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About Lipoma

A lipoma is a type of benign skin lump that is composed of fatty tissues. These fatty lumps are located between the skin and the underlying muscle layer. Normally, these lumps don't cause any harm and grow at a very gradual rate. However, in some cases, a lipoma may be present right above the blood vessels and when it grows, the blood vessels get compressed. Due to this, lipomas may cause pain and discomfort.

If you have a lipoma, either painful or painless, and wish to get rid of it, get in touch with Pristyn Care for lipoma removal surgery in Chennai.

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Overview

Lipoma
Lipoma ICD 10
  • D17.20 Benign lipomatous neoplasm of skin and subcutaneous tissue of unspecified limb
  • D17.21 Benign lipomatous neoplasm of skin and subcutaneous tissue of right arm
  • D17.22 Benign lipomatous neoplasm of skin and subcutaneous tissue of left arm
  • D17.23 Benign lipomatous neoplasm of skin and subcutaneous tissue of right leg
  • D17.24 Benign lipomatous neoplasm of skin and subcutaneous tissue of left leg
Types of Lipomas
  • Adenolipomas
  • Hibernomas
  • Fibrolipomas
  • Myelolipoma
  • Spindle cell lipomas
  • Superficial subcutaneous lipomas
Liposarcoma vs. Lipoma
  • Fast growing lump
  • Pain and swelling around the lump
  • Weakness in the area where the lump occurs
  • Abdominal pain or cramping (if the lump is near abdomen)
  • Bloody stools or blood in vomit
Lipoma in Different Languages
  • Lipoma in Hindi- लिपोमा/चर्बी की गांठ
  • Lipoma in Telugu- లిపోమా
  • Lipoma in Malayalam- ലിപ്പോമ
  • Lipoma in Kannada- ಲಿಪೊಮಾ
  • Lipoma in Bengali- লিপোমা
Complications if Lipoma is Left Untreated
  • May grow larger and spread to other parts of the body
  • Can become swollen and painful
  • Compress blood vessels if grown larger
Advanced Treatments for Lipoma Removal
  • Lipoma Excision Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Steroid Injections
Why Pristyn Care for Lipoma Surgery?
  • Highly experienced plastic surgeons
  • USFA-approved treatments
  • Confidential consultation
  • Free cab facility for commute on the surgery day
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Treatment

Diagnosis

Lipoma diagnosis usually involves a simple physical examination. It is easy to feel and inspect as the lump is visible from the outside. Lipoma also moves when touched as it is made up of fatty tissues. The doctors may also take a biopsy to rule out the possibility of cancer. Other than that, tests like ultrasound scan, MRI scan, and CT scan are also performed for accurate diagnosis of lipoma.

Procedure

The effective treatment of lipoma involves surgery. During the procedure, the doctor makes a small excision and uses the liposuction technique to extract the fatty tissues. It is a minimally invasive procedure that leaves no scar on the body and reduces the chances of lipoma recurrence. Performed under the care of our expert surgeons, the procedure has a higher success rate than non-surgical treatments.

In Our Doctor's Word

Dr. Karthik Vishwanath

MBBS, MS, Mch, MRCS

15 Years Experience

"Most of my patients come to me when the lump (lipoma) on their bodies has grown significantly. They also ask if it is possible to remove the lump through medications. In most cases, either liposuction or surgical excision is needed to remove these encapsulated lumps of fatty tissues. Though lipoma is a benign tumor, it should not be left untreated. Sometimes, a cancerous lump, i.e., a liposarcoma may go undetected, being mistaken as a lipoma. Therefore, it is critical to consult a specialist and get proper treatment for the lipoma."

Frequently Asked Questions

Will losing weight help in resolving lipoma?

No. The lipoma cells are not normal adult fat cells. Instead, they are primordial mesenchymal fatty tissue cells that increase with weight gain. However, losing weight won’t have any impact on these tissues and lipoma won’t be resolved.

Who should I consult for lipoma treatment?

To get proper lipoma treatment, it is better to consult a surgeon who specializes in treating lipoma. Generally, plastic surgeons and dermatologists provide treatment for such conditions. You can get in touch with Pristyn Care and we will help you find the right doctor to consult for lipoma treatment in Chennai.

When should I get lipoma removed?

You should get the fatty cells removed as soon as you notice them because lipoma continues growing gradually. It is advised to get proper treatment without any delay to avoid unwanted consequences.

Can lipoma turn into cancer?

No. Lipomas do not turn into cancer. However, there is a rare possibility that lipoma may turn into cancerous sarcoma. That’s why it is always advisable to seek treatment without any delay.

Is lipoma treatment at Pristyn Care covered under insurance?

Yes. Lipoma treatment in Chennai at Pristyn Care is covered under the health insurance policy. Patients can use their policy for lipoma excision surgery and cover the entire cost of treatment without any hassle.

What is the cost of lipoma excision surgery in Chennai?

The cost of lipoma excision surgery depends on various factors, including, size, location, and the number of lipomas. Along with this, the doctor’s consultation fee, hospital charges, medication cost, travel expenses, etc. are also accounted for. To get an estimate of how much lipoma surgery will cost you in Chennai, you can contact Pristyn Care’s medical coordinators.

Can I consult with Pristyn Care doctors from home?

Yes. You can opt for online consultation mode while our medical coordinators schedule your appointment with a Pristyn Care doctor in Chennai. This will allow you to discuss your problem with the doctor from the comfort of your home.

Is lipoma removal a permanent solution?

Yes. Lipomas generally continue growing at a gradual pace if left untreated. Surgical removal of lipoma can permanently halt its growth and prevent recurrences. You can consult with Pristyn Care doctors to find out why surgery is the best treatment for lipoma.

Do lipomas go away?

In some scenarios, the lipomas may disappear on their own. However, it happens rarely. Normally, you will need either medical or surgical treatment for lipomas.

Is there a cure for lipoma in Ayurveda?

Common herbal remedies that are used for lipoma cure in Ayurveda are:

Triphala Powder (Indian gooseberry, black myrobalan, and belleric myrobalan),Udvartana,Vamana Therapy

It is important to keep in mind that there is no scientific proof that would support the use of ayurvedic treatments for lipoma.

Is there any steroid cream for lipoma removal?

There is no steroid cream available for lipoma removal but there are steroid injections available that can shrink the size of the tumor. And in many cases, it can successfully eliminate lipoma too.

Why does lipoma have a smelly discharge?

Lipomas do not have a smelly discharge. If you have a lump on your body and foul-smelling discharge is draining out of it, there are chances that it is a cyst, not lipoma.

How common are multiple lipomas?

Multiple lipomas are not that common. They usually occur in people with the hereditary condition of multiple lipomatosis.

Is it possible to cure lipoma naturally?

No. There is no natural cure for lipoma. You can leave them be or consider undergoing lipoma excision surgery to get rid of them.

Are homeopathic medicines helpful in treating lipomas?

There are some common homeopathic remedies for lipomas, including:

Calcarea Carb,Sulphur,Belladonna,Thuja

These medicines may be helpful in some cases to dissolve lipoma but there is no guarantee. Therefore, it will be better if you consult a doctor before trying these medicines.

How to remove a lipoma yourself?

You should never try to remove a lipoma yourself as it is not safe and hygienic. Lipoma removal must be done by an experienced plastic surgeon who can carry out the procedure safely and treat lipoma successfully.

Can lipomas go away with exercise?

You should know that it is not possible to cure lipoma by exercise. However, exercising can help to reduce fat accumulation and may work by reducing the size of the lipoma.

How can I find a lipoma removal clinic near me?

You can find the best lipoma removal clinic near you by talking to Pristyn Care’s medical coordinators. Our coordinators will locate the clinic within your proximity and book an appointment at your convenience.

Does Pristyn Care have a lipoma treatment hospital near me?

No. Pristyn Care doesn’t have its own lipoma treatment hospital in Chennai. We are partnered with top hospitals and clinics that have state-of-the-art facilities and have all the latest technologies to perform lipoma surgery safely.

Which doctor to see for lipoma treatment?

You can see either a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for lipoma treatment. While a dermatologist will remove the fatty lump without considering the aesthetic effects of the removal, a plastic surgeon will consider the after-effects of the surgical procedure and then suggest the appropriate treatment.

What is multiple lipoma syndrome?

The scientific name of the syndrome is Familial Multiple Lipomatosis. It causes the formation of multiple lipomas in the trunk and nearby extremities. These lumps don’t cause pain or discomfort unless they are present directly above a nerve. It is a hereditary condition that occurs in people of the same family and different generations. The only effective treatment for multiple lipomas is liposuction or surgical removal.

Is lipoma cancerous?

No. Lipoma is a benign tumor that is composed of fatty tissues. It is not cancerous. However, there is another condition, liposarcoma, which may exhibit similar symptoms to lipoma and is cancerous. That’s why it is crucial to get all kinds of fatty lumps diagnosed.

How can I find the best lipoma specialist doctor in Chennai near me?

You can find the best lipoma surgeons in Chennai near you at Pristyn Care. We have a dedicated team of plastic surgeons who excel at treating lipomas. You can book a consultation with the experts and discuss the lipoma removal options in detail.

Is lipoma removal cost in Chennai covered under insurance?

Lipoma removal cost in Chennai will be covered under insurance if it is performed for medical reasons. If you wish to remove lipoma because of cosmetic concerns and don’t exhibit painful symptoms, then the insurance company won’t pay the expenses. In this scenario, you’ll have to pay the treatment expense from your own pockets.

Is lipoma excision procedure safe?

Yes. Lipoma excision surgery is completely safe as it is performed with the help of the latest USFDA-approved surgical tools. Moreover, to make the surgical removal minimally invasive, the surgeon combines the liposuction and gland excision technique. This further increases the safety of the procedure and treats lipoma effectively.

What are the different lipoma removal methods?

The different methods that can be used for lipoma removal are:

Steroid injections,Liposuction,Lipoma excision

How long does it take to recover after a lipoma operation?

The average recovery time after a lipoma operation is around 2-3 weeks. The exact time will vary for each patient depending on the number of lipomas the patient had, the technique used for treatment, and the body’s healing abilities. You will be able to perform regular activities within the next 1-2 days.

How to cure lipoma by yoga?

You should know that there is no yoga that can cure lipoma. Still, there are various yoga asanas that you can try to possibly prevent the formation of fatty lumps in the first place:

Tadasana,Chakki Chalanasana,Padahastasana,Salabhasana,Yogic Jogging,Surya Namaskar,Ustrasana,Sarvangasana,Mandukasana,Gomukhasana

Get Proper Treatment for Lipoma At Pristyn Care

Although lipoma is a harmless tumor, it should not be left untreated for a long time. Lipoma grows at a very gradual rate and can become as large as 10cm if not removed. It can also lead to certain complications, such as:

  • Wound infection
  • Seroma
  • Hematoma
  • Hemorrhage
  • Keloid
  • Nerve injury.

We understand that having a lump on your body doesn’t look good. And it can also become painful if the lump grows so big that it starts compressing the nerves. That’s why our doctors encourage patients to opt for the painless and scarless lipoma removal procedure. Under the care of our expert surgeons, you can safely have lipoma excision surgery and get rid of the lump permanently. Consult with Pristyn Care doctors in Chennai and learn more about your treatment options for lipoma.

Pristyn Care offers Best-in-Class Services for Lipoma Surgery in Chennai

Whether you have a lipoma on your neck, forearms, thighs, abdomen, or any other part of your body, you can consult with Pristyn Care surgeons. We provide optimal care and state-of-the-art facilities to the people who seek lipoma treatment with us. We provide a comprehensive care package that includes:

  • Experienced and highly skilled surgeons
  • USFDA approved modern diagnostic and surgical tools
  • Free pick and drop service on the day of surgery
  • Assistance with insurance paperwork for the treatment
  • Finance options, such as No-cost EMI and cashless payment
  • Dedicated care buddy for assistance during the hospital stay
  • Free post-surgery care and follow-ups for a smoother recovery

From the initial consultation until you heal completely, our medical and non-medical staff will be available to assist you at every step of the treatment. If you want to undergo lipoma removal surgery at the hands of expert surgeons, get in touch with us and find the nearest Pristyn Care clinic in Chennai.

Book An Appointment with Pristyn Care to get Advanced Lipoma Treatment

You can either call us or fill the appointment form to book a consultation with the best doctors for lipoma treatment in Chennai. Our doctors will diagnose you thoroughly and employ the best techniques to cure lipoma and provide permanent relief. You can consult with our doctors face to face or you can opt for online consultation to discuss your problem with an expert through a call.

Different Types of Lipomas

Typically, all lipomas are composed of fat tissues. However, in some cases, the lump may consist of blood vessels and other tissues as well. Based on this, lipomas are classified into the following types:Angiolipoma- Contains fat and blood vessels and also causes pain.

  • Conventional Lipoma- Contains white fat cells that store energy.
  • Fibrolipoma- Consists of fat and fibrous tissue.
  • Hibernoma- Consists of brown fat that are responsible for generating heat and helps to regulate body temperature.
  • Myelolipoma- This type of lipoma contains fat and tissues that contain blood cells.
  • Spindle Cell Lipoma- They have a spindle-like shape of the fat cells.
  • Pleomorphic- This type of lipoma has fat cells of different shapes and sizes.
  • Adenolipoma- New variant of superficial lipoma in which eccrine sweat glands are present with fatty tumors.

All these types of lipoma are non-cancerous. However, some of them may cause pain and discomfort due to the composition. Therefore, it is crucial that you get the lipoma diagnosed and get proper treatment for it.

What is lipomatosis?

Lipomatosis, also known as hereditary multiple lipomatosis, is a medical condition due to which multiple lipomas start to form in different parts of the body, such as the neck, head, shoulders, back, thigh, etc. This autosomal dominant condition is characterized by the appearance of symmetric lipomas, typically in the extremities and trunk region.

Lipomatosis is also associated with Gardner’s syndrome and Madelung’s disease. The treatment method for single lipoma and multiple lipomas is the same. The fatty lump is excised carefully and the patient is asked to take certain precautions to prevent the formation of these fatty lumps.

What are the side effects of lipoma removal surgery?

Though the lipoma removal procedure is safe and minimally invasive, there are still possibilities that you will experience some side effects from the surgery. The common side effects include:

  • Bruising- Immediately after the surgery, there will be bruises around the site from where the fatty lump is removed.
  • Swelling- The swelling in the region where the lump existed will be swollen for a week or so. The swelling will subside gradually as the wound heals.
  • Infection- There is a possibility that the internal organs may come in contact with external contaminants and cause infection. Even the wound can get infected if it gets wet.
  • Injury to the Nearby Structures- In some situations, it is possible that lipoma is present directly over an organ. Hence, during the surgery, the nerves, tissues, or the organ itself may get damaged during the procedure.
  • Hematoma Formation- Another side effect of lipoma surgery is blood clot formation. If the wall of a blood vessel is injured during lipoma removal, blood clots may start to form outside the vessel into the surrounding tissue.
  • Excessive Scarring- In rare instances, lipoma treatment may leave major scars on the body. It usually happens when the size of lipoma is big and its removal is difficult.
  • Seroma- Another side effect of lipoma surgery is the collection of fluid, i.e., blood plasma and inflammatory fluid that is produced by the injured cells. Early or improper removal of stitches can also cause seroma sometimes.

Recovery Tips After Lipoma Surgery

Immediately after the surgery, you will be asked to take complete bed rest for at least 24 hours. The doctor will also prescribe some pain medicine and NSAIDs to reduce your pain, swelling, fever, and also minimize the chances of infection. Before discharge, the doctor will prepare a complete recovery guide that will include self-care tips, precautions, dos, and don’ts as well.

  • Do not let the incisions get wet. Avoid taking baths or getting in hot tubs for at least 4 weeks.
  • Wash the incision with soap and warm water. Dry the wound and put on new clean bandages. This will prevent the wound from getting infected.
  • Apply ice over the wound for the next few days after surgery to reduce the swelling.
  • Do not indulge in physical activities, especially lifting heavy weights as they can tear up the stitches.
  • Avoid driving for the next few days until approved by the doctor.
  • Eat a normal diet that consists of healthy and nutritious items, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

If you notice some signs of post-surgery complications, such as excessive bleeding from the wound, persistent swelling, nausea, vomiting, high fever, etc., contact your healthcare provider right away.

How to prevent lipomas?

Generally, lipoma prevention is not possible as it usually occurs due to inherited conditions. They are passed down in families through genes. Therefore, it is almost impossible to prevent them.

However, in one condition, you may be able to prevent lipomas from developing. This is applicable when lipomas are caused by Madelung’s disease. You can prevent the fatty lumps from growing by limiting your alcohol intake.

You can discuss other plausible methods to prevent lipomas with a lipoma specialist in Chennai.

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