Lipomas are benign, slow growing, fatty, soft tissue tumors. They are very common, most of us will have one or two lipomas, often they go unnoticed. People with genetic predisposition will have multiple lipomas visible on skin. Malignant version liposarcoma exist however is considered to be rare. Lipomas may also grow inside of your body organs even joints.
Lipomas might resemble in appearance sebaceous cyst or an abscess - at home extraction attempts always results in complications, and must be avoided.
Removal of lipomas is often requested by patients:
- when lipoma increased in size to the point it interferes with activities of clothing, headwear
- compressing nerves resulting in tenderness or pain
- and strictly for cosmetic reasons
Complete surgical excision of entire fatty tissue along with its capsule is the most reliable method. Some lipomas may be lobulated, and removal all lobules must be done to prevent regrowth. Surgical removal is performed in local anesthetic, through incision overlying, already stretched skin, once healed post excision scar should be minimal.
Liposuction is alternative method of lipoma treatment, it allows for placement of access site (incision) in different skin area if cosmetic appearance is crucial. Liposuctions not offer in our clinic.
Removal of very large lipomas might require general anesthesia in a hospital setting
As with any other surgical excision and incision performed in our clinic, CO2 lasers is used instead of surgical scalpel, highly focused laser cutting beam significantly decreases amount of bleeding during the procedure itself, which helps with healing and appearance of a post-excision scar*
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Disclaimer: Every patient is unique; therefore, cosmetic results can vary between patients. No two laser treatments will get same results – even if performed by same physician on patients with similar conditions.