Lipomas

What Are Lipomas?

Lipomas are a soft bump underneath the skin that usually move slightly if you push them with your fingers. They are composed of fat cells and are and are a non-cancerous tumor. These tumors are not dangerous but are often bothersome if they are increasing in size or located in sensitive areas.

When to Remove a Lipoma?

  • Lipomas may be removed if they are pressing on a nerve and causing discomfort
  • Interfering with movement
  • Increasing in size.

When to Remove a Lipoma?

  • Lipomas may be removed if they are pressing on a nerve and causing discomfort
  • Interfering with movement
  • Increasing in size.

Lipoma Removal Procedure

Most lipomas can be safely removed as a surgical procedure in the office setting. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the lipoma, the lipoma is then removed and the incision is closed with absorbable stitches that sit just under the skin which you can’t see and will not need to be removed. The area is covered with a water resistant covering so that you can shower the next day. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Depending on the size and location of your lipoma most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days.

Lipoma Removal Procedure

Most lipomas can be safely removed as a surgical procedure in the office setting. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the lipoma, the lipoma is then removed and the incision is closed with absorbable stitches that sit just under the skin which you can’t see and will not need to be removed. The area is covered with a water resistant covering so that you can shower the next day. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Depending on the size and location of your lipoma most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days.