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How can I get rid of a lipoma?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Excision

Lipomas are usually surgically excised.
Liposuction is an option for some lipomas, but there is a higher incidence of recurrence.

In brief: Excision

Lipomas are usually surgically excised.
Liposuction is an option for some lipomas, but there is a higher incidence of recurrence.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgical removal

Really, surgical removal is the only good option.
Liposuction has been used in the past but the lipomas treated that way often grew back. Depending on the size and location, this may be an office procedure or an outpatient procedure but is rarely more than that. If the entire lipoma is removed, the chance of it recurring is very small. Good luck!

In brief: Surgical removal

Really, surgical removal is the only good option.
Liposuction has been used in the past but the lipomas treated that way often grew back. Depending on the size and location, this may be an office procedure or an outpatient procedure but is rarely more than that. If the entire lipoma is removed, the chance of it recurring is very small. Good luck!
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Very rarely liposuction can decrease size bit is not a definitive therapy.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery

Open excision or slim lipo.

In brief: Surgery

Open excision or slim lipo.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
I prefer Smart lipo+lipo if doing lipo correction.
Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Excision

To fully remove a lipoma every cell has to be removed.
Other methods such as liposuction are not reliable in this regard.

In brief: Excision

To fully remove a lipoma every cell has to be removed.
Other methods such as liposuction are not reliable in this regard.
Dr. Eric Chang
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery, but why?

First of all, you need to be sure it is a lipoma, there are other things that are similar to lipomas.
If it is a lipoma, they are always what is called benign, meaning they are not cancerous and cause no problems, other than sometimes pressure from their size. The only way to get rid of them, is surgery. You should see your doctor to have the lump checked.

In brief: Surgery, but why?

First of all, you need to be sure it is a lipoma, there are other things that are similar to lipomas.
If it is a lipoma, they are always what is called benign, meaning they are not cancerous and cause no problems, other than sometimes pressure from their size. The only way to get rid of them, is surgery. You should see your doctor to have the lump checked.
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Dr. Katharine Garnier
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Liposuction

Liposuction can remove enough of the lipoma to make it not visible, but it can regrow.
You can also have it excised but that leaves a longer scar - and can also grow back.

In brief: Liposuction

Liposuction can remove enough of the lipoma to make it not visible, but it can regrow.
You can also have it excised but that leaves a longer scar - and can also grow back.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Excision

Most lipomas are cut out.
Liposuction can make them appear smaller but may have a higher recurrence rate.

In brief: Excision

Most lipomas are cut out.
Liposuction can make them appear smaller but may have a higher recurrence rate.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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