A lipoma is soft tissues that grow as lumps beneath the skin. They usually aren’t painful, are soft to touch, and can sometimes move around. Lipomas are not to be confused with osteomas, which is a lump that is bone instead of soft tissue.
Lipomas usually cause no pain, and as a result, many people may not give them a second thought. However, in some instances, the lipoma will be in a noticeable position, be aesthetically unappealing, or may negatively impact your confidence. If this is the case, your best option is to have a lipoma removal.
AT A GLANCE
Anaesthesia type: Local
Procedure time: 1-2 hours
Recovery time: 2-3 days
While there are many benefits to undergoing a lipoma removal, it is also important to understand the potential side effects. While side effects are rare, this is a surgical procedure and there is still the rare chance of them occurring. Some rare side effects include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Fluid or blood accumulation under the skin
- Infection in the surgical wound
- Deformity (in the case of large lipomas)
- Muscle irritation
Your surgeon will be able to advise steps you can follow to ensure you avoid any negative side effects.
While lipomas are not harmful, they can often be aesthetically unpleasant, and as a result, you may wish to have them removed.
If you have a lump that is painful, red, hot and not moving, it is important that you see your doctor, as this may not be a lipoma.
Lipoma removal is generally a quick and painless procedure.
Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic, so you will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort throughout the removal. Depending on where the lipoma is located, you may need to be given ClearSleep instead.
The surgeon will make an incision in the skin and the fat cells will then be removed. The incision will then be closed with stitches.
The recovery period usually only takes a few days, however, this will vary from person to person. Most people who undergo lipoma removal will experience a fast recovery. However, it is still recommended to avoid any strenuous activities for up to two weeks after the removal. It is also best to discuss medications you are taking with your doctor, in order to avoid any complications during the recovery period.
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Will lipoma removal hurt?
The removal will be performed under local anaesthetic, so you will feel minimum pain and discomfort
Will I have a scar?
After the removal, you may have a scar, however, this will be small and will fade over time.
Do I need to remove the lipoma?
Lipomas are harmless, so there is no requirement to have them removed. However, some people feel it damages their aesthetics, and decreases their self-esteem, and therefore elect to remove the lipoma.