WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
A lipoma is a growth of fat cells encapsulated in a thin, fibrous sac usually found just below under the skin. They can be found on any part of the body including torso, head, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits. When a lipoma occurs on the back of the head or the neck it is called “buffalo hump”.
Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth:
- Slow growing, fatty lump
- Mobile and “squishy” to the touch
- Not usually tender
- Most common in middle age
- Some have more than one at a time
- Harmless and can go untreated
- If a lipoma is bothersome, painful, or growing, it can be removed.
SEEING A DOCTOR
If you find a swelling or lump on any part of your body, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a doctor you can trust to find out more. At Solomon Cosmetic Center, we’ll perform an examination of your body to help determine the severity of your lipomas. If they are causing pain, we may recommend them to be surgically removed.
A lipoma diagnosis is done by a physical exam. To confirm the diagnosis, you may have to get an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI or an x-ray. In some cases, we may perform a biopsy to rule out liposarcoma, a rare cancer.
Since lipomas are not painful or harmful to health, they are left in place. Patients can choose to get them removed surgically if they experience pain in the area around the lipoma. Lipomas do not recur once they have been removed.
TREATMENT AND REMOVAL
Lipomas can be removed by Dr. George Solomon at Solomon Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Solomon will first inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine around the lipoma and then make an incision in the skin to remove the growth. Once removed, he closes the incision with some sutures.
Sometimes if the lipoma is large, Dr Solomon will remove it using a Vaser® machine. The Vaser® machine combines ultrasound and massage to break up and melt the fat inside the capsule. Dr. Solomon can then remove the fat using a small cannula without leaving any large incisions or big cuts in the skin.
AFTER LIPOMA REMOVAL
Lipoma removal is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day the surgery is performed.You may experience pain and swelling in the area where the lipoma was taken out. This can be managed with medication prescribed by Dr. Solomon. Recovering from lipoma surgery is fairly quick and patients can expect to return to their normal activities in no time..
COST OF LIPOMA REMOVAL
The average cost of Lipoma removal varies depending on the size, the location and complexity. *Prices may vary. Contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Solomon today.
Every patient is unique; therefore results may vary.