What Is Lipoma Removal?
Posted By Lakeview Surgery
A lipoma is located just underneath one’s skin and is a result of overgrown fat cells formed into a small lump. It is extremely important to note that lipomas are not cancerous, nor do they become cancerous. In fact, they are the most popular type of non-cancerous tissue growth that can be found on the body.
Lipomas may be discovered almost anywhere on the body. Most frequently, they are found on the neck, thighs, arms, armpits, or upper body.
It is possible to have more than one lipoma at a time. While both men and women can develop lipomas, a single lipoma is more common for women while multiple lipomas are more common for men. Generally, a lipoma does not cause pain and they stay the same size over time. Under the skin, they are soft and movable with a rubber-like texture.
Your doctor should be able to make a diagnosis about your lipoma judged solely upon its appearance. As stated previously, a lipoma is not cancerous but your doctor may want to remove it to ensure this. You may also want to remove a lipoma if it becomes larger, infected, sore, or is in a location which is visible and bothersome to you.
The following describes a lipoma removal:
- The area where the excision is to be made to remove the lipoma will be drawn with marker on the skin to ensure precision.
- The area where the excision is to be made will be thoroughly cleansed and sterilized.
- A local anesthesia will be applied to the area where the lipoma is located.
- An incision will be created in the skin that covers the lipoma.
- The lipoma will be extracted through the incision.
- The incision will be closed by stitches to ensure proper healing.
After a lipoma removal, your doctor will give you detailed instructions as to how to properly care for your wound. It is optimal for healing to care for the wound and keep it clean. A follow-up appointment with your doctor may be required to remove stitches if they are not the type that dissolve on their own.
If you’re concerned about a small lump, consult our team today. It could very well be nothing more than an overgrowth of tissue, and its removal can be achieved through a quick outpatient procedure. Contact our team today for more information!