What Are Lipomas and How Can They Be Treated?

by | Jan 17, 2022 | The Skin Blog | 0 comments

One of the most common procedures we undertake in Altruderm is lipoma removal.  But what are lipomas; why do they occur; and what can you expect if you are undergoing a lipoma removal procedure in our clinic?

Lipomas are a collection of fatty tissue that grow slowly over time under the skin.  They are non-cancerous (benign) tumours that can be present anywhere on the body, although they tend to be most common on the legs, arms, trunk, shoulders and neck.  They feel soft to the touch and can be easily moved under the skin.  Although they are usually painless their position and size can sometimes cause discomfort.

If your family members have lipomas you may be more likely to develop them as it is thought there is a genetic element to their development.  However, trauma or injury to the area may also prompt lipoma growth.

You may be considering lipoma removal if you have been recently diagnosed with having a lipoma (or lipomas).  Perhaps your lipoma has grown bigger over time and you are more concerned about it. Some of our patients visit the clinic for reassurance that the lump is benign. At the Altruderm clinic this is a procedure we carry out routinely with successful results for our patients and safety in mind at all times.

The first step will be to carry out an examination of the area during a consultation with Dr. McDaid.  From there a number of options may arise, including:

  • Possibly arranging an ultrasound or MRI for the area to determine position, size and complexity – all factors which aid the doctor during your procedure;
  • You may decide that you do not wish to proceed with removal because you are reassured that this is a benign (non-cancerous) condition;
  • You may decide to undergo lipoma removal following discussion about the risks and benefits of the procedure

Lipoma removal at the Altruderm clinic is carried out under local anaesthetic which means you are able to return to your daily routine as normal.  Lipomas are removed via surgical excision using an aseptic (sterile) technique.  Once extracted, the lipoma is put into a pot and sent to our histopathology lab partners who examine the specimen to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis.  Your results are typically available within two weeks and we are happy to share these on your behalf with your NHS GP.

We will arrange your follow-up as an in-clinic appointment, or via video or telephone, depending on what is most appropriate for you.  We will also issue you with a 24 hour advice line number and written aftercare for your peace of mind.

You can find out more about our lipoma removal service on our website.

I visited Altruderm in October for removal of a lipoma in my neck. The service I received from Dr Mcdaid and his team was just fantastic. The whole process was carefully explained and carried out quickly, painlessly and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks again.

Neil M.

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