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Lipoma Removal

What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a benign tumor that develops from fat cells. Lipomas are extremely common and in most people their occurrence is random. Most people have a single lipoma, but it is not uncommon to have 2 or 3. Less commonly, the development of multiple lipomas seems to be an inherited trait that runs in the family. In any case, these tumors are benign and pose no significant risk.

Where do lipomas commonly occur?

Lipomas can develop on almost any part of the body, but they are most frequently seen on the forehead, neck, back, chest, abdomen, arms and the front of the thighs.

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How can I recognize a lipoma?

There may be a visible swelling, but the skin over top of the lipoma appears normal. To touch, lipomas are usually soft, they have a discernible border and they usually slip around beneath your fingertips. Mild tenderness is not uncommon, but most are painless.

How are lipomas diagnosed?

Lipomas are usually diagnosed on by history and physical examination. Although an ultrasound can provide additional information it is not required prior to your consultation.

What will happen to my lipoma if it is untreated?

A lipoma will not go away spontaneously. Left untreated, it may grow slowly or stay as it is.

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How is a lipoma removed?

Dr. Reid removes lipomas in his office in Richmond. These procedures are quite comfortable and require only local anaesthesia ('freezing'). Once the skin is numb, Dr. Reid will make an incision over top of the lipoma. Following that, the lipoma will usually separate from the surrounding fatty tissue with ease. The incision is carefully closed with dissolving stitches that are buried beneath the skin. Paper tape or Steri-strips are used to support the closure. A water proof bandage is placed over top. At the end of the procedure, patients are in little to no discomfort.

What is the recovery like?

Post-operative discomfort is mild and prescription pain medication is not required. Patients can resume work and exercise immediately in most cases. Patients may shower the following day. The water proof bandage should be removed after 2 days, and the paper tape over the incision should be left on until it becomes loose (typically 1-2 weeks).

What are the risks of lipoma removal?

This is a common procedure and most patients are very satisfied. Complications are rare but may include: bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, poor scarring, recurrence and the need for further surgery.