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What does a lipoma feel like?

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. ...Read more

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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

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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! ...Read more

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What does a lipoma look and feel like?

What does a lipoma look and feel like?

Soft and rounded: It would be a rubbery soft, rounded lump under the skin. They often feel like they move around underneath the skin too. ...Read more

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If you had a lipoma, what would it look and feel like?

If you had a lipoma, what would it look and feel like?

Big skin lump: A lipoma is basically a lump of fatty tissue, usually seen in the skin. Feels a bit rubbery, usually pretty obvious. Your doctor should look and make sure it's not anywhere that can include a lymph node as a possibility. Usually removed surgically if desired. ...Read more

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Does Lipoma happen in male more than females? And what are they? How does it one get something like that?

Does Lipoma happen in male more than females? And what are they? How does it one get something like that?

Lipoma: Lipoma are benign tumors that represent collection of fat under the skin. The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. I am not aware of any sex predilection for these benign tumors. ...Read more

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I have a posttraumatic lipoma located on my back that I would like to have removed. How do I go about this? Would lipo work?

I have a posttraumatic lipoma located on my back that I would like to have removed. How do I go about this? Would lipo work?

Lipomas: Lipomas are usually removed with simple excision. That means we cut it out. Depending on the size, this can be done with local anesthesia or local and sedation. This is usually an outpatient procedure. In some cases the lipoma can come back. This will require a final surgery to remove the remnant that recurred. Usually that is the final surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do lipomas go away?

No: They can be removed if they are bothersome. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are lipomas hard and painful?

Lipomas: Usually are benign growth and non painful. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can lipomas disappear on it's own?

Rarely: The only sure way to get rid of a lipoma is to remove it surgically. ...Read more

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Can lipomas disappear on their own?

Usually not: It would be unusual for it to disappear, usually they can remain stable for long periods of time. ...Read more

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How can I remove my lipoma from body?

How can I remove my lipoma from body?

Surgery: Lipomas should be removed if they are getting larger, causing symptoms, or show signs on exam for concern. Surgery is required to remove them, but if they are small they can be removed in the clinic. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a lipoma?

Should I be concerned about a lipoma?

Not really: A small, asymptomatic lipoma is insignificant. I only remove them if they're on a pressure point, or is symptomatic, or is cosmetically disturbing, such as on the forehead. Good luck ...Read more

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Does liposonix work to remove lipomas?

Wouldn't try it...: I am very skeptical that the procedure works as advertised at all. But as for lipomas, they are not normal fat collections. Trying to break them up with ultrasound is unlikely to work. I'd save my $3, 000 and talk to a general surgeon. Many can be done under local anesthesia in the office. And much cheaper with less pain. ...Read more

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I was wondering are lipomas usually hard?

I was wondering are lipomas usually hard?

No, usually they: Are soft. If it is hard, it could be something else. Show it to a surgeon for definitive opinion and advice regarding surgical removal. ...Read more

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Can lipomas sometimes be felt and not seen?

Can lipomas sometimes be felt and not seen?

Yes: Depends on the size (patient and the tumor), location, and depth, some lipomas are not so easily seen on exam but careful palpation +/- ultrasound can usually identify the growth. ...Read more

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Why there is only little research on lipoma?

Simple problem: Lipomas are fairly simple problems and the management is well understood. There is little need for research on this very common problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I have several of lipomas but?

Observe: Multiplw lipomas are the rule of the road. If one specifically enlarges especially to 10 cm or greater or if pain develops in one lesion, then excision is indicated. Enlarging lipomas in rare cases convert to liposarcoma. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of multiple lipomas?

What are possible causes of multiple lipomas?

Lipomas: The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. A minor injury may trigger the growth. Being overweight does not cause lipomas. ...Read more

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Do lipomas ever get to be very large and hard?

Do lipomas ever get to be very large and hard?

Uncommon: Lipomas are prone to growing but they tend to grow very slowly. When a large mass is encountered that feels like a lipoma, a core biopsy is warranted before excision to be certain it is not a sarcoma. As far as the "hard" part, lipomas usually feel rubbery since they are made of fat; however, they can feel hard if they are located under the fascia that covers our muscles. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lipoma?

What is the definition or description of: Lipoma?

Fatty tumor: A tumor (lump) of fatty tissue.

Tumors can be BENIGN - not cancer

and MALIGNANT -- Cancer

lipomas are benign

liposarcomas are malignant ...Read more

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Could lipomas generally tend to appear all at once?

Maybe: It is difficult to know how quickly or slowly lipomas develop. They probable develop slowly over time, but many people often suddenly just discover or notice them and presume they 'grew over night'. ...Read more

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Could I die if I get the lipoma from my back removed?

Could I die if I get the lipoma from my back removed?

Very unlikely!: There is more than a 99% chance you won't die from having the lipoma removed. This is a small operation just under the skin, and your doctor will likely use a local anesthetic. Why are you having it removed? I would like to say 100% you won't die, but I can't predict everything. Any surgery has risk. (the ceiling could collapse while you're in the office.) but I predict you'll be ok! ...Read more

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Is lipoma harmless on your body regardless of its size?

Sometimes: The vast majority of lipomas (fatty tumors) are benign and are harmless, however they can sometimes get very large and unsightly, they can also cause discomfort related to any pressure they put on local structures. ...Read more

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What are the tell tale signs that something is a lipoma?

What are the tell tale signs that something is a lipoma?

Lipoma: They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs. They also move easily with slight finger pressure. Lipomas are typically less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, but they can grow. ...Read more