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March 4, 2019

What is a lipoma?

 A lipoma is a growth of fatty tissue that slowly develops under your skin. People of any age can develop a lipoma, but children rarely develop them. A lipoma can form on any part of the body, but they typically appear on the:  necks, houlders ,back ,abdomen ,arms thighs.

They’re classified as benign growths, or tumors, of fatty tissue. This means a lipoma isn’t cancerous and is rarely harmful.      

Symptoms

There are many types of skin tumors, but a lipoma usually has distinct characteristics. If you suspect that you have a lipoma it will generally: be soft to the touch move easily if prodded with your finger, pale , painless, colorless, grow slowly . Lipomas are most commonly located in the neck, back, and shoulders, but they can also occur on the stomach, thighs, and arms. 

The lipoma is only painful if it grows into nerves underneath the skin.  

Risk Factors 

The cause of lipomas is unknown. Your risk of developing this type of skin lump increases if you have a family history of lipomas. 

Doctors can often diagnose a lipoma by performing a physical exam. It feels soft and isn’t painful. Also, since it’s made up of fatty tissues, the lipoma moves easily when touched. 

Treatment 

Treatment for a lipoma usually isn’t necessary unless it’s bothering you.The most common way to treat a lipoma is to remove it through surgery. This is especially helpful if you have a large skin tumor that’s still growing. Lipomas rarely grow back once they’re surgically removed.

Liposuction 

Another treatment option is liposuction. Since lipomas are fat-based, this procedure can work well to reduce its size. Liposuction involves a needle attached to a large syringe, and the area is usually numbed before the procedure. 

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