Finding an irregular lump growing just underneath the surface of your skin can be disturbing, especially if the lump is not very large or painful. It is a fortunate fact that irregular growths, such as freshly generated bumps, do not always indicate the presence of cancer. Many unusual growths turn out to be perfectly safe.

Lipomas are one of the most prevalent types of benign tumors, often known as noncancerous growths. Because they usually develop slowly, lipomas typically go undiscovered for a significant time before they become large enough to be discovered.

What is Lipoma?

A lipoma is a normal clump of fatty tissue that normally grows just beneath the surface of the skin. Lipomas can also form in other locations on the body. Lipomas are the most common benign tumor found in adults, and they most often develop in the shoulders, neck, back, belly, arms, or thighs. Lipomas can also occur in children.

There are many distinct subtypes of lipomas. A conventional lipoma, the most frequent variety, comprises fully developed white fat cells; a fibro lipoma comprises both fatty and fibrous tissue, and an angiolipoma comprises fatty tissue and blood vessels.

Most lipomas are encased within a thin, fibrous capsule that extends as the lipoma grows. This keeps the lipoma from "invading" the tissues around it. This helps explain why these fatty lumps are typically round, oval, and fully symmetrical.

How is a lipoma identified?

In most cases, the development of lipomas takes place over a period that might range from months to even years. Once they have reached a stable state, they almost always continue to be the same as time passes. Most lipomas are smaller than two inches across, although some can grow as large as six inches across.

Most lipomas aren't painful or uncomfortable, but larger lipomas, particularly those that begin to impact nearby nerves, can develop into painful conditions. Lipomas that contain a high volume of blood vessels are typically more painful than those that do not.

On the other hand, the typical cancerous tumor is huge, solid, immovable, and rapidly expanding; many grow so quickly that they appear to have "spontaneously" appeared.

Is it possible to get rid of my lipoma?

If your lipoma is small, doesn't hurt, and doesn't stand out, you don't need to do anything about it. This is true for the immense majority of lipomas.

However, if your lipoma is painful, noticeable, or unattractive, you can surgically remove it. Suppose your lipoma is difficult to conceal, feels bothersome while wearing clothing, or is located in an unusually disruptive area such as the palm of your hand. In that case, you may decide to have it surgically excised.

Since lipomas are confined within a thin, fibrous capsule, removing them is not difficult. In most cases, Dr. Serrano performs the procedure by injecting a local anesthetic, making a little incision around the bulge, and then carefully removing the capsule.

For more information about Lipoma related queries, do contact Dr Sajjas clinic.

Dr. Prakash Sajja MBBS., M.D(D.V.L.) is the best Dermatologist in Tirupati. He provides you with the best treatments for all problems related to your skin and hair.

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