What is a Lipoma?

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that is most often situated under the skin. A lipoma, which feels doughy, moves easily when slight pressure is applied. Lipomas are usually detected in adulthood. It is not uncommon to have more than one lipoma.

A lipoma is not cancer and is usually harmless. Lipomas can develop anywhere in the body. They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs.

Lipoma Symptoms

  • Generally small. Lipomas are typically less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, but they can grow.
  • Usually not painful or symptomatic but can sometimes grow to become tender

Lipoma Treatment

A lipoma is rarely a serious medical condition. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the lipoma bothers you, or is painful or swollen, you may want to have it removed. Lipomas can be easily removed surgically. This procedure is called an excision, during which the skin is numbed with a needle, the lipoma is removed, and stitches are placed.

Lipoma Causes

The cause of lipomas is unknown. Lipomas tend to run in families, so it is thought that genetic factors play a role in their development.

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