Lipomas

One Surgical Specialists

Robotic Surgery & General Surgery located in Tri-State Area, Hackensack, NJ & Tri-State Area, Parsippany, NJ

Although lipomas aren’t cancerous, they can cause significant discomfort and make you feel self-conscious if they’re visible. One Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, New Jersey, can remove your growth with a minimally invasive procedure to help you heal quickly and relieve your pain. Call the One Surgical Specialists office today for an evaluation or use the online booking tool to make your appointment.

Lipomas Q&A

What are lipomas?

Lipomas are fatty tissue growths that form just under the surface of your skin. The tumors aren’t cancerous and don’t develop into cancer. But they can be very uncomfortable, especially when they grow over a nerve. They can form anywhere on your body, including your:

  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Forehead
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Chest
  • Torso

Although the cause of lipomas hasn’t been determined, you have a higher chance of developing them if you have a family member who has them.

You can have several lipomas or just one. The good news is once lipomas are removed, they don’t usually grow back.

What are lipomas like?

Lipomas vary in size, ranging from about a half-inch to just under 2 inches in diameter. They rarely grow to be larger than 6 inches wide. They’re soft and moveable under the surface of your skin and develop very slowly.

The growth of your lipoma can cause it to pull on your skin, interfering with movement and causing irritation.

If your lipoma grows in a visible area, you can feel self-conscious about it. If so, your surgeon can remove it simply for cosmetic reasons.

How are lipomas treated?

Lipomas are usually easy to diagnose during a physical exam with your doctor. If you don’t have any symptoms, treatment isn’t necessary. However, you might need an ultrasound to confirm you have a lipoma and not a cancerous growth.

If your lipoma continues to grow, causes pain, or becomes infected, your surgeon at One Surgical Specialists can remove it.

The removal is usually done on an outpatient basis. Your surgeon uses a local anesthetic or sedation, depending on the size of your lipoma and where it is. If your lipoma has grown in deep areas or places that are awkward to get to, your surgeon will need to remove it while you’re under general anesthesia.

Your surgeon makes an incision over or next to your lipoma and carefully removes it. The final steps include suturing your incision and applying a protective dressing for healing.

To have your lipoma evaluated, schedule an appointment at One Surgical Specialists today. Call or schedule your visit online.