What is Lipoma?
A lipoma is a non-cancerous (benign) tumor made up of fat cells. It typically grows just below the skin in the subcutaneous tissue, and can range from small to large in size. Lipomas often appear as soft lumps under the surface of the skin, but are usually painless and can be freely moved. They are sometimes mistaken for cysts, but they are typically firmer than cysts and have a distinct lobulated shape.
In most cases lipomas do not cause any health problems or require treatment, but they can sometimes become large enough to be uncomfortable or interfere with normal body functioning. In these cases, the tumor may be surgically removed. It’s important to note that it is unusual for lipomas to turn into cancerous tumors, so removal is usually only considered if the lipoma causes pain or impairs physical movement.
If you think you may have a lipoma, it is best to contact us so we can diagnose and discuss potential treatments. It is important to remember that lipomas are generally harmless and can often be left alone if they do not cause any health concerns. However, it is always recommended to speak with us if you think you may have a lipoma or notice any changes in its size or shape. Proper diagnosis and treatment will help ensure that any health risks associated with the tumor are identified early on and managed appropriately. With the right care and attention, most individuals will have no problems related to their lipoma.