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Lipoma


What is Lipoma?

A Lipoma is a painless and harmless lump of fatty tissue that is located between your skin and underlying tissue. Lipomas are non-cancerous growth that are most often found on your shoulders, neck, chest, arms, back, buttocks and thighs. They grow very slowly and are soft & doughy to touch. Lipomas can range from the size of a pea to few more centimetres across.

What causes Lipoma?

The exact cause of Lipomas is unknown. However, scientists believe that it runs in families so genetics could be responsible for their existence.

What are the symptoms of Lipoma?

Lipomas can occur anywhere on your body. They are usually:

  • Very small (1-3 cms) and are situated under your skin Soft, rubbery consistency
  • Easily moves under skin
  • Painless
  • Size remains same even after many years or their growth is slow
How can Lipoma be treated?

Lipomas usually don’t require any treatment as they cause no harm. But in case they bother you or are painful then you must consult your doctor. He will either surgically remove them or give steroid injections.Lipomas can also be removed via liposuction.