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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 and consult the best plastic surgeons in Meerut.
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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.
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 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.
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"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."
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No. Lipomas are non-cancerous tumors. They don’t become cancerous with time. However, there is a similar condition called liposarcoma which is cancerous. Sometimes, people mistake liposarcoma for lipoma and avoid getting treatment for the lump. Due to this, many people suffer from unwanted consequences.
The non-surgical treatment for lipomas involves the usage of steroid injections. The steroids shrink the fatty tissues and resolve the problem. However, it is only a temporary solution as the fatty tissues are not removed completely. There is also a higher chance of recurrence.
You can get the best lipoma treatment in Meerut at Pristyn Care under the care of our expert doctors. We leverage the modern VASER and laser liposuction techniques as well as the traditional techniques according to the requirements. You can rely on us and our doctors to provide you a hassle-free experience.
The cost of lipoma excision surgery in Meerut ranges from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 depending on various factors. These factors involve the size and number of lipomas, location of the lump, its severity, surgeon’s fee, hospitalization charges, the technique used for excision, medications, etc. Due to all these factors, the final cost of the treatment varies for each patient.
The success rate of lipoma surgery in Meerut under the care of Pristyn Care doctors is more than 90%. The rate often depends on factors like the experience of the surgeon, his/her expertise, risks associated with the procedure, the overall health of the patient, and post-surgery care. Due to these factors, the success rate may vary from patient to patient.
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.
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.
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.
No. There is no natural cure for lipoma. You can leave them be or consider undergoing lipoma excision surgery to get rid of them.
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.
Lipomas are a very common problem that is often left untreated if they don’t cause any problem. However, not everyone thinks like that. In some cases, lipomas appear in regions like around the face, neck, arms, thighs, or hips where it can be aesthetically unappealing and may also cause discomfort. Some people actually suffer from pain due to large-sized lipomas that are present above the blood vessels.
Regardless of the reason you are seeking treatment for lipoma, it is the best decision you can make. Leaving a lipoma untreated can be problematic as sometimes, the lump present under the skin is actually liposarcoma which is cancerous in nature. Therefore, you should always get proper treatment for lipomas.
The success rate of any surgery primarily depends on the surgeon. Pristyn Care understands the value of having a reliable and experienced surgeon so that the patient can relax and feel safe under their care. That’s why we house the best team of plastic surgeons in Meerut who are well-trained and have expertise in minimally invasive procedures, such as lipoma excision surgery. The doctor will diagnose you to determine the severity of the condition and utilize the best method for lipoma removal. They are aware of the risks and also skilled enough to mitigate them properly, thereby improving the chances of success. You can contact our plastic surgeons any time pre and post-surgery for consultation and they will clear all your doubts and concerns to ensure that you make the right decision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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