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A lipoma is nothing but a growth of fat cells that usually appear underneath the skin in a thin and fibrous capsule. Worth mentioning is that lipoma is a benign tumour, which means it’s not cancerous. According to specialists, this soft tissue tumour is among the most common benign ones that can appear. In the great majority of cases, these lipomas are painless and they are also movable and very soft to touch. You can learn more about lipoma and about the removal procedure in the article below:
Lipomas usually cause no pain, which is why many people choose not to give them due importance. However, there are situations in which a lipoma can completely change the visual appearance of a person, thus making them feel less confident in themselves. This is the greatest benefit of having the lipoma removed – the patient can have his or her body aspect improved.
Another benefit coming with lipoma removal surgery is that it reduces the risks for the tumour to turn into a cancerous one (although chances for this to actually happen are extremely low).
Obviously, you will first have to have a lipoma in order to have it removed. In case you notice some soft tissue growing beneath the skin, you probably have a lipoma. Just to be sure though, it is best to consult a doctor and have the area examined.
The right candidate for this procedure is the patient who wants have the group of fat cells removed due to cosmetic reasons. Sometimes these lipomas can be quite anaesthetic, so in order to get rid of any complexions you may have, consider having that body fat removed.
Also, people who experience pain or who notice that the lipoma is growing faster than usual, should definitely take into account going to a doctor and having the tumour removed. In case the size or location of lipoma causes complications, or in case malignancy is suspected, having the body fat removed is the best solution.
Before having the first consultation, it is essential to ensure the doctor you are going to is a highly appreciated and professional one. Doctors from Centre for Surgery for example have incredibly good reputation that they managed to build over years of practice, dedication and professionalism, so if you want to obtain great results, they are the go-to ones.
When getting ready for your first consultation, ensure you bring with you all necessary documents related to your medical history that the doctor may need. Expect to be asked questions on your medical history too, on the lipoma, whether you experience pain or not, when you first noticed it and so on, as well as on the reasons why you want to have it removed. You will most probably have the lipoma examined the same day and have the results provided in the shortest time possible.
Don’t forget that the doctor is there to help you, so in case you have any questions related to the topic don’t hesitate asking them.
Lipomas are usually removed in a professional medical centre and through surgery procedure. This procedure does not take long (several minutes to be more exact) and it is mostly painless due to the local anaesthesia that is injected in the area where the unpleasant body fat is located. Then, an incision is performed in the skin to have the fat cells growth removed and then it is closed with stitches. In case the lipoma is located in a more difficult-to-reach part of the body, general anaesthesia may be required.
The recovery period usually takes a few days only, but obviously, this depends on the patient. Most patients who underwent lipoma removal surgery benefited from excellent results and fast recovery process, as this isn’t a complicated procedure at all. Nevertheless, it is best to avoid performing any strenuous activities for the following week or two, just to be sure. Also, ask your doctor about pills you are allowed to take during the recovery period, to ensure you don’t experience any complications.
Although side effects occur extremely rarely, they do exist and it’s best to be aware of them in order to know how to avoid them. Some potential risks and side effects of lipoma removal surgery are excessive bleeding, fluid or blood accumulation under the skin and infection in the surgical wound, cellulitis, permanent deformity (it mostly occurs in the case of large lipomas), muscle irritation and so on.
All these side effects can be easily avoided though if you choose a specialist, such as those from Centre for Surgery, to perform the surgery procedure and if you follow the recommendations and instructions the doctor provides you after the procedure.
Still not clear about lipoma removal? Sure, there may still be many questions about this benign tumour, so below you have the most frequently asked ones:
What exactly causes the appearance of lipoma?
The reason why lipomas appear is not completely understood, but in most cases they are inherited. It is worth noting they can be triggered by a minor injury as well, but they aren’t normally triggered by overweight.
What are the symptoms?
Lipomas differ in terms of size, but they are usually between 1 and 3 cm (0.4-1.2 in.) big and they grow right under the skin. They are movable and have some sort of rubbery consistency. They don’t cause pain and they tend to remain the same size over years or grow slowly.
Who can be affected?
There’s no specific type of person that can be affected by lipomas. These fat cells can occur in both children and adults and they appear with equal frequency in both women and men.
Are there any alternative choices to surgery?
Sure there are. Lipomas can also be removed through liposuction or through injection of steroids into the tumour. Each patient is advised to discuss with their doctor about the best lipoma removal procedure to resort to.
Do lipoma and liposarcoma mean the same thing?
No, they don’t. As mentioned above, a lipoma is a benign growth of fat cells, which means they are non-cancerous. Liposarcoma on the other hand is a cancerous tumour and it initially resembles a lipoma. A specialist will determine exactly the type of body fat you are dealing with and provide you with the correct diagnosis.