Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Remedies

Lipoma Treatment Remedies


The contents of this app are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. The information provided should not be considered as a substitute for the advice of a medical doctor or other healthcare professional.

What is Lipoma?

Liposarcoma is a deep seated tumour, and most often grows on thigh, groin or at the back of the abdomen.

All lipomas are made up of fat issue (adipose tissue) but can be categorized according to its appearance under a microscope.

Lipomas are mostly seen in middle age people but can occur in anyone of any age.

Lipomas are usually not painful or dangerous.

The rare fatty cancer, liposarcoma, almost never arises in the skin.

One or more lipomas may be present at the same time.

Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth.

Lipomas can occur in people of all ages.

However, they tend to develop in adulthood and are most noticeable during middle age.

They affect both sexes equally, although solitary lipomas are more common in women whilst multiple lipomas occur more frequently in men.

A lipoma can grow anywhere on the body but is seen more often on the back, arms, armpits, neck, shoulders, thighs, and abdomen.

Experiencing lipomas is fairly common.

Lipoma Symptoms

People are often unaware of lipomas until they have grown large enough to become visible and palpable.

This growth occurs slowly over several years.

A dome-shaped or egg-shaped lump about 2-10 cm in diameter.

It is usually small, 3 cm or less.

Lipomas rarely are bigger than 3 cm but sometimes do grow larger.

It feels soft and smooth and is easily moved under the skin with the fingers.

Some have a rubbery or doughy consistency.

Lipomas usually don’t cause pain.

Lipomas that are tender or painful are usually angiolipomas.

This means the lipoma has an increased number of small blood vessels.

Painful lipomas are also a feature of adiposis dolorosa or Dercum disease.

Remain the same size over years or grow very slowly.

Lipomas are movable and have a soft, rubbery consistency.

Lipomas are small 0.4 in. (1 cm) to 1.2 in. (3 cm) and felt just under the skin.

Lipomas occur in all age groups but most often appear in middle age.

Single lipomas occur with equal frequency in men and women.

A lipoma with increased blood vessels in it is usually an angiolipoma.

Painful lipomas are associated with Adiposis Dolorosa (Decrum’s disease).

The lump may not grow and remain the same size.

If it does grow, it usually grows very slowly over many months.

There could be one or many lipomas present.

It's important to distinguish lipomas from other serious skin conditions.

Lipoma Causes

The cause of lipomas is unknown.

It is possible there may be genetic involvement as many patients with lipomas come from a family with a history of these tumours.

Being overweight or obese does not cause lipomas.

An injury to the area can trigger a lipoma to grow.

Some conditions may increase the risk of developing lipomas.

Lipoma Diagnosis

Doctors can usually make a diagnosis of a lipoma by appearance alone.

The doctor may want a biopsy to make sure that it is truly a lipoma and not cancerous.

During a biopsy, a small tissue sample is taken of the lipoma so that it can be tested for signs of cancer.

An ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan may be ordered to get a more detailed picture of the lipoma if cancer is suspected.

Sometimes a Liposarcoma can be confused for a lipoma.

A Liposarcoma is cancerous and painful.

Liposarcomas grow quickly and don't move easily underneath the skin.

Liposarcomas usually are found on the groin, thighs, and the abdomen.

Further testing might also be ordered if the suspected lipoma is unusually large, has unusual features, or appears to be deeper than the fatty layer of tissue.

Lipoma Treatment

Lipomas usually do not have to be treated.

There is no known treatment to prevent lipomas or affect their growth.

You may want to remove your Lipoma if it becomes infected or inflamed repeatedly.

You may also want to remove it if it drains foul-smelling discharge.

You may want to remove it if it interferes with movement or function.

Lipomas are usually removed by surgery, liposuction, or steroid injections.

Most common method to remove a lipoma is through surgery.

A lipoma is usually removed in a doctor's office or in an outpatient setting.

The doctor will inject the skin around the lipoma with a local anesthetic to numb the area.

The doctor will make an incision in the skin and remove the lipoma.

After removing the lipoma, the doctor will close the incision with stitches.

Lipomas usually do not grow back when removed through surgery.

If liposuction is chosen, the area will first be numbed with a local anesthetic.

During liposuction, first an incision is made.

Next, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the incision.

The doctor moves the cannula back and forth to loosen the fat.

Once the fat is loosened, it is suctioned up through the tube.

Liposuction seems to be a good choice for removing large lipomas.

There is a greater chance of the lipoma returning when liposuction is used as a method to remove it.

Steroids can be injected into the lipoma.

Steroid injections will shrink the lipoma but will not likely remove it.

Steroid injections are best for small lipomas that are less than 1 cm.

Multiple steroid injections may be required to obtain the desired effect.

If the doctor feels that the lipoma may actually be a liposarcoma, a different treatment will be used.

It is extremely important to know the difference.

The treatment that is used for lipomas could spread cancer if it is actually a liposarcoma.

Lipoma Prevention

Since the exact cause of lipomas is unknown, there is no specific way to prevent lipomas.

Age and genes can be a factor, but one cannot control their age or the genes they were born with.

Diseases that are associated with lipomas can't always be avoided or avoided at all.

Trauma to the skin can be a trigger for a lipoma to grow, but trauma usually comes by way of an unavoidable accident, therefore it's not preventable.

Lipoma Types

A conventional lipoma is the most common lipoma and it consists of white fat.

A Hibernoma lipoma consists of brown fat instead of white fat.

A fibrolipoma consists of fat and fibrous tissue.

An angiolipoma consists of fat and many blood vessels.

Angiolipomas usually arise soon after the onset of puberty.

A myelolipoma consists of fat and tissue that produces blood cells.

A spindle cell lipoma consists of fat with rod-like cells.

A pleomorphic lipoma consists of fat with cells of different shapes and sizes.

Pleomorphic lipomas mainly occur in males that are 50-70 years old.

An atypical lipoma consists of fat, is located deeper within the fat, and has many cells.

An adenolipoma consists of fat and sweat glands.

Adenolipomas are usually found on the proximal limbs.

A condition called Familial Multiple Lipomatosis is when groups of fat cells accumulates underneath the skin and produces multiple fat lumps.

Familial Multiple Lipomatosisis not common and is inherited.

Familial Multiple Lipomatosisis an autosomal dominant condition and found mostly in men.

Adiposis Dolorosa (Decrum's Disease) is rare and consists of painful irregular lipomas that are located mainly on the trunk, arms, shoulders, and legs.

Decrum's Disease is more common in middle age women.

Decrum's Disease also has other characteristics, along with lipomas, such as neurological and psychological issues.

Madelung's Disease usually presents on the head, neck, and shoulders.

Madelung's Disease is most often found in men who drink alcohol excessively.

Gardner's Syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition that also involves intestinal polyps and cysts.

Although lipomas are made of fat, it does not go away with exercise.

Lipoma Statistics & Facts

Lipomas are benign tumors and are never cancerous.

Since lipomas are made of fat (adipose tissue), it can't be reduced by cold or hot packs.

Lipomas can be found in people of all ages but is more common in middle age people.

Single lipomas occur at the same rate in both women and men.

Multiple lipomas occur at a higher rate in men than in women.

Lipomas do not increase the risk of other diseases.

When lipomas are removed, there is usually no visible scarring or only fine scarring.

About 1 in 100 people will develop a lipoma.

Some people may develop many lipomas but single lipomas are more common

If lipomas are not bothersome, it's best to leave it alone.

Approximately 80% of lipomas are less than 5 cm.

Lipoma Treatment Remedies plus

The contents of this app are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. The information provided should not be considered as a substitute for the advice of a medical doctor or other healthcare professional.

What is Lipoma?

A lipoma is a lump of fatty tissue that is formed just beneath the skin.

Lipomas are an overgrowth of fat cells.

Lipomas are benign tumors or growths that are not cancerous.

Lipomas have a soft, rubbery or doughy feeling, and are flexible.

Lipomas are usually small, being no more than 1-3 cm.

Lipoma Symptoms

A soft and rubbery lump that is easily moveable just underneath the skin.

Lipomas are usually either pale or colorless.

Most lipomas are symptomless, but some are painful on applying pressure.

When pain does occur from a lipoma, it's usually due to it pressing on a nerve or it has a significant amount of blood vessels in it

Often the most bothersome symptom is the location or increased size that makes the lipoma noticeable by others.

Lipoma Causes

There are no known exact causes of lipomas.

Lipomas do tend to run in families.

Sometimes an injury such as a blunt blow to part of the body may trigger growth of a lipoma.

Conditions that may possibly increase the risk of developing lipomas are Adiposis Dolorosa, Gardner’s syndrome, and Madelung’s disease.

If a person is between 40 and 60 years old, they have an increased risk of developing a lipoma.

Lipoma Treatment

Because lipomas are not cancerous growths and cannot become cancerous, they do not need to be removed.

Some people may want to remove the lipoma if they feel it affects their appearance.

A lipoma can be removed if it is painful due to it growing into nearby tissue or near a nerve.

A person may opt to have a lipoma removed because it is larger than normal.

If a lipoma is in a location where it affects muscle development, it should be removed.

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