A lipoma is a small (2 to 3 mm in diameter), round or oval-shaped, slowly progressing lump found just between your skin and muscle layer in different parts of your body like the forehead, neck, arms, back, shoulder, buttocks, thighs, and legs. These are usually painless swellings with no obvious cause; however, they could be inherited (passed down through families). Lipomas are made up of fatty tissues that are soft or rubbery and are freely movable on slight finger pressure that generally does not spread to the surrounding areas. Though lipomas are classified as tumors, they are often benign (noncancerous).
Lipomas are harmless conditions that do not require treatment except in certain situations when they cause severe pain and are unattractive in appearance. Read on to learn more about these fatty lumps.
The exact cause of lipomas is unknown; however, genetics plays an important role in their development. It is believed to run in families and is passed down through generations; you are likely to develop a lipoma if someone in your family has one. Lipomas also occur in areas where an accident or injury has caused a significant impact.
Sometimes, certain medical conditions predispose to the development of a lipoma, such as:
Lipomas are soft, freely movable nodules or lumps that most often consist of fat cells but may also contain blood vessels and other tissues within them. Lipomas can either be superficial or lie deep into the muscle layer of the area where they develop. The different types of lipomas are:
According to the extent
A lipoma is a slow-growing, noncancerous lump of fatty tissue that is painless and usually does not require treatment. Lipomas are associated with the following symptoms:
Diagnosis is important to differentiate a lipoma from other nodules like cysts, etc., which is required to plan your treatment accordingly and helps rule out malignancy (cancer-causing). Your physician may perform the following:
Lipomas are slow-growing, benign (noncancerous) lumps that are painless and harmless and generally do not require any treatment. However, periodic monitoring of the lipoma is important to keep a check on its size and other symptoms that could indicate malignancy.
Lipoma removal is necessary if:
The Treatment Modalities for Lipoma Include:
Most often, many people live with lipomas and may not even notice them. Lipomas are harmless and painless lumps of fatty tissues that usually do not require treatment unless it causes pain or discomfort. Lipomas rarely grow back after removal, but you may have a new lipoma growing in a different area of your body. However, periodic monitoring is important to observe if the lump is growing in size (to rule out malignancy).
Consult our team of expert healthcare professionals at Medfin for further queries. Book an appointment with us if you notice a lump anywhere in your body.
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No. They are a benign condition.
Lipoma may or may not spread across the body. The condition is a medical mystery where the growth in size and count cannot be determined.
Your doctor will take this call, as different sites need different anaesthesia amounts and delay the recovery.
Results are immediately visible as the bulge, that contained the tumour, flattens. There, however, may be some swelling and discomfort.
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Lipomas are usually harmless lumps made of fat. But if yours has suddenly gotten bigger or changed in any way, we should check it out. There are a few reasons it might grow, like swelling, Read more
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