What is a Lipoma?
A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour composed of fatty tissue. It is typically a slow-growing, soft, and rubbery lump that can be found just below the skin, anywhere on the body.
Is a lipoma dangerous
No, lipomas are generally not dangerous. They are usually benign (non-cancerous) and do not spread to other parts of the body. However, in rare cases, a lipoma can be cancerous. If a lipoma changes in size, shape, or texture, or if it becomes painful, it should be examined by a doctor to rule out any underlying issues.
How do you treat Lipomas
Lipomas are usually treated through surgical removal. The following are the most common treatment options for lipomas:
- Surgical Excision: The lipoma is cut out along with a small margin of surrounding tissue. This is the only lipoma removal method we offer at Lipomacyst.com.
- Liposuction: The lipoma is suctioned out using a hollow needle. This procedure is not offered at Lipomacyst.com.
- Observation: If the lipoma is small and not causing any symptoms, a doctor may suggest just monitoring it.
In some cases, lipomas may not require treatment if they are small, not causing any symptoms, or not growing. It is recommended to consult a doctor to determine the best treatment plan.
What the best lipoma removal technique?
The best lipoma removal technique depends on the size, location, and number of lipomas. The following are the most common and effective lipoma removal techniques:
- Surgical Excision: This is the most common and effective method for removing larger lipomas. It involves cutting out the lipoma along with a small margin of surrounding tissue. This is the only lipoma removal method we offer at Lipomacyst.com.
- Liposuction: This is a minimally invasive method for removing smaller lipomas. It involves using a hollow needle to suction out the lipoma.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: This method involves using radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the lipoma.
- Cryotherapy: This method involves using extreme cold to freeze and destroy the lipoma.
The best technique for removing a lipoma will depend on the specific case and should be determined by a doctor. Factors such as the size, location, and number of lipomas will be considered when deciding on the best method.
How long to recover following lipoma removal?
The length of time it takes to recover from lipoma removal surgery varies depending on the size and location of the lipoma, the technique used for removal, and the overall health of the patient. Generally, patients can expect the following:
- Surgical Excision: Recovery time for surgical excision can take several days to a week. Pain and swelling can last for a few days after the procedure. This is the only lipoma removal method we offer at Lipomacyst.com.
- Liposuction: Recovery time for liposuction is typically shorter, with patients often able to return to normal activities within a day or two.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: Recovery time for radiofrequency ablation is typically short, with patients often able to return to normal activities within a day or two.
- Cryotherapy: Recovery time for cryotherapy is typically short, with patients often able to return to normal activities within a day or two.
It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the doctor to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.
How do you minimise scaring following lipoma removal surgery?
To minimize scarring following lipoma removal surgery, the following steps can be taken:
- Proper wound care: Keeping the incision clean and dry, and following the doctor’s instructions for wound care can help reduce scarring.
- Avoiding sun exposure: Exposing the incision to the sun can increase the risk of scarring. Wearing protective clothing or applying sunblock can help prevent sun damage.
- Avoiding picking or scratching the incision: Touching, picking or scratching the incision can cause scarring or infection.
- Massaging the incision: Massaging the incision can help improve blood flow and reduce scarring.
- Using silicone sheets or gels: Applying silicone sheets or gels to the incision can help reduce scarring.
- Avoiding smoking: Smoking can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of scarring.
It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and to attend follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and to minimise the risk of scarring. In some cases, scarring may still occur, but can often be minimised with proper care.
Why come to LipomaCyst clinic
- Qualified and experienced healthcare professionals: The clinic has a team of qualified and experienced healthcare professionals, including doctors, HCAs, and other support staff.
- Clean and well-maintained facilities: The clinic is clean and well-maintained, with modern medical equipment and facilities.
- Comprehensive services: The clinic offers a wide range of medical services, including diagnostic services, treatments, and preventive care.
- Patient-centred approach: The clinic prioritises the needs and comfort of its patients, with a focus on providing high-quality care.
- Accessibility: The clinic can be easily accessible, with convenient hours of operation and appointments available in a timely manner.
- Clear communication: The clinic provides clear and concise information to patients, including details about diagnoses, treatments, and costs.
- Privacy and confidentiality: The clinic ensures the privacy and confidentiality of its patients’ medical information and treatment records.
By providing high-quality care, a welcoming environment, and a patient-centred approach, a good medical clinic can build trust and improve the health and well-being of its patients.
Surgical Lipoma Removal
Lipomas are fatty lumps, situated between the skin and the muscles. They are susceptible to growth almost anywhere on the body, from the scalp, down to the ankles. Lipomas are very common in the upper body. In some cases, you may even have multiple lipomas. Lipomas are often painless, classified as benign growths, but also have the potential to become painful or bothersome. Lipomas removal and lipoma treatment is performed surgically under local anaesthetic and with minimal scarring.
Is it worth undergoing lipoma treatment?
If your lipoma is small, singular, and painless, you may choose not to have it removed. But a lipoma in an uncomfortable or visible area or multiple lipomas can cause physical and mental discomfort, often impacting on daily life, and affecting your confidence. It is not possible for a lipoma to dissolve by itself, therefore you should not wait for it to disappear on its own. Once a lipoma has developed, lipoma treatment is recommended before they get bigger. It is advised to not let your lipoma reach bigger sizes as a small lipoma can be removed via surgical removal with minimal scarring.
Can I undergo lipoma removal without surgery?
Lipoma treatment is a very common procedure that is used to remove lipomas from the body. Lipomas are non-cancerous growths that are composed of fat cells and connective tissue. They can occur anywhere in the body but most frequently appear in the arms, legs and abdomen. These growths are not typically painful or harmful and do not require treatment unless they grow large enough to interfere with normal functioning or cause physical discomfort.
Complete surgical excision is an effective approach for lipoma treatment. It is often performed under local anaesthetic via a small, minimally invasive incision. The lipoma is gently removed from its position, ensuring it is removed whole where possible. This reduces the possibility of it returning once removed. In cases where a lipoma is large, surgery might be done under general anaesthetic. Larger lipomas mean larger surgical scars. To ensure minimal scarring, it is recommended that lipomas are removed whilst they are relatively small. You can reach our team through our contact page.
Multiple lipoma removal is also done under local anaesthetic. Separate incisions are made to each lump for complete surgical removal. Depending on their proximity, multiple lipomas can be removed from a single incision, if deemed possible.
It is wise to opt for surgical lipoma removal once the lump is visibly detected, in attempts to identify anything unusual. Though rare, lipomas can often be misdiagnosed for liposarcomas: a cancer of fat cells. To exclude liposarcoma, histopathology is performed on the mass once it is surgically removed.
How long does it take for lipoma treatment to heal?
Lipoma treatment is a procedure that can be done in a variety of ways. It may be done with local anesthesia or general anesthesia, and the doctor will choose which method is best for you. The surgery itself takes about half an hour, but you’ll have to plan for two hours of recovery time.
After the lipoma is successfully removed, the incision is closed using sutures and covered with a semi-waterproof plaster. Some sutures are non-dissolvable, these need to be removed after 7-10 days. Whilst the sutures remain, it is important to keep the wound dry and covered, and pause strenuous exercise to ensure the wound heals effectively with a minimal scar appearance. Otherwise, you are able to return to your normal activities and work. Complete lipoma removal recovery ranges from 2-6 weeks.
How painful is lipoma surgery?
Lipoma treatment surgery is a painless procedure. It is performed under local anaesthetic, your awake but feel no pain, whereby the area is entirely numbed allowing for pain-free surgery. Pain after surgery is also minimal.
What can happen if I delay lipoma treatment?
Lipomas that are left untreated will continue to grow. In most cases, lipomas can be surgically removed via surgical excision under local anaesthetic: this is usually when the lipoma is of a small to medium size. However, if the lipoma is very large, it can infiltrate into the muscle and cannot be fully removed under local anaesthetic. Therefore, to avoid great growth and complex surgery, it is always best to have a lipoma removed whilst it is still of small to medium size. Our team is dedicated to the removal of lipomas and have over 10years experience in this field.
Can my GP undertake lipoma removal?
Your NHS GP may recommend leaving your lipoma untreated if it is asymptomatic. Although a small-sized lipoma may not cause discomfort, this is when surgery is best performed. This is because the lipoma is localised superficially to enclosing tissue, meaning it can be removed with minimal scarring. The deeper a lipoma sits in the subcutaneous layer, the greater the surgical intervention. Do not wait, or delay surgery based on a small asymptomatic fatty lump as it can escalate.
Is it a cyst or a lipoma?
Cysts and lipomas are often misdiagnosed for one another, rightfully so as they are both lumps. However, there are a few characteristics that can help you distinguish between a cyst and lipoma.
Cysts are often small, firm lumps, whereas lipomas are typically larger, mobile, and rubbery at touch. Cysts are susceptible to infection, often displaying redness. They can also have a little discharge hole, serving as an escape for pus from active infections. Lipomas cannot get infected; therefore, they remain smooth and skin-coloured.
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