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What color are lipomas normally, and how small can they be?

What color are lipomas normally, and how small can they be?

Skin color: Usually lipomas are small (sub-cm) to large (several cm) rubbery benign (non-cancerous) fat tumors. They are usually located in the subcutaneous tissue and the color is not "seen". If you have a discolored mass or anything growing on your skin seeing a dermatologist is recommended. Of note some melanomas can be amelanotic (non-black).

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What are lipomas?

What are lipomas?

Lipoma's: These are tumors made up of fat cells that are densely packed together. They are benign. These can be annoying and may even be painful depending on where they are. If they bother you then see your physician for a referral to have them removed.

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Lipomas are hard?

Lipomas are hard?

Yes, lipomas: Can be hard and sometimes even painful. Depending on location and size, your soft tissue mass could be something else, something more worrisome. It is best to show it to your doctor.

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Do lipomas go away?

No: They can be removed if they are bothersome.

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Do lipomas come and go?

Do lipomas come and go?

NO: They do not 'come and go', lipoma is a slow growing, benign tumor of fat tissue, once develop will not disappear, unless removed, rarely they can turn to malignant liposarcoma.

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Why and how lipomas form?

Why and how lipomas form?

Benign bumps: Lipomas are soft, mobile, fatty tumors that push their neighbors aside rather than invading like a cancer. They can be solitary or multiple and can occur anywhere on the bey from scalp to feet. Multiple lipomas are frequently passed on genetically. Small lipomas are ignored, larger ones can be excised. Rapidly enlarging, painful and firm, fixed lumps should be checked out sooner than later.

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What to do for lipoma pain?

What to do for lipoma pain?

Surgical removal: As the lipoma swells it causes more pain. The nerves that supply that area will become more inflammed and continue to cause more pain. Unfortunately you can try other methods like nonsteroidals but not much success. If you can have surgery this may relieve the pain.

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How to cure multiple lipoma?

How to cure multiple lipoma?

Excision: They only option for removing my promises surgical excision.

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How large can a lipoma grow?

How large can a lipoma grow?

Larger than you want: First make sure your doc agrees its a lipoma. Other things benign or cancerous may be confused with lipoma. While lipomas are very rarely cancerous, any lipoma bigger than 3 inches should be removed completely especially ones that are on the arms or legs.

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Are lipomas hard and painful?

Lipomas: Usually are benign growth and non painful.

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What does a lipoma feel like?

Gummy bear: A lipoma feels like a soft gummy bear under the skin. They are usually encapsulated. Some patients describe pain as the tumor grows.

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What does a lipoma feel like?

What does a lipoma feel like?

Soft lump: This typically feels like a soft lump under the skin. Sometimes tender. Only treatment is surgical removal, usually sone by a general surgeon woth local anesthesia while you're awake. You should have it checked out by your primary care doctor to be sure. Hope this helps!

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Why do people develop lipomas?

Why do people develop lipomas?

It's unknown.: Lipomas are extremely common, benign fatty tumors that typically appear on the truck, arms and or thighs. They are typically slow growing, soft lumps just under the skin that appear in middle age. The cause is not really known, although there may be a familial predisposition. The only way to get rid of one is by surgery, but often they are just left alone.

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Can you tell me about lipomas?

Can you tell me about lipomas?

Fatty tumor: A lipoma is composed of fatty tissue and is a common soft tissue benign tumor. Lipomas are generally found underneath the skin in the fatty layer, are soft to the touch, usually movable, and are generally painless. They can be removed surgically as an outpatient, many times under a local anesthetic (depending on location). You may read of new procedures, their long term success are unproved.

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Has anyone had a lipoma popped?

Has anyone had a lipoma popped?

More info, please: I would like to answer your question, but I am uncertain what you mean by "popped". Lipomas are benign tumors usually found just below the skin, anywhere on the body. In general, these are removed if they cause discomfort or are growing. Surgical removal can often be done under local anesthesia in an office setting. It is often easy to make a scar smaller than the lump, and "pop" it out.

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Does lipomas need to be treated?

Does lipomas need to be treated?

No: Once confirmed as a benign lesion{biopsy or exam). If they become a mental worry for the patient, painful or cosmetically unpleasing they can allwaysw be locally excised.

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Are lipomas usually hard or soft?

Variable: Usually rubbery firm, some are softer, mobile and superficial near the skin surface. But some can be deep. Smaller ones may be more firm. Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell.

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Can lipomas go away on their own?

Can lipomas go away on their own?

No: But all of them do not need to be removed. If they are increasing rapidly or uncomfortable then have it removed. And make sure a provider that removes lipomas looks at it and agrees with that diagnosis.

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Is lipoma completely noncancerous?

Yes: Lipoma is a benign fatty growth under the skin, and these do not change into cancer in the future. Would generally need to be examined by a doctor to be sure that it is a lipoma too.

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