop them because of an inherited faulty gene. This condition is known as ‘familial multiple lipoma'. People with this condition will develop more than one lipoma. The exact number they have can vary but it can be several.

Lipomas are non-cancerous, slow-growing tumors composed of fat tissue. Lipomas usually grow in the neck, shoulders, back, or arms.

The cause of lipomas is unclear. Some possibilities include having had a minor injury at the site where the lipoma develops, heredity, and chromosomal abnormalities. Lipomas do not appear to be caused by diet or obesity.

The tendency to develop a lipoma is not necessarily hereditary although hereditary conditions, such as F Multiple Lipomatosis , may include lipoma development.

Lipomatosis is a hereditary condition where multiple lipomas are present on the body.

Lipoma on the arm Picture

Lipoma removal surgery

Lipoma on the neck

Lipoma on the leg