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Lipoma – Symptoms and Treatment

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Lipomas are benign tumours composed of fatty tissue, commonly known as fat cells. While the term “tumour” might sound alarming, lipomas are typically harmless and rarely develop into cancer. These growths often appear as soft, rubbery lumps beneath the skin, and they can vary from the size of a pea to several centimetres in diameter. Although lipomas can develop anywhere in the body, they most frequently occur on the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs.

What Causes a Lipoma?

The exact cause of lipomas remains uncertain, but they are believed to be linked to a combination of genetic factors, hormonal imbalances, and other unknown influences. Lipomas are more common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60 and tend to run in families, suggesting a hereditary component.

Do Lipomas Hurt?

In most cases, lipomas are asymptomatic and painless, causing little to no discomfort. However, some individuals may experience tenderness or pain if the lipoma presses on nearby nerves or tissues. Their location can cause discomfort for example if they reside on a belt line. Additionally, larger lipomas can be cosmetically concerning or interfere with movement, especially if they develop in areas prone to friction or pressure.

How Is a Lipoma Diagnosed?

Diagnosing a lipoma typically involves a physical examination by a healthcare professional. In some cases, imaging such as ultrasounds or MRI’s may be ordered to not only to confirm the diagnosis but define their extent and demonstrate deep, impalpable projections. Since lipomas are most usually benign they can be left. If they should increase in size, become symptomatic or are cosmetically unacceptable surgical removal may be appropriate. The smaller mobile lesions are most often removed under a local anaesthetic.

Keeping an Eye on Any Changes 

While lipomas are generally benign, it’s essential to monitor them for any changes in size, texture, or appearance. Rarely, a lipoma may become cancerous, transforming into a liposarcoma. Signs that a lipoma may have transformed into a liposarcoma include rapid growth, increased firmness, and invasion of surrounding tissues. If any concerning changes occur, prompt medical evaluation is recommended.

In summary, lipomas are common benign growths composed of fat cells that typically present as soft, movable lumps beneath the skin. Although they are generally harmless and do not require treatment, individuals with lipomas should be vigilant for any changes and seek medical attention if necessary. 

Contact Mr Andrew Clarke today

If you have a lipoma and are interested in finding out more about lipoma treatment, contact Mr. Andrew Clarke today.


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