Lipoma is a lump of fatty tissues that form right below the skin. They are soft rubbery tissues that can be moved with the touch of a finger. They are also known as benign tumors as they stay in their primary location and don’t cause any kind of damage to the healthy tissues.
These fatty lumps grow at a very gradual rate and don’t turn cancerous. They are rarely painful and need treatment. But if a lipoma is bothering you in some way, you can always ask a doctor to remove it.
The causes for lipoma growths are still unknown but they start to form due to the overgrowth of fat cells. Through various studies over the years, doctors have found that certain underlying medical conditions can increase the chances of developing these fatty lumps. In some conditions, you can even get multiple lipomas on different parts of your body. Lipoma-causing medical conditions are:
Superficial subcutaneous lipomas
During the initial consultation, the doctor will firstly physically examine the lipoma. The doctor will identify whether the skin-colored lump exhibits the symptoms of lipoma or liposarcoma (cancerous skin lumps). From the appearance, it can be difficult to differentiate between lipoma, liposarcoma, and other forms of cysts.
Thus, the doctor will touch the lipoma to see if it moves. The doctor will also check if the lipoma is causing pain. Though lipomas are normally painless, they can sometimes form over blood vessels and compress them that will cause pain and discomfort.
If pain is present, the doctor will order lab tests to accurately identify the condition.
As lipomas are not life-threatening, they are not considered a serious health problem. But they can become severe in the following cases:
In all these three cases, lipomas will become problematic due to which you will have to seek expert help.
Lipoma surgery has the same risks and complications that usually occur during other surgical procedures. Thus, the potential risks involve:
An experienced plastic surgeon knows how to mitigate these risks and perform the surgery successfully.
Unfortunately, there are no proven methods available that will help to prevent lipomas. Moreover, lipomas commonly occur in people who inherit these genes. As the condition is passed down through DNA among families, it is not possible to prevent the,
However, in some cases, you can reduce your chances of developing these benign skin lumps. For instance, you can minimize your chances of developing Madelung’s disease that causes lipomas to grow by limiting your alcohol intake.
The best thing to do is to consult a plastic surgeon and discuss this matter with them. They will be able to better explain the conditions that cause lipomas to grow and also provide an insight on how to avoid them in the future.
Myth 1: Lipomas are cancerous.
Lipomas are non-cancerous benign tumors that are composed of fatty tissues only.
Myth 2: Lipomas don’t grow over 1-2 cm.
Lipomas can grow around 10-20 cm and weigh around 4-5 kgs. However, it happens rarely.
Myth 3: Lipomas never cause pain.
Lipomas can cause pain if they form above blood vessels and grow large in size that can compress the blood vessels underneath.
Myth 4: You can remove lipoma at home.
Lipoma removal may be possible at home. However, it is not recommended as it is hard to maintain a safe and sterile environment at home. In addition, you may not be able to remove the fatty lump completely or end up hurting yourself.
If there is a lump growing under your skin in any part of the body, make sure that you see a plastic surgeon. It is important that you seek timely treatment and get evaluated properly to rule out other serious conditions, such as liposarcoma as the symptoms can be misunderstood.
In case you already know that the lump on your skin is a lipoma, visit the doctor if you notice any changes in the shape or size of the lump, especially if it becomes painful. The healthcare professional will check the lipoma and suggest a suitable treatment plan.
A lipoma may go away on its own, but there is no assurance. Some people leave these fatty lumps untreated if there are no symptoms and the lump is present in a remote location.
Some people want to know if there is a non-surgical method to treat lipomas.
Fortunately, steroid injections can be used to shrink lipoma to some extent. It is the only medical treatment available for these benign tumors. A steroid solution is injected into the affected area which reduces the size and makes the lipoma unnoticeable. However, it is not a permanent treatment method. There are higher chances that the fat tissues will start to accumulate in the same place again after some time.
Lipoma removal is covered under insurance in specific circumstances. Many people wish to undergo lipoma surgery because of cosmetic reasons. In such scenarios, the treatment expenses are not payable through insurance.
In other cases, if the lipoma is causing pain and growing continuously, its treatment will be considered important. Due to this, the treatment may get covered under insurance. To confirm this, the patient will have to talk to the insurance providers and they will provide clear answers about the coverage and other terms and conditions.
If the treatment can be covered under insurance, you can file a claim to pay for the treatment. Or you can use the reimbursement method to get a claim against the sum of money you paid for lipoma treatment.
As lipoma removal is done through a combination of liposuction and excision techniques, the surgery becomes minimally invasive. Thus, the recovery is quick and smooth. You will be able to resume normal activities from the next day. And the complete recovery will take around 2-3 weeks. During the recovery period, you will also have to follow specific instructions given by the doctor to avoid complications.
With lipoma removal surgery, the benign tumors are treated properly. There are higher possibilities that lipoma won’t recur in the same location. However, there is no assurance that you will not develop another lump in other parts of the body. To ensure that you don’t get lipomas again, you will have to live a healthy and physically active life.
A patient, Mr. Shivam Goyal, came to us complaining about a painful lump on his hand. He contacted us and asked to consult the best plastic surgeon in Delhi. We connected him with Dr. Ashwani Kumar. He diagnosed the patient and found multiple lipomas in different parts of the body and each one of a different size. He had 11 lipomas and only one of them was causing pain. The doctor recommended undergoing lipoma excision surgery to which the patient agreed.
His surgery was scheduled two days later and Dr. Ashwani carried out the procedure safely. All of the lipomas were removed precisely. The surgery took around 2 hours and the patient was kept in hospital for 24 hours. He was discharged on the next day and asked to follow several instructions. He was obedient and took good care of his health. He also came for follow-ups every week and was able to recover completely in 3 weeks.
Is lipoma cancerous?
No. Lipoma is not cancerous. It is a collection of fat tissues only. However, there are other types of skin lumps present, such as liposarcoma that are cancerous in nature. It is often advised to get the skin lump to diagnose to rule out the possibility of cancer.
What type of anesthesia is used during lipoma excision surgery?
Lipoma excision surgery can be performed under local as well as general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia that will be used during the procedure is decided after evaluating the overall health of the patients. The anesthetist will ask some questions to find out if the patient is allergic to some or any component of the anesthetic agent. Only then, he/she will decide what type of anesthesia is used.
What are the chances of lipoma recurrence after surgery?
Usually, there are almost negligible chances of lipoma recurrence after it is removed surgically. But you should also understand that there are still chances that you may get lipomas again in other parts of the body.
Why does lipoma operation cost vary from one patient to another?
The overall cost of lipoma surgery varies from one patient to another due to the following factors:
-Out of all cases of lipoma, 47.8% of cases are of simple lipoma and 26% of cases are of fibrolipoma.
-Lipoma affects males (60%) more than females (40%).
-Only 1% of lipoma cases grow to be painful and need surgical treatment.
– From the year 1976 to 2017, only 49 published cases have been found in India.
-The term lipoma was first used in 1709 to describe benign tumors.
-Around 1% of people across the globe suffer from lipoma. It typically occurs in adults between the age of 40 to 60 years.
-Approximately 5% of patients suffer from multiple lipomas.
-Lipomas are relatively small in size (1-3 cm) but they can grow very large too up to 10-20 cm and weigh around 4-5 kg.
-Lipoma can be removed through a simple excision and cures a majority of cases. And only about 1-2% of lipomas recur after excision.
-Around 1% of lipoma cases are actually liposarcoma which is a malignant tumor.
-Out of all cases of lipomas, about 15%-20% of cases involve the head and neck region whereas 1%-4% of cases are related to the oral cavity.
Pristyn Care has become a leading healthcare provider for the treatment of all kinds of conditions, including lipoma, sebaceous cyst, etc. In recent years, we have worked hard to build trust among our patients. And this has been possible only because of our esteemed team of doctors. We have a highly experienced team of plastic surgeons who specialize in treating lipomas through minimally invasive surgery.
All of our doctors have had ample training and expertise in removing lipomas without causing major scarring. They understand that surgery can affect the aesthetic appeal of a person. Thus, they pay special attention to the removal of these fatty lumps. They combine the lipoma excision technique with liposuction to break the fat deposits precisely and then extract them carefully.
You only need to book an appointment with our doctors and consult them to learn more about lipoma surgery.
Pristyn Care is very well known for providing optimal care to patients under all circumstances. We understand our patient’s needs extensively and focus on assisting them at every step of the treatment journey.
Our medical and non-medical staff work in coherence to simplify your surgical experience and provide the following services:
As you can see, one of our representatives will always be at your service to streamline every aspect of the treatment. We take full responsibility for providing the best-quality medical care cost-effectively. To learn more about our services and benefits, give us a call.