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