The appearance of lumps or growths underneath the skin can be stressful and worrisome, but there are solutions that can help you regain your health and confidence.. Our compassionate, honest medical team will provide a personalized treatment plan for subcutaneous lipomas and other skin concerns.
A lipoma is a fatty lump of tissue that grows between the skin and muscle. These subcutaneous lumps are fairly common, grow slowly, and most often are noticed during middle age between the ages of 40 and 60. Most people develop only one lipoma at a time, but it’s possible to have more than one as well.
The cause of lipomas is unknown, but there may be genetic factors involved. They tend to run in families, so if you have relatives who have had lipomas, be sure to share this information with your doctor.
There are some common signs that a skin growth is a fatty, subcutaneous lipoma, including:
Lipomas are nearly always benign and noncancerous. But in rare cases, a form of cancer called liposarcoma can occur. It grows in fatty tissue and can mimic the appearance of benign lipoma. So, any skin lumps that grow quickly or are painful should be checked by a doctor and biopsied.
To determine whether a skin lump is a subcutaneous lipoma, a sebaceous cyst, liposarcoma, or some other condition, your doctor will perform various tests, such as:
Once a doctor has evaluated your lipoma, there are different approaches to treatment:
The outlook for those who have a lipoma is very good. They don’t normally invade other tissues, making them contained and easy to treat. Once they are removed, they don’t usually grow back, and they can be excised with a small cut, leaving minimal scarring.
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Lipomas are easily diagnosed and treated, meaning there’s no need to continue living with a worrisome and uncomfortable lump in your skin. Our compassionate, honest team of medical professionals will give you clear answers about your condition and help you choose the treatment that fits you best, so you can enjoy lasting health. Set up a consultation visit today!
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